The PALMER and AVERY families are very closely tied to each other through numerous marriages which appear to be a result of their association in and around Temple, NH.
The PALMER family can trace its lineage in America back to William1 PALMER (1585-1646/7) who it is thought arrived in Massachusetts around 1637, from Ormsbey St. Margaret, Norfolk, England and settled in Hampton, NH in 1638. Children from his first marriage to Mary STAMWORTH who it is thought remained and died in England were: Martha (1620-1700) who married John SHERMAN, Edward (1623-?), Christopher (1625-1699) and Mary (1627-1655?).
William and his second wife Ann had a son Joseph1 (1643-1715) born in Hampton, NH. Joseph and his mother moved to Newbury, MA after William's death in 1646. In 1661, the guardianship of Joseph (then 17) was granted to his step-brother Christopher and Joseph was given land and a house in Newbury belonging to his late father that same year. Joseph married Sarah JACKMAN (1648-?) of Newbury in 1664/5 and later removed to Bradford, MA about 1670. They had the following children: Sarah (1665-1714), James1 (1667-?), Joseph2 (1670-1706), Benjamin1 (1672-1750), William2 (1677-?), Joanna (1680-1756), Mary (1683-1688), Samuel1 (1686-1758) and Richard1 (1674-1723). Joseph1 is buried in Bradford, MA.
Richard1 married Martha DOWNER (1678-1769) of Salisbury, MA, daughter of Robert & Sarah EATON DOWNER in 1704 in Hampton, NH and lived in both Bradford and Salisbury, MA. They had the following children: Sarah (1705-?), Andrew (1707-1765), Martha (1711-1777), Benjamin2 (1712-1745), Richard2 (1715-1767), James2 (1717-1764), Joseph3 (1719-1805), John1 (1722-1764) and Samuel2 (1713-after1787).
Samuel2 was married in 1738 in Rowley, MA to Anne EVANS (1717-?), removed to Methune, MA around 1741 and took the oath of allegiance in Sandown, NH in 1776. Samuel & Anne had the following children: Jane (1740-?), Samuel3 (1742-1763), Elizabeth (1744-?), John2 (1746-1835), Phebe1 (1751-1754), Mary (1753-?), Phebe2 (1756-1845), Asa (1758-1815), Samuel4 (1764-1847), Joshua (1761-?) and James3 (1749-?) born in Methune, MA.
James3 married Elizabeth BARKER in 1772 in Methune and resided in Bradford, MA where it is believed they had the following children: James4 (1775-1807) and Abigail (1776-?) who married Ebenezer BALLARD, although there are no vital records in either Methune or Bradford, MA for any children. James3 is listed in the 1790 census as living in Methune with 1 male and 6 females; he does not appear in the census of 1800 or 1810.
James4 married Abigail SMITH (1767-?) daughter of Moses and Ruth LITTLE SMITH in 1796 in Plaistow, NH. James died in 1807 in Haverhill, MA as a result of drowning. James & Abigail had the following children: James5 (1796-1858), Moses (1798-?), Abigail (1800-?), Samuel5 (1802-1803), twins Joseph4(1806-1885) and Benjamin3(1806-1882) and Mary (1803/4-1867).
Jonathan3 and Mary PALMER AVERY had the following children: Jonathan4 (1822-1889) who married (1) Saphenteus POTTER (?-1858) and (2) Margaret MORROWS; James (1824-1891) who married (1) Orissa HUBBARD and (2) Achsah PALMER MANZER, (1831-?) daughter of Joseph4 PALMER; Abigail (1825-1918) who married Linus BIRDSEY (1815-1890); Eliza (1826-?) who married Elkanah WARD; Mary (1829-1872) who was James Sackett's 2nd wife, John4 (1833-1907) who married Eliza PALMER (1839-?) daughter of Joseph4 PALMER; Ruel (1836-1840); Emily (1835-1905) who married Sanford THAYER (1835-?); Esther (1839-1930) who married Elbridge G. PALMER (1836-1911) son of Benjamin3 PALMER; Mila (1841-1906) who was James H. SACKETT's (1830-1896) 4th wife; Garrett Smith (1844-?) who married Emily HEALD (1854-?); Clarissa (1845-?) who married Owen HEALD (1846-?), brother of Emily; and Elizabeth Jane (1831-?), who in 1853 married Heman2 WARD of Vernon, NYhttp://seiz2day.com/sbmerk/family/averynarrative.html#palmer