George Gavit, Jr., 1773 - 1855


Occupation

cabinetmaker; windsor chairmaker

Place of work

Westerly, Rhode Island

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Biography

George Gavitt, Jr. was born in 1773 in Westerly, Rhode Island, to George Gavitt (born 1745) and Abigail (Hiscox) Gavitt. His paternal grandfather was Stephen Gavitt of Westerly. In September, 1795, he married Lucy Bliven (1768-1845) of Westerly, daughter of John Bliven.(1)

In November, 1795, Gavitt was identified as a cabinetmaker when he purchased land in Westerly from Joshua Bliven, a Westerly yeoman, half of a lot that Bliven had purchased from Thomson Wells. Gavitt was called a Westerly yeoman when he purchased the remaining half of the lot from Bliven in March, 1797.(2) In 1800, Gavitt was again called yeoman when he purchased land directly from Thomson Wells.(3)

Gavitt was involved in the Second Great Awakening of the early nineteenth century, writing to the Herald of Gospel Liberty, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire religious newspaper on April 29, 1814 that, "There is at this time a glorious revival of religion in South Kingston, and Little Rest, (R.I.) I believe about twenty have been baptized within one week." The letter goes on to recount the numbers of those taking part in the revival in various towns of eastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island, closing with, "Brother Ebenezer Brown is here, and is preaching almost every day."

He died in 1855 in Westerly.

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1. Vital Record of Rhode, Island, 1636-1850, http://www.NewEnglandAncestors.org.

2. Joshua Bliven to George Gavit, Jr., deed, November 3, 1795, Westerly Land Evidence vol. 12, 29. Joshua Bliven to George Gavit, Jr., March 20, 1797, Westerly Land Evidence vol. 12, 162. Town Hall, Westerly, Rhode Island.

3. Thompson Wells to George Gavit, Jr., deed, March 20, 1800, Westerly Land Evidence vol. 12, 327. Town Hall, Westerly, Rhode Island.