|Thankfull , wife of Avery Denison, photo by Fred Burdick, used with permission|
Tombstone Tuesday: Be Thankful
"In Memory of Mrs. / Thankfull wife of Mr. Avery Denison/ who died May [unreadable or missing] /1767/ in the 49th year/ of her age."
Thankful was a daughter of Col. John Williams and Desire Denison, making her second cousin to her husband. Her parents are buried in Whitehall Burying Ground in Mystic. Her date of death is listed as May 3rd in the Denison genealogy.
The Hale Cemetery index doesn't list her at all probably because they could not read the stone. Be cautious when using this index without other sources. Avery's will is printed in the earlier Denison genealogy but not in the new one. I am going to transcribe it because grandchildren are also listed.
Thankful and Avery had 11 children and were my 5th great grandparents. Their daughter, Prudence is my ancestor. She was the mother of Rebecca, wife of Edward Stewart whose handwritten marriage record I found in my family Bible.