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    Welcome to the "Ayers/Ayres Sightings" Web Site. Over the years, while researching my wife's genealogy, I have been collecting information about persons named Ayers/Ayres who lived in Florida in 1850 or before. I am hoping that sooner or later these isolated pieces of data with fall into place and I will be able to identify my wife's great grandfather. I am publishing this web site so that others may use the data that I've discovered and perhaps be able to contribute additional Ayers/Ayres sightings.

If you are interested, here is the Maxfield Ayers story that is my jumping off point.
 

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Ayers/Ayres Sightings
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NAME

BIRTH DATE

Benjamin 

1773

Charlotte

1780

 John David (Capt Jack)

1791

Henry 

Bef 1800

Ishmail

1804

Jurius W.

1807

James

Bef 1812

Sophia (Ayres) Crane

1812

William B.

1812

Nathaniel

Bef 1816

William

Bef 1818

Pinkney

Bef 1819

Charles

Bef 1819

Martha III

1820

Martha I

1830

William E.

1833

Martha II

1848

Maxfield

1850

Samuel R.

Unk

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Benjamin

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1773

Birth; Estimated from census.

Mills, p148




 

1811

 

Sold property in St Augustine, Florida

East Florida Papers

Reel #131-68




1814

Living at St. Amelia Island; self and 1 male slave.

Mills, p14




 

1815

 

Sold a slave in St Augustine, Florida

East Florida Papers

Reel #165-81

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Charlotte

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1780

Birth; South Carolina

1850 Census; Orange County; 
Roll 59, p119

Bef 1810

Married. Estimate from children's ages.

1830 Census; St Johns County;
Roll 15, p30

1830

Living in St. Augustine, St Johns County. 2 males, 4 females, no slaves

1830 Census; St Johns County;
Roll 15, p30

1843

Bought land in Mosquito County under Armed Occupation Act

Permit 110

1845

Moved to Mellonville, Orange County

Permit 110

1850

Living with daughter and son-in-law's family in Orange County

1850 Census; Orange County; 
Roll 59, p875

Bef 1860

Died

1860 Census; Orange County; 
Roll 109, p191

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John David (Capt Jack)

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1791

Born.

John Ayers Tombstone Inscription




1813-1819

Married Betsy Kegg, Catawba Indian, in South Carolina

Accounts of Rents




1837

Married Marilda Stephens in Pulaski County, Georgia

Faurot




Abt

1847

Arrived in Florida

Douds

1850

Living in Calhoun County with family

1850 Census, Calhoun
County
Roll58, p031

Abt. 1858

Died

John Ayers Tombstone Inscrition

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Henry

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1800

Born.

Enlistments, Roll 14
Vol. 27, p27

1818

Enlisted at Boston for 5 years

Enlistments, Roll 14
Vol. 27, p27

1821

Arrived in Florida at St Augustine, St Johns County

Enlistments, Roll 14
Vol. 27, p27

1821

Corporal serving in US Army. St Augustine, St Johns County

Returns, NARA Roll 1060

1822

Sergeant serving in US Army. St. Augustine, St Johns County

Returns, NARA Roll 1060

1823

Married Martha Whitaker. St Johns County

St Augustine Biographical Index

1824

Discharged from US Army. St Augustine, St Johns County

Returns, NARA Roll 1060

1824

Nominated to be Indian Agent

Territorial Papers, XXII, p923

1824

Signed petition. East Florida

Territorial Papers, XXII, p857

1836

Sergeant serving in US Army. Wounded in battle with Seminoles at Fort Drane, Alachua County

Sprague, p160

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Ishmail

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1804

Born. Estimated from census record

1850 Census, Calhoun
County
Roll 58, p035

1850

Living with family in Calhoun County

1850 Census, Calhoun
County
Roll 58, p035

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Jurius W.

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1807

Born. Bakersfield, Vermont

Enlistments, Roll 19,
Vol. 40, p4

1834

Enlisted in US Army at Fort Sullivan for three years

Enlistments, Roll 19,
Vol. 40, p4

1837

Reenlisted in US Army at Fort King, Florida

Enlistments, Roll 19,
Vol. 40, p4

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James

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

Bef 1812

Born. Estimated from voting records

Voting Registers. St Johns County

1831

Signed petition. East Florida

Territorial Papers, XXIV, p621

1832

Signed petition. East Florida

Territorial Papers, XXIV, p760

1832-33

Brought suit in St Johns County

Court Records. St Johns County

1833

Voted. St Johns County

Voting Registers. St Johns County

1834

Voted. St Johns County

Voting Registers. St Johns County

1838

Voted. Alachua County

Voting Registers. Alachua County

1839

First sergeant serving in 1st Batt. (Warren's) Florida Mounted Militia Volunteers

Compiled Service Records, Roll 16

1839

Signed petition. Alachua County

Territorial Papers, XXV, p579

1840

Private serving in 1st Batt. (Warren's) Florida Mounted 
Militia Volunteers

Compiled Service Records, Roll 16

1840

Signed petitions. Fort Harlee, Alachua County

Territorial Papers, XXV, p626 Territorial Papers, XXVI, p141

1841

Voted. Alachua County

Voting Registers. Alachua County

1848

Voted. Tampa Precinct, Hillsborough County

Voting Registers. Hillsborough County

1849

Appeared on Tax Rolls. Hillsborough County

Tax Rolls, Hillsborough County

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Sophia (Ayres) CRANE

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1812

Born in Florida

1850 Census; Orange County; 
Roll 59, p875

1830

Possibly living in St Augustine, St Johns County

1830 Census; St Johns County; 
Roll 15, p30

Bef 1838

Married  Henry Crane. Date estimated from age of children.

1850 Census; Orange County; 
Roll 59, p875

1850

Living in Orange County with husband and children. Charlotte is living with them

1850 Census; Orange County; 
Roll 59, p875

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William B.

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1812

Born. Boston, Massachusetts

Enlistments, Roll 20,
Vol. 41, p4

1837

Enlisted in US Army at St Augustine for three years

Enlistments, Roll 20,
Vol. 41, p4

1839

Transferred from Ft. Brooke to Ft. Heileman

Returns,
Family History Center

1840

Reenlisted in US army as a sergeant

Enlistments, Roll 20,
Vol. 41, p4

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Nathaniel

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

Bef 1816

Born. Estimated from voting records.

Voting Registers. Jackson County

1837

Voted. Jackson County

Voting Registers. Jackson County

1850

Living with family in Calhoun County

1850 Census, Calhoun County, 
Roll 58, p037 

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William

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

Bef 1818

Born. Estimated from voting records.

Voting Registers. Jackson County

1839

Voted. Jackson County

Voting Registers. Jackson County

1840

Living in Jackson County

1840 Census, Jackson County, 
Roll 15, p190 

1842

Voted. Jackson County

Voting Registers. Jackson County

1845

Voted in Campbellton District, Jackson
County

USGenWeb Archive
Jackson County, Florida

1850

Living with family in Calhoun County

1850 Census, Calhoun County, 
Roll 58, p031

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Pinkney

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

Bef 1819

Born. Estimated from service record

Records of Volunteer Soldiers

1837

Served in Bobo's Co. (Wilson's) 5th Batt. Georgia Mounted Volunteers at Fort Gilliland, Alachua County

Records of Volunteer Soldiers

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Charles

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

Bef 1819

Born. Estimated from service record

Compiled Service Records, Roll 32

1837

Joined for duty. Capt. Bradley's Det., 13 Reg.., 1st Brig. Florida Mounted Militia

Compiled Service Records, Roll 32

1838

Served in Capt. Bradley's Det., 13 Reg.., 1st Brig. Florida Mounted Militia 

Compiled Service Records, Roll 32

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Martha III

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1820

Born. Estimated from census record.

 1850 Census, Jackson County,
Roll 58, p314

1850

Living with family in Jackson County.

1850 Census, Jackson County,
Roll 58, p314

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Martha I

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1830

Born

1850 Census, Hillsborough County, Roll 58, p259

1850

Married Chrystopher Zebendon in Hillsborough County

Marriage Records, Hillsborough County, Bk 2, p4

1850

Living in Ichepuckesassa Settlement, Hillsborough County with family, Maxfield, Martha II, and Christopher Zebendon, Maxfield's stepfather

1850 Census, Hillsborough County, Roll 58, p259

1852

Baptized in Socrum, Hillsborough County

The Florida Genealogist

Vol. XXI, #3, p110

Bef 1858

Dead. Estimated from Marriage Records

Marriage Records, Hillsborough County, Bk 2, p92

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William E.

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1833

Born. Estimated from census record

1850 Census, Monroe
County, Roll 59, p172

1850

Serving in U.S. Army. Company H, U.S. Artillery

1850 Census, Monroe
County, Roll 59, p172

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Martha II

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1848

Born

1850 Census, Hillsborough County, Roll 58, p259 

1850

Living in Ichepuckesassa Settlement, Hillsborough County with family, Maxfield, Martha I, and Christopher Zebendon, Maxfield's stepfather

1850 Census, Hillsborough County, Roll 58, p259

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Maxfield

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1850

Born

1850 Census, Hillsborough County, Roll 58, p259

1850

Living in Ichepuckesassa Settlement, Hillsborough County with his family, Martha I, Martha II, and Christopher Zebendon, his stepfather

1850 Census, Hillsborough County, Roll 58, p259

1860

Living in Hillsborough County with the Wilbert Combe family

1860 Census, Hillsborough County, Roll 107, p648

1879

Married Florida Dunaway in Polk County

Marriage Record, Polk County, Bk 1, p246

1880

Living with his wife at the farm of his brother-in-law Jefferson Crews, Polk County

1880 Census, Polk County,
Roll 131, p

1885

Living in Polk County with his wife and two children

1885 Census, Polk County, 
Roll 10, p16

1900

Living in Polk County with his family, his wife and five children

1900 Census, Polk County,
Roll 175, p12

1910

Living in Polk County with his wife and two children

1910 Census, Polk County,
Roll 167, ED0143 0245

1919

Died in Polk County

Death Record, Florida, File #4453

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Samuel R.

 

DATE

EVENT

SOURCE

1821

Arrived in St Johns County

Hammond

1823

Departed from Alachua County

Hammond

1823

Collector of Customs, Key West, St Johns County

Territorial Papers, XXII, p615, p920

1824

Collector of Customs, Key West, Monroe County

Territorial Papers, XXII, pp 852, 920-921

1826

Postmaster, Palatka, St Johns County

Territorial Papers, XXIII, p981

1827

Postmaster, Palatka, St Johns County

Territorial Papers, XXIII, p978

1829

Signed petition in Key West, Monroe County

Territorial Papers, XXIV, p136

1839

Mentioned in doctor's ledger. St Augustine, St Johns County

St Augustine Biographical Index

1842

Married Sarah Groves in St Augustine, St Johns County

Marriage Record, St Johns County

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Notes

    As most of you know, spelling in old records can be something of an art form. I have encountered Ayers, Ayres, Ayrs, Ayr Aires, Airs, Air, Ayre, Ayars, Aris, and an occasional Eyre, often with different spellings for the same person. I've decided to finesse the problem on this site by using the generic "Ayers/Ayres".
    In addition to these Ayers/Ayres variants, some researchers contend that the English surname Hair is an Ayers variant. I have begun research on Hair (and its variants Haar, Haire, Hare, Harr, Haer, Hahr, Hayer, Hayre, Heier, Herr, Heyer, and Hier) in Florida before 1850 but I have not reached any conclusion concerning adding Hair to this web site.
   Dates should be viewed as best estimates based on the record.
   I believe that all of these sightings represent unique people. There is always the problem, of course, that there may be multiple individuals with the same name.
   There are only two identified familial relationships among the names in the Sightings table; Sophia (Ayres) Crane is Charlotte's daughter and Martha I is the mother of Martha II and Maxfield. Additional family information, where available from census records, can be found by clicking on the "family" links.

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My Surnames

NAME

LOCATION

 

NAME

LOCATION

ADAMS

VA>GA

 

LEHTO

MI

AYERS

FL

 

LEWIS

GA

AYOTTE

CANADA>MI

 

LINDQVIST

FINLAND>MI

BLANCHARD

GA>FL

 

MERRITT

NC>FL

BOIVIN

CAN

 

PEACOCK

VA>NC>GA

BRANNEN

GA>FL

 

PEEBLES

VA

CHAMPOUX

CAN>MI

 

POPPELL

FL

DENETTE

CAN>NY>MI


RODGERS

GA

DESERRE

CAN

 

SLEDGE

VA

DOUCETTE

CAN

 

SULLIVAN

SC>GA>FL

DUB╔

CAN

 

VADNAIS

CAN>MI

DUNAWAY

FL

 

WARREN

VA>NC>GA>FL

ELY

NC

 

WHITFIELD

VA>NC>GA>FL

ENGLISH

GA

 

WOOD

FL

FUTCH

SC>GA


WOODS

GA>FL

HIGHT

GA


WYNN

GA>FL

IVEY

VA>GA>FL


ZEBENDON

FL

KALLIOM─KI

FINLAND>MI




Note: All my Finnish ancestor research in Finland is on a separate page.

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Links to Some Florida Research Sites
Florida Cracker Country

FL GenWeb Project, Inc.

FL GenWeb Project Archives

Polk County, FL GenWeb Project
 
The Florida State Archives

Florida State Genealogical Society

Rootsweb Resources: Florida
 
University of South Florida Library

 

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