NEFR - AYRES Mystery - Asa AYRES & Mary WAIT of MA & OH
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My AYRES LINEAGE is followed by the information that I am seeking on MY
3rd great grandparents - ANCESTORS Asa AYRES/AYERS/AIRES & Mary WAIT

1. Capt. John AYRES md Susanna SYMONDS
2...Samuel AYRES md Abigail FELLOWS
3....Samuel AYRES md Eleanor RANDALL
4.....Samuel AYRES md Martha BELL
5...... ## Asa AYRES (Sr.) md Mary WAIT
6...........Buenos AYRES md Sarah OSBORN
7............Ransom Osborn AYRES md Fannie Jane REAVER
8.............Merrill Kempster ZIMMER (Sr.) md Florence Joan AYRES
9..............Parents - still living
10................Gloria ODOM

AYRES, Asa    [surname also  seen as AYERS/AIRES]
         b: 5 Jun 1761, Granby, Hampshire Co, MA
         d: "1 Dec 1836, age 76"     [1837?, possibly Portage Co., Ohio]
         Son of Samuel AYRES & Martha BELL
         Descendant of  Capt John AYRES of Brookfield, MA

A descendant provided this compiler with a record identifying the death dates & 
burial place of Asa AYRES & his wife Mary (WAIT) AYRES.  However, according
to the ages of death for Asa & Mary, the year of death should be 1837, not 1836,
as is identified in the following book.

From the book Portage County Ohio Cemeteries Vol XI, City Of Aurora, Hiram Village, 
Hiram Township, 1803-1995

Page identifies Fairview Cemetery, Hiram Village Portage County, Ohio, Section B 1

Tombstone dates, Section B 1, Row 13   Asa AYRES & his "consort" Mary AYRES;  
Also related SLAYTON & STEVENS relatives

Asa AIRES private in Capt Samuel Cook's Co, Col Woodbridge's Regt- 
enlisted 17 Aug-24 Sept 1777 in American Revolution

Married: Mary WAIT
Date Married: ca 1785/86?
Place Married: possibly MA?
      NOTE: The marrige record has not been found.
	In the History of Hadley, MA (pg 7), by Sylvester JUDD - Asa is mentioned 
        as being married to Mary WAIT and that they "removed to OH."

WAIT, Mary
        b:  7 Oct 1762,                            [where? ________  possibly MA]
        d: "8 Dec 1836, in her 75th yr"   [where? ________  1837?, possibly Portage Co,  OH]
        Daughter of:  William  WAIT &  ____________ [what is mother's name?]

Next: Asa AYRES & Mary WAIT are believed to be indentified in the
      1790 census of South Hadley, MA.

10 children are born to this family [a few died young]:
     Asa - Polly - Asa Jr - Pamelia - Sally - Sally - William Wait -
     Samuel - Franklin - Buenos [my ancestor born in 1810].

Most of the children were born in Chester, Hampshire Co., MA 
[Chester now Hampden Co. since 1812].

In 1820 the family moved to "Connecticut Western  Reserve" in OH. 
I am not clear where this family is in the 1820 census - whether 
in CT before moving, or in OH after moving in 1820. 
It is said, according to family tradition, that they moved when
their youngest son was 10 years old.

In Chester, Geauga Co., OH are found these two known deeds for Asa AYRES (Sr.):
  Deed Book, Volume 8, pg 4 ~ ~ 6 Feb 1821 purchased  22 1/2 acres in Chester, Geauga, OH
  Deed Book, Volume 12, pgs 416-418 ~ ~ 28 Oct 1828, Asa & Mary sold same 22 1/2 acres ~
             deed said "Asa & Mary of Kirtland, Geauga Co., OH"

1830 census of Kirtland, Geauga Co., OH "Asa AYERS" and rest of census is currently 
unknown to me.

Son -  Asa AYRES, Jr. who married Rachel BOLTON, also had deeds in same area of OH. 

The DEATH DATES  for Asa & Mary were found in someone's research letter to a genealogical
 society (copy in my possession) without place of death, and no identified proofs.
	Asa identified with "d.  1  Dec  1837"
	Mary identified with "d.  6  Dec  1837"
     This researcher identified the death years for this couple as 1837, which would be compatible 
     with the age of death as identified in the cemetery record book.

We now have a record for where Asa & Mary were buried, but did they die in 1836, or 1837?

Does anyone have record of WHERE they died, or HOW they died?  There was an epidimic 
mentioned in one family letter in Sept 1837 ... if this couple was still living then, could they have
died from this epidimic in Dec 1837?

I have located  2 DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (DAR)  Memberships of 
lineages from Asa AYRES - -
         DAR #243987 - Mrs. Mary Eunice Wylie ARNOLD
         DAR #147381 - Helen Grace WHITE

Neither of the DAR lineages identify Asa or Mary's place of death.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Compiled by Gloria ODOM. c2003

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