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Vol. XV (15), Jan. 1861, Pages 56-57

Communicated by William Henry WHITMORE

In making collections for the descendants of John AYRES or AYER of Haverhill [MA], I have found several families of the name not connected probably with him, and I wish to publish these now, to avoid confusion of distinct families. #1. Moses AYRES, of Dorchester, m. Bethiah MILLET, Aug. 3, 1666, and had Moses, b. 10 Sept. 1667; his wife d. 15 Apr. 1669. This was probably the one mentioned on the town records - - “1680, Sept. 24, a contribution was taken up for Moses AYRES, being a captive.” 1693-9, Moses AYRES and wife Elizabeth, of Dorchester, sign various deeds recorded at Boston, and this I presume to be the son. May 11, 1704, Moses AYRES, “late of Dorchester, now of Boston,” signs a deed, and I presume his wife was then dead. In 1718, Moses AYRES (and wife Elizabeth) “only son of Moses AYRES of Boston,” and Elizabeth (wife of David FRANKLIN, mariner) “only daughter of said Moses,” join to sell land at Dorchester. This Elizabeth had m. June 18, 1713, David FRANKLIN, who is styled in notice of marriage, “of Hull.” Moses (3rd) m. Sept. 4, 1718, Elizabeth SOUTHER, and had at Boston: Moses b. 12 July 1723 William b. 7 Feb. 1724-5 John b. 20 Nov. 1726 Solomon b. 6 Feb. 1727-8 I suppose his son Moses married as in 1760 Mary, widow of Moses AYRES, housewright, was made guardian of her children Moses and Anne, “aged 14 yrs and over.” #2. Nathaniel AYRES joined the 2d Church in Boston, 1684-5; Dec. 13, 1708, Nathaniel AYRES and wife Amy deed lands to cancel bonds given ____ GOODWIN and to Hannah JAFFREY, of Portsmouth, widow. Nov. 28, 1711, he mortgaged lands to his s. in law Samuel SWASEY, who had m. his dau. Amy, Jan. 16, 1710-11. Feb. 28, 1738-9, Nathaniel AYRES, adm. on estate of his father, Nath’l A., blacksmith, “widow, old and infirm.” Land mortgaged to Sam. SWASEY - - debt due Elnathan AYRES. [see #3 Elnathan AYRES, below] I presume that this was the Nathaniel AYRES buried at Copps Hill, “who d. Dec. 4 1731, aged 67 yrs. 6 mo.,” according to Bridgman’s Epitaphs, as he may have mistken 1731 for 1737, which was probably the time our Nathaniel died. Nathaniel Jr., m. Nov. 5, Elizabeth KITTS, and had: John bapt. 12 Mar. 1725-6 Joseph b. 24 Jan. 1726-7 Margaret b. 31 Aug. 1729 Nathaniel b. 31 Aug. 1734 He [Nathaniel AYRES, Jr.] was, perhaps, the Nathaniel ARES, of Needham, who m. Anne (___), widow of ___ TOLMAN there, and had sons John and Aaron by her, who in 1742-3, were to receive their portion of their mother’s property, from their half-brother Nathaniel TOLMAN, whose own brothers and sisters were Ebenezer, Thomas, Jemima, and Mary TOLMAN. #3. Elnathan AYRES of Boston, (mentioned in Nath’l Sr’s will - see #2 above) was probably a relative. He m. July 4, 1720, Mary JONES, and had: Nathaniel b. 5 Jan. 1722-3 Ammi (Amy?) b. 29 Feb. 1727-8. #4. Edward AYRES was of Boston at the same time; m. Rebecca MARSHALL, 26 Apr. 1716, and had: Mary b. 16 Feb. 1716-7 Edward b. 14 Jan. 1720-1 Edward AYRES, by second wife Hannah EVELETH, whom he m. 5 Nov. 1724 had: Edward b. 19 Aug. 1725 Hannah b. 15 May 1727 Sarah b. 2 Oct. 1729 John b. 12 Apr. 1733 Joseph b. 11 Apr. 1743 Edward’s will was proved by his widow, Hannah, 8 Nov. 1745. He was a shipwright. #5. 19 Sept. 1714, John AYER of Groton alias Stonington, CT, and Hannah TRAVIS his wife, “only surviving dau. of Daniel TRAVIS of Boston,” sign a deed; from which it appears that Travis had 3 daus., of whom Sarah, d. s.p. and Esther, m. John BARNARD. #6. 1720, Hannah AIR, executrix and late wife of John SHAW of Swansey, co. Briston, “who left a son, John SHAW, who went to sea and died a minor,” leaving his property to his mother, gives land to grandson Samuel JACKSON, son of “my daughter, Hannah JACKSON, whose maiden name was Hannah MAIR” (sic) #7. S. AYRES joined 2d Church 3 Mch. 1677-8; and 12 Oct. 1707, Mary, dau. of Elizabeth AYRES, was baptized there. 5 Nov. 1710, John AYRES joined same church. Aug. 10, 1711, John A. makes his will, giving all his property to wife Mary. Aug. 12, 1711, John AYRES d. aged 62, says Bridgman [author], and these dates seem to show these were all one person. 2 Jan. 1677, Abigail AYRES d. aged 27 - - Bridgman [author]. 28 Dec. 1699, Ann AYRES m. John LAWSON. 20 Dec. 1706, John AYRES m. Elizabeth HALSIE. 27 Feb. 1711-12, Mary AYRES of Portsmouth and John FOSTER were published. 8 Mch. 1714-15, Elizabeth AYRES m. Capt. Thomas ALLEN of Truro. 4 July 1720, Sarah AYRES m. Thomas ALLEN. John and Bridget AYRES had Bridget, b. 20 June 1679; Elizabeth b. 28 Sept. 1683. #8. We now come to more recent immigrants. 8 June 1693, Philip AYRES, mariner, made his will, being about going on a voyage, probably in the ketch Prosperous, of which he had just bought a quarter, and left his property to the children of his brother, John AYRES of Jersey, and his brother Thomas A. of the same island. In 1711, James AYRES, late of Kent, England, now of Boston, was appointed administrator to his brother William AYRES, late of the parish of St. Peters, co. Kent, who had died on his passage hither. 7 July 1715, James m. Sarah DISPAU (a name called “very strange” by Savage [author]) and I suppose it was his will which was proved 4 May 1759, being James of Londonderry, and names wife, sons William and Samuel, and four daughters. #9. Savage [author] mentions also Henry A. of Portsmouth, R. I., 1655; William of Hartford, 1651-9; and Samuel, an apprentice who came over in 1637. All the rest mentioned in his article seem to be descendants of John of Haverhill [MA], whom we propose to trace hereafter.
EYRE. In addition to Savage’s article on this name, I find the following: John, son of Simon, had five children who d. young, besides those named, and of these latter, Catherine m. David JEFFRIES, and Bethis m. John WALLEY, Mch. 18, 1713-4. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Transcribed by Gloria Odom 11/11/1997. Brackets [ ] inserted by transcriber. I have xerox copies of these Bible records in my possession, from the volumes above stated. Paragraphing was changed for use here, to make the information more readable.
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