::: Name Confusion
There is extensive information available on the early Ayres settlers. But note that the error rate on ancestry.com is very high: there is widespread co-mingling of the unrelated John Ayres (1616-1675) from Haverhill, John Ayer from Ipswich, and our John Ayres. At this point the ancestors in England of our Captain John Ayres have not been identified. The minerdescent.com web site
has a good compendium of the different names. The original bible for Ayres is the The book by William Henry Whitmore
::: History (courtesy, Wikitree.com, edited)
John Ayres arrived in America in or before 1643, at the tail end of the great migration of Puritans, and lived initially in Ipswich amd Rowley, Massachusetts. In 1644, he married Susannah Symonds, she had already immigrated to America with her parents and was in Ipswich by 1634. John Ayres was a husbandman and became a tenant farmer for Rev. John Norton. He also became active in the local militia, rising to the rank of Captain. When Susannah's father, Mark Symonds, died in 1659 at the age of about 75, John Ayres was appointed to administer his estate.
Ayres Tavern, Brookfield Mass.
In 1660 a land grant was obtained for an area six miles square that would later become Quaboag Plantation and, eventually, Brookfield, Massachusetts. In 1667, John was named one of a prudential committee for the new Quaboag Plantation in the Regrant of 1667. The Ayres then moved with their eight children (ranging in age from 3 to 18) to the new settlement. John helped build the mill and eventually ran it for some time for John Pynchon. Over the next few years John bought and leased a substantial amount of property in the new settlement (accumulating as much as 2,000 acres).
John and Susannah soon began offering food and shelter to others and in the fall of 1671 John was granted a license to operate a tavern, including the sale of wine, etc. The tavern was also fortified to serve as a defensible stronghold for the community in the event of an attack. John was a successful farmer, miller, and tavern owner.
There had been ongoing widespread conlfict with the native American population as the colonists increasingly encroached on their lands. On June 20, 1675 a band of Pokanoket attacked several isolated homesteads in the small Plymouth colony settlement of Swansea. Laying siege to the town, they destroyed it five days later and killed several people. Officials from the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies responded by destroying the Wampanoag town at Mount Hope (modern Bristol, Rhode Island) on June 28, kicking off what became known as King Philip's War. The war quickly spread, and soon involved the Podunk tribe. During the summer of 1675, the Native Americans attacked at Middleborough and Dartmouth (July 8), and Mendon (July 14).
Noting some unrest among the Nipmuck Indians that resided near Quaboag (Brookfield), the Council commissioned Capt. Edward Hutchinson to go meet with their Sachem to understand their intentions in the escalating war. Capt. Wheeler, with about twenty of his troop, joined Capt. Hutchinson and marched on 28 July 1675 from Cambridge into the Nipmuck Country. They arrived at Quabaog (Brookfield) on 1 Aug 1675. Hearing reports of Indians in "great force" about ten miles away, they sent four men to "treat with them." The four encountered a group of Indians about eight miles away from Brookfield in a swamp. After some posturing back and forth, the Indians agreed that their Sachems would meet with Capt. Hutchinson and his party the next day at a plain three miles from Brookfield.
The next day, Capt. Hutchinson, accompanied by the troopers, scouts and "three of the chief men of Brookfield," including Susannah's husband Sargeant John Ayres (he had been a Captain in Ipswich), went to the appointed place. They were ambushed en route and eight men were killed instantly including Sergeants John Ayres and William Pritchard, and Corporal Richard Coye; five more were wounded. In the fight that followed, the remaining troops, while wounded, managed to escape and made their way back to Brookfield. They sounded the alarm and about 80 people from 14 families (including Susannah and her children) prepared to defend themselves at Ayres' Tavern. Meanwhile the Indian force reached Brookfield and began to pillage the outlying homes and buildings and lay siege to the tavern. On 3rd Aug, they gathered hay and began to burn the town. Travelers saw the fires from a distance and brought the alarm to Marlborough. Maj. Willard arrived with reinforcements during the night of 4 Aug causing the Indians to withdraw on 5 Aug. Additional troops from Boston arrived on 7 Aug. While there had been only a few additional deaths, the town was destroyed. Over the next month everyone gathered whatever they could salvage of their belongings and evacuated for safer places. Susannah took her children and returned to Ipswich, where they still had other family. The Court ordered the residents to evacuate the town and not return for twelve years.
Susannah never returned to Brookfield, dying in Ipswich in 1682. Only her son, Joseph, and grandson, Samuel, appear to have returned to Brookfield for the second settlement. In 1963, the town of Brookfield erected a monument to John Ayres.
Joel Ayres (1774 - 1846)
There are, again, widespread errors on ancestry.com where nearly everyone reports the DOB as 1771. Cheryl Ayres of Find-a-Grave has photos of the gravestone which indicate that he died at age 72 on 19-Jun-1846, making the DOB more likely 1774.
- Born: New Braintree, MA (immediately north of Brookfield, MA). Widely reported to be 1771, with no evidence, but a New Haven, Vermont (next to Weybridge) gravestone indicates 1774.
- Marriage #1: 17-Oct-1796, Bathsheba Jordan (1779 - 1819). All children except two were from this marriage.
- Marriage #2: 2-Dec-1819, Dorcas Graves (1778-1852). After the death of her husband. They had one daughter, Eveline.
- Marriage #3: 10-Feb-1825 Olive Smith Munger (1787-1863). They had one daughter, Minerva. Gravestone.
- 1800 census: in Royalton, Vermont
- 1810, 1820 censuses: in Weybridge, Vermont
- Find a grave with 1774-5 as DOD (ancestry.com)
- Died: 19-Jun-1846
Anson Ayres (1797 - 1879)
Most personal ancestry.com trees, probably all copied from one another, erroneously report his birthplace as Royalston, MA.
Hobart Ayres (1848 - 1918)
::: Notes from David Kidd
"Elizabeth Ayres Kidd [ed. daughter of Hobart] had 7 half siblings in Morrisonville, Clinton, New York where Hobart was from. I found a tree for Hobart that had recently posted but with a completely different Ayres family claiming the same parents family. I got in touch with the submitter and ... we confirmed they were in fact the same Hobart Ayres. It turns out the U.S. patents Hobart had tied both families together based on newspaper articles in New York and Anna Farnan Ayres obituary. The newspaper articles in New York said he left New York for Chicago after 1882 to expand his step ladder business. Don't know if he divorced afterwards and or abandoned the first family but as we know he married Anna in 1888. ... Elizabeth may never have known..."
- Born: 2 May 1848, Peru (sometimes reported as Plattsburg which is nearby), New York
- Died: 29 Jul 1918, 832 E. 57th Street, Chicago
- Marriage #1: Emma A. Thayer (1845-1896) Her gravestone indicates that she was still Hobart's wife.
Children: Addie Caswell, Anson E Ayres, Clayton Hobart Ayres, Winifred M Stillwell, Katherine Elizabeth MacRae
"Hobart Ayres & Emma Thayer had 7 children. Hobart deserted his wife & children in 1885 & went out west. Hobart married a 2nd time to & had 1 daughter."
- Marriage #2: 18-Jun-1887, Anna Farnan. daughter, Elizabeth Ayres, our antecedent.
- 1850 census: name is Ayers. Lived in Peru, NY
- 1860 census: name is Ayers. Lived in Black Brook, NY which is near Peru.
- 1875 NY census: name recorded as Ayers
- 1880 census: name recorded as Ayers
- "He was an architect, inventor of the extension ladder &apm; former Choral Director in the New England states in the era of oratorios & cantatas."
Elizabeth (Bessie) Ayres (1890-1968)
::: Publications & Presentations
- Her birth certificate clearly confirms 1890 as the DOB but it is widely reported elsewhere as 1891.
- circa 1896, age 5
- 1900: lived at 164 S. Albany Ave., Chicago, two blocks from the church. Father, Hobart Ayres, was a clerk at 1427 West Madison Ave.
- Sacramento Boulevard Church (200 South Sacramento Blvd), circa 1905; she was the organist
The family lived next door to the Sacramento Boulevard Methodist Church in Chicago which is located at Sacramento and W. Adams Street. Here, Bessie went to the nearby John Marshall School from first grade until graduation from high school. And for many years she played the organ for the church services and listened to the "hell end brimstone" sermons of Dr. Liberton and, after him, the Reverend Mr. Leach.
In 1905 Mr. Ayres was admitted to the home for Incurables at 56th Street and Ellis Avenue. He had suffered two strokes and had become partially paralyzed. This home is located close to the University of Chicago and after her last class Elizabeth would take her father for a walk in his wheel chair and then take the long walk across Washington Park to the elevated line and return home to her mother. However, after two years of this long trip back and forth, the two apartment was sold and an apartment at 816 East 56th Street rented. At this point Elizabeth gave up her organist position with the Sacramento Boulevard Church.
- circa 1906?, age 15
- circa 1909, high school graduation
- circa 1913?, college graduation
- circa 1915?, with Albert E. Kidd
- circa 1916, professional head shots
- Wedding invitation, 1916
- Wedding principles, 1916 rear: her husband's brother Harold, sister Louise, unknown
- In field with cars and horse & buggy, circa 1920s
- Holding daughter, Geraldine, 1920
- 1924, driving in the Rockies
- 1924, Yellowstone
- 1927: Letter to husband from Paris
- Hôtel Grande Bretagne, Bellagio Gardens, 1927; with Helen Pike (Bellagio, Italy?)
- 1927, Venice
- 1927, Europe
- Mu Phi Epsilon
- Geraldine and Elizabeth, Atlantic City, 1934
- Geraldine (left), Elizabeth (middle), 1936
- New Trier Yearbook, 1938 She was a teacher in the foreign languages department
- President, Mu Phi Epsilon, 1940 - 1942
- Newspaper account of 6 month world trip, 1964
- Obituary, 1968
- Donation of musical instrument collection to the University of New Mexico
- Uncle Sam words and music by Elizabeth Ayres, 1917
- Hymn Before Action words by Rudyard Kipling, music by Elizabeth Ayres, 1918
- Lecture announcement 1936
- Review Elizabeth Ayres Kidd, Classical Philology, Vol. 35, No. 3 (Jul., 1940), pp. 329-331
- The Greek Aulos: A Study of Its Mechanism and of Its Relation to the Modal System of Ancient Greek Music
- The Music and Musical Instruments of Ancient Peru and Mexico. Proceedings of the Music Teachers National Association, Thirty-Eighth Series, Sixty-Eighth Year, 1944, pp. 175-181.
- The Primitive Instruments And Music Of Mexico Central And South America with illustrations from the Leslie M. Cooke collection of Indian artifacts and the Elizabeth Ayres Kidd collection of primitive instruments : a monograph by Kidd, Elizabeth Ayres
- Wedding March Music PDF of composition written for the wedding of her son, David. Very large file.
::: First Wife, Harriet McDill
::: Second Wife, Henrietta Gass (~1846 - )
James Farnan (1830 - 1877)
Father of Hobart Ayres' Wife, Anna Farnan
::: Court Cases, Notes from David Kidd, June 2009
- 1850 and 1860 censuses: St. Louis, Missouri. Daughter of John and Prudence Gass.
- 1867 directory, 1870 census: teacher, St. Louis, Missouri
- 1876 directory, St. Louis, Missouri; widow of James. How can this be???
- 1880-1883: Living in St. Louis, Missouri
- 1901-1904: Living in Kansas City, Missouri
- 1907-1928: Living in Oakland, California
::: 1884 Court Case of Second Wife, Henrietta
I found 3 court cases involving Dr. James Farnan... The first case accused him of rape, the second accused him of attempted murder of some man, the third accused him of bastardly.
I can't tell from the cases if he was convicted or not. He apparently got this single woman pregnant which ties the rape and bastardly cases together. The attempted murder case is tied to these cases and from what I can tell someone came after James and James fired a gun at him to protect himself.
There are affidavits from his two son David Farnan and Frank Farnan but none from Anna Farnan or the oldest son Henry Farnan. Also curious is there is no mention of the mother Harriet McDill Farnan. Harriet died Feb 22, 1872 and the cases were being tried in 1871 and 1872. She is not buried anywhere in Sparta and I am now wondering if she may have left.
I also found out that David Farnan died in 28 Nov 1889 and is buried with the McDill side of the family in Monmouth, Warren, Illinois. Another court case filed by Henry Farnan in 1883 to get control of two properties in Sparta from James Farnan's second wife provided the clues.
- James died in 1877 and left no will. His first wife (Harriet McDill), mother of his 6 children, died in 1872. His second wife was Henriette Gass.
- At the time of his death he was living on some parcels of land (his "homestead") in Sparta, Il. with three of his children (ages 15-19) and Henrietta
- After eight months, Henrietta and her two youngest step-sons went to live in St. Louis.
- She never returned and rented out the Sparta house. She kept one room for herself with some furniture and it appears that the four children were co-owners of the house. After one year she sold the furniture and "surrendered" the room to a tenant named William Borders.
- Borders purchased a one quarter share of the house from Henrietta's oldest son, Harry and later claimed to have acquired the shares of the other 3 children.
- Borders claimed that Henrietta's stake in the property was now officially abandoned and he was suing to obtain full possession of the property.
(courtesy Google Digital Books)
Anna Farnan (1861 - 1945)
- Parents: James Farnan, Harriett McDill
- Born: 10-Aug-1861, Sparta, IL
- Born: 24-Jan-1945, Winnetka, IL
- Anna Farnan, childhood home, Sparta Illinois
- Anna Farnan, cicra 1870s Commercial photo by Montfort and Hill in Burlington Iowa
Montfort, A. W. of the firm of Montfort & Hill photographers, was born in Chautauqua Co., N. Y. May 13, 1846; his parents removed with the family to Canada when he was an infant, lived there about five years, then removed to Detroit where he lived twelve years; in 1865, he came to Burlington; has been engaged in present business ever since he came here." The 1880 federal census lists Aschylus, aged 34, a woman born in New York named Mary L. who was 54 and a daughter named Belle who was 14 and born in Michigan. He is listed in the 1881 Gazetteer as a Burlington photographer.
- Anna Farnan, cicra 1870s Commercial photo by Vincent, 152 West Fourth St., Cincinnati
- 1880 in Iowa: http://interactive.ancestry.com/6742/4240682-00399/32419555?backurl=http://person.ancestry.com/tree/2835590/person/5017202870/facts
- Anna Farnan, cicra 1880s
- 1900: listed as music teacher in the Chicago directory
- Anna Farnan, cicra 1915
- Anna Farnan, cicra 1930s
- Anna Farnan, 1942, age 84
- Tree (ancestry.com)
::: Farnan the Grocer Letter (East Dubuque, Ill) to Mrs. Ayres, Chicago
::: Other web sites
::: Notes from David Kidd, March 2009
Sparta was first called Shannon's store. (See below) In 1826 John Armour from PA bought the land that is now Sparta and opened a mill there. Samuel Hill bought the first town lot for $4 in 1829. In 1829 James McClurken moved to town and Lawson Murphy opened a brick yard. 1830 the town added Alexander Campbell (carpenter), Cornhill Ballard (blacksmith), Dr Pyles (teacher) and Dr Joseph Farnan. William H McDill built a hotel in 1832. In 1834, John A Wilson, John Little, John Gray, Thomas Gaston and John W Slade made the new town their home.
Farnan, James was born 18 Jan 1830 in Navan, Co Meath, Ireland. James
graduated from St Louis Medical College in 1853. On 27 Dec 1853 he
married Harriett McDill the d/o David. During the CW James was in the
5th IL Cav. His wife died 22 Feb 1872. And he married a second time
to Henriette Gass. James' father was John who was born in Co
Westmeath in Ireland. He married Annie Bearagh (she died in RC).
Their children were: James, Joseph (Doctor), Nellie, Margaret,
Bridget, Annie (d bef 1875 in RC), Patrick (d young) and John (moved
to NO). All their children except John were born in Ireland. (1875)
The father of our subject, E. A. Lee, M. D., was born and reared in Ohio, graduated from Rush Medical College at Chicago, and during the Civil war served four years as surgeon in an Illinois regiment, with the rank of major. After the close of the war he located at Du Quoin, Ill., and followed his profession for several years. On account of asthma, necessitating change of climate, California and other places were visited and settlement finally made in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1875. After several years' residence, another change became necessary and he removed to Fort Collins, Colo., and is still practicing his profession at that place. He married Margaret M. Farnan, who was born at Sparta, Ill., the daughter of Joseph Farnan, a southern Illinois pioneer and a medical graduate of an Irish college. Both Dr. and Mrs. Lee are still living, as are two of four daughters and one of two sons.
Went out to the cemetery in Sparta Randolph County, Illinois and solved some issues but gained new ones. Can not find any of Anna's father, mother, or siblings. I also traced them across to Clonmellon, Meath, Ireland.
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