History of the Town of
Canterbury, New Hampshire
By James Otis Lyford,
Editor of History of Concord, N.H.
Author of the Life of Edward H. Rollins
In Two Volumes
ABBOTT to AYERS
[transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
1. ELIAS(1) ABBOTT was b. at Concord, 24 Oct., 1757, and m. Sept., 1782, Elizabeth Buswell, who was b. at Kingston 4 Sept., 1761, and d. 25 Jan., 1832. They came to Northfield in 1801. He d. 19 May, 1847. Children:
2. ELIAS(2) ABBOTT(Elias(1)) b. 22 March, 1786, at Concord, and spent most of his life on the home farm. He m. first, 2 May, 1812, Lydia Sawyer of Northfield, who was b. 23 July, 1784, and d. 14 May, 1826; they had four children. He d. at Northfield, 10 Sept., 1862. His second wife was Sarah Winslow, and they had two daughters. He m. third, Mrs. Elinor Rogers. Children:
3. ALFRED S.(3) ABBOT (Elias(2), Elias(1)) b. 10 April, 1816, at Northfield, and m. 19 April, 1842, at C., Susan B. Howe, who was b. at C., 20 April, 1812. (See Howe Gen.) They had three children, but one of whom, Almira, survives. He was deacon of the Congregational Church from 1866 until his death, 15 Sept., 1888. Mrs. Abbott d. 2 July, 1890.
4. ALMIRA EMILY(4) ABBOTT (Alfred(3), Elias(2), Elias(1)) b. 18 Jan., 1843, at E. Concord; m. first, 21 Sept., 1865, Alvin G. Hayward at Tilton. He was a soldier and d. in Michigan, 3 March, 1908. She m. second, 24 April, 1873, at C., Russell A. Burdeen, who was b. at C., 5 Sept., 1831, and d. 10 Oct., 1884. He was a soldier in the Civil War. She m. third, 6 Oct., 1888, at Concord, Edward F. Willard, b. 7 March, 1858, at Sandwich. Child:
5. HENRY(5) HAYWARD (Almira(4), Alfred(3), Elias(2), Elias(1)) b. 3 July, 1869, at C., m. first, at C., 25 Dec., 1890, Idena Haselton of Loudon, who d. 7 March, 1906, at Penacook, aged 33. M. second, 2 Jan., 1907, at Penacook, Arvilla N. Ames of Belmont. Children by first marriage:
1. JOHN LINCOLN(1) ADAMS was b. 21 June, 1830. His father d. 1840. His mother, Elizabeth Campbell, of English descent, m. second, Eben Fellows of Concord. She d. 21 Sept., 1901. John Lincoln m. 21 Nov., 1854, in Lawrence, Mass., Eliza Jane, dau. of Freeman L. and Mary Seavey Peverly. Mrs. Adams was b. 12 Aug., 1834, in Portsmouth; d. 23 Jan., 1902, in C. In 1857, Mr. Adams moved from Lawrence, Mass., to C., where he d. 11 Jan., 1900. Children:
2. WILLIAM EDWIN(2) ADAMS (John L.(1)) b. 25 July, 1858, in C., m. 11 May, 1880, in Concord, Lucretia P. Stetson of Effingham, b. 9 Jan., 1858. Children, all b. in Concord:
3. ADELAIDE MAE(3) ADAMS (William E.(2), John L(1).) b. 5 April, 1881; m. 11 Dec., 1906, in Concord, Carl Hosea Foster of Manchester. Child, b. in Concord:
1. DANIEL(1), AMES, husbandman, settled in that part of Exeter, which is now Newmarket. The Ames estate was about six miles from Exeter village, pleasantly situated on the north side of the Piscassic River near the corner of Hall's Mill and Lee roads. Near the westerly side of a large, well-cultivated field, there is a knoll elevated ten or fifteen feet. On this knoll Daniel Ames built his log house. It had two rooms on the floor and was two stories in height. The upper story projected over the lower so that the house when used as a garrison could be defended against the attacks of Indians. Here he lived with his family, and here he d. in Jan., 1754. In this field at a bend in the river, and near its bank, is another knoll which is covered with trees. It was here that Daniel Ames and his household were buried. The neglected graves are distinctly marked by small, rough stones upon which there are no inscriptions.
The will off Daniel Ames "aged and well stricken in Years, and in a weak habit of body," dated 24 Dec., 1753, was presented for probate, 30 Jan., 1754. It makes his sons, Nathaniel and Jacob, executors, and it gives to them the homestead. The will also mentions the following children:
2. SIMON(2), AMES (Daniell(1)) came to C. about 1750, and bought of his brother, Samuel, lot 86, near the Center. He was elected constable in 1755 and 1756, a tithingman in 1754 and again in 1770. His name appears on the tax lists from 1762 to 1780. His will was presented for probate 13 May, 1783. The town records show nothing of his descendants, unless he had a son Simon, for one of that name was taxed in 1785 and is in the census of 1790.
3. SAMUEL(2), AMES (Daniell(1)) b. in Newmarket 13 Feb., 1723; m. Hannah Dolloff, who was b. 18 Jan., 1728. He came to C. about 1749, settling near the meeting house at the Center on the farm now owned by Joseph M. Houser of Canterbury. In 1791, he moved to the "Borough," having obtained possession of a large tract of land there, upon which was an unfinished two-story house which he completed. It is still intact. This farm remained in the possession of his descendants until recently, when it was purchased by Leroy A. Glines. Samuel Ames d. 16 Jan., 1803. His wife d. 23 Jan., 1804. They are buried in the family burial lot on the farm near the house. Children:
4. DANIEL(2) AMES (Daniel(1)) came to C. about 1749. He bought lot 137 of his brother Samuel that year, and the northerly half of lot 88 of Thomas Clough.
He was elected constable in 1763, highway surveyor in 1789. His name appears on the tax lists until 1771. As he did not sign the Association Test in 1776, it is probable that he died prior to that date. The town records show nothing of his descendants, if he had any.
5. DAVID(3) AMES (Samuel(2), Daniell(1)) b. in Exeter or C., 27 May, 1749; m. Phebe, daughter of Thomas and Miriam Kimball Hoyt. She was b. in Amesbury, Mass., 22 Nov., 1756. They lived on the farm near the Meeting House at C. Center until 1791, when they moved with his father to the farm in the "Borough." Both d. in C.: he, 22 Sept., 1812; she, 30 Oct., 1838 (Thomas Hoyt was b. in Amesbury, Mass., 17 May, 1731; d. in Revolutionary War, 1 Sept., 1778. His widow married, second, Benjamin Blanchard 26 Nov., 1781; d. in C., 3 Sept., 1814.) Children of David and Phebe (Hoyt) Ames all born in C.:
x. RHODA, b. 20 Dec., 1799; m. first, Ira Elliott of Boscawen, 27 April, 1824. He d. in Northfield, 26 May, 1838; m. second, Leban Morrill of C., 2 May, 1845. He d. 10 Sept., 1869. She d. in Concord, 16 Aug., 1864. Children:
6. THOMAS(4) AMES (David(3), Samuel(2), Daniel(1)) b. in C., 6 Oct., 1777; m. Lucy, dau. of Jonathan Foster of C., 25 Dec., 1804. They moved to the farm at the top of the hill west of the Freewill Baptist Church. Both d. in C.: he, 19 Nov., 1840; she, 22 July, 1843. Children b. in C.:
7. SAMUEL(4) AMES (David(3), Samuel(2), Daniell(1)) b. in C., near Meeting House at Center, 29 July, 1784; m., Miriam, dau. of Joseph Ayers of C., 24 March, 1813. She was b. 16 May, 1786. Both d. in C.. he, 30 June, 1870; she, 14 Oct., 1873. Children:
8. JOSEPH GERRISH(5) AMES (Thomas(4), David(3), Samuel(2), Daniel(1)) b. 30 April, 1808; m. first, 4 Sept., 1839, Elizabeth, dau. of Henry Gerrish. She d. in Bertrand, Mich., 7 Nov., 1842; m. second, 18 April, 1844, Rebecca Van Dervanter. He died in Three Oaks, Mich., 12 Aug., 1855. His widow m. Henry Chamberlain, who was commissioner of Berrien County in 1838 and represented the county in the legislature of 1844. Children of Joseph G. and Rebecca (Van Dervanter) Ames:
9. SAMUEL ALBERT(5) AMES (Thomas(4), David(3), Samuel(2), Daniel(1)) b. 1 June, 1811; m. 26 Dec., 1836, Maria, dau. of Eben Batchelder of C. He d. 28 Aug., 1852. She d. in Omaha, Neb., 30 Sept., 1873. Children:
10. FISHER(5) AMES (Thomas(4), David(3), Samuel(2), Daniel(1)) b. 18 Oct., 1814; m. Mary, dau. of Nathan Plummer, 15 Feb., 1844. He d. 14 Aug., 1893. She d. 1895. He succeeded to the homestead of his father in C. Afterwards moved to Boscawen, and later to Concord. Children:
1. ADDISON AUGUSTUS(2) ARLIN, son of Harry and Mary (Herrick) Arlin, was b. in C., 1845. He m. in 1863, Abigail, dau. of Samuel B. and Mary (Rogers) Lovering of Loudon, and always lived on the homestead with the exception of three years in Florida. He was one of ten children, all of whom died under the age of forty years. He died April, 1883, in C. Children:
1. WILLIAM(1) AVERY removed from Barnstead to C.; m. 30 Dec., 1835, in C., Polly, dau. of Ebenezer and Love (Foss) Glover. Mrs. Avery d. 9 April, 1885. in C. Children:
The following legend is one of the theories of the origin of this ancient name variously spelled, Ayers, Ayres, Eayers, etc., which dates back to the eleventh century in Derbyshire, Eng. "William the Conqueror, flung from his horse, and his helmet beaten into his face, was rescued by a faithful follower named, Truelove. 'Thou shalt no longer be called "Truelove," 'said the duke, 'but Eyre (or air) for thou hast given me the eire I breathe.' Truelove was given lands in Derbyshire, a coat of arms, leg and thigh in armor cut off, and an honorary badge still worn by all the Eyres in England."
Who was the earliest New England ancestor of the Canterbury family has not been determined, but it is known that in the middle of the eighteenth century three brothers, Jonathan, John and Perkins, lived in Portsmouth, active in civil and religious affairs, doing their share in the development of the new country. They were engaged in shipping and the various industries connected with the leather trade, at that time an important commercial interest. The records show that they were searchers and sealers of leather, 1750 to 1780. Jonathan was mentioned in 1751 as constable -1763, surveyor of highways -1774, "to inquire who kills Dear contrary to law." Perkins signed petition to selectmen "to call a meeting of the inhabitants of Portsmouth to take action regarding the consignment of tea." He was one of the charter members of the Third Congregational Church, organized by a number of persons withdrawing from the Congregational churches of Portsmouth, with a more liberal platform for discipline and "the New England confession of faith for doctrine." The names of Jonathan and Perkins with their sons were subscribed to the Association Test of 1776.
1. JONATHAN(1) AYERS m. Alice, daughter of Edward Sherburne, who probably later returned to England. That she had the courage of her convictions is shown by the following letter:
Portsmo. 1st Sept'r, 1795.
MRS. ALICE AYERS,
As you left us —and profess to Believe in that Doctrine which we Judge to be Heresy—We have taken those Methods to reclaim you which the Great Head of the Chh. has enjoined on us in his Holy Word and You still refuse to be reclaimed —and will not submit to the Discipline of this Chh. according to Your Solemn Covenant engagement. We do now in the fear of God reject you as a member of this Chh. and unworthy of our fellowship untill you Return by Hearty repentance, Signed by the Desire and Consent of the Third Congregational Chh. in Portsmouth, this 1st. Day of Sept. 1785 —and voted by sd. Chh. to be recorded—
Elders --- JOSEPH COTTON. GEORGE JERRY OSBORN. JOSEPH WALTON.
Of her nothing more is recorded except that "she lived and died and was buried in Portsmouth." Jonathan Ayers d. in C., 14 Dec., 1801. Children:
2. JOSEPH(3) AYERS (Jonathan(1)) b. in Portsmouth, 15 Aug., 1745, was living there in 1776 as shown by his signature to the Association Test. He lived in Moultonborough in 1779-1782, serving in 1781 as selectman. Returning to Portsmouth, he moved his family to C. about 1785 or 1786, with such supplies as could be taken with an ox-team. Among his assets were two hogsheads of molasses and as many of rum, -neceesary supplies in those days. In his family were three slaves, Deborah, an aged colored woman who lived to be 102 years old, and her two grandsons, Prince and Caesar. Mr. Ayers became the owner of a thousand acres of land. The large colonial house with adjacent barns and granaries indicated his agricultural interests. His education was above the average, and he was one of the founders of the first public
library in the section in which he lived; m. Sarah Bickford of Portsmouth, 14 Dec., 1767. She d. 10 Oct., 1768; m. second, 11 Oct., 1770, Miriam Frost, b. in Kittery, Me., 20 May, 1743, dau. of Charles and Sarah (Pepperrell) Frost and granddau. of Andrew Pepperrell who was the elder son of Col. William Pepperrell and brother of Sir William Pepperrell, commander at Siege of Louisburg, 1745. Joseph Ayers d. 28 April, 1812. Miriam (Frost) Ayers d. 20 Dec., 1834. (See "Old Kittery.") Children, by first marriage:
By second marriage:
3. JONATHAN(2) AYERS, JR. (Jonathan(1)) b. Sept. 25, 1759, in Portsmouth; m. Dorothy Deering of Portsmouth, b. 12 March, 1762, on 19 Feb., 1785. They moved to C. and settled in that part of the town now in Northfield. Jonathan d. 19 Nov., 1839. Dorothy d. 16 March, 1845. Children:
4. JONATHAN(3) AYERS (Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. in Portsmouth, 14 Sept., 1771; still a lad when the family moved to C., succeeded to the homestead, adding an equal acreage in farm and timber lands. A gentleman of the old school, hospitable, courteous, intelligent, just, liberal in religion, an ardent Whig, he served the town as trustee of the library, justice of peace, and legislator. M. 1806, Hannah Haines, b. in C., 30 May, 1780, dau. of Samuel and Hannah (Johnson) Haines, d. 7 Dec., 1823. (See Haines Gen.) M. second, 19 Dec., 1825, Susannah (Stevens) Hackett, dau. of Deacon Jesse Stevens of the Borough, and widow of Asa Hackett, who d. 18 Feb., 1825. She was b. 23 July, 1789; d. 26 Aug., 1882. (See Stevens Gen.) Jonathan Ayers d. 5 Sept., 1849. Children all by first marriage b. at the homestead:
5. JONATHAN(4) AYERS, JR. (Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 18 Feb., 1811. Built a saw-mill with dam, canal and shop, on a small farm on the west road. Was licensed to preach by the Freewill Baptist Conference, 1838. Entered Gilmanton Theological Seminary and was licensed by the Belknap Congregational Association in 1841, renewed "without limitation" in 1843, when he accepted a call to the church in Loudon, meeting with marked success. Failing in health, he returned to C. in 1844 and engaged in farming, lumbering and stock-raising. Active in religious and political life he was always a student. As civil engineer, he assisted in locating the Boston, Concord and Montreal R.R., and was authority on boundary lines in C. and adjoining towns. Represented the town in the legislature in 1850, 1851. In the great civil contest he upheld the National Administration.
M. 22 March, 1838, Mary Rogers, b. in Derry, 20 June, 1811, dau. of Deacon Thomas Dorman and Mary (McGregor) Rogers, and granddau. of Major William Rogers of Newbury, Mass., who served in the war of the Revolution from 19 April, 1775, to his discharge 7 Nov., 1781. She was the fourth generation from Rev. James McGregor, one of the original proprietors of Londonderry, organizer and pastor of the first Presbyterian Church in New England. Educated at Derry Academy, she was a successful teacher for several years. Removed with her father's family to Northfield. Jonathan d. 1 June, 1871, and Mary, 25 Jan., 1897, both in Concord. Children:
6. JOSEPH SHERBURNE(4) AYERS (Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. in C., 14 Jan., 1813; d. 26 May, 1887, in C. Beginning on a small farm in Northfield, he afterwards returned to C. Borough where he remained till he retired from more active life. Prominent in the affairs of the town. M. first, 17 Dec., 1835, Lucy Caroline, dau. of Jeremiah Emery of Loudon, b. in Concord, 10 Sept., 1818; d. in C., 15 April, 1858. M. second, 5 June, 1861, Martha Badger Lyford, b. in C., 15 Nov., 1830; d. in Northfield, 13 April, 1876. (See Lyford Gen.) Children by first marriage:
By second marriage:
7. CHARLES HAINES(4) AYERS (Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 10 June, 1815, was a man of wide acquaintance and prominence in town and church. He conducted large farming operations, raising fine cattle and sheep, and was also an extensive lumber operator. He was deacon and liberal supporter of the Freewill Baptist Church for fifty-eight years, and for many years a lay-preacher. Member of legislature 1889-1890. M. first, 4 Oct., 1838, Almira Samantha Gerrish, b. 13 March, 1815, dau. of Joseph and Susan (Hancock) Gerrish(Susan (Hancock) Gerrish, mother of Almira and Ellen, was the dau. of Joseph Hancock (Revolutionary soldier) and grand-dau. of Jacob Hancock (a relative of Gov. John Hancock) and the first of the name to settle in Northfield. He served in the French and Indian War, also in the war of the Revolution, being killed in the battle of Bunker Hill. (See Hist. of Northfield.) Henry Gerrish, their paternal grandfather, lieutenant-colonel of Stickney's regiment, was present at the surrender of Burgoyne. He m. Martha, dau. of Jeremiah Clough of C. His father, Capt. Stephen Gerrish of Newbury, Mass., was one of the original proprietors and settlers of Boscawen. He m. Joanna Hale, sister of Richard Hale, the father of Nathan Hale, the Martyr Spy. (See Hist. of BEscawen.)) of Northfield, now Franklin. She d. 23 Feb., 1854. M. second, 15 Oct., 1854, Ellen Maria Gerrish, youngest sister of Almira, b. in Northfield, 19 Oct., 1833, d. 1 Feb., 1899. He d. 10 May, 1900. Children all b. in C.:
By second marriage:
8. AUGUSTINE ROGERS(5) AYERS (Jonathan(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jaonthan(Jonathan?)(1)) b. 28 Sept., 1839, in Gilmanton; attended district school and New Hampton Inst. Enlisted Oct., 1862, in Company G, 15th Regiment N.H. Volunteers, a nine months(3) regiment; was wounded at the siege of Port Hudson, La., in the first assault. Returned a sergeant, Aug., 1863. Was employed in a store in Concord till 1865, when he went West. In 1867 returned to Concord and was engaged in mercantile business until 1891, when he retired to a farm in North Boscawen, which he now occupies, though still holding his residence in Concord. Mr. Ayers is a staunch, active Republican, a member of the Congregational Church, of the Grand Army of the Republic, of Capital Grange, and Past Master of Merrimack County Pomona Grange. M. 4 June, 1873, Clara Maria Kimball, b. 20 March, 1848, in Lawrence, Mass., dau. of John and Maria (Phillips) Kimball and great-granddau. of David Ames of C. Borough. Graduate of Wheaton Seminary, Norton, Mass., 1868. Children b. in Concord:
9. MARY ADELAIDE(5) AYERS (Jonathan(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. in C., 27 June, 1850. Taught four years in public schools; m. William McClure Leaver, b. 6 Oct., 1845, youngest son of Rev. Thomas Leaver, former rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Concord. He d. 6 Oct., 1908. Children b. and educated in Concord:
10. SAMUEL HAINES(5) AYERS (Jonathan(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. in C., 16 Oct., 1853. Admitted to Concord High School 1867. At fifteen, was employed in a store. Entered the general ticket office of the Northern Pacific R.R. in 1871. Went to Toledo, Ohio, in 1874 as passenger accountant of the Toledo, Western and Wabash R.R. Removing with the Wabash offices to St. Louis, he remained with that system until called back to Toledo in 1882 as auditor and secretary of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad, holding during the same period other positions of trust. M. 7 Oct., 1877, Amanda Ellen Ridenour, b. 5 Jan., 1855, dau. of William T. Ridenour, M. D., of Toledo; d. 2 Dec., 1890, in Denver, Colo. Children:
11. JEREMIAH EMERY(5) AYERS (Joseph(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 2 Feb., 1838, in Northfield. Graduate Dartmouth College, 1863. Teacher in Boys' High School, Portsmouth, 1863-1865. Professor in Western University, Pa., 1865-1870. Principal of Ayers Latin School, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1870-1873. 1873 removed to Denver, Colo., engaged in real estate business and later in agriculture. Active in church and Sunday School. M. 6 July, 1869, Anna Rea, b. at. Pittsburgh, Pa., 19 Oct., 1841, dau. of Samuel and Elizabeth (McKee) Rea, and granddau. of Capt. John Rea of Pennsylvania of the Revolutionary War; and later ten years in Congress. Graduate of Chestnut St. Seminary, Philadelphia, 1860.
12. HENRY CLINTON(5) AYERS (Joseph(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 6 Jan., 1840. Graduate, Dartmouth College, 1864. Taught in Ogdensburgh, N.Y., 1864-1865; Toledo Public Schools, 1865-1866. Removed to Pittsburgh, Pa., and became prominent in life insurance. Was for many years elder in the Presbyterian Church. M. 28 Dec., 1871, Mary Laughlin Rea, youngest dau. of Samuel Rea, b. in Pittsburgh 19 Dec., 1849. He d. 27 Sept., 1899, in Pittsburgh. Children:
13. HANNAH JANE(5) AYERS (Joseph,(4) Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. in Northfield 21 Feb., 1842. Graduate of Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, 1863. M. 8 May, 1869, John Preston Carr, attorney, of Andover. They moved to Tipton, where he d. 15 July, 1874. She d. 29 Nov., 1896, in Waterbury, Conn. Children b. in Tipton, Mo.:
14. MARTHA ELIZABETH(5) AYERS (Joseph(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. in C., 29 May, 1848. Graduate of Kimball Union Academy, 1866. Successful teacher. M. 29 May, 1873, Joseph Gerrish Clough, b. 18 May, 1835, d. 7 July, 1900. (See Clough Gen.) Children b. in C.:
15. JOSEPH GERRISH(5) AYERS (Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 3 Nov., 1839. Graduate University of Vermont, 1864. Second and first lieutenant Co. G, 15th Regiment, N.H. Volunteers, 11 Oct., 1862, to 13 Aug., 1863. (Thirteen men of this company went from Ct.) Acting asst. surgeon, U.S. Army, 28 June to 27 Oct., 1864; acting asst. surgeon, U.S. Navy, 17 Dec., 1864, to 24 Sept., 1866; commissioned asst. surgeon in regular navy, 8 Oct., 1866. Medical Director U.S. Navy. Placed on retired list on reaching age limit -rank rear admiral, 3 Nov., 1901. Residence Port Jervis, N.Y. M. 11 July, 1884, Olinda Ann Austin, b. 9 Nov., 1861, dau. of Rev. Alonzo E. and Isabella (Camp) Austin of New York City.
Children b. in C.:
16. SUSAN GERRISH(5) AYERS (Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 29 Dec., 1841; m. 25 April, 1865, James Riley Young, born in Lisbon, 31 Jan., 1828. Mr. Young was a merchant in Lyman and Lisbon for twenty years. Later, with Charles Parker, organized the Parker & Young Manufacturing Company of Lisbon. He d. in Lisbon, 21 Feb., 1884. Children b. in Lisbon:
17. CHARLES HENRY(5) AYERS (Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 31 May, 1843, as a young man entered the lumber business. Later was interested in railroading in the West. In 1877, he returned to C. and engaged in farming. M. 30 May, 1876, Martha Jane Day, b. in McKeesport, Pa., 15 Aug., 1846. Children b. in C.
18. ELLEN MARIA(5) AYERS (Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 4 Sept., 1846; m. 16 June, 1870, Charles Edward Cummings, b. in Lisbon, 28 Feb., 1847, d. in Canton, Mo., 9 Sept., 1897. Mr. Cummings was engaged in an extensive lumber business in Canton from 1872 till the time of his death. M. second, 20 Nov., 1901, in Canton, David M. Hibbard, b. in Monroe, 20 Nov., 1840, d. in Canton, Mo., 27 Feb., 1902. He and Mr. Cummings were for many years business partners. Children by first marriage, b. in Canton:
19. JONATHAN(5) AYERS (Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 17 Dec., 1850. Electrician. Improved, also invented, several of the first electrical signals used on the New York Central R.R. Later had charge of all the electric fire alarm signals in New York City, and invented several electrical devices.
At the time of his death, he was controller of golden stock instruments in Wall Street. He also invented a musical instrument, the principle of which is now used in the pianola. M. 9 Sept., 1875, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, N.Y., Mary Frances Delany, b. 28 April, 1855, d. 2 June, 1882. Jonathan d. 2 April, 1882, in C. Children, b. in New York City:
20. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN(5) AYERS (Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 6 Jan., 1854; m. 3 Dec., 1885, Pamelia Ella Roberts of Northfield, b. 4 June, 1867. One son, Herman Eugene(7), b. 14 Jan., 1890, in Northfield.
21. ALMIRA JOSEPHINE(5) AYERS (Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 2 Aug., 1855; m. 29 Oct., 1878, William Young Sargent, b. in C., 19 April, 1851. One daughter: Myra Ayers(7) Sargent, b. in C., 12 Oct., 1888; d. 14 Oct., 1888.
22. HELEN MCGREGOR(6) AYERS (Augustine(5), Jonathan(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. in Concord, 26 Oct., 1878. Graduate of Concord High School, 1897, Wheaton Seminary, 1900. M. 10 Oct., 1905, Robert John Graves, M. D., b. in Boscawen, 22 June, 1878. Graduate of Harvard University, 1900. Harvard Medical School, 1903. Residence, Concord. Children:
23. AUGUSTINE HAINES(6) AYERS (Augustine(5), Jonathan(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. in Concord, 1 March, 1883. C.H.S. 1902. Dartmouth College, 1906. Thayer School Civil Engineering, 1907. Asst. instructor in University of Wis., 1907, 1908. 1910, Asst. engineer, So. Alberta Land Co., Alberta, Canada. M. 29 June, 1909, Bernice Celeste Millen, b. in Winona, Minn., 17 June, 1888, dau. of James Dixon and Kathleen Millen. Child:
24. JOSEPH HENRY(6) AYERS (Jeremiah(5), Joseph(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. in Pittsburgh, 29 Nov., 1870. Educated in schools of Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo. Accountant-cashier of the Rocky Mt. Fuel Co. M. 25 Sept., 1895, Ruth Vallette of Chicago, Children:
26. ELSIE CARLETON(6) AYERS (Jeremiah(5), Joseph(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. in Denver, 17 Feb., 1876. Graduate of Chicago Kindergarten College, 1899. Principal of Kindergarten, Ft. Collins, Colo., 1901-1905. M. 27 May, 1905, Harry Carson Riddle, b. in Allegheny, Pa., 4 Feb., 1869, moved to Colorado, 1881, admitted to bar 1896, elected district judge, 1906.
Children b. in Denver:
26. ELIZABETH REA(6) AYERS (Henrys(5), Joseph(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 17 Feb., 1874, in Titusville, Pa., educated in Pittsburgh and Morristown, N.J. M. 1892, Graham Chapin Wells, b. in Denver, 13 Oct., 1872. Residence, Pittsburgh. A son:
27. HARRY GERRISH(6) CLOUGH (Martha E.(5), Joseph(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 2 Oct., 1876, in C. Student in Kezer Seminary. Engaged in mercantile business till his father's death in 1900, when he returned to C. M. 1906, Laura Maud Buehler, b. 6 Jan., 1877, in Fort Fred Steele, Wyoming. Children b. in C.:
28. EMILIE AYERS(6) YOUNG (Susan(5), Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 29 Oct., 1866, in Lisbon; graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy, Boston University, College Liberal Arts, A.B. 1891, School of Medicine, 1893. M. 19 Feb., 1895, Robert Lincoln O'BRIEN, b. in Abington, Mass., 14 Sept., 1865. Mr. O'BRIEN was a graduate of Harvard, 1891, private secretary of Grover Cleveland between his administrations, executive clerk of the White House during his second term of office, Washington correspondent and, later, editor of the Boston Transcript; 1910, editor and manager of the Boston Herald. Children:
29. ELLEN LOUISE(6) YOUNG (Susan(5), Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 10 April, 1871, Lisbon; graduate at St. Johnsbury Academy (Vt.) 1891, special course of two years at College Liberal Arts, Boston University. M. 3 June, 1897, Lucian Scott Ash, b. 21 Sept., 1870, in Lisbon. Children b. in Lyman:
30. KARL GREENLEAF CUMMINGS (Ellen(5), Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Joseph(2), Jonathan(1)) b. 29 Nov., 1877, Canton, Mo., engaged with his brother Albert in the lumber business organized by his father till 1910 when he moved to Oregon. M. 18 Jan., 1906, Mary Maple Waters, b. 26 July, 1897. One child:
31. SUSAN TILTON VERONICA(6) AYERS (Jonathan(5), Charles(4), Jonathan(3), Josephs,(2) Jonathan(1)) b. 25 Oct., 1876, N.Y. Educated at St. Gabriel's Academy, Ursuline Seminary and National Academy of Design. M. 10 Nov., 1909, Charles H. Coveny. One child: