The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906

Lewis Ayers.

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LEWIS AYERS.
CHARLES H. AYERS.
Lewis Ayers was born at Morris Plains, a little village about
two miles from Morristown, New Jersey, October 6, 1798. His
father was Silas Ayers, a descendant of Obadiah Ayers, who with
several others emigrated from Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1667,
and founded the town of Woodbridge, New Jersey. His mother
was Mary Byram Ayers, a great-great-grand-daughter of John Al-
den and Priscilla.
'There is but little information concerning the life of Lewis
Ayers in possession of his descendants. His early boyhood was
spent in the neighborhood of the place of his birth. On November
2, 1824, he married Rebecca Osborn. On May 11, 1834, he with
his wife and five children and his brother David Ayers and his
family left New York on the brig Asia for Texas. As to the part
he took in the struggle for Texas independence, something can be
seen from the documents published in connection with this sketch.
A Royal Arch apron which belonged to Lewis Ayers and a re-
ceipt for chapter dues paid by him in 1822 are in the hands, of the
writer. It is a tradition among the descendants of Mr. Ayers that
this apron played a part in saving his life when he was captured
by the Mexicans.
Of the children of Lewis Ayers, three died within one month of
scarlet fever in Texas, and another died young. Three grew to
maturity. One, a daughter, died unmarried. Cornelia Maria, born
January 16, 1832, married Theo. P. Robinson. She is now living
in Detroit and has five children: Miss Kate E. Robinson, Mrs. Clar-
ence Hodges, Mrs. Charles Crockett, and Mrs. Charles Hastings,
all of Detroit, and Charles Robinson, of Buffalo, New York.
Lewis H. Ayers, the youngest of the children of Lewis Ayers, was
born in Cincinnati, December 24, 1837, and is now living in De-
troit. He has two children: Charles H. Ayers and Mrs. Katharine
Ayers Holmes.
The life of Lewis Ayers subsequent to 1837 was spent mainly in
the South, and most of it in Mobile, Alabama. He died in that
city, October 11, 1866.

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