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John Airs / Ayers
10/7/1721 - 3/7/1776

 


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John Ayers
1763 - 10/20/1823
John Ayers was born about 1763 somewhere in South Carolina and died on October 20, 1823 somewhere in South Carolina. Actual date of birth is unknown. He lived to be about 60 years old.

The Catawba Indians of upper South Carolina began adopting English names in the 1750's and their leaders adopted military titles of 'General', 'Colonel', 'Captain', etc. during the French and Indian War. The first Ayers appears in 1764 when Chief 'General Ayers' signs a treaty for the Catawba giving them reserve lands of 144,000 acres in the present counties of Lancaster, York and Chester, South Carolina. This General Ayers may have been the father of our John Ayers.

So who was General Ayers? Hutchison, a Catawba Indian Agent in 1782, noted that some of the older Catawba did not want to move. He names these older men as General Scott, General Ayers, and General Harris. In a letter dated 1843 Hutchinson wrote to SC governor about the Catawba's king Old Plow had died at the end of the Revolutionary war and their leader was Gen. New River, and then follow by the Ayers brothers Jacob, Jesse and John.

The following year Captain Thomas Drennan's Unit of Catawba Indians is enrolled in the Revolutionary War and three Ayers men are listed on the rolls: John Eayrs, Jacob Eayrs, and James Eayrs. Jacob and Billy Scott are also enlisted. Later that year the Revolutionary War Catawba Indian service list adds two more Ayers and promotes John to Colonel: Mosy Ayres, Col. John Eayres, William 'Billy' Eayres and Jacob Eayres. These may be the only records of our John Ayers and the others may or may not be his brothers. Since each Indian could adopt a name, it is unknown if last names indicate a relationship.

There were six recorded Catawba towns in the 1750's: Newtown, Peedee, Carrow (or Saraw), Sugar Town (or Sugaree), Nuestee and Nawsaw. By 1826 only two villages remained: Newtown on the York side and Turkey Head on the Lancaster side of the Catawba River.

On June 16, 1826, General Jacob Ayres (John's brother), Chief of the Catawba (successor of General Jacob Scott) signed for 208 acres of Catawba Reserve land laying north of the old Trading Road. Captain John Ayres (John's son) and Lieutenant Jessie Ayres also sign. Jacob died in 1837.

By the time the next Catawba treaty is signed in 1837, Captain John Ayers (John's son) has already moved to north Florida where he served under Stephen Richards as a 'Friendly Indian' from 1837 to 1845. He was a scout for renegade Creek and Seminole Indians and helped prepare them for removal to Indian Territory.

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Records
Other1/1/1782 SC  19 yrs old 
Catawba Indian Agent Hutchison wrote: "A number of the Indians had it in view to go and live among the Cherokees, who had offered them land, and proposed to aid them in building houses, but the aged among them were averse to removal....At the time I am speaking of these men (General Scott, General Ayers, and General Harris) were old, and would not consent to remove." 
Military1/1/1783 SC  20 yrs old 
Enlistment records of Captain Thomas Drennan for his unit of Catawba Indians during the Revolutionary War: William Billy Williams, John Eayrs, Jacob Eayrs, Jacob Scott, James Eayrs, Little Stephens, Billy Scott. 
Military6/21/1783 SC  20 yrs old 
Revolutionary Paylist of 1780 - # 9 - John Cagg, # 22 - Col. John Eayrs 
Military1/1/1784 SC  21 yrs old 
Revolutionary War Catawba Indian Service: Jacob Scott, Jacob Eayres, John Scott, Little Stephens, William Billy Williams, Billy Scott, Mosy Ayres, Colonel John Eayres, William Billy Eayres.  
Other11/24/1792 SC  29 yrs old 
Coll. John Ears signed the Catawba petition of 1792 to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 30 other Catawba men.

Each signed with their mark
Gen. New River,Coll. John Ears,Major John Brown,Cap. Peter,Cap. Jacob Scott,Cap. Tho. Cook,Cap. Jammy ,Cap. John Scott,Cap. John Cagg, Jammy Bullen, Jammy Ears,Peter George,George White, Billey Scott,John Kennedy,Patrick Dickson, Pinetree Robbin, Tom Patterson, John Nettles, George Canty, John Young, Billy Redhead, John Ears, Kelley, John Deloe, Billy Ears 
Death Certificate10/20/1823 SC  60 yrs old 
Date of death listed in family bible as John Airs Oct. 20 1823. 

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6 1769 The first steam engine is invented by Watt
14 1777 The concept of chemical compounds is conceived by Lavoisier
20 1783 The hot air balloon is invented by Michel and Montgolfier and the first people in modern history fly at an altitude of 1800 m.
22 1785 The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
30 1793 The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
36 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
37 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
44 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
51 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
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12 1775 NEWS HEADLINES: On April 18th, Paul Revere makes his famous ride proclaiming "The British are Coming" and the American Revolution War begins. Britain hires 29,000 German mercenaries to handle conflict in North America.
13 1776 NEWS HEADLINES: July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
37 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
48 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
49 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
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19 1782 During 1782-1783, land to the south and west of the Tugaloo and Savannah Rivers are ceded by the Cherokee and Creek.
20 1783 Charles Town is officially renamed Charleston, SC.
25 1788 South Carolina joins the United States of America. State government is moved from Charleston to Columbia two years later.
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3 1766 Britain passes the Stamp Act taxing all colonial newspapers, advertisements, leases, licenses, pamphlets, and legal documents. Later the same year, Britain repeals the Stamp Act in Britain -- but it continues to be enforced on colonists in North America
10 1773 Angered by the tea tax of 1767 and the British East India Company's monopoly on tea trade, the independent New England colonial merchants dump the precious cargo overboard into the Boston harbor. This incident is called the Boston Tea Party.
11 1774 The First Continental Congress of fifty-five representatives (except from the colony of Georgia) meets in Philadelphia to discuss relations with Britain, the possibility of independence, and the hope of a peaceful solution. King George III scorns the thought of reconciliation and declares the colonies to be in a state of open rebellion.
12 1775 On April 18th, Paul Revere makes his famous ride proclaiming "The British are Coming" and the American Revolution War begins. Britain hires 29,000 German mercenaries to handle conflict in North America.
13 1776 July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
15 1778 Alliance between United States and France
24 1787 Constitution of the United States is signed
30 1793 Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
31 1794 The United States establishes the Navy
35 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
40 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
41 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
42 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
43 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
48 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
57 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
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1 1764 Britain passes the Sugar Act forbids American importation of foreign rum and taxing imported molasses, wine, silk, coffee, and a number of other luxury items.
4 1767 Jesuits are forced out of Spanish America
16 1779 Spain declares war on England
17 1780 Josef II abolishes serfdom in Hungary; England declares war on Holland
20 1783 Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
24 1787 Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
25 1788 Russia begins war with Sweden
26 1789 French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
29 1792 French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
30 1793 Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
32 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
33 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
34 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa


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Mary Manning
Born about 1766 and died about 1850.
They were married 1/1/1784.

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The Children of John Ayers

59 years old
Capt. John 'Jack' David Ayers
Born somewhere in South Carolina on October 7, 1791 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida about 1858. He was about 66 years old.

By 1837, when the Catawba Chief, General William Harris, signs a lease of some of the last remaining Catawba Reserve land over to a white settlers, Captain John Ayers soon after moves to Georgia. He ...
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William Ayers
Born somewhere in South Carolina about 1798 and died somewhere in Florida about 1870. He was about 72 years old.

He married Miranda / Amanda Williams (abt. 1820).

Children:
Benjamin Ayers(1841 GA). He discharged from the military from Enlisted at Alum Bluff, Liberty Co, Florida. Capt. Hopkins 1...
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