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Thomas W. Ayers 

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Click for more Information about Capt. John      'Jack' Ayers.
Capt. John 'Jack' David Ayers
10/7/1791 - 1858

Marilda 'Arilda' Stephens
9/7/1816 - 1880
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Thomas W. Ayers
1/18/1841 - 12/13/1896
(Shown at age 49)
Thomas W. Ayers was born on January 18, 1841 somewhere in Georgia and died on December 13, 1896 in Abe Springs, Cahoun Co., Florida. He lived to be 55 years old.

He married Sarah Jane Register, they had 6 children:
  1. James Thomas (1868-1932),
  2. Elizabeth (1871 - ),
  3. Rebecca Jane (1872 -1947),
  4. Martha Charity (1875-1933),
  5. Emily (1877 - 1918),
  6. Noah (died at age 4).
His 2nd wife was Emily Marshall. Emily and Thomas had no children but she was well thought of because she took such good care of his children by his first wife.
Records
Census10/14/1850 5 th district FL (Calhoun County) 9 yrs old 
family #5: John Ayrs (age 43, born in SC), Arilda (age 43, born in GA), Tellitha (25, SC), David (11, GA), John (12, GA), Thos. (10, GA), Benjam. (8, GA), William (8,GA), Elizabeth A. (6, GA), Asa (4, GA), Quinn (2, FL), Ishmael (4 months old, FL). John states he is a Blacksmith.

#7 William Ayrs & family are listed 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1850: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Military12/9/1861 FL (Calhoun County) 20 yrs old 
John Ayers - enlisted in Confederate service with McCallisterís Calhoun Rangers.
His brothers, David, Thomas and William also enlisted.

They reported for duty at Camp Milton in Apalachoila, FL on 12/9/1861 in accordance with special order #83.  
Military1/1/1862 FL (Calhoun County) 20 yrs old 
John Ayers - re-enlisted with Co. H. 5th Regiment in 1862.

His brothers, David, Thomas & William also re-enlisted. 
Marriage11/6/1866 FL (Calhoun County) 25 yrs old 
Thomas Ayers married Sarah Register on the 6th of Nov 1866 - page:17   Source:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flcalhou/marriages/grooms.txt
Census5/6/1870 FL (Calhoun County) 29 yrs old 
household# 221,family# 154, Thomas Ayres (age 29), Sarah Ayres (28), James Ayres (2)& Elizabeth Ayres (8 mo.) Thomas is a farmer. He was born in GA. Sarah keeps house she was born in NC. Children born in FL. Value of estate $100 and personal $200.

his brother, William lives next door(#155)  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/8/1880 Pippins Mill FL (Calhoun County) 39 yrs old 
household#80,family#103: Thomas Ayers (age39), Sarah Ayers (38), James Ayers (12), Elizabeth Ayers (9), Jane Ayers (8), Martha Ayers (5)& Emily Ayers (3). Thomas is a famer, He was born in GA, his father in SC, mother GA. Sarah keeps house, she was born in SC as were her parents. States Sarah has a fever on the day this was recorded. James works on the farm. all children were born in FL.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1880: Blountstown was declared the seat of Calhoun County in 1880. Prior to that, Abe Springs had been the county seat. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Other1/1/1882 FL (Calhoun County) 40 yrs old 
Revised List of jurors -
Pg. 1: #1. Wm Ayers, 2. Thos Ayers, 3. Asa Ayers, 9. Sam Ayers, 10. Ish Ayers, 13. Benj. Ayers, 15. Alfred Bailey, 17. Gadi Bailey, 22. P.B. Bailey, 23. Wm M. Clark. ,44. Wm Cutts, 46. L. C. Davis, 46. Isaac Etheridge, 47. B. H. Franklin
page 2: 68. Caleb Halley, 75. Jno T. Kent, 76. W.A. Kent, 79. Jno A. Kelley, 81. Jno Kent,
page 3: #85. Geo Sutton, 96. B. F. McDaniel, 97. Josh McDaniel, 99. Jasper Musgrove, 100. J. M. Maddox,107. Thos McKeown
page 4: 114 Robt Nixon, 115 J. J. Nixon, 116 R. W. Nixon,118 Jno H. Parish, 119. Thomas Parish Sr., 120. Thomas Parish Jr., 122. Jno W. Peacock, 123. Jno. W. Pope, 125. B. F. Pope, 126. Tim Pope, 130. J.M. Peacock
page 5:143.J.R. Stone, 151. David Stephens, 152. L.M. Stone, 156. S.S. Stone, 153. A.J. Wood, 155. Joe Wood, 156. J.C. Wood, 172. Levi Yon, 173. Newton Yon, 174. T.M. Yon, 175. John Yon, 176. H. A. Yon 
Census6/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 44 yrs old 
#250 -Thomas Ayers (age 44 GA), James Ayers (17 FL), Bettie Ayers (14 FL), Bukie Ayers (12 FL), Marta Ayers (10 FL), Emily Ayers (7 FL). Thomas is a widow, he works as a farm laborer. Thomas' father was born in SC, mother in GA.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1885: The principle towns in Calhoun County were Blountstown, Marysville, Chipola, Selman, Ocheesee, and Abe Springs. In 1884 railroads in Florida were bought out by one company and placed under central management. River Junction, located at the junction of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, is the closest railroad and the primary hub of land transports. The photo on the right shows the iron bridge than spans the Chattahoochee River about a mile from the Depot at River Junction where wharves, storage, steamboats and hotels bussel with activity. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Graveyard/Tombstone12/13/1896 Ayers Cemetery, Clarksville, FL FL (Calhoun County) 55 yrs old 
Thomas Ayers -Co H 5th FL Inf CSA -1840 
Military1/1/1907 FL (Calhoun County) 11 yrs after death 
A00759 - Thomas Ayers, 5th Regt Inf, Emily (Marshall),year: 1907,pages 8 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Thomas Ayers's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Thomas, his family, and friends. For example, Thomas is 1 years old when Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
AgeDateEvent
1 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
1 1842 Congress passes the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. It entitles persons willing and able to bear arms against the Indians and establish themselves in villages along the borders of Indian territory ownership of their land after 5 years.
4 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
9 1850 Florida's total population has grown to 87,445. This includes about 39,000 slaves and 1,000 free blacks. Indians were not counted.
14 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins and war breaks out with most of the battles occurring in Central Florida. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
20 1861 No Floridian's voted for Lincoln during the 1860 election. On Jan. 10, 1861, Florida seceded from the U.S. and joined the Confederate States of America a few weeks later.
23 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
24 1865 May 10th -- Union troops occupy Tallahassee. While Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi River that had not been captured, Union troops occupy the capitol following the surrender of the major Confederate armies in the east.
24 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
29 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
41 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
42 1883 Three railroad companies are merged to form the Florida Transit and Penisular Railroad Company. Thee are: Florida Transit Railroad Co., Peninsular Railroad Co, and the Tropical Florida Railroad Co.
43 1884 Most railroads in Florida are passed into the hands of a single company owned and operated by a single management, under the name of The Florida Railway and Navigation Company. It has more that 500 miles of main track in operation and about 300 miles of track under construction. The longest route was the "Western Division" which ran from Tallahassee to Jacksonville - 209 miles.
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6 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
9 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
10 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
11 1852 Taylor County formed.
12 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
13 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
15 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
16 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
17 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
29 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
34 1875 Oconee County formed.
AgeDateEvent
3 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
12 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
15 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
18 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
24 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
28 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
36 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
38 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
48 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
54 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
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20 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
21 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
41 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
44 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
AgeDateEvent
1 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
14 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
19 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
21 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
22 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
24 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
27 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
34 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
35 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
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Marriages
Sarah Register
Born about 1843 and died about 1880.
They were married 11/6/1866.

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Emily Marshall
Born on May 2, 1847 and died about 1930.
They were married 3/31/1889.

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The Children of Thomas W. Ayers

42 years old
James Thomas Ayers
Born in Calhoun Co., Florida on February 21, 1868 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on October 15, 1932. He was 64 years old.

He was called Grandaddy Dude. He was a minister, served in the Florida legislature and as a Chaplin for a session. He married Marinthia Jane Cain (1874)
Children:
Sarah(1890)
James Thomas(1...
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58 years old
Rebecca Jane Ayers
Born in Pippins Mill, Calhoun Co., Florida on August 25, 1872 and died in Cahoun Co., Florida on October 24, 1947. She was 75 years old.

She was called "Aunt Babe" by some of her family.

Children:
  1. John Henry "Little Henry" Thomas (7/ 3 / 1892 - )
  2. Susie Victoria Thomas -(3/ 31/1895 Calhoun County - 7/ 1953 B...
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Martha Charity Ayers
Born in Pippins Mill, Calhoun Co., Florida on July 26, 1875 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on December 11, 1933. She was 58 years old.

She first married Samuel Goff on 12/22/1898 in Calhoun Co. FL.
They had one child Sarah Carolina Goff (10/28/1889 - 10/5/1983) married Ottis Sims....
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Emily Ayers
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on September 8, 1878 and died in Calhoun County, Florida on October 20, 1918. She was 40 years old.

She married Henry Richard Capps (1880 -1948)
children:
Norman (1899)
Charles A. (1902)
Tesco S. (1902)
Florence(1908)
Ray (1910)
Coy (1914)...
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