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William Nathaniel Ayers 

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Capt. John 'Jack' David Ayers
10/7/1791 - 1858

Marilda 'Arilda' Stephens
9/7/1816 - 1880
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William Nathaniel Ayers
7/9/1842 - 5/13/1917
(Shown at age 58)
William Nathaniel Ayers was born on July 9, 1842 in Dooley Co., Georgia and died on May 13, 1917 in Calhoun Co., Florida. He lived to be 74 years old.

He married Eliza Jane Pope(12/12/1846 - 12/3/1922)
Louraine (7/4/1870)
John David (9/13/187)
William Jesse (10/29/1876)
Samuel Ayers (6/26/1882).

He served in the Civil War under the command of Capt. John H. Ellis with the 1st Fla Battalion. At Savannah while boarding the train en-rout to the battle of Olustee, he broke his left leg.
Census10/14/1850 5 th district FL (Calhoun County) 8 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.  
Census7/18/1860 Ochesee District FL (Calhoun County) 18 yrs old 
family# 46: Aurelia Ayers (age 44, born in GA, Housekeeping), John (22, GA, farming), David (21, FL, Farming), Thomas (20, FL, farming), Benjamin (18, FL, farming), William (18, FL, farming), Wealthy (17, FL, Domestic), Elizabeth (17, FL, Domestic), Asa W. (14, FL), Queen Ann (12, FL), Ishmael (10, FL); Samuel (8, FL), Mary Arilda(6, FL). Check marks are in the box for white, black or malatto for Aurelia & John.

#49 James Stephens (62) He was born in GA and is a Baptist minister. Value of estate $150. Check mark is in the box for white, black or malatto.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1860: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Military9/5/1862 FL (Calhoun County) 20 yrs old 
He served in the Civil War under the command of Capt. John H. Ellis with the 1st Fla Battalion. At Savannah while boarding the train en-rout to the battle of Oulustee, he broke his left leg on Feb. 15, 1864. Honorable discharged at Ft. Gaines, GA in August of 1864. 
Marriage12/16/1868 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 26 yrs old 
William Ayers marries Eliza Pope in Calhoun County on Dec. 16, 1868 
Census6/4/1880 Pippins Mills FL (Calhoun County) 37 yrs old 
#55, #60 -William Ayers (38), Elizah Ayers (34), Lorena Ayers (10), John Ayers (5) & Jesse Ayers (4). William was born in GA, his father in SC and mother GA. Eliza was born in FL, her parents GA.Children all born in FL. William is a farmer.  
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) 39 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 
Census6/1/1900 Hansford Mill FL (Calhoun County) 57 yrs old 
#540, #640 -William Ayers (age57 -July 1842), Eliza J. Ayers (53-Dec.1846)& Samuel Ayers (17-June 1882). William & Eliza have been married 30 years. They have 4 children all are living. William is a farmer.All state they were born in FL.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1900: The first automobile, nick-named Chicken Killer, arrives in Blountstown in 1905. The photo on the right shows The Chicken Killer. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Military10/8/1907 FL (Calhoun County) 65 yrs old 
William Ayers states in an affidavit for Jasper Musgrove's pension, that he knows Jasper and of his service in the Civil War.  
Graveyard/Tombstone5/13/1917 Mt. Olive Cemetery FL (Calhoun County) 74 yrs old 
W. N. Ayers -Capt McAllister's Co Calhoun Rangers - 1842 to 1917 

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3 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
8 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.
13 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.
19 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.
22 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
23 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
23 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.
28 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
40 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
41 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.
42 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.
64 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
75 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
5 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
8 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
9 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
10 1852 Taylor County formed.
11 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
12 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
14 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
15 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
16 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
28 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
33 1875 Oconee County formed.
63 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
70 1912 Forsyth, Bleckley, and Wheeler Counties formed.
72 1914 Barrow, Candler, Bacon, and Evans Counties are formed.
75 1917 Atkinson and Treutlen Counties are formed.
2 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
11 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
14 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
17 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
23 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
27 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
35 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
37 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
47 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
53 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
55 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
58 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
58 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
59 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
60 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
61 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
62 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
64 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
64 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
64 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
70 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
71 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
72 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
19 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
20 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
40 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
43 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
66 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
70 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
71 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
75 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
13 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
18 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
20 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
21 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
23 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
26 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
33 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
34 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
67 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
68 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
67 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
72 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
75 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.

Eliza Pope
Born on December 12, 1846 and died on December 3, 1922.
They were married 12/16/1868.

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The Children of William Nathaniel Ayers

65 years old
Louraine Ayers
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on July 4, 1870 and died in Calhoun County, Florida on December 9, 1948. She was 78 years old.

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39 years old
William Ayers
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1876 and died somewhere in Florida about 1960. He was about 84 years old.

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