I always approach a new family research project with anticipation. I know that there will be new names and dates and places to discover – I know that we will find heart-break and triumph – there will be mysteries solved – and some things will stay secret.
You see – in this – all families are alike.
My daughter-in-law is the great great granddaughter of William Allen Ayers (1855-1934) and Mary Anne Barlar (1853-1914). Sometime between 1889 – 1892, the couple, along their children, left Giles County, Tennessee and migrated to Travis County, Texas, where they settled near Pflugerville, and where they spent the rest of their lives. William and Mary had a very large family which consisted of 13 children (3 sets of twins!!!).
It appears that William and Mary’s descendents didn’t stray very far, and the Ayers family has a very strong presence in and around Travis County, Texas. Although I’m just getting started, I’ve been transported back in time by looking at the various records. It’s hard to picture Austin even 50 years ago – let alone 100 years ago! It’s been a fascinating glimpse back in time so far!
In general, the surname Ayers is a long-established surname of early medieval English origin. In modern use, the surname has several spelling variations ranging from Ayers, Ayres, Ayris, Ayars and Air(e)s, to Eayrs, Eyres and Eyers. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Ayer, which was dated 1273, in the “Hundred Rolls of Lincolnshire”, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as “The Hammer of the Scots.” Read more here about the Ayers surname.