John AYER

Male 1623 - 1675  (52 years)


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  • Name John AYER  [1, 2, 3
    • John Ayer came to America with his father in 1635 (on the Brig Mary Ann); was at Salisbury in 1642 and at Haverhill in 1645, where at that time he was one of 32 land-holders. He was grand juryman in 1648 and in 1650 his property was valued at L80.

      About this time his brothers, Robert, Thomas and Peter settled in the northwest part of the town and thus Ayer's Village had its beginning. John himself had settled near Plug Pond, a short distance north of the village, better known as Ayer's Pond, so called because the Ayers settled near it and owned most of the adjoining land. Their descendants are ver numerous and are scattered throughout every State of the Union. In 1700 it is supposed that nearly one-third of the inhabitants of Haverhill were of that name. They were a fearless, athletic race of men, and were mostly cultivators of the soil. Their name was given to various localities in Haverhill and in Norwich, Conn.: Ayer Street, Ayer's pond, Ayer's Village, Ayer's Gap, Ayer's Mountain....

      John Ayer's name appears repeatedly in Haverhill records in connection with land. He drew land in the 4th division, 14 Oct., 1659. In 1660 he built a new house. He was a farmer, hunter and trapper, and his skill and sagacity in woodcraft equaled that of the Indians with whom he was in constant rivalry and not infrequently it amounted to open warfare. He and his three sons, John, Nathaniel and Joseph, took the oath of allegiance in Haverhill 28 Nov, 1677. He was chosen Constable 28 Feb., 1687/8. He lived at Ipswich for some years after that (was there in 1693/4) and then removed to connecticut, where he settled in what is now knowns as Ayer's Gap, in the vicinity of West Farms (now Franklin). He may be called the first white settler of that town...
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    Born 1622/3  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 03 Aug 1675  [3
    Death Aft 1700  [1
    Notes 
    • Excerpt from "Early New England People": John removed to Brookfield, Mass., being one of the first settlers, and received large grants of land, some two thousand acres in all. He kept the inn of that place. He was killed by the Indians when they destroyed the town, Aug. 3, 1675.
    Person ID I03114  Main Tree
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2013 

    Father John AYER,   d. 31 Mar 1657, Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Mother Hannah ?,   d. 08 Oct 1688, Haverhill, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family ID F02592  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah WILLIAMS,   b. Abt 1630, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1662, Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Married 05 May 1646  Haverhill, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. John AYER,   b. 18 Mar 1647/48, Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1683, Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)  [Birth]
     2. Zechariah AYER,   b. 24 Oct 1650, Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1670, Newbury, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     3. Nathaniel AYER,   b. 13 Mar 1654/55, Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Joseph AYER,   b. 16 Mar 1658/59, Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1748, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F02596  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary WOODAM 
    Married 26 Mar 1663  Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Samuel AYER,   d. 05 Sep 1670, Andove, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F02597  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1622/3 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 05 May 1646 - Haverhill, Mass. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Mar 1663 - Haverhill, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S5445] "Descendants of John Williams" of Newbury and Haverhill, Mass. 1600-1674, Cornelia Bartow Williams and Anna Perkins Williams, (Chicago - Privately Printed-1925).

    2. [S02871] Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts, Vol. 1.

    3. [S02197] Early New England People by Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb.