Researching the surname AYERS/AYERS in Pike Co, Illinois 1860's and earlier.
AYRES brothers listed in 1860 census for Pike Co:
AYRES, Solomon -b 1816/22 OH, died TX , Martha Ann (DISVENS/DISERENS) b 1823-1824 KY, died TX , Sarah -b 1844/45 , John William -b Jan 1847 IL, died TX? , Ellen -b 1852/53 ILL, died TX?, married KNIGHT , Thomas G. -b Jan 1857 IL, died 1911 TX , Warren J -b1862/63 IL or MO, died TX , Charles -b 1864/65 IL or MO , Mary (mother) b 1785-86 VA
AYRES, James -b 1827-28 IL , Margaret (SIDNER/SIDNOR?) -b 1840 OH , Mary -b 1856-57 , Rosa -b Feb 1859 IL, died 1930 TX, married NEELEY , Douglas -b Sep 1860 IL or MO, died 1938 TX , Ida -b 1864-65 IL or MO , Julia -b 1867-68 MO or TX
I'm almost certain there were other brothers and sisters in Pike Co or other Illinois counties.This family was also probably closely tied to the NEELEY family of that area, as I believe they all traveled together from Illinois to Texas, before 1870.