From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 375, Big Creek Township, White County, Indiana
"WILLIAM S. AYRES was born in Prince William County, Virginia, August 23, 1842, and is the eldest of the six children born to DANIEL and AMANDA (DAVIS) AYRES, natives of Loudoun County, Virginia, and of English descent. The father was a farmer; was married in Loudoun County, and died on his farm in Prince William County September 13, 1856. WILLIAM S. AYRES was reared a farmer, but before reaching his twentieth year became a soldier. He enlisted, in April, 1861, in Company A, Thirty-eighth Virginia Light Artillery, Confederate States of America, part of GENERAL LONGSTREET's corps in GENERAL LEE's Army of Northern Virginia, and served until the fall of 1864, when transferred to CAPTAIN STRIBLING's cavalry company, forming a part of LEE's body-guard. April 2, 1865, he was taken prisoner and confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, until the close of the war, being discharged June 12, 1865. In the spring of 1866, he came to this county and engaged in farming. He was married, July 4, 1871, to MISS L. V. PLUMB, a native of Pickaway County, Ohio. She has borne him one child - VIRGINIA LEE. In politics, MR. AYRES is a Republican."