Recently we were contacted by someone who is doing research for friends on a restored cabin in Bloom Township, Richland County,Wisconsin. They came across a log, and on the inside of this log they found the signature of a Mr. John Ayers and it was dated September 23, 1893. They were unable to find a burial site for him and the Richland County History Room does not seem to have anything about him on file.
Oscar and Nellie Allbaugh McBain were married March 19, 1894 and lived in the cabin which was possibly new, after their marriage. The researchers would like to know what connection if any, would John Ayers have had with them?
We found a James Ayers in Richland Co., on a census (Ancestry.com). Our family (the HALLs) settled in neighboring Sauk Co. It was our ancestral Aunt Malinda Hall, who on 3 Mar. 1856 married John Ayers. The only Ayers family we found on the census record in Sauk county was that of a Simon K. Ayers. Sometime after their marriage, John and Malinda settled in Madison, Kane Co.,(another neighboring county). The only Ayers on the census in that place, were Ebenezer and a J.D. Our Aunt Malinda's obituary states that she traveled to see her ill sister, Mehetable Hall Shackley in Lyons, Walworth Co. and on the way she contracted a cold which resulted in pneumonia. Malinda died at her sister, Mehetable's house and her body was shipped back to Madison. The obituary is dated 7 Jan. 1899. We would certainly like to know more about the Ayers ourselves. Malinda Hall Ayers was born August 21, 1827. We do not know John's birthdate nor do we have knowledge of his descendants. We do know that Malinda would have been 66 years old when John Ayers signed and dated that log and that she died 6 years later. If it wasn't Malinda's husband, it could have been a son of theirs.
Seeking Ayres information in Wisconsin: Sauk, Richland and Dane Counties