The family bible of Daniel and Mary Ayers of Hardeman Co TN has surfaced.It was apparently in the hands of a descendant of Mary Jane Ayers Thompson, a daughter of Daniel and Mary Ayers. Within the family record is proof that Mary was not a McFadden, but a Seale.
If you recall, one Andaline Gragg was mentioned as having been in Prairie Co at this time, June 1866. It did not occur to me she was a dau of Daniel and Mary, as he didn't speak of her as one, but she is listed in the family record."Ferriba Adaline Ayers was born 1st January 1817". Merene Wade had already been mentioned as the oldest daughter, and lastly, Amanda as the youngest, and sixth. Had I picked up on that before, I would have known Andaline Gragg was Daniel and Mary's daughter. He had also mentioned Andaline’s son Wesley and daughter Tennessee. I did find James and Ferriby in 1850 Hardeman Co TN and 1860 Prairie Co AR, with children John W and Tennessee, plus sons William and Franklin C. In 1850 it is spelled Gragg and in 1860, Gregg.
Here is the complete text, all on the same page, in the same handwriting and in ink. His marriage to any woman name Keziah is disputed with this evidence, as he said in the letter when Mary died, He had been married to her, Mary, 53 years.
Daniel Ayers was born 16th of December 1792.
Mary Seale was born the 14 January 1794.
Daniel Ayers and Mary Seale was married 11th March 1813.
Merene Ellender Ayers was born 31st May 1814.
Ferriba Adaline Ayers was born 1st January 1817.
Betsy Caroline Ayers was born 27th June 1819.
Martha Emeline Ayers was born 1st April 1821.
Mary Jane Ayers was born 10th March 1823.
Benjamin Bedford Ayers was born 29th August 1825
Warren Franklin Ayers was born 23rd October 1827.
Thomas Jefferson Ayers was born 2nd November 1830.