I have been working on Genealogy since 1966. To the best of my knowledge, this information is correct. Most of my information checks out with official records, Bible records, tombstones, and with those who knew first hand, especially my mother, Ethel Curtis Gabbard, who is now 98 years old and remembers everything she was ever heard. Since we all make mistakes, I welcome your imput. If I have jumped to false conclusions, and need to make a correction, please notify me.
I was lucky to have access to DAR Library, Pennington Pedigrees and Zelma Price Wells' Bolling, Volume V of "From Whence I Came, Rich Wise, Wells Wise and Other Wise" which is recognized by the DAR as proof of lineage. Mrs. Wells' entire collection is in the DAR Library at 1776 Independence Ave in Washington, D.C.
In trying to discover our Ayers connections, we went door to door in Orangeburg, SC questioning old people and anyone else who may have had any information on the family. As you can see, our work paid off and we are proud to share what so many helped us find. We believe all the Ayers, Ayres, Eyers etc. families in America are related, although distantly, and hope to connect them all eventually. If you have information to contribute, please send it to me so I can add it to what we have already collected.
I lived in Sumter SC for 24 years before moving to Tellico Village, just South of Knoxville TN. in 1995. I was born in Hazel Patch, KY in 1932, went to school in Knoxville,TN and married a good ole boy from Hell Hole Swamp, in Berkeley Co. SC. He was an Ayers, good looking to die for, a genius who designed the first fully automated plywood plant, invented many labor savings industrial machines and was about as complicated a human as was ever born. He was killed in an industriial accident in 1978, leaving me with three genius sons who are not quite as complicated as he was. I now have 6 genius grandchildren. I cannot claim all the credit for all these brainy children because most of the Ayers' were extremely intelligent, as well as good looking.