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William Albert AYRES[1, 2, 3]

Male 1853 - 1931  (78 years)Deceased

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  • Name William Albert AYRES 
    Born 28 Jun 1853  Itawamba Co, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Nov 1931  Bowie, Montague Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 3 Nov 1931  Elmwood Cemetery, Bowie, Montague Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I5032  Garrison-Logan Family Tree
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2014 

    Family Mary E RUSSELL,   b. 18 Apr 1855, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1889  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 8 Oct 1874  Cooke Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Other children have been intentionally omitted from the database due to our focus on Garrison descendants; see Sources for names of more children in this family.
    +1. William Raymond AYRES,   b. 13 Jan 1878, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1934, Bowie, Montague Co, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F1755  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Jun 1853 - Itawamba Co, Mississippi, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Oct 1874 - Cooke Co, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Nov 1931 - Bowie, Montague Co, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 3 Nov 1931 - Elmwood Cemetery, Bowie, Montague Co, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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    • Parents, siblings, other spouses and children (if any) for this person have been intentionally omitted from the database due to our focus on Garrison descendants. See sources for names of other family members.

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    1. [S213] Miscellaneous Publications, 23 May 2011.
      WILLIAM A. AYRES. Montague county has looked with favor upon the citizenship and presence of William Albert Ayres. He has been numbered among other vigorous and thrifty population since 1884, the year in which he plowed his first furrow herein and rode his first race after a cow. James Ayres, of Bowie, and Robert E., another brother, together with William A., constituted the trio of determined young men of that year, with ambition for the eventual achievement of substantial results, and they constitute the same trio today who are in the actual enjoyment of the fruits of their early aspirations.

      Since the year 1856 the Ayres of this branch have been citizens of Texas. That year William Ayres, father of our subject, brought his family from Alabama and established it in Smith county. The father was a native of Alabama, grew up on a plantation and pursued the vocation of a farmer himself throughout life. He married Nancy Patton, a daughter of John Patton, a Mississippi farmer. In Smith county the family belonged to the poor but honorable class of citizens, and were following their vocation without incident until the Civil war came up, when the father and oldest son were drawn into the conflict. They both joined the regular Texas contingent of the Confederate army and did their duty until the fratricidal contest came to an end. Just before he was to have returned to his family the father died, in 1865, and the responsibility of rearing and caring for a growing family fell to the lot of the mother.

      By the marriage of William and Nancy Ayres there were children, viz: Elizabeth, deceased, who married Kelley Pierce and died in Cooke county, Texas; Mary, who married James Jones and died in the same county; James, a leading merchant of Bowie; William A. and Robert E., twin brothers; Hallig M., of Tishomingo, Indian Territory. About 1868, the family moved from Smith into Cooke county and there the mother guided the footsteps of her children until years of discretion and accountability were reached. When the sons came into Montague county and established themselves, the mother followed in time, and at the home of her son, William A., she passed away in June, 1896.

      The country schools provided all the advantages for an education that William A. Ayres had in childhood, and in Cooke county he reached his majority and began his serious, independent career. The work of the family home was in common and the brothers left each other a helping hand at every opportunity and everything seemed to make progress in harmony toward the goal of each ambition. The brothers bought and paid out a home of one hundred and sixty acres in Cooke county and when they came to Montague county they had a few hundred dollars with which to begin the stock business as well as farming. For many years William A. and Robert E. Ayres were associated together in the stock business, made the venture pay and became widely and favorably known as cowmen. In the beginning William A. Ayres purchased a bottom farm on Denton creek and made his home upon it until 1893, when he improved a site near Salona, where he has since resided. He owns nearly a section of land, has given up the stock industry and is devoting himself to systematic and intelligent and successful agriculture.

      Mr. Ayres was born in Itawamba county, Miss., June 28, 1853, and in Cooke county, October 8, 1853, he was first married, his wife being Mary, a daughter of Dr. Russell, a former Georgian, who came to Texas from Louisiana, where his daughter Mary was born. Mrs. Ayres died January, 1889, leaving children: William Raymond, who married Cora Ditto and has a son, William Donaldson; Pearl, wife of Ed Archer, of Bowie, with children, Emmet and Floyd; and Arthur, yet with the parental home. April 3, 1890, Mr. Ayres married Mrs. Rachel Walker, a daughter of Mr. Carroll, formerly from Tennessee. By her first husband Mrs. Rachel Ayres left a daughter, Dessimond, now the wife of Albert Archer, of Salona, with issue, Carl and Edward. The children of William A. and Rachel Ayres are: Marvin, Viven, Mary Lee and Otis. June 2, 1900, the wife and mother died May 28, 1901, Mr. Ayres took in marriage Mrs. Lou Clark, widow of Mr. Clark and a daughter of B. R. and Ellen (Fontner) McCarroll, formerly from Tishomingo county, Mississippi. Mrs. Ayres was born in Johnson county, Arkansas, January, 1862, and is the mother of a son, James C. Clark.

      As the evening of life approaches Mr. Ayres finds himself in the possession of a just reward for years of honest toil. His family are coming into lives of activity and some of them have taken their stations in the world's affairs and are maintaining the family name and fame. He has had little interest in politics, but is a sincere supporter of the interests of the church. He is a steward in the Methodist church, is an Odd Fellow and a Democrat.

      B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. II, pp. 487-488.

    2. [S11] Find A Grave, (, 23 May 2011.
      Find A Grave Memorial# 16011377

    3. [S19] Texas Deaths, 1890-1976, (FamilySearch), 23 May 2011.
      Name: William A. Ayres
      Death Date: 02 Nov 1931
      Death Place: Bowie, Montague, Texas
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Death Age: 78 years 9 months 5 days
      Birth Date: 29 Jun 1853
      Birthplace: Miss.
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Father's Name: William A. Ayres
      Father's Birthplace: Miss.
      Mother's Name: Nancy Patton
      Mother's Birthplace: Miss.
      Occupation: Retired
      Place of Residence: Bowie, Montague, Texas
      Length of Residence: 40 years
      Cemetery: Elmwood Cem.
      Burial Place:
      Burial Date: 03 Nov 1931
      Undertaker: J. A. Burgess, Bowie, Texas
      Informant: Mrs. W. R. Ayers, Bowie, Texas
      Film Number: 2135733
      Digital Film Number: 4166746
      Image Number: 2563
      Reference Number: cn 52902