William AyresAbt 1663 - 1705 (~ 42 years)
Name William Ayres Birth Abt 1663 Gender Male Death 11 Dec 1705 South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Person ID I70049 Tree1 Last Modified 26 Nov 2023
Father Family Ayres Relationship natural Family ID F20716 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Anne Smith, b. 10 Jul 1678, Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia d. 18 Jul 1732, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - probate (Age 54 years) Marriage 7 Apr 1694 South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Children 1. Anne Ayres, b. Aft 1694, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia d. Bef 1731, Westmoreland County, Virginia (Age < 35 years) [Father: natural] 2. Elizabeth Ayres, b. Abt 1695, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia d. Between 1733 and 1742, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia (Age ~ 38 years) [Father: natural] 3. Agatha Ayres, b. Abt 1697, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia d. Bef 1 Oct 1764, Prince William County, Virginia (Age ~ 67 years) [Father: natural] 4. Elizabeth Ayres, b. Abt 1699, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia d. Aft 1735, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia (Age ~ 37 years) [Father: natural] 5. Catherine Ayres, b. Abt 1701, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia d. Aft 1754, Orange County, Virginia (Age ~ 54 years) [Father: natural] Family ID F23582 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 26 Nov 2023
1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 126
Bond. 11 Dec 1705, £200. Sterling. Ann Ayres as admr of Wm Ayres decd.
Wit: Signed Ann Ayres
Abr:.Ayrton Richd Covington
Salvator Muscoe Francis Moore
1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 133
Inv of est of Wm Ayres decd appraised 14 Jan 1705/6.
Totals £76. 16. 1 1/4 Signed Jno Daingerfield
Henry x Reeves
Edd x Foulkner
Presented by Ann Ayres admr of Wm Ayres dec'd and sworn before William Tomlin.
There were a number of men named Ayres/Eyres that settled along the area of the Chesapeake Bay in several counties extending from the Atlantic in the south to the north into Maryland. These counties dispersed at some distance from each other were probably much closer than apparent when considering the ability to travel between them via sail boat on the Chesapeake and into the major rivers drained by the Chesapeake. A John Ayres was granted in 1655 200 acres upon the south side of the Rappahannock River. Headrights (50 acres for each) were John Taylor, John Ayres, Elinor Gill, and Henry Peters (Nugent page 322). Mr. Robert Eyres was granted 350 acres on the Southward side of the Rappahannock River in 1645. Mr. Edmond Ayres was granted 500 acres in Northumberland Co. Virginia in 1657. John, Thomas, & Daniel were the sons of Mr. Thomas Eyre of Northampton Co. about 1662.
A John Ayres (Research of Mrs. Isabel Wermeyer) on 6 February 1654/5 paid levy on 3 tytheables to Mr. George Taylor, Lancaster Co. Va. John appears in a number of records and it is shown that his wife was Joane and that one son was Benjamin Ayres. In 1662 John was referred to as a Rappahannock Co. merchant and he lived near the southwest side of Cockleshell Creek (Essex County today) (between Layton and Leedstown) in Sittingbourne Parish, Rappahannock Co. Va. He appears as late as 1673 in the Old Rappahannock Co. Virginia records when he was a witness to a deed of James Cogghill (Deed & Wills #5 p.132). In Middlesex Co. in 1674 a certificate is granted to George Reeve for the transport of Danniell Air. Also a Christopher Ayres is mentioned in the Middlesex Co. (borders Essex Co. to north) Va. records 1681-1702. In a Middlesex order dated 30 September 1681 Christopher Ayres, aged 30 years or thereabouts, gives a deposition regarding the will of Lt. Col. John Burnham. Also in Middlesex Co. a William Ayres was entered in the county orders as the [indentured] servant to Ralph Wormeley, Esqr. 5 December 1681. He immigrated in the ship "Recovery" and he was adjudged to be 18 years of age. A later (2 Jan 1681/2) county court order makes reference to a Capt. Thomas Hasted, commander of the ship "Recovery" now riding at anchor in the Rappahannock River. In the Lancaster Co. Va. county orders of 1678, Thomas Hasted, commander of "Recovery" was arrested for not delivering an 18 year old servant according to an agreement. The servant had been shipped by a merchant of London. The Wormeleys lived at "Rosegill” near Urbanna in Middlesex County. Rosegill was a social and political center and the home of an acting Governor. Ralph Wormeley (II) served as Justice, Burgess, and member of the Governor’s Councill. He was a member of the Christ Church Vestry, was collector of his Majesty’s Customs, Naval Officer in the Rappahannock, and one of the first trustees of William & Mary College. He was one of the most powerful men in Virginia at the time. One William Ayres (died Ca. 1705) obtained a marriage license in 1694 to marry Anne Smith, daughter of Capt. Anthony Smith (Justice of the Peace,died Ca. 1693) (Essex Co.). William bought land [1696; north of Mt. Landing Creek] in South Farnham Parish, Essex Co Va. This Parish ran down the Rappahannock toward Middlesex with St. Anne Parish to its north. William Ayres, husband of Anne Smith could be the same individual that immigrated in the "Recovery". Apparently he came on the voyage dated 19-30 August 1681 which sailed from London to Virginia under the command of Thomas Hasted. The "shipper" was James Wagstaff. William (if the immigrant) would be about 31 years of age at the marriage. Records (Coldham’s Book of Emigrants) show that Thomas Hasted, commander of the ship "Recovery" made a number of voyages from London from 1677-1686 usually every summer. The destination was usually Virginia but Carolina was also a destination. In 1699 there was reported the death of Thomas Hasted of Stepney, Middlesex (England) on the ship Bristow in Virginia. In 1697 (Essex Co.) James Aires & others were paid for wolves heads.
1693-1694 Essex County, Virginia Deed, Will & Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 285-286
KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that wee WILLIAM AYRES and RICHARD LAKELAND are held & firmly bound unto our Soveraigne Lord & Lady, King William and Queen Mary, in ye sum of Twenty thousand pounds of good sound merchantable tobacco & cask to true payment we bind ourselves Witness our hands & seales this 7th day of Aprill Ano Dom: 1694
The Condicon of this obligacon is such that whereas the above bound WILLIAM AYRES hath obteyned a Lycense for his MARRIAGE with ANNE SMITH, Now if there shall be no lawful] cause to obstrct the sd Marriage, then the above obligacon to be void, otherwise to stand & remain of full force power & vertue
Signed sealed & delivered in ye presence of
FRAN: MERIWETHER, WM: AYRES
JOHN PEABLE RICH: LAKELAND
Vere Recordatr: Test FRA: MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
1695-1697 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part I; [Antient Press]; Page 84-85
THIS INDENTURE made ye 10th day of December 1696 Between JOHN GRIFFING of Essex County, Ship Carpenter, of the one part & WILLIAM AYRES of the same County, Planter, of the other part; Witnesseth that ye said JOHN GRIFFING in consideracon of Forty pounds Sterling doth grnt unto ye sd. WM: AYRES his heirs & assignes Two hundred acres of Land in the said County of Essex, begining at a marked corner Hickory standing by the line of WM: TOMLIN near the foot of the hill and down the said line East by North to a marked Gum in the Swamp, thence East by South to a marked Hickory, thence South East along the line of JOHN DAINGERFIELD to a marked Poplar standing on the East side of a branch of TIGNORS CREEKE, thence down the said Branch to two marked Oakes on the said Branch, thence South East along the line of JOSEPH REEVES, thence South West to a Spanish Oake corner, thence South West to ye beginning place, all wch. before bargained Land is part of a tract of Land sold by EDWARD SORRELL of JAMES CITY County & ALICE his Wife, Exer of ye last Will &Testament of BENJA: GOODRICH, late of the said County, to the said JOHN GRIFFING as may appear by a Deed of Sale acknowledged & recorded in ye Genl. Court ye 27th: day of Aprill 1695 and likewise by a Deed of Confirmacon recorded in the said Court ye 17th day of October then next following, And all woods, timber & trees being upon the said Two hundred acres of Land or any part thereof and all wayes waters profitts & hereditamts wt:soever to the same belonging; To have and to hold the sd, land and all premisses with the appurtenances unto the sd. WM. AYRES his heirs and assignes forever in as ample maner as the sd JOHN GRIFFING holdes the same by vertue of the above recited Deeds, And the sd, JOHN GRIFFIN for himselfe his heirs loth grant with the said WILLIAM AYRES that he will at any time at the reasonable request & charges in the Law of the sd. WM. AYRES his heirs or assignes make & execute every further conveyance in the Law for further & more absolute assureing of all the premisses unto ye sd. WM. AYRES as by his Comical learned in the Law shall be required. In Witness whereof the said JOHN GRIFFING hath hereunto set his hand & seale
Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of
FRANCIS MERIWETHER, JOHN GRIFFING
Acknowledged ye 10th day of Xber: 1696 & Right of Dover relinquished by ELIZABETH GRIFFING before Capt. WM. MOSELEY, Mr. BERNARD GAINES & Mr. ROBT. BROOKE, three of his Mats. Justices for Essex County
Test FRANCIS MERIVETHER, CI Cur
1699-1701 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 40
KNOW ALL MEN by these pr:sents yt: we WM. AYRES, EDWD. GOULDMAN & THOMAS THORPE of ye County of Essex are firmly bound unto JNO. CATLETT Gent., Presedent of ye County Court in ye sum of One hundred pds. Sterling we bind our selves this 11th day of May 1700
The Condition of this obligacon is that if ye above bounded WM. AYRES & ANN his Wife, Admr: debonis non administratis of all ye goods & credits of Capt. ANTHONY SMITH deced do make a true & perfect Inventory of all goods & credits of ye sd deced & ye same do exhibit to ye next Court that shall be held for ye abovesd. County of Essex & make oath thereto & truely admr. according to Law & further do make true & just acct. of their administration when required & residue of ye sd goods pay unto such p:sons respectively as ye Court p:suant to Law shall appoint, Then this obligacon to be void otherwise to remain in full force
Signed sealed & delivered in ye presence of us
HENRY GOARE WILLIAM AYRES
GARETT LYNCH EDW: GOULDMAN
Truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
1699-1702 Essex County, Virginia Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 32
Essex County Court 10th of April 1700
- Certificate according to Act of Assembly is granted to WM. AYRES for One hundred acres of Land due for ye Importacon of Two persons into this Colony by name ANDREW PRICKETT & DARBY FIMGAM
1699-1702 Essex County, Virginia Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 45
Essex County Court 11th of May 1700
- ANN SMITH, Admrx. of Capt. ANTHO: SMITH, being dead, ye Peticon of WM. AYRES & ANN his Wife, Eldest Daughter of ye sd Capt. ANTHO: SMITH, Admcon. de bonis non administratris is granted to her on ye sd Estate haveing given security according to Law
1702-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 11; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 2
Benj: Goodrich of James City Co., gent., son and heir apparent of Benja: Goodrich late of said Co. decd., sells William Ayres of Essex, planter, 200 acres. Whereas Jno Gfiffing late of Essex decd., by deed dated 10 Dec. 1695 sold the said William Ayres 200 acres. This land adjoining the line of Wm Tomlin, the line-of John Daingerfield, Tignor's Creek, the line of Joseph Reves, etc., and being part of 830 acres in Essex which said John Griffin (sic) bought of Edward Sorrell and Alice-his wife, Executors of the will of the aforesaid Benj: Goodrich decd, by deed of sale acknowledged in the General Court 27 April 1695, and also their deed of confirmation 17 October next, This deed now for further confirming the sale of the 200 acres to Ayres.
Wit: Signed Benj'a Goodrich
Ack and rea 10 June 1703
Also Bond £120. Sterling on above.
See next entry,
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1702-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 11; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 7
Deed. 10 June 1703. Benj: Goodrich of James City Co., gent., son and heir of Benj: Goodrich, gent., late of sd Co., dec'd., sells Elizla Loses, widow, of Essex Co., for £25. Sterling, land where Eliz'a Loes now lives, except 200 acres sold Wm Ayres, being 830 acres in Essex near the Miles end of a patent of 1350 acres taken up by Bartholomew Hopkins, 600 acres thereof adjoining side of Hopkins Creek, land of John Gillet, etc. This land formerly granted Lt. Coll. Tho. Goodrich 18 Sept. 1663. The other 230 acres adjoining a small marsh below Tickners Creek, the main branoh of Tiokners Creek, the land of Reeves, land of Robt Coleman, the Rappahannock River, etc.
Wit: Signed Benja Goodrich
Tho Stretton Reo. 10 June 1703
Bond for above £50. Sterling.
1702-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 11; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 11
P. of A. 20 July 1702. Jno Thomas of Bristoll in England, merchant, to Mr. Wm. Ayres of South Farnham parish in Essex Co. to settle accounts.
Signed John Thomas
James Reeves Reo. 10 June 1703
1702-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 11; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 175
Guardianship Bond. 10 Feb 1703/4, £200. Sterling. William Ayres as guardian of William Smith, orphan.
Wit: Signed William Ayres
Richd Buckner Edw Gouldman
1724-1728 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 18; [Antient Press]; Page 271-273
THIS INDENTURE made the Sixteenth/Seventeenth day of July 1727 Between THOMAS NASH & AGATHY his Wife of Parish of Northfarnham in County of Richmond Planter of one part & PITTMAN SCANDRETT of the City of Bristoll in great Brittain Merchant Witnesseth that the said Thomas Nash & Agathy his Wife for sum of Sixteen pounds Sterling money by these presents do grant unto said Pittman Scandrett fifty acres in parish of Southfarnham & County of Essex which said fifty acres are part of 200 acres sold by JOHN GRIFFING to WILLIAM AYRES deced Father of the said Agathy by Deed dated the 10th December 1696 and recorded in County of Essex which said Land descended to her the said Agathy as being one of the daughters and coheirs of the said William Ayres deced
In presence of SAMUEL GIBBONS, Thos Nash Junr
ASTIN PASSON; MICALL SHORT
At Court held for Essex County the 1 th day of July 1727
This Lease and Release of land Indented admitted to record (the said Agathy being first privily Examined)
I the within named Thomas Nash do acknowledge have reced of Pittman Scandrett the consideration money mentioned I say reced Thos. Nash
Test Samuel Gibbons, Astin Passon, Michall Short
Acknowledged in Essex County Court the 18th day of July 1727 & admitted to record.
1728-1733 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 19; [Antient Press]; Page 292-294
THIS INDENTURE made the two and Twentyeth day of February in the Fifth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Second and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty one Between MARK THOMAS of the County of WESTMORELAND Planter of one part and PITMAN SCANDRETT of the County of Essex Merchant of other part Witnesseth that for the sum of Eleven pounds Currant mony of Virga to the sd MARK THOMAS in hand paid by the sd PITMAN SCANDRITT he the sd MARK THOMAS hath sold unto the sd PITMAN SCANDRETT his heirs and assigns one full undivided fourth part of all that piece of land containing Two hundred acres being in the Parish of Southfarnham in the County of Essex which said Fourth part of the sd Two hundred acres of land descended unto ANN the late Wife of the sd MARK THOMAS now deceased as one of the Daughters and Coheirs of WILLIAM AYRES late of the sd County of Essex deceased and all the houses Orchards woods and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging To Have and To Hold the sd fourth part of the sd Two hundred acres of land unto said PITMAN SCANDRETT during the time of the natural life of him the said MARK THOMAS paying unto the sd MARK THOMAS the yearly rent of one ear of Indian Corn upon the twenty fifth day of December in every year during the sd term if the same be lawfully demanded, In Witness whereof the sd Parties have set their hands and seals
in presence of T. WARING, MARK THOMAS
ROT. ROSE, EDW: BARRADALL
At a Court held for Essex County at Tappa, on the XXIst day of March MDCCXXXI
This Deed indented from MARK THOMAS to PITMAN SCANDRETT was proved by the Oaths of the Witnesses thereto & on sd PITMANs motion was admitted to record
1666-1679 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 6; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 14
WILL AIRES, 592 acs. Rappa. Co., upon main hr. or sw. of Piscataway Cr., above land of Mr. Jno. Gregory. 27 Feb. 1665/6. p. 48. Trans. of 12 pers: Ino. Watson, Robt. Bryan. Thomas Morice, Henry Boswell, Mary Berry. Moses Rabbitt. Arthur King. James Johnson, Jno. Berry. Ruth Mason, Mathew Jennings twice.
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