|The AYER Family of Haverhill,
Essex, MA and Salisbury, Essex, MA
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JOHN AYER (d. 1657) of Salisbury and Haverhill m. Hannah Unknown (d. aft 1602)
|CORNET PETER AYER (abt 1633 - 1699) of Haverhill m. Hannah Allen|
JOHN AYER (d. 1657) of Salisbury and Haverhill
Parents: It has been hypothesised that John Ayre is the son of Robert and Cecily (Crosse) Eyre, baptised on 28 Mar 1596 in Bronham parish, Wiltshire. [Ref]
John Ayer died on 31 Mar 1657 in Haverhill. [Ref][Ref] He married Hannah Unknown. Hannah died after 1692.
John was in Salisbury as early as 1640. [Ref] He served on the grand jury at the 24 (2) 1649 and 13 (2) 1652 courts in Salisbury and the 2 (8) 1649 court at Hampton. [Ref] John's name is on a list of the original inhabitants of Salisbury from a town meeting on 3 (12) 1650. [Ref]
John was, presumably because he was close to or over 60, freed from all training by the 3 (8) 1654 court at Hampton. [Ref]
John of Haverhill's will was signed on 12 Mar 1656/7; he mention his wife Hannah and his children John, Nathaniel, Obadiah, Robert, Thomas, Peter, Hannah, Rebecca and Mary. His will was deposed by his son Robert's father-in-law Henry Palmer on 6 (8) 1657 and inventory was taken on 10 (2) 1657. [Ref 3;201][Ref]
Hannah was charged with selling cider and was to be fined. She was ordered to present herself to the 13 Oct 1674 court at Hampton and her son Nathaniel was bound for her appearance. When illness prevented her from appearing and she admitted her offense, the bond and the fine were remitted. [Ref]
Note: Do not confuse this John Ayer with John Ayers of Ipswich.
Children of John Ayer and Hannah Unknown:
REBECCA AYER (m. 1648)
Parents: John Ayer and Hannah Unknown [Ref]
Rebecca Ayer died between 20 May 1687 and 2 Nov 1702. [Ref] She married first John Aslett on 8 Oct 1648 in Newbury. [Ref says "probably"][Ref][Ref][Ref] They lived in Andover. [Ref] She married second, as his second wife, George Keyser of Salem. [Ref] George was probably born about 1612 - 1614 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. [Ref] He died abut 1690 in Salem. [Ref] He married first Elizabeth Holyoke about 1645. [Ref] He signed his will on 15 Feb 1686/7; it was proved on 20 Sep 1690. [Ref]
THOMAS AYER (d. 1686) of Haverhill
Parents: John Ayer and Hannah Unknown
Thomas Ayer died on 9 Nov 1686. [Ref] He married Elizabeth Hutchins on 1 Apr 1656 in Haverhill. [Ref][Ref]
Thomas was living in Haverhill as early as 1646. [Ref] He bought a house in Haverhill in 1648. [Ref] Thomas Ayer of Haverhill was made a freeman on 24 (2) 1649. [Ref] He is also in the Haverhill section of the 23 May 1666 list of freemen. [Ref]
Thomas took the oath of loyalty at the 8 (8) 1667 court at Hampton. [Ref] He was on the grand jury at the 8 (8) 1678 court at Hampton. [Ref] He was charged 7 shillings tax to pay the elder's salary on 17 Nov 1679. [Ref 8;309] He was constable of Haverhill on 23 Mar 1681/2. [Ref 8;277]
Children of Thomas Ayer and Elizabeth Hutchins, all births recorded in Haverhill. [Ref]
CORNET PETER AYER (abt 1633 - 1699)
Parents: John Ayer and Hannah Unknown
Cornet Peter Ayer was born about 1633. [Ref] He died on 2 Jan 1698/9 in Boston. [Ref] He married Hannah Allen on 8 Oct 1659 in Salisbury. [Some references say 1 Nov but the town records say 8 Oct. These records are torn and Hannah's first name is missing, as is the year, which I suppose is inferred from the location in the records.] [Ref][Ref][Ref][Ref]
His father's will says, "To Peter that young sow whose ear hangs down and all my flaggy meadow." [Ref]
Peter is in the Haverhill section of the 23 May 1666 list of freemen. [Ref] He was on the grand jury at the 14 (2) 1668 court at Salisbury. [Ref] He was fined for not appearing as a member of the grand jury at the 13 (8) 1668 and 14 (8) 1673 courts at Hampton. [Ref] He was on the trial jury at the 12 Apr 1670, 8 Apr 1673 and 8 Apr 1679 courts at Salisbury. [Ref] Peter acted as a lawyer [Ref] He lived in Haverhill and represented the town in the general court in 1683, 1685, 1689 and 1690. [Ref]
John Woodham successfully sued Peter for debt at the 26 Mar 1667 court at Ipswich. [Ref]
Children of Peter Ayer and Hannah Allen, all births recorded in Haverhill. [Ref]:
LOVE AYER (1663-1735)
Parents: Thomas Ayer and Elizabeth Hutchins
Love Ayer was born on 15 Apr 1663 in Haverhill. [Ref][Ref] She died on 24 Apr 1735 and is buried in the Franklin Burying Ground in Franklin, New London, CT. She married Joseph Kingsbury 1 on 2 Apr 1679 [Ref] in Haverhill. [Ref]
Love was admitted to the church in West Farms, New London, CT on 4 Jan 1718. [Ref]
RUTH AYER (1660-1695)
Parents: Cornet Peter Ayer and Hannah Allen
Ruth Ayer was born on 30 Oct 1660 in Haverhill. [Ref] She died on 2 Feb 1694/5 [Ref] in Ipswich. [Ref] She married John Denison 2. [Ref]
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