Eliza Search Ayers

Mrs. Eliza Ann Ayers, aged 95 years, widow of the late Wm. H. Ayers, died at 1:45 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the home of her son, Eugene Ayers, 401 Chester street, East Newark. Her death was due to general weakness incident to old age. Mrs. Ayers has been a resident of Licking country [sic] for 80 years, having come to Ohio by wagon at the age of 16 years. The family crossed the Ohio river on the ice at Bellaire. She was born in New Jersey, Jan. 23, 1820. After coming to Ohio she was married to William H. Ayers. To this union ten children were born, eight sons and two daughters. Four of the eight sons are still living. The oldest son, J.J. Ayers, 7[unclear] years old, lives at Logansport, Ind. The other children are Franklin P. Ayers, Clyde O. Elsworth Ayers, Chicago, and Eugene Ayers, at whose home she died. For more than fifty years she has been a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the East Main street M.E. Church, Rev. J.C. [unclear] of the First church officiating. He will be assisted by Rev. Charles [unclear] of the East Main street church. Burial at Cedar Hill cemetery.

Source:  Newark Advocate, December 7, 1914.

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