Romeo, December 28.—Joseph Ayres, an old and highly respected citizen of this place, died at his home on Hollister street at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon, from lung trouble, age 81 years.
Mr. Ayres was born in Dover, Morris Co., N.Y. [sic], November 18, 1812. He grew to manhood in his native state, learned the boot and shoe trade, receiving but a limited education. At the age of 21 he engaged in the boot and shoe business in the city of New York. Six years after he removed to Romeo, Macomb Co., leaving his native state on the 17th of June 1841, and arriving in Romeo July 17 after a month’s travel. In the fall of that year he engaged in the boot and shoe business in Romeo. A few years later he combined harness making with his other business. In 1845 he added a small farm, located near the village, which he managed in connection with his business in the village.