Joseph Ayres

Joseph Ayres was born in Dover, Morris Co., N.Y., [sic] November 18, 1812. He is the second son of William Ayres and Abigail Lewis, natives of New Jersey. Mr. Ayres grew to manhood in his native State. He learned the boot and shoe trade in Orange, Essex Co., N.Y., [sic] receiving but a limited education. At the age of twenty-one, he engaged in the boot and shoe business in the city of New York. Six years after, he removed to Michigan, locating in the valley of Romeo, Macomb County, leaving his native state, New York, [sic] on the 17th of June, 1841, and arriving in Romeo July 17, after a month’s travel. In the fall of 1841 he engaged in the boot and shoe business at 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 has managed in connection with his business in the village. He has been prosperous the most of the time, but, owing to a disposition to assist friends, has met with serious losses that have crippled him much. He has always been ready to lend his aid to every movement that was calculated to elevate society in the church and outside of it. He was engaged for a few years, in company with other parties, as an iron manufacturer; conducted a furnace and made castings of all kinds. He was “Free-Soil” in political principles when he came to Michigan, and has been identified with the Republicans since the organization of the party. He has served his generation as Supervisor in the aggregate twenty-five years; has also been Village Assessor and member of the corporation. He was married, in New Jersey, to Elizabeth Thompson, a native of Morris County, who died August 23, 1845, and left two children, both of whom are dead. September 18, 1850, he was again married to Miss Elizabeth H. Sutton, of Sussex County, N.J. They have two children living in Detroit — Joseph S., practicing law, and Augusta, wife of P.A. Billings. In 1856, when the business portion of the village was nearly destroyed by fire, Mr. Ayres suffered the loss of a doubled frame three-story building. The brick structure now occupied by him was erected by Sutton & Ayres in 1867.

Source: History of Macomb County, Michigan. 1882. Chicago: M.A. Leeson & Company.

Edna Billings & Chester Morse

Many friends witnessed the marriage of Miss Edna Ayres Billings to Chester James Morse, Saturday evening, October 16, at the home of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. William L. Barclay, 85 East Perry avenue.  Rev. William Beal Gants performed the ceremony, assisted by Dr. Joseph A. Vance.  To the strains of the wedding march, played by Franklin Pfunder, the bridal party took their places under a canopy of smilax and ferns starred with white flowers in the candle-lighted drawing room.  The bridesmaids, Miss Muriel Morse and Miss Helen Beach, dressed in pink organdie and carrying pink Ophelia roses and ponpons, carried ribbons which formed an aisle from the stairway.  Little Mary Elliott, in white net with a pink sash, carried the ring, and was followed by the maid of honor, Miss Tillla Wilkinson, in a gown of pink satin crepe with a bouquet of pink roses, and the matron of honor, Mrs. Wilbur Elliott, in lavender chrysanthemums.  The bride’s gown was white satin draped with Chantilly lace and she carried a shower bouquet of white roses and lillies [sic].  Mrs. Pulaski A. Billings, mother of the bride, wore her own wedding gown of ashes-of-roses silk draped with black Chantilly lace.  Mrs. Charles F. Morse, mother of the groom, wore black charmeuse and jet.  Among the out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Morse and Miss Muriel Morse and Mr. Everett Bird of Adrian, Mr. Merle Ayers of Cleveland, and Mrs. John Nicholson of Chicago.  Following a motor trip to the northern part of the state, Mr. and Mrs. Morse will be at home after November 1st, at 500 Glynn court.

Source:  Detroit Free Press, October 17, 1920.

Various Walling Wedding Announcements

MARRIED:  In Yam Hill [sic] county, on the 1st inst, by Rev. G.O. Burnett, Mr. Charles Buffum and Miss Lucy Walling.  All of this county.  (Oregon Spectator, February 21, 1850)

WALLING-CLEMMENS — At the home of the bride’s parents, on Dry creek, Idaho, December 31st, 1883, by Rev. L.L. Shearer, Enos Walling and Miss Annie Clemmens. (Idaho Statesman, January 4, 1884)

WALLING-MARLATT — At the residence of Mr. Giles, in the upper Boise Valley, December 31st, 1883, by Acting Governor Ed L. Curtis, Mr. Nelson Walling and Miss Ollie Marlatt, all of Ada County.  (Idaho Statesman, January 4, 1884)

At Dallas, Polk county, Seymour Glandon and Jennie Walling.  (The Oregonian, October 12, 1886)

Yamhill County.  Recent marriages are:  At Silverton, Miss Mary E. Patty and Chas. T. Moore; at Lafayette, Miss Josie Terry, of McMinnville, and G.E. Johnson, of Lafayette; at Amity, Dora Billings and Fred Walling.  (The Oregonian, October 14, 1886)

MORE JUNE WEDDINGS – Licenses to wed were issues yesterday for George J. Rath, aged 26, Oleander Coffman, aged 21; Allen H. Moore, 27, Jessie Taylor, 25; W.H. Severance, 22, Daisy E. Boyce, 18; Oliver O. Walling, 24, Clatsop County, Jennie Engebretsen, 22; Claude M. Johnson, 22, Daisy Thompson, 19.  (The Oregonian, June 18, 1899)