Born: 1819-XX-XX New York
Died: 1880-XX-XX Illinois
Flourished: 1848-1880 Springfield, Illinois
Alternate name: Ayers
By 1848, Ayers had established himself as a merchant in Springfield, Illinois, operating a dry-goods and grocery store under the name of Reeves & Ayers. Ayers continued in the mercantile business with a variety of different partners and on his own. In 1860, Ayers owned $32,000 worth of real estate, and his household included two domestic servants. Politically, he was a Whig.
Illinois Journal (Springfield), 20 April 1848, 3:1; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 9 February 1850, 1:3, 18 September 1851, 1:1, 21 February 1854, 2:6; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 22 April 1858, 4:2; Abraham Lincoln and Others to the Citizens of Sangamon County; Whig City Meeting; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 79; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 210; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.