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Asa William Ayers 

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9/7/1816 - 1880
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Asa William Ayers
1/9/1846 - 2/16/1906
(Shown at age 39)
Asa William Ayers was born on January 9, 1846 in Dooley Co., Georgia and died on February 16, 1906 in Calhoun Co., Florida. He lived to be 60 years old.

He married Joann Carson on May 22, 1870
  1. James William (12/22/1871 -1/2/1934),
  2. Jane "Jennie" (9/18/1873 -2/14/1889),
  3. John David (1876 -6/19/1904),
  4. William "Will" Asa (1878 - ).
Married on 8/19/1886 to 2nd wife Sarah Frances Richards (9/11/1853 - 11/18/1936).
She had one child named Maggie
Census10/14/1850 5 th district FL (Calhoun County) 4 yrs old 
family #5: John Ayrs (age 43, born in SC), Arilda (age 43, born in GA), Tellitha (25, SC), David (11, GA), John (12, GA), Thos. (10, GA), Benjam. (8, GA), William (8,GA), Elizabeth A. (6, GA), Asa (4, GA), Quinn (2, FL), Ishmael (4 months old, FL). John states he is a Blacksmith.

#7 William Ayrs & family are listed 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1850: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census7/18/1860 Ochesee District FL (Calhoun County) 14 yrs old 
family# 46: Aurelia Ayers (age 44, born in GA, Housekeeping), John (22, GA, farming), David (21, FL, Farming), Thomas (20, FL, farming), Benjamin (18, FL, farming), William (18, FL, farming), Wealthy (17, FL, Domestic), Elizabeth (17, FL, Domestic), Asa W. (14, FL), Queen Ann (12, FL), Ishmael (10, FL); Samuel (8, FL), Mary Arilda(6, FL). Check marks are in the box for white, black or malatto for Aurelia & John.

#49 James Stephens (62) He was born in GA and is a Baptist minister. Value of estate $150. Check mark is in the box for white, black or malatto.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1860: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Other10/1/1867 FL (Calhoun County) 21 yrs old 
Fall term of Grand and Petite Jurors Talesman attending and serving in the circuit court at said term and entitled by law. Name: Asa Ayers , number of miles: 12, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 3.70.  
Marriage5/22/1870 FL (Calhoun County) 24 yrs old 
Asa Ayers married Joann Carson on the 22nd of May 1870 - page 46   Source:
Census7/6/1870 FL (Calhoun County) 24 yrs old 
#218, 155 - Asa Ayers (age 24) and Laura (16). Both born in FL. Both can not read or write. Asa is a farmer. Personal value $100.
lives next door to Marilda Stephens. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/8/1880 Pippins Mill FL (Calhoun County) 34 yrs old 
homeshold#91, family#104: Asa Ayers (age34),Joan(23),James(8),Jane(6)John (4) & Asa(2). Asa is a farmer, he was born in GA, father in SC, mother GA, Joan keeps house, she was born in FL as were her parents. Children all born in FL. Asa (son) had a fever on the day this record was taken. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1880: Blountstown was declared the seat of Calhoun County in 1880. Prior to that, Abe Springs had been the county seat. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Other1/1/1882 FL (Calhoun County) 36 yrs old 
Revised List of jurors -
Pg. 1: #1. Wm Ayers, 2. Thos Ayers, 3. Asa Ayers, 9. Sam Ayers, 10. Ish Ayers, 13. Benj. Ayers, 15. Alfred Bailey, 17. Gadi Bailey, 22. P.B. Bailey, 23. Wm M. Clark. ,44. Wm Cutts, 46. L. C. Davis, 46. Isaac Etheridge, 47. B. H. Franklin
page 2: 68. Caleb Halley, 75. Jno T. Kent, 76. W.A. Kent, 79. Jno A. Kelley, 81. Jno Kent,
page 3: #85. Geo Sutton, 96. B. F. McDaniel, 97. Josh McDaniel, 99. Jasper Musgrove, 100. J. M. Maddox,107. Thos McKeown
page 4: 114 Robt Nixon, 115 J. J. Nixon, 116 R. W. Nixon,118 Jno H. Parish, 119. Thomas Parish Sr., 120. Thomas Parish Jr., 122. Jno W. Peacock, 123. Jno. W. Pope, 125. B. F. Pope, 126. Tim Pope, 130. J.M. Peacock
page 5:143.J.R. Stone, 151. David Stephens, 152. L.M. Stone, 156. S.S. Stone, 153. A.J. Wood, 155. Joe Wood, 156. J.C. Wood, 172. Levi Yon, 173. Newton Yon, 174. T.M. Yon, 175. John Yon, 176. H. A. Yon 
Census1/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 39 yrs old 
240 - Asa Ayers (age 39), J. W. (13), Jane (11), John (9), W. A. (6). Asa was born in GA, his father was born in SC and mother in GA. All children born in FL. Asa is a farmer. Asa can read and write.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1885: The principle towns in Calhoun County were Blountstown, Marysville, Chipola, Selman, Ocheesee, and Abe Springs. In 1884 railroads in Florida were bought out by one company and placed under central management. River Junction, located at the junction of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, is the closest railroad and the primary hub of land transports. The photo on the right shows the iron bridge than spans the Chattahoochee River about a mile from the Depot at River Junction where wharves, storage, steamboats and hotels bussel with activity. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Other11/4/1899 FL (Calhoun County) 53 yrs old 
Asa Ayers states he knows William Ayers and of his service in the Civil War. (attached to William's pension application) 
Census1/1/1900 Board head, district 2 FL (Calhoun County) 54 yrs old 
#65 - Aca Ayers (age 54, Jany 1846), Frances (46, Sept. 1853),adpt. daughter -Maggie (6, Sept. 1893) and border- John Preston (17, Mar. 1883), Aca was born in GA, all others in FL. Aca is a contractor and John is a farm laborer.

#66 -John Ayers (age 24, Feb. 1876), Mary P. (24, Sept. 1875), Johanna (14, Oct. 1895), Frances E. (3, Mar. 1897) ,Silas S. (1, Dec. 1898). All were born in FL, John and Mary have been married 5 years, they have 3 children all are living, John is a farm laborer.

#67 - William A. Ayers (age 21, July 1878), Eliza (22, Jany 1878),Emma E. (1, Aug. 1898), Frances J. ( 5 mos,Dec. 1899). All were born in FL. William and Eliza have been married 2 years and have 2 children, both living. William is a farm laborer.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1900: The first automobile, nick-named Chicken Killer, arrives in Blountstown in 1905. The photo on the right shows The Chicken Killer. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Graveyard/Tombstone2/16/1906 Ayers Cemetery FL (Calhoun County) 60 yrs old 
Asa Ayers - Co F 10th Fl Inf - 1846 to 1906 
Military1/1/1926 FL (Calhoun County) 20 yrs after death 
Confederate pensions-A02685 - Asa Ayers , 10th Regt Inf ,wife: Sarah ,year: 1926, pages 09  

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4 1850 Florida's total population has grown to 87,445. This includes about 39,000 slaves and 1,000 free blacks. Indians were not counted.
9 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins and war breaks out with most of the battles occurring in Central Florida. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
15 1861 No Floridian's voted for Lincoln during the 1860 election. On Jan. 10, 1861, Florida seceded from the U.S. and joined the Confederate States of America a few weeks later.
18 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
19 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
19 1865 May 10th -- Union troops occupy Tallahassee. While Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi River that had not been captured, Union troops occupy the capitol following the surrender of the major Confederate armies in the east.
24 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
36 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
37 1883 Three railroad companies are merged to form the Florida Transit and Penisular Railroad Company. Thee are: Florida Transit Railroad Co., Peninsular Railroad Co, and the Tropical Florida Railroad Co.
38 1884 Most railroads in Florida are passed into the hands of a single company owned and operated by a single management, under the name of The Florida Railway and Navigation Company. It has more that 500 miles of main track in operation and about 300 miles of track under construction. The longest route was the "Western Division" which ran from Tallahassee to Jacksonville - 209 miles.
60 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
1 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
4 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
5 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
6 1852 Taylor County formed.
7 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
8 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
10 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
11 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
12 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
24 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
29 1875 Oconee County formed.
59 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
7 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
10 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
13 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
19 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
23 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
31 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
33 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
43 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
49 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
51 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
54 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
54 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
55 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
56 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
57 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
58 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
60 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
60 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
60 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
15 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
16 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
36 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
39 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
9 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
14 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
16 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
17 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
19 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
22 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
29 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
30 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
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Joanna Carson
Born on January 12, 1855 and died on February 25, 1884.
They were married 5/22/1870.

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The Children of Asa William Ayers

59 years old
James William Ayers
Born in Clarksville, Calhoun Co., Florida on December 22, 1871 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on January 2, 1934. He was 62 years old.

He married Jessie C. Bailey( 6/9/1876- 11/17/ 1917
William Asa Ayers(1895)
Jesse McKinley "J. Mack" Ayers (1896)-
Mattie Lea Ayers (1889)...
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John David Ayers
Born somewhere in Florida on an unknown day in February 1876 and died somewhere in Florida on June 19, 1904. He was 28 years old.

  1. Johanna Watson (1895),
  2. Elizabeth (1897),
  3. Silas Syvester (1899-1911),
  4. Velma Victoria (3/9/1901),
  5. Alono Asa (9/13/1902-1931)...
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Wilburn Asa Ayers
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on July 22, 1878 and died in Calhoun County, Florida about 1950. He was about 71 years old.

He was called "Will". He married Elizabeth Clark.
Emma Eliza (1898)
Frances J. (1899)
Catherine Elizabeth(1901)
William (1905)
Willis (1906)
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