Desc of Capt. John Ayers: Second Generation

6. John2 Ayer Jr (Capt John1 Ayers) (#6947) was born in Lavenham, Suffolk, ENG 1623.(75) John died by 1711 in Ipswich, Essex, MA, at 88 years of age.(76) died between 1694 and 1711

He married twice. He married Sarah Williams 5 May 1646.(77) (Sarah Williams is #15514.) Sarah died 25 Jul 1662.(78) He married Mary Wooddam 26 Mar 1663.(79) (Mary Wooddam is #15519.)

Occupation: farmer.(80) He resided in Haverhill, Essex, MA bef 1679.(81) He resided in Ipswich, Essex, MA 1679.(82) some information received from Thomas Ayer's Descendants by Rhonda R. McClure (

Extract from The Ayres and Ayer Families by W.H. Whitmore in NEHGS Reg ( Oct 1863) Vol. 17, pp 307-310:

Having spent some time in tracing the early generations of the two distinct families of Ayres and Ayer, I desire to preserve the result. Savage in his account makes a mistake which escaped my notice until my attention was called to it by Mr. Melvin Lord. Capt. John Ayres of Ipswich and Brookfield was not the son of John Ayer of Haverhill. I have carefully examined the deeds at Salem, and have careful copies of the town records of Ipswich and Haverhill, and these show that the mistake has been made by confounding two persons of the same name. First, I will give the Descendants of John Ayer of Haverhill.

He was of Salisbury and Haverhill - and had children: John; Robert; Thomas; Peter; Obadiah; Nathaniel; Hannah; Rebecca m John Aslet 8 Oct 1648; and Mary. His will was proved 6 Oct 1657 (Reg. VI, 207) and in 1692 his widow Hannah deeds land to son Robert and was joined by ch John of Ipswich, Peter and Nathaniel of Haverhill. This shows conclusively that John Sr had a son John (not the Brookfield Capt John who was killed in 1675), who was living in 1692. The records show this also by giving his marriages and issue.

John 2 Ayer, Jr, m 5 May 1646 Sarah Williams and had John b 18 Marh 1648/8, Zecheriah b 24 Oct 1650, Nathaniel b 13 Mar 1654/5, Joseph b 16 Mar 1658/9, and Sarah b 17 Jan 1661. His wife dying 25 Jul 1662, he m2 Mary Wooddam 26 Mar 1663 and had Samuel who d at Andover 6 Oct 1670 (NEHGS Reg V II, p 377), I presume. He was of Ipswich 1693/4. ...

John Ayer Jr and Sarah Williams had the following children:

child + 40 i. John3 Ayer III was born 18 Mar 1647/8.

child 41 ii. Zachariah Ayer (#15516) was born in Haverhill, Essex, MA 24 Oct 1650.(83) NOTE: Haverhill VRs to 1849 listed as "Zechariah" Individual flags: KP War. Zachariah died aft 24 Oct 1696 at approximately 46 years of age.(84) living at Newbury, MA He married Elizabeth Chase Andover, Suffolk, MA, 27 Jun 1678.(85) (Elizabeth Chase is #2327.)

Elizabeth was born 13 Sep 1657 in Newbury, Essex, MA.(86) Elizabeth was the daughter of Aquila Chase Jr and Anne Wheeler. Elizabeth is deceased. AF says she died 30 May 1676 Charlestown, SC??? I don't think so....

Occupation: husbandman.(87) Zachariah served in the military 1676.(88) King Philip's War

He resided Andover, Suffolk, MA 1680.(89) He resided in Newbury, Essex, MA 1696.(90) Abstract from The Ayres and Ayer Families by W.H. Whitmore in NEHGS Reg ( Oct 1863) Vol. 17, pp 307-310:

Zechariah Ayer, another son of John, was alive at Newbury 24 Oct 1696.

Abstract from Ayer Genealogy by Perley, p 6:

Zachariah3, b 24 Oct 1650; husbandman; lived in Andover in 1680 and in Newbury in 1696; m Elizabeth Chase of Newbury 27 Jun 1678; served in King Philip's War in 1676.

Abstract from ME/NH Gen Dict by LND, p 71:

9 Zachariah (Eaires), with John Aires +/-23, were witnesses at Durham in the Chesley cattle case, 1672. See Hoyt's Sals. p 37. Zachariah m 27 June 1678 Elizabeth Chase, dau.of Aquila.

child + 42 iii. Nathaniel Ayer was born 13 Mar 1654/5.

child + 43 iv. Joseph Ayer was born 16 Mar 1658/9.

child 44 v. Sarah Ayer (#15518) was born in Haverhill, Essex, MA 17 Jan 1661.(91) Derek Hartshorn says she was born 1685; however, I intend to go with NEHGS and Perley until proven otherwise. She married Henry Collins.(92) (Henry Collins is #15439.) Henry was born 1682 in Lynn, Essex, MA.(93) Henry was the son of Henry Collins and Hannah Lampson. Abstract from Ayer Genealogy by Perley, p 6:

Sarah3 b 17 Jan 1661; perhaps m Henry Collins of Lynn

John Ayer Jr and Mary Wooddam had the following child:

child 45 vi. Samuel Ayer (#15520) was born aft 1663.(94) Samuel died 6 Oct 1670 Andover, Suffolk, MA, at 6 years of age.(95)

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