Ayres Family Genealogy -
Capt. Moses Ayres of Brookfield MA
Capt. Moses AYRES served in the French and Indian War, but his title was only for service in the Militia. His name is on the roster of Capt. Nathaniel Woolcott's company that marched Aug 9, 1757, to the relief of Col Monroe at Ticonderoga. News of the peril of the troops reached Brookfield, but before relief could reach the, Col Monroe had surrendered to Montcalm. Finding themselves too late to be of service, the Brookfield men returned to their homes, having been out but 16 days. SOURCE: Text: Notes made by Susanne Caroline AYRES ca 1895 - 1920. She was assisted by Arthur G. Loring, genealogist. She cites as Authorities: New England History & General Reg. Vol XV pp 307-310; Temples History of North Brookfield; Town and Probate Records; Massachusetts Archives Records; Wheeler's Narrative, Mass. Historical Collection; Sewall's History Woburn.
In 1750, was Tax Assessor in Brookfield, MA, and in 1752, one of the organizers of the 2nd Church of Christ. From his gravestone, Brookfield Cemetery: Erected in memory of Capt. Moses Ayres, died Dec 6, 1796, in 71st year of his age. "Return my friends, dry up your tears I might lie here till Christ appears"
Will of Moses Ayres of Brookfield MA
Will of Captain Moses Ayres born 3 Dec 1725 in Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts; died 6 Dec 1796 in Brookfield.
Worcester County Massachusetts Probate Records, Series A Vol 2 1731-1881
No 2194, pgs 27, 183, 184
..... I Moses Ayres of Brookfield in the county of Worcester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Gentlemen.... I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Ayres the improvement of one thinrd of my real estate during her natural life with the easterly part of the house from the bottom of the cellar to the garret, with the privilege of using the kitchen for ...... convenient purposes, also the privilege of cutting firewood sufficient for her consumption, together with a privilege in the Barn sufficient for storing her hay, grain & keeping her livestock. Also the improvement of all my household furniture & moveables, during said term with liberty of using stairs & entry ways as shall be convenient..... I give her one riding horse, one cow, four sheep and one swine to be at her sole disposal.
Thirdly, I give to my son Moses Ayres one dollar with one third of my pew in the meeting house.
Fourthly, I give to my daughter Sarah Washburn, sixty six dollars and sixty seven cents to be paid in one year after my decease.
Fifthly, I give to my son Eli Ayres one dollar.
Sixthly, I give to my son Jesse Ayres thirty three dollars and thirty three cents to be paid with the forgoing legacies in one year after my decease.
Seventhly, I give, bequeath & devise to my two sons Jude & Increase Ayres all my real estate that I have not heretofore disposed of including two thirds of my pew in the Meeting House, reserving however, to my wife the right of sitting in said pew during her natural life consisting of all my .....Situate lying & being in Brookfield aforesaid with all my free hold estate wherever fround described reference being had to my deed or deeds of the same. To hold to the siad Jude & increase Ayres.... I also give them.... dated first day of April 1796
Admitted for probate 3 Jan 17
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