The American Revolution:
Jedediah Ayers, Revolutionary War soldier


Sheila L. Kell was searching for her family history and found the following among family papers.  "The majority of the Ayers men served in one war or another.  My family descends from Jedediah, to his son John (soldier in War of 1812), to Joseph Ayers, father of Jennie."  Sheila notes that this is Not an original letter  - it was retyped (most likely by Margaret Draughon).

Oct. 1, 1927

Mrs. Margaret Draughon
809 Fatherland Street
Nashville, Tenn.


   I have to advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim S. 44565, it appears that Jedediah Ayers (pensioned Ayres) was born December 15, 1760, place not named.

   He enlisted at Springfield, Mass., in June or July 1776 and served three months as a fifer in Captain Albert's Company, Colonel Barnabas Sear's Massachusetts Regiment; and immediately enlisted in Captain Day's Company, Colonel Davies' or Davidson's Regiment in General Washington's Life Guards.  He was in the battles of White Plains, Monmouth, Morristown and Yorktown, and was discharges in June 1793.

   He was allowed pension on his application executed May 20, 1818, while a resident of Johnstown, Montgomery County, New York.

   In 1820, he referred to his wife, Experience, as aged fifty-three years, and to the following children - Daniel, aged sixteen years; Judith, aged fourteen years, Morgan Lewis, aged ten years; and Maria, aged eight years.  There are no further data as to family.

   The above noted Jedediah Ayers, similar spellings of that name searched, is the only soldier of that name found on the Revolutionary War records of this Bureau.


Signed-- Winfield Scott, Comm.


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