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Ebenezer Byram Ayers
  • Born: 11 May 1774, Morristown NJ
  • Marriage (1): Abigail Byram on 11 Mar 1797 in Morristown NJ
  • Died: 20 Mar 1853, New Lexington OH

  General notes:

Silversmith and jeweler

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked in 1795-1800 as a silversmith and jeweler in Newburgh NY
  • He worked circa 1801-1840 as a silversmith and jeweler in New Lexington OH
  • Letter from David Williamson to the Court of Common Pleas, Preble County OH 9 Oct 1821
    Private Collection

    By virtue of a Dedimus Polestatum to me directed I have proceeded this 8th Day of October to take the deposition of Ebenezer B. Ayers at my house in Peble County and State of Ohio between the hours of nine oclock AM and 3 oclock PM (the adverse party having had legal notice thereof) to be read in evidence in a certain Suit depending and under termina in Athens Common Pleas wherein John B. Ayers is Plantiff and Silas Prudden Defendant

    This deponent being of lawful age and duly sworn deposeth and saith that sometime between the 5th and 10th Days of November AD 1810 that he called on Silas Prudden at his home near the town of Athens & Athens County Ohio & then and there presented unto said Silas Prudden a certain note Signed by Silas Prudden & Bethuel Prudden in favour of Joseph Prudden & dated 1799 the month and day not recollected the amount of said note $43.00 and he thinks 75 cents payable in one year after Date and assigned on the back to John B Ayers by Stephen A Prudden & Joseph Prudden Executors of the Estate of Joseph Prudden Deceased & that he the Said Ebenezer B. Ayers on presenting the above note asked the Said Silas Prudden if he could pay it off then Stating that John B. Ayers had sent it by him for collection that Said Silas Prudden did not answer him immediately but on questioning him the second time he said he could not pay it then nor never would if he could help it but acknowledged that he and his brother gave the note for a pair of Oxen for their father to move into Pennsylvania with

    And further this Deportent Saith not
    Sworn to & Subscribed before me this date above

    Ebenezer B. Ayers                          

    David Williamson
    Justice of the Peace

    — page two —

    The State of Ohio
    Preble County

    I Joseph C. Hawkins Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County do hereby Cerify that David Wiliamson Esq before whom the written Deposition appears to have been taken is one of the Justices assigned to Keep the Peace in and for said County and that Full Faith and Credit is due to all his official acts as Such —

    In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and affixed the Seal this Eight day of October one thousand eight hundred and Twenty one

    Jos C. Hawkins                          

Ebenezer married Abigail Byram on 11 Mar 1797 in Morristown NJ. (Abigail Byram was born on 8 Mar 1771 in Morristown NJ and died on 23 Aug 1830.)

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