Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts, Volume 3 by J. H. Beers & Co
Capt. John Ayers of Ipswich, 1648, was a petitioner for what is now Brookfield in 1660, whither he removed with the first settlers and was a leading man in the new plantation. He married Susanna, daughter of Mark Symonds of Ipswich. He was killed by the Indians at the time they destroyed Brookfield, in 1675.
His children were: John, Samuel, Thomas, Joseph, Edward, Mark, Nathaniel and Susanna. Of these John was a shipwright of Boston; Samuel married Abigail Fellows of Newbury;
Thomas married Mary Errington, of Ipswich;
Joseph removed from Ipswich to Brookfield in 1717;
Edward was of Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, as was Mark;
Susanna married Thomas Day, of Gloucester.
A deed recorded at Worcester, 1741, but dated Jan. 14, 1716, is from Thomas, Mark and Edward Ayres, all of Portsmouth; Nathaniel Ayres, blacksmith, of Boston; Samuel, of Ipswich, son of Samuel Ayres, deceased; and Robert Day, of New Roxbury, whose mother was Susanna Ayers, to Joseph Ayres of Ipswich, selling all the land at Brookfield formerly possessed by our honored father, John Ayres.
The fact that several of the descendants of Capt. John Ayres of Ipswich were at Portsmouth, and one of similar Christian name, Mark, among the original proprietors of Barnstead, may indicate that the Ayreses of the latter town sprang from Capt. John Ayres.