Lee County Biography

Joseph H. Ayres
Dixon, Lee Co IL


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Joseph H. Ayres, who resides on section 32, Lee Center Twp., is well known as an enterprising and successful farmer and a public-spirited man who takes a deep interest in everything tending to the upbuilding of his townshipand county. His parents, Henry S. and Ann E. (Green) Ayres, were natives of Vermont, who after their marriage emigrated to Illinois, where the father died in Sublette Township Dec. 15, 1879. They were the parents of two children; Joseph H. and Ella M., the wife of William P. Long, of Sublette Twp.

Joseph H. Ayres was born in Crete, Will County, this state April 17, 1853. When he was one and a half years old his parents removed to Lee County, settling in Amboy Twp. where they remained until their son was 8 years old, when they removed to Sublette. Here our subject lived until February 1885, when he came to Lee Center Twp. and settled on section 32, his present home. Here he has a good farm of 270 acres on which he has erected a fine set of buildings and where he is carrying on agricultural pursuits under the most favorable circumstances. He acquired his education in the common schools and is an intelligent and well read man.

Mr. Ayres married in SUblette, August 24, 1879 to Miss Jennie E. Berkley who was a native of that township, her birth occurring April 5, 1857. They are the parents of three children; Vilette B., Anna E., and Ruth E. Mrs. Ayres is the daughter of Benjamin F. and Vilette (Eastman) Berkley, the former being a native of Virginia and the latter of Ohio; the mother died in SUblette Township in September 1866.

Mr. Ayres is a Republican and while not taking a very active part in political affairs, is warmly interested in all pertaining to the welfare of his community. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and has been Master of the Blue Lodge in Sublette for seven consecutive years. The family have a comfortable home and a large circle of friends.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co Pg 470

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