In the 1840 census for Bedford County Tennessee, William Ayres (page 102), age 20-30, is listed near William Shipman and James Shipman (page 101). Ayres wife is in the same age range, and they have one daughter under age 5.
In the 1860 census for Newton County Missouri (page 158), William Ayers, age 49 GA, wife Alzira 48 GA and six children are in the household next to Charles Shipman, a brother of William and James Shipman from the 1840 TN census. Ayers daughter Martha, age 21 TN, matches the daughter listed in 1840. Several Shipman siblings -- William, James, Charles, Jacob, Reuben & Sally Shipman Landers -- all moved from Bedford County TN to Newton County MO beginning in the late 1830s and early 1840s.
In the 1880 census for Brown County Texas (page 397D), W. C. Ayers, age 70 GA, is listed with daughter Sarah, age 30 TN, who matches a 10-year-old daughter listed in Newton County MO in 1860. Also in the household is Abel Shipman, age 40 MO, listed as Ayers' nephew. In an adjacent household is Anne Elizabeth Shipman Smoot, Abel's sister.
Abel and Anne Elizabeth Shipman were children of Jacob Shipman, who was a brother of William, James and Charles Shipman and who moved from Bedford County TN to Newton County MO in the late 1830s. Jacob's wife was Elizabeth Landers, also originally from Bedford County TN. Elizabeth's brother Abel Landers was married to Jacob's sister, Sally Shipman.
If Abel Shipman was William Ayers' nephew, Ayers' wife was presumably either a Shipman or a Landers. Published genealogies of the two families do not show an Ayers marriage or any unaccounted for daughters.
Does anyone know the Ayers/Shipman connection? If possible, please explain original sources of information in any response.
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