Obit: Ayers, Martin Vanburen (1834 - 1911) 

Contact: Ann Stevens


Surnames: Ayers, Miller, Roder, Hendron 

----Source:  Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.)  July 13, 1911 

Ayers, Martin Vanburen (Sept 20, 1834 - July 8, 1911) 

Another of the little coterie of early Clark County settlers passed away Saturday, when Martin V. Ayers died at his home in town of Grant.  Martin Vanburen Ayers was born in Springfield township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania on Sept. 20, 1834.  He came to Clark County in 1869, locating in Neillsville where he followed his trade, that of a carpenter, during the summer and in the winter following the example of other pioneers and going into the lumber camps.  On May 10, 1872 he was united in marriage to Annie Miller, and they made their home in Neillsville until the spring of 1876 when they moved to the farm which has ever since been their home with the exception of four years which they spent in Neillsville.  Mr. Ayers is survived by his wife, three sons and one daughter, Gustavus R., Joy V., Lambert M. and Mrs. Aug. Roder.  Also seven grandchildren. 

Mr. Ayers was a man of exceptional integrity and industry.  He underwent all the hardships of the early pioneers and by his strength of character, sobriety and honesty he established himself high in the esteem of his fellow citizens. 

The funeral was held at the family residence Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. Hendron officiating, and the interment was made in the afternoon in the Neillsville Cemetery. 



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