Note: First records in America in Virginia Land Patent Records - William Eyres, 150 acres in County of Warrosquoyacke, on the Nean River, being an island called the Long Pond; due by order of the Court December 6, 1634, and due for his personal adventure and for the transportation of two persons, Robert Stanney and John Wood. By West, July 14 1636 30 June 1635. William HEIRES (EYRES) received 250 acres in Warrosquoiacke Co., VA (named changed in Isle of Wight Co. in 1637). Virginia Land Records, Isle of Wight County Deeds and Other Records, Page 180 William Eyres, 250 acres in county of Warresquiaoke, on the "Maine Creek which runneth from the great river, called Warresquiaoke Creek", and on Nanemond River. Due for the transportation of 5 persons, Francis Stefferton, John Rashe, Humphrey Broad, John Pumpfrey, Will Empson. Granted June 30 , 1635. One source has: William AYRES died 25 March 1655 Battle of Severn, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. At the Battle of the Severn on 25 March 1655, William AYRES was allegedly the Standard Bearer for the Puritans, and at the beginning of the battle the Standard was fired on, and he was killed. [John Bennett Boddie, *Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia,* Came to Maryland with his family before June 1652. On the 5th of October 1653, Mr. William Ayres demands land for transporting himself, Sarah his wife (then deceased), Ann Ayers his daughter, and nine servants before June 1652; and Martha his now wife, and Margaret Sammes, his servant, since June 1652 (Md. Land Office, Liber A.B.H., folio 348). On 6 June 1663, Samuel Chew assigns to Sarah Marsh any rights that remain on record "due to my father-in-law William Ayres" (ibid., Liver V, folios 338,339), and there is upon record at Portsmouth, Va., a power of attorney from "Samuel Chew, Esq., of Herrington, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and Anne his wife sole daughter and heiress of Mr William Ayres late of Nansemond County, Virginia, deceased" (Va. Mag., I.197). (From Frederic Z. Saunders: William AYRES on 5 Oct. 1653 demanded 950 acres of 1550 assigned to him by Caprt. BRENT and Mr. Edward LLOYD, and assinged 600 acres of the 950 to MR. Richard WELLS. He then demanded the 350 left plus 1300 more for transporting himself, Sarah his deceased wife, Ann AYRES his daughter and 9 servants [named] before June 1652, and Martha his now wife and a servant [named] since June 1652 for a total of 1650 acres. He then assigned 500 of the 1650 to Tho: MARSH. (Patents ABH:347-348).
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