Nancy Inslee Ayers

9 May 1836–27 January 1907 (Age 70)
Beverly, Adams, Illinois, United States

The Life of Nancy Inslee

When Nancy Inslee Ayers was born on 9 May 1836, in Beverly, Adams, Illinois, United States, her father, Joseph Ayres, was 30 and her mother, Hannah Marsh Inslee, was 31. She married Benjamin Franklin Buffington on 10 October 1855, in Adams, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She lived in Glenwood, Mills, Iowa, United States in 1880 and Glenwood Township, Mills, Iowa, United States in 1900. She died on 27 January 1907, in Mills, Iowa, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Glenwood, Mills, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Franklin Buffington
Nancy Inslee Ayers
Marriage: 10 October 1855
Elizabeth Buffington
Mary B Buffington
Charles Rollin Buffington
Emma Cordelia Buffington
Rosa Buffington
Nellie Frank Buffington

Spouse and Children

    Benjamin Franklin Buffington



10 October 1855
Adams, Illinois, United States


    Elizabeth Buffington


    Mary B Buffington




    Rosa Buffington


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Parents and Siblings



+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 3

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 20

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

English: derivative of Ayer . The -s most probably represents a trace of the Latin nominative singular in heres ‘heir’, but it may also signify the son or servant of someone known as ‘the heir’, i.e. someone who was heir to some great estate.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Nancy Ayers in household of Joseph Ayers, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Nancy Buffington in household of Benjamin Buffington, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Nancy Buffington in household of Charles R Buffington, "United States Census, 1900"

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