Maria Bennett

1824–1906 (Age 81)
Canisteo, Canisteo, Steuben, New York, United States

The Life of Maria

When Maria Bennett was born on 23 October 1824, in Canisteo, Canisteo, Steuben, New York, United States, her father, Thomas Bennett, was 40 and her mother, Sylvinia Rood, was 34. She married William Sylvester Ayers on 16 June 1847. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Hornellsville, Steuben, New York, United States for about 25 years. She died on 1 July 1906, at the age of 81.

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Family Time Line

Maria Bennett
William Sylvester Ayers
Marriage: 16 June 1847
Nolan Ayres
Ira Ayres
Altha M. Ayres
Lerona Ayers
May Ayres
Nolan Ayers

Spouse & Children

  • Female1824–1906Female

  • William Sylvester Ayers


16 June 1847


  • Nolan Ayres


  • Ira Ayres


  • Altha M. Ayres


  • Female1855–Female

  • May Ayres


+1 More Child

Parents & Siblings



+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 1

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 3

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 22

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: from the medieval personal name Benedict (Latin Benedictus meaning ‘blessed’). In the 12th century the Latin form of the name is found in England alongside versions derived from the Old French form Beneit, Benoit, which was common among the Normans. See also Benedict .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Maria Ayres, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Maria Ayres in household of Wm Ayres, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • Mariar Ayers, "New York State Census, 1875"

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