Mary Elizabeth Ayers

26 March 1853–12 May 1925 (Age 72)
Ritchie, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Ayers was born on 26 March 1853, in Ritchie, West Virginia, United States, her father, Eli M. Ayers, was 42 and her mother, Nancy Jane Campbell, was 39. She married Joseph Peter Cunningham on 24 November 1872, in Ritchie, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Murphy, Ritchie, West Virginia, United States in 1910 and Grant District, Ritchie, West Virginia, United States in 1920. She died on 12 May 1925, in Bridgeport, Harrison, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Bridgeport, Harrison, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Peter Cunningham
Mary Elizabeth Ayers
Marriage: 24 November 1872
Lucinda Virginia Cunningham
Malena Florence Cunningham
Rosey Elin Cunningham
William Preston Cunningham
George Albert Cunningham
Louisa May Cunningham
Thomas F. Cunningham
Mary Alice Cunningham
Joseph Retes Cunningham
Peter Cunningham
Daniel Lawrence Cunningham
Buenas Diseas Cunningham
Andrew Ernest Cunningham

Spouse and Children

24 November 1872
Ritchie, West Virginia, United States


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Parents and Siblings

    Eli M. Ayers


    Nancy Jane Campbell




    William C. Ayers


    John McGee Ayers


    Daniel C. Ayers


    Eli Ayres



+4 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 10

"West Virginia was given statehood status with the ""agreement"" the citizens would phase out slavery. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective 60 days later, June 20, 1863. When West Virginia first entered statehood in 1863, there were only 46 counties. That same year, four other counties voted themselves into West Virginia. Today, there are 55 counties in the Mountain State. The oldest county in the state is Hamsphire County formed in 1754 as part of Virginia. The youngest county is Mingo formed in 1895. The smallest county is Hancock located in the northern panhandle of the state with Randolph being the largest. When the Legislature convened for its first session, there were only 47 members of the House of Delegates and 18 members of the State Senate. Through the years, the number has increased to 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the State Senate."
1872 · The First National Park

Age 19

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

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)

  • Elizabeth Cunningham in household of John R Cunningham, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Mary E Cunningham in household of William N Mcnemar, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mary E Cunningham in household of Joseph S Cunningham, "United States Census, 1880"

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