Lily May Ayers

23 May 1874–April 1953 (Age 78)
Friendship, Adams, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Lily May

When Lily May Ayers was born on 23 May 1874, in Friendship, Adams, Wisconsin, United States, her father, Marcellus Ayers, was 30 and her mother, Lydia M Boyce, was 30. She married Edmund Louis Russell on 1 January 1896, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Fairbanks, Shawano, Wisconsin, United States for about 5 years and Ordway, Brown, South Dakota, United States in 1920. She died in April 1953, in Redwood Falls, Redwood, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Raymond, Kandiyohi, Minnesota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Edmund Louis Russell
Lily May Ayers
Marriage: 1 January 1896
Ina Elaine Russell
Beatrice (Infant) Russell
Aubrey (infant) Russell
Floyd (infant) Russell
Minnie Russell
Edwin Wallace Russell
Royce Ray Russell
Elward Royce Russell
Venita L. Russell

Spouse and Children

1 January 1896
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States



    Minnie Russell



    Royce Ray Russell


    Elward Royce Russell


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Marcellus Ayers


    Lydia M Boyce





    Rutherford B Ayers


    Jay M. Ayers


World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 1

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 9

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 22

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Lilly Russell in household of Edward Russell, "Wisconsin State Census, 1905"
  • Lilly M Russell in household of Edmund L Russell, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Lillie M Russell in household of Edward L Russell, "United States Census, 1910"

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