Mary Rosetta Darling

6 April 1873–28 June 1953 (Age 80)
Alexandria, Virginia, United States

The Life of Mary Rosetta

When Mary Rosetta Darling was born on 6 April 1873, in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, her father, Sellwood Darling, was 33 and her mother, Thirza Wise, was 31. She married Thomas Ayres on 22 September 1902, in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Lee, Lee, Virginia, United States for about 20 years and Vienna, Wood, Virginia, United States in 1953. She died on 28 June 1953, in Vienna, Fairfax, Virginia, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Wakefield Chapel Church, Fairfax, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Ayres
Mary Rosetta Darling
Marriage: 22 September 1902
Viola V Ayres
William E Ayres
Robert Darling Ayres
Joseph F Ayres
John Wesley Ayres
Samuel Ayres
Isabelle Ayres
George Sellwood Ayres

Spouse and Children

22 September 1902
Alexandria, Virginia, United States


    Viola V Ayres


    William E Ayres



    Joseph F Ayres



+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Sellwood Darling


    Thirza Wise




    John Ernest Darling


    Harry Darling



    Grace Julia Darling



World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 2

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.
1875 · A New Civil Rights Act

Age 2

During the response to civil rights violations to African Americans, the bill was passed giving African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury duty. While many in the public opposed this law, the African Americans greatly favored it.
1894 · Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Age 21

On May 30, 18944 the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled. It is 73 feet high and over looks Libby Hill Park. the statue represents the 13 Confederate States.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English derling, Old English dēorling ‘darling’, ‘beloved one’, a derivative of dēor ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ ( see Dear 1). This was quite a common Old English byname, which remained current as a personal name into the 14th century. The surname probably derives at least in part from this use, probably in part also from a Middle English nickname.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary R Darling in household of Selwell Darling, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Marion Ayres in household of Thomas Ayres, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mary R Ayres in household of Thomas Ayres, "United States Census, 1910"

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