William Brooks Ayers

#18944, b. 1837, d. December 1916

Individual's Timeline

Birth1837William Brooks Ayers
Marr RegDecember 1863William Brooks Ayers1
Death of Mother11 June 1891Ruth Brooks2
Death of Father13 May 1894William Brewer Ayers3,2
Probate31 May 1894William Brewer Ayers
Death20 October 1916William Brooks Ayers
Death RegDecember 1916William Brooks Ayers4
Probate6 July 1917William Brooks Ayers

Primary events

  • Birth: William Brooks Ayers was born in 1837 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
  • Marr Reg: The marriage of William and Mary Burgess was registered in the quarter ended December 1863 in the Great Yarmouth registration district.1
  • Death of Mother: His mother Ruth Brooks died on 11 June 1891 in Bradwell, Suffolk, England.2
  • Death of Father: His father William Brewer Ayers died on 13 May 1894 in Bradwell, England.3,2
  • (Admin_beneficiary_2) Probate: In 1894 William Brooks Ayers became one of the administrators named in the probate documents of William Brewer Ayers; The estate was valued at £76.
  • Death: William died on 20 October 1916 in 39 King Street, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, (Aged 79 years, worked back from recorded birth date).
  • Death Reg: William's death was registered in the quarter ended in December 1916 in the Wakefield registration district. (His age calculates to 79 years).4
  • Probate: His estate was probated on 6 July 1917. Mary Burgess was the administrator and/or the beneficiary. The estate was valued at £242.

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: William was a cooper.

Census details

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: In 1901 William was listed as a married man, with a wife Sarah (deaf and dumb) who was 34, born in Reedham. I think this is most likely his daughter. There was also a grandson age 10 months, Albert AYERS. His birth was registered in Burnley Lancashire Jun qtr 1900. Mary, though still alive, is not listed.

Children of William Brooks Ayers and Mary Burgess


  1. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, Ayers      William Brooks            Yarmouth      4b     2     
    BURGESS      Mary            Yarmouth      4B     2.
  2. Memorial Inscriptions of Suffolk, Memorial Inscriptions of Suffolk, 27. Headstone with flowers & leaves in relief & footstone
    In / loving / memory of / RUTH / the beloved wife of / WILLIAM AYERS / of
    Bradwell / who died June 11th 1891 / aged 82 years / “At rest” / Also of / WILLIAM B.
    AYERS / who died May 13th 1894 / aged 81 years / “Come unto Me all ye that are weary
    / and heavy laden and I will give you rest”
    Footstone: R.A. 1891 : W.B.A. 1894.
  3. Letter, Shelly to Shirley Elrick, 2001.
  4. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, Ayers      William B      79      Wakefield      9c     35.