John Ayers1

#14471, b. before 1706, d. 14 February 1754

Ayers Gringle marriage 1723

Individual's Timeline

Birthbefore 1706John Ayers
Marriage6 June 1723John Ayers1
Death14 February 1754John Ayers2,1

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: John was a baker, as was his son.1
Some aspects of John Ayers's life. There is a will of Robert SKEETE of Pakefield, baker, which was proved in 1624, Whilst no relation as far as I know, it at least confirms such an occupation existed in the area some 80 years before John was even born. In 1865 George Chandler was listed as the Pakefield Baker in Kelly's PO Directory. The only other commercial organisations in the directory are 1 Grocer, 1 Miller, 1 Butcher, 1 pub (The Ship), 1 boot and shoe maker, 1 carpenter, 4 beer retailers (as well as the pub), 5 farmers. There was the rector and his curate, and a national school, all for a population of just over 750 people.

Research Notes

  • Research note 02: Possible parents are Ann and William, who are buried in Pakefield 1730 and 1733.
  • Research note 01: The parish registers are on Family Search in Norfolk. A note in the front of the book that starts in 1678, says the register was water damaged when the church was bombed in 1941, and they are indeed in very poor condition..
Background information on Pakefield, Suffolk, England, - Pakefield is just a couple of miles south of Lowestoft, still on the coast. It was a fishing community. There is a family history website that is interesting. It has transcripts of the parish registers as well as general history of the village.
* Pakefield Church is mentioned in the Domesday Book at the end of the 11th century. Pakefield's two semi-detached churches, St. Margaret's and All Saints, share a fascinating history. The church (actually two churches sharing one wall) is most likely the first permanent building in Pakefield, and peculiar in that it has two almost identical naves and chancels. Each section had it's own rector and congregation until the mid-15th century during Cromwell's time, when most of the splendour of the church was destroyed, and during the Second World War the thatched roof and most of the furniture were burnt when incendiary bombs were dropped during an air raid. Rebuilding began as soon as possible, and it was the first church in England to be rebuilt and rededicated after the war.
* It is also the site where a flint was found on the beach below the cliffs that was evidence of the earliest human habitation of Britain. They now have 32 'worked' flints that were discovered amongst animal bones that have been dated to 700,000 years ago.
Pakefield Church

Children of John Ayers and Sarah Gringle


  1. Letter, Shelly to Shirley Elrick, 2001.
  2. Burials in Britain, DB - National Burial Index (Britain), on CD at home.