John B. Ayers
Morris Co. Up

Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

This representative citizen and business man of Morristown, was born in his home city on the 30th of July, 1858, and here received his educational discipline in the private and public schools. In the summer of 1876 he became associated with his father, Theodore Ayers, in the real-estate and insurance business. In 1881, he entered into partnership with his father in the same line of endeavor, and this was continued until 1884, when our subject purchased his father's interest in the insurance business and since then has continued alone, meeting with the success that is ever due to industry, perseverance and ability, combined with a strict integrity of character and honorable business methods.

Mr. Ayers is a stanch supporter of the Republican party, and in 1892 he was elected city tax collector for Morristown, but declined a second term, and in 1895 he was appointed city clerk and treasurer, holding that dual office at the present time and discharging the duties thereof with a high degree of executive ability and circumspection. In 1877 he was appointed secretary of Evergreen Cemetery, a position he has continued to fill with efficiency for the past twenty years.

In touching upon his social relations we may state that Mr. Ayers is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Knights of Pythias, Royal Arcanum, and the Independent Hose Company of Morristown. He has been connected with the fire department since 1878, and he is now treasurer of the Exempt Firemen's Association.

The marriage of Mr. Ayers was solemnized on the 9th of June, 1886, at which time he became united to Miss Caroline Armand Bache, a native of Plainfield, New Jersey, and a daughter of Andrew J. Bache. The issue of this union comprises of the following named children: Caroline Armand, Madeline, John Bache, and Theodore Bache. Mr. Ayers is a consistent member of the South Street Presbyterian church, and enjoys the warm regard and esteem of many friends.

Transcribed by Christopher Cresta

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