I'm looking for a man with the last name of AYERS (no first name) who was bassed out of Philadelphia in the mid-1800's (not sure of the time frame, thought) who moved to Illinois (not sure of when, maybe 1840 and not sure where, but possibly Pike County or close by).
He had an apprentice when he was in Philly by the name of Joseph Stites. Joseph was my great great grandfather who was born in 1825 or there abouts possibly in Cape May, New Jersey. I don't know what year he was made an apprentice or for what, but his older brother by the name of John Stites was the one who apprenticed him out with the condition that Joseph was not to be taken out of Philly and that he was supposed to be an apprentice until the age of 21. Despite the fact that Mr. Ayers was not supposed to take him out of the area, he did take him to Illinois, even though Joseph fought it, bringing up what was said in the contract.
I would LOVE to find out what Mr. Ayers' first name was and maybe other information (year he was born, when he moved to IL, any maybe if any, information on Joseph Stites)
Thank you in advance,
Mary Hannah Stites