Name: Samuel Thomas AYERS
Birth: OCT 1854
Death: 9 AUG 1901 in Altoona, Blair Co. PA 1
1880 PA Census: Blair Co. Taylor Twp. ed 178, p. 11, lines 46-50
Series T9, roll 1103, dwelling 84, family 96, 5 June 1880
Samuel AYRES, 26, Married, Works in Paper Mill, b. Pa., father b. Pa., mother b. NJ
Elizabeth, 23, Wife, Married, Keeping House, b. Pa., parents b. Pa.
Barbara, 3, dau; Philip, 2, son; Annie, 1/12, b. May, dau
1900 PA Census: Blair Co. Altoona, Ward 8, #614 Third Avenue, ed 61, p. 11a, lines 47-50 & p. 11b, lines 51-53
Series T623, roll 1381, dwelling 215, family 228, 11 June 1900
Samuel T. AYERS, Head, Oct 1854, age 45, marr. 5 yrs, b. Penna., parents b. Penna., Ass't. Conductor R.R.
Laura I., wife, Oct 1875, age 24, marr. 5 yrs, 3 children / 2 still alive, b. Penna., parents b. Penna.
Ethel M., dau, June 1895, age 4; Samuel R., son, Feb 1899, age 1
Margaret, dau, May 1887, age 13, at school
Christ, son, May 1891, age 9, at school
Sadie, dau, Feb 1892, age 8, at school
Altoona, PA: Altoona Mirror, issue of Saturday, 10 August 1901, p. 1, col. 4
BRAKEMAN FATALLY INJURED.
Samuel Ayres Could Not Survive His Terrible Injuries--Was Jolted from a Car in the Lower Yard.
Samuel T. Ayres, of 614 Third avenue, a freight brakeman on the Altoona division, was fatally injured in the yard at Fourth street about 4:20 yesterday afternoon. Ayres, who was a member of crew 1552, was engaged in swinging cars down the Fourth street ladder. He went down track 10 on the front of a box car. A car of lumber followed him down track 10 after the car in front of it had been switched on to another track. Ayres, of course, could not see the car behind him, being down on the bumper. The lumber car soon overhauled the box car and the resulting collision threw Ayres to the track in front of the two cars, which passed over him, grinding off his legs between the knees and hips, breaking his right arm and abrading his face.
Fellow railroaders picked him up and sent him to the hospital, where it was seen he could not live, so what could be done to alleviate his suffering was done. At 8:25 o'clock he died, his family at the bedside.
Samuel Thomas Ayres, the dead man, was a native of Martinsburg, this county, and was aged about 38 years. He was a member of the Church of God, the Knights of Malta, Improved Order of Red Men and the Knights of the Golden Eagle. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Elizabeth Hanley. To this union a number of children were born, seven of whom survive--Miss Barbara Long and G.H., of Altoona; Charles, a member of the Eighth United States infantry; James, Maggie, Christopher and Sadie, at home. His second wife was Miss Laura Richards, who, with one son, Rowland, survives him. He is also survived by one brother, Albert, of Plum Creek, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Lynn, of Roaring Spring.
Coroner McCartney is holding the inquest this afternoon at Undertaker Lafferty's rooms.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock. Interment in Oak Ridge cemetery.
Altoona, PA: Altoona Mirror, issue of Tuesday, 31 December 1901
[Coroner's List for 1901]
Samuel T. AYERS, August 10, of Altoona, jolted off box car east of Fourth Street and run over in Altoona yard.
Elizabeth HANLEY b: 4 AUG 1856
20 JUL 1876
in Blair Co. PA 2
Hollidaysburg, PA: Hollidaysburg Register, issue of Wednesday, 26 July 1876, p. 2, col. 4
AYERS--HAINLEY.--July 20th, 1876, by Rev. J.W. Cleaver, SAMUEL T. AYERS to ELIZABETH HAINLEY, both of Roaring Spring.
- Barbara AYERS b: ABT 1877
- Philip AYERS b: ABT 1878
- Mary May AYERS b: 16 APR 1880
- Annie AYERS b: MAY 1880
- James B. AYERS b: 16 JUN 1884 in Roaring Spring, Blair Co. PA
- Margaret Susan AYERS b: 16 MAY 1887
- Christ C. AYERS b: 21 MAY 1889 in Roaring Spring, Blair Co. PA
- Sarah E. AYERS b: 13 OCT 1891 in Roaring Spring, Blair Co. PA
Laura I. RICHARDS
28 NOV 1895 3
Blair County Genealogical Society, Inc., Marriage Application Records, Blair Co., Pa., Vol. III, 1894 - 1895 - 1896, (431 Scotch Valley Road, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648), p. 7.
AYERS, SAMUEL T., age 40, white, railroad conductor, born Blair County, resides at Logan Township, former spouse died 28 Feb 1894, to
RICHARDS, LAURA I., age 19, white, b. Centre County, resides at Altoona, dau of Roland & Kate Richards
married 28 November 1895 at Samuel T. Ayers by Rev. G.W. Getz
- Title: Altoona, PA: Altoona Mirror
Page: obituary, issue of Saturday, 10 August 1901, p. 1, col. 4
- Title: Hollidaysburg, PA: Hollidaysburg Register
Page: marriage announcement, issue of Wednesday, 26 July 1876, p. 2, col. 4
- Title: Marriage Application Records: Blair Co., Pa., Vol. III, 1894 - 1895 -1896
Author: Blair County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Publication: 431 Scotch Valley Road, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Repository: in possession of author
Page: p. 7