Cause of Death: “Saw Throat”

“OUR DAUGHTER
IN MEMORY OF FLORENCE ANN
3RD DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM & JULIA ANN
AYRES
BORN NOV. 27, 1848
DIED JULY 24, 1859
‘BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART
FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD'”
This tall marble grave marker in Danville’s Green Hill Cemetery belongs to ten-year-old Florence Ayres. Her parents were William Ayres, a wealthy tobacconist, and his second wife Julia Ann Henderson Ayres. At the time of the 1850 Federal Census, the only census that Florence was living during, her family lived in Danville. Sadly there is no street address listed on the census. I think it’s interesting to be able to link the house to its former inhabitants & imagine what life was like when they were living there.

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