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Frederick Wellington Ayer, b. 1855 Bangor, Maine; m. Marietta Rollins Mann, b. 1858, Mass.

Frederick Wellington Ayer was born 29 July 1855 at Bangor, Maine, the son of Nathan Chase Ayer and wife Lucy Pierce [or Piere] (Wellington) Ayer.   In 1879 at Boston, Massachusetts, he married Marietta Rollins Mann, who was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of Jonathan Mann of Massachusetts and Harriet Louise (Larrabee) Mann of Bangor, Maine.


Frederick Wellington Ayer was the president of Eastern Manufacturing, located at South Brewer, Maine, and also operated the Ayredale Stock Farm at Bangor, Maine.  He and his wife Marietta were noted authorities and collectors of antiques.


Below are a reprint of a post at the blog Heirlooms Reunited, which features some snapshots of Bangor, Maine, and Hantsport, Nova Scotia, likely related to Frederick Wellington Ayer, and family trees of Frederick and Marietta.  


3 1920s snapshots of Bangor, Maine & Hantsport, Nova Scotia; Frederick Wellington Ayer, Bangor, Maine

1920s snapshots purchased together and appearing to have been the property of the same person, possibly Frederick Wellington Ayer of Bangor, Maine.  

Above is a snapshot identified on reverse as Ayrdale, Bangor.  I believe this is the Ayredale Stock Farm on outer Ohio Street; there's  a beautiful, large yellow barn there today.  

The other two photographs are labeled as Hantsport, Nova Scotia on reverse.  One is dated August 3, 1921 [or 1927] and shows tree-length logs stacked in front of a large complex of buildings.  

The other shows the coastline of Hantsport, Nova Scotia, on August 4, 1921.

The Ayredale Stock Farm at Bangor, Maine was operated by Frederick Wellington Ayer, who was president of the Eastern Manufacturing Company, Brewer, Maine, and a noted antique collector and authority, with his wife Marietta.  

It's possible the Hantsport operation contributed logs to Eastern Manufacturing in Brewer.  If you have any insights into a possible relationship between the photographs, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Frederick Wellington Ayer was born 29 July 1855, at Bangor, Maine, the son of Nathan Chase Ayer and Lucy Pierce [or Piere] (Wellington) Ayer.  His paternal grandparents were Peter Wells Ayer and Jane (Bartlett) Ayer.  His maternal grandparents were John and Mary Smith (Winslow) Wellington.

On 9 April 1879, at Boston, Massachusetts, Frederick Wellington Ayer married Marietta Rollins Mann.  She was born 15 April 1858 in Massachusetts, the daughter of Jonathan and Harriet Louise (Larrabee) Mann, born in Massachusetts and Bangor respectively.  Her paternal grandparents were John and Jane (Tucker) Mann.  Her maternal grandparents were Samuel and Harriet (Ham) Larrabee of Bangor.

The couple lived at Bangor, Maine, and raised a family of, I believe, two sons and two daughters.  As mentioned above, Frederick Wellington Ayer and wife Marietta Ayer were authorities on antiques.  

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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Comment by Pam Beveridge on July 30, 2012 at 7:55pm

Thanks for your comment.  You're the first person who has contacted me about these photos, but hopefully a descendant will happen upon this post at some point.  There's also a blog post with the photos at

Comment by Linda Haskell on July 30, 2012 at 11:53am

I have a beautiful long photo of the farm, 19 AYREDALE 15

                                                                     STOCK FARM

is on the front of the barn and photo by HILDEBRAND, which is in the lower right hand corner of the photo. The photo is mounted on the old hard backing. I believe my great uncle worked there and I have numerous photos. Please respond, I have been trying to find the original owners of the farm. Email me at Thank you, Linda Haskell

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