Joined: 01 Nov 2006
Location: Centerville, Allegany, New York
|Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:01 am Post subject: Life Story of Rachel Ayrault
|Came from England at Age of six. Lived at Short Tract Until 1881.
Silver Springs Signal.
Mrs. George Ayrault, whose serious illness was mentioned last week, passed peacefully into rest last Friday morning, April 19, 1907, at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. W.H. Fluker, on Cummings Avenue, in this village, from old age and its attendant infirmities.
Rachael Bennett was born in Dorsetshire, England, April 17, 1823. Her father was John Bennett, dairyman, and lastly a baker. Her mother was Sarah Marsh, the oldest of twelve children. At the age of six Rachel sailed with her parents and two other children, Leah and Simeon, from Liverpool, England.
The voyage lasted six weeks to New York. While crossing the ocean a storm came up. The masts annd rigging were carried away and the ship sprung a leak. The captain and the crew gave up and thought all was lost, but John Bennett took the captain's place at the wheel and calling three men from the steerage, placed them at the pumps, giving the sailors a little rest. They gained on the water in the ship so that the carpenters were able to stop the leak. The storm abated and the riging was repaired so that the ship safely landed her load of six hundred passengers.
Rachael was seasick durning the entire voyage, not confined to the bed, but ill enough to get little enjoyment from the trip, and as she walked down the gang-plank with her hand in her father's she said," I will never get out of sight of land again."
From New York, they came by canal to Rochester and from there to Short Tract in a wagon. The ride took two days, through woods and a new country to a friends home. John Bennett bought a farm of 160 acres at Short Tract, moved into the log house and set about clearing the land.
Rachael was marrid to Dryas Dorey in 1844 and settled on a farm near her parents. Two children were born to them, Albert and Orinda, and after seven years of married life her husband died. Her sister Mary and husband rented the farm from and Rachael made her home with them.
Three years later she married George Ayrault and after remaining on the farm for two years, they conducted a store at Shrot Tract. Two children were the result of this marriage, Belle and Flora, the latter dying when she was two years of age.
All throught the war and for 20 years Mr. Ayrault was postmaster. From Short Tract they moved to Belvidere where they conducted a store for two years. In 1883 they moved to Silver Springs and became interested in buying and selling beans. Mr. Ayrault died in October, 1905, and Racheal went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Belle Piatt.
Grandma Ayrault could remember when no white sugar could be obtained, but a little as loaf sugar, and when the lamps first began to be used. The deer used to feed in her fathers pastures with the cows and no other stove was used but fireplaces.
Last September thinking a change might prove beneficial, she went to home of her granddaughter and name-sake, Mrs.Rachael Fluker. She only went for a few weeks, but in November was taken very ill and for five weeks was in a very serious condition, most of the time under the care of a skilled nurse. It seemed at this time that her mission on earth must be finished, but the Master had yet somthing for her to accomplish. She recovered from that illness and during the winter had continued in as good health as could be expected in one of such advanched years, untill a few days before her death. On Wednesday, April 17 th, she became so ill that a nurse was again called and at 3:15 o'clock Friday morning she passed to her award.
For many years she was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Short Tract, but she never transferred her membership from that place. In the death of Mrs. Ayrault this commiunty loses an upright, christaian woman who was always a good friend to all who came to her in need. And tho' of a retiring, home-loving disposition many will rise up to call her blessed.
She leaves three children to mourn their loss, Albert Dorey of Short Tract, Mrs Orinda Bennett and Mrs. Belle Paitt of this place.
Short furneal services were held at the home of Mrs. Fluker Saturday afternoon, Rev. L.L. Rogers, assisted by J.B. Smallwood officiating. Sunday moning the body was taken to Short Tract, where the funeral was held that afternoon in the M.E. church, Rev. E.A. Markham officiating, and the remains buried in the Short Tract cemetery.