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Hartwell Moore Ayer
Birth: Jan. 7, 1868
Barnwell County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 1917
Florence County
South Carolina, USA

From the 20 Apr 1927 edition of The Morning News Review, Florence, South Carolina.


Dr. Elizabeth W. Neil, who will be better known in Florence as Miss Elizabeth Ayer, the daughter of the late Hartwell M. Ayer, one of the most beloved newspaper editors of the State and Mrs. Cornelia Ayer who for so many years occupied such a prominent place in the affairs of the city arrived in Florence yesterday from Oakland, Calif where with her husband she enjoys a most successful practice in general medicine and surgery. Dr. Neil has rooms at the Central hotel where she will remain for a few days having come to visit her grandmother, Mrs. E. T. Heriot, and her sister, Miss Verna Ayer. On her visit to the East, Dr. Ayer expects to spend some time in Charleston doing special work and study at the Charleston Medical College of which she is an honor graduate and where she met young Dr. Neil, a brilliant medical student whom she married after the two as class mates had achieved honors and received their diplomas.

From the 14 Jul 1963 edition of the Florence Morning News, Florence, South Carolina.

35 Years Ago

(From the files of the Florence Morning News July 14, 1928) Dr. Elizabeth Ayer Neil, daughter of the late Hartwell M. Ayer, newspaper editor of this city for many years, is the first woman to use an airplane for calling on patients in the practice of her profession. She is now planning to fly across the continent with her husband, who is also a physician.

From the 13 Apr 1971 edition of the Florence Morning News, Florence, South Carolina.

Mrs. McCall also talked of the newspapers in the life of Florence beginning with the weekly "Times" begun in 1873 by Chase, Hart and Brunson.

"The Florence Daily Times came into being through the efforts of Mr. John P. Coffin in 1894," Mrs. McCall said, "perhaps because his street car venture didn't take up all his time. By 1903, this daily paper was owned and edited by Hartwell M. Ayer, whose wife was to become one of the charter members of the Research Club."

From the 22 Dec 1945 edition of the Florence Morning News, Florence, South Carolina.

Final Rites for Mrs. E. T. Heriot Mrs. Heriot was born December 21, 1848 at Charleston, the only daughter of the late Dr. William Moseley Fitch and Elizabeth Wilmot Trout Fitch. In 1870, she was married to T. Ogier Smith. To this union was born a daughter, Cornelia, who married Hartwell M. Ayer, former well-known newspaperman of South Carolina and an editor of the old Florence Daily Times.

Her second husband was Edward T. Heriot of Charleston.

Survivors include one great grandson, Curtis Frank Rhem of Florence, son of Verna Ayer Rhem, who died in 1939.

[Note: there is an another obituary with additional information about Mr. Ayer and some of the members of his family, along with some additional photos of his grave marker and grave area on the second page of this memorial.] 
Family links: 
  Lewis Malone Ayer (1821 - 1895)
  Lillie Moore Hamilton (1846 - 1919)
  Cornelia Walter Smith Ayer (1870 - 1922)
  Hartwell M. Ayer (1892 - 1894)*
  Elizabeth W. Ayer (1895 - 1976)*
  Hugh Banks Ayer (1898 - 1960)*
  Lewis Malone Ayer (1900 - 1966)*
  Cornelia Walter Ayer (1903 - 1995)*
  Verner Ayer Rhem (1912 - 1940)*
  Marie Louise Ayer Vandiver (1865 - 1938)*
  Hartwell Moore Ayer (1868 - 1917)
  Verna Blythe Ayer Akerberg (1869 - 1952)*
  Paul Earle Ayer (1876 - 1910)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Florence County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Bob Webb
Record added: Dec 29, 2013
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