Diller Genealogy - Page 62
The following data is extracted from The Diller Family, By JL Ringwalt.
They were the parents of five children: Mary, who died in childhood, Florence, who married Eugene N. Raynor, a banker, and for years manager of the twenty-four thousand acre Broadlands tract, formerly owned by John T. Alexander, called "the cattle king of Illinois," in Champaign County. Their daughters were: Mae, who married E. Thomas Rickard, and Annie, who married Mr. Fitzgerald, and who live near New York. They are the parents of two children, Raynor Huse Fitzgerald and Florence Raynor Phelps, who has two boys.
Annie Reese Ayers, married John Alexander, and had two daughters: Marie, who married Mr. Healey, of the celebrated Chicago music firm of Lyon and Healey, (no issue), and Anne Elizabeth, who married John E. Davis, a Chicago lawyer, who died in 1941. They had two sons.
Annie Reese Alexander, met a tragic death by the overturning of her auto while driving through New Mexico with her sister, Grace. They also lived in California. (She was on a visit with Illinois relatives). She was crushed by the car, and Grace had to sit by for several hours until passing motorists could raise the car from her crushed body. While Grace was bruised, she still lived.
Augustus E. Ayers, the only son, married Mary Brown, of Springfield. After his conversion, he decided to become a minister of the Gospel, instead of following the business career his father had planned for him. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Presbytery of Springfield, and after serving in a few small fields there, he was soon called to larger ones. He was an outstanding pastor. His strenuous application caused a nervous breakdown, and he managed a southern plantation for few years until recovered. he accepted a charge in a prominent southern church, where he accomplished much good and died in the harness, and was buried in Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville, in the family lot. They had four sons and one daughter, who live in the South. His widow lives with this daughter, who married a prominent business man in Jackson, Miss. The youngest daughter of Annie E. Ayers was named Grace, and married Mr. Ufford, who met her while attending Illinois College in Jacksonville. They moved to California, where he died. His widow still resides there. They had no children. These are but few facts of what might be said about the Dillers of Downingtown.
Source: The Diller Family, By JL Ringwalt