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Line of ownership-

1820-1846- Charles Webb, native of Connecticut  was the original homeowner.

1843-1893- Ainsworth bought the farm in 1843. By 1846 he had a flourishing nursery business with many greenhouses and orchards along Route 65. He continued the cultivation of fruit and ornamental trees until his retirement in 1871. Mr. Ainsworth also constructed artificial ponds on Route 65 and in 1860 he began to raise artificially hatched trout.

1893-1907- Susannah P. Ainsworth, Stephen's second wife.

190, - Annie Deacon Ayers, niece of Susannah and a native of Canada, inherited the home and along with husband William Parson Ayers took up residency. Their only child, Lester A. Ayers was born in 1895.

Following Annie Ayers death, William married a widow, Elizabeth H. Hamm who had two children, Margurite and Joseph.

1942-1953- William Parson Ayers. He died in 1942 and willed the home to his son Lester A. Ayers with the stipulation that Elizabeth Ayers be granted lifetime use of the property.

1963-1964-Betty Pottle Thomas, born 1899 in Maine. Lived here till her death in 1964.

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The Charles Web / Ainsworth House


Line of Ownership

  • 1820 to 1846  original home owner
  • 1846 to 1893 Stephen H. Ainsworth
  • 1893 to 1907 Susannah P. Ainsworth, Stephens second wife
  • 1907 to 1942 niece of Susannah inherited the home wife of William Ayers. 
  • 1942 to  Lester Ayers  inherited from his father William.


This house is featured on  the 1859 map of Ontario County.  

After Elizabeth Hamm Ayers expired in March 1952, at the age of 91, the property was purchased by Betty Pottle Thomas from Lester Ayers in 1953. Mrs. Thomas converted part of her
home for use as an antique shop and named her enterprise, "The Highway House Antiques."

Following the death of Betty Pottle Thomas, January 26, 1964, at the age of 64, the estate reverted to her daughter, Wilma Thomas Greenlaw...

The house, circa 1820, is illustrated on the 1859 hanging map of Ontario County and was more recently one of the homes illustrated in "The Victorian Era of the United States", written and published by Carl F. Schmidt in 1971.

Copied by Sandy Schlenker, Historian of  WB 2/15/1997:

Following Mr. Ainsworth's death, September 20, 1893, at the age of 84, the property reverted to his second wife, Susannah P., who upon her death in 1907, at the age of 77, willed the house and property to her niece, Annie Deacon Ayers, a native of Peterbarough, Ontario, Canada who was married to William Parson Ayers. They had one child, Lester ~.    A. Ayers born to them in 1895 in West Bloomfield.


Following the death of Annie Deacon Ayers, William Parson Ayers married Elizabeth Hathaway Hamm, a widow with two children, Margurite Hamm North and Joseph Hamm. Mrs. North and her husband, Edwin, moved into the home in 1936 to nurse her ailing mother and step-father. William P. Ayers passed away in 1942 and willed the property to his son, Lester, with the stipulation that the second Mrs. Ayers, Elizabeth, be granted life long use of the house.

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