for the sake of evading the law against lotteries, "Gift Enterprise." It was proved that, he had sold several tickets and had confessed to the selling of some hundreds more. The jury found the person guilty, and the Court sentenced him to be imprisoned. in the county jail 30 days and pay a fine of $100.
In 1860 Joel is boarding with and working as a clerk for C.L. Saunders, a merchant, in Franklin, NY.
He enlisted in 1861 and served in two different companies. It appears he may have come home for a while in between.
NY Muster Roll- Joel W. Ayers enlisted October 28, 1861 age 19 in Delhi- mustered in October 30 1861 Pvt., Reg. 8 Battery- discharged August 16, 1862, Pvt, at NY for disability.
Enlisted men from Kortright- Joel W. Ayers Jr, age 23, B: NJ, single, occupation printer, 8th Independent Batty September 27, 1861.
NYS Muster roll abstract- Joel W Ayers Jr- Commissioned 2nd Liet. December 8, 1864 Co. H 104th infantry.
Filed for pension as an invalid- December 17, 1900 and February 25, 1907 - enlisted H 104th NY July 17, 1863, discharged July 17, 1865- additional service 8 Ind. Batty NYLA.
In the 1865 Kortright census Joel is back with his family, occupation printer. In 1880 and 1900 he is in Manhattan lodging at boarding houses, still single and listing as a printer and finally a painter. The 1915 census for Fair Haven, Monmouth Co. NJ places Joel in the household of George W. Smith.
Joel Ayres died May 2, 1917 in Fair Haven, NJ and is buried with his parents and brother Buenos in the Evergreen Cemetery Little Silver, NJ. (posted on findagrave.com)