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Colonel George Ayer was born February 12, 1796, the son of Elisha Ayer and Hope Fanning of Preston, Connecticut. Ayer became a prominent farmer in Ledyard, working his father's lands, which he eventually inherited. In addition, Ayer was a military officer in the Eighth Regiment of the Connecticut Militia. As a relatively young man, the Connecticut General Assembly appointed him an overseer of the Indian reservation at Mashantucket, a role he maintained from 1833-1835. Ayer also interacted with the neighboring Eastern Pequot community.
William Williams, Esq., (January 15, 1708-January 12, 1795) was the son of Colonel William Williams and Mercy Morgan of Groton, Connecticut. In 1725, Williams acquired eighty-three acres of Pequot land from John Wood of Groton. Thirteen years later, a number of Pequots protested his taking as illegal through their overseers and brought him to court. After a jury found Williams not culpable, a petition from several Pequots moved the General Assembly to order a new trial, in which his claims were defeated. In the years 1741, 1749, 1750, 1756, 17