An Elijah Ayre had a grant made to him in Cumberland, NS in 1764. In 1785, Elijah Ayer was granted 400 acres at Eddington Maine by Congress after fleeing Nova Scotia. He was Quarter Master of American Troops at Machias in 1776.
This information came from an historical society in Tantramar, Sackville area of NB.
I'm trying to go backwards from Edwin Ayer, a823- Feb. 19. 1858.