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Amos Ames, Esq

Amos Ames, Esq

Male 1758 - Bef 1819  (< 61 years)

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    Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
    Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
    Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
    Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
    Birth date: 15 Apr 1758
    Birth place: Groton, Massachusetts
    Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Images Online)
    Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Images Online)
    1810 United States Federal Census
    1810 United States Federal Census
    Year: 1810; Census Place: Sullivan, Hancock, Maine; Roll: 11; Page: 535; Family History Number: 0218682; Image: 00528.

    Residence date: 1750-1849
    Residence place: Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
    1800 United States Federal Census
    1800 United States Federal Census
    Year: 1800; Census Place: Sullivan, Hancock, Maine; Roll: ; Page: ; Image: .
    Vital records of Groton, Massachusetts, to the year 1849
    Vital records of Groton, Massachusetts, to the year 1849
    Ames to Ebenezer Bean 1805
    Ames to Ebenezer Bean 1805
    Ames to Hill
    Ames to Hill
    41254_265525-00014
    41254_265525-00014
    amestobragdon
    amestobragdon
    Transfer from Amos Ames to father in law Ebenezer Bragdon. This is a reasonably expensive trasnaction for what must be a significant piece of land. Thanks to Patti Leland and Hancock Co Genealogical Society for help on this.
    Ames to Hill
    Ames to Hill
    Ames to Shaw, 1806
    Ames to Shaw, 1806

    Jabez Simpson to Amos Ames 1792
    Jabez Simpson to Amos Ames 1792
    Sullivan, 1800 plat map
    Sullivan, 1800 plat map
    Plat map of a part of Sullivan (near SE corner). Amos Ames is near bottom, and the grist mill that he partly owned was at Flanders Pond, near the top of the image. These maps are provided at http://www.hancockcountydeeds.com/maps.htm
    Ames to Clark
    Ames to Clark
    grist
    grist
    Grist mill of Asa Dyer sold in part to Amos Ames. Thanks to Patti Leland and Hancock Co. Genealogical Society for help on this.
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    amos

    Bragdon customers
    Bragdon customers
    Names of customers of the very early shop pf Ebenezer Bragdon in Sullivan, with dates. It nicely indicates the early settlers. Note Amos Ames among the names in 1792. From Cooper, S. Josephine, Ed. (1989). A bicentennial history of Sullivan, Maine. Penobscot Bay Press, Stonington, ME.

    Genealogy of the Odiorne Family by James Creighton Odiorne
    Genealogy of the Odiorne Family by James Creighton Odiorne
    1776 Muster Roll at Groton, naming Amos Ames Jr and his brother, Moses
    1776 Muster Roll at Groton, naming Amos Ames Jr and his brother, Moses

  • Name Amos Ames  [1
    Suffix Esq 
    Born 15 Apr 1758  Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Possibly 1759 based on Wm Ames notes.
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1820  Sullivan, Hancock, District of Maine, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1678  drabold
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2017 

    Father Amos Ames, Lt,   b. 18 Jan 1734, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Aug 1817, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Abigail Bulkeley,   b. 28 Oct 1733, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1824, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 27 Oct 1757  Groton, Middlesex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1353  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mary Odiorne, [?],   b. 1756, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 29 Jul 1787, Groton, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Married Abt 1780  New Hampshire? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Joseph Ames, of Sullivan and Bradford,   b. Between 1775 and 1780, New Hampshire or Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1834, Bradford, Penobscot, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F608  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Deborah Lawrence,   b. 01 Jul 1762, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1788 child born  Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • NOT married, child claimed out of wedlock in Groton recs. Note: I am assuming that the liason was between Amos Jr and Deborah.
    Children 
     1. A Ames or Lawrence,   b. 06 Oct 1788, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F611  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Mary Odiorne, [?],   b. 1756, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 29 Jul 1787, Groton, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Married Between 1778 and 1782  Not Groton, not in city recs. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date is highly tentative. Mary's sister Mehitable was living in Groton, MA these years (wife of James Sullivan). Natural to suspect that it was in this period that Mary and Amos were married. In Odiorne genealogy. Not in Groton city records
    Children 
     1. Sally Ames,   b. 29 Jan 1784, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1804, East Sullivan, Hancock County, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     2. Polly Mary Ames,   b. 19 Mar 1786, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F609  Group Sheet

    Family 4 Mary Bragdon,   b. Bef 23 Feb 1766, York, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1820, Sullivan, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 55 years) 
    Married 09 Dec 1790  Sullivan, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • LDS film. Polly's father Ebenezer was in Sullivan, ME. Probably Polly met Amos in Sullivan, when he arrived after the scandal in Groton, MA.
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F610  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Apr 1758 - Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 09 Dec 1790 - Sullivan, Hancock, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 1820 - Sullivan, Hancock, District of Maine, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1788 child born - Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Amos' trajectory:
      Born in Groton, MA (1758).
      He served in the Revolutionary War, I believe mostly IN RI. ca. 1777
      Married Mary Odiorne of NH (place unknown) before 1784. A diary entry of Wm Nutting states that the wife of Amos Ames died on 29 Jul 1787. This is probably, not certainly, Mary. He had daughters Sally and Polly in 1784 and 1786 in Groton, MA. Bugged out of Groton, MA soon after he was charged with being father of child by a woman not his wife (D. Laurence, Oct 1788) -- this shortly after the decease of his wife. Was recorded by LDS records to be married to Polly Bragdon in Sullivan, ME in Dec 1790. Died there (?) sometime before 1820.

      The filiation connecting Joseph and Amos is justified by a mass of circumstantial evidence:

      (1) Records from Groton, MA indicate that Amos Ames (b 1758 in Groton) went to Sullivan, Hancock, Maine. He is in the 1800 and 1810 census for Sullivan. This is the exact localization of Joseph Ames in this time frame.
      Ames is not a common name in this area.

      (2) It is known that Moses, son of Joseph was born in 1812 in Sullivan, Maine.

      (3) A Joseph Ames was in the 1810 census in Twp 8 (bordering Sullivan). He also is on a deed dated 1814 making him "of Trenton" and a signer of a document in or near Ellsworth on the Union River in 1807. It appears that Two 8 is what we now call Franklin. The proximity to Ellsworth makes sense since Joseph appears to have married Abigail Moore, d of Edward Proctor Moore, who would have lived there.

      (4) This Joseph Ames in 1810 was living with Bragdons and Dyers in Twp 8 -- these would be relatives of his (proposed) stepmother Polly Bragdon. Dyers in fact would be close relatives (by marriage) of his (half?) sister, Polly Dyer, who dies in 1808 and is buried in the Dyer cemetery in East Sullivan.

      (5) Amos Ames is of the line of Robert of Boxford, as required by DNA tests (a male descendant recently had a Y37 test that shows that Joseph is of the line of Robt. of Boxford

      (6) Joseph named a son "Moses", a fairly uncommon name. Amos had a brother Moses who was in the Rev War. In fact its not hard to imagine that Joseph is an unknown son of Moses who came with his uncle to Sullivan Maine. Moses died in 1783.

      (7) A family scribble (from my family) implying that the Ames originated in Concord, MA. This is where Amos' mother's family (Bulkeleys) came from, though not the Ames themselves.

      (8) I find that Amos has a demonstrated proficiency for creating children outside of marriage -- Groton town recs document his liason with Deborah Lawrence, and a daughter "A Ames" born in 1788 "so she saieth". This after Moses and Polly had two daughters of their own. Right after this, they move to Sullivan, Hancock, Maine. Since there is no birth record for Joseph, one wonders if he was not produced in a similar way, or is he is s. of Amos' brothers Moses or Simeon.

      (9) There are DNA matches that are plausible to support this, though as would say not conclusive.

      (10) Ames bought part of a grist and saw mill from the estate of Asa Dyer (d 1792). Interestingly, Joseph Ames is living in the tiny community of Twp 8 in 1810 with the son, probably sons of this Asa (Robert and Asa). Also by Hardisons, executor of the Asa Dyer Will. I find in Maine Hist Mag Vol 7 that Asa Dyer's estate was insolvent, land at Flanders is interpreted there as just "in Sullivan". Appraisers were John Preble, Sam. Bean and Richard Downey, 30 Apr. 1791.

      Other facts:
      A Revolutionary soldier-private, Capt Nathaniel Lakin's Co., Col John Robinson's reg. With his brothers Moses and Simeon, was captured and held prisoner in as prison ship at Halfax. Two of them escaped and the third was later exchanged. Was one of the signers of a petition in Groton regarding the post-war conditions. No pension record.

      An additional point. the NH connection. Both wives of Amos (Odiorne and Bragdon are from quite near eachother, Odiorne just over the border from ME in NH and Bragdon from York, ME.) James K Ames remembers that his father was born NH. Amos has strong NH links. Did he live there in the 1770's?

      A key point about Amos pointed out by Mark Honey is his involvement in saw mills and grist mills. He owned a share of a mill apparently on Flanders stream that runs into Flanders Bay in East Sullivan. He was referred to as "housewright" in one deed and Gent (gentleman) in another. He appears to have been a man of some education and wealth.

      New: In the Groton His. Series, a diarist William Nutting of Groton and New Ipswich made a very interesting entry for July 29, 1787 saying that the wife of Amos Ames Jr was buried on this day and that she had died very suddenly. This is new information, and contradicts the Odiorne genealogy and makes the bastard of 1788 much easier to understand.

      Maine Hist Mag Vol 7 p 97: on Mar 7, 1792 the Estate of Moses Abbott of Sullivan was appraised by Amos and Nathaniel Hardison. Pro. Rec. Vol I, p. 5

      In the 1804 Mass Register, he is listed as Major for the state militia, hence the title he is given in his obituary.

      10/16: I went through the town records of Sullivan at the FHL in Salt Lake. Amos is all over them, and was usually town clerk from about 1790 until 1800, so they are largely written in his hand. He held virtually every office and was clearly a very important person in the town. It looks like about five people ran the town in the early years!

  • Sources 
    1. [S344] Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;).