Benjamin Ames

1827–22 January 1903 (Age 76)
Bucksport, Hancock, Maine, United States

The Life of Benjamin

When Benjamin Ames was born in 1827, his father, Joseph Ames, was 32 and his mother, Deborah D Farnham, was 31. He married Catherine McLannan on 27 December 1851, in Bucksport, Hancock, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 22 January 1903, in Bucksport, Hancock, Maine, United States, at the age of 76.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Ames
1827–1903
Catherine McLannan
1833–
Marriage: 27 December 1851
Mariah Ames
1847–
Vincent W. Ames
1854–
Carl H Ames
1860–1941
Marion E Ames
1862–1922
Minnie E Ames
1862–

Spouse and Children

    Male1827–1903Male

    Catherine McLannan

    Female1833–Female

MARRIAGE
27 December 1851
Bucksport, Hancock, Maine, United States
children

(5)

    Mariah Ames

    Female1847–Female

    Vincent W. Ames

    Male1854–Male

    Carl H Ames

    Male1860–1941Male

    Marion E Ames

    Female1862–1922Female

    Minnie E Ames

    Female1862–Female

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(7)

+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 5

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 24

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Amys, Amice, which is either directly from Latin amicus ‘friend’, used as a personal name, or via a Late Latin derivative of this, Amicius.2 German: of uncertain origin. Perhaps a nickname for an active person, from a Germanic word related to Old High German amazzig ‘busy’. Compare modern German Ameise ‘ant’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Ames, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Benjamine Ames, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Bengiman Ames, "United States Census, 1880"

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