William Ames

1760–September 1793 (Age 33)
Frome, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Ames was born in 1760, in Frome, Somerset, England, his father, Josiah Ames, was 26 and his mother, Martha Hayes, was 27. He married Mary Slatford on 28 April 1785, in Frome, Somerset, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 5 sons. He died in September 1793, in Frome, Somerset, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 33, and was buried in Frome, Somerset, England, United Kingdom.

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William Ames
Mary Slatford
Marriage: 28 April 1785
Thomas Ames
John Ames
Robert Ames
John Ames
Thomas Ames

Spouse and Children

28 April 1785
Frome, Somerset, England, United Kingdom


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World Events (4)

1770 · Boston Tea Party

Age 10

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.
1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

Age 15

On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the "shot heard around the world" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England.
1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

Age 27

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.

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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  • Burials at St John the Baptist, Frome, 1774-1795
  • Baptisms at St. John the Baptist, Frome, 1759-1812

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