Rebecca Ames

5 December 1786–27 May 1871 (Age 84)
West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of Rebecca

When Rebecca Ames was born on 5 December 1786, in West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Col. David Ames Sr., was 26 and her mother, Rebecca Johnson, was 27. She married James Welles on 5 September 1826, in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1870. She died on 27 May 1871, at the age of 84.

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James Welles
Rebecca Ames
Marriage: 5 September 1826
Mary Ann Eliza Wells
James Wells
David Ames Wells

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 September 1826Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1787 · The Making of the U.S. Constitution.
    Age 1
    The Philadelphia Convention was intended to be the first meeting to establish the first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. From this Convention, the Constitution of the United States was made and then put into place making it one of the major events in all American History.
    1788 · The First Presidential Election
    Age 2
    The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.
    Age 26
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Amis or from the feminine form, Amice. The Old French word amis, is from Latin amicus ‘friend’, which was used in Late Latin as a term for a man of the lower classes, in particular a slave. There were also derivatives of this as personal names, in particular masculine Amicius and feminine Amicia. Both were in use as personal names in England and may have contributed to the surname.German: perhaps a nickname for an active person, from an ancient Germanic word related to Old High German amazzig ‘busy’.Dutch: possibly a patronymic from Ame a common personal name in Holland and Friesland, an abbreviated form of an ancient Germanic personal name, perhaps beginning with amel ‘strong’.

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

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    Sources (23)

    • Rebecca Ames, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
    • Rebecca Wells in household of John Ames, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Rebecca Ames in entry for David Ames Wells and Ellen Augusta Dwight, "New York Marriages, 1686-1980"

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