Abel Ames

26 July 1808–28 April 1876 (Age 67)
Dorset, Bennington, Vermont, United States

The Life of Abel

When Abel Ames was born on 26 July 1808, in Dorset, Bennington, Vermont, United States, his father, Jacob Ames, was 38 and his mother, Nancy Thayer, was 37. He married Mary Waterbury about 1831, in Louisville, St. Lawrence, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in New Hudson, Allegany, New York, United States in 1855 and Clarksville, Allegany, New York, United States in 1860. He died on 28 April 1876, in Portville, Portville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Portville, Portville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Abel Ames
Mary Waterbury
Marriage: about 1831
Nancy Jemima Ames
Jacob S Ames
Silas Ira Ames
Jehiel Walter Ames
Lydia Jane Ames
Nathaniel E Ames
Alvin Milton Ames

Spouse and Children

about 1831
Louisville, St. Lawrence, New York, United States


    Nancy Jemima Ames


    Jacob S Ames


    Silas Ira Ames



    Lydia Jane Ames


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+3 More Children

World Events (7)


Age 4

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · War of 1812

Age 4

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 22

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.

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)

  • A Ames, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Abel Ames, "New York State Census, 1875"
  • Abel Ames, "New York State Census, 1865"

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