Ambrose Baxter Wardwell

31 May 1830–26 October 1884 (Age 54)
Lyons Falls, West Turin, Lewis, New York, United States

The Life of Ambrose Baxter

Ambrose Baxter Wardwell was born on 31 May 1830, in Lyons Falls, West Turin, Lewis, New York, United States. He married Christiana Bolton about 1852, in Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Montebello Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 26 October 1884, at the age of 54.

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Ambrose Baxter Wardwell
Christiana Bolton
Marriage: about 1852
William Austin Wardwell
Willard D Wardwell
Grace Maud Wardwell
Warren Wardwell

Spouse and Children

about 1852
Hancock, Illinois, United States


World Events (8)

1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 2

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 16

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: perhaps a variant of Wardle or a habitational name from a place called Wordwell in Suffolk, probably named with an Old English wride ‘bend’ + well ‘stream’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ambrose Wardwell, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Baxter Wardwell in entry for William A Wardwell and Celia J Peters, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Baxter Wardwell in entry for William A. Wardwell and Celia J. Peters, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934"

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