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John Ames was born in the parish of St. Stephens, Pr. of New Brunswick, Dec. 31, 1821. He is a son of Elijah and Susannah (Stone) Ames, the former a native of Mason, N. H., born Feb. 14, 1785, the latter born in Machias, Me., April 24, 1788. The ancestors of Mr. Ames were English and akin to the celebrated Ames, manufacturer of agricultural implements in Massachusetts. Mr. Athes' mother died May 12, 1828, and his father Oat. 13, 1842. Soon after the former event he made his way into Washington Co., Me., where he engaged in lumbering until 1850. In September of the following year he purchased his present farm of 135 acres on sec. 4, of a squatter who bad built a log "shanty," cleared a small patch of ground and set out nine apple trees, six of which are still living and bearing fruit. Indian trails were then the only thoroughfares, and Mr. Ames has been a participator in all the pioneering enterprises of the town. He was married March 16, 1852, to Margaret, daughter of Isaac and Mary Tomlinson, born in Tecumseh, June 19, 1831. Three of five children are living: Mary E., born April 30, 1856. Mrs. Albert Fairchilds; Alice, June 4, 1861, wife of Judd Potter and Willis, Sept. 3, 1862. Mrs. Ames died Oct. 26, 1870. Mr. Ames was married a second time Sept. 2, 1873, to Sarah, daughter of John and Susan Russell, natives of the Empire State. Mrs. Ames was born in Monroe Co., Mich., March 22, 1848. They have two bright little daughters; Myrtie A., born May 19, 1875, and Martha M., May 28, 1879. Mr. Ames is a Republican in political faith and he and his wife are members of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.


From:
History of Kent County, Michigan
Chas C. Chapman & Company
Chicago 1881.

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