Biography of Charles Ames
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Ames, Charles, was born in Leyden, Mass., in 1825, where the first sixteen years of his life was spent. He was educated in the district schools, and has been a resident of Addison just half a century. He was a pioneer of the sash, blind and door industry, and in 1845 established a factory herewith his brothers, Ambrose and N. FL, having previously been employed in the factory at Truxton, N. Y. Two years later he bought an interest in the business, which he maintained for twenty years, then selling out, the next year he engaged in the hardware business under the firm name of Graham & Ames, and after fifteen years of close application to this business he relinquished it in 1884. The Ames family were originally from Somersetshire, England, Ebenezer, the father of Charles, being a descendant of the famous old family of Bridgewater, Mass., who were identified with the early manufactories there, especially the manufacture of agricultural implements, which have a world wide reputation. In 1848 Charles Ames married Maria K., the elder daughter of the late Henry Wornbough, and they were the parents of one daughter, Frances, who married D. D. Cooley, and they located at Ashland, Nebraska, where she died. Mr. Ames is a Democrat, and has been president and trustee of this village. He is a supporter of the Episcopal church, of which his wife is a member.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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