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Friday, July 2, 2010

Palon Genealogy

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Ira Ames married Cornelia Palon in Albion Dane County Wisconsin in 1868.
The family resided in Albion, Dane County,  Wisconsin then moved on to Milton Township and Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin then moved to Lake Koshkonong in Jefferson County Wisconsin.

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What do you think? Help me out, Please?

Looking for other thoughts on my Ira Daniel Ames son of Adolphus Ames

1. Do you think the Adolphus Ames family sold their land in Pennsylvania and moved to Dane County Wisconsin because there were other "Ames" family relatives there who might be related to them?

2.  The family of Nathaniel Ames had a grandson named John Norton Ames and other family member name patterns follow the children names of Ira Ames when he later married.
 Might there be a connection?

Was Ira still under guardianship of Harvey Campbell when he enlisted in Civil War and just found someone in town with the last name "Ames" to sign his enlistment papers?

Did Ira forge the signature of John Ames on the enlistment papers?

When Adolphus Ames died in Wisconsin in 1854 his probate records said he was penniless.
The three boys were put under guardianship of Harvey Campbell. Sarah his daughter was married to Milo Campbell and living in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin at this time. [more on Sarah in a later blog]

Henry  Ames was found in 1860 working for William Chambers.

Andrew Jackson Ames was found in 1860 working for Seymour Woolcott.

Ira Ames in 1860 was working for Wm Morrison.

Ira was 12 when he  went under guardianship of Harvey Campbell. However in 1860
at age of 19 years and 9 months enlisted in the Civil War with John Ames as guardian.
Was John Ames the John Norton Ames grandson of Nathaniel Ames?  Was this John Ames a relative?
Could not find any records showing that guardianship for Ira Daniel Ames changed from Harvey Campbell to a John Ames. Was he a young man anxious to sign into the Civil War and made up the name "John Ames" and signature on the enlistment papers? I doubt he made up signature as this document looks pretty official and was in his NARA records of enlistment.

Adolphus Ames Probate Records

Did Ira forge the signature of John Ames on the enlistment papers?

NARA Record of enlistment for Ira Daniel Ames.

Source Information: U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Rutland, Dane, Wisconsin; Roll  M653_1404; Page: 885; Image: 230; Family History Library Film: 805404.

Source Information: 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Heritage Quest: 1860 Federal Census for Albion, Dane, Wisconisn
Heritage Quest 1860 Federal Census for Verona, Dane, Wisconsin
Adolphus Ames Probate Record LDS FHL film # 1315955  Book#81

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

AMES in Mc Kean, Pennsylvania

                                     1840 Census Norwich Township, Mc Kean, Pennsylvania
                                                      Adolphus Ames Family

 In 1840 Adolphus is living with wife and one child Sarah age 2 born in New York. Also living with Adolphus Ames household is a woman between ages of 60-70 who might be mother or mother in law. I looked at obituaries in Mc Kean County for any Ames or mention of any elderly woman living with the Adolphus Ames family in Norwich Township but did not find any thing. I visited the cemetaries in Norwich Township in 2008 but did not find any Ames tombstones.

Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: Norwich, Mckean, Pennsylvania; Roll  88; Page: 475; Image: 186; Family History Library Film: 0020551.
Source Information: 1840 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data: Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

1850 Census Liberty, Township, Mc Kean, Pennsylvania
Adolphus Ames Family

In 1850 Adolphus Ames and wife Julia are farmers in Liberty Township,  McKean Co,   PA. Children are Sarah Ames born in 1838 in New York. Ira Daniel Ames born 1842 in Mc Kean, Co, PA; Andrew Ames born in 1845 in Mc Kean, Co, PA; Henry Ames born in 1848 in Mc Kean, PA. When I obtained his deed for this property the deed was signed by Adolphus Ames. On the deed it also stated that his wife's name was Sarah, so she may have been Sarah Julia or just Sarah. The deed conflicted with the census on wife's name.

The deed shows that Joseph Ames owned property adjacent to Adolphus.  Joseph Ames may be the brother to Adolphus Ames.  I will post the deeds in the next post for examination.

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Liberty, McKean, Pennsylvania; Roll  M432_795; Page: 54B; Image: 772.

Source Information: 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

WHO is Adolphus AMES

Pictures above:  JOHN NORTON AMES

Sent by: Gary Gianotti via Jack Ames. 
I so appreciated these photos. Now to find if I can link my Ames to John Norton Ames

-------- Begin forwarded message --------
Subject: Ames photos
Date: 1/12/11 12:55:10 PM
From: "Jack"
To: "'gary gianotti'"
Cc: "'Bob Ames'"


Gary ,
I wonder if Nancy would like these old photos of John Norton Ames?
You may want to forward these her way if she doesn’t have them all ready.
These were sent to me 20 years ago by Glenda Lee Rogers of Howell , MI .
(Wish I didn’t lose contact with her as she was another Ames descendant with knowledge of family).
I think these pictures were taken when John Norton Ames was visiting David Hall Ames when that later family lived in Jerseyville , IL
I will copy Bob on this email in case he would like them also.


 | Liberty, Mc Kean PA; New York; Cottage Grove, Dane, WI
Adolphus Ames: Goal to find birthplace and relationship to John Norton Ames
1840- 1850 then off to Wisconsin | Liberty McKean Pennsylvania
Adolphus Ames was born in NY in 1809. Where? Unknown (
Married Sarah Julia ______________(last name unknown) in NY in 1837
Lived in New York State (unknown, but maybe Schoharie, NY) in 1809-1840
Lived in Liberty, Mc Kean, PA from 1840-1850
Lived in Cottage Grove,Dane, WI from 1851-1854
Children: Sarah born in 1838 in NY; Ira Daniel born 1842 in Liberty Mc Kean, PA; Henry born in 1845 in Liberty McKean, PA; Andrew Jackson born in 1848 in Liberty McKean, PA.
Adolphus land deed in Liberty Mc Kean, PA joined the land of Joseph Ames. Both Adolphus and Joseph signed as witnesses for each other's land.1850 Census PA McKean County, Liberty Township. Living there in 1850.  Age 41.
Farmer value of land $ 700.00
one person could read and write
Lists wife Sarah Julia 31 born in NY, Sarah age 12 born in NY, Ira age 7 born PA, Henry age 5, Andrew age 2
1 person could read and write per census.1850 Census PA McKean
1. Deed: Adolphus Ames: Book H, page 59,
26 September 1850.
2. Deed: Joseph Ames:  book H, p. 655,
26 August 1850
3. Adolphus Ames Liberty Township, Item 1789, Book 83, page 373, Grantee     CA Anderson and Grantor National Transit Co.  Loc:  Norwich.
4. Joseph Ames Warrant # 173, Item 2350, L 36, page 481, Loc: Norwich.
Grantree: CA Anderson; Grantor: J. Colegrove?
Adolphus Ames is my great great grandfather. I have spent many months hunting for his information.
Adolphus was born in New York state in 1809. Birth or Baptismal records have not appeared yet for him. I have a few leads but nothing is panning out. Adolphus married a Sarah Julia (last name unknown) in 1837. Their first daughter, Sarah, was born in New York state in 1838. Sarah grew up to marry Milo Campbell of Dane County Wisconsin but I'm fast forwarding...By 1840 the family was living in Liberty Township, Mc Kean (pronounced Mc Kane) County Pennsylvania where three sons are born, Ira Daniel (my great grandfather), Henry, and Andrew Jackson Ames.
There are other Ames living in Mc Kean County. One is Samuel Ames of Bradford Township, Cyrus Ames age 75 of Liberty Township, and Jospeh Ames living of Liberty Township. Joseph married Hannah and stayed in the area. Adolphus moved out of the area to Dane County Wisconsin in 1850. I think Sarah his wife died on the migration to Wisconsin because Adolphus died in 1854. In his probate, it said his wife "has been dead for several years." (although she could have died in Pennsylvania)

I finally ruled out Cyrus Ames as my ancestor. Now I have to search the records for Samuel Ames of Bradford Township, McKean Pennsylvania to see if he is the father of Adolphus.
It is possible that Joseph Ames and Adolphus Ames are brothers. They each signed as witnesses to each others property. The properties adjoin.

There is a Roxania Ames living in Liberty Township who is married to a Joel Rice, a Methodist circuit rider. Joel Rice buys property from Adolphus in 1850 when Adolphus, Sarah Julia and their children leave Mc Kean for Dane County Wisconsin.  Roxania may be a sibling of Adolphus and Joseph Ames.
Adolphus moved from McKean PA to Dane County Wisconsin in 1850. In August 1854 in Dane County Wisconsin he died leaving no property. His three children Ira Daniel, Henry, and Andrew Jackson were made wards of Harvey Campbell who became their guardian. According to the probate Sarah Julia the mother died years before. Sarah, the daughter married Milo Campbell. According to the marriage license for Sarah Ames and Milo Campbell, Harvey is not listed as Milo's father. Not ruled out because Harvey could be a nickname or middle name.
Ira Daniel was 12 in 1854 when Harvey Campbell was made his guardian. In 1861 when Ira signed into the Civil War his guardian was listed as JOHN AMES!. I am trying to find information on this John Ames. I think it is John Norton Ames of Dane County Wisconsin. How is John Norton Ames related to Ira Daniel Ames? How did John Ames become Ira's guardian? There are no records for this in Dane County change of guardians. I have even tried to find a probate for Harvey Campbell to see if the probate would list a guardian change. I am looking for a will for John Norton Ames to compare the signatures from the Civil War enlistment papers.
Here is information on John Norton Ames:
Native of Oneida County and a PioneerPassed Away.  John Norton Ames, a native of Steuben,
Oneida County, died in Oregon. Wis. He was born 7 July 1822 in Onondaga NY but lived in Steuben Oneida County before moving to Wisconsin.  John Ames was married to Mary Ann Ball. He was age 94 years when he died in 1917.

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