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Research indicates that these two spellings of the Amason surname are the most common in earliest American ancestors of this family, and are often used interchangeably by known individuals and families. Other documented spellings of the surname include Ameson, Amison, Amoson, Amasson, Amesson, Amisson, and Amosson. Occasionally, known Amason and Amerson individuals appear with surname spelled Anderson, Emison, Emerson and/or Emmerson in census records and various other records and documents. Today in America, the Amerson spelling is the most common.
Most descendants of early Amason ancestors in America today should be able to trace their ancestry back to one or more of the eighteen heads of households with the Amason surname who were enumerated in the First Census of the United States taken in 1790. In 1790, there were eleven heads of household with the Amason surname located in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, four heads of household with the surname Amerson, located in Lincoln County, Maine, one head of household with the surname Amerson, in Washington Co. New York, one head of household with the surname Ameson, in Ontario, New York, and one head of household with surname Ameson, in Claremont County, South Carolina. Most, if not all of these families, were residents of America before the Revolutionary War.
Some secondary sources indicate that the surname may have originated in England. Our Southern Amason and Amerson families should not be confused with later Scandinavian immigrants, arriving 1860 and later, who settled in the upper Midwest, who also used the surname spellings of Amason, Amison, Amerson and Ameson.
Unfortunately, only a few documented ancestral lineages exist for any of our pre-Revolutionary War American Amason or Amerson families. Many descendants of these Amason and Amerson families followed the historical Southern migration patterns from the 1790's to the 1860's and after the Civil War, moving once and sometimes twice in a generation. From Virginia and North Carolina, descendants of these families relocated to South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas and continued westward.
Our Amason families became fragmented all over the South, during the years following the Civil War, and only concerted efforts by all of us who wish to discover our Amason and Amerson roots will discover our family ancestral connections, once again. Breakthroughs occur most often, when distant cousins, researching their family independently, and without knowledge of each other, find each other and share information.
The purpose of this website is to provide documented resources for the Amason or Amerson family researcher. Information will be added to this site periodically. If you have information to add to this site please contact one of us via e-mail.
If you wish to find other family researchers working on your particular Amason or Amerson family, we may be able to put you in contact, since we get e-mail from many researchers who find this website useful in their research.
The greatest accomplishment of genealogical research is the discovery of living cousins! So please let us know if you are working on your Amason or Amerson family genealogy! You will find our e-mail addresses near the bottom of this page and elsewhere throughout the website.
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