NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The surname Ames is identical with Eames, and various immigrants came to New England among the pioneers, and their descendants have been numerous throughout the country. Branches of the Massachusetts family settled among the first in Vermont, and a dozen or more of the Ames family served in the revolution from Vermont. In 1790 William, Elijah, Barney, Barzillai and Samuel Ames were heads of families in Shoreham, Vermont.
(I) Jeremiah Ames, of the Shoreham family, was born in Vermont, July 16, 1771, died Feb. 21, 1844, at Morristown, New York. He settled in Herkimer county and afterward removed in 1825 to Black Lake, Morristown, N.Y. He followed farming throughout his active life.
He married Sally Platt, born Sept., 1778, died March 18, 1841.
1. Deborah, born Nov. 18, 1798, died Sept. 2, 1879.
2. Nancy, Sept. 16, 1800, died Feb. 7, 1888.
3. Sally, Sept. 28, 1803, died Aug. 19, 1858.
4. Charlotte, Jan. 27, 1806, died Sept. 4, 1869.
5. Joseph P., Feb. 19, 1808, died Aug. 9, 1886.
6. Jeremiah, April 14, 1810, mentioned below.
7. Asa, May 2, 1812, died Sept. 27, 1848.
8. William K., Nov. 10, 1814, died April 26, 1815.
(II) Jeremiah (2), son of Jeremiah (1) Ames, was born in Vermont, April 14, 1810, died in Morristown, Sept. 14, 1879. He came with his parents to New York when a boy, and received a common school education in the schools of Herkimer county. Afterward he went to Morristown with the family and lived there the remainder of his life. When a young man, he taught school for a time and was always interested in educational affairs, though his own education was largely self-acquired. He followed farming through his active life and was also justice of the peace and attorney-at-law.
In politics he was a Democrat; in religion a Presbyterian.
He married (first), in 1830, Lucy Haggart, born May 21, 1813, died Aug. 6, 1855. He married (second) Dec. 18, 1856, Caroline, born in Potsdam, 1827, daughter of Francis and Sally (Aikins) Whitney. She is now (1910) living in Morristown with her son. Her grandfather, Nathaniel Aikins, was born in Scotland, came to this country and served in the revolutionary war.
Children of first wife:
1. Thomas, born May 26, 1836, died 1839.
2. Hannah, Aug. 15, 1838.
3. Sally, Jan. 18, 1840, died Dec. 2, 1868.
4. Catherine, March 29, 1843, died Sept. 21, 1905.
5. Twin, daughter, died June 6, 1846.
6. Twin girl, died June 6, 1846.
7. Ann Elizabeth, born April 2, 1848, died Sept. 7, 1857.
8. Jeremiah Gilbert, Oct. 25, 1850.
Child of second wife:
9. Franklin Whitney, mentioned below.
(III) Franklin Whitney, son of Jeremiah (2) Ames, was born in Morristown, N.Y., July 24, 1864. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and in the Morristown high school. He was for several years a clerk in a general store, but he has devoted himself to agriculture, and is one of the most prominent farmers of this section. He has made a specialty of breeding thoroughbred Holstein cattle and fine horses. He is interested in the French Coach Horse Company, of Hammond and Morristown, N.Y.
In politics he is a Democrat; he has served on the town committee of his party as an inspector of election, has served as president of board of education of Morristown high school, and was appointed deputy collector of customs at Morristown in May, 1893, an office he still (1910) holds. He is vice-president and director of the Frontier National Bank of Morristown; trustee of the St. Lawrence County Savings Bank of Ogdensburg; member of Black Lake Lodge, Knights of Pythias; Independent Lodge of Foresters.
He is an elder of the Presbyterian church.
He married, in 1885, Vira Eysaman, of Morristown, daughter of Edward and Eiza (McCoryrick) Russell, but when a small child went to live with James Eysaman, adopting that name.
1. Jeremiah Leland, born at Morristown, Aug. 20, 1886; was educated in the public schools, at the Clarkson School at Potsdam, and at St. Lawrence University; is a civil engineer by profession, with his office at Albany, N.Y.
2. Leslie Russell, born at Morristown, Feb. 13, 1890; educated in the public schools and at the Clarkson School of Technology at Potsdam.
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