Welcome to my journey. I hope by blogging that I can find my AMES Family. Adolphus Ames settled in Mc Kean County, Pennsylvania about 1840 with his wife Sarah Julia and one daughter, Sarah. The census states they were farmers, owned land, and were from New York. They are one of my two block walls. I hope to jump the brick wall. I have a few leads. Maybe one of my followers out there will be able to help me out.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Need help with migration trails and finding schools and churches in Western Pennsylvania

Subject: WPGS Library Research Request

Contacted a librarian October 25, 2013
My message inquiry:
I am trying to find out what part of the state of NY migrated to Liberty Township and Norwich Township, Mc Kean County in 1840-1850.
Also would like to know how a family traveled from Liberty Township in mc jean county in 1851 to Wisconsin. Did they go via land to Illinois then up or did they go by water and cross thru Michigan etc.

I am also trying to find out if there are any grade school records for Liberty Township, Mc Kean County from 1845-1850
and what churches were located in Liberty Township Mc Kean County in 1840-1850.
Thank you for helping me out
Let me know if this requires a fee for research
  "The History of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter Counties" published by J. H. Beers & Co.
in 1890 does not mention any large migrations from New York into Liberty and Norwich Townships.
Port Allegheny in Liberty Township became an important link for immigrants who had travelled up the
Susquehenna River and then travelled overland to Port Allegheny where they could travel by water
on west.
  My own ancestors who travelled from New York to Wisconsin about 1850 followed the southern
shore of  Lake Erie and stopped in Lake County to have a baby.  They walked.  Since there was no
other mode of transportation unless one had a horse, I believe they walked around the southern end
of Lake Michigan and settled in southern Wisconsin.  So far as I know, there was no boat that
delivered immigrants across the lake to Wisconsin.
  McKean County does have a website, and you might find some further information there.

Mary Lou Spindt
WPGS Library Research

I put in two maps as not sure if my ancestor Adolphus Ames stopped in Kalamazoo, Michigan to buy land or in Michigan to visit relatives along the way to Wisconsin.  Ames has relatives in Lenawee, Michigan.

PA to Lake County Illinois to Janesville, WI

Port Allegheny to Kalamazoo, Michigan to Janesville, WI

Message back to librarian.

Mary Lou
Thank  you for the information. It helps a lot.
Do you know if they left for better farmland? I have been to both places and southern Wisconsin looks better for farming.
I did not find anything on the McKean County Website about NY migration or about churches or schools in 1845-1850 Liberty Twnship and Norwich Twnship
Any suggestions where I might go from here to search for these things.

Thank you
PS I did put a map into my research showing the migration path. I really appreciate that information.  It helps a lot.
My ancestor sold his property before moving on so he may have had a wagon and a horse.  Also in his probate records in Wisconsin it said his wife died along the way so
that is why I can't find her. Darn. There are so many brick walls to hurdle. By the time he left PA and got to southern Wisconsin when he died in 1854 he was penniless and the children were
wards of the court. the daughter got married but the three boys became wards of the court and were farmed out to land owners to work.

Adolphus moved from McKean PA to Dane County Wisconsin in 1850. In 

Probate Record:  for Adolphus Ames  film # 1315955 box  81,82 August 1854  which listed all of his children, his death date ( August 1854), and the name of the guardian for his minor children and the marriage of his daughter Sarah at age 14. The probate records did not give the date for the death of his wife but stated she died seveal years earlier.  film # 1315955 box  81,82 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. 
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. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012


In 1850 NY census  Cornelia Palon (Ames) {my great grandmother}
 (Daughter-in-law of Adolphus Ames,Wife of Ira Daniel Ames, 
Mother of Nancy Theo Ames, my grandmother) 
is enumerated in August 1850 Oswego, NY as 
Cornelia or Amelia Palon and the
 Green County Wisconsin census Orthera Palon is
 enumerated in October 1850. I know that the Orthera Palon
 in 1850 Wisconsin is my Cornelia Palon because of
 a newspaper article by Ruth Scoville her sister. 

Exhibit 1.

From the Janesville Gazette, Janesville, Wisconsin May 6, 1893.
Ruth Scoville Palmer.

In my research I found a James Palon written in the corner of the
 Bible page of my grandmother Nancy Theo Ames which said
 James Palon died on 24 August 1887. ***Entry did not say where James Palon died.

Also found a James Palon in the 1850 census for Oswego, NY
 Federal Census and the 1860,  and 1870 and 1880 Chicago Illinois 
census. In the 1850 and  1860 Chicago, Cook, IL Federal Census
 there is an Amelia Palon and Cornelia Palon. 

Am not sure if this is the James Palon in my grandmother’s Bible.
I also received a document )NN Palon)  in the mail which 
is not sourced so will 
have to review this. (Exhibit 4)

Sure looks like Altheah FINN Scoville may have been
 Cornelia Palon’s mother.
Then who would Susan Palon be? Would Althea be divorced
 from James Palon?
  Who was Mary Scoville in 1850 Wisconsin living with George Scoville? 
 Was Mary Scoville Althea’s sister? Don’t think so because the census
 says Mary Scoville was born Kentucky. I have not found the marriage 
records for George Scoville. This would be wonderful as It might clear 
some of this up or only add confusion.

This 1850  NY Oswego County US census was enumer ated on 
18 August 1850 in Osweo NY

Exhibit 2

Exhibit 2: The 1850 Wisconsin Green county US Federal Census with Orthera Palon.

 In my research I found a James Palon written in the corner of the Bible page of my grandmother Nancy Theo Ames which said James Palon died on 
24 August 1887. ***Entry did not say where James Palon died.

Also found a James Palon in the 1860 census for Chicago and 1870
 and 1880 Chicago Illinois census.

Exhibit 3

Am not sure if this is the James Palon in my grandmother’s Bible.
I also received a document in the mail which is not sourced so will
 have to review this. 

(Exhibit 4) In this document it states Cornelia's name is Cornelia
 Aeilia Palon and the mother is Althea FINN/FLYNN married to a
 NN(no name) PALON.  On Cornelia's death certificate it faintly 
says "Mother's maiden name FINN". I am in the process of
 contacting the party who sent me the exhibit 4 above to 
obtain his source.

Cornelia Palon Ames Death certificate.

Sure looks like Altheah FINN Scoville may have been 
Cornelia Palon’s mother.Then who would Susan Palon be?
 Would Althea be divorced from James Palon? 
Would James Palon be the brother-in-law of
 NN Palon who Althea was married to?   
Who was Mary Scoville in 1850 Wisconsin 
living with George Scoville?  Was Mary Scoville Althea’s sister? 
Don’t think so because the census says Mary Scoville
 was born Kentucky. 

I have not found the marriage records for George Scoville. This would be wonderful as It might clear some of this up or only add confusion.


1. George Scoville marriages (Possibly married three times)
2. Birth or Church records for Althea FINN/FLYNN
3. Marriage records for Cornelia Palon Ames
4. More information on James Palon and his children and wife. 
Possibly may find on a query or in Newberry Library in Chicago.
5. Find out who Mary J Scoville is in 1850 census
 Green County Wisconsin US Federal Census.

References:  Ancestry.com; Personal holdings of Nancy Fermazin Peralta


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Where is the World is Your Vagabond

I use my Vagabond for doing my Family History digital scrapbooking I love my Vagabond.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Love Letters, Lies, Truth, Half Truths ?

Nancy Ames, twenty-one, was dressed beautifully on her wedding day. A broche with Lou’s picture graced her left shoulder. Full eyebrows, hazel eyes, and dark, brown curly hair piled on top of her head spilling over her forehead framed her oval face.  Lou described her as “prepossessing brunette, who dresses well”. Lou Hansen, twenty-five, wore a black silk suit, a top hat, and a diamond stickpin in his lapel. His salary was $ 90.00 a month and he owned a 1903 Oldsmobile, a well-to-do gentleman by any standards.
“I do,” said Lou, as he slipped the one-carat ruby ring, engraved with “Nancy 1906” on Nancy’s finger. Nancy placed a matching eighteen-carat gold ring inscribed “Ludwig 1906” on Lou’s finger.
They moved into a Queen Ann-style house, lavishly decorated in romantic and feminine d├ęcor with a green Persian rug in the center of the drawing room. Palm trees adorned the rooms. The wood, marble and brass were highly polished.
Blanche was born in 1908. The marriage deteriorated. They divorced in 1913. After the divorce, Lou publicly humiliated Nancy, accusing her of having an affair with a man named J.P. Glass during their marriage, publishing his accusations in the newspaper, with contents of letters Glass had sent to her. The publicity angered and embarrassed Nancy. Lou had accomplished his purpose. [1]
In 1915, Nancy married Charlie Worthing. They moved to Truro, Iowa, and lived a quiet life with Blanche and their daughter Grace.
Did my grandmother, Nancy and J.P. Glass have an affair? Was J.P. infatuated with her? Was Nancy flattered by his attention? Did she marry Charlie for love or to escape the scandal?  Did Charlie marry her to protect her? I would like to believe Nancy and Charlie married for love and found happiness in Truro.

[1] According to the newspaper, Lou was having affairs with “lewd women of ill repute” in Chicago. The divorce papers reported Lou treated Nancy with extreme and repeated cruelty; beatings; threatening her with a gun; and using vile and abusive language and failing to provide proper and necessary clothing for Blanche and Nancy, Aurora Beacon News. (Aurora, Illinois)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: GeneaMeme


Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Ancestors GeneaMeme

October 15, 2011

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Challenge:

The Mission is to:

1)  Participate in the Ancestors GeneaMeme created by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog.

2)  Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook Status post or note, or in a Google+ Stream item.

Thank you to Jill for the SNGF idea!  Jill is collecting Ancestors MeGeneaMeme entries too.

The rules, and the Meme list, is given below in my response.
The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item 

The Meme:
Which of these apply to you?

1.  Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents
2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors
3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents
4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times: Friederick Fermazin
5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist
6.  Met all four of my grandparents
7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents: Met Minnie Fermazin, my grandfather’s mother.
8.  Named a child after an ancestor
9.  Bear an ancestor's given name/s: Named after my mother’s mother, Nancy Ames Worthing
10.           Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland: Richard Seth Worthing, Sarah Ingram Worthing from Wales
11.           Have an ancestor from Asia
12.           Have an ancestor from Continental Europe: LINDEN, FERMAZIN, POTT, KARTHEISER, BEVIER
13.           Have an ancestor from Africa
14.           Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer: Richard Seth Worthing
15.           Have an ancestor who had large land holdings: Richard Seth Worthing
16.           Have an ancestor who was a holy man - minister, priest, rabbi
17.           Have an ancestor who was a midwife
18.           Have an ancestor who was an author
19.           Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones: My great aunt married a Jones
20.           Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng
21.           Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X
22.           Have an ancestor with a forename beginnining with Z
23.           Have an ancestor born on 25th December
24.          Have an ancestor born on New Year's Day
25.           Have blue blood in your family lines
26.           Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
27.           Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
28.           Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century: LINDEN, FERMAZIN, POTT, WORTHING, INGRAM
29.           Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier: WORTHING, FERMAZIN, LINDEN, POTT
30.           Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents: Ira Daniel Ames, Richard Seth Worthing
31.           Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X
32.           Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university
33.           Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence
34.           Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime
35.           Have shared an ancestor's story online or in a magazine (Tell us where): Wrote a poem about my FERMAZIN line and it was published in Everton’s Genealogy Magazine. Everton’s Genealogical Helper: November December 2008.
36.           Have published a family history online or in print (Details please)
37.           Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries
38.           Still have an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family
39.           Have a  family bible from the 19th Century:  Cornelia Palon Ames family Bible in my possession.
40. Have a pre-19th century family bible

41. Find the marriage of Adolphus Ames ;

42. Find the parents of Cornelia Palon

43. Find the birthplace of Friederich Fermazin ancestors

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DNA Test Results

DNA seems to be the way to go with this family. The Ames Society was able to contact a 94 year old first cousin to my mom. With the help of the Ames Society, he tested.  The DNA test ruled out  many Ames lines. Adolphus Ames did not match with the Nathaniel Ames of Dane County Wisconsin. This was a big disappointment. Nor did this DNA test match with anyone who tested in the Ames Society.

I have not been able to find the John Ames who signed Adolphus' son into the Civil War and also why since Harvey Campbell was his guardian.

It seems that my Ames who tested with the Ames Society  is minus 2 generations from the other Ames that tested.  The other Ames is descended from a Samuel Ames and Louisa Ames who lived in New Lebanon, Columbia, New York in 1850. This family migrated to Lenawee, Michigan which was on the migration route of Adolphus on his way to Wisconsin. I have not found any of the Samuel Ames descendents in Dane, Jefferson, or Rock County Wisconsin yet.

Unfortunately, NY did not start keeping vital records until 1880.
I have to now look at newspapers, church records of the area. My hypothesis is that Samuel Ames is a brother to my Adolphus Ames since Samuel was born around 1800.

We did the 67 marker DNA test on the advice of the Ames Society.  This result should be coming in any day.

Name:Samuel Ames
Estimated Birth Year:abt 1801
Birth Place:Connecticut
Home in 1850 (City,County,State):New LebanonColumbiaNew York
Family Number:363
Household Members:
Samuel Ames49
Louisa Ames45
Edward Ames22
Elvira Ames21
Oscar Ames11
Orrin Ames7
Henry Ames5

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Source Citation: Ancestry.com.  Year: 1850; Census Place: New LebanonColumbiaNew York; Roll: M432_492; Page: 24A; Image: 398.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Decoration Day


I hope each of you enjoys your holiday, but how many remember when it was called Decoration Day? AND, how many know how it got started. As Wikipedia so nicely puts it -- Began as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the civil war.

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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.

If you can help with my Palon research please contact me at http://palongenealogy.blogspot.com/

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:
Ancestry.com. U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com 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:
Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com 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