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Families of Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
Lydia WHIPPLE & Jonathan AMES Family 
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Lydia WHIPPLE & Jonathan Carver AMES Family of Sullivan Township

1. Jonathan Carver1 Ames, son of Thomas Ames and Mary Carver*, (#11176) was born in Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 18 MAR 1774. Olive Hoffman gives birthplace as Natick,Middlesex, Massachusetts. Jonathan died 26 APR 1853 in Neponset, Bureau County, Illinois, at age 79. Olive Hoffman material gives death date and places it in Hickory, Lake County, Illinois.

He married Lydia W. Whipple *. (Lydia W. Whipple* is #11177.) Lydia was born 24 JUL 1780 in probably, New Hampshire. Lydia died 1 SEP 1864 at age 84. Charles H. Card unpublished Card Genealogy

Jonathan was listed as the head of a family on the 1820 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Jonathan was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Jonathan and Lydia were in Sullmvan in 1840 with one female 15-20 and one female 20-30 in their household. See 1883 Tioga County History page 31 of appendix under Thomas Ames.

Jonathan Carver Ames and Lydia W. Whipple* had the following children:

2 i. Alvin2 Ames (#9003). Historical Note: .

"In 1816 John Gray started a store in Gray's Valley hauling his goods by wagon from Philadelphia. This was the first store in Sullivan. Some time after this Timothy and Joseph Orvis started a store on King's Hill, some distance south of the State Road, and after that Alvin Ames opened one on Ames Hill. Mrs. Gray's store was a framed structure; the others were built of logs. In 1832 John Fox opened a store at mainesburg, the first at that point. He sold goods at that place for forty years."

Alvin was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The household has two males 15-20 and one female 15-20, also one male 0-5. Check original record for error in copying. Alvin lived near Jonathan C., Joseph, and Christian Ames all of whom were roughly the same age and may be brothers or cousins. I believe there were two Alvin Ames as a boy 15-20 in 1830 could not also be a witness on James Luddington's pension records. CONFUSION. Alvin was an early storekeeper on Ames Hill. He was a witness on the pension appication of William Ludington, saying that he knew him and his service.

3 ii. Jonathan C. Ames (#63332) was born 1800/10. Jonathan was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Jonathan's household included two males 20-30, one of whom was himself, and one female 20-30, either a sister or wife. He lived between the Alvin Ames and the Joseph Ames households.

Jonathan was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Jonathan and his wife were both 30-40 with 2 males under five and threee males 5-10 in their household. They were next door to Thomas Ames and Elijah Ames.

4 iii. Thomas W. Ames (#9009) was born in Sterling (Johnson), Lamoille County, Vermont 07 APR 1809. Thomas died 18 JAN 1885 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 75. Mansfield Advertiser 21st Jan 1885: Died Mr. Thomas W. Ames of Sullivan twp., Sunday at advanced age (in 72nd year), father of L.P. Ames, Esq. of Williamsport, one of earliest settlers of the township. His body was interred JAN 1885 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Mary Amy Card 12 SEP 1838. (Mary Amy Card is #9010.)

Mary was born 18 JUN 1817 in Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island. Mary was the daughter of Capt. Henry Card and Sarah Monro. Mary died 31 MAR 1886 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 68. Her body was interred APR 1886 in Mainesburg Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Thomas was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Mary and Thomas had no children in their household this year.

In the Census of 1850, Thomas was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Thomas is a farmer with property worth $2000. Thomas W. Ames, son of Jonathan and Lydia Ames, was born in 1809 in Sterling, Vermont. His father removed to Richmond, Tioga County, in 1818, to Sullivan in 1820, and in 1847 to Illinois where he died. T. W. Ames married Miss Mary Card, of Sullivan, and settled on a farm. He now owns 106 acres. Of his five children, only one survives. (1883 Tioga County History page 31 of appendix).

Both an Elijah and a Thomas Ames were in Jackson townslip in 1860 and should be investgiated for detail.

5 iv. Joseph Ames (#61808) was born 1808/10. He married Minerva Unknown (Ames). (Minerva Unknown (Ames) is #63845.) Minerva was born ABT 1806. Minerva died 18 DEC 1839 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 33. Her body was interred DEC 1839 in Ames Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Tombstone says Minerva, wife of Joseph Ames died Dec. 18, 1839 aged about 33 yrs. This is a tall thin white marble stone.

Joseph was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Joseph's household included himself, aged 20-30 and his wife of the same age. They had one male anf one female under five in their household. He lived near Alvin Ames, Jonathan C. Ames, and Christian Ames.

Joseph was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Joseph was next door to Jonathan and Lydia AMES in 1840, but proof that he was their son is lacking. His household included a female age 20-30 two males and one female under five, one male and one female 5-10, one male and one female 10-15.

6 v. Walter Ames (#61807) was born 1811/20. Walter was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Walter was next door to Jonathan and Lydia AMES in 1840, but proof that he was their son is lacking. His wife, also 20 to 30 was with him.

7 vi. Phoebe Tabor Ames (#11172) was born in Tioga County, Pennsylvania 27 JUN 1818. Phoebe died 31 JUL 1909 in Lake County, Illinois, at age 91. Her body was interred AUG 1909 in Union Cemetery, Lake, Illinois. She married Elijah J. Ames BY 1840. (Elijah J. Ames is #11171.) Elijah was born 23 FEB 1813 in Essex, Vermont. Elijah was the son of Elijah Ames and Rizpah Whipple*. Elijah died 10 NOV 1885 in Antioch, Lake County, Illinois, at age 72. His body was interred 1885 in Union Cemetery, Lake, Illinois. Elijah was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The 1850 FTM Census Index CD ROM does not list an Elijah Ames either in Tioga County PA or in Illinois. However an Elisha Ames was in Jackson Township, Tioga County. The age of Elisha and his neighbor Jonathan Ames, both age 25 and born NY, does not match this family.

8 vii. Lydia Whipple Ames (#9360) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 15 NOV 1820. Lydia died 1903 in Shippen Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 82. Her body was interred 1903 in West Branch Cemetery, Delmar Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She married Benjamin Franklin Knowlton 10 SEP 1845. (Benjamin Franklin Knowlton is #7781.) Benjamin was born 06 DEC 1822 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Benjamin was the son of Timothy Knowlton and Polly Pitts. Benjamin died 4 JUN 1906 in Shippen Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 83. His body was interred JUN 1906 in West Branch Cemetery, Delmar Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Shortly after Lydia and Benjamin married, they left for Lake County, Illinois with horses and wagon, arriving there before Christmas. They purchased 100 acres of land at $1.25 per acre. Both being ill so much with malaria (fever and ague), they returned to Sullivan Township in 1850. They made the trip by boat to Buffalo and then by train, over the Erie RailRoad which had recently been completed from Buffalo to Troy. Later Benjamin returned to Lake County and sold the farm which has since become part of the city of Chicago. He and his brother Andrew J. then bought 40 acres adjoining their parents farm. In 1861 they sold that land and Benjamin and Lydia bought a farm in Shippen Township in Tioga County and moved their family there. This land was mostly covered with timber which Benjamin and his family cleared and improved. Both in Sullivan and Shippen Lydia and Benjamin and their family lived in log houses. In 1866 they built a frame house and moved their family into it.

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These Family Histories are brought to you from the database of  Joyce M. Tice's Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project. If you are descended from this family, SRGP wants to know about you and yours. It is expected that all who use this freely available information compiled by and given by JMT are also willing to repay that by sending in any additional information including updates to the PRESENT day on any of these Sullivan Township lines. By using any of this material in your own family research, you are participating in a cooperative two-way exchange. Please pay your dues.