JOHN NORTON AMES was born July 7, 1822, in Steuben, Oneida County, New York. He is the son of David H. and Betsy Norton Ames. He was married to Mary Ann Ball on October 24, 1844.In the autumn of 1845, he and his wife migrated from New York state to Wisconsin and located in Oregon. He lived on the original half-section entered by his grandfather until 1870, and then purchased 240 acres, lying on both sides of the trace of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, two miles south of the Oregon village, and in the heart of the best farming land in that section of Wisconsin. On this farm, he built a large two-story farm house, a substantial basement barn and other buildings; and although he began his independent career with $100, which he had earned as monthly wages, few men made greater or more constant progress.John Norton Ames

John Norton and Mary Ann Ames spent their remaining years in Oregon. Mary Ann died on February 4, 1893 at the age of 70 years, 9 months, and 10 days-exactly coincident with that of her mother at death. John N. died on March 2, 1917, at the age of 94 years, 7 months and 23 days. His illness was but 4 days long and his mind was clear until the end. Both John and Mary are buried at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Oregon.

They were blessed with seven children, two of whom died in infancy.

Francis Marion Ames (married August 15, 1876 to Alice Cordelia Main)
Marianne Ames
George W. Ames
Sara Amelia Ames (married Sept. 19m 1883 to Hugh Pierce Jamieson)
William Lafayette Ames (married Feb. 27, 1894 to Julia Alice Travis)
Florence Alma Ames (married Dec. 1, 1892 to Arthur Hamilton Sholts)
John Franklin Ames (married April 20, 1882 to Ella P. Starkweather and on May 19, 1891 to Frances Meaker)

Ref. Erfurth, Shirley A. (1991). The Ames Family 1520 to 1991, p.8. On file at the OAHS.

Mary Ann (Ball) Ames
Mary Ann (Ball) Ames
Wife of John Norton Ames
(From the family books compiled by Shirley Erfurth)