Fonds MC 3419 - Additional Ames Family Papers of Lakenham, Durham and the United States

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MC 3419


Additional Ames Family Papers of Lakenham, Durham and the United States


  • nd [early 19th century]-1921 (Creation)

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1 box

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(19th century)

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Daniel Ames (1775-1852) a stationer, married Mary Buckingham (1774-1865) of Long Stratton in 1797. The couple had six children, of whom five survived infancy. By 1837, the family were living at Lakenham Cottage, also known as Crowe's Cottage, next to Old Lakenham Church. The house had a particularly fine garden, which is frequently mentioned in the letters. In 1843, the Ames family moved to Willow Place, also in Lakenham. Mary Ames and her children attended the Ebenezer Chapel in Lakenham, which belonged to the Methodist New Connection, whilst Daniel was a member of the Society of Friends.

The two elder sons, Daniel Fletcher Ames and Joseph Watson Ames, had emigrated to America by 1837. Joseph married Ann Durham in 1837, but their sons died in infancy and the couple eventually separated. Daniel, an artist and engraver, also married in America and had five children. Charles Fuller Ames joined his two brothers in America in 1840. He was the youngest son and had worked with his father in the stationery business for a time, but left England because prospects were poor in his native country.

Mary Parkinson Ames (1810-1891), the elder daughter, married Revd Archibald Thompson (1805-1891) in May 1837. Archibald had been born in North Shields, but his vocation as a minister of the Methodist New Connection meant that he was sent to circuits all over the country. Following their marriage, Archibald and Mary lived in Shrewsbury May 1837-December 1838; Chester December 1838-June 1840; Sheffield July 1840-June 1842; Tipton, Staffs. July 1842-February 1843; Stalybridge, Manchester March 1843-1845; and Thorne, Yorks. 1845-1847. In 1857, they settled at Brandon, County Durham, when Archibald became a cashier at a colliery there. The couple's first two sons died in infancy, but another son, William Daniel, and three daughters, Mary Elizabeth (b. 1841), Annie and Priscilla, survived to adulthood.

Elizabeth Buckingham Ames (1813-1894), the younger daughter, was living with her parents at Lakenham during the period of most of the correspondence, but in 1867 she married Deacon Markley.

Archival history

Received separately from the Ames collection MC 2219.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 21 August 2004 (ACC 2004/114). List completed 21 March 2018 (JW).

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Comprises family portraits, 19th century; paintings, many by Daniel Fletcher Ames, 19th century; and autograph album, 1891-1921.

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A published volume, John Dryden's 'Fables from Boccaccio and Chaucer' (Whittingham, Chiswick, 1822) containing the bookplate of Archibald Thompson has not been retained.


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For other papers of the Ames family, including letters, photographs and portraits, see MC 2219. Many of these letters were published in Norfolk Record Society volume 31. See also MC 3026/2 for a letter to Daniel Ames, 1847.

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Created 30/01/2018 by Drojr. Modified 05/04/2019 by Droip.


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