|Death: ||Oct. 11, 1915|
(Information submitted by Karen Phillips #46884884)
Married Mary Ann Todd 8 May 1851, Jefferson Co., IN
Madison Daily Herald
13 Oct 1915
LATE JOHN AMES
Christian Gentlemen, Faithful Odd Fellow, Expert Mechanic and Personal Friend of "Mark Twain."
The remains of the late John Ames arrived last evening from Renssalaer, accompanied by Mrs. Ames, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ames, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hill and Miss Ruth Ames.
The decedent was a native of Jefferson county and would have been 89 years of age next Sunday. He was a ship carpenter by occupation and during the early days he worked at the Madison marine ways building steamboats and falt-boats which were used as transports to New Orleans and other points in the south before and during the civil war. He was a fire mechanic and his advice and services were valued highly by his employers.
He was a life long member of the Christian Church and was a true Christian and gentleman in every sense of the world. The family moved to Renssalaer eight years ago.
Mr. Ames was an old-time riverman and was a personal friend of Samuel Clemens, (Mark Twain) whose name and fame as an author and as a pilot on the Mississippi and other rivers is known to many.
The decedent was probably one oldest Odd Fellows in the State and as far as known was the oldest in this section, not only in actual age but in membership in the order, of which he was an enthusiastic and faithful member, as long as his health and strength permitted. He held membership in the order for more than 60 years and at his death belong to Madison Lodge No. 72, of this city, and Wildey Encampment No. 2, being continuously a member from his initiation.
The remains were taken last night to the Vail chapel, the funeral party being met at the train by members of the local lodges of Odd Fellows, of whom the following acted as pall-bearers:
George A. Monroe,
Elmer L. Crozier,
William W. Crozier,
David H. Reed.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Christian Church in charge of Rev. Wykoff, the Odd Fellows having charge of the burial in Springdale cemetery. Many friends of the family were present to pay a last tribute to the memory of the decedent of whose life and worth Rev. Wykoff spoke with high praise. the pall-bearers this afternoon were:
Aaron H Ames (1801 - 1854)
Frances Ames (____ - 1890)
Charles C. Ames (1853 - 1935)*
Ida Ames Swyers (1858 - 1898)*
Plot: 1st grave north of center, West ½, Lot 478, Plat 4
Maintained by: Karen Phillips
Originally Created by: JB
Record added: Nov 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101405644