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Benjamin Clarence "Ben" Amberman
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Birth: Oct. 29, 1866
Jamaica
Queens County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 21, 1929
Hamilton Beach
Queens County
New York, USA

Benjamin Clarence Amberman
1866-1929

Benjamin Clarence Amberman was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, October 29, 1866. He was the fourth child of John Amberman,1821-1870, and Mary "Molly" Mills, 1822-1896. "He was an engineer on the Long Island Railroad and would break in the steam engines by deadheading to Montauk Point and back," per his grandson, Raymond Amberman. He tested new engines to perfection and ran the first electric motor train.

He married Harriett "Hattie" Abrams in 1888; Harriett was the daughter of Elizabeth Morrison, 1838-1914, and Elbert Abrams, 1833-1898, and she was born on January 3, 1871. "Hattie and Ben met at her father's hotel in Lynbrook; it had been a terminal and railroad workers stayed overnight there," per my father's Uncle Benjamin Amberman and Aunt Dorothy "Dollie" Amberman in a letter written in 1967.

Ben and Hattie had seven children: Leonard Benjamin, 1889-1889, Clarence Charles, 1890-1949, Roy Benjamin, 1893-1899, George Elbert,1896-1938, Grace Estelle, 1899-1985, Lillian Blanche,1891-1892, and Benjamin Dikers, 1911-1978.

Their first child Leonard B. was born in June 1889 and died December 27, 1889 at 6 months of age. Clarence was born September 24, 1890 and died on September 1949. Clarence had married Anna Ziegler. Lillian Blanche was born about June 1891 and died from polio about December 1892. Roy Benjamin was born in 1893 and died of diptheria at age 6 years on November 1899. George Elbert was born January 18, 1896 and died on August 9, 1938 of a cerebral hemorrhage. George had married Estelle Irene Styles. Grace Estelle was born January 3, 1899 and died in 1985. Grace had married James Sexton. Benjamin was born on July 23, 1911 and died in November 1978. He had married Dorothy Grum.

During their lifetime together, Ben and Hattie endured the loss of three of their seven children; the loss of their home, which was consumed by fire in East Rockaway. They were heartbroken that pictures of Roy, Lillian, and Len were destroyed. "They were Grand People," per his cousin Betty Abrams.

Four days after the birth of Benjamin Dikers Amberman, in 1911, Hattie died from childbirth complications. She was 41 years old and was buried in the Springfield Gardens Cemetery, Jamaica, Queens, New York. The death of Hattie was such a heartbreak for Benjamin.

"A happier time in their life was when they won $5,000 in the Louisiana Lottery and they bought a farm in Andover, Connecticut," per Raymond Amberman.

During the later part of Ben's life, he lived with his daughter Grace and her husband James Sexton. He ran The Amberman Moving Company, which his son George Amberman bought for him. For a while he lived with son George and wife Estelle. His young son Ben, also lived with George and Estelle.

"Ben was walking alongside the railroad tracks at Hamilton Beach in 1929 and slipped on the rail while crossing the tracks. He must have touched the third rail and it electrocuted him," per Raymond Amberman, his grandson. "And then he was run over by the wheels of a Long Island train at Hamilton Beach." He is buried in the family plot in Springfield Gardens Cemetery, Jamaica, Queens, New York.
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Amberman (1821 - 1870)
  Mary Ann Mills Amberman (1822 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  Harriet Adelaide Abrams Amberman (1871 - 1911)
 
 Children:
  Leonard Benjamin Amberman (1889 - 1889)*
  Clarence Charles Amberman (1890 - 1949)*
  Lillian Blanche Amberman (1891 - 1892)*
  Roy Benjamin Amberman (1893 - 1899)*
  George Elbert Amberman (1896 - 1938)*
  Grace Estelle Amberman Sexton (1899 - 1949)*
  Benjamin Dikers Amberman (1911 - 1978)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Leonard Amberman (____ - 1860)*
  Nicholas Amberman (1846 - 1846)*
  Sarah Maria Amberman (1847 - 1851)*
  Elizabeth Ann Amberman Foster (1851 - 1882)*
  Benjamin Clarence Amberman (1866 - 1929)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Springfield Cemetery
Springfield Gardens
Queens County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Shirley Amberman Guenett...
Record added: Dec 31, 2012
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Benjamin Clarence Ben Amberman
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Benjamin Clarence Ben Amberman
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Benjamin Clarence Ben Amberman
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I love you great grandfather Ben! May you rest in peace and God Bless You dear great grand Dad!
- Shirley Amberman Guenette
 Added: May. 10, 2013
 
 
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