American Silversmiths

Nathan Peabody Ames
(Abt 1764-1832)
Phoebe Tyler
(Abt 1765-1840)
James Tyler Ames


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James Tyler Ames
  • Born: 13 May 1810, Lowell MA
  • Marriage (1): Ellen Hughes
  • Died: 16 Feb 1883, Chicopee MA

  General notes:


  Events in his life were:

  • He was a partner in 1829-1847 with Nathan Peabody Ames in Chicopee MA as AMES MANUFACTURING COMPANY. Originally founded to manufacture swords and other cutlery for military use, the firm was possibly the first to begin silverplating on a large scale in America. In addition to general goods, they made large quantities of hotel and restaurant plate. They also became the first company to do large scale bronze casting, including the doors of the Capital building. After the death of his brother, James Ames continued to run the firm until 1874.
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Chicopee MA, listed as a machinist.
  • He appeared on the 1860 census taken at Chicopee MA, listed as an agent of the Ames Company.
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Chicopee MA, listed as a retired manufacturer.

James married Ellen Hughes. (Ellen Hughes was born on 18 Dec 1818 in Newburyport MA.)

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