Genealogy Paraphernalia

Family Stories

photo of snake ames near the pick-up in which he died in 1965

Snake Ames, aka Grand Pop, aka KLA Jr, aka the Mystery Man

I never met my paternal grandfather, Knowlton Lyman Ames Jr, but I researched him when I wrote my book about my father, The Man in the Purple Cow House. In February 2018, the Sir Georges Roberts Memorial Library on Harbour Island in the Bahamas found that book online. They wrote to me and asked for images of Snake for a “retrospective of residents who were colorful characters.” Snake lived on the island with his fourth wife, Dorothy, from 1950 to 1965. They owned a capucian monkey, 2 simion monkeys, a brace of turkeys and 1700 chickens. The two-block ranch is remembered on the island as the "chick farm." The house still stands. I gathered what paraphernalia I had about my grandfather into this booklet. The photo to the left shows him just a few months before he accidently drove his pick-up off the end of the pier and drowned. (The low-rez pdf is 18 pages, 6.5MB)
photo of charles gordon ames in 1900

Charles Gordon Ames’ Search for his Parents

My 2-x-great-grandfather, whom my father referred to as 'CGA,' spent much of his young adult life trying to figure out who his parents were. His mother, Lucy Anna Thatcher, had concieved him in 1827 out of wedlock. Lucy's high society family (her grandfather was Major General Henry Knox) forced Lucy to give her newborn up to foster care. CGA would eventually discover this. Letters he and Lucy's family wrote documenting CGA's search are preserved in the Ames Family History Collection housed in the Schlesinger Library at Radcliff in Cambridge, Mass. With the help of my third cousin Mary Ames Wolff and her daughter Linda Jackson Cowan, I was able to photograph the letters, transcribed them, and put them in a timeline to tell this story. (The downloadable pdf is 109 pages, 28MB)

Henry's Big Kaboom Trailer Video

Maj. Gen. Henry Knox’s Train of Artillery

During the winter of 1775-1776, my 5-x-great-grandfather Henry Knox organized an expedition to transport 58 tons of heavy weaponry from Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge, where George Washington was dealing with the seige of Boston. “One of the most stupendous logistical feats of the American Revolution,” wrote one historian. I love to write lyrics, so I wrote this story for my three pre-school grandsons as a sing-along ballad with a repeatable chorus. Check out the website, or click the link to the left to view the YouTube trailer for the book.
Did this chest that has been in our family for 400 years belong to our ancestor Stephen Hopkins?

Stephen Hopkins’ Chest?

I wonder if a 400-year-old English chest that my mother inherited from her grandfather, Charles Harris Hopkins, was brought to America on the Mayflower by Charles' 5-x-great-grandfather Stephen Hopkins. Check out my web page about my research.

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