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George L. Ames Papers

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GEORGE L. AMES (b. 1830) PAPERS, 1841-1899

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Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission).





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Ames, George L., b. 1830
Title:George L. Ames Papers
Dates:1841/1899
Quantity:3.3 linear feet (6 boxes)
Abstract:The George L. Ames Papers consist of military records and personal, business, and family records of George L. Ames.
Identification:MM 28

Series List

SERIES I. Records of the U. S. Army Subsistence Department
A. Correspondence
B. Letter Books
C. Invoice Books
D. Order Books
E. Account Books
SERIES II. Business Records
A. Certificate of Titles and Deeds
B. Financial Records
C. Correspondence
SERIES III. Personal Papers
A. Military and Professional Services
B. Personal Finances
C. Correspondence
D. Caleb M. Ames and Mary S. Ames Estate Papers

Scope and Content Note

The George L. Ames Papers consist of military records and personal, business, and family records of George L. Ames. This collection has been arranged into three series.


Series I. Records of the U. S. Army Subsistence Department includes correspondence, cash books, letter books, order books and account books created by Colonel Ames while in service to the Union Army during the Civil War. As Commissary of Subsistence, Colonel Ames detailed the stores transferred, distributed, and received by varying military units and posts. Material in this series has been arranged chronologically within each subseries.


Series II. Business Records includes correspondence, deeds, certificate of titles, memos, and receipts related to Ames' business endeavors after the war. Included are Ames' multiple investments in mining companies in California and Virginia, and land purchases in Dallas, Lubbock, Hale, and Swisher Counties in Texas. Material in this series has been arranged chronologically within each subseries.


Series III. Personal Papers includes correspondence, military papers, personal financial records, and family estate documents. As a long-time Salem resident, Ames maintained an account with the Salem National Bank and detailed his account transactions over the years. Ames' military discharge papers are included along with his failed applications for public service appointments. Correspondence from family and friends details Ames' concerns towards the end of his life. Finally, estate documents from Caleb M. Ames and Mary S. Ames are also included in this series.


Biographical Sketch

George L. Ames, son of Caleb M. and Mary S. Ames, was born in 1830 in Salem, MA. He enrolled in the Union Army in November 1862 and joined the Subsistence Department, based in City Point, VA. As a Commissary of Subsistence, Ames appointed food to Union soldiers and military posts. He was promoted to Captain on November 26, 1962 and later, to Brevet Major. Colonel L. Ames was honorably mustered out of service on March 30, 1866 and was awarded Brevet Colonel on May 10, 1866.


Ames returned to Salem after the war and began investing in various business endeavors. He pursued positions in both state and federal service but when these opportunities failed to meet his expectations, he turned instead to investing in property. these investments included mining properties in California and Virginia, and land purchases in Texas. He died in Salem circa 1899.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Ames, George L., b. 1830
Salem National Bank (Salem, Mass.)
United States--Army
Investments
Mining leases--United States
United States--Army--Order-books
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--War Department--Subsistence dept
Salem (Mass.)
Account books
Deeds
Letters

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Request for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

George L. Ames Papers, MM 28, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the archives. Fam. Mss. 13 was incorporated into this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Halley Grogan, January 2012.


Related Material

United States. War Department. General orders of the War department, embracing the years 1861, 1862 & 1863: Adapted specially for the use of the army and navy of the United States. Chronologically arranged ... with a full alphabetical index, Vol. 2. New York: Derby & Miller, 1864. Google Books. 2007. Harvard University. Web. 26 Jan. 2012


United States. Adjutant-General’s Office. Official Army Register. 1866. Google Books, n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2012


"U. S. Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863". Ancestry.com, n. d. Web. 26 Jan. 2012


"1880 United States Federal Census". Ancestry.com, n. d. Web. 26 Jan. 2012


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