Rufus Ames

Rufus Ames (Eames) (abt. 1820-1896) was born about 1820 in Maine. He was the son of Justus Ames and Betsy Hudson. He was baptized before 1840. He knew Wilford Woodruff as a young man living in the Fox Islands, Hancock Co., Maine. He died Oct. 1896 in Baileys Harbor, Door Co., Wisconsin.


Rufus Eames (M6ZT-4PG), “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed 18 Aug. 2022). Rufus Ames, Wilford Woodruff Papers (, accessed 18 Aug. 2022). 1850 U.S. Census, Two Rivers, Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin, p. 28, Rufus Ames; FamilySearch (, accessed 18 Aug. 2022). "Illinois, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999," database with images, (, accessed 11 Aug. 2022); Justus Ames, 21 May 1861, Warren Co., Illinois, p. 66; citing “Illinois County, District and Probate Courts." "Town and vital records, 1785-1892," database with images, FamilySearch (, accessed 12 Aug. 2022); Justus Eama Junr and Betsy Hudson, 9 Dec. 1813, Vinalhaven, Hancock Co., Maine, p. 426; citing Vinalhaven, Knox Co., Maine, Town Clerk, image 233/837; DGS 7596929. Door County Advocate, “Death of "Prof." Ames” (Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin), 17 Oct. 1896, vol. 35, p. 5; database with images, Door County Library (, accessed 18 Aug. 2022).

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