Lot 354: COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS 1789 - Ames
October 29, 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: [COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS] 1789 partly-printed Commonwealth of Massachusetts document signed by Justice Daniel Howard. Concerns Benjamin Gilbert's debt owed to David Ames, who made some nails for Gilbert. Signed on the verso by David Ames and also Jon. Ames. Benjamin Gilbert was from Halifax, Plymouth Co., Mass, and David Ames was from Bridgewater, Mass. This is where it gets interesting as John Ames, the sheriff, was the father of David Ames. And Daniel Howard, the judge, served in Capt. John Ames militia company in 1778. So it looks like Gilberty was the odd-man-out in this situation. Capt. John Ames (1738-1805) was a patriot, Captain in the American Revolutionary War, gunsmith, shovel maker, and ancestor of the Ames family of Easton, Massachusetts. Ames was a blacksmith in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. After the "nail and splitting mills" were outlawed by the government in Great Britain to give iron manufacturers in Britain a monopoly in 1773, Ames switched to making shovels. Despite having only a crude factory, he was able to make shovels of notable quality. In fact, he was said to have developed a shovel "so perfect that further improvement seems impossible." John Ames made guns for the Massachusetts army during the American Revolutionary War. During the war, Ames served in the Massachusetts Militia as a captain in Colonel Edward Mitchell's Regiment in 1776; as captain in Colonel Wade's Regiment, 1778; captain in Major Eliphalet Carey's Regiment, 1780; and Second Major of the 3d Regiment, 1780. Despite being promoted to major, he was known as "captain" for the rest of his life. The Ames family eventually became a very influential and wealthy family in Massachusetts, establishing two factories as well as having influence in the American railroad expansion and government. Capt. John's son David Ames (born 1760) was appointed by George Washington to be the first head of the Springfield Armory. Captain John Ames's company of militia, who marched to Rhode Island and joined Colonel Nathaniel Wade's regiment on the 27th of June, 1778, for a term of twenty days. Daniel Howard (1749-1833 ) he was a trial justice, was senator for Plymouth Co., from Bridgewater, from 1788 to 1794, and was a delegate to the convention of Mass., at Boston, for adopting the Constitution of the United States, in 1788. He was a private in Capt. Josiah Hayden's company. Col. Bailey's regiment, was a minute man, marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, was in service four days. This document is in superb condition, approx. 6.5 x 8 in.
Condition Report: Fine