52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week #1 – Amariah Nelson Bemis (1814-1897) (Blog 11)

This  year we’re going to start our 52 Ancestor’s in 52 Weeks Challenge researching and blogging about ancestors who show up in Ancestry DNA as a shared ancestor of another person who has taken a DNA test.  Our first ancestor is Amariah Nelson Bemis, the first shared ancestor showing up in Ancestry –  I share DNA with 14 other descendents of Amariah.

Shared Ancestor - Amariah Nelson Bemis

Amariah Nelson Bemis,  the son of Amariah and Sally (Shumway) Bemis was born on March 16, 1814 in Tolland, Connecticut.  He married Lucinda Backus, the daughter of John and Lucinda (Johnson) Backus on September 9, 1839.

According to published biographies, he lived in Oxford, New York, then Lyon Brook, New York where he operated a mill and moved his lumber to New York by the canals.  They moved to Esmen, Illinois where he worked as a farmer and stock raiser.  Census records show he also worked as a brakeman, in the lumber business.

A. N. Bemis he History of Livingston County, Illinois Containing A History of the County - (Chicago- WM. Le BARON, 1878), page 727

The History of Livingston County, Illinois, p 727

A. N. BEMIS, farmer and stock raiser;
P. O. Odell; was born in Tolland Co.,
Conn., March 16, 1814; removed to New
York State, where he remained thirty-five
years, thence to Illinois in 1868, settling
in Esmen, Livingston Co., where he now
owns 160 acres of land, valued at $6,400.
Was married Sept. 9, 1839, to Miss Lu-
cinda Backus; she was born in Chenango
Co., N. Y., June 18, 1818; they have
had five children, four of whom are living
–Nelson, Mary, Harriet and Sarah; de-
ceased-John.

Amariah’s wife Lucinda died on March 15, 1889 at the age of 72 and a year later he married Annis W (Curtis) Dunham.  He was 76 at the time of his second marriage and lived seven years, dying on March 14, 1897.  He was  buried in Pontiac, Illinois.

According to an obituary published in the Northwestern Christian Advocate, “he was a man of
more than average intelligence, of positive and independent thought, but withal possessed of that quality always indicative of true greatness-a modest and unassuming spirit.”

Children:

Nelson Amariah Bemis (1840-1912) – served in the Civil War, married Sarah Sheldon

Mary E Bemis (1842-1932) – married Albert Chace Greene [my line]

Harriet Lucinda Bemis (1850-1927) – married Albert DeWitt Gleason

Sarah Abigail Bemis (1857-1946) – married Francis Maxwell Raisbeck

John Bemis (??????)

My 14 DNA matches with descendents of Amariah Nelson Bemis are:

108 cM – descendent of Mary Elizabeth Bemis

97 cM – descendent of Sarah Abigail Bemis

76 cM – descendent of Mary Elizabeth Bemis

60 cM – descendent of Mary Elizabeth Bemis

59 cM – descendent of Nelson Amariah Bemis

46 cM – descendent of Sarah Abigail Bemis

44 cM – descendent of Nelson Amariah Bemis

43 cM – descendent of Sarah Abigail Bemis

32 cM – descendent of Sarah Abigail Bemis

19 cM – descendent of Sarah Abigail Bemis

14 cM – descendent of Sarah Abigail Bemis

11 cM – descendent of Nelson Amariah Bemis

9 cM – descendent of Nelson Amariah Bemis

7cM – descendent of Sarah Abigail Bemis

Note:  Amariah went by Amariah Bemis, Amariah N Bemis, Nelson A Bemis, A. N. Bemis & possibly other names.  We’re still looking for source material that mentions him so we can learn more about his life.

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Chenago County, New York, population schedule, Oxford, page 41, dwelling 1331, family 1409, Amariah N Bemis; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 January 2018).

1855 New York State Census, Chenango County, population schedule, , dwelling 202, Ari Bemis; digital images, FamilySearch.org (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 January 2018).

1860 United States Federal Census, Chenago County, New York, population schedule, Oxford, Page No 11, dwelling 87, family 87, A Nelson Bemis; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 January 2018).

1865 New York State Census, Chenango County, population schedule, Oxford, Page 1073 (stamped), Amariah N Bemis; digital images, FamilySearch.org (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 January 2018).

1870 United States Federal Census, Livingstone County, Illinois, population schedule, Odell, Page No 242 (stamped), Nelson Bemis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2018).

1880 United States Federal Census, Livingstone County, Illinois, population schedule, Esmen Township, enumeration district (ED) 107, dwelling 141, family 142, A N Bemis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 January 2018).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 8 January 2018), Amariah Nelson Bemis, Find A Grave Memorial# 112647743.

The History of Livingston County, Illinois Containing A History of the County – (Chicago: WM. Le BARON, 1878), page 727; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com/books : accessed 8 January 2018.

Northwestern Christian Advocate (5 May 1897), page 23; digital images, Google News (https://books.google.com/books : accessed 9 January 2018.

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Updated 12/5/2019 to add list of DNA matches, 1/9/2018 to add information found about Amariah in the Northwestern Christian Advocate and details re lumbering business  and to add a link to blog about Lucinda

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