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Biography: Silas Ames, M. D. born 1805



(1805 – 1859)

Montgomery, Alabama

Silas Ames was a physician. He was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1805 and died in 1859, in Montgomery. He came to Montgomery County in 1830 and practiced his profession there. He was a contributor to the medical journals of the time, and his views on the fevers of the South, cerebro spinal meningitis, and diseases of this type had great weight with the profession.

Dr. Ames was especially interested in yellow fever. His portrait occupied the halls of archives of history in the capitol at Montgomery.

He married Sarah Jane Tarlton, daughter of William Tarleton of Piermont. She was born Sept 29, 1811 and married Dr. Silas Ames around 1833. She died in Oct 6, 1854.

Their children were

  1. Georgia Ames, m. Dr. G. McCarthy Oliver of Montgomery
  2. Sarah Ames m. a brother of Dr. Oliver…they went to Texas where she died sometime after the war.
  3. Julia Ames, m. Thomas N. LeBaron of Mobile;
  4. Pinkney Ames
  5. Melvin Ames
  6. Whiting Ames, b. December 31, 1853, in Montgomery. He was prepared in the Spring Hill College and at the Virginia Military Institute. He moved to Mobile in 1865 and made his home in that city. In 1870, he entered the employ of Tarlton, Ledyard & Company, cotton merchants of Mobile, and remained with that firm for several years. He was elected clerk of the circuit court of Mobile for a term of six years in 1886. He was a Democrat and served as delegate to several democratic state conventions. He belonged to the order of Knights of Pythias. He married: April 26, 1883, Helena P. Maguire, of Mobile, daughter of P. G. Maguire.


  1. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Mrs. Marie (Bankhead) Owen
  2. Find a # 133013403 # 133013558  101912060

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