Ambler Family (Virginia) – Part 2

(Part 1 starts here.)

The next group of Ambler brothers who attended U.Va. were the sons of Major Thomas Marshall Ambler (1791-1875), of Morven in Fauquier County, VA, and his wife, Lucy Hopkins Johnston (1800-1883). Major Thomas was a son of the Hon. John Ambler (above) by his first wife (m. 1782), Frances Armistead, so his sons were half-nephews of Philip, Richard, and William. These young men were: John Ambler (3 Apr. 1821-3 Mar 1891), Charles Edward Ambler (6 June 1827-21 Jan. 1876), Thomas Marshall Ambler (21 May 1829-betw. 1900-1910), and Richard Jaquelin Ambler (13 Apr. 1831-17 Feb. 1876). John attended session 14 (1837-1838) at U.Va.; Charles Edward, session 21 (1844-1845); Thomas Marshall, session 24-25 (1847-1849); and Richard Jaquelin, session 24 and 31 (1847-1848 and 1854-1855).

John Ambler (b. 1821) was a lawyer before the Civil War, and served as a paymaster for the Army of Northern Virginia during the conflict. After the war, he became a minister, and was the rector of Bloomfield Parish, Rappahannock County, VA. In 1847, he married Anna Mason (1825-1863), and they had five children: Lucy Jacquelin, Benjamin Mason, James Murray, Eliza Chew Ambler, and John Cary Ambler. John Ambler (b. 1821) died in Moundsville, WV, and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA.

Both Benjamin Mason Ambler (14 Jan. 1850-22 Nov. 1935) and James Murray Ambler (21 Aug. 1854-8 Apr. 1934) (mentioned above) attended U.Va., Benjamin in sessions 46-47 (1869-1871) and James in session 50 (1873-1874). Benjamin married Nannie Louise Baker (1854-1938), and they had the following children: Mason Gaither, Anna Baker, Katherine Stuart, and Harriett Moss Ambler. The family lived in Parkersburg, WV, where Benjamin practiced as a lawyer in the firm of Van Winkle and Ambler.

James Murray Ambler married Eliza Llewelyn Randolph (1862-1910), and the couple had Sallie Randolph Ambler and Virginia Mason Ambler. The family lived in Baltimore, MD, where James practiced as a lawyer and served on the Baltimore City Supreme Bench from 1912-1924.

Charles Edward Ambler became a minister, and was the rector of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Charlestown, VA (now WV). He married, first, Bettie Burnett McQuire (1827-1856), and second, Susan Wood Keyes (b. 1837). He had no children with his first wife, but with his second wife, he had Jane Keyes, Thomas M. (d. young), Humphrey Keyes, Letitia Cary, Edward Charles, and Lucy Johnson Ambler. The Rev. Charles Edward Ambler is buried in Zion Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charleston, WV.

Thomas Marshall Ambler also became a minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church. He was rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA from 1860-1873. “After the Battle of Williamsburg in May 1862, Bruton Church served as a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers. The Reverend Ambler … tried to substitute a prayer for the governor instead of one for the president, but occupying Union forces forbade the change. Ambler then conducted Sunday services at his own home until he joined the Confederate army as a chaplain.” (Brief History of Bruton Parish, 2009) Later, Rev. Ambler headed churches in Wilmington, NC and Leonardtown, MD. He married, first, Anna Bland Bolling (1835-1858); second, Virginia Margaretta Sharp (1836-1871); and third, Elizabeth Fisher Custis (June 1846-ca. 1900). He and his second wife had two children, Mary Cary Ambler and Claud Ambler. In 1900, he was living in Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, VA, while his wife, “Custis Ambler”, was living nearby. Since neither of them appear in the 1910 U.S. census, I think both died sometime within that decade.

Richard Jaquelin Ambler’s profession in the 1860 U.S. Census is given as a teacher. When the Civil War began, he enlisted as a private in Company D of the 6th Regiment of Virginia Cavalry in the Civil War on 6 Dec. 1864. He married Anna Madison Willis (b. 1836), and had children: Thomas Marshall, Richard Gage, Catherine P., Arthur L., Frank W., Annie J., Robert T., and Emma E. Ambler. The family lived at Clifton in Fauquier County, VA, and after the war, Richard began the Clifton Preparatory School there. Richard Jaquelin is buried in Leeds Episcopal Church Cemetery, in Markham, Fauquier Co.

(Part 2 ends here. Continued in Part 3.)

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