Alfred H. Ames was born at “Ames’ Ridge” in Accomack County, VA, the son of George Christian Ames (1801-1870) and his wife, Margaret (Seymour) Ames (d. 1875). He attended the University of Virginia in session 27 (1850-1851). He also attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, where he became a Methodist minister. (Lee)
In the course of his career as a minister, Rev. Ames served the church in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Iowa City, Iowa; and Des Moines, Iowa. About 1862, he married his first cousin Anne Upshur Bayly Seymour (1829-1910), and they had two children: Anne Seymour Ames and George Christian Ames. From 1894 to 1901, he was the President of the Lucy Webb Hayes National Training-School of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., which was established in 1891 by the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church to train young women in Christian work. (Tomkinson)
Alfred and his wife and children are buried in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
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