Abraham AMBLER

Male 1642 - 1699


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  • Name Abraham AMBLER  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    • A man of superior education and wisdom he held a position of leadership throughout his life, while his gentle nature and generous mind brought him the affection of the people of Stamford and Bedford....

      In 1684, when New York assumed jurisdiction over Bedford for a short time, he was confirmed in his offices and made a Justice of Westchester County.

      Abraham Ambler's name appeared for the first time in the Stamford Land Records on 20 june 1670, when Richard Ambler by "free deed of gift" gave his son Abraham Ambler a house and home lot situated between his own home and that of Robert Bates. From that date until his death his name appears frequently as grantor and grantee and in various distributions to proprietors made by the town. His holdings rank him among the town's richest proprietors and were widely distributed over the township.

      Abraham Ambler's name is second as a signer on the Indian Deed to Bedford, dated 23 Dec. 1680, his father's standing first. On 11 Oct. 1681, he was named one of a committee of five appointed by the Proprietors to lay out the town lots. That he was an active projector of Bedford is proved by the action of the Court of Elections at Hartford which on 11 may, 1682, empowered him to act as chief civil officer of Bedford under a license which reads to this effect: Upon the petition of the people of the Hop ground, this Court doth grant them the privelege of a plantation and do order that the name of the town be henceforth called Bedford, and this Court do appoint Joseph Theall to be the present chief military officer for the train band of Bedford and Abraham Ambler is also empowered by this Court to grant warrants, to swear officers and witnesses and to join persons in marriage according to law, and they do free the said town of Bedford from county rates, for the space of three years next ensuing.

      Abraham Ambler thus became the first Justice, town clerk and recorder of Bedford and continued as recorder until 26 Feb. 1696/7, when he was succeeded by Zachariah Roberts. His last entry in the town books of Bedford is dated 9 Feb., 1696/7. The early town records in his hand in Stamford and Bedford are remarkable for the character and beauty of the script and the clarity of the phrasing. They prove him a man of education. One marvels that living in a new and crude town such as the Stamford of his boyhood must have been, he enjoyed the opportunity or possessed the character to assimilate the degree of learning which evidently was his. The early school in Stamford probably was most rudimentary, actually there is no record of a school before 1670 and it may be assumed that the Rev. John Bishop, first minister of Stamford, was his teacher. [1]
    Born 22 Sep 1642  Watertown, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 7
    Gender Male 
    Fact Son of Richard Ambler and Sarah Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Between 1670 and 1686  [1
    Recorder or town clerk of Stamford 
    Occupation 1699  [1
    Recorder or town clerk of Stamford 
    Died Between 12 Aug and 08 Sep 1699  Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    Notes 
    • Was elected Deputy from Stamaford to the Connecticut Legislature and served:

      May and October 1677
      May and October 1678
      May and October 1679
      May 1681
      May 1682
      October 1690
      May, July and October 1691
      October 1692

      He was a Justice of Fairfield County when he died in 1699, having been appointed by the General Court in May, 1699. In addition he held minor offices in Stamford and major offices in Bedford, Westchester County, as well as serving on important committees in both places. In 1684, when New York assumed jurisdiction over Bedford for a short time, he was confirmed in his offices and made a Justice of Westcheste County.

      Abraham's name is second as a signer on the Indian Deed to Bedford, dated December 23, 1680, his father's standing first. On October 11, 1681, he was named one of a committee of five appointed by the Proprietors to lay out the town lots.
    Person ID I02115  Main Tree
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2015 

    Father Richard AMBLER,   b. abt. 1614, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. aft. 15 Jan 1699/1700, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Sarah ? 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F31562  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary BATES,   b. Abt 1643, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 15 May 1675, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1662  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7, 8, 9
    Children 
     1. Mary AMBLER,   b. 15 Jan 1663/64, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Aug 1699, Bedford, Westchester Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 35 years)  [Birth]
     2. Abraham AMBLER,   b. 05 Jan 1665/66, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Nov 1697, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 31 years)  [Birth]
    +3. John AMBLER,   b. 18 Feb 1667/68, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Nov 1711, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)  [Birth]
     4. Joshua AMBLER,   b. 08 Sep 1670, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1680  (Age < 9 years)  [Birth]
     5. Sarah AMBLER,   b. 06 Oct 1672, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     6. Mehitable AMBLER,   b. Abt 1675, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Feb 1737, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 31 May 2015 
    Family ID F06009  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hannah ? 
    Family ID F06429  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S03473] The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 1933 Vol. 64 No. 1 January.

    2. [S00025] "Descendants of George Slawson" Fairfield Co., Connecticut by Rootsweb.

    3. [S00043] "Descendants of Richard Slawson from familytreemaker".

    4. [S00041] "Descendants of Richard Ambler" at USGenWebProject - Fairfield County, Connecticut.

    5. [S02943] Pioneers of Massachusetts by Charles Henry Pope.

    6. [S03336] Slason-Slauson-Slawson-Slosson Family by George C. Slawson dated 1946.

    7. [S02419] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Vol. 1, Donald Lines Jacobus, (Name: Name: Clearfield Company, Inc.;;), 76-3279.

    8. [S00045] "Descendants of Robert Bates" at USGenWeb - Fairfield, Connecticut.

    9. [S03428] The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: Stamford.