Sunday, July 5, 2015

William Ambrose (1806 - 1868)

William Ambrose, my third great-grandfather, was born in 1806 to Henry Ambrose and Susannah Walker. He was born in October in Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania and based on the calculation from the information on his tombstone (died January 29, 1868, aged 61 years, 3 months, 5 days) his birth day would be October 24.  However, other secondary sources list his birth day as October 14.

He was a life long farmer and a member of the Brant Church Lutheran and Reformed in Ligonier during his adult life.  His children were baptized there and his name is on the list of communicants until shortly before his death.

William Ambrose married Sara Bitner, daughter of John Peter Bitner and Anna Maria "Mary" Mathews, in 1828. They had eleven children, three of whom died in infancy and one who died in childhood.

William died January 29, 1868 in Ligonier and is buried in Old Ligonier Cemetery in that town.  He wrote a will January 3, 1868 that was proved February 19, 1868.  In it he left to his wife Sara, among other items, "… one horse and buggy, the horse to be any one she may choose that belongs to the place, two milk cows, six head of sheep, two hogs, together with the poultry about the premises…." His sons, Henry P. and Jacob T. Ambrose, were executors.


William Ambrose
Old Ligonier Cemetery
Ligonier, Pennsylvania
William's stone is in the middle






















Children of William Ambrose and Sara Bitner:

  1. George Washington Ambrose, b. June 21, 1829, Ligonier; m. Rebecca Crawford Salms, ca 1858; d. November 2, 1881
  2. John Matthews Ambrose, b. April 10, 1831, Ligonier; d. July 22, 1839, Ligonier
  3. Matilda Ann Ambrose, b. April 18, 1832, Ligonier; m. Henry Karns, October 21, 1852; d. October 27, 1892
  4. Henry Peter Ambrose, b. March 10, 1834, Ligonier; m. Margaret Jane Waugh, ca 1864; d. January 1, 1904, Ligonier
  5. Mary Ann Ambrose, b. May 11, 1836, Ligonier; m. William Koontz, 1871; d. December 24, 1900
  6. Jacob Trager Ambrose, b. December 6, 1837, Ligonier; m. Susan Elizabeth Boucher, ca 1867; d.  January 15, 1921, Ligonier
  7. Josiah Walker Ambrose, b. March 2, 1840, Ligonier; m. Anna Catharine Beltz, 1862; d. October 19, 1908, Ligonier
  8. Alexander Ambrose, b. January 8, 1842, Ligonier; d. January 23, 1842
  9. Louisa Ambrose, b. February 24, 1844, Ligonier; d. June 1, 1844
  10. Lucinda Ambrose, b. February 24, 1844, Ligonier; m. John Ray; d. September 21, 1917, East Mckeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
  11. Amanda Ambrose, b. September 27, 1846, Ligonier; d. December 18, 1846

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