Military Monday – Mrs Annie M (Jenness) Ambler References Samuel Shackford’s Service as Basis of Her Daughters of the American Revolution Application (Blog 330)

Annie Matilda Jenness, the daughter of Benning Wentworth Jenness and Nancy Walker Shackford was born about 1837 in Strafford, New Hampshire.  She is listed in the 1850 census as age 13 from which we can also tell that her father, a distinguished Judge, merchant, State Senator, and member of the in Strafford was quite wealthy as he listed real estate valuing $12,000. Her parents had lost three sons and Annie grew up with one older sister, Ellen.  She was most likely 18 when she attended the Charlestown Female Seminary, a Christian school for young women.

Around 1857, Annie married Augustus White Merwin and had two daughters, Anne Amelia Merwin, and Mary Jenness Merwin.  Her parents had moved to Cleveland around 1862 and her father left politics and became very involved in his lumber business. Annie must have divorced Augustus and moved to Cleveland as she married Henry Lovejoy Amber, a dentist on September 11, 1876.  They moved to New Hampshire around 1885 but returned to Cleveland about five years later.

Annie applied for and was accepted into the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1902.  She died in Cleveland on March 5, 1913.  Annie not only honored her ancestry in her DAR application but also did so in one of the bequests of her will which was a $400 perpetual trust to the town of Strafford “to be expended to improve, beautify and keep in repair the cemetery where my dear father and mother are buried.”


DAR Application Mrs Annie M Ambler based on Samuel Shackford
DAR Application Mrs Annie M Ambler based on Samuel Shackford

Born in Strafford, New Hampshire
Wife of Henry L. Ambler.
Descendant of Samuel Shackford, 1st of New Hampshire.
Daughter of Benning W. Jenness and Nancy Shackford, his wife.
Granddaughter of Samuel, 2nd, and Nancy Walker, his wife.
Gr. grandaughter of Samuel Shackford, 1st, and Mary Marshall King, his wife.
Samuel Shackford, 1st, (1728-1812), served in the Burgoyne
and Rhode Island campaigns. He was born in Newington’
died in Portsmouth, N. H.
Also Nos. 14175, 15093, 19352, 21103, 29532.

Note:  Do not believe that Samuel Shackford (1728-1812) married Mary Marshall King but married  (1) Elizabeth Ring and (2) Eleanor Jackson Marshall.

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Catalogue of the Officer, Teachers and Pupils of the Charlestown Female Seminary, for the Year, Ending Seventy-Third Term, July 1855 (Boston: J. Howe, Printer, 1855), page 12; digital image, ( : accessed 14 March 2016

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The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History ( : accessed 14 March 2016), Henry Lovejoy Ambler

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“Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998,” images, ( : accessed 14 March 2016), Annie M Ambler.

Scales John, History of Strafford County, New Hampshire and Representative Citizens (Chicago, Ill: Richmond-Arnold Publishing, 1914), page 421; digital images, Google Books ( : accessed 18 January 2014.

Shepard Vinton R, Editor, Ohio Appellate and Circuit Court Reports, Volume XXII (Cincinnati: The Ohio Law Reporter Company, 1915), page 458-460; digital images, Google Books ( : accessed 14 March 2016

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