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Henry M. Ammons / Reverend
Posted by: Ria Hendrix Date: February 26, 2001 at 16:44:21
In Reply to: AMMONS genealogy in Charles City by Madalyn Ammons of 417

I have a book on the Methodists of Charles City Co VA.

Pg 63........
"The second local minister, Henry Morris Ammons, was one of the founding trustees of Hopewell church. He was described by Judge Christian as a "local celebrity of great natural gifts". Ammons was elected to deacon's orders at the annual conference in 1838 in Richmond and ministered in CCC until the Civil War. One interesting fact about Rev. Ammons is that between 1850 and 1855 he solemnized the marriages of eighteen couples, all but three of whom were described in the register as "colored". These included members of the Bowman, Brown, Cotman and Jones families. It is impossible to tell whether these individuals were members of Hopewell Church or simply sought out the nearest minister to perform their marriage ceremonies. Rev. Ammons left CCC some time between 1861, when he was married to his third wife, and 1866 when he was married to his fourth wife. At the time of his last marriage he was living in Richmond and working as a salesman at the First Street Market. The year before this he sent a certificate from Richmond attesting that he had married two Charles City couples but it is unclear whether these took place in Richmond or CCC. Ammons' departure from the county may have helped to spell the demise of Hopewell Church, if as seems to be the case, he was a particularly charismatic preacher." Ammons married many Indians and colored people in his time.

Book of landowners in CCC in 1815:
Adams, Henry, Collins Run 4 miles N of courthouse.
Adams, John, North Run 8 mi NE.
Adams, Richard, Collins Run 5 mi N.

(Henry Adams was a trustee with Henry Ammons in Hopewell Church according to the first book I quoted).

Ammons, William, Chickahominy River 11 mi E.

The Walkers lived near these folks also.

This should help some.

Ria ><>


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