Ames Family History and Genealogy. eBook English 4.24 MB. John Ames was born 1540 in Bruton, Somersetshire, England, and died at the age of 43 in the year 1583 in Bruton. His grandson William Ames (1605-1654) crossed the Atlantic and settled in Norfolk, Massachusetts. Williams 3rd great-grandson Barzilla Ames (1765-1849) settled in Greenfield, Michigan. 12 Generations listed. It may also provide excellent starting points to begin further research.