John Ames was born in 1540 at Bruton, Somersetshire, England. He passed away in Bruton at the age of 43 in 1583, this occurred over 400 years ago. An adventurer, the grandson of John Ames, who was William Ames (1605-1654) bravely crossed the Atlantic and settled in Norfolk, Massachusetts. Williams 3rd great grandson, Barzilla Ames (1765-1849), migrated into the Great Lakes Region and settled at Greenfield, Wayne County, Michigan. There are 12 Generations listed in this publication, which will inspire members of the Ames family and provide excellent starting points for further research into the past.