1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin – Western Historical Company, Chicago
P. 1190 Town of Pleasant Springs – Biographical Sketches
JOHN W. AMES, farmer. Sec. 2; P. O. Door Creek; a native of Massachusetts; was born in Bristol Co. in 1817. His parents, Sylvanus and Sarah (Pope) Ames, were also natives of Massachusetts, and with their family removed to Orleans Co., N. Y., in 1835, where Mr. Ames afterward died.
John W., the subject of this sketch, emigrated to Illinois in 1846, and located in Winnebago Co., where he followed farming till 1850 ; he then removed to this county and town, and located on his farm of 160 acres, which lies on Secs. 1 and 2. He was married at Rockford, Ill in 1846, to Mrs. Eleanor Wheeler, nee Buckbee, a daughter of Jesse Buckbee, and a native of Orange Co., N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Ames have seven sons — Allen B., now a teacher in Becker Co., Minn. ; Charles, who died at Leadville, in April, 1879; Sylvanus, now in Minnesota ; Jesse, George, Fred and Henry, who are now at home. The family is connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church.