George Ambrose was born February 1843 in County Cork, Republic of Ireland and died 26 February 1934 in Ferrisburgh, Addison County, Vermont, United States of unspecified causes. He married Maria Schmitt (1844-1910) .

According to family stories, George Ambrose's parents actually came from England, although he was born in County Cork, Ireland. Family members also say that he came to Canada with the British Army and decided to stay on, eventually making his way from Montreal to Vermont.



George Ambrose moved to Canada by 1866 because he married Maria Schmitt by that year. Their first son, George Matthaus Andreas Ambrose, was baptized at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montreal in July of 1866. George entered the United States sometime in 1867 and was naturalized as a United States citizen on July 4, 1878, in Vergennes City Court, Vergennes, Vermont.

Life and work

George Ambrose made harnesses, boots, and shoes for a living.

Family folklore indicates that Ambrose took part in the Fenian Raids, attacks by Irish Americans on the British in Canada. He reportedly fought against the Fenians as a British soldier.


Offspring of George Ambrose and Maria Schmitt (1844-1910)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Matthaus Andreas Ambrose (1866-1941) 1 July 1866 Montreal, Quebec, Canada 10 December 1941 Addison County, Vermont, United States Nettie Elizabeth Palmer (1880-1945)

Homer Deforrest Ambrose (1868-1953) 30 January 1868 St. Albans, Franklin County, Vermont, United States 12 September 1953 Windsor, Windsor County, Vermont, United States Ida May Hayes (1872-1939)

Mary Ambrose (1869- )
Richard Charles Ambrose (1870-1953)
Esther Ellen Alice Ambrose (c1872- )
Anna Ambrose (1874-1901)
Mary Ambrose (c1882- )
Martin Edward Ambrose (1883-1960) 26 August 1883 North Ferrisburg, Addison County, Vermont, United States 2 June 1960 Chittenden County, Vermont, United States Mary Collette (1890- )


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
  • 1870 Census; Bakersfield, Franklin, VT; p. 20, family no. 153
  • 1880 U. S. Census; Ferrisburgh, Addison, VT; p. 3, family no. 30
  • 1900 U. S. Census; Ferrisburgh, Addison, VT; p. 9, family no. 209
  • 1910 U. S. Census; Ferrisburgh, Addison, VT; p. 1, family no. 11
  • 1920 U. S. Census; Ferrisburgh, Addison, VT; p. 5, family no. 109
  • 1930 U. S. Census; Ferrisburgh, Addison, VT; p. 4, family no. 106