John Ambler bought, in 1703, the place that once was owned by John Hill, at Oyster River Point, on the shore of Little Bay. Aug. 7, 1717, he bought of Edward and Sarah Wakeham six acres formerly in the possession of Nicholas Done (Dunn), which Wakeham bought of Widow Elizabeth Done. Other lands he bought of Joseph Kent and of Samuel Edgerly.
John Ambler married (1) Hannah, widow of Robert Watson. Dr. Quint said she was daughter of Thomas Beard, but Hannah is not mentioned in Beard’s will, and in the inventory of Robert Watson’s estate she alludes to “brother Kent.” She was probably daughter of Oliver Kent. Robert Watson, born 1641, was slain in the massacre of 1694, and his wife and son, Joseph, were carried to Canada. Mrs. Hannah (Watson) Ambler died 8 April 1706, as Pike’s Journal says.
John Ambler married (2) 6 Nov. 1706, Elizabeth Trickey of Newington. He married (3) 20 July 1725, Elizabeth, widow of Samuel Edgerly and daughter of Capt. John Tuttle. John Ambler lived on a point of land near Ambler’s Islands, on the present farm of Hon. Jeremiah Langley. He was constable in 1708, selectman in 1716, deacon in 1718, and elder in 1721. He was living in Durham 10 June 1739, and is mentioned as deceased 20 Dec. 1748. The following children appear on the Dover records:
- Mary b. 1 Feb. 1709/10; m. 21 Nov. 1728, Ephraim Libby of Kittery, Maine.
- John b. 11 Feb. 1711/12; prob. d. young.
- Joseph b. 9 Aug. 1714.
- Abraham b. 2 Sept. 1716.
- Hannah b. 24 Jan. 1718/9; m. John Edgerly, 1737.
- Joshua bapt. 17 Sept. 1721; birth not recorded.
- Elizabeth b. 14 June; bapt. 21 June 1724.