Amelia M. Robbins was born on December 8th, 1829, in Troy, Lincoln County, Missouri. History tells us that her father, Joshua Newcomb Robbins, gave Troy its name. Amelia was one of five children known to be born to Joshua and his wife, Sarah White. Through her mother, Amelia was descended from the Mayflower passenger, Francis Cooke. The Robbins family was an early one in Lincoln County, Missouri.
In 1837, Joshua Robbins died in Springfield, Illinois. On September 8, 1847, Amelia was married to William Dudley Ament in Muscatine County, Iowa; probably in Bloomington. Her mother, Sarah, was enumerated on the 1850 census in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa, living with her son, Charles.
W.D. and Amelia lived in Muscatine County throughout their marriage. They had seven children: Joseph Pettus, Mary C., Sarah J., William Dudley Jr., Julia Adeline, Ella and Amelia Marie. Six of the children survived their mother; Ella died young.
On September 21, 1873, Amelia died in Muscatine. She was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine.