He was born in Gedney, Holbeach, Lincolnshire, in 1855, the son of cordwainer William Emblin and his wife Priscilla. Amos' mother died in 1859.
By 1881, he was working as a grocer and draper at 1 George Street, Worksop.
He married Minnie Jane Sanderson at St. Mary Priory, Worksop, on 16 March 1882. The couple had three children:
In early 1899, Minnie Jane brought a charge of aggravated assault against her husband, which was heard at Worksop Police Court on 8 February. It was alleged that Amos was "addicted to drink" and a judicial separate order was requested and granted, with Amos required to pay maintenance of 10s. per week and fine of 40s. for the assault.
It seems the family was quickly reconciled as, by the time of the 1901 Census, they were living together at 18 Park Street, Worksop.
By 1911, they had taken over the tenancy of the Castle Refreshment Rooms, where Amos, Minnie Jane, and both daughters are listed as residing in the 1911 Census.
Amos Emblin died 7 January 1914, aged 58, at the Refreshment Rooms. His probate record listed effects worth just over £270.
Minnie Jane Emblin died in 1933, aged 73.