Andrew HAMILTON was born Oct. 18, 1791 in Pennsylvania, son of Thomas & Lydia (Colborn/Colburn) Hamilton. He died May 18, 1860. He is buried on Brearley Hill, on the old homestead. The burial ground is on the right hand side of the property. The old house foundation can still be seen today - (Spring of 2001) Married: 22 Oct 1811 Elizabeth Cheesman, she was born in South Amboy, NJ, the daughter of Ezekiel and Athaliah Cheesman. Elizabeth died Oct. 23, 1831 ae 32 yrs, 17dys, she is buried on the hill side of Brearley Hill. [Joseph Brearley Jr. that lived across the road married Catherine Cheeseman, Elizabeth and Catherine were sisters]
See below for 2nd wife of Andrew Hamilton.
Children were; Ezekiel, Joseph, Delilah, Thomas, Lydia, Susan, Sarah C.,Clarissa, Sabrina
& a child Helen by his 2nd wife.
1. Ezekiel Hamilton,
born about 1812
died May 18,1821, age 8 yrs., 11 months
buried in Hamilton Family Burial Ground on Brearley Hill, Town of Caroline, Tompkins NY
2. Joesph HAMILTON, son of Andrew Hamilton,
Born Feb. 1, 1814 in Ithaca, Tompkins Co., NY, died Sept. 29, 1899 at Caroline, NY.
married March 28, 1841 to Ann Elizabeth Sullivan born Sept. 27, 1815 in Pennsylvania -
died Oct. 9, 1881 daughter of John & Mary (Carle) Sullivan. - See Sullivan Family
Joseph and Anna were neighbors growing up on Brearley Hill, Town of Caroline, NY.
They are buried in Central Chapel Cemetery, Town of Caroline, NY. (Central Chapel Cemetery, is only a short distance from Brearley Hill where Joseph grew up - about 1 mile.)
See below for the will of Joseph Hamilton
12. Delilah HAMILTON, daughter of Andrew HamiltonChildren: Amanda, Andrew, Clement, Anna Eliza
4. Amanda Hamilton,
born Nov. 23, 1841 - died June 19, 1889 in Caroline, Tompkins Co., NY, buried in Central Chapel Cemetery, Town of Caroline, Tompkins Co., NY.
Married June 22, 1862 to David B. McWhorter, who was born Oct. 25, 1832 died 1931 - he has a headstone in Central Chapel Cemetery, but in old cemetery records he is noted as not being buried there.
5. Isabelle McWhorter,
married a Home J. Witeman/Whitman/Wigtman
spelled Witeman in her grandfather's will. Their children: Rolan and Leha.
6. DeForest McWhorter
7. Andrew Hamilton -
born Feb. 3, 1845 died March 16, 1919
married March 5, 1871 to Nelly Miller - born ? died abt. 1872
2nd married June 6th 18___, to Kate Royce
Obit. of Andrew Hamilton, son of Joseph Hamilton
Andrew Hamilton was born near Ithica, N. Y. Feb. 3rd, 1845 and died at his home in Stryker, Ohio, March 16, 1919, aged 74 years, 1 month and 13 days. He was of a family of four children, two sons and two daughters. a sister Mrs. Anna Tryon, of Ithaca N. Y. still survives. He was a member of the G. A. R. having served his country during the civil war in the 1st, N. Y. Veteran Cavalry. Mr. Hamilton received his education in Cornell University, Ithica, and after the war came to the vicinity of Stryker and engaged in teaching school.
About the year 1872 he married Miss Nellie Miller. Their married life was permitted to continue only for the short period of eight months, when she was taken from him by death. On June 6th he married Mrs. Katherine Royce, Their lives were bound together by 41 years of happy married companionship. He was a charter member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Stryker. Mr. Hamilton began a grocery business in 1869 and would soon have rounded out 50 consecutive years in that business. He was an honest upright citizen, integrity being a marked trait in his character. He was an example of untiring devotion to his work.
He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, a son by marriage, C. T. Royce of LaFountaine, Indiana, three grandchildren, Mrs. Ruth Bruns, Miss Carol Royce and Robert Royce and one great grandchild Virginia Bruns and many friends.
Funeral services were conducted in the home in the presence of a large company of friends conducted by C. W. Jameson and burial in the village cemetery.
8. Clement Jay Hamilton
born May 1, 1852 in Caroline, Tompkins Co,, NY -
died March 20, 1913 age 60 yrs old - Suicide
At the time of his marriage he was listed as being a farmer. born in Brooktondale, Tompkins Co., NY. age 53 years old at time of his marriage.
married June 1, 1905 to Frances E. Freer 1845 - 1926 - she was born in Slaterville, Town of Caroline, Tompkins Co., NYdaughter of Peter 0. & Betsey (Stevens) Freer. Francis was age 60 at the time of her marriage to Clement.
Clement & Frances are buried in Charles Mulks Cemetery, Slaterville Springs, Tompkins Co., NY.
9. Anna Eliza Hamilton -
born Feb. 11, 1856 in Slaterville Springs,NY - died Jan. 29, 1940 in Ithaca, NY
Buried in Lake View Cemetery, Ithaca, NY
married Sept. 22, 1886 at Central Chapel to Theodore Dwight Tryon born August 27, 1847 in Litchfield, CT. (he was the son of John S. & Electa A. Blake Tryon)
Children10. Mabelle Electa Tryon
born May 26, 1888 in Caroline, Tompkins County, NY. Mabelle died August 1972 in PA. She married June 29, 1909 in Ithaca to Berton N. Middaugh, son of Charles A. & Nettie Oliver Middaugh. They had one son, Graydon Herrick Middaugh.
11. Beatrice Amanda Tryon
born Dec. 10, 1889 in Slaterville Springs, NY. She died Dec. 4, 1973 in MA. Married Frances Chauncey Smith. Their children were: Theodore and Frances.
To view more on the Joseph Hamilton family see the work of Marianne Martin
Born June 15, 1816 in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York.
Married Henry B. Turk
13. Thomas HAMILTON, son of Andrew Hamilton,
Born 11 Jan 1818 Ithaca, Tompkins, New York,
married Nov. 23, 1848 to Emeline Gridley. They had Anna, born 1853 and George born 1856.
14. Lydia HAMILTON, daughter of Andrew Hamilton,
Born August 9, 1820.
Married on Jan. 1, 1859 Thomas J. Mann
15. Susan HAMILTON, daughter of Andrew Hamilton,
Born August 21, 1822 in Ithaca, Tompkins, NY.
Married William P. Ashley
Susan died Mar 8, 1866 at age 43y 6m 1d and is buried in Caroline Grove Cemetery, Town of Caroline, Tompkins Co., NY. Their children were Susan Ashley, who never married, and Marcellus, who died young.
16. Sarah C. HAMILTON, daughter of Andrew Hamilton,
Born Sept. 11, 1824 in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York
Died April 28, 1853,
Married on March 17, 1844 to Ambrose W. Austin
Sarah C. (Hamilton) Austin is buried in Lane Cemetery, Town of Caroline, NY.
Headstone readings as follows:
Austin, Sarah C., wife of Ambrose Austin, died April 27, 1853 aged 28 yrs., 7 months 16 dys.
Austin, Vinson L., son of Ambrose and Sarah C. Austin died Feb. 2, 1845 age 10 months, 15 days. [note: None of the above Austin headstones were found in July 2000, except for Sarah wife of Ambrose, and her headstone was near a bank lying flat on the ground, broken and half covered with ground cover.
17. Clarissa HAMILTON, daughter of Andrew Hamilton,
Born June 20, 1827 in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York. She died August 27, 1876, age 49 yrs. Married on July 4, 1852 to Chauncey L. Perry
18. Sabrina C. HAMILTON, daughter of Andrew Hamilton,
Born May 27, 1829 in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York
Died Jan. 30, 1852. Married Andrew Jackson Teeter. - no children - she was his 1st wife, he married 2nd wife Phebe VanVleet, 3rd married Mary Nixon. Sabrina, Andrew, Phebe (his 2nd wife) and Mary (his 3rd wife) are all buried in Teeter Farm Cemetery, Gray Road, Ithaca, NY- near the Enfield Town line.
Andrew Hamilton married 2nd Elizabeth Fuller on May 1, 1837 in Candor, Tioga Co., NY
and they had one child, Helen Hamilton.
Helen Hamilton - daughter of Andrew & Elizabeth (Fuller) Hamilton
Born March 5 , 1838 in Caroline, Tompkins, NY - died June 15 , 1919 at Galt, Wright, Iowa
Buried in Clarion, Wright, Iowa
Married: Dec. 12, 1860, in Caroline, Tompkins, NY to Adney R. NELSON, he was born Aug. 25, 1838 in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York -
died March 30,1909, in Galt, Wright, Iowa, buried at Galt, Wright, Iowa - he was the son of John NELSON & Catherine Elizabeth Nelson Payne
(Payne was her married name, Catherine Elizabeth Nelson married Edward Payne, believed to be the same Catherine Elizabeth Nelson who married a Nelson.
Their children; Andrew, Willis, Addison, Dewitt, Luke. Andrew Hamilton NELSON Born: 18 Oct 1873 Died: 28 Aug 1949 Place: Minburn, Dallas, Iowa Buried: Place: Clarion, Wright, Iowa
. Willis Edward NELSON Born: 12 Feb 1876 Place: Clarion, Wright, Ia Died: Feb 1946 Place: Galt, Wright, Iowa Buried at Clarion, Wright, Iowa
. Addison Bessie NELSON Born: 2 Apr 1863 Place: Ithaca, Tompkins, Ny Died: 25 Dec 1929 Place: Galt, Wright, Ia Buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Clarion, Wright, Iowa
. Dewitt NELSON Born: 7 Jul 1864 Place: Ithaca, Tompkins Co., NY Died: 27 May 1927 Place: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota Buried: Place: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
. Luke Hamilton NELSON Born: 14 Sep 1861 Place: Ithaca, Tompkins, Ny Died: 9 Oct 1863 in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York - Buried in the Hamilton Family Burial Plot, Brearley Hill,Town of Caroline, Thompkins, New York.
More information on the family of Andrew Hamilton
His Parents - Brothers & Sisters
Thomas Hamilton born Jan. 18, 1752 a revolutionary war soldier, He died Nov. 18, 1829 in Lansing, Tompkins Co., NY. He is buried in White Settlement Cemetery west of Lansingville, Tompkins Co., NY. See below for headstone inscriptions of Thomas Hamilton
He 1st married to Sarah Westfall, unknown how many children by first wife?
Children found for 1st marriage
1. Hannah HAMILTON born 9 JAN 1776 in Pennsylvania
2. Nathanial HAMILTON born abt 1778 in Pennsylvania
3. John HAMILTON born abt 1780 in New Jersey
4. Susan HAMILTON born abt 1781 in Muncy, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
5. James HAMILTON b: 1782 in New Jersey
6. Jonathan HAMILTON b: ABT 1784 in New Jersey
Thomas and his 2nd wife Lydia Colburn/Colborn Brearley ( the widow of Joseph Brearley Sr.) Children born after the death of first wife were:
1. David Hamilton born abt. 1788 married abt. 1810 Jerusha Hewlett born abt. 1790
2. Andrew Hamilton see above
3. Robert Hamilton born abt. 1793
4. William Hamilton born abt. 1793
5. Susan Hamilton born abt. 1796
6. Thomas Hamilton born abt. 1800
Buried in White Settllment Cemetery, Lansing, Tompkins Co., NY - also known as Meth Cem.
HAMILTON, Thomas, In Memory of: d. Nov. 18, 1829 aged 77y In Revolutionary War
HAMILTON, Lydia (Coborn) wife of Thomas HAMILTON, d. April 8, 1834 age 70 yrs. 16 days
HAMILTON, Elizabeth wife of Nathaniel HAMILTON, d. March 1, 1820 age 17 yrs 5 mo 28 dys
HAMILTON, Dana F., son of Nathaniel HAMILTON, d. March, 1, 1842 age 18 yrs 3 mo 16 dys
HAMILTON, Sally Ann, wife of John HAMILTON, d. Jan. 13, 1853 age 38 yrs 3 mo 26 dys
CHEESEMAN, Ezekiel, d. Jan. 7, 1813 age 47 yrs
Will of Joseph Hamilton
In the name of God; Amen!
I Joseph Hamilton of the Town of Caroline now being 78 yrs. of age of sound mind and memory do hereby make this as and for declare the same to be my last will and testament as follows;
I give devise and bequeath to my son Clement J. Hamilton sixty acres of land on the north side of my hundred acre farm that I now reside on I also give and devise to him all my personal property that I may own at my decease this gift to my son is subject to the payment by him of a hundred dollar mortgage held by George M. Bull on fifty acres of said sixty. It is also subject to my maintenance food and clothing care and attention in sickness and in health and the payment of my funeral expenses and my said son is to make no claims against my estate for any demands he may have against me
I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Anna Tryon Thirty acres south and ajoining the above mentioned sixty acres, and Twenty five acres of my Fifty acre farm the north half of said fifty acres, lying south of George Nelson. This twenty five acres is given to her in full payment of a note given her, for Two hundred and Twenty seven dollars by me.
I give devise and bequeath to De Forest Mc Whorter and Isabell H Witeman the south half of the fifty acre farm lying south of Nelson, to be divided equally between them. They being my grandchildren.
I appoint my son Clement J Hamilton executor of this my last will and testament. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of Nov. 1891
Joseph Hamilton L.S.
The forgoing instrument was at the date thereof subscribed by Joseph Hamilton testator therein named in the presence of us and each of us he at the time of making such subscription act now ledged that he executed the same and declared the said instrument so subscribed by him to be his last will and testament whereinfrom we at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other do here subscribe our names as witness is thereto
S. P. Ashley
Mrs. Omar D. Mulks
The following information was sent in by Steve Newton
Thomas Hamilton of Lansing, NY
Thomas Hamilton was born on January 18, 1752, probably in Sussex County, New Jersey, the son of James and Susanna (Newman) Hamilton. James ancestry is unknown; Susanna was the daughter of Thomas and Winefred (Hind) Newman.
The Newmans were natives of England who settled in western New Jersey, where Thomas worked as a surveyor. In the mid 1700's the Newmans moved to Muncy, Pennsylvania, where Thomas died in 1787 and Winefred in 1804. James and Susanna Hamilton moved to Mount Bethel Twp., Northampton County,
Pennsylvania prior to 1760, where James was a farmer, owning 250 acres of land. Some researchers have thought that James later moved to Sunbury, Pennsylvania. However he appears in all Mount Bethel tax records from 1760 until his death in 1783, so apparently the Sunbury James Hamilton was a different person. James' will mentions his wife Susanna and two minor children, Rebecca and John.
Thomas Hamilton first appears in the 1773 tax records for Mount Bethel as "Hamilton, T." with no property. He would have just turned 21. He married Sarah Westfall around this time, and they had the following children: James (April 10,1773), Hannah (January 9, 1776), Nathaniel (1778) John, (abt 1780), Susan (abt 1781),and Jonathan (abt 1783). Thomas signed an oath of Allegience in Northampton County on Dec. 17, 1778, and was also one of 100 signers of a petition recommending James Logan of Smithfield for a license to keep a tavern on Septemper 1, 1778. It is likely that Thomas remained in the Northampton area until the early 1780's, after which he lived for a short time in Hardwick, Sussex County, New Jersey.
Earlier researchers have identified Thomas as the "Thomas Hamilton, Jr." who served in the 10th Pennsylvania Regiment during the Revolutionary War. Recent evidence suggests this is not the case. The pension application of Thomas Hamilton, Jr. of Daughin County, Pennsylvania states that he first enlisted in the Pennsylvania 11th Regiment in 1776 or 1777 under Col. Humpton. Regimental records show that the 11th was merged into the 10th on Jul 1, 1778 with Col. Humpton taking command of the combined regiment.
Enlisted men in the 11th were thereafter listed as belonging to the 10th Regiment. Thomas Hamilton of Dauphin County would therefore have appeared in records for the 10th regiment. It is likely that Thomas Hamilton of Northampton County is the "Thos Hamilton" listed as a private in the Northampton County Militia, 7th Class, 6th Company from 1778 to 1781.
In mid-October, 1783 Thomas Hamilton was visiting Muncy, Pennsylvania at the time of an election, and submitted the following deposition:
Northumberland County, Pa
Thomas Hamilton of the county afforesaid being of full age summoned according to Law and Duly sworn on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God deposseth and saith- That he was Personly present at the House of Ameriah Sutton in Muncy Township on the 14th of october Instant being the day of annual Election That Robert Fleming and a Number of Indian ?anand People then and there chose Capt. John Dougherty Inspector for Bald Eagle Township, that Robert Fleming was the only person present from Bald Eagle Township that this deponent knows of, Some Inhabitors of Muncy Township Chose at the same time Amariah Sutton Inspector for Muncy Township, the said Inspector chose Richard Maning who lives on the Long Island (which this deponent believes to be indian Land) David McKinney who lives opisit to the Great Island on the North side on the Indian land and one of the Boles to be the Judges of the said Election and John Lytle was chosen as Clerk
who lives in Turbot Township and who was run in the tickets for Sheriff. That this Deponent being being a Person on his Journey home and having no Residense in the above mentioned Townships or parts adjacent, offered a Ticket which was reddly received and no Questings asked of him what he saw Many of the People who live on the Indian Lands giving in Tickets particularly John Prine John Hamilton
Britian Caldwell one Thorp and with others the Names of which this Deponent cannot remember, This Deponent however is of opinion that residence on the Indian Land was no objection to Voting and is confident that near the half of the people present were setlers on the Indian Land.
Sworn and Subscribed
before me the 16th day
of October ad 1783
In 1785 Thomas moved his family from New Jersey to Muncy, Pennsylvania. On October 15, 1785 while crossing the Swatara River, which flows into the Susquehanna near Harrisburg, his wagon was swamped, and his wife, Sarah, drowned, as did their neighbor and traveling companion Joseph Brearley. Joseph's wife, Lydia (Colborn) Brearley was several months pregnant with son Joseph Brearley, Jr. at the time. A year and a half later Thomas Hamilton married Joseph Brearley's widow, Lydia, probably in Muncy, Pennsylvania.
Thomas and Lydia had the following children: David (February 11, 1788), Sarah (December 19, 1789), Andrew (April 29, 1791), Robert (October 10, 1793), William (October 10,1793), and Thomas (June 2, 1800). While in Muncy Thomas Hamilton served as executer for the will of his grandfather, Thomas Newman, in 1787.
Thomas moved his family to Lansing, New York in 1800, buying 100 acres of land from Eli Andrews on December 23rd. He was an active member of the Methodist Church in Lansing, as was his son Nathaniel. In 1813 he provided bond for the estate administration of his neighbor Ezekiel Cheesman, father of Elizabeth Cheesman, who was the wife of son Andrew, and Catherine Cheesman, wife of stepson Joseph, Brearley, Jr. In 1816 he served as an executer of the estate of his father-in-law, John Colborn.
Thoman died intestate on November 18, 1829, and is buried in White Settlement Cemetery
in Lansing, New York. Nearby is the grave of his wife, Lydia, who died April 8, 1834. Also close by are the graves of his father-in-law, John Colborn, his daughter, Sarah (Hamilton) Baker, as well as other family members.
by Steve Newton, Fort Davis, Texas, 2003
CHARLES HAMILTON, of Plainfield. is one of the early settlers at Waushara County, and a pioneer of Wisconsin, having settled within its borders in 1837, many years before its admission as a State. He is a native of Tompkins County, N. Y.. born Sept. 26. 1812, his father, Nathaniel Hamilton, was born in New Jersey. He was taken by his parents when a child to Pennsylvania, and became a resident of Northumberland County. He learned the trade of a carpenter in Wilkes Barre, the Keystone State, and in 1800, when a
young man of twenty-four years, went with his parents to Tompkins County,N. Y., the family being numbered among its early pioneers. In 1881, at a meeting of the Old Settlers’ Club, of Tompkins County, held in Ithaca, there were present from the town of Lansing, three members of the Hamilton family who had been residents of the town for seventy years or more. They were John Wesley Hamilton and Mrs. Susan Benham, a brother and sister of our subject, and his aunt. Mrs. Calista Hamilton. There were at that meeting 169 persons present who hbad been residents of the town of Lansing for seventy years. their ages ranging from seventy to ninety six years.
Thomas Hamilton was twice married. By his first union he became the father of four sons and a daughter, all of whom lived to advanced ages but have now passed away They were James, Hannah, Nathaniel, Jonathon and John. By his second marriage there were five Sons and a daughter— David, Andrew, Sarah, Robert and William, twins, and Thomas. The last named, who was a prominent physician, died in Rochester, N. Y., in 1887, and was the last survivor of his generation of the Hamilton family. Nathaniel Hamilton, the father of our subject, was also twice married. His first wife was Elizabeth Moore, a native of New Jersey. and by their union
were born six children, three sons and three daughters, but only two are now living—Mrs. Clarissa Kelsey. of Tompkins County, N. Y.; and Charles, of this sketch, who was fifth in order of birth. David, Susan, John W. and Sarah are deceased.
The second wife of Nathaniel Hamilton was Frances Dolph. who became the mother of six childen— Lydia 0., Minerva, Fidelis., Joan, Jane and Dana F. The last three are deceased. The father died at the age of eighty-six years. His first wife died in 1820, at the age of forty-five years, and his second wife died in Berlin at the age of seventy-six years. Charles Hamilton, whose name heads this notice was reared to the occupation of farming
and his education was obtained in his native town. The family were all well educated and most of them became teachers. Our subject was the first to come to the Territory of Wisconsin, the date of his arrival being 1837. He landed at Milwaukee on the 10th of June, when that city numbered but 400 inhabitants while many of them were but transient residents. He there remained about two months in order to dispose of a quantity of ready made clothing which he had brought with him. In August of the same year. In company with Levi P. Johnson and Dr. Drewer. be purchased what was known as a Hoosier outfit, consisting of a wagon, four yoke of cattle and cooking utensils and started for Whitewater Prairie, in Walworth County; he owned a half interest in the outfit, the other gentlemen owning each a quarter interest. The Doctor accompanied him to Walworth County but did not become a permanent settler. Mr. Hamilton made a claim of 320 acres which he soon afterward sold to his partners and made a claim in the town of Richmond, which he Purchased in 1839, when the land came into market. On that land he settled, making it his home until 1850. when he came to Waushara County., Mr. Hamilton built the first house in the town of Whitewater. It Was a log structure and erected in the fall of 1837 on his first claim. Here he kept bachelor’s hall and his nearest neighbor at the time was a Mr. Finch, who lived six miles distant. There were then but few settlers in Walworth County, but he occasionally entertained a belated traveler and gladly extended to him such hospitality as he was able. In the fall of 1839, he entertained Gov. Henry Dodge who was en route from Milwaukee to Madison on horse back and reached the humble abode of Mr. Hamilton just at nightfall. so be begged shelter for the night and was entertained in generous, frontier style, partaking of the meals with much relish that his host prepared for him and sharing with him his couch.
Mr. Hamilton assisted in organizing Walworth County, and was a member of the convention that located the county seat. In 1838 he returned to the State of New York and brought back the first threshing machine ever used in Wisconsin and he did the first job of threshing for George 0. Tiffany. near Milwaukee. He did the greater part of the threshing in the south pert of the State for several years. On the 20th of June, 1839, Mr. Hamilton was married near Belvidere. III., to Miss Annie A. Shattuck, who was born in Mentor, Ohio, in 1819, and when about fifteen years of age went with her parents to illinois. In 1849, Mr. Hamilton sold his farm in Walworth County, and the following year settled in Waushara County. His nearest market at that time was Milwaukee fifty miles distant, and the Improvement on the Fox River had then begun which promised an easy access to market, so be decided to settle near that medium of communication. He accordingly removed his family to Berlin and spent some time in looking around. for a location, but he found that the land on Fox River had so increased In price, owing to the above mentioned improvement, that his means were too limited to purchase as much land as he desired and he finally decided to settle where he now lives. Accordingly he entered 160 acres of land on section 12, in the town of Plainfield, which comprised about one-half of the village plat of Plainfield. A number of years ago he laid out an addition to the original plat, called Hamilton’s Addition and the whole of his farm is now within the corporation. Mr. Hamilton’s general business has been farming. But he has also devoted some attention to other interests. In 1860. in company with Frederick A Jewett. he purchased what was known as the. Beekwith Mill, and also 320 acres of pine land in its immediate vicinity. They operated that mill for seven years when Mr. Hamilton disposed of his interest in the property to his partner except 160 acres of the land which he still retains. For a number of years past, in connection with his farming interests,. he has been engaged in the selling of farm machinery. In March, 1870. Mr. Hamilton was bereft of his wife by death, and in 1871 married Mrs. Julia P. Casler. He had seven children by his first marriage, five of wbom are living, namely: Mrs. Adeline Chester, Alfred D., who resides in the town of Hancock; Perkins C., a resident of the same town; Edwin M., of Plainfleld; Frank S., of Monocqua, Wis.; Lydia and Laura, died at the ages of four and a half years. As has been seen Mr. Hamilton is not only one of the early settlers of Waushara County, but is also a pioneer of Wisconsin, having arrived in the Territory fifty-three years ago.
Few men have witnessed more of its cbanges. He has seen It transformed from an almost primeval condition as but few white settlements had then been made within her borders, to a condition of wealth and civilization that places her high in the list of the sisterhood of States. He is widely known throughout ceutra1 Wisconsin and is an esteemed and respected citizen of Plainfleld, who has ever been prominently connected with the
development and progress of Waushara County; In polities be affiliates with the Republican Party, and frequently officiates as a delegate in its conventions, being strongly attached to the principles of the party. He cast his first Presidential vote for Gen. Andrew Jackson, voted for William Henry Harrison in 1840,and for his grandson in 1888. He has voted for every Republican candidate for president except Gen. Fremont in 1856, when he "paired” with a Democrat as he was necessarily absent from home when the election took place.
In religious convicton, Mr. Hamilton is a Methudist, but is not identified as a member with any religious bOdy. He is liberal in the support of church and schools and of every enterprise which tends to promote the moral and religious growth of the community in which he lives.
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