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Thomas Hamilton Family Report
Per Debbie Hamilton

Descendants of Thomas Hamilton

1.  THOMAS1 HAMILTON was born Bet. 1760 - 1770 in Ireland (McDonough Co. Illinois History book says a Native of Ireland)1, and died January 1850 in Adair Co. Kentucky2.  He married BARBARY3 Abt. 1795 in Uknown4.  She was born Bet. 1770 - 1780 in unknown5, and died Bef. 1840 in Probably Adair Co. Kty.6.

Notes for THOMAS HAMILTON:
We believe that Thomas Hamilton may have been married before Barbary because of the way he referred to her in the court papers as Thomas's wife but no reference to being Merit's mother.
"Merit Hamilton, waited and attended ????, and nursed Barbary Hamilton the late wife of said Thomas during her last sickness of about seven years"
Quite often the eldest daughter is named after the mother. Rebecca is the eldest daughter of Thomas.

Information from the "Atlas Map of McDonough Co., Illinois" Compiled from Personal Examinations and Surveys by Andreas, Lyter & Co., Davenport, Iowa 1871:
Levi Hamilton is a native of Kentucky, Adair Co. His father (Thomas Hamilton from Adair Co. Ky. records filed 5/9/1850. Levi is listed as an heir) was a native of Ireland; was brought to this country in an early day, and sold to pay his passage; served seven years with first master; transferred, and served seven years with the second; got possession of his credentials, and ran away; came back into the same neighborhood a year or two afterwards and married; migrated to Adair Co. Kentucky, in the early settlement of that state; raised a large family.

Hamilton Walnut Grove Cem. Recordings page 7
Levi's father was a native of Ireland and moved to this country with his parents and later bound out to pay his passage. He then served a total of 14 years under 2 different masters; got possession of his papers and ran away; returned to that area later and married there; then moved to Adair Co. Kty.

From book "Kentucky Land Grants 1782 - 1924" by W.R. Jullison on page 327 Grants S. of Green River:  Thomas Hamilton got 159A Book 1 page 88 surveyed Sept. 19, 1796 Watercourse Butler's Fork.

Adair Co. Kentucky Court Orders Vol. A 1802 - 1808 by Marilyn PoeLaird, Vivian Poe Jackson & Judilth Krause Reid Found in front of book on unnumbered pages - Ear Marks
pg. 24 (deed book pg. 85) Thos. Hamilton - a crop and slit in each

pg.25 Court book pg. 88 - Nov. 7, 1803
On the motion of Thomas Hamilton for leave to build a water grist mill on Butler's fork of Russell Creek and praying that an A of land claimed by _________(blank in the original book) Rucker lying on the opposite side of said sd. stream may be laid off and grated him for an abutment to the dam of his sd. mill. Sd. Rucker to be summoned.

pg. 27 Court book pg. 95 - December 6, 1803
The Sheriff returned a writ in the behalf of Thomas Hamilton together with the report of the Jury thereon. Summons Issue agt. Proprietors mentioned in Sd. report.

Microfilm #829291 found at Archives in Frankfort, KY. Thomas mortgaged his  property to Elijah Creel in 1806 deed # A358 Feb,13, 1806

First Census of Kentucky 1790 by Charles B. Heenemann or Hunemann pg. 42
Hamilton, Thos  Lincoln Co.  5/16/1790
Other Hamilton's in Lincoln Co. from this Tax list were:
Hamilton, Jno    Lincoln Co.   5/16/1790  (Green Co. 1795 Tax List has a John)
Hamilton, Jas    Lincoln Co.   6/23/1790

Second Census of Kentucky 1800 pg. 121
Hamilton's in Green Co. (Adair was part of Green Co. until 1802)
Hambleton, John
Hambleton, Thomas

List for Adair Co. pg. 11 (No name for book or year but probably 1810 tax list)
Hambleton, Thomas 159 1/2   Butlers Fk.
Hamilton,    John      300     East Fk.      Adair

1810 Census of Adair Co. KY.  (microfilm 252-5)
Their is 3 Hamilton's listed:
Tom, 4M (under 10) 1M (10-16) 1M (over 45) 2F (under 10) 1F (10-16) 1F (over 45)
     so by 1810 he had 2 children over 10 and 6 under 10. (Amanda was born 1813)
John 1M (10-16) 2M (16-26) 1M (over 45) 1F (under 10) 1F (10-16) 2F (over 45)
James 2M (under 10) 1M (16-26) 1M (26-45) 3F (under 10) 1F (16-26) 1F (26-45)

1820 Census of Adair Co. KY. has 5 Hamilton's listed (microfilm 33 roll 16)
?, W., Ben, Tho., James.  The ? is probably John because he shows up again on the 1830 census. The printed edition has:
Thomas  is over 45
Jno is over 45
James is 26 - 45
Ben is 18 - 25
William is 26 - 45
(possibly Ben, William and James are sons of Jno.)

1830 Census of Adair Co. Kentucky  (microfilm M19-33
Thomas is 60-70 yrs. which would have him born between 1760-1770. His wife was between 50-60yrs. making her born between 1770-1780. 1 F (15-20) listed which would probably be Amanda, the youngest.
John, Merrit and Levi are all listed together - should be Thomas's sons; John has an extra M & extra F listed with him, possibly siblings??
John 2M (20-30) 1M (under 5) 1F (20-30) 1F (15-20)
Merrit 20-30 3M (under 5) 1F (20-30) 1F (under 5) 1F (60-70 prob. Susan's mom)
Levi 20-30 2M (under 5) 1F (20-30)
Benjamin 30-40 1M (10-15) 1F (30-40) 2F (under 5) 1F (5-10)
Tom (not ours) 40-50  1M( under 5) 1M (5-10) 2M (10-15) 1F (40-50) 1F (under 5)               1F (10-15)
another John 20-31 1M (70-80 possibly John sr. from earlier census ??) 1F 70-80)

1840 Census of Adair Co. Kentucky - only 2 Hamilton's listed
Thomas is 70-80 and listed alone
Merit Hamilton 30-40 1F 30-40 2M & 6F children

1850 Census confuses everything even more because there is a Thomas Hamilton age 90 born in SC living with a Jas. Hamilton age 49 born in Tenn. Our Thomas Hamilton died in January 1850.  So where did this Thomas Hamilton suddenly appear from. - (I found another researcher working on this family)

The following document is a photocopied record sent  to us  from an Adair Co. Genealogist Michael Watson, he found them in the State Archives in Frankfort, Ky.
Court Records of Thos.Hamilton Adm. Vs. Thos. Hamilton heirs filed May 9, 1850
(Copied as well as I could make out the words)
To the honourable Judge of the Adair Circuit Court in Chancery Sitting: Your Orator Hugh Thomas Administrator of the estate of Thomas Hamilton dec'd. Would beg leave most respectfully to represent unto your ??? . That on the ? Day of January 1850 Said Thomas Hamilton, who ??? resided in Adair County, departed this life intestate, leaving no widow And at the February ??? of the Adair County Court your Orator was duly & legally appointed by Said County Court which then had full power and authority by law, So to do. Administrator of Said decedents estate & he executed bond & took the oaths required by law in such cases & took upon himself the Administration of Said estate, as will more fully appear by reference to a duly authordicated copy. Of said appointments & proceeding before Said Count Court, which is here filed & made part hereof.
Your Orator States that the whole of Said decedents estate which came into his hands as the Adm. Of sd.  Has been disposed of by public Sale on a credit of ------ months. except the cash notes, & eight Negro slaves (viz:) Hannah, Louisa, Mariah, Jane, Thomas, George, Lucilla & Lina: And that a correct list of Said Sales will, in due time be filed, herewith & when filed he makes it part of his bill: Said Sale list amounts ?? the aggregate to the sum of $???. The amount arising from cash notes or Solvent ???? & which can be collected is $???? which amount together with the Sale list is, in his opinion sufficient to finish paying his debts which may yet be outstanding against said estate.
Your Orator States that owing to the great inequality in the value of Said Slaves - Some of them being quite young & of but small value - others being in the vigor & meridian of life, are worth a larger amount - and some (or at least one) being advanced in age & worth Still less than other, that it would be very difficult if not impossible to divide them in kind amongst the heirs of said decedent, in such manner as to five to each a just & proportionable share. And he State that he is informed & believes, that Merit Hamilton, one of the heirs of Said decedent, is setting up some sort of claim or pretended claim, or title to Said Slaves, and that it is impossible for your Orator to divide or distribute Said Slaves amongst the heirs on account of their great inequality in value, and on account of the antagonistic & conflicting claims of the heirs, of said decedent, to Said Slaves. He states that Said Slaves came to his hands as the property of sd. decedent.& are still in his possession, & that he can not divide, or distribute them, or dispose of them in his ????????? capacity, Such being their disparity in value, & the conflicting claims or pretended claims, set up amongst his heirs of Said decedent concerning them.
Your Orator therefore prays to make a full & complete settlement as the Adm. Of sd. With the heirs & distributes, of said estate, and in view of that he will in due time exhibit & file herewith, a true & correct schedule & statement of the property which came to his hands, & the amount due from him as the Admin. of sd to said heirs; and also a list of statements of the credits (&the vouchers for the same) to which he is entitled in Said settlement & makes them part of his bill.
Your Orator States that said decedent left at his death the following children & heirs at law (viz:) Rebecca Scaggs, late wife of Charles Scaggs dec'd, --- Merit Hamilton --- John Hamilton --- Nancy Caldwell, wife of Henry Caldwell --- Amanda Dawson;, late wife of Sydney Dawson dec'd. All of whom are residents of this state. And Lucy Caldwell wife of John Caldwell --- Levi Hamilton ---, and Preston Hamilton & Anderson Hamilton heirs at law of David Hamilton dec'd, Said David being a son and heir of said Thomas Hamilton dec'd. ---and the unknown heirs of Jesse Hamilton dec'd. Who was also a Son & heir at law of Said Thomas Hamilton dec'd.  who are non residents of this State. Your Orator prays that Said Rebecca Scaggs, Merit Hamilton, John Hamilton, Nancy Caldwell and her husband Henry Caldwell, Amanda Dawson, Lucy Caldwell & her husband John Caldwell, Levi Hamilton, Preston Hamilton, Anderson Hamilton, and unknown heirs of Jesse Hamilton dec'd may be made parties to the bill & that process may be awarded against each of them requiring them to appear & answer this bill.
And upon the final hearing of this case your Orator prays that a full & complete settlement may be made of Said estate in your Orators hands. As afsd. And that your honor will make such allowance to your Orator out of said estate as may be just, for his services as Adm. Afsd. And make such orders & decrees & disposition concerning Said eight Salves, & their distribution, & the distribution of Said estate as may seem just & equitable. And grant such other & further relief as may comport with this ???? of equity & as is duty bound he will ever pray
Hugh Thomas
By Suddarth Counsel

Hugh Thomas Adm. Of the estate of Thomas Hamilton dec'd, Rebecca Skaggs, Levi Hamilton, John Hamilton, Lucy Caldwell & John Caldwell, her husband, Nancy Caldwell & Henry Caldwell her husband,  Amanda Moss & Wm. E. Moss her husband & Preston Hamilton & Anderson Hamilton children heirs at law of David Hamilton dec'd. And Mary Anne Stone and --------- Stone her husband and Lucinda Wilhite and ------- Wilhite her husband, Presley Hamilton and Thomas Hamilton children & heirs at law of Jesse Hamilton dec'd. James Hamilton, Jackson Hamilton, & Moses Blakeman take notice that on Saturday the first day of November next I shall proceed at the dwelling house of John Yates Esq. In the County of Adair in the State of Kentucky to take the depositions of William C. Skaggs and others to be read as evidence on the trial of a suit in Chancery now pending in the Adair Circuit Court wherein Hugh Thomas Adm. As afsd. Complainant and you are defendants on cross bill. And shall continue from day to day Sundays excepted until completed  At which time & place you can attend if you see proper.
October 17th 1851   Merit Hamilton

The following documents came from the Adair County Court House
Adair Co. Kentucky Will Book E pg. 430-434 Feb 15, 1850
Lists the property of Thomas Hamilton and the sale of his property
This following document is dated June 28th, 1847 but was not filed at the court house until Feb.2nd, 1850. This is the document that the Orator is referring to as Merits's claim or pretended claim to Thomas's property and slaves.  It does give us Thomas's wife's name as Barbary.
This indenture made and entered into this 28 day of June A.D. 1847 between Thomas Hamilton of the County of Adair and State of Kentucky of the one part and Merit Hamilton of the same County and State of the Other part. Witness that whereon the said Merit Hamilton, waited and attended ????, and nursed Barbary Hamilton the late wife of said Thomas during her last sickness of about seven years, and whereas the said Merit also waited on and nursed and served the said Thomas during two or three spells of sickness of said Thomas Hamilton. Now for and in Consideration of the said sermises And for the great love and affection of the said Thomas for the said Merit the said Thomas Hamilton hath given, granted, bargained, and sold and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain and sell unto the said Merit Hamilton all his said Thos. Hamiltons tract or parcel of land on which the said Thomas now lives in said County and State with all and singular the houses and ????? and all outhouses and other buildings and improvements and each and every thing there unto ascertaining; and also eight Negroes now in the possession of said Thomas (Towit) Pleasant, Hannah, Louisa, Mariah, Thomas, Mana, Lucy and Wash to have and to hold unto the said Merit Hamilton his heirs and assigns forever the said land houses and Negroes. Yet the said Thomas Hamilton ???? and retains the said land and Negroes in his own possession and for his own and separate use and control for and during his natural life but binds himself his heirs and assigns that he will not sell or convey said land or Negroes or any of them as to move the said Negroes or any of them out of the state without the consent & concurrence of the said Merit Hamilton and immediately upon the death of said Thos. Hamilton the said Merit Hamilton is to ave full and complete possession of all said property under this deed of gift, sale and conveyance.
In testimony whereof the said Thomas Hamilton hath her unto ?? his hand and seal the day and year first above written the 8 day of June 1847
Witness                                                 his
M.D. McLary                                                 Thomas  X Hamilton
Richard Tritt ?                                              mark

Kentucky Adair County Seat
I William Caldwell clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid do Certify that this day the foregoing deed from Thomas Hamilton to Merit Hamilton was produced to me in my office and proven by the oaths of M.D. McLary & Richard Tritt subs or ibing witnesses there to be the act & deed of said Thomas Hamilton. Where from I recorded said deed with this certificate in my office. Witness my hand this 2nd day of February 1850 Wm. Caldwell      Clk
By J???? Caldwell D.C.

Inventory and appraisement
A true and just Inventory and appraisement of all the estate of Thomas Hamilton deceased which was produced to us by Hugh Thomas his Administrator February 15th 1850
eg: one Negro woman named Hannah             $350.00
........Lists everything he owned from his 8 slaves to his still and pot of tobacco...........

The next document is the Sale bill of Hamilton's estate made February the 15th, 1850 on a credit of 12 months. Lists every person who purchased an item and the price
eg: Merit Hamilton       1 pail                   .10
      Henry Caldwell          1 big wheel              .30

There are several documents whereby Merit Hamilton sells the Thomas Hamilton property and slaves to Jackson Hamilton who sells them to James Hamilton, then to Nathan Montgomery. The last transaction I have is in 1855 they sell to McLary. (so did Merit leave Kentucky in 1855 ?)

     Slaves owned by Thomas Hamilton:
Hannah    Louisa    Mariah    Jane      Thomas    George    Lucilla
Lina      Rachael   Charles   Sawney    Elie      Eliza     Amy
An        Pleasant  Wash.     Mary

Adair Co. Kentucky Will Book E pg. 430-434 Feb 15, 1850
Lists the property of Thomas Hamilton and the sale of his property

May 9, 1972
Pearl Loving Shaw gives her recollections of the Hamilton family history.
The following is the story of my late father, Joseph Henry Loving, which I heard him relate many times.
"My great grandfather Hamilton was a native of Scotland. As a young man he emigrated to North Ireland and in time married an Irish girl. At 14 years of age their son, Merrit (this is where I think this should be Thomas, Joseph Henry Loving's Mother is Minerva (Hamilton) Loving, so his grandfather would be Merrit Hamilton, and his great grandfather Thomas Hamilton) came to the United States in the custody of an Irish emigrant family who settled in Kentucky. The Scotch-Irish youth remained in custody until he was 18; in the meantime his earnings were sent annually to his parents in Ireland.

Following document is from Bill Utterback  who believers Thomas Hamilton's father was David.
I have reservations about adopting this David Hamilton as the father of our Thomas because why would was the document  filed in Hardin Co. instead of Adair ??
Also from 1790 Thomas & John Hamilton both show up on records in Kentucky at the same times so I believe John was probably a brother of Thomas and the following document only has a brother Hance.

25 August 1809, Hardin County, Kentucky
Deed Book A, page 199

"Know all Men By These Presents That:
WHEREAS David Hamilton, formerly of the State of Virginia, deceased, who died near New Bern in the State of North Carolina, leaving Thomas Hamilton, Margaret Hamilton, Ann Hamilton, Martha Hamilton, Hance Hamilton (now deceased), his heirs and representatives, and a considerable property which is now probably in the hands of the executors appointed by th will of said David Hamilton, and in their hands of a certain William Gilmore of North Carolina, or in the hands of their respective representatives in care of the deceased. Now
comes Abraham Burner and Margaret Burner (formerly Margaret Hamilton, above named), Samuel Wells and Ann Wells (formerly Ann Hamilton, above named), and Lewis Wells and Martha Wells (formerly Martha Hamilton, above named), with the above named Thomas Hamilton, stating that they are the surviving heirs of the said David Hamilton..."
This goes on to grant Thomas Hamilton power of attorney to act on their collective behalf to insure that they receive their fair share of the estate.

More About THOMAS HAMILTON:
Age at death (Facts Pg): aprroximatly 90
Census: 1810, Adair Co.  Kentucky7
Occupation: Farmer
Probate: May 09, 1850, Papers filed in Adair Co. Ky. courthouse8
Property: September 19, 1796, Land surveyed On the waters of Butlers Fork of Russell Creek, Green Co. Kty. (Adair Co. was formed from part of Green Co. in 1802)9
Residence: Adair Co. Kentucky10

Notes for BARBARY:
The following deed is the only record we have located which names Thomas's wife as Barbary.
Adair Co. Kentucky Deed Book N pg.260-261 June 28, 1847
Thomas Hamilton deeds his property and slaves to Merritt Hamilton.
Whereas the said Merit Hamilton, waited, an attended, served, and nursed Barbary Hamilton the late wife of said Thomaz during her last sicknefs of about seven yearz,
 

Marriage Notes for THOMAS HAMILTON and BARBARY:
Thomas was married before settling in Adair Co. His property was surveyed in Sept. 1796. So I would estimate his marriage date of approximately 1790-95. Place is unknown.
 

Children of THOMAS HAMILTON and BARBARY are:
 i. DAVID2 HAMILTON11, b. Bet. 1790 - 1800, Probably Green Co. (1802 became Adair) Kentucky12; d. 1848, Clay Co.  Missouri13; m. UNKNOWN, Bef. 182014; b. Bet. 1800 - 1810.

Notes for DAVID HAMILTON:
Probate Papers of Thomas Hamilton May 1850 states:
And Preston Hamilton and Anderson Hamilton heirs at large of David Hamilton dec'd. Said David being a son and heir of said Thomas Hamilton dec'd.
     A list of property given by Thomas Hamilton to his son David Hamilton Dec. 26, 1818
     To one mare at           $100.00
     one saddle & bridle          17.75
     one bed and furniture        20.00
                    $127.75

1842 May 14 To one Negro boy Cals Sawney at the price of         $600.00

Clay Co. Missouri Census 1830 pg. 279
Hamilton, David
2 males    10-15 years   2 boys born between 1815 - 1820
1 male     30-40 years   would make David born between 1790-1800
1 female   20 - 30 years would make his wife born between 1800-1810

Index of the First Plat Book of Clay County, Missouri, 1819-1875
compiled by Katherine Gentry Bushman Indexed by Vera Haworth Eldridge and William Eldridge
(from Clay County Archives & Historical Library)
pg. 71    David Hamilton 30   all of sw1/4   10-21-1824
pg. 103   David Hamilton 25   e1/2 of SE1/4  3-17-1827
     Jesse Hamilton 25   e1/4 of SW1/4  12-1-1827
                    nw1/4 of SE 1/4     11-8-1832

Abstracts of Wills & Administrations of Clay County, Missouri abstracted and published by Nadine Hodges 705 West 38th St. Kansas City, Missouri 1965 pg. 15
David Hamilton dec'd. Admr. Simeon Wilhoite. Sec., Anderson Hamilton and Henry Wilhoit. 1 Jan. 1849 pg. 37 another book says will book C. pg. 37

Probate File for David Hamilton
The Estate of David Hamilton deceased to Simeon Wilhoite admin. of said Estate
for one day in taking out letters            1.00
for collecting personal property
appraising some & selling some
7 days, 5 days of which time, was in
collecting personal property in Platt
County Missouri                         7.00
3 days attending Court for allowance
of demands against said estate               3.00
1 day in Making this settlement              1.00
                                        12.00

David Hamilton to Dec. 17th
     Mathias Hamilsbach in 1848 to making an coffin    $8.00

Mr. D. Hamilton's (dec'd) estate
     To S. L. Grant for medical service
1848
Dec. 13   To 2 Visits    1.00         2.00
     medicine                  .50
         14    2 Visits       1.00         2.00
     medicine                 .50
         15    1 Visit                        1.00
     medicine                  .25
                                                   7.25
Estate of David Hamilton (dec'd)
1848 A/C With D. Carpenter
Dec. 17th To 5 yds. Alpanea?? to cover coffin .40      2.00
     5 in Bld Donestic to Line same 12'        .60
     1 lb. Nails                     .07
     1/2 Doz. ????? Screws    .10         .05
     6 Yds. fine Iaconet?? shroud  .40       2.40
Feb. 27th 1850                     5.12

County of Clay
The State of Mifsouri. To all persons to whom these presents shall come, Greeting . Know ye that whereas David Hamilton late of the County of Clay died intestate as it is said having at the time of his death property in this State which may be lost destroyed or diminished in value if speedy care be not taken of the same to the end therefore the Said property may be collected preserved and disposed of according to law we do here by appoint Simeon Wilhoit administrator of all and Singular the goods and chattels rights and credits which use? of the Said David Hamilton at the time of his death with full power and authority to secure and dispose of Said property according to law and collect all monies due Said deceased and in general to do and perform all other acts and things which are or hereafter may be required of him by law.
In testimony where of I Greenick Bird clerk of the county court in and for the county of Clay afore said have hereunto signed my and affixed   the Seal of Said court at office this 1st day of January A.D. 1849
     Greenuk Bird Clerk
State of Mifsouri
County of Clay
clerk of the county court within and for the county aforesaid certify that the foregoing letters of administration are due by recorded in my office
In testimony whereof I have here unto Subscribed my name and affixed the Seal of Said court at office in liberty this      day of    A.D. 184_

Know all men by these presents, that Mr. Simeon Wilhoit as principal, and Anderson Hamilton and Henry Wilhoit as security, are held and firmly bound unto the State of Missouri, in the full sum of Two Hundred dollars; To the payment of which, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Signed and sealed the 1st day of January A.D. 1849
The conditions of the above bond is, that if Simeon Wilhoit administrator of the Estate of David Hamilton deceased, shall faithfully administer said Estate, account for, pay and deliver all money and property of said estate, and perform all other things touching said administration required by law, or order or decree of any Court having jurisdiction, then the above bond to be void, otherwise to remain in full force.
Attest                        Simeon Wilhite
Greenuk Bird                  Anderson Hamilton (his X)
                         Henry Wilhite

State of Missouri, county of Clay
The affidavit of Simeon Wilhoit on application for Letters of Administration on the estate of David Hamilton deceased, state to the best of his knowledge and belief, that the deceased died without a will, and that he left two children, to wit: Preston Hamilton and Anderson Hamilton who reside in Clay county, Missouri and furthermore that he will make a perfect inventory of and faithfully administer all, the estate of the deceased, and pay the debts, as far as the assets will extend, and the law direct, and account for and pay all assets which shall come to his possession or knowledge
                         Simeon Willhite]
     Sworn and subscribed to before me, Clerk at the Clay County
 

More About DAVID HAMILTON:
Census: 1830, Clay Co.  Missouri
Residence: 1840, Platte Co. Missouri15
Will: January 01, 1849, Probably the probate date16

 ii. REBECCA HAMILTON17, b. Abt. 1795, Probably Green (1802 became Adair) Co. Kentucky18; d. Abt. 1860, Calloway Co. Kentucky19; m. CHARLES SKAGGS20, September 15, 1815, Adair Co. Kentucky21; b. Abt. 1795, Probably Kentucky; d. Bef. 185022.

Notes for REBECCA HAMILTON:
Skaggs/Calloway Co. Lookup
From: Barbara Denny George <[email protected]>
Will Book C., p. 257
Will of Rebecah Skaggs, deceased In the name of God, I, Rebecah Skaggs, being sorely afflicted in body, and expecting to die, but of sound mind and disposing memory, would this day make a disposition of my effects as follows.
First, my soul to God.
2nd, I desire that all of my just debts be paid.
Item 3rd, I desire that all of my personal effects to be sold by my administrator, and applied to the payment of my debts. Also a debt that John has given his obligation to B. Shaw for twelve dollars and 10 cents.
Item 4th, I desire that Jordan and John and Elizabeth and Francis, my heirs, each of them have a bed and furniture similar to the beds and furniture the rest have received with Elizabeth and Morgan; to have each a bedsted and Frances also.
Item 5th, I desire that Jordan and John, my sons each to have a cow; and Jordan to have a mule named Peter, 8 months old; and John to have a mule named Jack, a year old.
Item 6th, I desire that all of the grain crop raised this year by Jordan to be equally divided between Jordan and John.
tem 7th, I desire that my land, one hundred and sixty acres, more or less, be equally divided between William C. Skaggs, Wade F. Skaggs, Thomas H. Skaggs, Mamauer Stark, S.C. Skaggs, Jordan O. Skaggs, John H. Skaggs, Elizabeth R. Skaggs; each one to have an equal portion of the said land, and that S.C.Skaggs, that have been living on said landfor a number of years is not to pay any rent up to the division of said lands. Item 8th, I desire that S.C. Skaggs, my son, be my administrator and that he sell all of my personal property, and after paying off all of my debts and expenses of administration;  and fifteen dollars to James M. Stark, then all that may be left in said administrators hands to be equally divided between Elizabeth R. Skaggs and Lucinda Skaggs.
Given under my hand and seal this
13th of October 1860.

Rebecah (X) Skaggs
Attest:
J. B. Graham
A.A. Ross
Daniel (X) Graves

From the legal proceedings following the death of Thomas Hamilton dated May 9, 1850,
     heirs at law (viz:) Rebecca Scaggs, late wife of Charles Scaggs dec'd
     A list of property given by Thomas Hamilton to his daughter Rebecca Scaggs and Charles Scaggs her husband Dec. 26, 1818
     one mare and cow                   $100.00
     one bed and furniture                20.00
     one saddle and bridle                23.00
  May 5th 1827
     one negro girl named Eliz                   400.00
                                                                      ------
                                                                  $543.00

More About REBECCA HAMILTON:
Census: 1860, Calloway Co. Kentucky housekeeper for the Malngion Family
Residence: Adair & Calloway Co. Kentucky
Will: October 13, 1860, Calloway Co. Kentucky

More About CHARLES SKAGGS:
Property: May 23, 1836, Charles Skaggs sold the property he had inherited from his father Archibald Skaggs to Jeremiah Ingram23

Marriage Notes for REBECCA HAMILTON and CHARLES SKAGGS:
Charles's cousin Thos. Skaggs was minister at their marriage. His sister Annie was married the same day to John Johnson. Jesse Hamilton was the witness at Charles & Rebecca's wedding.
 

 iii. JESSE HAMILTON24, b. Bet. 1800 - 1810, Adair Co. Kentucky25; d. Bet. 1842 - 1850, Probably Clay Co. Missouri26; m. PROBABLY MARY ?27; b. Abt. 180028.

Notes for JESSE HAMILTON:
From the legal proceedings following the death of Thomas amilton. Dated May 9, 1850
And the unknown heirs of Jesse Hamilton dec'd who was also a son & heir at large of said Thomaz Hamilton dec'd -- Who are nonresidents of this State.

Oct.17,1851 signed by Merit Hamilton he has Jesse's heirs as follows:
And Mary Anne Stone and -------- Stone her husband and Lucinda Wilhite and ------- Wilhite her husband Presley Hamilton and Thomas Hamilton children & heirs at law of Jesse Hamilton dec'd.

I could not locate a Mary Anne & ? Stone in Clay Co. Missouri or even a marriage record for them ?

Lucinda Hamilton married James Elliott in 1842 Clay Co. and in 1854 Lucinda Elliott married William Aikin in Clay Co. I could not locate a marriage to a ? Wilhite ?

Jesse Hamilton is in Clay Co. Missouri for the 1830 & 1840 Census
In Clay Co.

     A List of property given by Thomas Hamilton to his son Jesse Hamilton Dec. 26, 1818
     to one mare and saddle                       $118.00
     one bed and furniture                          20.00
                                        $138.00
     One Hundred dollars in cash           $100.00
     1839 Oct. 9th one Negro man named Elie            $600.00
Now it is plainly understood that out of the price of said boy four Hundred dollars stands against Jesse Hamilton and two hundred Dollars he binds himself to pay to David Hamilton out of the price of said Negro man Elie at the price of six hundred dollars
     May 14, 1842
     The said two hundred dollars stands against Jesse Hamilton
 

More About JESSE HAMILTON:
Census: 1830, Clay Co.  Missouri
Comment: Marriage record not located in Adair Co. Kty.
Residence: 1840, Clay Co. Missouri29

Notes for PROBABLY MARY ?:
1850 Clay Co. Missouri Census - Gallatin Twp.
I have first Mary Hamilton with sons Presley & Thomas which matches the names of Jesse's children from Thomas Hamilton's probabe packet. I have included her closest neighbours because we have that Jesse's dau. Lucinda married a Wilhite. There are Wilhoit's as neighbors but no Lucinda. But there is a Lucinda Elliot living next door to Mary Hamilton. There is always a possablility that the probate records had an error because the first documents says unknown heirs of Jesse Hamilton. The next document lists them. I also found a marriage record where Lucinda Hamilton married James C. Elliott on 7-21-1842 in Clay Co. Missouri.

539  Hamilton, Mary 50   f    $1600     Ky
          Presley   21        farmer    Mo
          Thomas    19             Mo
          James P.  12             Mo

540  Elliott,  James     25        farmer    Ky
          Lucinda   25            Mo
          Lewis J.  7              Mo
          James L   3             Mo
          Eliza J   5                Mo
          Mary A    1              Mo

537  Wilhoit,  Henry     40        $2800     Ky
          Sarah     39             Ky
          children  as well

538  Wilhoit,  Nathan    23        farmer    Mo
          Margaret  25             Ky

1860 Clay Co. Missouri - Gallatin twp.
1175 Hamilton, Mary 55 (only 5 yr. older in 10 yr. span) farmer  Ky
          James     22             Mo
          Sarah     20 (not on the 1850 census)   Ky (all other children were born in Mo)
This  appears to be the Lucinda Elliott from the 1850 census with the possability that James Elliott had died & she remarried ? Akikin who may also have died because she is listed as head of the household. Their are children by both Elliot & Aikin surnames listed with her. She is still listed as living next door to Mary Hamitlon and Presley Hamilton is listed in her household. Which makes me believe that this is Lucinda (Hamilton)
1174 Aikin,    Lucinda   30(only 5 yr. older in 10 yr.?     Mo
     Elliot,   Jane 15(could be the Eliza J) Mo
     Sam'l     13(James L. in 1850)     Mo
     Mary 11             Mo
     Aikin     Bill 6              Mo
     John 3              Mo
     Hamilton, Presley   29             Mo
 

 iv. LEVI HAMILTON30, b. March 22, 1802, Adair Co. Kentucky31; d. March 26, 1882, Shenandoah, Iowa at his son Uriah's home32; m. MALINDA J. CREEL33, October 24, 1825, Adair Co. Kentucky , U.S.34; b. December 09, 1809, Columbia, Kentucky35; d. January 21, 1881, Shenandoah, Iowa36.

Notes for LEVI HAMILTON:
Macomb Journal Thursday, April 20, 1882
Death of Levi Hamilton
From By-Stander of yesterday
Levi Hamilton, a well known early pioneer of this county, died recently in Iowa. Mr. Hamilton came to McDonough county in 1883 (should be 1833), and settled in Walnut Grove. He was for many years known throughout the county as an upright and honest man. He was a leading member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and many are the people in this county who in time past have enjoyed the christian hospitality of the deceased and his wife at their home at the old camping ground in Walnut Grove. At the ripe old age of 80 years he has been called from the labors of this world to rest.

A list of property given by Thomas Hamilton to his son Levi Hamilton
Nov. 23, 1823
To one saddle                    $ 20.00
January 6th one bed and furniture          20.00
     One horse                      100.00
$140.00
Nov. The 17th, 1835 To one hundred dollars cash by Camillis Allison
$100.00

     1830 Adair Co. Kty. census
     2 males under 5, 1 male 20 - 30, 1 female 20 - 30

     1850 McDonough Co. census
     Levi Hamilton 49
     Malinda 45
     Julie H. 14  (?? I don't know of any Julie ??)
     McCarmac: James 15

     1870 McDonough Co. Walnut Grove twp. census
     Levi Hamilton age 65 born Kentucky
     Malinda age 60 born Kentucky
     Jefferson Hamilton age 18 born Illinois (must be Uriah's son)

     1992 McDonough Co. History Book pg. 119
     The Walnut Grove/Good Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church was organized April 28, 1838 at the home of Levi Hamilton on section 5 of Macomb Township. The church building erected for this congregation was located in the southeast quarter of "Walnut Grove Township. The first building burned in the summer of 1854 and was rebuilt on the same spot. The building was later moved to Good Hope in 1875.

Bill Hamilton has A Walnut Grove Church Subscription Book dated March the 17 AD 1855 which list some of the members of their church:

March the 17, 1855. We the undersigned petition the Rushville Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian church for the ministerial labors of one of her ministers three Sabbaths in each month for the next six months for which we servenaly agree to pay the sums anexed to our names against the expiration of said time.
Names of Hamilton's listed        $ cts
Harrison Hamilton                    p    5.00
Levi Hamilton                           p    8.00
U.S. Hamilton                           p    5.00
Wm. Hamilton                          paid    3.00
S.H. Hamilton                          p    1.50
Malinda Hamilton                    p    1.50
 

 "Atlas Map of McDonough Co., Illinois" Compiled from Personal Examinations and Surveys by Andreas, Lyter & Co., Davenport, Iowa 1871:
Levi Hamilton was born in Kentucky, in May 1802. There were poor schools in those days, and his education was limited. At the age of twenty five he married Malinda Creel, daughter of Durham Creel, who settled at Wolf Grove, where Bardolph is now situated, about the year of 1831, and raised a large family who are well known in McDonough county. Mr. Hamilton first settled in Kentucky, and in the year 1833, moved to McDonough county and settled on section 5, Macomb township, where he now resides (1871)....

1885 McDonough Co. History Book - Hamilton's
pg. 130  Private in the Mormon War

Privates: Levi Hamilton

pg. 361 Old Settler's Association
Resolved, that all persons living in McDonough Co., who have lived in this state 33 years may become members of the Old Settler's Society. The following gentlemen then came forward and presented their names, together with the information desired: .......Levi Hamilton

pg. 442 Ecclesiastical  - Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Macomb
The Church of the above denomination in the city of Macomb, was organized at a meeting held on the 7th of November, 1851, by Rev. W.S. Campbell, in conjunction with Elders Levi Hamilton and John B. Stapp.

Pg. 445 Good Hope, Cumberland Presbyterian Church
The society bearing this name was organized on the 28th day of April, 1838, at the house of Levi Hamilton, on section 5, Macomb township, by Revs. ..................Meetings were held at the house of Mr. Hamilton for several years, until a church building was erected, not far from his house about 2 ½ miles southeast of Good Hope. It was then known as Walnut Grove church. The original members were...............Levi Hamilton, Malinda Hamilton...............

Pg. 1020
Levi Hamilton and family came in 1835 .......... they located on section 5, Macomb township where they lived until the spring of 1878, when they left their farm, and afterward, in 1878, they moved with their son Uriah to Shenandoah, Iowa, where their remaining days were spent. Mrs. Hamilton died there in January, 1881, and in March, 1882, the death of Levi took place. They were the parents of but three children -- Harrison, Uriah and Silas H.

Pg. 1039 Walnut Grove township - Religious
The first religious services in Walnut Grove township were held at the house of Gilmer Walker, on section 24, in the early spring of 1836,............among those who were present were: .......Levi and Malinda Hamilton and their child, Silas,........

Levi lived on sec. 5 Macomb twp. and at one time owned nearly 800 acres.

Possibly from the 1878 McDonough Co. History Book

Obituary:
Hamilton -- At the residence of his son, on Sunday, March 26th, 1882, Mr. Levi Hamilton, aged eighty years and four days.
     Grandpa Hamilton was buried the following day from the Presbyterian Church, a member of which organization he had been for many long years. His son S.H. living in Lawrence, Kansas, was present. The old gentleman had gradually failed in health and strength since his much loved helpmate died, and he seemed to be impatiently waiting for that dissolution from earthly cares and suffering which would once more unite them. He was loved and respected by all who knew him, and died as we all hope to -- at a ripe old age, conscious of having lived a long life of usefulness and confident of reaping a rich harvest in the land above.

The 1840 Federal Census for McDonough County has this information
pg 209
Levi Hamilton
1 male 0-5 yr
1 male 10-15 yr
1 male 30-40 yr
1 female 0-5 yr
1 female 20-30 yr

The 1850 Census for McDonough County has this information
pg 239 b
#141 Levi Hamilton age 49  born KY
Malinda age 45 born KY
Julia H age 14 born IL  (should be Silas)
Jane McCarmac 13 born KY ??

pg 239
#139 Uriah Hamilton age 22  born KY
Catherine age 20 born IL

McDonough Co. Will Book page 25
Will of Jonas Reynolds 1842
executors were Levi Hamilton and Charles Creel

1878 History of McDonough Co. Illinois
Levi Hamilton
Pg. 39    The Lost Child
      In August 1834 Willie Palmer was missing. In this article it mentions that Levi Hamilton was their nearest neighbor about 3 miles away.

Chapter IX Pg. 76 The Mormons
Pg. 95    List of Privates in the Mormon War about 1846 - Levi Hamilton

Chapter 13 pg. 120 Division of the County
Pg. 128 Macomb - The history of this township in a measure is identified with the history of the city of Macomb. It lies in six north, two west, and is principally prairie, though having considerable timber along the margin of Crooked creek and its branches. In woodland there was reported to the assessor in 1876, only a little over a section - 696 acres. Among the settlers in the township were Alexander Harris {brother in law of Levi}, Joseph Smith, Robert Grant, J.P. Updegraff, Ephraim Plamer, William Hamilton and Levi Hamilton, the first among them settling about the year 1831...........
Although there are fewer acres of land susceptible of cultivation in the township, it is well improved in every respect, and has living within its boundaries some of the most enterprising farmers in the county, among whom we may mention L.H. Copeland,..... David Holler, H.H. McElwain, Durham Harris {son of Alexander Harris}, L.H. Shriner, John Wiley, Andy Lewis, William Rile, James Fulton, Abraham Switzer {grandfather of Mable Switzer who married Arthur Hamilton}, L.H. Shriner, W.E. Roberts, John Crabb, the Cline Brothers, Joseph Parks, and a host of others

Pg. 244 Marking Stock
Pg. 245 Levi Hamilton records his mark as follows, viz: A crop and two slits in the left and an under bit in the right ear. December 31, 1836.

Chapter XXXV Religious
Pg. 562 Cumberland Presbyterian
Pg. 563-64 Good Hope This was formerly known as Walnut Grove Church and was organized April 28, 1838, by Rev. Peter Downey, Cyrus Haynes, Mahala Haynes, A.H. Berry, M. M. Berry, Michael Vincent, Levi Hamilton, Malinda Hamilton, Mary Stapp, J.B. Stapp, Mary Creel, Charles Creel and Parthena Creel. .............There had been two church buildings erected. The first was destroyed by fire, and supposed to be the work of an incendiary. Another structure was erected on the same site, at Walnut Grove, two miles and a half southeast of Good Hope. This building was removed to Good Hope and remodeled. The present membership is 100. The value of church property is $3500. The first Elders were Michael Vincent, Levi Hamilton and  J.S. Campbell. Present officers are L Hamilton, J.S. Campbell, Silas Creel, Henry Baker, A. Allison, John Edmonston. .......

Adair Co. Kentucky Deed Book 1 pg. 542
     This indenture made this 30th day of August 1837 between Levi Hamilton & Malinda his wife of the County of McDonough and State of Illinois of the one part, and Landy Bailey of the County of Adair and State of Kentucky of the other part, witnefths. That the said Hamilton & wife for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars to them in hand paid, the receipt whereof there do hereby acknowledge, hath this day given granted bargained and sold by those presents doth sell and convey unto the said Bailey a certain tract or parcel of land bying and being in the County of Adair on the water of Butlers fork of Rufsells Creek, and bounded as follows. Beginning on a large Sycamore standing on the bank of Butlers fork, corner to Thomas Hamilton, thence off said Creek S73 W47 poles to black oak, thence N44 ? 80 poles to a dogwood and _______? on the bank of said Creek, thence up the same N48 & 19 poles N6 W17 poles to the mouth of a branch formerly called P(?)aughn's spring branch, thence up ? branch N37 & 34 poles N16& 16 poles to a hickory tree thenceN45 & 46 poles to white oak standing in an old line between Elisha Bailey and said Uriah Squires, thence with said line N56 & 118 poles to scaley bark hickory corner to Robert Fletchers six Acres piece of land, thence with said Fletchers line of said piece N60 W64 poles to pointers, thence S29E 14 poles to the old lines, thence with the said line S60 W26 poles to the bank of Butlers fork, In? sugartree & red oak, thence up the creek as it meanders to the beginning containing ninety and a half acres be the same more of lefs. To have and to hold the above described tract of land, together with all and singular the appurtenances thereun to belonging, and the said Hamilton and wife doth further covenant and agree to warrant and defend the aforesaid tract of land and appurtenances to the said Landy (could be Sandy) Bailey against all claims whatever.
In Testimony whereof the said Hamilton and wife have hereunto set their hands & seals the date first above written.
Test Alex Campbell                           Levi X Hamilton
                                        Malinda Hamilton
State of Illinois
McDonough Co.
     Be it Remembered that on this 30th day of August 1837 before the subscriber a justice of the peace for said County personally came Levi Hamilton and Malinda Hamilton his wife to me personally known to be the identical persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing deed of conveyance and who acknowledge the same to be their act & deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned and the said Malinda having been by me examined separate and apart from her said husband and having been made acquainted with the contents and effects of said conveyance acknowledged that she executed the same for the uses and purposes therein expreffsed freely and voluntarily and that she relinquished her right to dower in this conveyed land freely and voluntarily without the compulsions of her husband. In testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal this 30th day of August 1837.
                                        A Campbell J.P.

State of Illinois
McDonough Co.
     I James Campbell Clerk of the County Commifsioners Court of said County do hereby certify that Alexander Campbell Esq. whose name appears to the foregoing certificate of acknowledgment was on the day the same was made an acting Justice of the peace in and for said County duly commifsioned and qualified and acting as such and that full faith and credit are and of right ought to be given to all his official acts.
     In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at my office in Macomb this thirty first day of August A.D. 1837
                                        James M. Campbell Clk.
                                        By Wm. Head Deputy

State of Kentucky Adair County
     I, William Caldwell, Clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that this deed from Levi Hamilton and Malinda his wife to Landy Bailey, was this day produced to me in my office with the two certificates of authentication thereon endorsed.
Whereupon I have recorded the said deed and certificate together with this certificate in my office witnefs my hand this 10th day of February 1838.
                                        Wm. Caldwell

Levi mentioned in Will Books as executor for:
REYNOLDS, Jonas - Farmer
D:9/16/1842
P:11/1842
WIT: Thomas Clayton, Permenium Hamilton, D R Hamilton
EXEC: Levi Hamilton and Charles Creel
Heirs: Wife Susan, Brotherrs- Erastus Reynolds

More About LEVI HAMILTON:
Age at death (Facts Pg): 80
Burial: March 27, 1882, Rosehill Cem. Blk.28 Lot 1 Shenandoah, Iowa37
Comment: McDonough Co. census has a Julia H. Hamilton age 14 listed. Which would make her
Fact 4: October 01, 1831, Moved From Adair Co. Kty. to McDonough Co. Illinois
Fact 5: July 1869, Joined Old Settlers Association38
Ineterests: Staunch generous Kentuckian
Occupation: farmer, private in the Mormon war
Property: June 01, 1848, Ne quarter of Section 5, in Township 6 N or Range 2 West; in the district of lands subject to sale at Quincy, Illinois, containing 156 acres and 71 hundredths of an acre
Religion/ethnic: Walnut Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Ch.
Residence: Sec.5 Macomb Twp.Mcdonough Co. Ill.

Notes for MALINDA J. CREEL:
Obituary:
Hamilton -- At the residence of her son, U.S., Shenandoah, Iowa, on the 21st of January, 1881,
Malinda, wife of Levi Hamilton, aged 71 years, one month and twelve days.
     ---------
 Sister Matilda (should be Malinda), wife of Bro. Levi Hamilton, was born December 9th, 1809, at Columbia, Kentucky. Her maiden name was Malinda Creel. Was married on the 25th of October, 1825, and about a year after under the ministration of Rev. Wm. Harris. connected with the Cumberland Presbyterian church. She resided in the State of Kentucky until the 1st of October, 1835, when the family removed to Walnut Grove, McDonough Co. Illinois, being on the way a little over a month. Here she and her husband connected with the same branch of the church. In 1873, they removed to Bushnell, Illinois, and lived with their son Silas H. From this place they removed to Galesburg, Illinois, and made their home with their son U.S. On January 8, 1878, they with their son U.S. removed to this place where they have since resided. At the residence of this son, on the 21st of January, 1881, our sister departed this life, after much patient suffering; but it was only to enter that
blessed rest that awaits the people of God. the years of her pilgrimage on earth were 71 years, one month and twelve days, and of her married life, 55 years, two months, and twenty six days. She was a member of the Presbyterian church of this place. As to her Christian disposition, she was ever happy and cheerful. She delighted in engaging in that which tended to promote the cause of religion. In earlier years, her house was ever open to entertain strangers, especially those engaged in the work of the Master, and not only those of her own denomination, but of all denominations. Camp meetings being held on the farm of the family for eighteen consecutive years, she did her share to act the part not only of the good Mary of old, but also of Martha. In her family she was ever attentive to the wants and wishes of others. As a wife, she was devoted; as a mother, affectionate; as a church member, consistent and zealous, as a neighbor, obliging and charitable. Her last suffering lasted one week at the end of which her Saviour in whom she had trusted for over fifty years, took her home to rest. All during her sickness she earnestly prayed the Lord to help her and bless her. Once when her suffering was very great, she was heard to say "O Jesus! pillow my weary head on thy bosom."

Macomb Journal Thursday , February 3, 1881
Mrs. Malinda, wife of Levi Hamilton, died at the residence of their son, Uriah, in Shenandoah, Iowa on thr 21st day of January, 1881. Her maiden name was Creel, and she was born in Columbia, Ky. Dec. 9, 1809, and was married with Levi Hamilton, Oct. 25, 1825. On Oct. 1833 they left their native state and settled in Walnut Grove in this county, where they resided for a great many years. About two years ago, they went with their son, Uriah, to Shenandoah, Iowa. The deceased was an earnest worker in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member for more than half a century, and there are few people left among those who were here in the early days of the settlement of this county, who will not remember the kind and Christian like hospitality of Mrs. Malinda Hamilton.
 

More About MALINDA J. CREEL:
Age at death (Facts Pg): 71 died at her son's residence
Burial: Buried Rosehill Cem. Shenandoah, Iowa39
Fact 4: August 30, 1837, Levi & Malinda sold their property in Adair Co. to Landy Bailey40
Ineterests: She was ever happy & cheerful
Religion/ethnic: Walnut Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church

 v. MERRIT HAMILTON41, b. Abt. 1803, Adair  Co. Kentucky42; d. Aft. 1850, unknown43; m. SUSAN MUSSER OR MERCER, October 16, 1823, Adair Co. Kentucky44,45; b. Abt. 1804, KY.46; d. unknown;.

Notes for MERRIT HAMILTON:
A list of property given by Thomas Hamilton to his son Merit Hamilton
Nov. 23, 1823
To one mare at                $ 30.00
      One bed and furniture                20.00
      One saddle                      18.00
      One bridle                       2.50
                         $ 70.50
Feb. 16, 1835 ?
To cash                          13.75
                         $ 82.25
To sixty five dollars cash                 65.00
                         149.25
March 1838 To one horse at                  60.00
May 27, 1839 To ten dollars cash to save pony         10.00
Sept. 17 To one horse cald Bob at         100.00
Jan. 30th, 1841 To one Negro boy Cald Charles, at the price of   $ 400.00

Adair Co. Kentucky Deed Book N pg.260-261 June 28, 1847
Thomas Hamilton deeds his property and slaves to Merritt Hamilton.
Whereas the said Merit Hamilton, waited, an attended, served, and nursed Barbary Hamilton the late wife of said Thomaz during her last sicknefs of about seven yearz, and whereas the said Merit Hamilton waited an, and nursed and served the said Thomaz during two or three spells of sicknefs of said Thomaz Hamilton. Now for and in consideration of the said services (?). And for the great love and affection of the said Thomaz for the said Merit the said Thomaz Hamilton hath given, granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain and sell unto the said Merit Hamilton all his said Thos. Hamilton tract of parces of land on which he said Thomaz now lives in said County and state.
Also eight negroez now in the pofesion of Thomaz, Pleasant, Hannah, Louisa, Mariah, Thomaz, Mary, Lucy and Wash to have and to hold unto the said Merit Hamilton Hiz heirs and afsigns forever the said land, houses and negroez.
It continues on to say that Thomas will keep possession of these properties during his natural life. Then Merit is to have full possession
Adair Co. Kentucky Deed Book N pg. 326-327 April 6, 1850
Merit Hamilton and Jackson Hamilton sell this same property to Nathan Montgomery.
Marriage Records of Adair County Kentucky 1802-1840 by Burdette:
Merritt Hamilton and Susan Musser, dau. of Barbary Musser. Attest Peter and Henry Musser, Lawson Montgomery. 15 Oct 1823 by Hodges. Ministers return says Barbary Musser.
 

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Letter written by Pearl Loving Shaw to Dorris
The following is the story of my late father Josph Henry Loving, which I heard him relate many times.
"My great grandfather Hamilton was a native of Scotland. As a young man he emigrated to North Ireland and in time married an Irish girl. At 14 years of age their son, Merrit, came to the United States in the custody of an Irish emigrant family who settled in Kentucky. The Scotch - Irish youth remained in custody until he was 18; in the meantime his earnings were sent annually to his parents in Ireland. Merrit eventually married the daughter of a prosperous German landowner whose name was Mercer. My mother, Minervia, was born to this marriage. My grandfather Merrit Hamilton spent a greater part of his life as a violinist in orchestras playing popular music on the steamboats travelling up down the Mississippi River."
 

More About MERRIT HAMILTON:
Comment: property given to Meritt by his father Thomas
Fact 4: 1830, Census of Adair Co. Kty. has 3 males and 1 female under 5 years old47
Fact 11: June 28, 1847, Deed Bk.N pg. 260-1 Thomas deeds his property to Merritt

More About SUSAN MUSSER OR MERCER:
Comment: Minister for marr. was Hodges
Fact 11: Brothers could likely by Peter, Henry &
Fact 12: Andrew

Marriage Notes for MERRIT HAMILTON and SUSAN MERCER:
 

 vi. JOHN HAMILTON48, b. Abt. 1805, Adair Co. Kentucky49; m. (1) PROBABLY SABRINA BRIMBERRY OR BRAMBERRY50, January 10, 1827, Adair Co. Kentucky51; m. (2) POSSIBLY (2) LETTY WILSON52, February 28, 1837, Adair Co. Kentucky53; b. Abt. 1817, Russel Co. Kentucky54; d. 55.

Notes for JOHN HAMILTON:
A list of property given by Thomas Hamilton to his son John Hamilton January 6, 1827
     To one mare                             $040.00
     one bed and furniture                          20.00
 $60.00
     Nov. 17, 1835 To cash Twenty five dollars      25.00
     Jan. 1st 1837 To one hundred dollars cash     100.00
     18?? To twenty dollars cash               20.00
     To one hundred dollars and six cash           106.00
     1838 To one hundred and 14 and 12 dollars cash     114.12
     Jan 2, 1843 to fifty dollars an 25 cash        50.25
     Out of Caldwell note 1844 To cash given in a Negro woman $100.00
                                                                 $575.37

The genealogist we hired in Kentucky (Mike Watson) sent me this family information on John Hamilton and Letty Wilson. However I don't think it is our John Hamilton, unless by a second marriage. He is about the right age however in the 1830 census of Adair their is a John Hamilton head of household with a child between 0-5 yrs listed on the same page with Levi and Merritt. There is a marriage of John Hamilton and  Sabrina Brimberry or Bramberry on January 10, 1927. Which is the same time Thomas gave John the belongings listed above. Thomas gave  his children belongings about the time they were married. And if married in 1827 could have had  a child by 1830 census. Where as the marriage between John Hamilton and Letty Wilson wasn't until 1837 with the first child born in 1838.

There was also a John Hamilton married to Elizabeth or Betsy Porter March 28, 1816 which if we have the right age for John he would be too young.

Abstracts of Wills & Administrations of Clay County, Missouri
pg. 80 There is a John Hamilton ?? ---
John Hamilton, dec'd. Admr. Edmund P. Armstrong. Sec, Archibald Lincoln & Wm. E. Rhea. 23 Aug. 1858 (page 213)
 
 

More About PROBABLY SABRINA BRIMBERRY OR BRAMBERRY:
Comment: Guradians are James & Rachel Mills
Fact 12: his father Thomas Hamilton gave John possessions which he gave other children
Fact 13: about the time that they were married. Also on the 1830 census John had 1 child

Marriage Notes for JOHN HAMILTON and PROBABLY BRAMBERRY:
I belive this was the mos tlikely marriage of John because on Jan. 6, 1827 his
 

Notes for POSSIBLY (2) LETTY WILSON:
Either this is a marriage of a different John Hamilton or it is a second marriage for our John Hamilton
 

 vii. LUCY HAMILTON56, b. Abt. 1806, Adair Co. Kentucky57; d. Aft. 1860, Obion Co. Tennessee; m. JOHN P. CALDWELL58, October 24, 1825, Adair Co. Kentucky59; b. February 24, 1798, Adair Co. Kentucky60; d. Aft. 1860, Obion Co. Tennessee60.

Notes for LUCY HAMILTON:
Adair Co. Kentucky Deed Book K  pg. 331-332 October 11, 1839
John P. Caldwell & Lucy his wife sell property to Frederich A.W. Robertson
Legal proceedings following the death of Thomas Hamilton dated May 9, 1850 list Lucy Caldwell wife of John Caldwell as an heir.

A list of property given by Thomas Hamilton to his daughter Lucy and John Caldwell her husband. January 6, 1827
     To one bed and furniture           $020.00
     one cow                         10.00
     one saddle and Bridle                28.00
     one horse                  45.00
     one negro girl named Rachel              400.00 $503.00
     I also have a copy of the Marriage Bond, found in a box of lost marriage bonds in the Adair Co. court house  in Columbia, Kty. It is signed by Thomas Hamilton and John Caldwell on October 24, 1833.
 

More About LUCY HAMILTON:
Residence: Probably left Adair Co. in 1839 when they sold their property.

Notes for JOHN P. CALDWELL:

More About JOHN P. CALDWELL:
Fact 4: October 11, 1839, Adair Co.Ky.Deed Bk.K pg331-2 sold 50 Acre on West branch of Butler's fork
Residence: Bet. 1835 - 1840, Moved from Adair Co. Kty to Obion Co. Tennessee

 viii. NANCY JANE HAMILTON61, b. April 01, 1809, Adair Co. Kentucky62; d. July 23, 1879, Portland, Adiar Co. Kentucky63; m. HENRY CALDWELL64, July 19, 1827, Adair Co. Kentucky65; b. Abt. 1805, Adair Co. Kentucky66; d. Abt. 1852, Adair Co. Kentucky67.

Notes for NANCY JANE HAMILTON:
A list of property given by Thomas Hamilton to his daughter Nancy and Henry Caldwell her husband.
 March 1, 1828
To one bed and furniture           $ 020.00
     One Negro girl named Amy         400.00
     One saddle at                     026.00
     One mare at                       050.00
     One cow at                        010.00
 $ 506.00

Jan. 3, 1855
Adair Co. Kty. Will Book F Page 550
Nancy granted widowers dower of 62 acres on Russell's Creek

1860 Slave census for Adair Co. Ky.
Nancy Caldwell 1F 35, 1F 10, 1M 7, 1M 1
 

More About NANCY JANE HAMILTON:
Burial: Portland cemetery located on Charles Kessler farm in Portland Community68
Comment: In 1860 Adair Co.census Nancy had 4 slaves
Fact 11: Thomas R Dohoney is named guardian for the
Fact 12: youngest children.James Walker was a bonds
Fact 13: man for her marr.Thomas gave consent
Occupation: Not sure if the last 3 children are hers
Residence: Near community of Portland, Adair Co. Kty.

More About HENRY CALDWELL:
Comment: Adair Co. library in Columbia, file on the
Fact 4: December 17, 1852, Will Book F pg. 229-31 list of inventory
Fact 11: Caldwell ancestry has Beverley as Henry's father.Another source has Robert
Fact 13: Dohoney guardian of Henry's infant childre

Marriage Notes for NANCY HAMILTON and HENRY CALDWELL:
Married by Elijah King Marr.. Return #537
 

 ix. AMANDA M. HAMILTON69, b. Abt. 1813, Kentucky70; m. (1) SIDNEY S. DAWSON71, December 22, 1835, Adair Co. Kentucky72; d. Abt. 184773; m. (2) WM. E. MOSS74, December 1850, Adair Co. Kentucky75; b. Abt. 1820; d. Bef. 1860; m. (3) ? BOTTOMS, Bef. 186076; d. Bef. 186077.

Notes for AMANDA M. HAMILTON:
A list of property given by Thomas Hamilton to his daughter Amanda ????? and Sydney Dawson her husband
??? 25th, 1825 -(has to be 1835 the date she got married)
To one bed and furniture                $ 030.00
To one Negro girl named ????          400.00
To one saddle and bridle                22.30
To one mare at                   115.00
To one cow at                         110.00
$ 517.30

1850 census Adair Co. Kty.
384 Dawson,  Amanda    37     Ky
            Juliza       11    Ky
            Milfred       8      Ky
            Jenetta       6      Ky
            Sidney       4       Ky

1860 census Green Co. Kty.
358 Amanda Bottoms       43   (Must be nice to only age 6 yrs. in 10)
          Juliza  Dorson            21
          Milford Dorson       19
          Jenetta S. Dorson    16
           Sidney Dorson       13
           Mary J. Moss          9
 

More About AMANDA M. HAMILTON:
Residence: 1860, 1860 Green Co. Kty. census lists Amanda "Bottoms" with Dawson childrn

More About SIDNEY S. DAWSON:
Fact 4: January 20, 1848, Will Book E Pg.331 Sales of property

More About WM. E. MOSS:
Baptism (LDS): 78
Comment: 1851 named as husband of Amanda (Hamilton)
Fact 11: Dawson. Must have died shortly after
Fact 12: because she is listed in 1860 as Amanda
Fact 13: Bottoms but no husband.

Marriage Notes for AMANDA HAMILTON and WM. MOSS:
http://www.angelfire.com/ky2/Libbysgenealogy/pg3.html
Lost Marriage Bonds of Adair Co. Kentucky
*MOSS, W. E., over 21, and AMANDA DAWSON, over 21, "consent note signed by Mandy
Dawson", bond dated 14 Dec 1850,surety John W. Moss.
.

Endnotes

1.  1830 Census of Adair Co. Kty.,  (National Archives microfilm # 19 roll 33).
2.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
3.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850), Will Book N page 260-261.
4.  Estimated.
5.  1830 Census of Adair Co. Kty.,  (National Archives microfilm # 19 roll 33).
6.  1840 Adair Co. Kty. census.
7.  1810 Adair Co. Kty. census,  (National Archives microfilm #252-5).
8.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
9.  Jullison, Kentucky Land Grants 1782 - 1924, Book 1 pg. 88.
10.  1840 Adair Co. Kty. census.
11.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
12.  estimated from 1810 Adair Co. census ; has 1 male age 10-1
13.  Nadine Hodges, Abrstracts of Wills & Administrations of Clay Co. Missouri,  (1965), Will Book C pg. 37.
14.  Estimated.
15.  1840 Platte Co. Census Missouri.
16.  Nadine Hodges, Abrstracts of Wills & Administrations of Clay Co. Missouri,  (1965), Will book C pg. 37.
17.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
18.  1850 Calloway, Kty. census age 55
19.  Will of Rebecca Skaggs.
20.  Will of Archibald Skaggs.
21.  Microfilm of Adair Co. Marr. pg.97 #960
22.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
23.  Ida Lancaster, Skaggs The Long Hunter,  (1996).
24.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
25.  1810 Adair Co. Kty. census,  (National Archives microfilm #252-5).
26.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
27.  Clay Co. Missouri Census, 1850, listed as head of household with Presley, Thomas & James. We have 2 of Jesse's children as Presley & Thomas.
28.  Trancribed by Nadine Hodges, 1850 Census of Clay Co. Missouri,  (705 West 38th St. Kansas City, Mo., 64111).
29.  1840 Clay  Co. Census Missouri.
30.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
31.  figured from obit. died aged 80yr. & 4 day
32.  Obit. of Levi from 1878 McDonough History/Hamilton Bible
33.  1883  Directory of Lawrence, Kansas has her as Mrs. M. J. Hamilton thus giving us a middle initlial.
34.  Marr. Records of Adair Co. Obit.says Oc.25
35.  Obit. of Malinda 1878 McDonough History
36.  Continental Historical  Co. Springfield, Ill., 1885 McDonough Co. Ill. History Book, page 1020.
37.  Shenandoah, Iowa town records, Rosehill Cem. Records.
38.  Continental Historical  Co. Springfield, Ill., 1885 McDonough Co. Ill. History Book.
39.  Shenandoah, Iowa town records, Rosehill Cem. Records.
40.  Adir Co. Deed Book, 1 page 542-43.
41.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
42.  1830 Adair Co. census age between 20 & 30/1850 census shows Merrit age 45 born in Kty.
43.  1850 Adair Co. census (Janice King)has him
44.  Adair Co. Marriages has a Merrit & Susan
45.  Adair Co. Marriages by Burdette has  Merrit & Susan Oct. 15, 1823
46.  1830 census Adair Co. age between 20 & 30
47.  1830 Census of Adair Co. Kty.,  (National Archives microfilm # 19 roll 33).
48.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
49.  Estimated from Adair Co. Kentucky census
50.  Ruth Burdette, Adair Co. Kty. Marriage  Records, page 48.
51.  Ruth Burdette, Adair Co. Kty. Marriage  Records, page48.
52.  Ruth Burdette, Adair Co. Kty. Marriage  Records, page 48, If John was married twice this could be his second wife.
53.  Adair Co.Marriages has John & Letty Wilson
54.  Adair Co. Kentucky Census 1850 says age 33
55.  1860 says age 43
56.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850), Lucy listed as a daughter of Thomas.
57.  birthdate estimated/ John Ross has 18061850 Obion Co. Tennessee census age 44.
58.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850), listed as Lucy's husband.
59.  Adair Co. Kty. Marriage Bonds,  (Located in the Adair Co. Court Annex building).
60.  [email protected], John Ross.
61.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
62.  Compiled by MArgie Coffey, Cemeteries of Adair County, Kentucky,  (Adair Co. Genealogical Society), Portland Cem. page 70.
63.  Compiled by MArgie Coffey, Cemeteries of Adair County, Kentucky,  (Adair Co. Genealogical Society), Vol. I pg. 70.
64.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
65.  AdairCo.Marr. Microfilm #830574 Bk I pg107
66.  1850 Census of Adair Co. Kty..
67.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records, Dec. 17, 1852.
68.  Compiled by MArgie Coffey, Cemeteries of Adair County, Kentucky,  (Adair Co. Genealogical Society), Vol. I pg. 70.
69.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
70.  1850 Census of Adair Co. Kty., age 37/1860 Green Co. census has age 43.
71.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
72.  Adair Co.Marr.Book 1 pg.155
73.  Will Book E pg.331 Settlement of property
74.  Adair Co. Kty. Court Records/Estate of Thomas Hamilton,  (May 1850).
75.  Oct.1851 probate has her married to Moss
76.  1851 she was a Moss,1860 listed as Bottoms
77.  Amanda is listed in the 1860 Green Co.
78.  Co. census has Wm.E. age 30
 


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