Name: John HAMILTON
Birth: 1745 in Londonderry,Ireland
Death: 13 SEP 1836 in Jackson Co.,Indiana
The discussion below stems from a fairly classic study of the paper record. Genetic genealogy has now added another dimension to tracing family trees and has settled the argument below which seems to have gone on for over fifty years. The records in this family tree are supported both by the work of the Dinns as well as the genetic record.
Change Date: 9 APR 2007 at 16:26:45
It is now known from the study of Y chromosome DNA from the descendants of John Hamilton and his brothers that this Hamilton line belongs to the the Preston line. The Preston line branches off very early from the "royal" Hamilton line which leads to the Duke of Abercorn. The Sir John Hamilton who is the patriarch of the Preston line is a grandson of Walter Fitzgilbert and a younger brother of Sir David Hamilton who married Janet Keith, the presumed progenitors of the "royal" Hamilton line.
What these studies have also shown is that a "non-paternal event" has occurred somewhere in the royal line as the living descendants in that line have a different genetic footprint to those in the Preston line.
Here is what the paper record shows:
In their book "History of Jackson County, Indiana", published by Brant and Fuller, Chicago, in 1886 the following comments are made about John Hamilton (pages 615 to 617):
"John Hamilton, was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in about 1745. He married Sarah Wilson in his native country, and in 1783 he immigrated to America. During the voyage, on June 17,1783, was born to them James Hamilton. They settled in Hardy County, Va., where James was raised on a farm. In 1816 the Hamilton family came to Indiana and settled in Jackson County, where they were prominently identified with the early history of the county".
The Hamiltons and royalty.
Extract from the book "Blaze Robertson and John Hamilton family 1776-1976" by the Dinns:
"Members of the Robertson-Hamilton family sometimes claim descent from Scottish Kings, which may be true, but there have been found no documentary proof of it. It can be proven that a Branch of the royal Hamilton family did settle in the North of Ireland in 1617 in County Tyrone (note 1). Many Virginia Hamilton families migrated there from County Tyrone, Ireland. There are several ways for these Hamiltons to be connected with this royal family.
"In 1897, Mrs Henrietta Hamilton McCormick, member of a Hamilton family which migrated in 1771 from County Tyrone to Virginia by way of Philadelphia, in her book entitled "Genealogies and Reminiscences" tried to establish a relationship with that royal Hamilton family in County Tyrone. She gave a brother of her grandfather James Hamilton as John Hamilton 1743-1825, m. 1782 Sarah Wilson, 1763-1820. They lived in Frederick County, Virginia, and he was the wealthiest man in the County, having a large mill and producing great quantities of flour. His two brothers, Samuel and James, were wealthy too. John and Sarah Hamilton had these children: Mary; Elizabeth; Robert W. 1787, John; James; William, 1795-1836; Sarah Hollis; Wilson; Joseph C.; George W.; Juliet and Nancy.
"In contrast John Hamilton, 1745-1836, m. Sarah Wilson, 1743-1820, came to Virginia from County Tyrone in 1783 and settled in Hardy County by 1792, where he purchased 71 acres on the Great Cacapon, paying for it thirteen pounds current money of Virginia. Before coming to Hardy County John and Sarah had lived in Berkley County. Among John's brothers were Henry Hamilton and Archibald Hamilton, the two uncles mentioned by James Hamilton in the Ohio Trip diary. Among their children were: James, 1783-1856; Elizabeth, 1791-1848; Mary, 1792-1823; Hannah, 1795-1858 and Esther, 1798-1877. All five married Robertson siblings. In 1816 John and Sarah sold the 71 acres and moved to Jackson County, Indiana."
Note 1: See for example the comprehensive documentation of the Hamiltons in the book by Hamilton entitled "Hamilton and Allied Families".
The first Hamilton/Wilson couple are not the pair that belongs to this tree as the children given are not those that are known to belong to this tree. The problem with the second pair is that Sarah would have been having children well into her fifties which is not probable. Perhaps her birth year is not right, or they are the grandparents, or.....
The Hamilton township in Indiana was named after James, his son. James' daughter Amanda was the first white child born in the town.
Father: Unknown HAMILTON
Sarah WILSON b: 1743 in Tyrone Co.,Ireland
10 MAY 1782
in Tyrone Co.,Ireland
Date came from a web site titled "Emily Karr's Research" at http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=emilykarr&id=I00036
source given as Karen Hamilton (alaskalady).
- James HAMILTON b: 17 JUN 1783 in on ship comming to America From Ireland
- Elizabeth HAMILTON b: 1791 in Virginia
- Mary HAMILTON b: 1792
- Hannah B HAMILTON b: 28 JUL 1795 in Hardy Co.,Va. now W. Va.
- Esther HAMILTON b: 16 SEP 1798 in Hardy Co.,Va. now W. Va.