George HAMILTON purchased land in Section 17 of Montgomery township, Owen Co., IN, in 1818 and he was surveying for the town of Spencer in 1820. He was named a Justice of the Peace for Owen County in 1821. George and his wife Jane sold the land in 1826 and moved to Edgar Co., IL. Their children were Thomas who m. 1)Levantia RANDALL 1847 in Winnebago, IL 2)Jane SLOCUM FORBES ca 1867 Green Co, WI; Matilda who m. Alexander LAFFERTY in 1839 Edgar Co, IL and Sarah who m. Emanuel Zink PERISHO in 1842 in Edgar Co, IL. Can anyone tell me where George HAMILTON was from before he purchased land in Owen Co. in 1818? Who were his neighbors
in Montgomery and Taylor townships in 1818 and where were they from?
George HAMILTON m.2nd Orrilla HOTCHKISS 21 Oct 1836, widow of Horace H. (Edgar, IL)
1835 June 26 George HAMILTON mortgage "being the land wherein the said George HAMILTON now lives" to SW¼ NE¼ S3 T12N R14W Edgar Co, IL 80A. Mortgage paid 24 Mar 1836. 27 Oct 1836 George and Orila sold to Gallio K. WILLARD of Coles Co. Edgar, IL DB:2:308, 3:122.
1836 Aug 15 Patent; 1837 July 12 George and Orrilla HAMILTON sold to John M. TRAVERS SE¼ and SW¼ of SE¼ S20 T12N R12W 80A, Clark Co, IL. Clark, IL DB :401-402. George HAMILTON listed as early settler who patented land
in Douglass Twp between 1832 and 1837. William Henry Perrin, History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois (Chicago: 1883), I:468.
1837 June 17 George and Aurelia HAMILTON, late Aurelia HOTCHKISS of the County of Edgar to Bryant B. HOTCHKISS, Harace H. HOTCHKISS, Adaliza HOTCHKISS,Alonzo C. HOTCHKISS and James C. HOTCHKISS minor heirs of Horace HOTCHKISS
deceased of the same County for $1.00 sold interest in Lot No. 1 of the NW S3 T12N R13W which was her dower right by virtue of her marriage with the said Hiram HOTCHKISS. Recd. 12 Jun 1838. Edgar, IL DB:3 (1838-40), p. 623.
By the 1840 census Orrilla is back by herself and George HAMILTON has disappeared. Does anyone know what happened to him? 1840 Edgar Co, IL census, p. 87. Orelea HOTCHKISS. . . l l . . l . . l.
The biography of his son Thomas Hamilton says that he died in 1842 in Edgar Co, IL.
HISTORY OF GREEN COUNTY, WISCONSIN, 1884:
"Thomas Hamilton lives on section 34. He has a farm of 240 acres, with fine buildings. When quite young, his father George Hamilton, moved to Edgar Co., Ill., where he died in 1842. When sixteen years of age (1838), Thomas took his fortune in his own hands. Leaving home he went to Winnebago Co., Ill., worked at farm work until 1842, when he came to Green county. The first few years he worked summers in the villages of the county, and in the winter in the pineries, running in the season on rafts below; thus he was occupied until he was married in 1845. His wife was Levanche Randall. By this marriage six children were born, five of whom are living--George, residing in Brodhead; Thomas, of Winnebago Co., Ill.; Alexander, in the same county; Emma, wife of Myron Bliss, of Winnebago Co., Ill.; Eva, wife of F. Burke, resides at Virginia City, Nev.; Lenora, wife of Isaac Davis. She died at the residence of her father in February, 1875. In March, 1866, Mr. Hamilton was bereaved by the death of his wife. He was again united in marriage with Mrs. Jane Forbes, widow of Isaac Forbes. She was living at the time of marriage in Davids township, Stephenson Co., Ill. By her first marriage she had two children--Emma and William. Emma married Mr. Hamilton's son George. William Forbes is married and lives in Brodhead. Thomas Hamilton has by his second wife five children--Walter E., born in 1868; Josephine E., born in 1870; Kate Maud, born in 1873; Scott, born in 1878; and Eleanor, born in 1881."
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