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Our Family Needs Help - William Hamilton (b. abt 1808) SC-TN-AL
Posted by: Joe (ID *****5561) Date: June 13, 2007 at 09:30:27
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I work as an amateur on many family lines but my own family line has proven to be the the most difficult I have ever encountered and many hard working individuals have been looking for the answers we seek for over 50 years. If anyone could find our unknown progenitor there would be a lot of very happy people.

I am seeking the parentage of a William Hamilton who was born in South Carolina in about 1808, was married to Catherine Stevenson and later moved to Giles County TN. William is buried at Coxey Alabama.

I have traced literally every line of my family much farther back than I can the line of my surname (Hamilton). It just seems to die with William. There is a lot of supporting information on my website which I link below, if anyone is willing to help our family. I would especially appreciate any help from those who have records from the state of South Carolina that are not searchable online. North Carolina records could prove helpful as well because Williams wife Catherine Stevenson was from NC and I do not know how or where they met.

Below are a couple of linkís from my personal family geneology website.

Biographical Info of What is known about William Hamilton
http://members.tripod.com/~bighamiltonfamily/hamtree.html

Things to Consider about My Search for William Hamiltonís Parentage
http://members.tripod.com/~bighamiltonfamily/pages/grail.html

My E-Mail : kjv@juno.com / joeandceleste@hotmail.com
William Hamilton is our earliest traceable Hamilton ancestor. We are always hoping to find the true identity of his parents. William Hamilton was born in 1808 in the state of South Carolina. It is possible that his fatherís name was James. He was a farmer. When still a boy his family moved to Lincoln County TN. He was married in 1831 to Catherine A. Stevenson who was born on October 2, 1808 in Iredell County North Carolina whose family had also moved to Giles Co. TN. She was described as a "short, chubby, and very cheerful little lady". The family moved to Alabama in 1850 just after the birth of "Giller" or Gilbert Hamilton. The family made two purchases of property. One purchase was made March 13, 1857 and another January 3, 1860. William died in Limestone County Alabama on September 8, 1872 as reported in the "Athens Post" and was buried in the Wallace Cemetery, Coxey Alabama. He was blind for about ten years before he died. Catherine died on December 2, 1888 and is also buried in the Wallace Cemetery. Her fatherís name was Rev. Elam Stevenson and her motherís name was Lydia C. Paine. They had nine children of which Elam Carr Hamilton was the fourth.
It is in the 1850 Census from Limestone County Alabama that William noted that he was born in SC. That is as specific of a record as we have. There is a oral tradition that our Hamiltonís came from Newberry County and Spartanburg County South Carolina. This is not substantiated by any written record.

It has been passed down from several sources that WIlliam had a sister named Elizabeth who married a Bud Thornton. This relationship could prove useful when looking at any William Hamilton lineage as the name is common and appears numerous times.

In 1847 William Hamilton sold some of his land. In the text of this deed it is stated that the seller is G.William Hamilton. Later in another deed in Limestone co. it also appears as G. William Hamilton. Much earlier in Lincoln Co. TN in the area where our Hamilton line lived, a reference in a deed for another party mentions ďon the property where George Hamilton now livesĒ.

Williams wifeís family, the Stevensonís were originally from Iredell County NC and it is possible that our Hamiltons may have lived in NC before William came to TN as I do not know how or where William and Catherine met.


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