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National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Jerseyville, Illinois



     Dr. Silas Hamilton Chapter, NSDAR, was organized in Jerseyville, Illinois, on November 20, 1963 with fifteen charter members.  The Chapter was named for Dr. Silas Hamilton, a dedicated physician, and a native of Tinmouth, Vermont, who died in Jersey County in 1834.  In his will, he bequeathed “Four Thousand Dollars for the establishment of a primary school.”  This school was built at Otterville, Jersey County, in 1834.  In 1870 the original building was razed and another stone one was erected upon the same site.  The latter structure has been widely known as the first free school in the State of Illinois.

     Immediately west of the schoolhouse is a monument erected according to the provisions of the will of George Washington, a slave purchased as a young child by Dr. Hamilton and later freed by him.  So far as is known, this is the only monument ever erected by a freed slave to his former master.

     Hamilton Memorial School was used until 1971 as an attendance center for CUSD #100.


Hamilton Memorial School





Phineas Ayers (Ayars)  NJ Sarah Barrett
Albert BantaNJMadelena VanVorhees
Jonathan Cooper PAEleanor English
Francis Cullum MDSusannah Northcraft
Andrew Cumming(s) PAJane Paxton
Nathaniel Dickinson NHCaroline Cummings
Samuel ElderSCCynthia Mackelvain
John ElyNJ Phoebe Allison
George Eskridge VAElizabeth Robinson
Henry Fuller SrNC Catherine
William GodbeyVAZannah
George Green(e)NCLucy Jones
Nathan HamiltonMARuth Wheeler
James HaskinsVAMary Sanford
Benjamin HeathNHDorothy Willey
George HornVAMargaret Milhoff
Edward JackmanPASarah Barnett
Lawrence KillebrewNC Elizabeth Bullock
George KissingerMD, PAElizabeth
Robert LortonVATabitha Ganaway
Andrew McCormick INCCatherine Adams
John McDowSCCatherine Caryl (Carroll)
John McEverPAMargaret Collins
Philip MilhoffPALuise Catharina
Bezaleel Myrick  MASarah Russell
James PattersonPANancy Ann Doran
Ezekiel Pease, SrCTHannah Chandler
Louis Pelletier de la Houssaye LACharlotte Pellerin
David PinkertonVAunknown
Allen Ramsey PABarbara Decker
Phillip T RussellVA Elizabeth Stewart
John SewardNJMary Swezey
Peter Staats NJSusanna Middlesweet
Josiah SuttlesNCElizabeth
Aaron TeachenorNJElizabeth
William ThaxtonNCSarah Gravitt
John ThompsonVAWinifred Brickey
William VarnumMASarah Colburn
Levi Young NJ, SCNancy Marchbanks
John WeisnerNCMargaret Collins
John Pugh WilliamsNCJudith King




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