Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia
HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
HENRY C. HAMILTON
was born in Mercer county, Missouri, November 13th, 1851. John Hamilton, his father, was a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. The Hamiltons were originally from Scotland, and emigrated to America before the Revolutionary struggle. In 1835 Mr. Hamilton left his native state and came to Illinois. Here he remained for three years, when he returned to Tennessee, and in 1849 removed back to this state and settled in Morgan county, remaining until 1851, when he removed to Mercer county, Missouri, where the subject of our sketch was born. In 1855 he moved back to Illinois and in 1856 came to Girard, where he engaged in farming. He remained here until 1875, when he returned to Mercer county, Missouri, his present residence. He married Miss Rhoda George, a native of Tennessee. This union was blessed with eight children, six of whom are living. Henry C., is the eldest of the family. He attended the schools until his twelfth year, when he was compelled to abandon school and help support himself and the family of his father, the latter being poor and having a large family on his hands. Henry was thus deprived of the advantages of receiving such an education as falls to the lot of most youths in this privileged and favored country. He was compelled to become a producer as well as a consumer. By his assistance his father was enabled to secure for himself a comfortable home. At the age of thirteen years he went out from home and did all manner of work that presented itself. He continued this until 1867, when he went into the banking house of William Hindle of Girard, as book-keeper, and remained in that capacity until 1871, when he accepted a similar situation in the banking house of B. P. Andrews, and remained with the latter until 1874. Mr. Andrews sold out, and in connection with other capitalists organized the bank of Girard. Mr. Hamilton was then appointed assistant cashier. In 1875 Mr. Andrews, who was cashier, retired from the business, and Mr. Hamilton was promoted to the office of cashier, a position he still holds and fills to the entire satisfaction of his employers and numerous friends. On the 7th of May, 1873, he was married to Miss Permelia E., daughter of Samuel England. She was born in Macoupin county, May 7th 1853. Three children have been born to them, all girls. In politics Mr. Hamilton is a democrat, and cast his first vote for the liberal candidate, Horace Greeley, for President, in 1872, and since that time has acted and voted with the democratic party. Both he and his estimable wife are members of the Christian church. In habits Mr. Hamilton is exceedingly temperate, and in his manners is a quiet and affable gentleman. In his business he is quick and correct, and in the community where he resides has numerous friends, who all accord to him the reputation of a quiet, gentlemanly and honest man.
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