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JOHN C. HAMILTON. This gentleman who prior to his decease occupied a prominent position in the county came to this State from Kentucky in the year 1834. He followed agricultural pursuits for many years, when he sold his farm and embarked in business as a merchant in Jacksonville. In this he was so successful as to be able to retire and enjoy a large competency that had accumulated as the result thereof, and for the latter thirty years of his life was free from the active engagements of business. His residence, which is situated on South Main Street, Jacksonville, was the center of hospitalities and gatherings of a social nature that were always most enjoyable.

Mr. Hamilton was born in 1797, and at his death, which occurred on the 10th of March, 1880, was eighty-three years of age. He was a highly respected member of the Masonic fraternity, and in religious circles was much esteemed. He was a man of pronounced Christian character and consistency. For several years he was the local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church, continuing to sustain that relation until his death. For many years he was engaged in the interests of the Church, preaching at points distant widely from each other, and accounting no difficulty too great to prevent his filling an appointment when once it had been made. He was always well received as a preacher, and it was gratifying to know that his labors were a pronounced success.

Upon three different occasions the subject of our sketch stood before the altar of Hymen. He was first married to Miss Mary Reece, who presented him with five children, who received the following names: Susan, John S., Mary, Reece and Alphonso. He afterward became te husband of Miss Sarah Smith of Kentucky. This union was fruitful in the birth of ten children. In 1858 he was united in wedlock to Mrs. Eliza Glenn. This lady is a native of Harrison County, Ky., and was born in the year 1815. She is the daughter of George and Susan (Barrett) Reece. The name of her first husband was James B. Glenn. Who prior to his decease, was a prosperous merchant at Monticello, Mo., but a native of the Blue Grass State. They were the parents of the following children: Sarah Ellen, who became the wife of John Smedley; James Irvin, Henry H., and George R., who received in marriage the hand of Miss Mary Buckingham of Jacksonville. Mr. Glenn died in the year 1847 at Monticello, Mo.

Mrs. Hamilton is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which relation she has sustained for about sixty years. In all works of religious enterprise or charity she is a generous supporter. She still continues to reside at the beautiful home referred to above situated on South Main street. She holds a very high place in the esteem of the people of Jacksonville, more especially in the religious and social circles, where she is best known, and where her many virtues are most appreciated.

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