David and Mary Hamilton
DAVID & MARY HAMILTON - DAVID HAMILTON was born in Blandford, Hampden county,
Mass., April 8, 1777. He was a son of Capt. DAVID and MARY (KNOX) HAMILTON, who were
also natives of Massachusetts. David came in to that portion of the town of Cazenovia that is now
included in the town of Nelson, in 1802, and bought, in company with his brother-in-law, William
KNOX, the farm on which he lived several years, on lot 70. His early education was limited, being
such as was to be obtained in the common schools of the town in which his parents lived. He
worked on his father's farm until he attained his majority, and then worked at various occupations
until he came to Madison county.
When he was twenty-one he married Mary KNOX, daughter of JOHN and JENNY (CAMPBELL)
KNOX, of Blandford, Mass. She was born July 16, 1782.
DAVID and MARY HAMILTON has eleven children, four sons and seven daughters, viz: MONISNA,
born May 22, 1799, still living; PERCIA, born May 10, 1803, died in infancy; SALLY, born July 1,
1805, died in September, 1812; LEVERETT, born April 16, 1807, married ROXANA LUCAS, April,
1836, died March 29, 1850; BETSEY E, born June 18, 1809, married DAVID WELLINGTON,
February, 1830; ALMOND D., born Dec. 23, 1811, died March 1, 1813; DAVID A., born Jan 16, 1814,
married LUCY CHAPHE, September, 1839; SARAH L., born April 2, 1816, married LOVANDER
LUCAS, January, 1839, died March 6, 1840; MARCIA R., born Sept. 24, 1818; SAMUEL W., born
Jan. 20, 1821, married ELIZABETH MORROW, January, 1852; and MARY J., born May 26, 1823.
DAVID, after his settlement here, following farming until within a few years of his death, which
occurred Oct. 28, 1858. His wife died July 9, 1860.
He was a Democrat, and took great interest in the success of his party. He was an upright,
conscientious man, and had the respect of his townsmen, and was highly esteemed by all whose
good fortune it was to know him intimately. In all his dealings with his fellow men he was just and
He belonged to no religious denomination, but was an attendant of the Universalist church in
His funeral services were held at his former home, and were conducted by a Baptist clergyman.
His wife was a Presbyterian. She was a devoted wife and an affectionate mother. The town of
Nelson lost, in the death of this venerable couple, two of its most useful and honorable citizens, and
their memory is revered by a large circle of acquaintances and a fond family.
From "History of Chenango and Madison Counties, NY" starting on page 645.
Transcribed by Sandy Goodspeed
Date: Saturday, August 28, 1999 05:20 PM
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