Archibald Hamilton


ARCHIBALD HAMILTON, a prominent book merchant of Steubenville, was born at Leesville, Carroll Co., Ohio, February 20, 1822. His father, John Hamilton, who was born in county Donegal, Ireland, wmigrated to America in 1816, being then about twenty years of age. He settled in Carroll county, Ohio. He had learned the tailor's trade in Ireland, but after locating in Carroll county he followed farming during the rest of his life. He was married in Brooke county, W. Va., to Nancy Wells, who was born in that county in 1801, a daughter of Jesse and Susan (Davis) WElls, also natives of Brooke county. Her grandfather, Richard Wells, who was generally known as Graybeard Wells, took possession of the land opposite of the city of Steubenville, by what was known as "Tomahawk right", and the land has been in possession of members of the family ever since. John and Nancy Wells became the parents of six children, of whom Archibald was eldest, two being sons. Five of the children are now living. The mother died in Carroll county, in 1854, and her husband about 1874. When Archibald was ten years old, his parents located upon a farm near Leesville, and upon it he made his home until he was twenty-eight years of age. There he received a common school education and labored at farm work, and also gave considerable attention to carpentry. In 1851 he located in Steubenville, which has since been his home. Here he followed his trade one year, and for a period of twelve years afterward was engaged in the manufacture and sale of washing machines. In 1865 he entered the book and stationery business. Mr. Hamilton was married February 22, 1846, to Margaret Burgyone, a native of Maryland, and they have had four children: Lewis B., John R., Emma and Joshua W., of whom Joshua died, aged about twenty-six years. Mrs. Hamilton died June 18, 1886. Mr. Hamilton is a member of the Presbyterian church, and in politics is a prohibitionist. his pleasant, agreeable social qualities have won him an extensive acquaintance, and he commands the general esteem.

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