John Hamilton Sketch with Citations

Updated/Edited: 24 Aug 2018 by Teresa (Hamilton/Pepper) Rust

IMPORTANT UPDATE!
According to:
Christopher Gerrard, Pam Graves, Andrew Millard, Richard Annis, and Anwen Caffell, Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, (England: Oxbow Books, 2018).

On page 250, John is categorized as:
Probable [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity]

Hamilton, John. Residences: Charlestown, Concord MA. B.c.1634. D.1680. Probably from the Unity but a John Hanoman appears on the John & Sara which might be this man. [Exiles; DR; SPOWS; Ch.8]

For explanations of the category, abbreviations and references see List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost lives, New Voices.

First Generation in the New World

1. JOHN¹ HAMILTON, was born presumably in Scotland about 1634 and died at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts before 5 Oct 1680*.[1] He married at Concord, before 1668, CHRISTIAN (EDWARDS?).[2]

Children of John and Christian (probably Edwards) Hamilton:
2.  i.  JOHN² HAMILTON+, born at Concord  in  Mar 1667/8 [3]
2. ii.  JOSEPH² HAMILTON+, born at Concord on 9 Jan 1671 [4]

[1] John’s birth location is based primarily on the Y-DNA results that show John was VERY Scottish and at this early date in Massachusetts with no records of John prior to 1658, it is presumed that he was indeed a Scottish prisoner of war. SEE: The Hamilton DNA Project: We are “Group R1b-05 (Formerly Group E1) Haplogroup R1b1a2a1a2c1k or R-L1335” His birth date is based on his age at a court record in Concord in 1666, where he is thought to be 30 years old. If he was born in 1636 then he would be about 14 in 1640 and 15 in 1651, which would make him a very young Scottish soldier.
*Charlestown court records of October 5, 1680, showing the assignment of the John Hamilton inventory to Henry Woodis.
Dobson, David. Scots in New England, 1623-1873., (Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002.), 92.

Hamilton, Charles William, Genealogy of The Hamilton Family In America  (1933) (Salem, Mass.: Higgnson Book Company, reprint 1998), 10-11. RE: Clark, Frank M. Article written. (current location unknown, possibly from the NEHGR, Vol. 3, 241-242). (1897) says, “An inventory of the estate of John Hamilton, lately deceased.” No place or date is given but the dwelling house mentioned in this inventory, was at “Elm Brook Meadow [Concord, Mass.].” This inventory occupies the lower half of a page and the preceding entry is dated 1681.” “Therefore we can say it was entered after 1681, possibly, several years after that date.”
Dobson, David. Scots in New England, 1623-1873., (Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002.), 92.

[2] Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.), 338. “HAMILTON, John & Christian _____: b [before] 1668; Concord”

[3] Tolman, George. Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Concord, Mass.: T. Todd, printer, 1895), 14. (free Google eBook) “John, son of John hamelton & Christian his wife born 1. march 67. [16]68.²” “² County record says 68-69”

[4] Tolman, George. Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Concord, Mass.: T. Todd, printer, 1895), 16. (free Google eBook) “Joseph son of John hamelton & Christian his wife borne, 9th. Jen’ 1671”

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