Literature Search: John Hamilton, Immigrant (Transferred)

Updated/Edited: 5 Apr 2015

“1. Perform a literature search
The first step is to seek out what pertinent work genealogical predecessors have already done. In effect, the directive is to search the literature. This may mean examining a collection of papers inherited from a relative, or perhaps a published book or article, or, in recent decades, a page on a website.”…”Much of this searching may now be done online, but on-site library research remains an essential element to this step.”
From: Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Elements of Genealogical Analysis, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, c2014), page 65

Here is our list, so far. Please help me add to it.

Middlesex County, MA: Abstracts of Court Files, 1649–1675. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003), (Unpublished abstracts by Thomas Bellows Wyman, “Abstract of Middlesex court files from 1649,” n.d.)
[1665/6 – March 28th – Test: John Hamelton, he about 30 years, taken before commissioners of Concord, signed Timothy Wheeler, Thomas Brroks, mark & Robert Meriam.]

A History of the Town of Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts: From its Earliest Settlement to 1832: and of the Adjoining Towns, Bedford, Acton, Lincoln, and Carlisle, Containing Various Notices of County and State History Not Before Published (Google eBook) by Lemuel Shattuck, Russell, Odiorne, and Company, 1835 – Acton (Mass. : Town), 392 pages. John Hamilton on page 373.

The Genealogy Of The Hamilton Family From 1716 To 1894, compiled by Salome Hamilton, Faribault, Minn.; 1894; A.C. Bausman, Printer, Minneapolis. Available digitally at ExLibris Rosetta. Page 106 contains a “Hamilton Family Record, As handed down to and rewritten by Horatio Asa Hamilton on 9 Dec 1887, at age 47.” Available here as a PDF: The Genealogy of the Hamilton Family, From 1716 to 1894 (Thanks to Dan H., again!)

Concord Massachusetts, Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635 to 1850 (Concord, Mass.: T. Todd Printer, 1895) by George Tolman. (Free Google eBook)

Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of the Commonwealth and the Founding of the Nation“, by Hon. Hiram Carleton, (1904) Vol. II , New York: Lewis Pub. Co. Pages 203 and 204. Joseph Gilbert Stafford “married, June 30 1880, to Miss Abbie Mather Hamilton” “Her parents were Joseph Henry and Abbie (Mather) Hamilton. She is a lineal descendant of John Hamilton (I), who was one of the Scotch prisoners of war taken by Cromwell at the battle of Dunbar, September 3, 1650, and sent to this country. He was given a grant of land in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1658; in 1668 he was in Concord, where he died in 1680. He married Christian (name unknown), and their children born in Concord, were John, born March 1, 1668, and Joseph, born January 9, 1671.” It goes on to list info on: John (2), Lt. John (3), Silas (4), John (5), Joseph (6), Joseph Henry (7).

History of Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County Massachusetts with a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity“, (1907) Vol. I, ed. by Ellery Bicknell Crane New York: Lewis Publishing Co., pg. 392. It details the ancestors of James Prescott Hamilton, and his descent from John (1), John (2), John (3), Reuben (4), Asa (5), Sewell (6) and Charles Augustus (6), Edward (7), son of Sewell, James Prescott (7), son of Charles A. It answers some of the questions about this Reuben that we had but doesn’t have any new info on John(1).

Genealogy of the Hamilton Family in America by Charles W. Hamilton. Marsha H. states,  “Charles William Hamilton published (1933, pp 63) the research that his father, Charles William, Sr. (b. 1859, Omaha, NB) started. He describes it as “more a memorandum compiled by my father of the known records concerning the Hamilton Family in America than a history of that family.” Charles W., Jr. added his own additional research into the early Mass. records of the Hamilton family and traces the basic info. [b., d., m., ch.] on many of the family’s branches. Much of their research served as a foundation for my own and contributed many leads and details unavailable from earlier sources for the various John Hamilton branches. [Despite discovery of some errors in it. He usually indicated when he was not sure of the data.]” Complete PDF copy: Genealogy of The Hamilton Family In America (Thank-you Dan Hamilton!) Teresa’s partial transcription can be found HERE.

John Hamilton – Yeoman of Concord, Sketches of Ten Generations Of One Branch Of The Hamilton Family In America, (1658 – 1958) by Charles Walter Hamilton (focuses on the descendants of Joseph Hamilton b 1697 in Concord) Available as a PDF: John Hamilton, Yeoman of Concord

The History of East Brookfield, MASS, 1686 – 1970, Published By The Town Of East Brookfield, MASS., c 1970 By Louis E. Roy, M.D., West Brookfield, MASS.; Printed By The Heffernan Press Inc., Worcester, Mass. (Contains the five major families descended from John Hamilton (Yeoman of Concord) in the Brookfields.)

A Pioneering People, 500 Years of Adventuresome Westward Bound Kinfolks, A Genealogy and Narrative by [Oscar] Myron Hamilton, Columbus, Georgia, March 1998. Page 10 has a brief ancestry for Myron back to John Hamilton (1).

Hauber, Martha Hamilton, Hamilton, Carter, Goodrich, Reed and Related Families of New England, (Decorah, Iowa: Anundsen Publishing Company, 2000) Pages 130-141 trace her ancestry from John Hamilton (1) and Christian.

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume II, C-F, page 412. An excellent explanation and description of methodology and sources is available at: The Great Migration Study Project, c2006.

Ancestry Family Tree maintained by Dan Hamilton of West Brookfield, John Hamilton of Concord Family Tree 2 at

Henry O. Hamilton

Henry O. Hamilton


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