John Hamilton, captain (1747 - 1818)

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Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Cross Lanes, Nicholas, Virginia
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Revolutionary War Service

JOHN assisted his uncle John HAMILTON, who was in the mercantile business, for a number of years prior to the Revolutionary War; was at the battle of Point Pleasant, and shortly thereafter promoted to Quartermaster, in which capacity, as well as in his prior experience with his uncle, family tradition says he acquired the business training whic h later made him, for those days, a wealthy man. I quote from W.D.p. 221-2, in the State Library at Richmond: "A general abstract of thepay due the 11th VA Regiment of Foot, Col. Morgans, for Oct 1777. JOHN HAMILTON was a Q-Master, amount of pay per month 27 1/2 dollars." This ,I think, was the rate for a captain. JOHN did not marry until just after his father made his Will leaving him the home place "unless he shall live and die a bachelor."On page 351 of chalkley's Chronicles (Vol 3): "16th May, 1786. RalphLaverty, of the Cowpasture, to his young est daughter Rebekah Laverty, natural love and affection and for her better maintenance and livelihood, one-half to remain in possession of Ralph and his wife fortheir natural lives. Delivered to JOHN HAMILTON, 29th December, 1786."Shortly after their marriage JOHN acquired complete control of the affairs of his father-in-law. Soon after Ralph Laverty's death, abt 1810, he moved his family, including his mother-in-law, to what is now Nicholas County West Virginia, where he became a very large landowner .He is said to have brought the first wagon int o this section. He was very active in the formation of the new county, and was one of its first Justices, having received his commission in Rockbridge. At the first term of the Nicholas County Court, May 1818, which was held at his home, JOHN petitioned for and received license to keep an ordinary, the first in the county. The second Court was also held at his home. e died in Sep 1818, and the next two terms were held at the Robinson home, and thereafter at the home of John Groves, until the courthouse was erected,on land presented to the county by JOHN's heirs. The ordinary license was taken over by William, after his father's death . Two sons, Robertand William, were trustees of the town of Summersville when it was organiz ed, and another son, JOHN MCKEE, was one of the commissioners appointed to locate the county seat of Braxton when it was establishedby the Act of 15 Jan 1836.

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1747
1747
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1786
August 10, 1786
Age 39
1787
December 21, 1787
Age 40
Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia;
1789
August 4, 1789
Age 42
1791
August 24, 1791
Age 44
1793
July 17, 1793
Age 46
1795
December 25, 1795
Age 48
1797
November 14, 1797
Age 50
1798
December 27, 1798
Age 51
Nicholas County, Virginia
1802
June 28, 1802
Age 55
Nicholas County, Virginia.