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David Hamlet

Also Known As: "David ( may have went by middle name )"
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Nelson, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Wood Center, Clayton, Iowa, United States
Place of Burial: Wood, Clayton, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Burgess Hamlet and Candice (Dicey) Hamblet (Hamblett,Hamlet,Hamlett)
Husband of Margaret Puckett Hamlett
Father of Martha Jane Perry; William Archer Hamlett; Sarah Hamlett; James David Hamlett; Freylinghuysen Hamlet and 5 others
Brother of Salley ( Sally ) Wood; Archer ( Archillies?) Hamblett (Hamblet,Hamlet); Nancy Utley; Susanna Lunsford; Dicey Ann Saunders and 3 others

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About David Hamlet

David Hamlet ( note single T ) Born Jan. 7, 1812, Nelson County Virginia, died Dec. 17, 1890 at his home near Wood, Iowa, Clayton County, Iowa. Buried in the Hamlett cemetery east of Wood, Iowa, on the ground he and his son David gave for that purpose. Name written as "Hamblett" on marriage license. Married Nov. 1, 1834, Nelson County, Virginia ( David Cowper, (Cooper) surety ), to Margaret Harris Puckett. She was born June 16, 1822 Nelson County, Virginia and died Feb. 13, 1912 at the home of her son, Thomas near Wood, Iowa. She is buried beside her husband. Margaret was daughter of James and Martha ( Freylinghausen ) Harris; Granddaughter of James and Lucy ( Puckett ) Harris of Albemarle County, Virginia. She had an uncle Jesse Harris, also of Albermale County, and who married Ellender Wood. Margaret was married under the name "Puckett", her stepfathers name, her father having died when she was an infant. "Freylinghausen" was an early Hooland Dutch name of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. There was a small early Dutch settlement in the present county of Nelson known as "Nassau". Year 1760, ( Virginia Land Patent Book 29, page 99 ) gives a reference to this locality; "Walter King of County Kent, England was granted a large tract of land in Albermale County on north branch of Tye River, Nassau Creek was one of the boundries.: Year 1780, ( Henings Statutes, Vol 10 page 300) gives another reference to Walter King whereby he conveyed 1000 acres on Hat Creek in Amherst County to his son and which was to be taken out of his possession commonly called "Nassau". In the publication, "Amherst County, Virginia, in the Revolution," under "preface", by Lenora Higginbotham Sweeny, is found this reference,; " The first Court House of Amherst County, year 1764, was surrounded by the plantation of John Loving, known as the "Nassau Tract". ( Nelson County was formed from Amherst County year 1897). Dr Alexander Brown in "The Cabells and Their Kin" gives considerable information relative to this tract of land. Of late years it was known a Huntley and is in the vicinity of Arrington where some of the early Hamlett's lived. It is not known to the writer whether these Dutch settlers came from Pennsylvania or directly from Holland to Virginia. They were of an old armorial family in their native country. Wappen: Auf einem Boden ein Haus. Helm: Drei gestengelte rosen. Reference "Siebmachers Wappenbuch Burgerliche Wappen," The parents of David and Margaret were neighbors in the vicinity of Rockfish, Virginia and it was often told that David being ten years Maragrets senior, rocked her in the cradle. David and Margaret at one time lived near Massies Mill. records do show the exact year that David moved his family, ( with the exception of Martha Jane ( Hamlett) Perry and Sarah Margaret Hamlett who remained in Nelson County, Virginia, and James David, who went to war,) in Nelson County, West Virginia, but presumed to be year 1858-1859 as court records show that David disposed of all possessions, household goods included, fall of 1858. In year 1863 they are found in Braxton County, West Virginia: Davids brother, William Burgess Hamlet, Jr had gone to Randolph County, West Virginia prior to 1854. The trend to move westward was strong in those days, and year 1866, David, Margaret, sons, Thomas and family; John and Elias; daughter Dicey and husband Caleb Hinkle , and niece, Ann Sanders, daughter of David's sister Dicey, came by rail to Eades Grove ( now Delhi ) Delaware County, Iowa: The Dubuque and Pacific Railroad which started in 1855, reached Delhi in 1858-59. William Archer, oldest son of David came to Clayton County, Iowa year 1861 or 1862. David's brother, William Burgess and wife Mary came in fall of 1854 to Greene County, Iowa, and sister Elvirey and husband, Gennings Seay came in the spring of 1857 to Van Buren County, Iowa. Ann Sanders remained for a time in Clayton County, then went to Southern Iowa, where she visited the latter mentioned families before returning to West Virginia. David and sons spent their first winter and summer in Iowa at Eades Grove; ( see records of Thomas ). On Oct. 1, 1867 he bought his first land in Iowa which was in Section 28, Elk Township, Clayton County: of Charles and Mary Taylor. Here he built a log cabin which they occupied that winter, added more acres from time to time and improved his buildings. Among those David purchased parcels of land from were Daniel and Adelia Cox, year 1870; William Horsnell and wife same year; William and Martha Jenkins of Delawre County in 1872; Thomas J. Radab and wife in 1873; Carter in 1877. This land lay in what was known as "Turkey Timber", about 1 1/2 miles east of Wood, Iowa, which was first known as "Gatesville", and comprised a country store built in year 1850, also a mill operated by the Gates family. In November, 1887 David sold 67 acres to his son Thomas and wife and in July 1889 he sold 60 acres, including the building site to Bernard Kurrelmeyer, having previously bought two improved lots ( the present building site of the Alley Barnes farm ), and which was just across the road from the farm of his son, Elias. David and Margaret lived on one of these lots until his death and his son John and family lived on the other lot. In February: 1891 Margaret sold the two lots to Lousia Hamlett, wife of her son John and spent the remainder of her years with her sons Elias and Thomas. David's "Old Home Place" east of Wood is now owned by his great grandson Lyle W. Hamlett, who purchased it from his father Elias T. Hamlett of Edgewood, Iowa. A deed of May 5, 1882 shows that Davids Hamlett, Sr and wife, and David Jr. and wife gave the trustees of the Hamlett cemetery, 2/5 acres. This cemetery is located just across the road from the present Lyle hamlet farm. A number of Hamletts' are buried in this cemetery, but no burials have been made here for many years. All of their children were born in Nelson County, Virginia. Martha Jane Hamlet born March 19, 1836 died in 1899 William Archer Hamlet born October 15, 1838 Sarah Margaret Hamlet born September 8, 1840, died in 1928 James David Hamlet born June 16, 1842, died February 18, 1920 Frelinghuysen Hamlet born January 13, 1844, died December 13, 1862 ( was not a soldier ) Thomas Hamlet born April 14, 1847, died December 23, 1918 Dicey Ann Hamlet born June 16, 1851, died December 23, 1902 John Hamlet born November 16, 1852 died 1910 Seaton Hamlet born March 19, 1854, died September 22, 1857 Elias Hamlet born September 23, 1856, died January 2, 1938 ( the above info is all from the book, My Virginia Kin by Blanche Hamlett Baldridge )

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David Hamlet's Timeline

January 7, 1812
Nelson, Virginia, United States
March 19, 1836
Age 24
Nelson, Virginia, United States
October 15, 1838
Age 26
Nelson County, Virginia, United States
January 16, 1842
Age 30
Nelson County, Virginia, United States
January 13, 1844
Age 32
April 24, 1847
Age 35
Nelson, Virginia, United States
June 16, 1851
Age 39
Nelson, Virginia, United States
November 16, 1852
Age 40
Nelson, Virginia, United States
September 23, 1856
Age 44
Nelson, Virginia, United States