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About Capt. John Hamilton



   John Hamilton, a son of Robert and Margaret (McKee) Hamilton, was born in Lancaster County PA in 1748 and died in Greenbrier County VA in September 5, 18518. He is buried at Hughes Cemetery, alson known as the Military Cemetery,  (Waller Farm), Kesslers Cross Lanes, Nicholas County WV.  

He married Rebekah Laverty September 10, 1786. Rebecca, a daughter of Ralph and Sarah (Given) Laverty, was born in 1765 and died September 5, 1811.

John assisted his uncle John Hamilton in his mercantile business, for a number of years prior to American Revolution. He was at the battle of Point Pleasant, and shortly thereafter promoted to Quartermaster.

I quote from W.D. p. 221-2, in the State Library at Richmond: "A general abstract of the pay 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. Ralph Laverty, of the Cowpasture, to his youngest 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 for their 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, about 1810, he moved his family, including his mother-in-law, to what is now Nicholas County, WV, where he became a very large landowner. He is said to have brought the first wagon into that area.

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.

He 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, Robert and William, were trustees of the town of Summersville when it was organized, and another son, JOHN MCKEE, was one of the commissioners appointed to locate the county seat of Braxton when it was established by the Act of 15 Jan 1836.

Children of John and Rebekah (Laverty) Hanmilton.

  • 54. (1). Robert b. Dec 21 1787 d. May 11 1863 m. Frances Welsh (Welch) Peebles Febv 14 1815
  • 55. (2). Ralph b. Aug 4 1789
  • 56. (3). Margaret b. Aug 24 1791 m. Robert Kelly Dec 16 1817
  • 57. (4). Jane Laverty b. Jul 17 1793 d. Aug 1821
  • 58. (5). William b. Dec 25 1795 d. Sep 1821
  • 59. (6). Joseph b. Nov 14 1797 d. young in VA
  • 60. (7). John McKee b. Dec 1798/1799/1801 m. Rebecca Robinson Aug 25 1825 in Nicholas County VA (WV)
  • 61. (8). Archibald b. Jun 28 1802, d. young in VA
  • 62. (9). Mary Anne “Polly” b. Oct 12 1803 d. 1858 m. William Hamilton
  • 63. (10). David Robinson b. Oct 12 1806 d. 1891 m. Sarah Foster Mar 20 1822 m. ? Ann Keenan Apr 3 1828 in Nicholas County
  • 64. (11). Samuel Shrewsbury b. Sep 17 1807 m. Jane “Jennie” McCoy Jun 11 1829 Nicholas Co VA


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Capt. John Hamilton's Timeline

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Age 37
Rockingham Co., VA
August 4, 1789
Age 42
August 24, 1791
Age 44
Augusta, Virginia, United States
July 17, 1793
Age 46
December 25, 1795
Age 48
November 14, 1797
Age 50
December 27, 1798
Age 51
Nicholas County, Virginia
June 28, 1802
Age 55
Nicholas County /- Augusta County, Virginia