France) Société asiatique (Paris.

Notes and queries: Chiefly relating to Interior Pennsylvania, Volume 2 online

. (page 16 of 81)
Online LibraryFrance) Société asiatique (ParisNotes and queries: Chiefly relating to Interior Pennsylvania, Volume 2 → online text (page 16 of 81)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

on a visit to the Ohio country. His
children were:

i A son; name unknown.

it A son; name unknown.

Hi. Thayendanegea, (Joseph Brant).

iv. Molly; known in history as Miss
M lly, and who became the wife of Sir
William Johnson, the commandant of
His Brittanic Majesty's forces in the Mo-
hawk countrv, and also Superintendent
of Indian Affaire in America.

HI. Thatbndanbgba, known as Jo-
seph Brant. He was born on the banks
of the Ohio in 1742; d. November 24,
1807, at Wellington Square, Upper Can-

Digitized by



Historical and Genealogical.

ada. It is stated that bis first appearance
as a warrior was in 1759, when be par-
ticipated in the Niagara campaign of that
year, under Sir William Johnson, who,
in 1771. sent him to Dr. Wbeelock's In**
dian school at Hanover, wbete he trans-
lated portions of the New Testament into
the Mohawk languaee. In 1763 be was
in the war against Pontiac. He was, at
the breaking out of the Revolutionary
war, secretary to Guy Johnson, superin-
tendent of the Indians, whom be excited
to take arms against the Colonists. Re-
turning from a visit to England in 1775-6,
he was employed by the British in pre-
datory excursions against the Colonists
in connection with the savage Tory refu-
gee, Col. John Butler; served under St.
Leger at the investment of Port Stanwix;
was a leader in the severe battle of Oiis-
kany 6th August, 1777, and, though it is
now believed, not present at the Wyom •
ing Massacre, was in that at Cherry Val-
ley, and it July, 1779, led the band that
destroyed the Mi nisi oka, and defeated the
party ol Col. Tusten. Be held a colonel's
commission from the King, and, after the
war, prevailed upon the various tribes
to make a permanent trenty of peace.
In 1786 he again visited England, where
he was received with distinction, and col-
lected funds for the erection of the first In-
dian church builtin Upper Canada,and was
afterward employed by Gov. Carleton in
the public seivice. He opposed the con-
ederation of the Indians, which led to
the expedition of Wayne in 1793, and did
his utmost to preserve peace with the
Indians and the United States. He
translated the Gospel of St. Mark into
the Mohawk language, and did much lor
the welfare of bis people. Brant was
thrice married. His first wife, Margaret,
was the daughter of an Oneida chief.
She died in 1771, leaving issue:

i Isaac; b. at Canajoharie; d. 1795 at
Burlington Heigh is, Canada, in a
drunken brawl. He was partly educated
at a school in the Mohawk Valley, and
his education was completed at Niagara.
He fell into the habit of drinking while
at the military post of Niagara after the
War of the Revolution. He committed
several outrages of a grave nature, al-
though his father made every effort to
reclaim his wayward son. In 1795, on

the occasion of receiving the annual
bounty of the Government, he threat-
ened the life of his father — in a rencontre
which ensued Isaac was seriously wound-
ed — although not dangerous. His rage
and violence, however, and refusal to-
have his wound dressed, resulted in his
death. Captain Brant surrendered him-
self to the authorities, who considering
the homicide justifiable, dismissed tbe-
case. Isaac Brant left a widow and two
children :

1. Isaac, who appears to have been a

counterpart of his father. . He
served with some distinction in tbe-
war of 1812-14, but was killed in a
drunken frolic.

2. Christina; she married a Frenchman

wb.) was killed toward the close of

the century, on the Wabash river.

They left children.
Brant, m., secondly, in the winter of
1772-8. by a German clergyman, Susan**
na, half sister to Margaret; d. shortly
after marriage without issue.

Brant, m , thirdly, by a clergyman at
South Niagara, in the winter of 1780?
Catharine, sibter of bis first wite'and eldest
dau. of the bead chief of the Turtle tribe,
first in rank io the Mohawk nation, with-
whom he had been some years living ac-
cording to the Ind an fashion. She was
b. io 1759; d. at Brantford Nov. 24, 1887.
They had is^ue:

ui Joseph, jr., b. 1788; d. 1830; edu-
cated at Dartmouth College, but did not
complete tbe regular course; m and had

1. Catharine: m. Aaron Hill.
w. Jacob; d in 1846; educated at Dart-
mouth College, but did not complete the*
regular course; m. and had

1. John.

2. /Squire.

3. Christina, m. John Jones.

4. Jacob jr., m. Mary Jones.

5. Peter

6 Charlotte, m. Peter Smith. *
v. John (Ahyouwaegbe), b. Sept. 27;
1794, at the Mobawk village on Grand'
River; d. there September, 1832, of
Asiatic cholera. He received a good
English education at Ancaster and Ni-
agara under tbe tuition of Mr. Richard
Cockrel; but through life he improved his
mind greatly by the study of the best
English autbois, by associations and by-

Digitized by


Historical and Genealogical.


travel. Hit manners were those of an
accomplished gentleman. When the war
of 1813-14 broke out, the Mohawks, true
to their ancient faith, espoused the canse
of England, aod the young chief Tekari*
hoffea, took the fMd with his warriors
and did important service. After the de-
claration of peace he settled down at
Wellington Square and became noted for
his hospitality. Ee visited Eogland in
1821 to appeal to the crown in behalf of
his people. In 1827 he was appointed
captain and superintendent of the 8ix
Nations. In 1833 be was returned a
member of the Provincial Parliament, but
was deprived of his seat on accouot of a
want of freehold qualification. He died
shortly after.

ei Margaret; d. in 1848, m. —

Powles, and left issue.

vii thariru; d. Jan. 31. 1867, at
Wellington 8quare; m. Peter John.

viii Mary; m. 8eth Hill and left one
child living in 1873

ix Elizabeth; d. April. 1844,at Welling-
ton 8qu*re; m. in 1828 at Mohawk
church, William Johnson Kerr, Esq., son
of Dr. Robert Kerr, of Niagara, and a
grandson of Sir William Johnson. They
had 4 children. Upon their son was con-
ferred the title of Tbkabihogba.


I. The Family of L**eoelc Townsblp.

[Several years ago, frequent inquiries
were made, coming from all sections of
the United States, concerning the ancestry
of Governor James Hamilton, of South
Carolina. Squire Ev»ns has taken up
the subject, and gives us in a series of
valuable papers such data as he has gath-
ered in bis researches among the Lan-
caster county records ]

William" Hamilton, the pioneer set-
tler of this name, located in Leacock
township. Lancaster county, about the
year 1738. I fiod his name upon the
records as owning land adjoining
Hattel Yarner who owned the land
at and around now Leacock Meeting
House along the old* Philadelphia and
Lancaster road, about eleven miles east
from Lancaster, as early as the year
1734. On April 11, 1749, William Ham**
ilton and Jane his wife sold two hundred

and six acres of land in Lea-
cock Township to Philip Eackert,
the land having been patented to John
Herr in 1734 • The land upon which Mr.
Hamilton resided, and owned, adjoined
Leacock Meeting House on the east, and
extended across the old road, then known
as the "King's Highway," the Mansion
House being near the head of a small
stream, which ran in a northerly direc*
tion and emptied into Mill Greek. This
land was purchased from Hattel Yarner,
or his son John.

Mr. Hamiltou continued to follow ag<*
ricultural pursuits exclusively down to
August 29. 1767. He was a prominent
member of Leacock Presbyteiian church.
On August 29, 1767, he purchased the
tavern and twenty acres of land adjoin-
his farm from Robert Clinch, which was
known in provincial times as the sign of
the "Three Crowns." This was part of
the John Yarner tract During the Rev-
olution, when Col. Lowrey's militia
marched from Donegal to Chester, in the
summer of 1777. they made a target of
the old sign . This o»d emblem of royalty
was taken down Thereafter, while the
tavern was owned and conducted by the
Hamilton*, it was known, as the "Brick
Tavern "

Mr. Hamilton was an ardent patriot,
and was conspicuous in his efforts in be**
half of the Continental cause. Be'wg
well advanced in years, he was not able
to endure the hardships of a military liter
but he bad stalwart sods, who enlisted in
the army. His son Col. James Hamilton
rose from the ranks to a high position in
the army. He became the progenitor of a
very distinguished family in South Caros
lina William Hamilton died in Janu-
ary, 1782. His tender regard for his son
James, who was with the army in
the South, Whs shown when he
wrote his will. He devised a farm to
each of his sons Hugh, William, John
and Robert. At this time he did not
know whether James was living or not,
and fearing he might return to his home
a maimed soldier, and unable to make a
comfortable living, gave him two thousand

He left surviving* him his wife Jane,
and children as follows:


Digitized by



Historical and Genealogical.

ii William

iii John; d. upon the farm in Leacock
inherited from his father, prior to the
decease of bis brother.

iv. Jame$.

«. Robert

vi Jane; m. Joel Baker.

*ii. Ann; m. James Wallace.

viii Nancy; m. Thomas ** ade.

He a1»o men'ioD8 a sister Mary. Col.
James Mercer was a witness to the will.

Jane, the widow of Mr. Hamilton, mar-
ried secondly John Wilson, sr., who was
a widower and had several grown up
sons, one of whom, John, jr.,
married Jane Hamilton, daughter
of Robert Hamilton, Mrs. Jane
Wilson's own granddaughter. Jane
Wilson died in the year 1808. In
her will she mentions the following:
Granddaughter Ann Witmer, Grand-
daughter Jane dau. of Robert Hamil-
ton, Granddaughter Jane Weaver,
Grandson John Hamilton son of William
Ham. Hon. She names the following
sons by her former husband: Hugh, Wils
liam, John, Robert, Jane and her step-
son, Robert Willson, and her grandson,
Hujth Wallace, Esq.

Hugh Hamilton; (*on of William),
horn 1750, died in 1804, intestate, leaving
a widow and nine children. Oa the 14th
day of January, 1805, Hugh Hamilton,
his oldest sod, came into court and asked
to have viewers appointed to
appraise and decide, if possible,
the deceased's farm of two hundred and
seventeen acres. This farm adjoined the
estate of John Hamilton, deceased, (who
was a brother of Hugh Hamilton, Sr.)
In the petition of Hugh Hamilton, Jr.,
his brothers and sisters are named in the
following order:

i. Hugh

ii William.

Hi Jane.

w. Sarah.

«. Jame$

tf R<b*t.

«it John.
. viii Lisle.

ix Margiret

Hugh Hamilton (son of Hugh, son
of William, married Isabella Enoz, and
bad children :

i Lyle
. ii Baiiy

iii. Robert

ia. Margaret

v William.

vi. John.

Of this latter family, William became
the most prominent. He grew up on his
father's farm in Leacock, and was sent
during the winter months to the common
schools of the neighborhood. At the age
of sixteen he went to labor among
the farmers of the neighborhood,
and this continued until he at-
tained the age of twenty-five years.
After which be filled the position of super-
visor on the old Columbia and Philadel-
phia railroad when yet owned by the
State, in Paradise township, extending a
distance of several miles. This position
he h- Id for five years. On February 29th
1848. he married Louisa Slay maker, daugh-
ter of Henry aod Susan Slay maker, of
Paradise township, and soon thereafter
took up his residence in Williamstown,
aloag the Philadelphia and Lancaster
turnpike and a few miles from the place
of his birth. Ibis village was the place
of residence of several ot the 81 ay maker
families, and within a mile of Mat bias
Slay maker, the pioneer settler of the
family. Mr. Hamilton inherited his faith
in Democracy from bis ancestors wno
were all opjoied to the Federal
Party. He did not experience a
change of heart in political faith until
1855, when he became a candid* te for
the State Legislature on the Know-
Nothing ticket, and was elected, and re*
elected in 1856 Thenceforward he be-
came a prominent member of the Repub
lican party, and was elected a State
legislator in 1860 on the ticket with
John A. Hiestand, now member of Con-
gress from the - Lancaster district. He
was in the Legislature during the trying
period of the war of the Rebellion, and
rendered valuable aid to the Union
cause. Few men in his county had the
influence he held among his neighbors.
His will was theirs, and he used it with
effect when it became necessary. His
wife, nee Slay maker, died February 23d,
1857. leaving five children, namely:

i Isabella C ; m in 1885, Dr. Hugh
Hamilton, of Harrisburg.

Digitized' by


Historical and Genealogical.


H. Marp M. ; m. John Boreland, of
Salisbury township.

Hi. John (deceased )

yd. HMtabeth Slaymaker.

v. Loutia.

In 1858 he married secondly, Ann
Lemer, widow of 0. J. Bailey, of Harris*
burg. Pa., who survived Mr. Hamilton
was stricken with paralysis several years
before his death, which occurred a year
or two ago.

This day another attempt has been
made to elect a United States Senator.
After the vote was taken, the conven-
tion adjourned until this day two weeks.
Tbe votes were as follows: Marks, 31;
Burnside, 19; Sargent. 20; Ingham, 18;
Darlington. 19; Rogers, 5; Todd, 2.

The judge breaking committees are
progressing in ttie examination of wit-
nesses. W bat the result may be is un*
certain. The great number of witnesses
and the different records of the courts in

Historical, Biographical and Genealogical*

the distiict will make Chapman's case
very tedious.
I would be pleased to hear from yon.


Please to write. Very 1 1 ul y,

Wm. Forster.

MoQuebh.— John McQueen, of Deny,
owneVl a saw mill on Conewago creek, a
short ^distance from Captain Thomas
Harris He died in 1770, leaving a wife,
Susanna, and the following children:

j (A daughter); m. John Fleming.

jl Jo*jah.

fit. 8nrah\ m. Abraham Scott.

to. Rachel.

v. Margaret,

vi Robert.

vii David.

Tbe descendants of this family prob-
ably went to North Carolina.

Mr. R. Hates. Mifflin burg, Pa.



Little is known of tbe individual for
whom the Fort at Hunter's was named.
From the court records at Lancaster we
have gleaned the following. It will be
seen that ne was connected with the
Chambers of that locality, tbe same fam-
ily who settled at Falling Springs, now
Chamber a burg.

In 1757, Captain Samuel Hunter came
into court in behalf of himself and Katha-
rine his wife, late Katharine Chambers,


[We copy from the Lew is burg Ohron*
iele of September 29ih tbe following ad-
dressed to Robert Go dloe Harper
Harper Hayes who was grandfather of
tbe wife of S. H. Orwig, Esq. The
writer William Forster was a bachelor
cousin of Mr. Hayes. ]

Habbisburgh. Jan'y 31, 1824.

Dear 8ir — General La Fayette arrived
at this place on Sunday evening last very
unexpectedly. We were not apprised of
his coming until the morning of tbe same
day. He has taken hi* lodgings with the
Governor. We have had tbe pleasure of
seeing him this morning in tbe Slate
House. I was much disappointed in bis
appearance. He is quite a robust look-
ing man, speaks somewhat quick, not
very plain. He often says "My hert
warms lor de 'Merican beople." He is
to leave for this place on Wednesday
next for Baltimore.

widow and admiuistrator of the estate of
Joseph Chambers, deceased, and asked to
have three of the Justices of the Court
to meet in Paxt»ng township to settle
her account, tor the reason that she was
in too feeble health to journey to Lancas-
ter. Whereupon at an orphans' cwrt
heM at tbe bouse of Samuel Hunter, in
Paxtang, March 81, 1757, before John
Allison, Esq., Thomas Forster, Esq , and
Adam Reed, Esq , they found tbe value
of tbe esute (perhaps tbe personal enly)
to be £1.138; Samuel Hunter to enjoy
the upper mill at an annual rental of
£140. He had the privilege also of rent-
ing the lower mill.

Joseph Chambers left one son, Thomas,
and three other children. The court in
Provincial times was very accommodat-
ing, and tbe records show that frequently
one or more of the Justices were assigned
to distant townships for the purpose of
hearing appeals in the valuation of prop-
1 erty, &c. As in the Chambers estate, it

Digitized by



Historical and Genealogical.

was perhaps no unusual thing to hold
Orphans' Court in the outlying town-

Capt Hunter was executor of the es
tate of Thomas Chambers, deceased, son
of his wife's firs*, husntnd. He was to
pay £374 to William Patterson, Esq., and
Jarr^s Potter for the maintenance of
Catharine, Thomas and James Chambers.

I. The Family of L«wooek Towo»tilp.


John Hamilton, the son of the first
William Hamilton, who died in 1808,
upon the farm in Leacock township, left
the following family :

f. Jane; m. Adam Weaver.

H Ann; m. John Wallace.

Hi- WiWam.

fo. Margaret.

t. Thomas

Jane and her husband Adam Weaver
<house carpenter) accepted the mansion
farm at tbe appraisement.

Col. Jambs Hamilton (son of William
Hamilton) was ur questionably the mopt
distinguished member of this more than
ordinary family. He was born upon the
paternal farm in 1757, in Leacock town-
shiD. He was probably one of the clas*
sic*l scholars of the Rev. Robert Smith
at Pequea church. When tbe tocsin
of war sounded at Massachusetts
Biy, his heart was fired with patriotic
zeal, before he attained his majority. On
March 16th, 1776, he was enrolled as
second lieutenant iu Captain John Mur-
ray's company of riflemen in the 8econd
Battalion of Col. Miles' regiment. He
must have shown an aptitude for military
affairs to an unusual degree in olc so

foung to be placed in the line of officers,
n his future career he demonstrated the
wisdom of the selection. He was in active
service in the Jerseys and partici-
pated in tbe campaign there. He
was in tbe hottest of the fight on Long
Island in August, taken piisoner, and
not exchanged until November 2, 1777.
For gallant conduct in this action, in
September, 1778, he was promoted to a
captaincy in the First Pennsylvania,
commanded by Col. James Chambers
{who subsequently married a Miss Ham-

ilton.) On December 10. 1778, he was
promoted to Major of the Second Penn-
sylvania Regiment of the Line, com*
manded by Col. Walter Stewart. In
May, 1780, he commanded a detachment,
and, as senior Major, his Battalion at
York town, which was in Gen. Wayne's

After the surrender of Corn wall is,
General Wayne with his Brigade was
sent to the relief of Charleston, and Major
Hamilton was in service there when
peace was declared. When there he met
Miss Elizabeth Lynch, sister of Thomas
Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the
Declaration of Independence from South
Carolina. They were married, and for
years they lived upon his plantation on
the Santee. For some time prior and at
the time of his death he resided in
tbe city of Charleston. Among
other children he had a son
James, who was born in Charleston,
May 8, 1786, and became one of the most
distinguished of tbe many prominent men
of tbe .Palmetto 8tate. He received a
collegiate education and graduated with
high honors. His fa* her had in view the
profession of law for his son, but be pre-
ferred a military life and entered the army,
serving with great credit as a major in
the Canadian campaigns under Scott
and Brown, in 1812. The battles thare
were the hottest and better contested on
both sides than any others during tbatwar.
After the war he commenced the study
of the law with James L. Petigrew. For
several years in succession Major Hamil-
ton w r w chosen tbe chief officer in Charles-
ton, which corresponds to that of Mayor
in Northern cities. He displayed emi-
nent abilities in this position, which
brought him into prominence. In 1822
he discovered the Vesey conspiracy to
raise an insurrection among the slaves.
In the same year he was elected to the
State Legislature, where he at once
distinguished himself as a debator.
He was chosen a representative
to Congress in 1821 and in 1826.
He esp' used the doctrines of free toad*
and advocated direct taxation. He be*
lieved in the duelling code, and was
Randolph's second in his duel with
Henry Clay, and second to Gov. Mc*
Duffle in his duel with Col. Cummings,

Digitized by


Historical and Genealogical.


of Georgia, and occupied the same posi-
tion upon other similar occasions. He
was a strong partisan of Gen. Jackson,
and in 1828, whf n he became President,
he offered bim the post of Minister to
Mexico, with authority to negotiate the
annexation of Texas. This be declined.
fie quitted Congress to become Gov-
ernor of South Carolina in 1880,
at the interesting period when his Btate
•resolved to nullify the Federal tariff
laws. He became a "nullifler," and was
one of the ablest advocates of "Btate
Rights.* 1 The war breeze kicked up in
£outh Carolioa caused great excitement
throughout the country, and was not en-
tirely allayed until the compromise of
(Henry Clay was brought about, when
Mr. Hamilton retired from public life, and
devoted himself to the care cf his plan-
tation. In a few years he becime
ardently interested ia the cause of
Texas, to which he gave his
personal services, and a large portion of
his private fortune. In 1841, while
Texas was an Independent Republic, he
was her Minister to England and France,
where he procured the recogmtioo of her
independence. On the death of John C.
Calhoun, in 1852, he was appointed his
successor in the U. 8. Senate, but de-
clined the office for domestic reasons. In
his efforts in behalf of Texas he expended
his fortune and he became involved in
.pecuniary difficulties, which harassed the
latter years of his life. He was on his
way to Texas to stek indemnification
for his losses, when he perished by a
' ollision between the steamboats Galves*
•ton and Opelouses, in the latter of which
he was a passenger. With his usual
-courtesy he yielded his own chance of
safety to a lady among the passengers,
to whom he was an entire stranger. His
conduct was in sharp contrast to that of
a prominent lawyer in Lancaster, who
witnessed his wife's struggles in the
Hudson River at the Henry Clay disas-
ter without making a supreme
effort to save her life. Mr.
Hamilton was esteemed by his
native State, as one of her greatest citi-
zens. 3. P. Hamilton, who resides at
Chester, South Carolina, is a son. Gov-
ernor Hamilton had a brother Robert,
who moved to the West, and it is sup-

posed that Governor Hamilton, of Illi-
nois was one of his descendants.

Robert Hamilton was the youngest
son of William Hamilton, and inherited
a large farm and the "Brick Tavern"
from bis father. He married Margaret
Wilson, and had two children, John and

John Hamilton, the son of Robert,
just named, married Elizabeth Baker,
sister of Joel rJaker, and daughter of
Jacob Baker. He inherited his father's
form and the "Brick Tavern," which he
continued to keep until a few years after
the war of 1812. They were the parents
of twelve children. He sold his farm
and moved to that of Dr. Car-
penter, below Bainbridge, where
he farmed a few years, when he removed
to the large stone tavern at the ferry at
Bainbridge, built by Col. Bertram Gal ■
braith. He continued there until the
completion of the Columbia and Phila-
delphia Railroad, when he was appointed
by the canal commissioners weigh master
in Columbia, to which place he removed.
Ho died suddenly soon after his appoint**
mtnt in Columbia, and left surviving his
wife Elizabeth and children:

i. Wileon; m. Barbara Kenny, of Bain-
bridge. Both are living in Columbia.
Their only daughter, Josephine, is living
with tbem.

44. Elizabeth; m. Henry Horst, of Ca-
noy township.

444. Margaret; living in Columbia.
f to. Paul; for many years was engaged
either as passenger agent or proprietor of

?a&senger car line from Columbia to
Philadelphia, and subsequently a heavy
contractor in construction of Union ca-
nals and railroads to avoid planes on the
mountains. Died some years ago in
Columbia, unm.

v. Robert; m. Caroline Myers, of Co-
lumbia, leaving her a widow and one
child, Callie, both living.

ef Jacob; m. Miss Sarah Eating.

v44. Hannah.

viH Charlotte.

4x. James.

x. Ltah Jane.

x4 Rebecca,

xii Lavinia.

Jane Hamilton, sister of the last
mentioned, married Joel Barker, who be-

Online LibraryFrance) Société asiatique (ParisNotes and queries: Chiefly relating to Interior Pennsylvania, Volume 2 → online text (page 16 of 81)