Children of William and Maria Hamilton:
Born.1832 Tyrone Ire; d.1918 Chicago, Il.. Margaret was said to have worked at the “NewHall House” in Milwaukee (a famous downtown hotel) located at Broadway and Michigan Street (now 611 N. Broadway). The Newhall house was a famous hotel in Milwaukee that burned to the ground in January of 1883. Here she met a Matt Cummins (a saloon-keeper) and married him – they then moved to Chicago, Illinois (date unknown -- perhaps after the fire). Margaret died 3/31/1889 of illness. Matt died later in Chicago as well. Her obituary is listed in the Chicago Daily News dated Monday April 1 1889. They resided there at 818 Washtenaw Avenue. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery – Chicago. Nothing further is known about Margaret. Children: Unknown (believed to be none).
Hamilton was the 2nd born of William L. Hamilton and 1st child of Maria. He was
born May 10, 1836 in Tyrone, Ireland and would have been about 8 years old when
he traveled with his parents from Tyrone Ireland to Canada. According to the
Weldon Chronology, he went with his father and Hiram Weldon (who would have been
the father of Elias Weldon - who married James sister Anna B. Hamilton) in a
covered wagon and a team of oxen to California in 1855 to mine “gold” in the
later portion of the gold rush era. James married Martha Weldon in Rubicon,
Dodge County Wisconsin on 7/3/1858 before leaving for California. Martha was
born 12/31/1842 in Ostego County New York. In Rubicon they had two children.
James and Martha (after his return to Wisconsin) went back to Sacramento
California in 1865 then to: Southern Oregon; Sweetwater Idaho; Garfield ounty
Washington State; Asotin County Washington State; and finally Clarkston –
Washington State. Clarkston is on the flats of the Snake River located in the
far southeast corner of the state bordering Oregon and Idaho. James reportedly
bread and raised cows and cattle (“stock”) for many years near Anatone.
James was undoubtedly a miner as younger man and an adventurer to boot. Martha
passed away March 3, 1917. James died 11 Sep 1919 at Asotin County, Clarkston,
Washington. Both are buried at Clarkston Cemetery.
Jane was born in 1838 in Tyrone Ireland and died (age 17) on 19 Aug 1855 in
Rubicon, Dodge County, Wi. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Neosho, Dodge
County Wisconsin (121 Woodlawn Street). While an assumption, it is suspected
that Mary Jane accompanied her sister Margaret to America about 1855 after her
father “saved up” money and reportedly brought them by boat to New York.
Perhaps the travel took her ill and she passed away that same year. No known
photo’s exist of Mary Jane.
was born 14 Aug 1840 in Tyrone Ireland. He married 1st - Johanna Melcher (“Nettie”)
7/2/1873 at Rubicon, Dodge Co., Wisconsin. She died about 1880 in Hartford,
Dodge Co., Wi. He married 2nd - Julia Andrus of Gilman Township, Pierce County,
Wisconsin5/4/1883. He died on 14 Apr 1912 in Township of Rock Elm, Pierce Co.,
Wi. Both are buried at Poplar Hill Cemetery, Pierce County, Wisconsin. Julia’s
father was reported to be one of the earliest setters of Spring Lake Township,
Pierce County, Wisconsin.
was the 5th born of William L. Hamilton and was the 4th child of Maria. He was
born 8/20/1842 at Kingston, Canada He would have been about 4 years old when he
traveled with his parents from Tyrone Ireland to Canada. He moved to Rock Elm,
Pierce County Wisconsin about 1872 (age ~30) acquiring farmland. His sister Emma
kept house for him until she married. He married Annabel Condit at River Falls
Wisconsin on 3/20/1878. Annabelle was born 3/5/1854 at Rubicon. He bought 80
acres in the Township of Rock Elm (Pierce County) on11/10/1879; T6N, R15W,
Section 6, N1/2 SE --- Wisconsin Accession Number WI0580.489}. John died 13 Mar
1917 in Spring Valley, Pierce Co., Wi. Annabel died on 28 Aug 1928 in Spring
Valley, Pierce Co., Wi. Both are buried in Poplar Hill Cemetery, Pierce Co.,
Wi.along with 1 child (Milton John Hamilton).
Anna Belle was born 7/4/1845 at Kingston, Canada and died 8/15/1926 at Rock Elm, Wisconsin (Pierce County) at the age of 85. She was the 6th born of William L. Hamilton and was the 5th child of Maria. While very young, she came with her parents to Rubicon Wisconsin. There she spent many years later referring to Rubicon as “home”. She married Elias C. Weldon 7/20/1867 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was born 8/24/1837 at Ostego County New York. In 1871 (her age of about 26), they moved to Rock Elm, Pierce County, Wisconsin and settled on a farm in Spring Lake Township. Here they raised 8 children, 1 dying in infancy. Elias was, according to his gravestone, a Civil War Veteran.
died 8/24/1921 and is buried alongside Anna at Poplar Hill Cemetery.
was born 9/16/1846 at Rubicon, Dodge County, Wisconsin and died 12/7/1913 at
Rock Elm, Wisconsin (Pierce County) -- age of 67. He is buried next to his wife
Carrie Almina Butler. He married Carrie Butler 6/30/1872 at Neosho, Dodge
County, Wisconsin. She was born 3/22/1854 at Rubicon, Dodge County, Wisconsin
and died at Rock Elm 12/16/1928 at the home of her daughter Lillian. Both are
buried at Poplar Hill Cemetery in Rock Elm Wisconsin.George
was said to have driven an oxen team from Rubicon to Pierce County – his wife
coming by train and then by boat. They settled on a homestead just north of
Olivet, in the town of Spring Lake, at a farm later owned by a Sam Thompson.
After selling this place, they bought horses which they later traded for a
homestead at north Rock Elm. On the following page is a story discovered about
George found in the book “The First 50 Years of The Rock Elm Township Area”
published in 1989.
Julia was born December 9, 1850 at Rubicon, Dodge County, Wisconsin and died December 28, 1853 at Rubicon – age of 3 months 19 days (this according to her gravestone). Nothing further is known of this individual. Julia is buried alongside her father William L. Hamilton in Woodlawn Cemetery in the town of Neosho, Dodge County, Wisconsin.
was born at Rubicon, Dodge County, Wisconsin August 1852 and died 6/12/1938
(place unknown – thought to be Minneapolis Minnesota). She married George
Ducklow at Rock Elm Wisconsin on 12/31/1875. He was born 8/10/1853 at Ashipun,
Dodge County Wisconsin – his parents from Ireland also.
to the Weldon Chronology, Emma kept house for her brother John while in Rock Elm
until her marriage in 1875. George Ducklow apparently came to Rock Elm in 1873
from Ashipun Wisconsin and was a blacksmith – having a shop in Rock Elm. They
later bought a farm in the Town of Rock
Elm, then moved to Olivet Wisconsin where he owned a grocery and general store.
In 1893 or 1894, they moved the store to Spring Valley Wi. when Spring Valley
began to grow into a town of 1,000 or more. Spring valley was serviced by train,
whearas Olivet was not. Olivet became a smaller and smaller town over time
partially due to this. After retiring, they raised sheep on a farm they owned in
Gilman Wisconsin. When old, they apparently sold the farm and moved to
Minneapolis and stayed with their daughter Josie where both died a few years
was the 10th born of William L. Hamilton and was 9th child of Maria. She was
born in Rubicon Wisconsin – 3/6/1856 . She married Winchester Mathewson
7/4/1875 at Neosho, Dodge County Wisconsin and had 2 children. They went from
Rubicon to Omro Wisconsin and later to Olivet, Pierce County Wisconsin.
Winchester owned and operated a harness shop there. From there, they moved west
to Port Angeles, Washington. Ellen (called “Ella”) died 12/11/1905 at Port
Angeles Washington and is buried there at Ocean View Cemetery.Winchester was
born 4/16/1854 at Neosho Wisconsin and died 6/1/1919 at his daughter Ada’s
home in Portland Oregon of diabetes. Winchester’s father was Jeremiah
Mathewson – born 8/26/1814 at Smithfield NewYork. Jeremiah died at
Winchester’s home in Olivet Wisconsin on 1/2/1894 and he is buried at
Ledgeville Cemetery in Dodge County Wisconsin (Neosho) alongside his wife (she
is Charlotte Weelock). Apparently, the Mathewson’s were from England –
having spent some time in New York, Lisbon - in Waukesha County Wisconsin,
Ashipun - in Dodge County Wisconsin (1850), and then Neosho.
Henry Hamilton was born 2/27/1857 at Rubicon, Dodge County Wisconsin and died
10/9/1929 at his home in Cornell, Chippewa County, Wisconsin – age of 72. He
married Louisa (Lulu) May Hannon October 4, 1879 at Rubicon Wisconsin. Lulu was
born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on 6/20/1859. William and Lulu were apparently
childhood sweethearts, living next door to each other based on census
information at Rubicon. Lulu died at Cornell Wisconsin before William on
6/2/1926 – age of 67. They are both buried at the Holcombe Cemetery -
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