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Introduction

The HAMILTON’s as referred to in this website are those descendents of William L. Hamilton and Maria Kimlin Hamilton of Tyrone Ireland. William L. Hamilton was born in Tallaghoge (or Tullyhogue), Tyrone County, Ireland on or about 1811. He married Maria Williams Kimlin in Tyrone Ireland in 1837. The author of this website is a descendent of William L. Hamilton (William L. Hamilton would have been my Great-Great-Great Grandfather). William and Maria immigrated to Kingston Canada in 1841 and 1842. They then emigrated to the Township of Rubicon, Dodge County Wisconsin in 1846. It is at Rubicon that they raised 10 children. William L Hamilton was said to have traveled with his son James to Pikes Peak (Colorado) and then on to Grass Valley (near Sacramento) California where they mined together for a short time in 1859-1861 (12 years after the California Gold Rush began). William returned home in late 1861 or early 1862 (after 2 years) and shortly thereafter died at Rubicon. One can only speculate on cause - perhaps it was dysentery, malaria, cholera, or something else associated with the tremendous events related to that adventure. William L. Hamilton died December 04, 1862 (age 51) and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Town of Neosho, Dodge County, Wisconsin. Maria left Rubicon and moved west to Pierce County, Wisconsin about 1882 with William Henry (her son) and family, as had her children before her. Maria died January 17, 1883 and is buried at Poplar Hill Cemetery, Spring Lake, Pierce County, Wisconsin in the old Hamilton family plat.

  

Above - William Hamilton of Tyrone Grave at Woodlawn Cemetery in Neosho, Wi.

Above and Below - Poplar Hill Cemetery in Rock Elm, Wi. (old Hamilton Family Plat). Gravesite of Maria Hamilton..

About Tullaghoge 

Tullaghoge is a village (or Townland) in the parish of Desertcreat - Northern Ireland. Desertcreat is a civil parish in the province of Ulster, county of Tyron in the ancient barony of Dungannon Uppper. The civil parish of Desertcreat is in the eastern part of county Tyrone, and is immediately south of the parish of Derryloran which contains the major city (Townland) of Cookstown. A townland is the smallest administrative division in Ireland and on average covers about 350 acres. It is the most ancient geographical unit in Ireland. The townland was named at an early period and often the name was derived from some local physical feature or landmark such as a mountain, bog, forest, a village, or a church. Tullaghoge was named after a fort. The townland became standardized as the unit of measurement during seventeenth century surveys. Townlands are grouped into a Civil Parish, which are then grouped into Counties, which are then grouped into Provinces. Civil Parishes are an ecclesiastical unit of territory that came into existence in Ireland in its present form in the 12th and 13th centuries. Because civil parishes may extend across rivers that were often used to delineate the boundaries of counties and baronies, civil parishes can be in more than one county and in more than one barony. A Barony is originally the landholding of a feudal Baron, the barony is now an obsolete administrative unit that is mid-way in size between a county and a parish. The system of bringing Irish local kingdoms into the feudal system of baronies began in the medieval period but did not extend to the whole of Ulster until the early 17th century. Large baronies were later subdivided until there were 58 baronies in the area that comprises the present day Northern Ireland

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About Kingston (Ontario) Canada

Most likely, William & Maria arrived via steam ship (name and date unknown) though Canada’s Quarantine Station at Grosse-Île near the Port of Quebec (opened 1832). In 1841 and 1842, the Port of Quebec was open from May 1 – November 28. Sailing would have taken about 42 days from Ireland via steamship. This route was common (Ireland to Canada) in those days as it avoided US Immigration agents and provided direct access to the northern US borders where public lands were offered as government land grants. Official immigration lists for Quebec did not begin until begin 1865, so information from 1841 and 1842 is hard to find. Wisconsin was not an uncommon destination in those days for those arriving through Quebec (not a state until 1848). The Hamilton’s left Ireland prior to the “Great Irish Potato Famine” of 1845-50.