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Richard Hamilton Biography

Alexander Hamilton and wives: Harriett Edelen, Theresa Jarboe, Elizabeth S. Smith and Lucinda Hayden. Alexander and Harriett are the parents of Richard Hamilton.

from Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume V

Richard Hamilton, son of Alexander and Harriett (Edelen) Hamilton, was born in Washington County, Kentucky, December 29, 1811.  His grandfather, Thomas Hamilton, was a native of Maryland, and one of the earliest pioneers of Washington County.  He settled about five and one-half miles northwest of Springfield and was  resident of his adopted county until his death, which occurred many years ago.  Alexander Hamilton was born in Maryland, but was brought to Kentucky when a small boy, and passed the remainder of his life in Washington County.  He was a successful farmer, accumulated a large estate, and died in 1878 at the advanced age of ninety-one years.  His wife, Harriett Hamilton, was born in Kentucky and died a number of years ago.  She was the mother of six children, only one of whom is now living, Thomas G. Hamilton.  Richard Hamilton was reared a farmer, and received a good education in the country schools and St. Mary’s College.  He began life as a teacher, which profession he followed a short time near Fredericktown, and later was elected magistrate, which position he held for several years.  He was deputy sheriff under his father for some time, and later was elected sheriff.  He acquired the reputation of being one of the most skillful businessmen in the county, and his services were constantly in demand, settling estates, etc.  He engaged in farming in 1869 near Fredericktown village, which vocation he followed until his death, February 20, 1883.  He was married August 1, 1876, to Mrs. Sallie J. Thompson, widow of John C. Thompson, and daughter of Stith and Catherine (McIlvoy) Thompson, by whom he had three children:  A. Richard, Mary S. and S. Thomas.  Mrs. Sallie J. Hamilton was born August 14, 1841, and is the fourth of a family of seven children.  Her father, Stith Thompson, was the son of John Thompson.  He was born November 5, 1805, and is still living in Washington, his native county.  Catherine (McIlvoy) Thompson, daughter of Alexander and Magdalene McIlvoy, was born in Ireland on the 15th of August, 1811.  Her parents came to America in 1818, and settled near the village of Mackville, Washington County, where the father died in 1863, at the age of ninety-three years.  The mother died in 1846.  The children of Stith and Catherine Thompson were the following:  Alexander, William R., John M., Sallie J., Maggie, Rosa and Daniel M. Thompson.  Sallie J. Thompson was married February 10, 1867, to John C. Thompson, by whom she had three children, namely:  Peter J., Simeon A. and John C., all living.  John C. Thompson, Sr., son of Thomas and Susan (Blandford) Thompson, was born in Washington County on the 25th of March, 1825.  He was a farmer by occupation, a successful trader, and resided nearly all his life near the village of Fredericktown.  He was twice married, the first time on the 22nd of October, 1861, to Miss Maggie Thompson, by whom he had two children:  Alexander and Thomas.  Mrs. Maggie Thompson died April 19, 1866, aged twenty-two years.  His second marriage to Sallie J. Thompson, sister of former wife, has already been alluded to.

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