Harriet Hamilton

Brief Life History of Harriet

When Harriet Hamilton was born on 2 September 1823, in Kentucky, United States, her father, William H Hamilton, was 31 and her mother, Mary Anne Hamar, was 26. She married David Benson Branson on 22 January 1842, in Blackford, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Liberty Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States in 1850. She died on 13 August 1856, in Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 32, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Packwaukee, Marquette, Wisconsin, United States.

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Family Time Line

David Benson Branson
1811–1884
Harriet Hamilton
1823–1856
Marriage: 22 January 1842
Fidelius Branson
1845–
Emaline Alma Branson
1848–1911
Rachel Branson
1851–1915
Francis Marion Branson
1854–1933

Sources (5)

  • Harriet Branson in household of David B Branson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Harriett Hamilton, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • Harriet Branson, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1825 · State Capital Moves to Indianapolis

The state capital was moved from Corydon to Indianapolis on January 10, 1825.

1829

American settlers began mining the Wisconsin Territory in the early 1800's. The lead ore in the territory had largely been mined previously by American Indians. By 1829, nearly 4,000 miners had moved to Wisconsin Territory. The miners became known as badgers as they burrowed into hillsides for shelter. The name eventually represented the state and Wisconsin is now known as the Badger State. (Wisconsin Historical Society: Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin)

1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from what is now a deserted village in the parish of Barkby, Leicestershire. This is named from Old English hamel ‘crooked’ + dūn ‘hill’. Hamilton near Glasgow was founded by the English Hamiltons and named after them, and later bearers took their surname from the Scottish place. In the north of Ireland, where many Hamiltons settled in the 17th century, this surname may sometimes have been adopted for Hamill . It has also been adopted as an Anglicized form of southern Irish Ó hUrmholtaigh.

History: This name is borne by one of the most distinguished families of the Scottish nobility; they hold many titles, including marquessate and dukedom of Hamilton, the marquessate of Douglas, the dukedom of Abercorn, and the earldom of Haddington. They are descended from Walter FitzGilbert de Hameldone, a Norman baron who gave his support to Robert the Bruce in the 13th century. A member of this family was Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803), a British diplomat and archaeologist, whose wife, Lady Emma Hamilton (c. 1765–1815), became the mistress of Admiral Horatio Nelson. A branch of the family was established in Ireland by Sir Frederick Hamilton (died 1646), who served in the Swedish army of Gustavus Adolphus. He later became governor of Ulster, and his descendants were created viscounts Boyne. The family have given their name to Newtownhamilton and Hamiltonsbaron in County Armagh. Another branch of the family were to be found in Denmark, where Henrik Albertsen Hamilton (1588–1648) was a noted Latin poet. A 17th-century example of a Hamilton from Glasgow, Scotland, is recorded in the Netherlands, where the name is found in the form Hamelton. Another Scottish Hamilton, James, went to the West Indies in the 18th century and was the father of Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804), who arrived in NY in 1772 and became the first US secretary of the Treasury.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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