James Baker Hamilton

2 November 1842–13 September 1914 (Age 71)
Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of James Baker

When James Baker Hamilton was born on 2 November 1842, in Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, Andrew Morton Hamilton, was 33 and his mother, Ella Melissa Wilson, was 29. He married Martha Jane Shelton on 17 December 1864, in Mound City, Wasatch, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1850. He died on 13 September 1914, in Midway, Wasatch, Utah, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Midway City Cemetery, Midway, Wasatch, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Baker Hamilton
1842–1914
Martha Jane Shelton
1844–1927
Marriage: 17 December 1864
Elizabeth Abigail Hamilton
1866–1942
Nancy Jane Hamilton
1868–1936
James Andrew Hamilton
1871–1931
Lovisa Hamilton
1872–1939
Margaret Hamilton
1876–1939
William Baker Hamilton
1878–1933
Mary Pearada Hamilton
1882–1946
Theodore Hyrum Hamilton
1883–1959
David Martin Hamilton
1885–1943
Emma Alvedia Hamilton
1888–1892

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  • Marriage
    17 December 1864Mound City, Wasatch, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1845 · Oh My Father
    Age 3
    "In October 1845, the newspaper Times and Seasons published a poem written by Eliza R. Snow entitled ""My Father in Heaven."" It has become the well known hymn, ""Oh My Father."" The song is only one in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymnbook that referrs to a Heavenly Mother."
    1846
    Age 4
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1861 · Simple life to Soldiers
    Age 19
    Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

    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.

    Possible Related Names

    Hamill

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    Hamilton Family Crossing the Plains to the Salt lake Valley.

    A biographical source published in 1913 mentions that the Hamilton family traveled in the 1852 Henry Bryant Manning Jolley company. The Hamilton's name is not recorded on either the published or handw …

    Sources (20)

    • James Hamilton in entry for Marie Quintell, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • James Hamilton in household of Andrew Hamilton, "United States Census, 1850"
    • James B Hamilton in entry for James Christian Solmonson, "Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941"

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