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If you contact the author of a new biography on the Hamilton's in October this year, 2021 (with the books Foreword written by the current Duke of Hamilton), he will be happy to share with you the history, meaning, and origin of the name Hamilton. He will also confirm where it came from, alternate early spellings, and scores of famous Hamilton's from the first so named in 1185. [contact link] A new historical biography is being published in late October 2021 entitled: The Life & Times of Alexander Hamilton, Two apples that fell from the same tree. It traces all Hamilton's globally today, including America's founding father back through the direct male bloodline to the year A.D. 880.

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Elizabeth Hamilton was born on November 15, 1660 in Ashton Under Hill, Gloucestershire County England, and died at before 1750. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Elizabeth Hamilton.
Dorothy Hamilton was born circa 1660. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Dorothy Hamilton.
John Hamilton was born circa 1667. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember John Hamilton.
Emma Lyon Hamilton
Emma, Lady Hamilton Born 26 April 1765 Neston, Cheshire, England Died 15 January 1815 (aged 49) Calais, France Cause of death Liver failure caused by amoebic dysentery Title: Lady Hamilton (a courtesy title as wife of a British Knight, from 1791) Dame Emma Hamilton (a title in her own right as a female member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, from 1800) Spouse: Sir William Hamilton Children Emma Carew, Horatia Nelson Emma, Lady Hamilton (26 April 1765; baptized 12 May 1765 – 15 January 1815) was an English model and actress, who is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson and as the muse of the portrait artist, George Romney. She was born Amy Lyon in Swan Cottage, Ness near Neston, Cheshire, England, the daughter of Henry Lyon, a blacksmith who died when she was two months old. She was raised by her mother, the former Mary Kidd (later Cadogan), and grandmother, Sarah Kidd, at Hawarden, and received no formal education. She later went by the name of Emma Hart. Mary Lyon, left with a 2-month-old daughter after her husband had died in somewhat mysterious circumstances, returned to her family home across the Dee, where her mother Sarah Kidd helped to raise Emma, forming a bond which they maintained throughout their lives. With her grandmother struggling to make ends meet at the age of 60, and after Mary went to London in 1777 (possibly having lost a source of income through a lover employed at Sir John Glynne's estate), Emma began work, aged 12, as a maid at the Hawarden home of Doctor Honoratus Leigh Thomas, a surgeon working in Chester. Only a few months later she was unemployed again and took the stage coach to London in autumn 1777, where she started work for the Budd family in Chatham Place, Blackfriars, London, and met a maid called Jane Powell, who wanted to be an actress. Emma joined in with Jane's rehearsals for various tragic roles. Pretty and ambitious, Emma started work at the Drury Lane theatre in Covent Garden, as maid to various actresses, among them Mary Robinson. Emma next worked as a model and dancer at the "Goddess of Health" (also known as the "Temple of Health") for James Graham, a Scottish "quack" doctor. The establishment's greatest attraction was a bed through which electricity was passed, giving paying patrons mild shocks. This supposedly aided conception, and many infertile couples paid high prices to try it. At fifteen, Emma met Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh, who hired her for several months as hostess and entertainer at a lengthy stag party at Fetherstonhaugh's Uppark country estate in the South Downs. She is said to have entertained Harry and his friends by dancing in the nude on the dining room table. Fetherstonhaugh took Emma there as a mistress, but frequently ignored her in favour of drinking and hunting with his friends. Emma soon formed a friendship with one of the guests, the dull but sincere Honourable Charles Francis Greville (1749–1809), second son of the then Earl of Warwick and a member of Parliament for Warwick. It was about this time (late June-early July 1781) that she conceived a child by Fetherstonhaugh. Fetherstonhaugh was furious at the unwanted pregnancy and Emma appealed to Greville. Greville took her in as his mistress, on condition that the child was fostered out. Once the child (Emma Carew) was born, she was removed to be raised by her great-grandmother at Hawarden for her first three years, and subsequently (after a short spell in London with her mother) deposited with Mr John Blackburn, schoolmaster, and his wife in Manchester. As a young woman, Emma's daughter saw her mother reasonably frequently, but later when Emma fell into debt, her daughter worked abroad as a companion or governess. Greville kept Emma in a small house at Edgware Row, Paddington Green, at this time a village on the rural outskirts of London. Emma was at Greville's mercy and acceded to his requests to change her name to "Mrs Emma Hart", to dress in modest outfits in subdued colours and eschew a social life. He arranged for Emma's mother, then in her thirties, who had by now taken on the name of Cadogan (possibly from a John Cadogan who lived in the area, although no marriage is recorded) to live with her as housekeeper and chaperone. Greville also taught her to enunciate more elegantly, and after a while, started to invite some of his friends to meet her. Seeing an opportunity to make some money by taking a cut of sales, Greville sent her to sit for his friend, the painter George Romney, who was looking for a new model and muse. It was then that Emma became the subject of many of Romney's most famous portraits, and soon became London's biggest celebrity. In fact, so began Romney's lifelong obsession with her, sketching her nude and clothed in many poses that he later used to create paintings in her absence. Through the popularity of Romney's work and particularly of his striking-looking young model, Emma became well known in society circles, under the name of "Emma Hart."
Per Mark Newbold: "He married Comfort Rodney on 22 Oct. 1801 in Sussex County Delaware. Francis and Comfort are the parents of my 3x Great Grandfather, William Rodney Newbold." I am not sure that Rodney is her maiden name
George Hamilton of Australia was born in 1777, and died at age 84 years old in 1861.
Mary Hamilton of Australia was born in 1781, and died at age 88 years old in 1869.
John Hamilton was born on June 12, 1787 in Limerick, LK Ireland, and died at age 56 years old on August 10, 1843 in Chester, South Carolina United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember John Hamilton.
Thomas Lawrence Hamilton of Australia was born in 1787 to Sarah Jane Cleeve Hamilton and James Hamilton. He had siblings Fanny Hamilton, Jane Elizabeth Hamilton, Sarah Hamilton, Joseph Hamilton, Charles Robert Hamilton, Fred William Hamilton, and James Bourne Hamilton. Thomas Hamilton died at age 87 years old in 1874.
Martha (Greer) Hamilton was born on May 1, 1789 in Dundee, Scotland United Kingdom. She was in a relationship with John Hamilton, and had a child David Montgomery Hamilton. Martha Hamilton died at age 50 years old on September 5, 1839 in Chester, South Carolina United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Martha (Greer) Hamilton.
William Hamilton of Australia was born in 1789, and died at age 80 years old in 1869.

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Ian David Hamilton Warholm of California was born on December 9, 1942 to Kathleen Hamilton Briggs and Claes Bertil Warholm. Ian Hamilton Warholm died at age 64 years old on November 13, 2007.
Bethany Meilani Hamilton was born on February 8, 1990 in Lihue, Kauai County, Hawaii United States to Thomas Robert Hamilton and Cherilyn Jo Hamilton, and has siblings Noah Thomas Hamilton and Timothy James Hamilton. Bethany Hamilton married Adam Phillip Dirks on August 18, 2013 in Princeville, Kauai County. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Bethany Meilani Hamilton.
Noah Thomas Hamilton was born on December 7, 1981 in Lihue, Kauai County, Hawaii United States to Thomas Robert Hamilton and Cherilyn Jo Hamilton, and has siblings Bethany Meilani Hamilton and Timothy James Hamilton. Noah Hamilton married Rebecca Lynn Hamilton in 2012 in Lihue, Kauai County. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Noah Thomas Hamilton.
Rebecca Lynn (Baumgartner) Hamilton was born on September 21, 1984 in Lihue, Kauai County, Hawaii United States to Bruce Allen Baumgartner and Janet Lee Baumgartner, and has a brother Luke Allen Baumgartner. Rebecca Baumgartner married Noah Thomas Hamilton in 2012 in Lihue, Kauai County. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Rebecca Lynn Hamilton.
Timothy James Hamilton was born on June 9, 1986 in Lihue, Kauai County, Hawaii United States to Thomas Robert Hamilton and Cherilyn Jo Hamilton, and has siblings Bethany Meilani Hamilton and Noah Thomas Hamilton. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Timothy James Hamilton.
Thomas Robert Hamilton was born on September 5, 1948 in Lihue, Kauai County, Hawaii United States. Thomas Hamilton got married to Cherilyn Jo Hamilton in 1978 in Lihue, Kauai County, and has children Noah Thomas Hamilton, Timothy James Hamilton, and Bethany Meilani Hamilton. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Thomas Robert Hamilton.
Cherilyn Jo Hamilton was born on February 14, 1953 in Lihue, Kauai County, Hawaii United States. Cherilyn Hamilton got married to Thomas Robert Hamilton in 1978 in Lihue, Kauai County, and has children Noah Thomas Hamilton, Timothy James Hamilton, and Bethany Meilani Hamilton. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Cherilyn Jo Hamilton.
Judy Marie (Wilkerson) Hamilton was born on March 27 to Owen D Wilkerson and Ellie Marie (Hopper) Wilkerson, and has a brother Allen D. Wilkerson. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Judy Marie (Wilkerson) Hamilton.
Alice Orriss (Tobias) Hamilton of Balwyn, City of Boroondara County, VIC Australia was born on April 11, 1863 in Marylebone, Greater London County, England United Kingdom to Seth George Tobias and Ann Orriss Tobias. She had siblings James Orriss Tobias, William Tobias, Henry Tobias, Rebecca Anne Tobias, George Henry Tobias, Robert Tobias, and William James Tobias. Alice Hamilton died at age 64 years old in 1927 in Balwyn, City of Boroondara County, VIC Australia.
Jane Leigh (Hamilton) Kearney of St Kilda Australia was born circa 1831 in London, Greater London County, England United Kingdom, and died at age 43 years old on September 3, 1875 in Pyalong, Mitchell Shire County, VIC Australia.
Sarah (Hamilton) Mansell of VIC Australia was born in April 1851 in Durham, County Durham County, England United Kingdom. She was married to Reuben Mansell in 1869, and had children Selina Elizabeth (Mansell) Kingsford, Edith Catherine Mansell, Sarah Jane Mansell, Ruth Ann (Mansell) Faulkner, and Reuben Mansell. Sarah Mansell died at age 26 years old in 1877 in VIC Australia.
Corine Hamilton of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico United States was born on February 12, 1923 in Jasper, Jasper County, TX. She was married to Paul Edward Matson Sr and they later divorced in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico. She had children Cheree Matson Hort, James Patrick Matson, and Paul Edward Matson Jr. Corine Hamilton died at age 89 years old on November 26, 2012.
Agnes (Hamilton) Hill was born in 1848. She was married to Zebulun Hill on December 22, 1865 in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, and had children Jane Elizabeth Abernathy (Hill) Heard, James Hill, and Reuben Hill. Agnes Hill died at age 62 years old on December 18, 1911 in Ceres, Greater Geelong City County, VIC Australia. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Agnes (Hamilton) Hill.
Sarah Agnes (Hamilton) Hill of Ntown C Australia. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Sarah Agnes Hamilton Hill.
Elsie Maud (Gibson) Hamilton of Caulfield Australia was born in 1887 to Henry Gibson and Hannah Smith Gibson. Elsie Hamilton died at age 83 years old in 1970 in Caulfield.
Albert James Seth Hamilton of Northcote, City of Darebin County, VIC Australia was born in 1905 to Ethel Gertrude (Bulling) Hamilton and Thomas Alfred Albert Hamilton. Albert Hamilton died at age 30 years old on November 19, 1936 in Beveridge, and was buried at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery Elizabeth St, in Preston.
Ethel Gertrude (Bulling) Hamilton of Australia was born in 1883 in Fitzroy, City of Yarra County, VIC to Herbert James Bulling and Ellen (Webb) Bulling. She had siblings Alice Maude Martha (Bulling) Studd, Annie Louisa (Bulling) Howden, Nellie (Bulling) Trevers, Laura (Bulling) Foster, Thomas William Bulling, Sophia (Bulling) Reidel, Frances Florence (Bulling) Sanders, Myrtle (Bulling) Williams, and Ada Maude (Bulling) Eaton. She married Thomas Alfred Albert Hamilton, and had a child Albert James Hamilton. Ethel Hamilton died at age 43 years old on July 1, 1927 in Northcote, and was buried at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery Elizabeth St, in Preston, City of Darebin County.
Ethel Gertrude (Bulling) Hamilton of Clifton Hill Australia was born in 1883. She was married to Thomas Alfred Albert Hamilton in 1904, and had children Albert James Seth Hamilton, Alma Ellen Hamilton, Jessie Ethel Hamilton, Elsie Maud Hamilton, Thelma Eva Hamilton, and Alma Ellen Hamilton. Ethel Hamilton died at age 43 years old on July 1, 1927 in Northcote, City of Darebin County, VIC.
Thomas Alfred Albert Hamilton was born in 1880. He was married to Ethel Gertrude (Bulling) Hamilton, and had a child Albert James Hamilton. Thomas Hamilton died at age 79 years old in 1959. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Thomas Alfred Albert Hamilton.
Myrtle Gertrude (Hamilton) Johnson of Clifton Hill Australia was born in 1904 in Clifton Hill to Thomas Hamilton and Ethel Bulling Jones. Myrtle Johnson has siblings Thelma Eva Hamilton, Albert James Seth Hamilton, and Elsie Maude Jones. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Myrtle Gertrude (Hamilton) Johnson.

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Ian David Hamilton Warholm of California was born on December 9, 1942 to Kathleen Hamilton Briggs and Claes Bertil Warholm. Ian Hamilton Warholm died at age 64 years old on November 13, 2007.
Margaret Hamilton
Margaret Hamilton Margaret Brainard Hamilton December 9, 1902 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Died May 16, 1985 (aged 82) Salisbury, Connecticut, U.S. Was an American film character actress best known for her portrayal of Miss Gulch and the Wicked Witch of the West in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's classic film The Wizard of Oz (1939). A former schoolteacher, she worked as a character actress in films for seven years before she was offered the role that defined her public image. In later years, Hamilton made frequent cameo appearances on television sitcoms and commercials. She was born to Walter J. Hamilton, and his wife, Mary Jane (née Adams; known by her nickname, Jennie), in Cleveland, Ohio, and was the youngest of four children. Drawn to the theater at an early age, Hamilton made her stage debut in 1923. Hamilton also practiced her craft doing children's theater while she was a Junior League of Cleveland member. Before she turned to acting exclusively, her parents insisted that she attend Wheelock College in Boston. Hamilton's looks helped to bring steady work as a character actor. She made her screen debut in 1933 in Another Language. She went on to appear in These Three (1936), Saratoga, You Only Live Once, When's Your Birthday?, Nothing Sacred (all 1937), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), My Little Chickadee (with W. C. Fields, 1940), and The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (with Harold Lloyd, (1947). She strove to work as much as possible to support herself and her son; she never put herself under contract to any one studio and priced her services at $1,000 ($17,100 with inflation a week Hamilton costarred opposite Buster Keaton and Richard Cromwell in a 1940s spoof of the long-running local melodrama The Drunkard, titled The Villain Still Pursued Her. Later in the decade, she was in a little-known film noir, titled Bungalow 13 (1948), in which she again costarred opposite Cromwell. Her crisp voice with rapid but clear enunciation was another trademark. She appeared regularly in supporting roles in films until the early 1950s, and sporadically thereafter. Opposite Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, she played a heavily made-up witch in Comin' Round the Mountain, where her character and Costello go toe-to-toe with voodoo dolls made of each other. She appeared, uncredited, in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's People Will Talk (1951) as Sarah Pickett. In 1960, producer/director William Castle cast Hamilton as a housekeeper in his 13 Ghosts horror film, in which 12-year-old lead Charles Herbert taunts her about being a witch, including one scene in which she is holding a broom in her hand. The Wizard of Oz Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West with Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939) In 1939, Hamilton played the role of the Wicked Witch, opposite Judy Garland's Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, creating not only her most famous role, but also one of the screen's most memorable villains. Hamilton was cast after Gale Sondergaard, who was first considered for the role, albeit as a more glamorous witch with a musical scene, declined the role when the decision was made that the witch should appear ugly. She suffered a second-degree burn on her face and a third-degree burn on her hand during a second take of her fiery exit from Munchkinland, in which the trap door's drop was delayed to eliminate the brief glimpse of it seen in the final edit. Hamilton had to recuperate in a hospital and at home for six weeks after the accident before returning to the set to complete her work on the film, and refused to have anything further to do with fire for the rest of the filming. After she recuperated, she said, "I won't sue, because I know how this business works, and I would never work again. I will return to work on one condition — no more fireworks!" Garland visited Hamilton while the latter recuperated at home looking after her son. Studio executives cut some of Hamilton's more frightening scenes, worrying that they would frighten children too much. Later on in life, she would comment on the role of the witch in a light-hearted fashion. For an interview, she joked: I was in need of money at the time, I had done about six pictures for MGM at the time and my agent called. I said, 'Yes?' and he said 'Maggie, they want you to play a part on the Wizard.' I said to myself, 'Oh, boy, The Wizard of Oz! That has been my favorite book since I was four.' And I asked him what part, and he said, 'The Witch,' and I said, 'The Witch?!' and he said, 'What else?' When asked about her experiences on the set of The Wizard of Oz, Hamilton said that her biggest fear was that her monstrous film role would give children the wrong idea of who she really was. In reality, she cared deeply about children, frequently giving to charitable organizations. She often remarked about children coming up to her and asking her why she had been so mean to Dorothy. She appeared on an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in 1975, where she explained to children that she was only playing a role and showed how putting on a costume "transformed" her into the witch. Only co-star Frank Morgan played more roles in the film (five roles). Hamilton and Morgan never share any scenes in Oz. However, in By Your Leave (1934), she plays his housekeeper, and in Saratoga (1937), she has a colloquy with Morgan regarding a cosmetic product he invented (with side glances and eye rolls by Morgan as to its effect on her "beauty"). Hamilton's line from The Wizard of Oz — "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!" — was ranked 99th in the 2005 American Film Institute survey of the most memorable movie quotes. Her son, interviewed for the 2005 DVD edition of the film, commented that Hamilton enjoyed the line so much, she sometimes used it in her real life. A few months after filming Oz, she appeared in Babes in Arms (1939) as Jeff Steele's mother, Martha, a society do-gooder who made it her goal to send the gang of child actors, led by Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, to a work farm. In 1945, she played the domineering sister of Oz co-star Jack Haley in George White's Scandals, comically trying to prevent him from marrying actress Joan Davis, even going so far as to throw a hatchet at her. Hamilton and Ray Bolger were cast members in the 1966 fantasy film The Daydreamer, a collection of stories by Hans Christian Andersen. A few years later, they were reunited on Broadway for the short-lived musical Come Summer. Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, and Jack Haley reunited in 1970, a year after the death of co-star Judy Garland. Hamilton with Oscar the Grouch on episode #0847 of Sesame Street, 1976 In the 1940s and 1950s, Hamilton had a long-running role on the radio series Ethel and Albert (or The Couple Next Door) in which she played the lovable, scattered Aunt Eva (name later changed to Aunt Effie). During the 1960s and 1970s, Hamilton appeared regularly on television. She did a stint as a What's My Line? mystery guest on the popular Sunday night CBS-TV program. She played Morticia Addams' mother, Hester Frump, in three episodes of The Addams Family. (1965–66; Hamilton had been offered the role of Grandmama, but turned it down.) She appeared as herself in three episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, between 1975 and 1976, because Fred Rogers wanted his viewers to recognize that the Wicked Witch was just a character and not something for them to be afraid of. Hamilton continued acting regularly until 1982, her last roles were two guest appearances as veteran journalist Thea Taft (in 1979 and 1982) on Lou Grant. Hamilton as Madame Armfeldt in the national tour of A Little Night Music (1974) Hamilton produced the stage productions An Evening with the Bourgeoisie, The Three Sisters, and House Party.[where?][when?][14] Hamilton remained a lifelong friend of The Wizard of Oz cast mate Ray Bolger. She married Paul Boynton Meserve on June 13, 1931, and made her debut on the New York City stage the following year. While her acting career developed, her marriage began to fail; the couple divorced in 1938. They had one son, Hamilton Wadsworth Meserve (born 1936), whom she raised on her own. She had three grandchildren, Christopher, Scott, and Margaret. She lived in Manhattan for most of her adult life. She later moved to Millbrook, New York. She died in her sleep following a heart attack on May 16, 1985, in Salisbury, Connecticut. She was 82 years old. Her body was cremated at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, and her ashes were scattered at Amenia, New York.
Pamela Marie (Lacy) Hamilton
Pamela Marie Lacy ' s father is Kenneth Taylor Lacy and her mother is June Adean Besing.
William Hamilton
William N. Hamilton was born on April 10, 1863. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember William Hamilton.
Andrew Chalmers Hamilton of Mount Waverley, City of Monash County, VIC Australia was born on February 14, 1904 in Raywood, and died at age 62 years old on September 25, 1966 in Mount Waverley.
Betty Sophie (Rayborn) Hamilton
Betty Sophie (Rayborn) Hamilton was born on September 14, 1895. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Betty Sophie (Rayborn) Hamilton.
Angel David Hamilton of California was born on April 24, 1986, and died at age 21 years old on August 18, 2007.
Carrie Lou Hamilton
Carrie Lou (Henshaw) Hamilton was born in 1882. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Carrie Lou Hamilton.
Emma Lyon Hamilton
Emma, Lady Hamilton Born 26 April 1765 Neston, Cheshire, England Died 15 January 1815 (aged 49) Calais, France Cause of death Liver failure caused by amoebic dysentery Title: Lady Hamilton (a courtesy title as wife of a British Knight, from 1791) Dame Emma Hamilton (a title in her own right as a female member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, from 1800) Spouse: Sir William Hamilton Children Emma Carew, Horatia Nelson Emma, Lady Hamilton (26 April 1765; baptized 12 May 1765 – 15 January 1815) was an English model and actress, who is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson and as the muse of the portrait artist, George Romney. She was born Amy Lyon in Swan Cottage, Ness near Neston, Cheshire, England, the daughter of Henry Lyon, a blacksmith who died when she was two months old. She was raised by her mother, the former Mary Kidd (later Cadogan), and grandmother, Sarah Kidd, at Hawarden, and received no formal education. She later went by the name of Emma Hart. Mary Lyon, left with a 2-month-old daughter after her husband had died in somewhat mysterious circumstances, returned to her family home across the Dee, where her mother Sarah Kidd helped to raise Emma, forming a bond which they maintained throughout their lives. With her grandmother struggling to make ends meet at the age of 60, and after Mary went to London in 1777 (possibly having lost a source of income through a lover employed at Sir John Glynne's estate), Emma began work, aged 12, as a maid at the Hawarden home of Doctor Honoratus Leigh Thomas, a surgeon working in Chester. Only a few months later she was unemployed again and took the stage coach to London in autumn 1777, where she started work for the Budd family in Chatham Place, Blackfriars, London, and met a maid called Jane Powell, who wanted to be an actress. Emma joined in with Jane's rehearsals for various tragic roles. Pretty and ambitious, Emma started work at the Drury Lane theatre in Covent Garden, as maid to various actresses, among them Mary Robinson. Emma next worked as a model and dancer at the "Goddess of Health" (also known as the "Temple of Health") for James Graham, a Scottish "quack" doctor. The establishment's greatest attraction was a bed through which electricity was passed, giving paying patrons mild shocks. This supposedly aided conception, and many infertile couples paid high prices to try it. At fifteen, Emma met Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh, who hired her for several months as hostess and entertainer at a lengthy stag party at Fetherstonhaugh's Uppark country estate in the South Downs. She is said to have entertained Harry and his friends by dancing in the nude on the dining room table. Fetherstonhaugh took Emma there as a mistress, but frequently ignored her in favour of drinking and hunting with his friends. Emma soon formed a friendship with one of the guests, the dull but sincere Honourable Charles Francis Greville (1749–1809), second son of the then Earl of Warwick and a member of Parliament for Warwick. It was about this time (late June-early July 1781) that she conceived a child by Fetherstonhaugh. Fetherstonhaugh was furious at the unwanted pregnancy and Emma appealed to Greville. Greville took her in as his mistress, on condition that the child was fostered out. Once the child (Emma Carew) was born, she was removed to be raised by her great-grandmother at Hawarden for her first three years, and subsequently (after a short spell in London with her mother) deposited with Mr John Blackburn, schoolmaster, and his wife in Manchester. As a young woman, Emma's daughter saw her mother reasonably frequently, but later when Emma fell into debt, her daughter worked abroad as a companion or governess. Greville kept Emma in a small house at Edgware Row, Paddington Green, at this time a village on the rural outskirts of London. Emma was at Greville's mercy and acceded to his requests to change her name to "Mrs Emma Hart", to dress in modest outfits in subdued colours and eschew a social life. He arranged for Emma's mother, then in her thirties, who had by now taken on the name of Cadogan (possibly from a John Cadogan who lived in the area, although no marriage is recorded) to live with her as housekeeper and chaperone. Greville also taught her to enunciate more elegantly, and after a while, started to invite some of his friends to meet her. Seeing an opportunity to make some money by taking a cut of sales, Greville sent her to sit for his friend, the painter George Romney, who was looking for a new model and muse. It was then that Emma became the subject of many of Romney's most famous portraits, and soon became London's biggest celebrity. In fact, so began Romney's lifelong obsession with her, sketching her nude and clothed in many poses that he later used to create paintings in her absence. Through the popularity of Romney's work and particularly of his striking-looking young model, Emma became well known in society circles, under the name of "Emma Hart."
Stanley Hamilton died on April 13, 1940, and was buried at Chatham Naval Memorial 38 in United Kingdom. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Stanley Arthur Hamilton.
Corine Hamilton of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico United States was born on February 12, 1923 in Jasper, Jasper County, TX. She was married to Paul Edward Matson Sr and they later divorced in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico. She had children Cheree Matson Hort, James Patrick Matson, and Paul Edward Matson Jr. Corine Hamilton died at age 89 years old on November 26, 2012.
Lucinda Amelia (Teague) Johnson-Hamilton of Brunswick, City of Merri-bek County, VIC Australia was born in 1861 in Huntly, Greater Bendigo City County, and died at age 67 years old on December 10, 1929 in East Brunswick, City of Moreland County.
Mary Elizabeth (Hamilton) Griffis
Mary Elizabeth (Hamilton) Griffis was born on October 21, 1880, and died at age 56 years old on April 22, 1937 in Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Mary Elizabeth (Hamilton) Griffis.
Arin Jae Aurora Hamilton was born on February 27, 2006 at Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics in Litchfield, Meeker County, Minnesota United States, and has a sister Amber Lynn Fostervold. Arin Jae was baptized circa 2006 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Arin Jae Aurora Hamilton.
Harriet M. (Hamilton) Stafford
Harriet M. (Hamilton) Stafford was born on April 18, 1858 in Palmerville, St. Lawrence County, New York United States, and died at age 84 years old on February 11, 1943 in Rome, Oneida County. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Harriet M. (Hamilton) Stafford.
Wayne Leroy Nelson
Dear, Great animal Spirit, In the name of my Cherokee nation. Please, greet, welcome, protect, teach, kindness, and appalled my Dad, Wayne Leroy ( Hamilton ) Nelson? Throughout all years of his life and mine. Help me to believe patience?
Emma L. Hamilton Tubbs
Emma L. (Hamilton) Tubbs was born on October 3, 1922. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Emma L. Hamilton Tubbs.
Manerva Elinor (Hamilton) Scott
Manerva Elinor (Hamilton) Scott was born in 1823 in Gile County, Tennessee United States, and died at age 72 years old in 1895. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Manerva Elinor (Hamilton) Scott.
Barbara (Hamilton) Goshia was born in Paulding, Paulding County, Ohio United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Barbara (Hamilton) Goshia.
Alexis N (Hamilton) Hamilton-Stallman
Life of the party, funny, charming, loyal to a fault, loving, forgiving, wonderful wife and mother - suffering from multiple debilitating autoimmune diseases

Hamilton Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Hamilton family member is 71.0 years old according to our database of 75,555 people with the last name Hamilton that have a birth and death date listed.

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71.0 years

Oldest Hamiltons

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William Hamilton of Reno, Washoe County, Nevada was born on January 7, 1866, and died at age 112 years old in October 1978.
112 years
Esther Hamilton of Franklin, Warren County, OH was born on March 14, 1882, and died at age 110 years old in January 1993.
110 years
Jean T Hamilton of Rye, Westchester County, NY was born on December 31, 1896, and died at age 109 years old on September 13, 2006.
109 years
Ruth M Hamilton of Orlando, Orange County, FL was born on April 12, 1898, and died at age 109 years old on January 18, 2008.
109 years
Worther G Hamilton of Iowa City, Johnson County, IA was born on September 9, 1888, and died at age 110 years old on November 12, 1998.
110 years
Carrie W Hamilton of Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, NC was born on May 23, 1890, and died at age 108 years old on April 5, 1999.
108 years
Clara L Hamilton of Richmond, Franklin County, KS was born on June 3, 1886, and died at age 108 years old on June 28, 1994.
108 years
Corrie E Hamilton of Lubbock, Lubbock County, TX was born on March 24, 1895, and died at age 108 years old on December 24, 2003.
108 years
Allen W Hamilton of Montclair, Essex County, NJ was born on December 31, 1883, and died at age 107 years old in March 1991.
107 years
Myrtle M Hamilton of Coudersport, Potter County, PA was born on December 1, 1895, and died at age 107 years old on March 8, 2003.
107 years
Elsie M Hamilton of Geneseo, Henry County, IL was born on April 1, 1897, and died at age 106 years old on February 2, 2004.
106 years
John Hamilton of Hammond, Tangipahoa County, Louisiana was born on March 4, 1872, and died at age 107 years old in October 1979.
107 years
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I'm looking for a Clifford Hamilton married to Virginia Thompson.
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My story is on behalf of my husband, who is searching for his half sister and half brothers, we only found out that they existed just before christmas 2009, so we dont know if these three people know they have three half brothers. My Husband is called David and the brothers are called Ian and Duncan, they were born between 1969 and 1973.
We are looking for the children of George Hamilton and Margaret Palmer who married in Edinburgh in 1962, these children are adults now and maybe have children of their own, the children are called George Hamilton, Catherine Hamilton and Richard Hamilton and were born between 1963 and 1966 all in Edinburgh. Would dearly love to hear from anybody who knows them or knows how we can find them. I look forward to hearing from you. Kathy
William Hamilton was born in County Armagh, N. Ireland on April 10, 1863. He had one brother and one sister. William’s father was named John. The Hamilton’s were Presbyterian. Family records and word of mouth legend show that William decided to immigrate to America as a bachelor in his early twenties about mid 1880’s. Once in America, he worked his way across the country with a mail wagon. It is said he was stuck in deep snow in the mountains for three days while making his way west to California.

William eventually made his way from California to the Pacific Northwest around the time of the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska. He settled in the Bell-town area of Seattle in 1905 and operated an express business there for several years. He purchased property at the corner of Denny Way and Westlake Ave. N. and erected a two-story frame building. He opened his grocery store in this building and rented out rooms in the upper quarters.

The Hamilton family stories say that William’s family back in Ireland had purchased farmland for him near Armagh. William at 53 was still a bachelor. Apparently his intentions were to move back to Ireland even though he had gained his U.S. Citizenship final papers on April 29, 1914. Unfortunately, William never made it back to Ireland. On the night of March 10, 1917, two men entered William’s store after it was closed, bound, gagged and beat him while ransacking his back quarters of the store. Police believe they must have known about his cache of money that he may have been saving for his trip back home. Bound and gagged, William suffocated in the early morning hours of March 11, 1917. Police found him later that day when tenants upstairs noticed the store didn’t open as usual. The Seattle Times ran a front-page story about the incident on March 12, 1917 in the evening newspaper.

William’s brother back home was so distraught over his brother’s death that he burned all correspondence between them. The plight of William Hamilton and his American travels was lost to the Hamilton family history. All that remained was word-of-mouth recounts by family members, a few noted dates in the family Bibles and three very old photos. Contemporary Hamilton’s did not know for sure where he lived and died in America, where he was buried, etc. To learn of how his great-niece discovered what actually happened to him, visit: and do a search on William Hamilton. The story is there under “People’s History”

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