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Proposal for Resolution of Hance Hamilton Profiles

Please note all of the below is for discussion purposes only and is not meant to represent a conclusion on this family's history.

  • Three end profiles representing historical figures
  • Unmatched merges can remain against unsourced potential matches that would make the resolution of relatives unnecessarily complex (e.g. Hamilton-8874)
  • Text to clearly relate statements to sources, the reliability of those sources and what is inference or hearsay. For example, there are at least two FAG entries relating to the 1772 grave that represent two different people.

Profiles Required

  • Profile 1: Captain Hance Hamilton, b around 1690-1704 in Ulster; led the 1729 landing
  • Profile 2: Lt Col Hance Hamilton, son of [1], born 1721 in Ulster, landed with father and died 1772; first sherriff of Adams County, involved in French and Indian Wars
  • Profile 3: Hance Hamilton, son of [3]; Colonel around time of American Revolution.

Other Family

Ann - wife of [1] and mother of [2] - Unknown-400828

Children of [2] - see will

Is there any research tying into the names mentioned in the will? Profiles related to Hamilton-15914 are unsourced.


Grave for 2 (not original stone)

Texts relating to replacement of stone - 1884 article in a Gettysburg newspaper?

Texts relating to careers of all three men


History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, 1886, Chap. 13.

COMMENTS ON 7/28/2019 FROM Johnson-18438 03:48, 29 July 2019 (UTC)

I agree that at least two men, a father and son, named Hance Hamilton have been combined/confused.

The best information I was able to find for the son is in an 1886 book by John Gibson, History of York County Pennsylvania, which I was able to view on Archive.org here: https://archive.org/details/historyofyorkcou00gibs/page/393 On pages 393-394 there is a biography for the son (1721-1772) that explains in some detail the prominent role the son played in York (now Adams) County, as the first sheriff, as a judge, and as a captain in the French and Indian War. Gibson names the son's brother John Hamilton as his executor, which fits with the information about the children of Hance Hamilton-15914 (his son John William Hamilton 1732-1781, so still living in 1772 when the son Hance died.) Gibson refers to the will of another brother, James Hamilton dated 1748, which agrees with the information about the children on Hamilton-15914. Gibson names the children of the son Hance: Thomas, Edward, Harriet, Sarah (who married Alexander McKean), Mary (who married Hugh McKean), Hance Gawin (1 person or 2?), George, John, William and James.

I've removed the incorrect death information from Hance Hamilton-15914 and believe it should be the profile for the father. Find A Grave: Memorial #167154856 is mostly about the father, with the exceptions of the incorrect date of death, and probably the last three children listed (Harriet, Edward, and Sarah) belong to the son. I did not find any information about the death date/location for the father.

I believe that Hance Hamilton-15915 should have the middle name Garvin removed, and be merged with Hamilton-15914. Hamilton-15915 has two children attached: Hance Hamilton-19052 (1721-1778) and Thomas Hamilton-3874 (1725-1803) who belong to the father. Hamilton-19052 should be merged with Hamilton-2020, the profile for the son. (See later comment for the merge necessary for Hamilton-3874. There are lots of profiles for Thomas Hamilton.)

Hance Hamilton-8874 has the 1772 death information for the son, but has parents I've not seen anywhere else: Alexander Hamilton-2471 and Jane Cavan-15. I don't see on his profile or on his parents' profiles any documentation connecting him to them. I think he could be detached from them and merged with Hance Hamilton-2020, the son. Or if Michael Hamilton, the PM for this profile, prefers he could just have the death date/location be removed and remain their son.

I believe that Hance Hamilton-2020 should remain as the son of Hamilton-15914 and his wife Ann Campbell-24832. His current mother, Anne Unknown-400828 could be merged with Campbell-24832. His birth year should be changed from 1700 to 1721. His death information should be 1772 (no month/day) in Pennsylvania (not Tennessee) in agreement with Find A Grave: Memorial #73512891

Hamilton-2020 has two sons named Thomas (Hamilton-2007 and Hamilton-8864) which should be moved to the father, and should be merged. They also need to be merged with Thomas Hamilton-3874 (son of #15915) and Thomas Hamilton-15919 (son of #15914). The four Thomas Hamilton profiles show birth dates of 1725/1730/1734, and death dates of 1803/1829, but are all obviously profiles for the same person. All profiles for these grandsons named Thomas show either no wife or a wife named Jane McCracken. There are three profiles for Jane McCracken that need to be merged (McCracken-2472, -274, -366).

All of this is just my opinion, based on the limited information I was able to find. If anyone else has better suggestions I'm certainly open to discussion. If you agree with me, I'm willing to propose the necessary merges, but would appreciate help with the re-writing the remaining biographies.

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Proposed merges to go ahead in one week - please comment if you have any views. Thanks, Jason
posted by Jason Cottrell
Jason, Thank you so much for opening this space. I would ultimately love to see well sourced, accurate profiles for the Hamilton family and am very open to discussion in order to attempt to find what is accurate.
Wonderful Jason - thanks so much.
posted by Maria Maxwell