My Genealogy Hound

Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

* * * *

JOHN HAMILTON, merchant and druggist, Shousetown, Pa., was born near Wilkinsburg, Allegheny county, Pa., Nov. 30, 1815, a son of George, a farmer, and Eliza (Erwin) Hamilton, natives of Bedford county, Pa. Mrs. Hamilton was a member of the M. E. Church. They had seven children, two living: Alexander Hamilton, who resides at Wilkinsburg, Pa., retired farmer and property-owner, and John. The latter attended school in Pittsburgh, and finished his education under the tutorship of the late Hon. Walter H. Lowry, When sixteen years old he began to learn the steamboat-joiner business, serving an apprenticeship of three and a half years; then worked for about a year at journey-work, when he began for himself putting cabins on vessels; later, for five years he was engaged in building houses. In 1846 he opened a general store in Shousetown, which he has since continued. He was first appointed postmaster under the administration of Millard Fillmore, reappointed under Lincoln, and served for thirty years, until removed by Grover Cleveland. Mr. Hamilton married, in Washington county, in May, 1836, a daughter of John and Angus Donaldson. Mrs. Hamilton died in August, 1871, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and the mother of eight children, five living: Lidee, wife of John W. Cooper, residing at Milledgeville, Pa.; Mary H., wife of Wesley Bateman, of Pittsburgh; George E., married to Lucinda Chattley, in Milledgeville, Pa.; Sarah A., wife of L. C. McCormack, in Shoustown; John D., married to Mary McBrier, residing at Coraopolis. Mr. Hamilton has the leading dry-goods and notion store in Shoustown, and carries some $5,000 worth of stock. He is a member of the M. E. Church: was first a whig, later a republican.

* * * *

This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

View additional Allegheny County, Pennsylvania family biographies here: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Biographies

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.