Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
Although this is decidedly an English name, the branch of the family of which this articles treats migrated to Ireland, and from thence came to America.
(I) Robert Hamilton, born in the northern part of Ireland, emigrated to America in 1818, settling in Boston, Mass. After a short residence in that city he removed to Dexter, Maine, where he acquired a farm which he cultivated, and remained there until his death.
He married ____ Semple.
(II) James Semple, son of Robert and ____ (Semple) Hamilton, was born in Ireland, 1817, died in Orono, Maine, 1871. He was scarcely more than a year old when his father came to America, and but very young when the family removed to Dexter, where his education was acquired. When he had attained young manhood he removed to Orono, Maine, where for a time he was an oar-maker. He then engaged in the lumber business, operating sawmills and engineering logging operations in the woods and was identified with these occupations during the remainder of his life.
In politics he was a stanch (sic) Republian, and represented his town two terms in the state legislature. He was a member of the Universalist church.
Mr. Hamilton married Clara, daughter of ____ Bookings, of Woolwich, Maine, and of the nine children there are now living:
Charles G., in Orono, Prescott, Hugh A. in Orono, and George.
(III) George, youngest living son of James Semple and Clara (Bookings) Hamilton, was born in Orono, Maine, Feb. 13, 1853. He was educated in the public schools of Orono, and at a suitable age entered upon his business career. He worked as a clerk in a general store of his native town until 1874, then went to Bangor, where he found employment in a hardware store for two years; later he accepted a position as traveling salesman for the Meriden Cutlery Company, of Meriden, Connecticut, his territory comprising Pennsylvania and that section of the country. In 1881 he returned to Bangor and established himself in the grocery business, carrying this on until 1895; then was engaged in the retail ice business until 1900, at which time he became the general manager of the Stickney & Babcock Coal Company in Bangor, a position he holds at the present (1908) time, in addition thereto being one of the stockholders of the company.
Mr. Hamilton is a member of the Condeskeag Lodge, No. 53, Knights of Pythias, and Mechanics Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Orono.
He married (first) Addie, daughter of Ezekiel Cobb, and they had one child, Frederick, who died young. Mrs. Hamilton died in 1882, and Mr. Hamilton married (second) in 1893, Percia A., daughter of Henry Heald.