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Robert H. Hamilton

HAMILTON, Robert H., a successful farmer and stock-raiser, of Macomb Township, McDonough County, was born in Schuyler County, Ill., December 4, 1858. His father, John Hamilton, was a native of Scotland, and his mother, Margaret (Achinson) Hamilton, was born in County Tyrone, Ireland. The grandfather, Charles Achinson, was also of Irish origin. John Hamilton and Margaret Achinson were married in Philadelphia, Pa. They journeyed thence to Rushville, Ill., coming by boat to Quincy, from which point they traveled by wagon the rest of the way. Robert H. Hamilton is the youngest of the three children born to his parents, and was but an infant when his father died. He was born on the farm and lived with his mother until he was eighteen years old, at which time she died. As soon as he was of age he bought his sister's interest in the homestead, and continued farming there until 1893, when, by additions, the extent of the farm had been increased to 240 acres. At that period Mr. Hamilton sold it and moved to McDonough County, where he bought 196 acres of land in Section 24, Macomb Township, adjoining Bardolph on the south. On this he raises corn and oats, cattle, hogs, sheep and horses.

On October 16, 1879, Mr. Hamilton was married to Elizabeth Malcomson, who was born in Youngstown, Ohio, where in girlhood, she attended the common school. Four children are the offspring of this union, namely: Carrie Mabel, born December 1, 1882, who married Howard Smith, of Douglas, Kans.; Maude Esther, born January 24, 1885; John Robert, born September 18, 1888; and Eva Pearl, born November 5, 1890. Politically, the subject of this sketch casts his vote in favor of the Democratic party. Fraternally, he is connected with the I. O. O. F.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 892, extracted 04 Jan 2019 by Norma Hass.

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