Person:Robert Hamilton (60)

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Robert Shaw Hamilton
m. 16 Feb 1762
  1. Jane Hamilton1784 - 1855
  2. Thomas Hamilton1789 - 1879
  3. Robert Shaw Hamilton1796 - 1876
m. abt 1815
  1. Thomas S. Hamilton1820 - 1883
Facts and Events
Name[1][7] Robert Shaw Hamilton
Gender Male
Birth[2][7] 5 Jun 1796 Hamilton's Station, Sumner County, Tennessee
Marriage abt 1815 Tennessee?(6 children)
to Elizabeth Bethea
Death[2][7] 17 Mar1876 Red River County, Texas
Burial[2][7] Shiloh Cemetery, Red River, Texas, United States

Note: Various sources claim that Sheriff Robert Hamilton died in 1843 in Saratoga, New York, and was buried there. This is demonstrably not the case. The "Robert Hamilton" from Red River County who wrote a will and died in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1843 is an entirely different man from Robert Shaw Hamilton. There seems to have been also a third "Robert Hamilton" in the county at that time, who testified in order to receive a headright certificate on a date when Robert Shaw Hamilton is known to have been out of the state.

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Red River County, Texas, 1850 census:S9

Hamilton, Robert 52 yrs Farmer (real estate = $150) b. Tennessee
      Elizabeth 53 yrs b. South Carolina
      John 16 yrs b. Tennessee
McCaudle, Morgan 19 yrs b. [blank]
[NOTE: Due to a misplacement by the enumerator of the house/family numbers on the wrong line, Robert Hamilton is grouped incorrectly with the previously listed household (#138) of William Humphreys.]

Red River County, Texas, 1860 census:S10

Hamilton, R. S. 64 yrs Farmer (real estate = $10,600; personal estate = $3,900) b. Tennessee
      Elizabeth 56 yrs b. North Carolina
      Ellen 15 yrs b. Texas
      Thos. S. 40 yrs Farmer (real estate = $1,500; personal estate = $1,000) b. Tennessee
      Martha J. 15 yrs b. Texas
      Mary E. 14 yrs b. Texas
      William 10 yrs b. Texas
      Augusta A. 7 yrs b. Texas
White, Joseph 33 yrs Farmer (real estate = $---; personal estate = $---) b. Alabama
Harbin, D. A. 31 yrs Teacher b. Kentucky

Red River County, Texas, 1870 census:S8

Hamilton, Robert 74 yrs Farmer (real estate = $---; personal estate = $---) b. Tennessee
      Elizabeth 69 yrs Keeping house b. South Carolina
      Thomas 50 yrs Wood-workman (real estate = $---; personal estate = $---) b. Tennessee
      Martha 22 yrs b. Missouri
Heroldson, Wallace 23 yrs "Stocker" [stoker?] in Blacksmith shop (real estate = $---; personal estate = $---) b. North Carolina
Harben, Martha 25 yrs b. Texas
      Augusta 16 yrs b. Texas
Harbin, John 9 yrs b. Texas
[NOTE: Compare Martha & Augusta in the 1860 census, where they are obviously children of the apparently widowed Thomas.]
Hamilton, Wm. 20 yrs b. Texas
      Lucy 5 yrs b. Texas
      George 1 yr b. Texas
      Nancy [BLACK] 4[?] yrs Domestic Servant b. Texas
      Julia [BLACK] 4 yrs b. Texas
      Boyd [BLACK] (f) 1 yr b. Texas
Mays, William 30 yrs Farmer (real estate = $---; personal estate = $750) b. Georgia
      Nancy 20 yrs Keeping house b. Arkansas
      Crawford 24 yrs Wagoner b. Georgia
      Lizzie 10 yrs b. Georgia
      Margaret 8 yrs b. Georgia
      Sarah 6 yrs b. Georgia
References
  1. Clark, Pat B. The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County. (Dallas: Mathis, Van Nort & Co., 1937), p. 9.

    On 16 Dec 1836, he was appointed the first Red River County judge by the Legislature.

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Grave marker, Shiloh Cemetery, Red River, Texas, United States.
  3.   Red River Recollections. (Clarksville, Texas: Red River County Historical Society, 1986).

    In 1833, he accompanied his brother-in-law, James Latimer, to the Red River district with his wife & six children.

  4.   Clark, Pat B. The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County. (Dallas: Mathis, Van Nort & Co., 1937), p. 105-9.

    He served as Sheriff of Miller County, Arkansas, about 1836. That same year, he was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He signed the Texas Declaration of Independence on 2 Mar 1836 and subsequently served on the committee that wrote the first Constitution.

  5.   Texas. General Land Office. Abstracts of All Original Texas Land Titles Comprising Grants and Locations. (Austin, Texas: Texas General Land Office), Patent #111 (Abstract # 407).

    On 27 Jul 1854, he received 1st Class headright certificate #150 for 1,028.5 acres, which he located just north of Madras.

  6.   Clarksville, Red River, Texas, United States. Northern Standard (Clarksville, Texas), 9 September 1848.

    Sheriff R. S. Hamilton runs a notice in the Northern Standard that he has taken up a runaway slave who says he came from Fulton, Arkansas.

  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Carlisle, Willie Flowers. Carlisle, The Hamilton Family (1936). (1936).

    He was sent back to Scotland for his education, returning just in time to take part in the War of 1812. In Sep 1814, he enlisted in Capt. Craig's company of Tennessee militia. In Jan 1815, he reportedly took part in Battle of New Orleans. In 1833, after teaching school for several years in Tennessee, he accompanied his sister's husband, James Latimer, to the Red River district with his wife & six children, and settled on Pecan Bayou. shortly thereafter, he helped organize Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church, named after his family's church back in Carroll County, Tennessee.

    In Apr 1836, he was one of the emissaries sent to Washington, DC, to seek recognition for the new Republic of Texas. Joined Capt. Elliott's militia company in Jun 1836, but did not see active service, except in dealing with Indian raids. He was appointed first Red River County judge by the Legislature, 16 Dec 1836. In 1837, he was elected sheriff of Miller County, Arkansas. In 1841, he was elected colonel of the 1st Regt., Texas Mounted Volunteers. In 1844, he was appointed Brigadier General in the Texas militia. In 1858, he was reelected sheriff of Red River County, his last public office.

  8.   Red River, Texas, United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 30, house/family 270/270.
  9.   Red River, Texas, United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 204B, house/family 139/139.
  10.   Red River, Texas, United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. ___, house/family 597/597.
  11.   Texas. General Land Office. Abstracts of All Original Texas Land Titles Comprising Grants and Locations. (Austin, Texas: Texas General Land Office), Patent #111 (Abstract # 407), 27 Jul 1854.

    He received 1st Class headright certificate #150 for 1,028.5 acres, which he located just north of Madras

  12.   Clarksville, Red River, Texas, United States. Northern Standard (Clarksville, Texas), 9 Sep 1848.

    Sheriff R. S. Hamilton runs a notice of a runaway slave taken up who come from Fulton, Arkansas.