Person:Hance Hamilton (2)

Lt. Col. Hance Hamilton
  1. Lt. Col. Hance Hamilton1721 - 1772
  • HLt. Col. Hance Hamilton1721 - 1772
  1. Sarah HamiltonAbt 1740 -
  2. Col. Hance Hamilton, 'Revolutionary War'Abt 1745 -
  3. Gawin HamiltonAbt 1746 - 1808
Facts and Events
Name Lt. Col. Hance Hamilton
Alt Name Maj. Hance Hamilton, 'French and Indian War'
Alt Name Capt. Hance Hamilton
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1721 Ulster, Republic of Ireland
Immigration? 24 Aug 1729 New Castle, Delaware, United States
Military[3] 01 Apr 1756 Fulton, Pennsylvania, United StatesCaptain Hance Hamilton was in command of Fort Lyttleton.
Military[3] 08 Sep 1756 Kittanning (township), Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United StatesCaptain Hance Hamilton is serving in the Kittanning Expedition
Military[3] 1758 Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United StatesMajor Hance Hamilton is serving in Armstrong's Battalion on the Forbes Expedition
Death[1] 02 Feb 1772 York, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1st sheriff of York County, Pa., and later went on to have an illustrious, but short, career in the French and Indian Wars
  1. 1.0 1.1 Find A Grave.
  2.   Gibson, John. History of York County Pennsylvania: From The Earliest Period To The Present Time. Divided Into General, Special, Township and Borough Histories, With A Biographical Department. (Chicago: F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886)
    Page 109.

    Page 109 - Return of Officers 1758 - The following list appears: "Old Levys," First Battalion, Colonel, John Armstrong; Lieutenant-Colonel, Hugh Mercer; Major, Hance Hamilton. Officers of the Pennsylvania Regiment, 1759.

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Powell, George R. A Brief History of York County
    Page 12, 13.

    Page 12, 13 - Captain Hance Hamilton, with sixty Scotch-Irishmen, marched to Fort Lyttleton (Littleton), a defense in the present region of Fulton County. It was determined now to send an expedition to defeat the Indians who were behind strong fortifications at Kittanning along the Allegheny River, forty miles northeast of Pittsburg. Colonel John Armstrong, of Carlisle, was in command. Captain Hance Hamilton, with his sixty men from York County, did valiant service in this expedition, which resulted in the complete route of the Indians. This occurred in 1756. In 1758, Hance Hamilton is now a Major with Armstrong's Battalion on Forbes Expedition

  4.   Silver Spring Presbyterian Church (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania). Exercises in commemoration of the one hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Thursday, August 5, 1909. (Sanford, North Carolina: Microfilming Corp. of America, 1982)
    Page 35, 36.

    Page 35 - Edward Ward, the ensign who surrendered the fort at the forks of the Ohio is mentioned in a history of the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. When Trent's company disbanded at Wills Creek, Ward also returned to his home, but only for a brief period. In the spring of 1756 he was again in the service of the Province, this time as captain under Lieut.-Colonel John Armstrong. Robert Callender, of Silver Spring, Rev. John Steel, Hugh Mercer, John Potter, Hance Hamilton and Joseph Armstrong were also captains in the same battalion… Capt. Ward was with Armstrong in his memorable expedition against Kittanning, and accounts agree that his company suffered severely in the attack upon that Indian stronghold…
    Page 35 – In July, 1756, Fort Granville was garrisoned by Capt. Edward Ward's company…
    Page 36 - Edward Ward continued in the military service of the Province while soldiers were needed, which then was all the time. Through the years of 1757 and 1758 his company was stationed to the westward of the Susquehanna, at the forts which were scattered along the edge of the frontier, rendering the terrified and distressed inhabitants what protection they could. In the fall of 1758 he joined Forbes Expedition against Fort Duquesne, and when possession was taken of its abandoned ruins he was privileged to stand in triumph on the very spot where in April, 1754, he had been humiliated in defeat…
    Edward Ward dealt extensively in lands and in 1769 was assessed with nearly 6,000 acres within the present bounds of Bedford County; also a large tract in the Juniata Valley. He lived longer at Carlisle, Pennsylvania than at any other place, but in 1767 he settled in Allen township, and on the Cedar Run, where now is the village of Eberly’s Mills, built the first mills that were erected in the eastern end of Cumberland county. There he continued until 1771 when his name disappears from the records, and of his subsequent history nothing is known.
    (Note: Besides Hannah Sample, he married a Silver. Possibly a daughter of James Silver, the pioneer of the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church.)

  5.   Pennsylvania Archives - Second Series - Published under direction of Matthew S. Quay, Secretary of the Commonwealth, - Edited by John B. Linn and Wm. H. Egle, M.D. - Vol. II - Published by B. F. Meyers, State Printer in Harrisburg, 1876.
    Page 577 - "Old Levys" were of the Delaware and Pennsylvania Lines. Colonel John Armstrong and Major Hance Hamilton are found in The Militia Officers for the Upper District of Mother-kill Hundred, Delaware. Motherkill Hundred, established 1682 and later became known in the 1840's as Murderkill Hundred in Kent County, Delaware
  6.   Fort Lyttleton -
  7.   I need some help from an expert on the line of Capt Hance Hamilton who immigrated 1729 with 140 Scotch-Irish and eventually settled in York Co, PA. There has been mixing up concerning the 3 Generations of Hance Hamiltons.

    1) (Sea) Capt. Hance Hamilton b. c. 1690 in Ulster Ireland the man who led the fabled 140 families to PA, landing in 1729.

    2) Lt. Col. Hance Hamilton b. 1721 Ulster Ireland, d. 1772 York PA (son of #1) - who became the 1st sheriff, and later went on to have an illustrious, but short, career in the French and Indian Wars.

    3) Col. Hance Hamilton b. c. 1745 (son of #2) - who became prominent in his own right, and became a Colonel about the time of the American Revolution
  8.   In the will made by Hance Hamilton, he mentions probable children by name: Sarah Hamilton McKeen, Mary Hamilton McKeen, Hance Hamilton, Garvin Hamilton, George Hamilton, Thomas Hamilton, William Hamilton, and James Hamilton. John Hamilton as his executor (May have been a brother, or son)