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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Can I Have a Tombstone Tuesday?

The life of a family mystery seeker.  Always looking, sometimes finding....

Could I have found the final resting place of William HAMILTON. the first husband?

I have known that my 2g aunt was married twice. You see, her niece told me so.  First, to a William HAMILTON who the 1880 census tells us he was age 67, thus his birth year is about 1813.  The 1880 census also tells us William and Martha HAMILTON are living in Sewickly, Allegheny PA.

Martha is the much younger second (assumed) wife.

This William HAMILTON (1813-1893) is buried at the Blackburn United Methodist Church Cemetery in Sewickly, Allegheny, PA, with his first ( I am assuming here) wife, Mary STEVENS (1818-1871).
William B. Hamilton

Is this the right William HAMILTON?  Circumstantial right now, but the 1860 census has Martha living with her mother in the same general little area as William and his family. Picture this:  William's wife dies in 1871.  Martha and her William are married by the 1880 census.

This William dies in 1893, conveniently after the birth of Martha's niece in 1891.  This niece is named for her Aunt Martha HAMILTON since Martha had no children of her own.

Martha's next appearance is in 1901 when she remarries Daniel BULFORD (1839-1909) after the 1897 death of his first wife, Margaret.

The perplexing question is: Is this the right William HAMILTON? Or is there another one tucked away in Allegheny County?

Ahh, genealogy.  Always hoping the final answer is one stone away.


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