Biography of (Capt.) Joseph K. Hamilton
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

CAPTAIN JOSEPH K. HAMILTON, a resident of New Bethlehem and a leading and influential citizen of Mahoning township, is a son of Samuel and Rebecca (Brunton) Hamilton, and was born in Muffin township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, July 7, 1817. James Hamilton (grandfather), was a native of Ireland, and lived and died in the land of his birth. One of his Sons, Samuel Hamilton (father), learned the trade of cabinet maker and emigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania, where be settled in Muffin township, Allegheny county. He purchased a farm of three hundred acres of land, and gave his entire attention to farming. He cut timber and built a grist and saw mill, which he run for several years. He then turned his attention again to agricultural pursuits, which he followed until his death, which occurred in 1848, when he was in the seventy sixth year of his age. He was a whig and afterwards a republican, and was for a number of years justice of the peace for Muffin township. He was a member of the United Presbyterian church, with which he had united in Ireland. His first wife either died at sea or soon after arriving in America, and left three children. Mr. Hamilton married for his second wife Rebecca Brunton, and to their union were born six children, five sons and one daughter.

Joseph K. Hamilton was reared on a farm, and after receiving a common school education worked on his father's farm until April 1, 1855, when he removed to Mahoning township, where he purchased his present farm of two hundred and fifty acres of land, which he cultivated until the fall of 1890, when he retired from active life. Since then he has resided in a comfortable and pleasant residence, which he built at New Bethlehem. On November 13, 1861, he enlisted in Co. D, 103d regiment, Pa. Vols., of which he was elected captain. His twin sons, Samuel and John, enlisted as privates in the same company. The captain and both his sons were taken down, at Yorktown, Va., with fever, of which Samuel died June 1, 1862 Captain Hamilton was compelled to resign on April 9, 1862, on account of physical disability resulting from his attack of fever.

On March 4, 1841, Captain Hamilton married Eliza Eyman, of Muffin township, Allegheny county, Pa., and to their union were born twelve children, of whom only two sons and two daughters are living. After the death of Mrs. Hamilton, on May 28, 1881, be married on March 18, 1883, for his second wife, Mrs. Catherine Ridgeway, a daughter of Joseph Hines, of Clarion county. She was one of thirteen children, and one of her brothers, John, enlisted in 1861, in Co. E, 62d regiment, Pa. Vols., was wounded at Hatcher's run, and again at Gettysbnrg, where he was captured by the Confederates, but recaptured by the Union forces before he had been taken from the battlefield. By her first husband, Mrs. Catherine Hamilton had seven children, five sons and two daughters: Clarissa A., wife of W. M. Cribbs, of Du Bois; John (deceased); M. E. Ridgeway living at Driftwood, Pa.; Cassius (deceased); Frankie (deceased); Ida, wife of Harvey Knntzelma; and Joseph (deceased).

Captain Joseph K, Hamilton was a whig until 1856, when he became one of the first republicans in the county. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, of which he has served as clerk. He has always been industrious, prominent and successful in whatever business he has been engaged and now enjoys the fruits of his many years of honest toil.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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