Diaries & Journals
Archived Whats New
of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913
p 1024 -
Nathaniel Hamilton One of the leading agriculturists and business
men of the northwestern part of Montgomery County is Nathaniel
Hamilton, a scion of one of the sterling old families of this
locality, and here he has been content to spent his life. While
laboring for his individual advancement he has not neglected
his larger duties as a neighbor and citizen. By deeds of kindness
extending through a long period of years he has won and retained
strong personal attachments, and though having passed his 62nd
milestone on the journey of life he is still in possession of
his faculties, physical and mental and bids fair to round out
many more years of a happy old age. Mr. Hamilton was born Oct
21, 1840 in Fountain County and he is a son of James and Louisa
Thompson Hamilton. The father was born in Ohio and the mother
in Kentucky. The former came to Montgomery County in 1832, when
the country was little improved and he later moved to Fountain
County where he remained until 1850 when he returned to Montgomery,
locating on the farm of 200 acres which our subject now owns.
He devoted his life to farming. His family consisted of six
children: Catherine who married Alfred Lofland; Nathaniel of
this review; Jane who married Solon H. Brown; Albert lives in
Waynetown; Sarah Louisa married John C. Bible; Melville who
lives in this county. Nathaniel Hamilton received a good common
school education in Montgomery County then entered an academy
where he remained some time. In August 1862, he enlisted in
Company E, 72nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry then joined Wilder's
famous brigade, being mounted and he participated in the battles
of Hoover's Gap; Chickamauga; Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain.
He was in the army of the Cumberland under General Girard in
General Thomas' division. He proved to be a very faithful soldier,
according to his comrades and he was honorably discharged and
mustered out at Indianapolis in 1865. After the war he returned
home and resumed farming, which he has continued on a large
scale and with great success to the present time. He has accumulated
a competency and is VP of the Farmers Bank at Wingate. He has
a finely improved farm and a commodious dwelling and a good
grade of livestock is always to be seen about his place. Mr.
Hamilton was married on May 20, 1880 to Mary Hunt, daughter
of William and Mary Rose Hunt. They were from Ohio and were
early settlers here. Four children have been born to our subject
and wife: Galen is deceased; Hattie married Walter Haney; Clinton
is deceased; William Fay is at home. Politically, Mr. Hamilton
is a Republican. He was township assessor for one term. Fraternally,
he belongs to the Free and Accepted Masons at Wingate. He belongs
to the Methodist Church.
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