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Robert Hamilton

Male 1834 - 1883  (49 years)


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  • Name Robert Hamilton 
    Born 1834  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1858  Elma Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-144538 
    Died 24 Nov 1883  , Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Elma Centre Cemetery, Elma Township, Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I144538  Generations
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2022 

    Father James Hamilton,   b. 1802, , Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1850  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Margaret Hossie,   b. 20 Dec 1799, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1870  (Age 70 years) 
    Family ID F7740  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helen Robb,   b. 29 Sep 1835, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1891  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1858  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Robert Benjamin Hamilton,   b. 7 Aug 1864, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1938, Millbank, Mornington Twp., Perth County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F38018  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Mr. R. B. Hamilton has bought the undertaking business of Mr. R. J. Kerr. Mr. Hamilton has several years' experience in such work and is well qualified to take the place of Mr. Kerr. Mr. Kerr intends travelling for the Deering Machine Co.

      Wellesley Maple Leaf, September 29, 1904

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      R. J. Kerr, our popular undertaker, has engaged Mr. Hamilton of Attwood to assist him in the undertaking and implement business. It now seems necessary that someone should be on the spot all the time.


      Waterloo County Chronicle, April 20, 1899

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      Millbank and the surrounding district are wrapped in sadness these days, for one of their outstanding citizens in the person of Mr. R. B. Hamilton answered the call to come up Higher, on Monday evening when he was quietly reading in his home, after being in his store during the day and at his beloved church on Sunday, where he taught his Bible class as usual. Mr. Hamilton was a man greatly beloved by all who knew him, one who followed in his Master's footsteps; and many a kindly deed and noble act he has done, that the world knows not of. Born at Atwood, in August, seventy-three years ago, he was the son of the late Robert Hamilton, formerly of Winterbourne, and the late Ellen Robb, of Scotland. His father died when he was quite a young lad and he early assumed the responsibilities of a fatherless home. He was the mainstay of his mother and guide and counsellor of his sisters, two of whom have been living with him in Millbank, and to them the word "brother" meant much. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to them, Mrs. McBain, Mrs. W. Blair and Mrs. G. Coghlin, of Millbank, Mrs. Pope and Mrs. Coghlin, of Atwood. One brother Will Hamilton, of Monkton, died six years ago and another brother, Jas. Hamilton, of Trowbridge, some years previous. Mr. Hamilton left the farm early in life and attended Business College in Guelph and later entered the store of Mr. John Schnurr in Linwood proving a valued assistant, and also worked as an undertaker. Here, and elsewhere, he gave of his time and talents in the Master's service. Almost thirty years ago he came to Millbank and started a store and also an undertaking parlor. Here again his sterling qualities won him success. But along with his active duties, he was a familiar figure in the former Methodist Church, having delivered his first sermon as a local preacher, forty-nine years ago; [words missing]… the folks who look back with joy on his ministry. He acted as treasurer in the Millbank Wesley church for years and [?] & M. treasurer in the United Church until recently. He was an elder in the United Church since union, a wonderful Bible class teacher, and an honored and active member of the Young People's Union. The latter had the privilege of doing him honor last December on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee in young people's work. He was instrumental in organizing young people's work in the counties of Perth and Waterloo and many a lonely trip he made over poor roads in this cause. But "ever onward" was his motto and many folk throughout these counties could rise up and call him blessed for the joy and fellowship the Epworth League and Christian Endeavour Societies have brought to their lives. He was always a strong advocate of temperance, both by precept and example and acted as treasurer of the Perth Temperance Federation for many years. He was ever ready with his financial support of the Church, the Bible Society, the Library and every other worthy cause. In the realm of sport, he was an ardent enthusiast, and always stood for fair play and good sportsmanship. He was in very truth, a noble Christian gentleman. Well might it be said of him "a prince has fallen in Israel."
      Sleep on, dear friend, such lives as thine
      Have not been lived in vain,
      But hold an influence rare, divine,
      On lives that here remain.
      The funeral service will be held at his late residence in Millbank on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock and a later service in Atwood United Church, from where interment will take place in Elma Centre Cemetery.

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      From "The Elmanac - The History of Elma Township 1857-1997" on page 426:

      Around 1845 James Hamilton and his wife Margaret Hosey (possibly Hossie) came to Canada. They had been linen weavers in Glasgow, Scotland, and settled in Guelph, where they wove woollens. Later they moved to Winterbourne.
      About 1850 their sons Robert and Tom came into Elma. The brothers were woodcutters who worked for many years taking logs to Trowbridge to sell in order to earn money for land. They were squatters until 1875, when Robert bought C7L16 for $135.
      Robert met his wife Ellen Robb at a party in Donegal. Ellen was a great walker. She had worked as a maid in Galt and had to walk from there to C[Concession]10 to visit her parents. One day after she was married she was picking grass to feed a pet deer and wandered into the woods and was lost. The family found her in Trowbridge.
      Robert and Ellen had five girls and three boys. Agnes Findlay married Richard Coghlin; Margaret Dila married George Clay Coghlin; James married Annie Jane [adopted daughter of Charles and Ann Porter Buchanan]; Henry Wilkinson married Hattie; Robert Benjamin never married; Jessie Beatrice married Henry Pope; Ellen married Albert McBain; Marion Evaline Jane married William Blair [son of William and Jane Buchanan Bair]. Jessie and Ellen, the last surviving members of the family, lived together on Main Street in Atwood in later life. They were jolly, happy old ladies, so everyone liked to visit them. The Hamiltons were originally Presbyterians, but later became Methodists.

      The Hamiltons planted a large orchard of sweet apples in hopes of making a good deal of money. Many of the trees were still there when Glynn and Olive Coghlin moved onto the in 1952.
      Robert Hamilton died in 1883. His wife and family carried on for eight years, then sold the land to George Clay Coghlin, Robert's son-in-law. George built the present house. George and Margaret's children were Ella, who married Charles Vogan, Everett who married Pearl Hiusser, and Marion, who married Fraser Dewar.
      In 1905, lightning rods were installed by Hamilton Brothers Manufacturing Company for $56. Two years later, George sold twenty-seven-and one-half acres off the south end. In 1909 he sold the remaining property to William Hume.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Robert Hamilton Birth Place: Woolwich Township RESIDENCE: Elma Township Age: 23 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1835 Father Name: James Mother Name: Marg Hossie Spouse Name: Helen Robb Spouse's Age: 22 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1836 Spouse Birth Place: Edinburgh, Scotland Spouse Residence: North Dumfries Spouse Father Name: James Spouse Mother Name: Agnes Findley Marriage Date: 1 Jan 1858 Marriage County: Waterloo

    2. [S3172] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95938837/robert-hamilton.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1834 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1858 - Elma Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jan 1858 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Nov 1883 - , Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elma Centre Cemetery, Elma Township, Perth Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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