THE NAME AND FAMILY OF HAMLIN
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THE NAME AND FAMILY OF HAMLIN
The name of Hamlin is believed to be of Saxon origin and to have been
derived from the words ham, meaning "home" and lyna, meaning "a pool ".
It was probably taken from the name of the home of the original bearer of the
surname at the time of the adoption of surnames in England.
It is found in ancient English and early American records in the various spellings of Hamlyn, Hamlen and Hamlin, of which the form last mentioned is that most generally used in America today. Some historians state that the ancestors of the English families of Hamlin were among the followers of William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. and aided in the invasion of England. It is possible that the name had previously gone into
France, either from Germany or from England, and returned at the time of the
Norman Conquest in the ranks of Normans.
Families of this name were to be found at early dates in the counties of
Leicester, Warwich, Worcester, Oxford, Stafford, Gloucester, Shrops, Devon,
Cornwall, Somerset and Monmouth. Records indicate that they were, for the most
part, of the landed gentry and yeomanry of the British Isles.
One Hamelin, whose name is recorded in the Rolls of Battle Abbey, settled in Devonshire and Cornwall about 1086. In the following century Richard Hamlyn
of Widecombe was among the many representatives of the family in these two
In 1260 Sir William Hamelyn was a Member of Parliament from Totnes and in
1311 Robert Hamlyn held the same office. Walter Hamlin, brother of Sir
William, was the father by his wife Alice of William, who had issue of John, from whom was descended John Hamlyn of the year 1412.
In the sixteenth century a John Hamelyn of this family was the father by his wife, Amor Knowle, of a son named Giles. This Giles married a daughter of Robert Ashley and was the father by her of two sons, Thomas and James, of whom the last emigrated to New England about the year 1639 and will be further mentioned below.
While it is not entirely clear in every case from which of the several branches of the family in England the first emigrants of the name came to America traced their descent, it appears from old records that the Hamlins were among the earliest British Settlers.
The above-mentioned James, who emigrated about the year 1639, is on record at Barnstable, Mass., both as Hamblen and as Hamlin. He brought with him from England his wife Ann and their children, Mary, James and Hannah. He is believed to have had two earlier children, James and Sarah, who died young,
and had further issue in America of six others, including one who was born dead.
The other five of American birth were Bartholomew, John, Sarah, Eleasur,
James, eldest son of the immigrant James, was married in 1662 to Mary Dunham, who is believed to have been a descendant of several royal lines - including that of the kings of Sweden.
The children of James and Mary were Mary, Elisabeth, Eleasur, Experience, James, Jonathan, Ebenezer, Elisha, Hope, Job, John, Benjamin and Elkanah.
Bartholomew, second son of the immigrant James, was married in 1674 to Susanna Dunham, by whom he had Mercy, Samuel, Patience, Susanna, Experience, John, Ebenezer, Mary, Bethia and'Reliance.
John, third son of the immigrant James, married Sarah Bearse in 1667. They were the parents of Meletiah, Priscilla, Sarah, Martha, Experience, Hannah, Ester, Thankful, John, Ebenezer, Abigail, and Benjamin.
Eleasur, fourth son of the immigrant James, was married to Mehitable Jenkin~
in 1675. Their children were Isaac, Joseph, Mehitable, Elisha, Ichabod and
Israel, the fifth and youngest son of the immigrant James was the father by his wife Abigail of Joseph and Jemima and possibly of others.
The Giles Hamlin family
Some family historians state that the Giles Hamlin who was at Hartford,
Conn., sometime prior to 1650 was the brother of the immigrant James. Giles
married Esther or Hester Crow in 1655 and had issue by her of Hester or Esther, John, Mary, Mehitable, Giles, William and Richard.
John, eldest son of the immigrant Giles, married Mary Collins in the year
1685. He had issue by her of John, Giles, Esther, Mary, Sibil, Jabez,
Ebenezer, and two others who died young.
William, younger son of the immigrant Giles was married,in 1692 to Susanna Collins. They were the parents of Richard, William, Giles, Nathaniel, Edward, Susanna, Charles and Esther.
A William Hamblen or Hamlin was at Boston, Mass., in the year 1650. He was the father by his wife Mary of three children, William, Mary and Nathaniel, and perhaps others.
Another early immigrant of the name Hamlin was Ezekiel of Boston before
1654, in which year he was married to Elizabeth Drake. They were the parents
of Ezekiel, Joseph, William, Elizabeth, Mary, Benjamin, Hannah and Mercy.
Others of the name who came to America in the seventeenth century but left few records of themselves and their families were Richard of Boston in 1665; Clement of Boston in 1676; and Thomas of Boston in 1687, the last of whom had a son named John.
Many others of the name came to America in the early eighteenth century,
among whom was Daniel Hamlin of North Carolina and Virginia. He is believed to have been the father of John, Henry, Daniel and Polly.
More recent representatives of these various branches of the family in America have removed to every State of the Union and have contributed as much to the growth and development of the nation as their progenitors did to its founding.
The Hamlins may be described as an active, ambitious, and strong
minded race, of considerable intellectual power, and often endowed with the ability to organize and lead others. Characterized also by physical stamina and determination of purpose, they have achieved success in many fields of endeavor.
Among the Hamlins who served as officers in the War of the Revolution were Ensign Africa Hamlin of Massachusetts; Ensign Daniel Hamlin of Connecticut; Lieutenant William Hamlin of Virginia, Lieutenant Nathaniel of Connecticut; and Captain Eleasur of Massachusetts.
James., John, William, Thomas, Joseph, Giles, Israel, Samuel and Daniel are
some of of the Christian names most favored by the family for its male progeny. A few of the many members of the family who have distinguished themselves in America in more recent times are:
(1809-1891) of Maine, statesman, Vice President under Abraham Lincoln (2nd term)
Cyrus Hamlin (1811-1900) of Maine, missionary.
Augustus Choate Hamlin (1829-1905) of Maine, surgeon.
Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin (1855-1926), architect; son of above mentionec Cyrus Hamlin.
Charles Summer Hamlin (b. 1861), of Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. special counsel to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Chauncey J. Hamlin (b. 1881) of New York, civic leader.
Clarence Clark Hamlin (1868), of Iowa and Colorado, Lawyer.
Simon Moulton Hamlin (b. 1866), of Maine, Congressman.
Talbot Faulker Hamlin (b. 1889), of New York, architect and author.
Hannibal Emery Hamlin (b. 1858), of Maine, Lawyer.
One of the most ancient and probably the best known of the coats of arms, which have been at various times granted to the Hamlin family, is described in heraldic terms as follows (H. Franklin Andrews, Hamlin Family, page 37, 1894):
"Gules, a lion rampant, ermine, crowned with an antique crown, d’or.'
"Seven arrows, points upward, proper."
Heitman. Historical Register of the Officer of the Continental Army, 1914.
Savage. Genealogical Dictionary of New £ngland, 1860.
Burke. Landed Gentry. 1925.
The Americana. 1934. Andrew.
History of the Hamlin Family. 1894
Andrew. Hamlin Family. 1900
M.S. Hamlin. Eleazur Hamlin and his Descendents. 1909.
Andrew. Hamlin Family. 1902.
S.V. Talcott. The Hamlin Family. 1916.
W.R. Drake. Devonshire Notes. 1888.
Family Record – Descendents of Solomon and Betsey Hamlin
Compiled by Edwin M. Hamlin
Many times I have searched in vain for some simple, but to me, important fact of family history, probably because no one thought to make a record of things with which they were so familiar that it never occurred to them that future generations might not be possession of the same facts.
May, it possibly, be helpful and interesting to someone, perhaps my children or other descendants, in years to come if I make note of a few facts with which I am familiar.
My paternal Grandfather was Solomon Hamlin who was born at Vassalborough, Maine, April 3, 1800. He first married Betsey Sargent who was born at Methuen, Mass, April 14, 1796, she died at Orneville, Maine, March 16, 1862. To Solomon and Betsey Sergeant Hamlin there were born four sons and one daughter:
My Father, Joseph Sergeant Hamlin, fourth son and fifth child of Solomon and Betsey Sergeant Hamlin, was born in a farmhouse that used to stand on the westerly side of the road leading south from the top of Sergeant hill in Milo to Piscataquis River. The house was between the Billington and Holbrook farms and was destroyed by fire many years ago. Father died at Milo November 8, 1894 and was buried in his family lot, in evergreen cemetery at Milo, Maine.
More about the children of Solomon Hamlin
Henry S. Hamlin married Sara Whitehouse who was born Lisbon, Maine October 2, 1825, they were married at Barnard, Maine November 15, 1840, he died at Great works, Maine she at Milo, Maine. The dates are unknown to me. To them four children were born, three sons and one daughter as follows:
Persis Hamlin married William Porter, son of James and Mary Porter. William was born at Orneville, Maine March 14, 1823. Persis died at Pleasant Grove, California, November 24, 1888. To them six children were born, four sons and two daughters as follows:
William Hamlin married Hannah E. York at Nicatous Plantation on November 3, 1850. Hanna E. York was born June 20, 1834. William served as a private in Co. L 31st Maine Inf. Vol. in the army of the Potomac before Petersburg, VA. He died at Medway, Maine, July 6, 1895. To them were born nine children (eight sons and one daughter) as follows:
Eben G. Hamlin married Susan Ladd, daughter of William and Betsey Ladd, she was born at Williamsburg, Maine September 21, 1829, they were married at Barnard, Maine June 24, 1854. To them six children were born, four sons and two daughters as follows:
Joseph Sergeant Hamlin married Emeline Rebecca Mooers who was born at Mirimachi Parish Blissfield, Northumberland County, New Brunswick, Canada December 5, 1831. She died at Orneville, Maine November 27, 1874. He died at Milo, Maine November 8, 1894. To them eight children were born as follows:
More about the children of Joseph Sergeant and Emeline Mooers Hamlin
Solomon Augustus Hamlin married Mabel Whitten at Atkinson, Maine August 24, 1883; she was born at Atkinson, Maine. He was a farmer and lumberman. They had no children. Both are buried in the Maple road cemetery in Atkinson.
Wilbur Warren Hamlin married Sabra McCorrison at Bangor, Main June 26, 1880. She was born at Atkinson, Maine August 3, 1860 and died at Milo July 19, 1891. Both are buried in evergreen Cemetery at Milo. To them were born three children, two sons and one daughter as follows:
On September 6, 1893 Wilbur Hamlin married his first wife’s younger sister Linnie M. McCorrison. To them were born three children, two sons and one daughter as follows:
Lewis M. Hamlin married Annie L. Whitten at Orneville, Maine October 26, 1881. To them was born one child, a daughter:
Lillie J. Hamlin married Charles McGinnis in Boston and lived there all her life.
Thomas Clarence Hamlin married late in life a widow, a Mrs. Grant who had one son by a previous marriage but no children by Thomas Clarence.
Henry Bert Hamlin was never married.
Joseph Chester Hamlin married Nellie M. Livermore, daughter of William Taylor Livermore and Alice Stone Livermore. To them were born three children, two daughters and one son as follows:
Edwin M. Hamlin (the writer of this history) married Carrie Belle Livermore, second child of William Taylor and Alice Stone Livermore, she was born at Milo, Maine May 11, 1873, in a farm house on Sergeant hill and attended the old Sergeant hill district school. Her parents were thorough going Christian people and exerted wide influence, for good.
Carrie and I were married at 8 o’clock Wednesday evening December 27th, 2893 and to us were born six children, four boys and two girls.
Jean Paul Hamlin was born at Milo, Maine January 8, 1895, he married Miss Marguerite Houser in New York City July 14, 1920, she was born at San Mateo, Florida June 13, 1898. To them have been born three sons,
Oscar Lawrence Hamlin was born at Milo, Maine February 6, 1996, he married Miss Pearl Morrill at Milo July 3, 1917, and she was born at Willimantic, Maine February 14, 1897. To them have been born three sons,
Percy Livermore Hamlin was born at Milo, Maine October 15, 1897. He married Miss Nora E. Ramsdell, at Dover-Foxcroft, Maine July 15, 1921. To them have been born four daughters and two sons,
Edwin M. Hamlin Jr. was born at Milo December 9, 1902, died January 24, 1903 of bronchial pneumonia.
Edna Louise Hamlin was born in Milo, Maine February 20, 1906; she married Lloyd J. Treworgy in the United Baptist Church in Milo June 22, 1927. This was the first wedding ever held in that Church. Lloyd J. Treworgy was born in Surry, Maine October 20, 1900.
To them have been born three sons and one daughter,
Barbara Caroline Hamlin was born in Milo July 3, 1908; she married Rev. Richard Cummings, a Baptist Minister, in the United Baptist Church in Milo August 17, 1932. Richard Cummings was born in Renzada Burma October 7, 1910. To them have been born two children,
I have no record of the births and deaths of my maternal grandparents but I do know that they lived at Blissfield, Northumberland County, Province of New Brunswick, Canada where my mother, Emeline Rebecca Mooers Hamlin was born December 5, 1831. She died in Orneville, Maine November 27, 1874, when I was twenty months and two days old.
The Livermore Family
The Grandparents of my wife, Carrie B. Livermore Hamlin, were David Livermore who was born at August, Maine, October 8, 1809 and Sara Taylor Livermore who was born at Vassalborough, Maine October 18, 1809. They were married at Sebec, Maine November 13, 1928. To them were born nine children of which Carrie’s Father, William Taylor Livermore was the sixth, and there were five sons and four daughters.
William Taylor Livermore served four years in the civil war, 1861 to 1865 and was color bearer at “Little Round Top” in the battle of Gettysburg. He was wounded in the battle of the Wilderness and General Chamberlain stated at a public meeting in Milo that Mr. Livermore was one of the bravest soldiers he ever knew.
William Taylor Livermore married Miss Alice Ruth Stone who was born at Orono, Maine October 18, 1851. They were married at Milo November 18, 1869. To them were born five children, four girls and two boys: