“Joseph Acre and Caroline C. Hamilton was married in Dec 1840 to them was born 9 children 8 boys, 4 boys has passed to the great beyond all living up to be past of age. L. H. Acre, Frank B., Herbert L., and Sarah E. Acre was teachers in the public Schools.  for numbers of years their house was the home of the many teachers of Halbert Tp. Among them Miss Laurie Shriver, T. L. Brooks, and Sister Ema the Late Lohney Potter miss Mollie Porter Abner Horsey Dr. Charles Yenie and many more prone inent to tedious to mention.  Her children and Boarder always found them always willing to do for them as pleasant as was in their power they worked to bring up their family in respect and to see they all get a fair Education. the Subject of this was born in N.C. Orange Co. in 1834 Dec 22nd name change to Alamance County

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Emigrated to Indiana Orange Co. when only 8 years old with her parents Wm Hamilton and Sarah McCollagh Hamilton and 4 brothers Six Sisters She joined the M.E. church when only 18 years old continued to Live in that church til 1851 She Left that church to go with husband to the AuB church which church they Lived till Death took him to the Church Triumphant in 1898 She was married to James L. Snider and has Lived a peaseful and contented Life

Write this 1914

Forgive mistakes

Caroline C. Snider

Life of C. Acre Snider to her Children”

Margaret Elizabeth Hamilton Acre Obituary

Posted on: September 7th, 2008

“Died at her home four miles south east of Shoals, July 4, after an illness of 12 months.  The deceased was born near Hillsborough, Orange Co., NC, April 11, 1837.  When at the age of 8 months her parents William and Sarah Hamilton, moved to Orange Co., IN, and located near the present site of Orangeville accompanied by their entire family of eleven children, four boys – Albert, Joseph, Andrew and James, and seven girls — Mary, Almeda, Martha, Julia, Caroline, Sarah and Margaret, the latter two were twins.
Here near Orangeville the family was reared to man and womanhood.
The deceased was left fatherless at the age of 13, and since childhood has been reared in the M.E. church.
On Jan. 26, 1854, she was united in marriage with Ephriam Acre, which union lasted continually until her death, July 4, 1898.
To this union was born eight children, – Martha, Julia, John, Robert, Dora, Sherman, George and Jesse, all of whom survive her except two, Martha and Sherman, who, with outstretched hands welcomed mama to the beautiful abode of the blessed, where she now, (no doubt) with a smile on her face awaits the coming of her friends and relatives.
The estimation in which she was held can best be judged by the good care and consolation of scores of friends and relatives during her long illness, and the large funeral attendance.
The funeral was preached by Rev. Wm. Salmon who did great credit to his profession, and was quite acceptable to her family.  Mr. M. Shirley conducted the funeral exercises in the very best possible manner which was very acceptable to the family in their sad bereavement.  Interment at Acre cemetery near her home July 5.”

Source:

The Referendum III-48, Thursday, July 7, 1898.  Photocopy sent by Gail Bee.

Children of William Hamilton and Sarah McCulley

Posted on: September 7th, 2008

William Hamilton (b. abt 1794 and d. aft Nov 1850 in Orange Co., IN) m. 12 Aug 1817 in Orange Co., NC (Bondsman:  Archibald Hamilton.  Witness:  Joseph A. Woods) to Sarah McCulley (b. abt 1794 and d. 1864 in Orange Co., IN)

Their children are listed in the obituary of Margaret Elizabeth Hamilton as, having come to Indiana:  4 boys:  Albert, Joseph, Andrew, and James and 6 girls:  Mary, Almeda, Martha, Julia, Caroline, Sarah, and Margaret.

In her later life, Caroline writes a letter to her children saying that she travelled to Indiana with her family, including 4 brothers and 6 six sisters.

Another source for the siblings is a transcription “copied from Aunt Caroline’s Bible.”  This transcription is included in a letter written by Anna Dickey and Eva Atwater in 1955 (and forwarded to me by H. Edgar Hill) which lists the children as follows:

  • Mary A. Hamilton    June 20, 1818
  • Kirke Hamilton  July 18, 1820
  • Albert Hamilton  Nov 14, 1822
  • Joseph A. Hamilton  Nov 24, 1824
  • Martha P. Hamilton  Mar 24, 1826
  • Andrew Hamilton  Dec 21, 1827
  • Lula A. Hamilton  Dec 27, 1829
  • Francis H. Hamilton  Jan 27, 1832
  • Caroline C. Hamilton  Dec 22, 1834
  • Margaret E. and Sarah Mariah Hamilton  April 11, 1837

Anna Dickey and Eva Atwater were granddaughters of Almeda Hamilton Dickey and they believed that she was the child named Lula A. on this list.  They refer to their grandmother as Lula Almeda throughout their letter.  I believe, based on the census records, that Lula A. should be Julia A. as she states her birthdate in the 1900 census as Dec 1829 and that age matches with other census records as well.  I don’t know where this leaves Almeda.  Based on census records and her marriage in 1843 I believe she was born about 1820.  Could she be Kirke?  That seems like an unlikely mistranscription….but there isn’t much room in the list for another child.  Of course the original bible is missing….and we can’t talk to Eva Atwater, Anna Dickey, or Almeda Hamilton.

It is also worth noting that Almeda is not the only name missing from the bible.  James, mentioned in the obituary of Margaret Elizabeth Hamilton Acre is also missing from the above list.

Based on the above information, plus the available census records and a few death dates from H. Edgar Hill I believe that the children of William Hamilton and Sarah McCulley are as follows, all of them b. NC and died in Orange Co., IN unless otherwise stated:

  1. Mary Adeline Hamilton (June 20, 1818 – bef 1880)
    m. 8 Feb 1840 in Orange Co., IN to
    Hiram Kirk (1811 Orange Co., IN – bef 1870)
  2. Almeda Hamilton (abt 1820 – bef 1900)
    m. 3 Jan 1843 in Orange Co., IN to
    Duncan Dickey (b. ??? – d. abt 1850 in California)
  3. Kirke Hamilton (b. July 18, 1820 – d. bef 1830 Orange Co., NC).
    Note:  William Hamilton is listed in the 1820 census with 3 girls under 10 years old.  “Kirke” is not in the count in 1830.  S/he may have been a third child who died young.  However, I have not excluded that possibility that the bible entry for “Kirke” is somehow the child who grew up to be called Almeda.  The birth date fits.
  4. Albert B. Hamilton (b. 14 Nov 1822).
    Note:  Not found after the 1850 census when he is listed with his parents in Orange Co., IN.
  5. Joseph A. Hamilton (24 Nov 1824 – bef 1900 Greeley Co., NE)
    m. 8 May 1848 Orange Co., IN to
    Nancy Jane Faucett (Aug 1826 – bef 1920 Greeley Co., NE).
  6. Martha P. Hamilton (26 Jan 1826 – 24 Jul 1906)
    m1. 26 Nov 1846 Orange Co., IN to
    Logan Bradford (b. abt 1824 – d. aft 1850) and
    m2. 12 Sep 1865 in Orange Co., IN to
    Stephen S. Scarlett (6 Oct 1828 NC – bef 1880).
    Note that Stephen Scarlett was the widower of Martha’s younger sister Sarah.
  7. Andrew M. Hamilton (21 Dec 1827 – bef 1880 Martin Co., IN)
    m. Martin Co., IN to
    Lucinda Douglas (b. Jan 1836 IN – d. probably Knox Co., IN).
    Note:  Lucinda’s sister Laura married John Emerson Acre, brother-in-law of Andrew’s sisters Caroline and Margaret, who also married Acres.
  8. Julia A. Hamilton (27 Dec 1829 – d. probably Daviess Co., IN )
    m. 9 Nov 1853 Orange Co., IN to
    John N. Bradford (d. bef 1900 Daviess Co., IN).
    Note:  The 1900 census lists the month and year of her birth.  The date itself comes from the entry for Lula A. in the bible transcription above.
  9. James Hamilton (b. probably abt 1831 – d. possibly bef 1850).
    Note:  James is only mentioned in the obituary of his sister Margaret.  He is not in the count of the children listed with William in 1830.  He is included in the count of 1840.  He is not listed with the family in 1850.  His birth is estimated based on when it would have had to occur in order to fit between Julia and Frances.
  10. Frances H. Hamilton (27 Jul 1832 – bef 1838).
    Note:  She is not included in the 1840 census by count. Neither is she included in the lists (or count) of siblings who traveled to Indiana in 1838.
  11. Caroline Cornelius Hamilton (22 Dec 1834 – 19 Feb 1920 Orange Co., IN)
    m1. 16 Dec 1852 Orange Co., IN to
    Joseph L. Acre (25 Jul 1829 – 13 Jun 1897)
    m2. 18 May 1898 Martin Co., IN to
    James Lindsay Snider.
    Note:  Joseph L. Acre was the brother of Ephraim Acre who married Caroline’s sister Margaret, below.
  12. Twins:  Sarah Mariah Hamilton (b. 11 April 1837 – d. bet 1860 and 1864)
    m. 26 Oct 1854 Orange Co., IN to
    Stephen S. Scarlett (6 Oct 1828 – bef 1880).
    Note:  Stephen Scarlett married Sarah’s sister Martha after Sarah’s death.
  13. And Margaret Elizabeth (b. 11 April 1837 – 4 Jul 1898 Martin Co., IN)
    m. 26 Jan 1854 Orange Co., IN to
    Ephraim Acre (22 Aug 1831 Martin Co., IN – 30 Jan 1901 Martin Co., IN).
    Note:  Ephraim Acre was the brother of Joseph L. Acre who married Margaret’s sister Caroline, above.  For descendants of Ephraim Acre and Margaret Elizabeth Hamilton see separate post.

Joseph Hamilton (b. 1754-1764 and d. summer 1818) m. 18 Aug 1781 in Orange Co., NC to Martha Whitsett/Whiteside (b. abt 1759 and d. probably Nov 1849 in Alamance Co., NC). Note:  The bondsman for their marriage was Wm. Bradford.

Had the following sons (in the order mentioned in their father’s will):

James Hamilton (b. 1790 – 1794 and d. probably bef 1840) m. 6 Jan 1817 in Orange Co., NC (Bondsman:  A. Hamilton) to Jane Whitsett (b. probably 1800 – 1804 and d.  ???)

John Hamilton (b. abt 1794, most likely before William, and d. abt 1849) m. 16 Dec 1835 in Orange Co., NC (Bondsman:  Joseph Pickett) to Theresa Thompson (b. probably abt 1815 and d. probably after 1880)

William Hamilton (b. abt 1794 and d. aft Nov 1850 in Orange Co., IN) m. 12 Aug 1817 in Orange Co., NC (Bondsman:  Archibald Hamilton.  Witness:  Joseph A. Woods) to Sarah McCulley (b. abt 1794 and d. 1864 in Orange Co., IN)

I believe they had the following daughters although I have not yet found evidence to support it.  They are not mentioned in Joseph’s will…I would be very interested in any comments for or against this theory:

Elizabeth Hamilton (b. abt 1783 and d. bef 1870) m. 16 Oct 1802 in Orange Co., NC to (Bondsman:  Edward Picket.  Witness:  Jno Taylor) William Pickett (b. 1765 – 1775 and d. bef 1830)

Martha Hamilton (b. abt 1783/4 and d. bef 1870 m. 18 Jun 1802 in Orange Co., NC to William Faucett (b. abt 1780 and d. bef 1860)

Catherine “Catey” Hamilton (b. abt 1788 and d. bef 1860) m. 12 Nov 1808 (Bondsman:  David Bradford.  Witness:  A. B. Bruce) to John Faucett (b. abt 1782 and d. bef 1870)

Note:  All birth and death dates above have been estimated or calculated from census records with the exception of Sarah McCulley Hamilton’s death date, which comes from H. Edgar Hill.

Note:  All of the above marriage information was compiled over the course of several years from various sources including:

“North Carolina Marriages Before 1825” on Ancestry.com.  Copied in 2001. No longer available, but most of the same information is repeated in the sources below.

“North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868” on Ancestry.com.  Copied by H. Edgar Hill in 2008, including most of the bondsman and witness names which I failed to copy down most of the time.

U.S. Genweb Site for Orange Co., NC. Copied in 2006. USGENWEB NOTICE: “In keeping with our policy of providing free information on the Internet, data may be freely used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other presentation.”

Children of William Hamilton (d. 1791)

Posted on: September 1st, 2008

William Hamilton (d. 1791 in Orange Co., NC)

Children (mentioned in the order mentioned in his will):

  1. Joseph (b. est. 1754-1764  and d. 1818 Orange Co., NC)
    m. 18 August 1781 (Bondsman: Wm. Bradford) to
    Martha Whitsett/Whiteside (b. abt 1759 and d. probably Nov 1849 Alamance Co., NC)
  2. Elizabeth (b. bef 1764 and d. abt 1829 Orange Co., NC)
    m. 10 Mar 1801 (Bondsmen:  William Bradford; Thos Whitted.  Witness:  Jno Taylor) to
    Peter Walker (b. bef 1765 and d. 1824 Orange Co., NC)
  3. Jean (b. probably 1760 – 1770  and d. 1840 – 1850).
    Did not marry.
  4. Margaret (b. prob. bef 1774 and d. ???)
    m1. 14 Jul 1792 to (Bondsman:  David Bradford.  Witness:  A.B. Bruce)
    John Douglass (d. 1816)
    m2. 15 Nov 1819 to
    Thomas McCulloch.
  5. Nancy (b. abt 1764 or 1774 – d. 1 May 1858)
    m. 17 Dec 1824 (Bondsman:  Thos Baner.  Witness:  J. Taylor, Justice of the Peace) to
    Thomas Bird (19 Oct 1755 Wilmington, DE – 13 May 1835 Orange Co., NC).

Note:  The estimated birth date for Nancy of 1764 is based on her gravestone inscription stating that she died in the 94th year of her age in 1858.   Her age in the census records, and her status both as the last child mentioned in the will and the last of her siblings to die make me wonder if her birth wasn’t later.  Old gravestones are difficult to read…and if anyone reading this is in a position to reread Nancy’s stone at the Cross Roads Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Mebane, Alamance Co., NC…I would be very interested.  All other birth and death dates are estimated from the census records except for that of Thomas Bird, which comes from Jack London’s gedcom.

Marriages compiled over the course of several years from various sources including:

“North Carolina Marriages Before 1825” on Ancestry.com.  Copied in 2001. No longer available, but most of the same information is repeated in the sources below.

“North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868” on Ancestry.com.  Copied by H. Edgar Hill in 2008, including most of the bondsman and witness names which I failed to copy down most of the time.

U.S. Genweb Site for Orange Co., NC. Copied in 2006. USGENWEB NOTICE: “In keeping with our policy of providing free information on the Internet, data may be freely used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other presentation.”

“In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Hamilton of the County of Orange and State of North Carolina, being Sick and weak in body, But of sound and perfect Mind and Memory, thanks be given to God, & calling to mind the mortality of my Body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul unto the hands of Almighty God that gave it & my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors & touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this World, I give Dismiss & dispose of in the following manner and form — First.  Item I give & bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Martha Hamilton all my personal property during her natural life to be hers & at her disposal at her death.  Also I give and bequeath unto her the said Martha Hamilton the House I now live in, & also one third of the profits of all my Lands during her natural life — Second, Item I give & bequath to my two Sons James Hamilton & John Hamilton all my Lands with the above incumbrance, to be equally divided between them according to Valuation & each of them paying to my Son William Hamilton one hundred & fifty dollars — In Witness whereof I the said Joseph Hamilton have hereunto set my hand and Seal to this my last Will and Testament the thirtieth day of May in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Eighteen First consulting my trusty friends William Pickett & Archibald Hamilton Executors of this my last Will and Testament and to see the same performed according to law & to my true intent and meaning —  Joseph Hamilton

Sign, Sealed, published pronounced & declared by the said Joseph Hamilton as his last Will & Testament in the presence of us, who in his presence & in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names —

Robert Gragson

Samuel McCaddams

Orange County August Term 1818.

The Execution of the foregoing last Will and Testament of Joseph Hamilton decd. was duly proved in Open Court by the Oath of William Gragson a Subscribing Witnesses thereto And Ordered to be recorded”

Source:

Abstract found here:

Shields, Ruth Herndon.  Abstracts of wills recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1752-1800 : and (202 marriages not shown in the Orange County marriage bonds) and Abstracts of wills recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1800-1850. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1972, 446 pgs.

Will found here:

Orange County:  Record of Wills:  1794 – 1822, Vols. C, D:  Roll #C.073.80002.  North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC.  Vol. D:  Page 540.

Purchased by me from Strictly by Name.

“In the name of God Amen I William Hamilton of Orange County and state of North Carolina being through the abundant Mercy and goodness of God tho weak in body yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory do constitute this my last Will and Testament and desire it to be received of all as such.

Imprimis I most humbly bequeath my Soul to God my maker beseeching his most gracious acceptance of it through the all sufficient merits & meditation of my most compassionate redeemer Jesus Christ who gave himself to be an atonement for my Sins and is able to save to the Utermost all that come unto God by him seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them and who I trust will not reject me, a returning Penitent sinner when I come to him for mercy in this hope and confidence I render up my Soul, with comfort, humbly beseeching the most blessed and glorious trinity, one God most holy most merciful and gracious, to prepare me for the time of my dissolution, and then to take me to himself into that peace and rest, and incomparable felicity, which he has prepared for those that Love and fear his holy Name, Amen, Blessed be god, Imprimis, I Give my body to the Earth from whence it was taken in full asssurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day as for my burial I desire it may be decent at the discretion of my Children, as to my worldly estate, I Order a Vendue to be made and all movables to be sold and then the money of my former Vandue and when all my Debts are collected I Order it to be divided into five equal parts Item I Give to my loving Daughter Elisabeth two full parts out of the five, and the other three parts to be equally divided between my other three Daughters, Jean, Margaret, & Nancy, I also constitute my son Joseph Hamilton and Thomas Bradford, Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and Trustees for my Daughters

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand Seal this 2nd day of June in the year of our Lord 1791

William Hamilton

Test

William Bradford

D. Bradford

State of North Carolina

Orange County – Feb Term

The Execution of the above last Will and Testament of William Hamilton Deceased was duly proven in open Court by the Oaths of William Bradford and D. Bradford the two subscribing witnesses thereto and Ordered to be recorded

Abner B. Bruce C. Ct.”

Source:

Abstract found here:

Shields, Ruth Herndon.  Abstracts of wills recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1752-1800 : and (202 marriages not shown in the Orange County marriage bonds) and Abstracts of wills recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1800-1850. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1972, 446 pgs.

Will found here:

Orange County:  Record of Wills:  1752 – 1795, Vols. A, B:  Roll #C.073.80001.  North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC.  Vol. B:  Page 149d

Purchased by me from Strictly by Name.

Ephraim Acre (22 Aug 1831 Martin Co., IN – 30 Jan 1901 Martin Co., IN) m. 26 Jan 1854 Orange Co., IN to Margaret Elizabeth (b. 11 April 1837 – 4 Jul 1898 Martin Co., IN).

They had the following children:

Martha Jane Acre (1857 – 1895) m. 1874 to John A. Doss

Julia Ellen Acre (b. 1858/9) m1. 1885/6 to Milton Young Jones, m2. 1903 to Grant Sanders, m3. 1910 Matthias Robbins

John Thomas Acre (1861 – 1952) m. 1887 to Sarah Ella Morrison

Robert Hamilton Acre (b. 1865/6) m. 1888 to Mary Elizabeth Tomlinson

Rachel Dora Acre (b. 1869/70) m. to ? Williams

Sherman Acre (1872 – 1892)

George Elsworth Acre (b. 1876 – d. Denver, CO)

Jesse Acre (b. 1877).  Did not marry.