Friday, November 13, 2015

Mary (Hancock) Hamilton 1830-1909

Again the death angel has entered the home and carried away one of the time honored landmarks of Pulaski county in the person of Aunt Mary Hamilton of near Wheeler's mill, who died on Friday and was buried at the Hamilton graveyard on Saturday January 9th, 1909.

Mrs. Hamilton was one of the early settlers of Pulaski Co. and has lived for about fifty years on the farm where she died. Her husband preceded her to the better land many years ago, leaving her with a large family of children, which she reared to man and womanhood and it can truthfully be said that her children, grand children, and great grand children, which are many, go to make up the best citizenship of our County. She had acquired much of this world's goods and was always kind to those who was in need; thus one by one we record the passing away of some of the Lords chosen people. The Democrat joins in sympathy with the relatives who mourn the loss of so good a mother, grandmother, and friend.

Pulaski County Democrat
15 January, 1909

*While the original obituary indicates that Mary Hamilton was laid to rest at Hamilton graveyard, her headstone is located at Sewell Cemetery near Hancock. We do not know if this was simply an error by the paper, if Mrs. Hamilton's grave was later relocated, or if Sewell Cemetery was once known as the Hamilton graveyard.  According to Tombstone Inscriptions of Pulaski County, published by Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society, there are two Hamilton cemeteries, both located near Riddle Bridge. Mary's husband, Samuel, who passed away in 1874, is recorded as being buried in Hamilton Farm cemetery. His tombstone was transcribed by the Historical Society in the mid 1980's. 

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