On the 1790 census for Bedford, Westchester County, New York, Mercer Hamilton is shown living with one female and one male under 16 years of age. Could this female and young male be Mercer's daughter, Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, and her son, John Hamilton Gregory? Mary Elizabeth Hamilton was married to John Gregory and they divorced around 1789/1790. She then married Isaac Wright. I've wondered where Mary could have been living during (and immediately after) her divorce and it's possible she was living with her father. Mercer's other two daughters were living with their husbands so it couldn't have been them and Mercer's wife, Elizabeth, died in 1787 so it seems plausible that it was Mary who was living with him.
Children of UNKNOWN HAMILTON are:
MERCER HAMILTON was born about 1738 in Scotland and died between 1790-1800. MERCER was educated at the University of Edinburgh. His parents wanted him to enter the church but he wanted to go to America. Upon reaching America, he married ELIZABETH BELDEN, a young widow. She was born February 6, 1741 in New York and died January 10, 1787 in Bedford, Westchester County, New York.
Notes for MERCER HAMILTON
On page 7 of the book, "The Life and Letters of Hamilton W. Mabie," there is a reference to MERCER and his wife having 4 daughters but I don't know the name of this fourth daughter or when she was born. (The book was written about MERCER HAMILTON'S great-great-grandson.)
Children of MERCER HAMILTON and ELIZABETH BELDEN are:
MARY ELIZABETH HAMILTON (MERCER HAMILTON2) was born November 16, 1763 and died September 4, 1849. She married 1) JOHN GREGORY, son of DANIEL GREGORY and HANNAH SMITH. He was born about 1752 and died about 1825 in Colchester, Delaware County, New York. MARY and JOHN were divorced around 1790. She married 2) ISAAC WRIGHT around 1790/1791, son of ROBERT WRIGHT and JOANNA MOSHER. He was born January 1, 1764 and died between 1840-1850.
Notes for MARY ELIZABETH HAMILTON
MARY and ISAAC are interred in Dutchess County, New York.
Notes for CHARLOTTE WRIGHT, daughter of MARY ELIZABETH HAMILTON
MARY'S daughter, CHARLOTTE WRIGHT, married SAMUEL COLWELL and one of their daughters was SARAH COLWELL. SARAH married LEVI JEREMIAH MABIE and had a son named HAMILTON W. MABIE. HAMILTON W. MABIE was the subject of a book written by Edwin W. Morse, titled, "The Life and Letters of Hamilton W. Mabie." Pages 6-8 of this book discuss HAMILTON'S maternal ancestors.
Children of MARY ELIZABETH HAMILTON and JOHN GREGORY are:
Children of MARY ELIZABETH HAMILTON GREGORY and ISAAC WRIGHT are:
ELIZABETH MERCER HAMILTON (MERCER HAMILTON2) was born December 31, 1760 in New York and died April 23, 1853 in Bedford, Westchester County, New York. She married EZEKIEL HARRIS, JR., June, 1781 in New York, son of EZEKIEL HARRIS and MARTHA. He was born September 20, 1756 in Bedford, Westchester County, New York and died June 26, 1837 in Bedford, Westchester County, New York.
Notes for ELIZABETH MERCER HAMILTON
From The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
Ezekiel Jr., born at Bedford on September 20, 1756, died there on June 26, 1837, as "son of Ezekiel and Martha." Ezekiel, his wife Elizabeth, and some of their children are buried in the Buxton Cemetery about three miles northwest of Bedford Village. He is said to have had an early wife, Mary Bassett, but he certainly married in June, 1781, Elizabeth Hamilton, b. December 31, 1760 (calc.), died April 23, 1853, aged 92y, 3m, 23d, daughter of Mercer and Elizabeth (Belden)Hamilton.
Children of ELIZABETH MERCER HAMILTON and EZEKIEL HARRIS are:
CHARLOTTE HAMILTON (MERCER HAMILTON2) was born April 27, 1765 in Westchester County, New York and died February 29, 1844 in Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut. She married NATHANIEL SLAWSON about 1783, son of ABRAHAM SLAWSON and SARAH CABLE. He was born about 1764 in Salem, New York and died after 1850 in Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Notes for NATHANIEL SLAWSON
He is shown on the 1850 census for Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut living with his daughter, ELIZABETH SLAWSON WARREN and her family.
Children of CHARLOTTE HAMILTON and NATHANIEL SLAWSON are:
Created March 27, 2005 by Carol Rhead Tessen
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