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John Hamilton biography

 Collection — Folder: S0576
Identifier: S0576

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a handwritten biography of John Hamilton by his great-granddaughter, Mayme Jacobs (circa 1927). The biography relates brief family history; describes how Hamilton got into the whiskey making business; and describes the movements of General William Henry Harrison's forces from Terre Haute to Prophetstown prior to the Battle of Tippecanoe.


  • circa 1927

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

John Hamilton was born near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1766 to William and Mary Hamilton. His parents were Irish immigrants from County Tyrone. He moved to Kentucky in 1785 and began making whiskey following the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791. He married Rachel Cook (1770-1813) on March 12, 1795. He served under General William Henry Harrison during the Battle of Tippecanoe and achieved the rank of Captain. He died at the age of 97 on September 25, 1863.


Information within collection. "John Hamilton." Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850. Accessed November 14, 2016. "Captain John Hamilton." U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Accessed November 14, 2016.

Peter, Robert, M.D. History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky. Edited by William Henry Perrin. Chciago: O.L. Baskin & Company, 1882.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Miss Mayme Jacobs on 1927/10/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/11/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/11/14 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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