Barra McCain is the one who could best answer questions about Hance Hamilton. Barra
participates on the McCain list, but I don't know if he subscribes to the Boyd list,
though he has researchered Boyds and Hamiltons for years. A huge family of McCains
descends from Hance Hamilton.
It seems to be accepted that Hance Hamilton was a descendant of Sir Hans Hamilton of
Hamilton's Bawn, Antrim, though there are at least two versions of his ancestry, one
having him his own nephew.
1. James Hamilton, 3rd laird of Raploch
married Isabel Weir (Vere) of Blackwood,
2. Archibald Hamilton 5th of Raploch
by Marion Ogilvy (or other wife):
3. Rev. Hans Hamilton 1536-1606/8 (vicar of Dunlop), father of:
4. John Hamilton of Hamilton's Bawn,
by wife Sarah Brabazon/Brabason: father of:
5. Sir HANS HAMILTON, Baronet, of HAMILTON'S BAWN, father of:
6. sir Hans Hamilton, 2nd/last baronet of Hamilton's Bawn b. 1673,d. 1729/30
The son of Rev. Hans Hamilton was induced along with others to remove from Scotland to the
plantations of Antrim by Claud Hamilton, Lord Paisley, who married Marianna Boyd, daugther
of sir Thomas Boyd, and father of James, Duke of Abercorn. However, Claud Hamilton was
only a 5th cousin of James Hamilton who married Isabel Weir. So they were not closely
Claud was the son of James, 2nd earl of Arran.
Here are the two versions of Hance Hamilton's descent received from Barra McCain:
(the format differs from the foregoing)
4: John Hamilton "of Hamilton's Bawn" (1585-1660) – *********
("Note: dates aren’t right for John of Hamilton’s Bawn who m. Sarah Brabason, below;
his son?") Maybe that refers only to the death date.
3: Robert Hamilton (1616-1680)
-2: John Hamilton (1645-1695)
-1: James Hamilton (1670-1716) (***father of Hans Hamilton to Pennsylvania?)*** m.
-0: John Hamilton (1704-1755) b. Ulster m. (1) Isabella Potter in Ulster, arr.
Pennsylvania 1741, m. (2) Jane Allen in PA and d. in PA. Their son:
+1: John Hamilton b. 1749 m. Margaret Alexander, d.1793; son:
+2: Hugh Hamilton b. 1785 m. Rosanna Boyd; son:
+3: A. Boyd Hamilton, author of the 1874 family record
“I've been unable to find any records elsewhere concerning the individuals prior to
John H. b. 1704, and A. Boyd Hamilton didn't list his references.”
G.O. Seilhamer about 1908 in "The Bard Family" provided a different descent for
this same John Hamilton, the immigrant:
-4: Rev. Hans Hamilton, vicar of Dunlop, Ayrshire, Scotland (grandson of WEIR)
-3: John Hamilton of Hamilton's Bawn m. Sarah Brabazon *****
-2: Francis Hamilton of Tullybrick m. Elizabeth Echlin
-1: James Hamilton (called "Hans" in other sources) m. Margaret Morris
-0: John Hamilton m. (1) Isabella Potter, etc...
(Barra McCain says he was thought to be a nephew of old Col. Hance Hamilton, but old
enough to be a brother)
[From "Hamilton Family Record" by A. Boyd Hamilton, Harrisburg, 1874;
information which conflicts with Seilhamer's work in "The Bard Family" (aft.
Regarding John Hamilton "of the Bawn":
Had eleven children: 4 daughters, 7 sons.
"The head of one branch was James Hamilton, Lord
Abercorn; another Hamilton, Lord of Endervick; another
John Hamilton, also an Abercorn; this last the most
thrifty of all the Lords and Sirs of the name. He
erected 'Hamilton Bawn' or fort, and resided there. At
his death, many years after, he left 40,000 acres of
"good" and as many more of "black" land and "fewes or
woods," to his very large family of eleven children. He
carried no title, being addressed as Esquire. He was one
of the 'big men of Ulster.' It is possible he came from
Crickness[/Creichnes?], in Scotland, and had a brother,
"..His main residence was near the Blackwater river."
"John Hamilton, of Hamilton Bawn, I have every reason to
suppose [the author crossed out "suppose" and wrote
"believe" in the margin of one copy of the book], from
record and tradition, was father of Robert who was father
of another John, who was father of James, who was father
of John Hamilton, born 1704, married Isabella Potter
January 1735, came to America on the ship Donegal,
landing at New Castle, Delaware, September, 1741, where
his wife died. In 1748, he married his second wife Jane
Allen. She was born 1715 in Chester county, died in
1791, and is buried at Harrisburg.
"Their only son John, born 1749, died at Harrisburg
1793, and is buried there. Among the numerous John's of
his descendants, he is known as Captain John Hamilton,
"of Fermanagh," now in Juniata county. His son HUGH, was
[This translates to:
1. John Hamilton of Hamilton's Bawn (1585-1660)
2. Robert (1616-1680)
3. John (1645-1695)
4. James (1670-1716)
5. John b. 1702 or 1704 m. Isabella Potter]
Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 14:46:15 +1000
Subject: [BOYD] Fw: Thomas Boyd and William Boyd came to Pennsylvania with Capt. Hance
Hamilton in 1729, landing at Newcastle, Delaware.
Members of the list
Do any of your local Libraries have a copy of this book - Gilmor, Hanna, Scott, Hamilton
Genealogy, 1729-1929, p 174, Chapter 8, by Elizabeth Gilmor, Wooster, Ohio, published in
I would like to know where Capt Hance Hamilton came from? At this stage, I would assume
it is County Tyrone or County Down but it could be any of the Counties in Ireland. It
would also be worth knowing what Church he went to in Ireland., so it can used as a
starting point for research in Ireland.
Historical committee, HBS
From: Mike Boyd
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:17 PM
Subject: Thomas Boyd and William Boyd came to Pennsylvania with Capt. Hance Hamilton in
1729, landing at Newcastle, Delaware.
According to the book The Boyd Family, Including the Allied Families of Bell . Hoover .
Cullar . Cunningham . Finley . Gaut . Hoover . Hough . Markle . McGrew . Parrish . Perry .
Pinkerton . Scholl . Speer . Warfel . Welday . Williams, With Special Reference to
Mercella Louise Boyd, by Scott Lee Boyd, 1935 on page 19 he says:-
“In 1727 a recommendation (a) was sent to have settlers come over to help hold the land
which Maryland claimed in Pennsylvania. A colony of one hundred and forty families from
Ulster, led by Capt. Hance Hamilton, landed in New Castle, Delaware, August 24, 1729, and
located first on Sir Wm. Keith’s tract called Newberry, in Newberry Township, York County,
PA. This tract extended in 1732 from Conewago Creek, York and Adams Counties, PA to Yellow
Breeches Creek, York County, PA. The land was close to Wrightsville, York County, PA on
the Susquehanna River.
“Hance Hamilton, Jr., was born 1721 and came his father to Pennsylvania in 1729. The date
of landing was written on the flyleaf of the Bible of John Hamilton, nephew of Colonel
“These settlers moved before 1736 to Marsh Creek, Adams County, PA. (Ref. , Gilmor,
Hanna, Scott, Hamilton Genealogy, 1729-1929, p 174, Chapter 8, by Elizabeth Gilmor,
Wooster, Ohio, published in 1932.)” [c] (d)
Mike Boyd’s Footnotes:-
(a) Who was this recommendation made by? Was this when Penn decided to “import” Irish and
German settlers to protect the frontier?
(b) Are there any records for Sir William Keith’s tract called Newberry, in Newberry
Township, (now) York County, PA? How much land was included in this tract of land?
[c] Did any other Boyd follow this initial migration of 1729 to Sir William Keith’s
(d) Does the book by Elizabeth Gilmore in 1932, tell where Capt Hance Hamilton came from
in Ireland? And from what Church he came from? And can we say if all 140 families came
from the same “Church” or location?
Historical Committee, HBS
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