this Day Recd of John Logan the full amount of his act. with me – Audly Hamilton
June 18th, 1814
This receipt isn’t the most interesting document in the world, but my hope in publishing this is that Audly Hamilton descendants can appreciate being able to see the handwriting of their ancestor. Another small token of info an Audley Hamilton researcher might get from these documents is the spelling of his first name. Much of the research I have come across on Audly Hamilton, have his named spelled with an E (Audley). I have posted at least 3 documents with his signature, and so far all of them seem to be spelled sans the E.
Audly never married but he had an illegitimate child named Benjamin Hamilton with a woman named Letitia Luvicey Biggerstaff.
I am not sure where Hamilton researches have pinpointed that Benjamin was illegitimate but I do know that Rutherford County marriage records are pretty thorough and there isn’t one listed for Audley and Letitia. Letitia and Benjamin were definitely not living with Audly in 1820 but they seem to be in 1830 as the household has a male between 10-15 (likely Benjamin), male between 50-60 (Audly) and a female between 20-30 (Letitia should be in the next age bracket but you know how these census ages are never accurate).
While researching Benjamin, I came across this link where a man named Derrell Oakley Teat bought a family bible from an estate sale. He said that he would like a family member to have it if they could prove a connection.
The names mentioned were:
Wm Painter m Sarah Payne
Thomas W. Garrett m Sarah Isabel Neal
Benjamin Hamilton m Mary Morrison s/o
Audley Hamilton & Letitia Biggerstaff
Wm T. Lowery m Eada Smith
Samuel H. Painter m Martha Garrison
Rufus Hamilton m Malinda Lowery
This proves that he married a Mary Morrison and that he was indeed the son of Audly Hamilton and Letitia Biggerstaff. Benjamin first married to Nancy Whiteside on April 20, 1835. They had the following children: Sarah, Joseph, Susan, Cotesworth, and Oslsaver (sp?). Nancy Whiteside likely died between 1850 and 1851. Benjamin then married to Mary Morrison who was 18 years younger than him. Benjamin and Mary had the following children: Jane, Jehia, Edgar F., Frank, Willis and Rufus.
I have contacted Mr. Teat about this Bible to see if he happens to still own it, but I found a later post where he mentioned that he was able to find a family member. The person he gave it to was giving it to her husband (avid genealogist) for his birthday. I couldn’t think of a better birthday present for a genealogist. I did ask if he happened to have scans of these pages and will update you via a comment below when he responds back.
Benjamin owned mines in North Carolina and eventually moved to Lumpkin County, GA in 1858 where he owned gold and tripoli mines. I’ve come across several mine deeds where he was referred to as Rev. Benjamin Hamilton and Dr. Benjamin Hamilton.
Here is an interesting account from “The Mining magazine and journal of geology, mineralogy …, Volume 10”:
Bunker Hill Mine, also in Burke co. This was formerly known as the Brindleton Mine. It is owned and worked by Rev. Benjamin Hamilton, a wealthy gentleman residing in Rutherford, the adjoining county. It is now worked by the hydraulic process, and is under the immediate charge of Capt. Taylor. The amount of water is limited, sufficient only for about two pipes, which is brought in a small ditch for a distance of 4 or 5 miles. It has a good head stream, and the results of the mining are very satisfactory. Capt. Taylor is reworking the deposits along a small-stream, and makes returns of 100 to 150 dwts. a week with four hands. He will get through into new ground by October, when he expects to make much better returns.
At the brink of the Civil War when Georgia was considering secession, Benjamin offered an ordinance at the George state convention, which was passed, that specified that the state of Georgia would protect the investments (his concern was mines) made by individuals from other States. He was living in Lumpkin County Georgia at the time and was considered to be a cooperationist. Benjamin moved his family from Lumpkin County to Whitfield County Ga around 1861 or 1862.
If you would like to learn more about Benjamin Hamilton and his family, I suggest you view the research by Kurt Graham.
Please leave a comment below if you have additional information about Benjamin Hamilton and Audly Hamilton that you would like to share.
About the Logan Project: I possess a box of 170 documents passed down 6 generations in the Logan family that originate from John Logan (1775-1841) of Rutherford County, NC. These documents are mainly receipts that show the various business and legal dealings of many different families from Rutherford County, NC. I will be posting these documents on this blog in chronological order. The scanned images of these documents are the copyright of Jonathan Medford. Do not redistribute these documents for the purpose of commercial gain without his expressed written permission.