Henry Fremont Hamlin1

(16 December 1856 - after 1947)
Henry Fremont Hamlin|b. 16 Dec 1856\nd. a 1947|p29.htm|Samuel Hamlin|b. 2 Feb 1832\nd. 17 Aug 1864|p826.htm|Nancy Maria Smith|b. 18 Feb 1837\nd. 22 Nov 1902|p827.htm|Simeon Hamlin|b. 4 Apr 1769\nd. 26 May 1857|p828.htm|Abigail Stratton|b. c 1803\nd. 12 Aug 1875|p829.htm|Lott Smith|b. 19 Aug 1804\nd. 20 Sep 1871|p834.htm|Julia A. Ayers|b. 24 Dec 1800\nd. 22 Sep 1889|p835.htm|
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Descendants of Simeon Hamlin
Descendants of Enoch Sweet
McCormick/Hamlin Ancestry
Henry F. Hamlin
     Henry Fremont Hamlin was an LDS member, "but not a Brigham follower" (possibly an RLDS member).6 He was born on 16 Dec 1856 in 25 mi. from Buffalo, Erie County, New York.7,8,9,10,11,12 He was was 10 years old when he was farmed out by his mother to his uncle Lou Hahn for 50 cents a day in the harvest field circa 1866 in Fillmore County, Minnesota.13 At 13, Henry ran away from his Uncle Lou. On the way home he stopped to see an English farmer named Hoskins, who hired him for $1.50 a day and gave him a pair of boots. Henry never went back to work for his Uncle Lou again.13 He lived in Kansas between Apr 1877 and Oct 1878.2,14 He lived in Cherry Grove, Fillmore County, Minnesota, between Oct 1878 and Oct 1879.14 He reported taking up a claim in Boone County, Nebraska, circa Oct 1879 in his memoirs, but the 1880 census still has him living with his mother and two siblings in Fillmore County, and working as a farm laborer there. Very likely Henry or his relatives simply mixed up the year. Certainly he had relocated by early- to mid-1881.9,15,12 He married Emily Barsheba Sweet, daughter of William Augustus Sweet and Cordelia Ann Brown, on 17 Aug 1881 in Boone County, Nebraska, whereupon they "built a sod house and took up housekeeping with pie tins for plates and ox horn spoons and ladles."9 He and Emily Barsheba Sweet lived in Anselmo, Custer County, Nebraska, circa May 1883 Henry took up a pre-emption claim there but was later driven out by drought.16,2,14 He was ordained an elder in the Christian Church circa 1884 in Anselmo, Custer County, Nebraska.14 He was first director of the school, in the same "soddy" where the settlers went to church and Sunday school between 16 Nov 1885 and 6 Apr 1887 in Custer County, Nebraska.17,18 He sold 6 gallons of sorghum to Mr. Hunter for $3.40, including the keg in 1886 or 1887 in Hunter's store, Custer County, Nebraska.19 He bought timber amounting to $3.00 and worked to pay for it on 29 Sep 1886 in Hunter's store, Custer County, Nebraska.19 He was had a sorghum mill where he ground the neighbors' cane for them in 1887 in Anselmo, Custer County, Nebraska.20 He and Emily Barsheba Sweet lived in Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado, in Nov 1889. Henry and his family traveled there by covered wagon, taking three weeks for the journey.21,9,15 He worked as a carpenter when he first moved to Denver, but slipped and fell while working on a church.14 He and Emily Barsheba Sweet started a hand laundry circa Feb 1890 in Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado, Later Henry partnered with another man to build the first steam laundry in Denver.14 He was baptized in 1890 in Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado.15 He was ordained in 1890 in Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado, an Elder in the RLDS Church.22 He and Myrtle Hamlin lived circa 1897 in Spring Valley, Minnesota, where he built the first steam laundry in that town.14 He lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1900.2 He lived in 1900 2561 River Dr., Denver, Arapahoe Co., CO.23 He was Foreman Laundry in 1900.23 He lived in 1901 in Boise and Idaho City, Idaho, to open up steam laundries.2,24 He lived in Denver, Denver County, Colorado, in 1902.2 He lived in Osceola St., Denver, Denver County, Colorado, circa 1908.24 He was tired of the laundry business, so he opened up a greenhouse circa 1908 in southwestern, Denver, Denver County, Colorado.24 He lived between 1911 and 1920 3390 W. 29th Ave., Denver, CO.25 Henry was widowed by Emily's death in 1921 in Denver, Denver County, Colorado.24 He lived in Denver, Denver County, Colorado, after 1921 with his daughter Myrtle.24 He applied for a pension on 28 Jul 1933 in Denver, Denver County, Colorado, from Denver County. At the time of his application, Henry listed his address as 3428 Bryant.26 He was allocated $6 a month at his initial hearing on on 9 Aug 1933 in Denver, Denver County, Colorado. The following year on April 18, this meager allotment was more than doubled, to $14 a month. While Colorado was one of the first states to enact an old age pension, it was typically restrictive. Pensions could not be paid to anyone who had children or relatives capable of supporting them. In most states in 1933, pensioners had to be a citizen of the state or territory and a resident for at least 15 years. Recipients had to be "deserving" citizens, never having deserted a family, committed a crime, or lived as a bum or tramp or "failed to work according to their ability." In Colorado in 1933, of 61,000 eligible pensioners, only about 8700 were collecting a pension. Henry's paltry $6 was just a little below the state average at the time of $8.59. The maximum allowed was $15. Many states at the time required that the pensioner transfer any property they owned to the pension office, and most also required a lein on the estate of the beneficiary, to be collected on their death.27 While the specifics of the Colorado law have not been located, it could not have been a pleasant experience for Henry, and probably indicated a fairly dire need for assistance. He was living in Denver, Denver County, Colorado, in Dec 1947.2 Henry Fremont died in Denver, Denver County, Colorado, after 1947.

Last Edited=January 13, 2008

Children of Henry Fremont Hamlin and Emily Barsheba Sweet

Citations

  1. Unknown author, SS-5 Application for Cordelia M. Anderson (n.p.: n.pub., 21 Aug 1972).
  2. Herb Hamlin, "Henry F. Hamlin", The Pony Express, 14:163, Dec 1947, p. 1.
  3. "Reminiscences of Henry Fremont Hamlin", as told to daughter Myrtle Bennett, ed. by Herb Hamlin, The Pony Express, 14:163, Jan 1948, p. 3, col. 1.
  4. Edward D. Niell, History of Fillmore County (Minneapolis, Minn.: Minnesota Historical, 1882) Microfilm no. 1000256, Item 1, FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah, p. 514. Hereinafter cited as 1882 History of Fillmore County.
  5. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 3.
  6. Civil War Ended - 1865, Pony Express Courier, Placerville, California, November 1965, 2, p. 5.
  7. ED #128, Sheet 10, dwelling 221, family 236, line 74 household, 1900 United States Census, Colorado, Arapahoe County, unknown cd2. NARA. T623.
  8. Henry F. Hamlin household, 1920 United States Census, Colorado, Denver County, p. 5, line 48. NARA. T625.
  9. Herb Hamlin, Henry F. Hamlin, p. 1.
  10. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 3.
  11. Saml Hamblin household, 1870 United States Census, Minnesota, Fillmore County, York Twp 101 R.12, Canfield P.O., dw 691, fam 671. Copy quality is fair, highly stylized handwriting, but legible. Lists Harvey, wife Sarah, son Wesley. Match based on location and dob of Wesley. In addition Harvey corresponds with name of Wesley's known eldest son: Louis Harvey. NARA. M653, roll 569.
  12. Maria Hamlin household, 1880 United States Census, Minnesota, Fillmore County, York, p. 3 (414), ED 84, dw/fam 18, lines 9-13. NARA. T9.
  13. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 4.
  14. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 6.
  15. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 6.
  16. Lines 76-78, eldest children list Nebraska birthplace. household, 1900, United States Census, Colorado, Arapahoe County.
  17. E. R. (compiler) Purcell, Pioneer Stories of Custer County, Nebraska (Broken Bow, NE: Custer City Chief, 1936), "Early Days in Northwest Custer" by Mrs. Arthur Wood, p. 111.
  18. E. R. (compiler) Purcell, Pioneer Stories, Custer Co. NE, "Cooperville School and Early News Items" by Berna Hunter Chrisman, p. 125.
  19. E. R. (compiler) Purcell, Pioneer Stories, Custer Co. NE, "Reminiscences of Pioneer Days" by Berna Hunter Chrisman, p. 145.
  20. E. R. (compiler) Purcell, Pioneer Stories, Custer Co. NE, "Reminiscences of Pioneer Days" by Berna Hunter Chrisman, p. 147.
  21. Lines 79-80, youngest children list Colorado birthplace. household, 1900, United States Census, Colorado, Arapahoe County.
  22. Herb Hamlin, "Three Generations of Latter Day Saints", The Pony Express, 14:163, Dec 1947, 5.
  23. Line 74 household, 1900, United States Census, Colorado, Arapahoe County.
  24. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 13.
  25. 1910 census record shows a different family at this address. household, 1920, United States Census, Colorado, Denver County.
  26. Denver, Colorado, Hamlin, H. F. Register of Actions - Old Age Pension: p. 152, case no. 454; unknown film, unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as Colorado Old Age Pensions.
  27. "Old Age Security Staff Report," Barbara Nachtried Armstrong and Staff, Committee on Economic Security, 1934, http://www.ssa.gov/history/reports/ces/ces2armstaff.html