Samuel Hamlin1

(2 February 1832 - 17 August 1864)
Samuel Hamlin|b. 2 Feb 1832\nd. 17 Aug 1864|p826.htm|Simeon Hamlin|b. 4 Apr 1769\nd. 26 May 1857|p828.htm|Abigail Stratton|b. c 1803\nd. 12 Aug 1875|p829.htm|||||||||||||
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Descendants of Simeon Hamlin
McCormick/Hamlin Ancestry
     Samuel Hamlin was born on 2 Feb 1832 in Bennington County, Vermont, exactly one year after his brother Alonzo, if we are to believe the dates in the Fillmore county histories, though the 1832 date on his gravestone in the Cherry Grove Cemetery seems more likely.2,4,5,6,7 He was a dairyman.8 He married Nancy Maria Smith, daughter of Lott Smith and Julia Ann Ayers, in Feb 1856 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York.2,9,6 In Jun 1857, Samuel Hamlin and Nancy Maria Smith moved to Minnesota, settling two miles south of Cherry Grove in Fillmore County.10,9,6 He was (unable to calculate age) when one of the largest Souix-led massacres of all time occurred in 1862 in south-central, Minnesota. About 700 settlers -- men, women, and children -- were killed.11 He served for four weeks in a volunteer company "guarding the frontier families against the Indians" in Aug 1862.6 He was mustered in to the Sixth Minnesota Volunteers, Company K, and very shortly thereafter transferred to Company H, 8th Minnesota Infantry on 4 Jan 1864 while that regiment was on frontier duty. His first post was Fort Snelling, near St. Paul, and the regiment shifted around to several points on the Souix frontier during the winter and spring. By June the company had joined Sibley's expedition.10,12,6,13 He served as a private with Co. H, 8th Minnesota Infantry in the Indian campaigns along the Missouri river and throughout in Dakota Territory. Co. H took part in Sibley's expedition during the summer of 1864, and was involved in the July 28 battle of Killdeer Mountain. Samuel Hamlin survived that battle, and the resulting rout that drove back the Souix resistance. By August 8, his unit had moved to Two Hills, Bad Lands, Little Missouri River.14 Sadly, though, his luck had run out, and Samuel never lived to return home to his family. Samuel died in Fort Rice, Dakota, on 17 Aug 1864 at 32 of an unspecified illness.12,6,7,15 He was buried in Aug 1864 in near Fort Rice on the Missouri River, Minnesota, though a marker was also erected in his memory in the Cherry Grove Community Cemetery.16,7

Last Edited=January 13, 2008

Children of Samuel Hamlin and Nancy Maria Smith


  1. Herb Hamlin, "Henry F. Hamlin", The Pony Express, 14:163, Dec 1947, p. 1.
  2. "Reminiscences of Henry Fremont Hamlin", as told to daughter Myrtle Bennett, ed. by Herb Hamlin, The Pony Express, 14:163, Jan 1948, p. 3.
  3. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 5.
  4. ED #128, Sheet 10, dwelling 221, family 236, line 74. household, 1900 United States Census, Colorado, Arapahoe County, unknown cd2. NARA. T623.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Hamlin Burials in Cherry Grove Community Cemetery, n.d., Received in correspondence from Steven Walker, Boone, Iowa., Copy held by DeAnna Burghart, Laguna Niguel, CA.
  8. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 3, col. 1.
  9. Nancy Maria Hamlin, Spring Valley Mercury, Spring Valley, Minnesota, 27 Nov 1902, page unk..
  10. Herb Hamlin, Henry F. Hamlin, p. 1.
  11. "Samuel Hamlin Joined Citizen Soldiers Who Went Forth to Fight Sioux Indians During Civil War", as told to daughter Myrtle Bennett, unknown editor, The Pony Express, 14:163, Dec 1947.
  12. (Minnesota) Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, 1861-1865, 2nd Edition (St. Paul, Minn: Pioneer Press Company, 1891), p. 412. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota in the Civil War.
  13. Nancy M. Hamblin household, 1890 United States Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, York, ED 107, Line 11. The census specifies the first date of service as 1 Jan, but that may have been an approximation.. NARA. M123, roll 22.
  14. The Civil War Archive, Union Regimental Histories, Minnesota, The site author quotes his source as A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3).
  15. 1890, United States Census, veterans schedule, Minnesota, Fillmore.
  16. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 4.
  17. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 3, col. 1.
  18. Henry F. Hamlin, Reminiscences of Henry Hamlin, p. 3.