- Like his father, he also served in the service during the Revolutionary War. His family lived in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania at the time. Frazee (S22) records a variety of documents relevant to his pension application and will. On 21 Oct. 1833, at age 68, when living in Bracken Co., he applied for a Revolutionary War pension for his service for Pennsylvania (app. #1759). He states that he was born in Baltimore, MD, on 1 Nov. 1765; that he first enlisted from Bedford Co., PA; that his children were Elizabeth (b. 16 Aug. 1790), William (b. 16 Mar 1792), John (b. 25 Aug. 1794), Polly (b. 6 Mar. 1798) and Jean (b. 6 Oct. 1799).
He is included on the Revolutionary War page.
According to documents quoted by Frazee, "He was out to protect and guard the frontier settlements, and was in several several scouting parties, and in an engagement with the Indians at Frankstown, served in all sixteen months, no dates of service stated" (568). Some brief testimony about his experience is quoted on 570-73, which he gave because there was no documentary evidence about his service in the War.
He appears in Bracken County on 22 Nov. 1799 on the Kentucky Census as a taxpayer.
He appears on Military Pensioners in Bracken County in the 1840 census, aged 76, in the Northern Division.
According to Peden, "John Hamilton was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, November 1, 1765 and entered in the Revolutionary War in Bedford County, Pennsylvania prior to the Revolution. He married Deborah Perkins in Perry County, Pennsylvania on June 3, 1788, and moved to Monroe County, and then Bracken County, Kentucky. Their children were [. . . as given here, but he does not include the two youngest, Samuel and Joel]. On October 21, 1833 John Hamilton applied for and received a pension. His widow subsequently received pension W1759, having applied in 1849 while residing in Bracken County, Kentucky."
Note that there is another John Hamilton who died in Indiana Co., Pennsylvania in 1818, and who was also a Revolutionary War veteran; he was not from this family. [6, 7]