|Died in the 3rd Ward, Johnstown, on Tuesday the 25th, Mr. James D. Hamilton, in the 63rd year of his age. Interment at Sandyvale at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. The deceased was born in Cape May, New Jersey November 10, 1818. At the age of 16, he was apprenticed to a carpenter in Philadelphia, the indenture to last 6 years, 9 months, 15 days. He ran away shortly before his majority because of harsh treatment. He stayed in Hollidaysburg for a short time, then made his way to Pittsburgh, where he found work on a steamboat bound for New Orleans. He eventually became a clerk for the steamship company.|
In 1840 he quit riverboating and traveled through the south with a circus until the following year when he located at Plane #2 on the old Portage Railroad. He was a bookkeeper for Mr. Gideon Marlett who owned the leading hotel. He married Miss (Mary) Crum 35 years ago, and had four children- one son and three daughters, all living. He later moved to Wilmore, and came to Johnstown in 1867 and became the head janitor at Union Hall, a position he kept until his death.