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    Johnstown Tribune, 25 Jan 1881, Contributed by Lisa Baker

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.

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