note: Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton were Sarah (Westfall) Hamilton and Thomas Hamilton, my ancestors. Thomas married Lydia Colburn Brearley a few years after her husband drowned. Thomas wife Sarah drowned too. The two couples were friends and traveling together. Then together, Thomas and Lydia, had several more children. I descend from Thomas and Sarah's son James Hamilton who married Mary Agnes Logue and they lived in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Crowland is in Ontario, Canada and that is where the Hamilton's and Brearley's were going to, but the drownings occured in the Swatara River. Joseph's father died and they were all going up there to help his mother and his younger siblings.It's noted here as Sweet Arrow River but other sources say Swatara River, Pennsylvania. Some of the Brearleys may have been Loyalists and I also found that Lydia Colburn's sister Sarah married Jonathan Hampton and their son Jonathan Hampton married Julia Foster who was was Brigham Young's 36th wife. Julia Foster divorced Jonathan Hampton. Julia and Jonathan's son's name was Brigham Young Hampton and his Godfather was Brigham Young. My Thomas Hamilton is buried at White Settlement Cemetery Lansing Tompkins N.Y. with his wife Lydia and also in the same cemetery is Brigham Young's mother Abigail Howe Young. Jonathan Hampton above was born in Ontario, Canada. His family must have been Loyalists having lived prior in America as he was the only child born in Canada to his parents.
I found this information from this website: Any correctiosn let me know.
The Family Of John BREARLY
Graciously transcribed by Dee Davison
This family touches many other family names in Welland area, history, many descendant connections to CROWLAND families.
Emigrating from England, John BREARLY settled in New Jersey in 1680.Later he owned 1600 acres at Trenton NJ, 100 acres on the Delaware River, and several thousand acres near Lawrenceville NJ. He died in 1720, and his wife SARAH, died in 1731. They had 6 children, JOHN, BENJAMIN, DAVID, JOSEPH, MARY AND RUTH. All apparently lived the lives of Plantation people, but things were different with his Grandchildren, some of whom became Famous, some Notorious.
JOSEPH, a son of DAVID, served throughout the Rev. war without compensation, His farm in NJ was a headquarters for the Revolutionary Army, and he donated all the food he could spare to the "boys", to the extent, his wife became impatient, and is quoted saying "Father, I believe you grudge every piece of meat we use from the cask" He replied " Oh Rachel, remember how hungry the boys are!" In 1775 he became a Captain, and in 1777 he was promoted to Major and served to the end of the war as an aid to WASHINGTON.
DAVID, Son of DAVID[Joseph's brother,] Became even more prominent in his early resistance and was arrested and charged with high treason by the British. A sympathetic mob formed and released him from jail, later he became Lieut.. Col. of the 4th battalion in 1776, and Lieut. Col. Of the 1st Regiment in 1777. He was elected Chief Justice of New Jersey in 1779, at the age of 34, and received a Master of Arts degree in 1781. In 1787 he was appointed by the New Jersey Legislature as a delegate to the Convention which drew up the first draught of the United States Constitution, and signed it.. In 1788 he was Presidential elector to Elect Washington President, in 1789 he resigned the office of Chief Justice to accept the office of the U. S. District Court.
ZERUJAH, dau. of DAVID, [sister of David and Joseph] married to JOB PEARSON.
Now we come to JOHN BREARLY, son of JOSEPH, and cousin to David, Joseph and Zerujah., to whom many CROWLAND families may trace their ancestry John lived near Newton NJ with his wife PHOEBE unknown, and their 5 children, John died in 1784, cause unknown. The next year his widow, Phoebe and 4 of her children came to Crowland,son JOSEPH BREARLEY, being married, remained in NJ. The following year he and his wife LYDIA COLBURN and son John, born 1784 set out to join the family in Crowland. They were accompanied by a Mr. and Mrs. HAMILTON and their children. But on the way tragedy struck, while attempting to cross Sweet Arrow Creek in PA, Mrs. HAMILTON and Joseph BREARLEY were drowned. 4 months later Mrs. Brearly gave birth to a son she named JOSEPH, For his father. Children of the late JOHN BREARLY AND PHOEBE, raised in Crowland.(Ontario, Canada)
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The Hamilton Family
They lived on Brearley Hill Road, Town of Caroline, Tompkins Co., NY