GEORGE HAMILTON, SR. Morgan Hill, California Pioneer


   One of Santa Clara County's worthy pioneers, who is a native son in all but birth, having resided here for nearly seventy years, is George Hamilton, Sr., who is now living in comfortable retirement on his ranch on Dunne Road, near Morgan Hill.  Mr. Hamilton was born at Wellington, Missouri, on June 4, 1848, and was the youngest child of George and Jane (Stovall) Hamilton, both deceased.  The father, a native of Tennessee, had crossed the plains in 1848 and returned to Missouri in 1852, while the mother was of Scotch ancestry.  In 1854, when the subject of this sketch was only six years old, his parents with other neighbors made up a party and crossed the plains with ox teams and settled in Santa Clara County, California, where they were engaged in ranching, and here George Hamilton attended school and helped his father with the hard work on the ranch, so that at the age of twenty he was well fitted to start out for himself in this field.

   In 1870 Mr. Hamilton was married to Miss Hattie Dominey, who was born in Eldorado County, California, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dominey, and they became the parents of seven children: George, Jr., a well borer, resides at Morgan Hill with his wife and three children; Clara resides at the home place; Charles is a contractor of San Jose, where he resides with his wife and one child; Grace passed away, survived by her husband, Thos. W. Cater, and two children and they live at Berkeley; Chester is married and the father of four children and makes his home at San Jose; Mrs. Eva Anderson of Fresno is the mother of one child, and Hattie is Mrs. Kenworthy of Morgan Hill, and mother of one child.  Mrs. Hamilton died January 8, 1917.

   In 1893 Mr. Hamilton acquired a tract of fifteen and an half acres in the C. Dunne subdivision east of Morgan Hill, and here he has developed a beautiful ranch home.  The place is devoted to the raising of French prunes, and he has made a splendid success with his orchard. While always devoted to his home and its interests, Mr. Hamilton is public spirited and loyal to the interests of his community, serving, for four years as deputy tax collector of the Morgan Hill district.  He has always been a stanch Democrat.

Transcribed by Joseph Kral, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 355