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Monday, July 10, 2006

The Hamiltons of Chebeague

Meredith Goad at the Press Herald has written a nice, long article about Chebeague, including some info on the island's first permanent residents.
Many of the locals are related in one way or another to one of the founding fathers of the island, Ambrose Hamilton, who came here in the mid-1700s. Hamilton was not the first white settler - that claim to fame belongs to Zachariah Chandler and his family.

But the Chandlers left. Hamilton stayed, and set down real roots. He and his wife, Deborah, had 14 children, nine of whom lived, and 72 grandchildren, most of whom ended up settling down on the island.

This summer, the island is celebrating 250 years of Hamiltons on Chebeague. On July 15, a "Hamilton Family Reunion" will be held on the island. The reunion, open to descendants of Hamilton or anyone interested in Chebeague history, will include a tour of the new Hamilton exhibit at the Museum of Chebeague History, a lecture, and a tour of the cemetery. [Link]

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