Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Patrick Hamilton, one of the founders of Dowagiac, and a good man whose name is frequently mentioned in its
history, was born Juiy 29, 1794, in the town of Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., Mass. His first settlement in Michigan
was in Lenawee County, on the site of the present city of Adrian, in the year 1825. He came to Cass County in 1835,
and settled on lands in Silver Creek Township, now in the corporate limits of Dowagiac, where he resided until
his death, which occurred August 27, 1870, carrying on until not far from that time the avocation of farming. He
was a man of much energy and force of character, positive and clear in his views, and of excellent judgment. He
did much to aid and build up the village, which in part he laid out. He was first married to Rosanah Perry, at
Lockport, N. Y., May 6, 1824. She died September 10, 1843, in Silver Creek Township. His second marriage was to
Pamelia Gray, June 2, 1844. Her death occurred May 1, 1851, and in the following year, December 25, he was united
with Mrs. Lovinia Taylor. She died September 5, 1867, and Mr. Hamilton took as his fourth wife, October 1, 1868,
Mrs. Mary Haight, who still survives. Mr. Hamilton was the father of four children, all by his second wife, two
Sons and two daughters. One son and one daughter still survive, both of whom live in Dowagiac.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.