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Thomas M. Hamilton

Born:  April 1820, South Carolina
Died:  March 19, 1903, Villa Rica, Georgia
Age: 83
Married:  1. Elizabeth Stanley
                  2. Margaret Bivens m 1888
Military Service:  PVT / Co D 10th GA State Cavalry Guards                              

Thomas Hamilton's burial site is the only marked headstone
in the family plot.  

The following were listed in Carroll County Cemeteries in 1983 but were not found in the Carroll County Genealogical Society's survey of Old Town in 2005. 

  • Thomas Morton Hamilton

  • Elizabeth Stanley Hamilton

  • Hamilton children: Mary, Virginia, Isabella, Josephine

  • Margaret Bivens Hamilton, 2nd wife of Thomas

  • Lily Hamilton Walker

Discrepancy Note: The Sons of the Confederate Veterans denote his death as 1887, but his obituary published in the Atlanta Constitution states his death as March 19, 1903.


  • Style:  Hamilton has a government-issued upright headstone installed by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans - Forrest's Escort Camp No. 1239.
    The contemporary headstone sits in front of a small, white field stone.


  • Symbols: Iron Cross

Hamilton family plot is in the northwest corner of the cemetery. 
September 2019

Hamilton enlisted as a private in Co. D, 10th Regiment Cavalry of the Georgia State Guard on
July 27, 1863, at Hickory Level for six months.

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The 10th Cavalry was called Capt. Long's Co or Carroll Cavalry.

His last military record was muster roll on January 27, 1864. He was absent at home sick. He was paid $56.40 for using his horse and other supplies.


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In February 1867, Hamilton served as administrator for Villa Rica property that belonged to
John B. Whick.

1864 Census for Re-Organizing the GA Militia, he was given an
           exemption for being postmaster. 


1865 Hamilton signs the oath granting him a pardon for his
participation in the Civil War. 

1870 US Census:

  • Thomas Hamilton (50) farmer, living in Villa Rica, GA

  • Elizabeth Hamilton (38), his wife

  • Mary O (13), daughter

  • George M (13), son

  • Virginia (9) daughter

  • James S (6) son

  • John H (3) son

  • Walter C (10 months), son

Georiga, U.S. Property tax digests, 1793-1892 (1880-1883) he owned 125 acres in Douglas, GA.
The closest post office was Dark Corner. 

Sept. 25, 1887, he married Margaret Bivens 

1990 US Census:

  • Thomas Hamilton (80)

  • Margaret (61) b North Carolina

  • Walter C (20), son, farmer

  • Lillia (25) daughter

The Newnan Herald (Newnan, GA) February 23, 1867.
The Morning News, Savannah, GA. Sept. 25, 1887
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September 4, 1865, Hamilton signed the loyalty oath granting him a full pardon and amnesty for his participation in the Civil War. 

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Although the top line reads Thomas W., the text notes the obituary of Thomas M. Hamilton.

The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta) March 20, 1903.
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