Biography of Captain Seth Hamlin
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(V) Captain Seth Hamlin, son and eldest child of Isaac and Mary (Gibbs) Hamlin, was born September 9, 1740. His name appears on the records of Alford, Massachusetts, in 1793-94, but not later. He is believed to have died there in 1795. He resided at Sharon, Connecticut; New Concord, New York, and Alford, Massachusetts, where his name frequently appears on the early records, sometimes as Captain Seth Hamlin. He was a highway surveyor in 1777, and town clerk in 17831785. He was a soldier of the revolution, serving in Captain Wilcox’s company, Colonel Ashley’s regiment. He enlisted for three years in the continental army; resident of Alford, Massachusetts; also private in Captain Job Alvord’s company in Colonel Shepard’s regiment, Third Massachusetts, for three years; returned by Truman Wheeler, muster ,,taster of Berkshire county, Massachusetts; mustered between January 20, 1777, and June, 1778; in service August 15, 1977; also private, same company and regiment. On return dated January 31, 1778, residence Alford; also private on continental army pay account in Captain Learned’s company, Colonel Shepard’s regiment, May 25, 1777, to June, 1778.
He was appointed purchasing commissary in 1778 and remained in the service twelve months. Also private on depreciation roll of Colonel Shepard’s regiment to make good the wages for the first three years’ service in the continental army from 1777 to 1780; also in a statement of continental balances in Colonel Shepard’s regiment, certified May 12, 1780, enlisted for three years. He was a member of the Masonic order. He married (first) at Sharon, Connecticut. October 15. 1761, Mary Pitcher. Marriage record in church at Amenia Union, New York. She bore him four children. He married (second) at Sharon, May 25, 1773, Submit Hyde, born in Lebanon, Connecticut, November 24, 1742, died at East Bloomfield, New York. August, 1821, at the home of her stepson, Elijah Hamlin. Children of first wife: 1. Eunice, married William Drake, revolutionary soldier. 2. Elijah, of whom further. 3. Betsey, married Calvin Hooper. 4. Philo, married a widow, Esther Hatch, daughter of Seth Pope. Children of second wife, Submit Hyde: 5. Seth, died at age of twenty-one. 6. Leander, born April 15, 1786, married Paraloxy Candee. 7. Mary, died young.