Up until recently Ezekiel Hamilton b. 1812 Portland, ME died Butler Co., OH was my earliest known ancestor. Research has finally tied my line to the Hamilton's of Chebeague Island, Cumberland, ME. The following is where my research has led me, sorry I posted it originally to another site and copied it here.
The mystery of Ezekiel's parents may have finally been resolved. We knew Ezekiel was from the Portland, Maine area but finding anything about his birth has been a mystery. In the last year or so, a genealogical publication has been found that identifies Ezekiel. The publication, "Genealogy of the descendants of Richard Porter, who settled at Weymouth, Mass., 1635, and allied families" by Joseph W. Porter published 1878.
Quite a bit is known of Ezekiel after he became an adult, but this publication is the only thing that can be found about his parents. In this publication it indicates Ezekiel's parents to be John Hamilton and Susanna Porter. I took a leap of faith and began investigating John Hamilton and Susanna Porter.
With the following information, I came to the conclusion that John Hamilton is in fact John Hamilton 4th whose parents were Rowland Hamilton and Elizabeth Cushing. With this it also uncovered Rowland's parents John Hamilton and Betty "Elizabeth" Chandler. John is reported to have been born in Scotland.
Here is what I know and the sources:
From the publication: Vital Records of Cumberland, Maine 1701-1892.
John Hamilton 4th is reported as marrying Susanna Porter on 26 Dec 1805.
John Hamilton 3rd and Hannah Gould (1st wife) married 29 Oct 1795.
John Hamilton 3rd and Susanna are reported with the birth of their first child Charles Barbour Hamilton.
From the publication Old Times: A Magazine Devoted to the Preservation and ..., Volumes 5-8.
John 4th and Hannah are reported with the baptism of each of their 4 children.
From the genealogical history: Genealogy of the descendants of Richard Porter, who settled at Weymouth, Mass., 1635, and allied families.
Susanna Porter and John Hamilton marriage reported as 1804.
John and Susanna are reported as having children Charles, Jacob, Nehemiah, Ezekiel and Sylvanus.
From the publication: New England Historical and Genealogical Register
John 3rd and Hannah Gould marriage reported Oct 3, 1795.
John 4th and Susannah Porter marriage reported 1804.
On 2/4/1825 the Dower estate of Mrs. Susannah Hamilton relict of John Hamilton was divided into 10 parts, those signing were:
Charles Barbour Hamilton (John and Susannah's first child).
Hannah Hamilton (child of John and Hannah).
Samuel and Betty Ramsdell (John and Hannah's child Elizabeth).
John Hamilton (John and Hannah's son John).
Amos and Sally Higgins (Sally is used as a nickname for Sarah - Sarah was a child of John and Hannah).
Rowland Hamilton of Garland in 1826, North Yarmouth in 1836 (Child of John and Susanna, as reported in a deed found selling his 1/10 share of his mother’s.).
I believe that the Dower estate information proves that John 3rd and John 4th were the same John. Since children from both marriages were included in the estate. Those not signing I believe were John and Susanna's children who had not yet reached the age of maturity, Ezekiel, Sylvanus, Nehemiah and Jacob. Of those signing, Hannah, Elizabeth (Betty), John, and Sarah (Sally) were children of John and Hannah, while Charles Barbour and Rowland were children of John and Susanna.
Regarding John Hamilton 4th's father being Rowland Hamilton
In the records of listed above, John is listed as John Hamilton 4th in his marriage to Susannah and baptism records of his children with Hannah are listed as John Hamilton 4th. I have many deeds for John Hamilton 4th including those after Susannah's death which lists John as John 4th. To tie my John 4th to Rowland, I have found Rowland's son John listed in the book "Cousins and Littlejohn's Islands, 1645-1893" by Katherine Prescott Kaster. In her book she states “John "4th", His family is uncertain and they lived away from the Island so they are not included.” Also, I have a deed from the sale of Rowland's property after Rowland's death that states "the whole of the share of my Brother John Hamilton 4th now deceased," dated April 25, 1818.
We know that the John 4th that was married to Susannah must have died before Susannah which is believed to be in 1821 or 1823. Also our John 4th last child was born in 1816, although at this time I do not know the date of birth for John & Susannah's child Rowland. Another quckclaim deed of Sarah & Hannah selling land 7/16/1822 states "it being the share of Hannah Hamilton and Sally Hamilton (Sally is a nickname for Sarah) as set off to them from the estate of John Hamilton the 4th deceased."
It seems that all records and dates for Rowland's son John 4th and the John 4th that was married to Susannah are consistent with each other. Also, I know my John 4th lived in North Yarmouth which is constant with the reports by Katherine Prescott Kaster in her book, listed above. Katherine Prescott Kaster lived on Cousins Island and wrote the book and gathered her history while Hamilton descendants were still alive.
Although the evidence above is not irrefutable, I believe the evidence certainly indicates that Rowland was John Hamilton 4th's father.