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Guide to the Lorenzo and Lavinia Hamilton Letters, 1851-1869
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    Title: Lorenzo and Lavinia Hamilton Letters,
    Date (inclusive): 1851-1869
    Box Number: 1374
    Creator: Hamilton family
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

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    [Identification of item], Lorenzo and Lavinia Hamilton Letters, California State Library.

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    Hamilton, Lorenzo
    Hamilton, Lavinia Delliber
    Sacramento (Calif.)--History
    Sacramento (Calif.)-Anniversaries, etc.


    Correspondence of members of Hamilton family to Mrs. Hamilton's brother, Joseph Delliber, in Hartford, Connecticut.


    Lorenzo Hamilton came to California from Hartford, Connecticut with the Henry Lee Company, sailing aboard the "Henry Lee," arriving Feb. 17, 1849. He went into business as a merchant in Sacramento. In 1851 his wife, Lavinia, and three children, Lillie, Frank and Joseph, joined him in Sacramento. The place of business, Hamilton & Brown, was destroyed by fire in 1852 and the family moved to the town of Washington, in Yolo County. Mr. Hamilton's partner at that time was Mr. Howlett. By 1857 the family was again in Sacramento. Mr. Hamilton bought out Mr. Howlett and in partnership with Mr. Daugherty of Daugherty & Company built a new store.
    Lavinia Hamilton and the children returned to Hartford upon the death of her mother in 1864. Lorenzo joined them but returned to Sacramento and Daugherty & Company later in 1864. Lavinia and the children, now joined by Ida and Mary, stayed in Branford, Connecticut. Mary died, probably of whooping cough, in 1866.
    In June or July of 1868 the family rejoined Lorenzo in Sacramento. On July 20, 1868, Lorenzo was killed in a fall downstairs. Lavinia stayed in Sacramento for about a year, settling business affairs and returned to Connecticut in 1869.


    • Delliber, Carrie
    • Hamilton, Lavinia Delliber
    • Hamilton, Lillie
    • Hamilton, Lorenzo