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William J. Hamilton

William H. Hamilton, the father of William J., was born in either Ireland or Scotland depending upon which census record is consulted. I suspect that he

was born in Ireland, since the son and his wife were active in local Roman Catholic churches. He married there and emigrated to the United States. They had at least five children, four sons and a daughter. (Reference 2 and 1900, 1910 and 1920 Census).

The William J. Hamilton family is listed as owning a house on Willow Street in the 1900 census and on Pine Street (43rd Ave.) in the 1910 and 1920 census. They may have been neighbors with Dennis O’Leary on Willow Street in 1900 and had many real estate deals together. William J. Hamilton built houses for himself and the O’Learys on adjacent lots on Pine Street in 1901.


William J. Hamilton and his wife, Josephine, owned a number of properties and constructed several houses in the Douglaston Hill area at the turn of the century. The properties they owned included:

Mar. 17, 189811845CoreyLot 94
Nov. 1, 188985562DucretPart of Lot 98
Sept. 16, 18901136250BenzPart of Lot 99
May 5, 1891872123WakemanLot 93
July 8, 1893105041BenzRemainder of Lot 99 & Part of Lot 100
Sept. 19, 19001245408CorryLot 89
Dec. 1, 19031319143CorryLot 89
Apr. 16, 19061426283HelmusPart of Lot 97
July 7, 19071518119BenzRemainder of Lot 100
D.O.I. – Date of Instrument
Lots refer to the 1853 subdivision

Their third recorded purchase of property in 1890 from Albert Benz was reported in the newspapers, which described Mr. Hamilton as a successful builder. (Reference 1)

The houses they constructed included:

1901810669240-35 43rd Ave. (1)
1901810673240-25 43rd Ave. (2)
1907810746240-42 43rd Ave.
1907810752240-48 43rd Ave.
190881085543-05 242nd St.
1908810820943-11 242nd St.
1908810820643-17 242nd St.

(1) O’Leary residence 240-25 43rd Ave. = Pine Street

(2) Hamilton residence 240-35 43rd Ave. = Pine Street

Block and Lot Numbers refer to current tax identification.

I believe that they also constructed some houses on Lot 99 on 42nd Ave. (Poplar Street).

Family History (see Family Photos)

William H. Hamilton (1833) and Mary Logan Hamilton (1833), the parents of William J. (1857), were born in Ireland and immigrated to America in 1842 and 1849. They settled in the North Hempstead Township in what was then Queens County. They had nine children, five of whom were living by 1900: four sons — William J., Joseph F. (1860), John E.(1869), and Martin E. (1866) and a daughter, Alicia (1862). Mary Logan�s parents, Martin and Ellen Logan lived next door to the William H. Hamilton family in North Hempstead.

The William J. Hamilton family is listed as owning a house on Willow Street in the 1900 census and on Pine Street (43rd Avenue) in the 1910 and 1920 census. They were neighbors with Denis O’Leary, who lived with his father-in-law, James Quinn, on Willow Street in 1900. William J. Hamilton married Josephine Quinn, and Denis O�Leary married Ellen “Nellie” Quinn, sister of Josephine. The two families had many real estate deals together. William J. Hamilton built houses for himself and the O’Leary’s on adjacent lots on Pine Street in 1901.

William J. Hamilton was born in 1857 in Manhasset. In 1890 he married Josephine, who was born in 1868 in Great Neck. Her parents, James Quinn and Sarah Riley Quinn were born in Ireland and immigrated to America in 1850. William J. and Josephine had four children, one son and three daughters, three born in Manhasset: Malcolm in 1892, Adele in 1895, Helen in 1897; and Regina born in Douglaston in 1903. The Hamiltons moved to Douglaston from Manhasset after the birth of Helen. Regina was born in Douglaston, shortly after Hamilton’s Douglaston Pine Street residence was constructed. The Hamilton household included one servant who was listed in the 1910 (Reference 1) and 1920 census’ as having been born in Russian Poland. Helen married John Russell in 1916 and moved to Flushing. Adele married Joseph Flannery in 1926, Regina married Francis McKeown, and Malcolm married Helen Graham in 1921. Malcolm continued to live in Douglaston at 43-17 242nd Street, a house built by his father, until his death in 1966. He and Helen raised two daughters, Jane Ellen and Mary Elizabeth in Douglaston.

The William J. Hamiltons were involved with local Roman Catholic Churches. Mrs. Hamilton, along with Mrs. Dennis O’Leary, was a patroness of the June 1909 entertainment given at the Flushing Theatre for the benefit of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bayside. (Reference 2). The Hamiltons were also one of the founding families of the St. Anastasia’s Church in Douglaston. (Reference 3).

William J.’s siblings included three brothers, Joseph F., Martin E., and John E., and a sister, Mrs. Joseph Brown (Alicia) . Joseph F. was appointed the postmaster of Manhasset in 1886. (Reference 4) He died childless in 1907 at the age of 45. (Reference 5). At that time, the father, William H. was living in Great Neck. The brother, Martin E. was a carpenter in Great Neck. Martin built St. Mary�s Church in Manhasset. John was a carpenter in Port Washington, and Mrs. Brown lived in Great Neck.


Quote from William J. Hamilton’s Great Granddaughter, December 30, 2002:

“I am Malcolm Hamilton’s granddaughter, William J. Hamilton’s great-granddaughter. I was fascinated by the information that you have on your web site about my family. Some is not quite accurate (Helen did not die between 1910 and 1920. I do not know if she moved. I do know that she married Jack Russell and had two children), some is missing (William J. Hamilton married Josephine Quinn, sister of Nellie Quinn, who married Dennis O’Leary)

[ The above Family History has since been revised with the help of Sarah. ]

  1. Flushing Journal, December 13, 1890.
  2. Flushing Daily Times, June 9, 1909.
  3. “A History of St. Anastasia’s Parish,” by Kathy Swanwick, 1990.
  4. Flushing Journal, September 25, 1886.
  5. Flushing Daily Times, October 21, 1907.

Family Photos

W. J. Hamilton

Malcolm Hamilton

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