David Hamilton is the first recognized soldier of the War of 1812
to have been buried in Vine Lake Cemetery.
He enlisted June 7, 1814 in the 21st U.S. Infantry Regiment as a private in Captain Ira Drew's company from Maine. On May 24, 1815, he was discharged. The Regiment's major recognition occurred at the July 1814 Battle of Lundy's Lane, near present-day Niagara Falls.
David was born March 6, 1795 in Belgrade, Kennebec, Maine to John W. and (?)
Hamilton. He married Betsey Towle on July 4, 1831 in Exeter, Penobscot,
The family, which ultimately grew to nine children, resided in Dedham and Newton Upper Falls before removing after 1865 to Medfield where David was a farmer.
He died from paralysis at age 83 on March 28, 1878 and is buried in Section A-3 Lot 197 with his wife Betsey (d. January 1, 1896, age 85), their daughter Almeda (d. April 2, 1865, age 18), and their son Augustus Sylvanus (d. August 9, 1926, age 92).
As befitting every veteran interred in Vine Lake Cemetery, a flag holder was placed recently at David Hamilton's grave by Ron Griffin, Medfield's Veterans Service Officer.
This article first appeared in Quiet
Voices, the free monthly newsletter of Vine Lake Preservation Trust. For more information, see www.vinelakepreservationtrust.org