Hamilton Family

Laura Bland Hamilton

1853-1952

Born into slavery in VA. Came to Newark after the Civil War with her sister and married Frederick Hamilton. Founder of Bethany Baptist Church. Organized a factory making baby clothes in her home which she ran for 18 years. Her husband also had an automobile exchange at their home 90 Court Street.

Malia Hamilton (Williams)

1875-1913

Assistant at James Baxter’s Colored School from at least 1901-1909. After the school closed in 1909 she was appointed to Charlton Street School however, she was unable to get a permanent teaching position. Recihle writes in his history of Kean College how she was required to come in at 8:30am everyday just for the chance of a sub position. (She married in 1904 to Ernest Williams but is always shown on the census at the family home until death, often listed as Single).

Fredericka/Fredrica Hamilton Teare

1890-1966

Listed as a nurse in the city directories before her marriage.

Bibliography

“Mrs. Frederick Hamilton Dies Was Born Slave 99 Years Ago” Newark News Sept 15, 1952

“99 Year Old Ex-Slave Dies” Alabama Tribune Oct 3, 1952

Board of Education reports

“Eleven Teachers Resign Others Are Appointed” Newark Star Aug 26, 1909

Reichle, From a Normal Beginning the Origins of Kean College

Census records

NYC Marriage Records

Newark City Directories