Hamilton Family

Laura Bland Hamilton


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)


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).

Graduate Newark High 1894.

Fredericka/Fredrica Hamilton Teare


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


“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