First Generation

1. Oliver Merritt1 Hamlet (#31208) was born in Burke Co., Nc 26 Feb 1831. Oliver died 3 Dec 1915 in Blowing Rock, Watauga Co., Nc, at 84 years of age.

He married Lou Bryant after 1860. (Lou Bryant is #31207.) Lou was born in Nc. Lou died in Nc. Lou became the mother of John Wesley Hamlet in Nc, 27 Mar 1863.

At 32 years of age Oliver became the father of John Wesley Hamlet in Nc, 27 Mar 1863. Born in Burke County and resided in Watauga County where he was byoccupation a farmer or "domestic" prior to enlisting in Watauga County atage 31, September 26, 1862, Company M, 58th Regiment, for the war.Furlouged for fifteen days on October 25 , 1862. Failed to return to dutyand was reported absent without leave in January-February 1863.Transferred to Company G of this regiment in May, 1863, while absentwithout leave. Previously served as in Company M of this regiment. Transferredto this company in May, 1863, while absent without leave. Apparentlyfailed to report for duty. Later served as in Company H, 4thRegiment, Tennessee Infantry(Union). (North Caroli na Troops, 1861-1865,A Roster, Volume XIV, 1998, Weymouth T. Jordan Jr. Editor)

Oliver Merritt Hamlet and Lou Bryant had the following child:

child + 2 i. John Wesley2 Hamlet was born 27 Mar 1863.

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