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Henry "Buck" Hamilton
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1833
Death: Jul. 23, 1888

Born in Weakly County, Tennessee. Married P. Ann Phillips November 25, 1856. Moved his family to Kerr County, Texas in 1859, then moved to Bandera County in 1869. Elected Sheriff of Bandera County in 1875 and held that office until his death.

Children were Emmitt, Jack, Hilery, Ida, Harritt, Alesa.

Henry Hamilton, more generally known as "Buck' Hamilton, was sheriff of Bandera county several terms. He was born in Weekly county, Tennessee, April 15, 1833, and was married to Miss P. A. Phillips November 26, 1856. When he moved his family to Texas in 1859 he settled in Kerr county where he resided until 1869, when he came to Bandera county and remained here until his death, which occurred in 1888.

In February, 1875, Mr. Hamilton was elected sheriff of Bandera county, which office he held continuously until the day of his death, and during which time he, by his cool undaunted courage and widely directed energy, won for himself the well-earned reputation of being one of the very best sheriffs in Western Texas. In speaking of the death of Sheriff Hamilton, the Bandera Enterprise of July 26, 1888, said:

"Mr. Hamilton was not only a good officer, but he was a good man; a man whose big heart was fall to overflowing with sympathy for the unfortunate, and whose large and generous soul was a well-spring of cheerful good humor which constantly flowed out to all with whom he came in contact, binding them to him in chains of lasting friendship. Deceased left a wife and several children to mourn his untimely demise, and whose deep and pungent grief is shared by hundreds who realize that in the death of Henry Hamilton they have lost a true and noble friend, and that the community has lost an officer and a citizen whose place, as such officer and citizen, will long remain if indeed it be possible for any man to ever fill it with that degree of satisfaction to the public generally that Mr. Hamilton gave."

From the Bandera Bugle of about the same date the following was clipped:

"The hopes of recovery entertained on Thursday last previous to the issue of the Bugle proved fallacious. Daily the sufferer grew weaker, and on Monday evening about 11 o'clock he quietly breathed his last; and he who had been familiarly known over this western country for many years as 'Buck,' was no more than mortal clay.

"Previous to the war, and when quite a vigorous young man, the deceased came from Tennessee and settled on the Guadalupe near Comfort. He removed from there and came to Bandera nearly twenty years ago, and for twelve years he has held the office of sheriff. Although repeatedly opposed, his jovial, kindly nature made him many friends and he invariably overcame all opposition. As sheriff he had few equals—he was sagacious and cool in judgment. For many years the counties around this western section were a harborage for criminals and desperadoes of the worst stamp, who committed murders and other crimes with impunity. But through the admirable judgment and fearlessness of Buck, Bandera remained and is at the present time one of the most peaceable counties in the state. Necessarily his sheriffship made him widely known, and he will be long remembered for his fund of anecdote, his practical jokes, his kindly disposition, and for the many good deeds done without ostentation and in secret. He died a comparative young man, being only 55 years of age. He leaves a wife and a grown up family of three daughters and four sons to mourn his loss and to grieve over the departure of a loving and self-sacrificing father.

The remains of the deceased were interred on Tuesday amidst manifestations of extreme grief on the part of relatives, and in the presence of a large assemblage of sorrowing citizens who by their presence testified their love and respect for 'Buck.'

J. M. Hamilton, who now lives at Kerrville, is one of Buck Hamilton's sons, and Mrs. Harriett Chipman of Bandera is a daughter.
Family links: 
  William Hamilton (1797 - 1886)
  Sarah Moore Hamilton (1795 - 1856)
  Paline Ann Elizabeth Phillips Hamilton (1833 - 1917)
  Hilary Hamilton*
  Harriett Hamilton Chipman (1858 - 1935)*
  James William Hamilton (1860 - 1935)*
  Jackson Marion Hamilton (1863 - 1930)*
  Alesa Hamilton (1869 - 1895)*
  Emmitt Hamilton (1875 - 1914)*
  Josh Hamilton (1824 - 1881)*
  Nancy Jane Hamilton Witt (1826 - 1909)*
  Henry Hamilton (1833 - 1888)
  Mary Elizabeth Hamilton Dunn (1873 - 1919)**
*Calculated relationship
Bandera Cemetery
Bandera County
Texas, USA
Created by: Donna Schulte Loth
Record added: Sep 30, 2011
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Henry Buck Hamilton
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Henry Buck Hamilton
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Henry Buck Hamilton
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