|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1802|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 28, 1891|
Hamlet Totten was born on January 27, 1802, to John and Lydia (Jack) Totten. At that time the family lived in Minisink Township, Orange County NY. In 1817 they moved to Westmoreland County PA, and settled near Hannastown.
Hamlet met Mary Craig there and they were married in the Congruity Presbyterian Church in 1824.
Hamlet and Mary moved to Armstrong County in 1827. They lived in Elderton, where Hamlet operated a shoe shop. They moved to Kittanning, where Hamlet ran a "temperance hotel" and was a member of the Independent Blues militia. In 1837, they settled on a farm near Rural Valley.
Hamlet was a staunch Presbyterian. He joined the church at Congruity, and moved his membership as the family moved. He became an elder in the Kittanning church, and was an elder in the Rural Valley church from 1848 until his death.
Hamlet was also interested in politics and government. He ran for county auditor in 1837 and again in 1855. During the Civil War he served as provost marshal for Cowanshannock township.
Hamlet and Mary had six children:
- John Craig Totten (1825-1923)
- Lydia Jane (Totten) Aitkens (1827-1852)
- Infant who was born and died on May 13, 1830
- Sarah Ann Barrett (Totten) Ewing (1833-1898)
- Elizabeth Christy (Totten) Hill (1836-1889)
- Mary Craig (Totten) Stewart (1840-1910)
Mary died in 1866; she is buried next to Hamlet in the Rural Valley cemetery. In 1868, Hamlet married Jane (Brown) Craig, who was the widow of Mary's brother James Craig. Hamlet and Jane had no children. Jane died in 1883 and is buried next to her first husband in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg PA.
John Totten (1770 - 1864)
Lydia Jack Totten (1771 - 1848)
Mary Craig Totten (1798 - 1866)*
John C Totten (1825 - 1923)*
Lydia Jane Totten Aitkins (1827 - 1852)*
Sarah Ann Barrett Totten Ewing (1833 - 1898)*
Elizabeth Christy Totten Hill (1836 - 1889)*
Mary Craig Totten Stewart (1840 - 1910)*
Maria Totten McColgin (1795 - 1873)*
Hester Totten Corwin (1799 - 1891)*
Hamlet Totten (1802 - 1891)
William Jack Totten (1804 - 1850)*
Caroline Totten Linsenbigler (1810 - 1862)*
Note: Hamlet Totten, Mary (Craig) Totten and their daughter Elizabeth Christy (Totten) Hill share a marker. Lydia (Totten) Aitken is to one side, and Mary Craig (Totten) Stewart is on the other side.
Rural Valley Cemetery
Created by: Sara Stewart
Record added: Oct 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78373285