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Samuel & Mary Hamilton Hurt

Updated September 29, 2014

In 1818, Samuel Hurt was born the youngest son to Francis & Elizabeth (Whitton) Hurt in the village of Eakring, Nottinghamshire, England near the Heart Of Sherwood Forest. Samuel lived with his parents & brothers; William, Francis & Thomas.

Old record state Samuel immigrated to Canada in the 1830's & lived at Cobourg, Ontario. He married a Scottish lass, Miss Mary Hamilton, daughter of Geo Hamilton Smith Whitsome & Janet (Sudden) Hamilton at Peterboro, Ontario. Mary was born April 18, 1824 at Whitsome, Berwickshire, Scotland.

Samuel & Mary Hurt lived at Cobourg where all their children were born, moving north to Haliburton, Ont in 1864. They cleared the forest land; worked to eak out a living in the land full of rocks and timber. After nearly 15 years, children were coming of age.

A son George Hurtt headed to Dakota Territory in 1878 and sent back glowing reports of fertile soil favorable for farming. George built a log cabin on the north branch of Red River where another son William brought their parents, Samuel & Mary and the rest of the family to live in 1880. Samuel, and his children; William, George, Frances & Elizabeth all took claims as did daughters, Jennie and her husband William Hillier and Mary Jane and her husband Malcolm McDonald. Samuel and Mary lived with their son George in the little old log cabin until their deaths.

George married Henrietta Shepperd in 1906 and later moved to California. Samuel and Mary had another daughter Ester Ann who was born in Monaghan, Ontario & died in Dysart at 4 years of age.

July 2007 a 2-day family reunion was held at the Hamilton and Marian Hurtt Homestead in rural Hoople, ND, celebrating over 125 years of family. Many descendents still live and farm in the area homesteaded by their forebearers.

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