History of the Restoration Movement

William Henry L. "Will" Hamilton


Source: Find-A-Grave*

The Life of W. H. L. Hamilton

William Henry L. Hamilton was born July 3, 1860 in McMinn County, Tennessee. He was the son of David and Sarah Williams Hamilton. He was married to Sarah Cornelia Puett (1867-1937), and the two had two daughters.

W.H.L. Hamilton was registered in the U.S. Census as a farmer, but in the area he was known as a preacher for the church of Christ. He assisted churches in the area around where he lived all his adult life. He suffered from a debilitating desease of the skin called, Exfoliative Dermatitis which resulted in his passed from this life May 19, 1927. A funeral and burial followed in the old graveyard at Union Grove church of Christ. Only eternity will know the weight of his influence in bringing lost souls to Christ.

This writer has found only a scant amount of information on the life and work of this great hero of faith. Perhaps others will build up this foundation.

-Scott Harp, 09.21.2021

Sources: Ancestry.com, Find-A-Grave.

Directions To Grave

The Hamiltons are buried in the Union Grove Church of Christ Cemetery in Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee. Cleveland lies in south central Tennessee several miles northeast of Chattanooga. Heading north on I-75, get off on the Hwy. 74 exit and make your way to the east side of the city. You can get off on Bates Pike and drive a few miles until you come to Union Grove c/C which will be on your left. The cemetery is behind the church up the hill. While there be sure and visit the grave of another gospel preacher buried just a few yards back toward the church building, Gilmore Randolph.

GPS Location
35°07'26.3"N 84°47'41.7"W
or D.d. 35.123961,-84.794920

Hamilton plot in center of picture heading toward the tree

Mrs. W H L Hamilton
June 20, 1867
January 7, 1937
Dear Mother Though
We Miss You Much We
Know You Rest With God

W.H.L. Hamilton
July 3, 1860
May 19, 1927
Weep not he is at rest.

Photos Taken 05.10.2015
Webpage Produced 09.21.2021
Courtesy Of Scott Harp

*Special thanks to Tom L. Childers, the webkeeper for the Find-A-Grave page for W. H. L. Hamilton. In 2013, the picture at the top of this page was submitted "courtesy of tommydeming originally submitted the Thomas Deming Family Tree on 6 Dec 2007." The photo shows the following: Mary Hamilton, Eliza Hamilton, William H.L. Hamilton, S. Cornelia Hamilton, and Willie Mae Hamilton.


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