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Hamblin Family History

The Hamblin family that I have discovered begins with Alfred Hamblin, born in New York State in 1807.  At some point he migrated to Dearborn County, Indiana and married Sarah Duncan.   The 1850 census lists him as  Alferd Hamlin..  The family them migrates to Kankakee, IN and South Hanover,  IN.

There are records indicating that an Alfred Hamblin may have served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War.  It also lists several other Hamblins that may be his brothers or sons.  Alfred would have been 40+ years old at this time.  There is no evidence that they were ever sent to Mexico.

At this time the family moved to Kansas.

At some point the Hamblin family settled in Elk County, Kansas.  The are recorded land plots for Calvin and George Hamblin.  Liz (Hamblin) Wheeler also had land there.  The area is around Union Center which is about seven miles west of Howard, Kansas.  Linus and Mary Jane (Overturf) Hamblin are buried there in Clear Creek Cemetery.  There is no record to indicate that Linus ever owned any land there.

After the Cherokee Strip land run, some of the homesteaders were not able to endure the hardships of homesteading and put their new land up for sale.  Calvin came to the Land office in Perry, Oklahoma Territory and found listings of settlers that were willing to transfer ownership of their homesteads.  After looking at several sites Calvin made a deal to acquire the homestead west of Perry.

Later Calvin and Mary bought a house in Lucien.  The Noble County Historical Society published a book about the history of Noble County and it has several references to Calvin and Mary Hamblin.  Calvin and wife Mary worked as postal carriers in the area.

Over next several years they purchased several lots in Lucien.  Eventually they built the house in Lucien where many of us have fond memories.  Calvins' son H. B. (Bernie) continued to live on the "Old" Farm.   After Calvin died, Mary was still living at Lucien with her son Owen.  After some time Owen left and H.B. and Dora moved into Lucien to take care of Mary.  After Mary's death H.B. and Dora continued to live in the house.

As a young man of 17, H.B. was attempting to catch a ride on a local freight train.  He slipped and fell beneath one of the wheels which cut of his leg below his knee.  His disability never slowed him down.  He road a bicycle with a peg leg to court his future bride Dora.  He got around very well including plowing fields behind a team of horses.  In later years he got an artificial leg.