1822-1864 Once Upon An Irish Summer - Historical
ALLEN & EMERINE
JAMES DILL, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
VERAESTAU, where Allen met Emerine and her family. STILL STANDING high above the Ohio River
MIAMI INDIANS of Ft. Wayne
Atlantic Ocean Journey
Ft. Wayne, 1828 - 1864
ALLEN in Philadelphia
Although no pictures of him exist when he was young, I imagine he looked something like this while gaining an education at Aunt Mary's estate. And the gentleman's suit he packed (truth) when he went to America, would have looked similar to this attire
Emerine Jane Holman Hamilton was born in 1810 in Kentucky. She died in Ft. Wayne, IN in 1889. This may be one of the last pictures taken of her before she died at the age of 79. I've never seen another actual picture of her. -She was my 3rd great aunt. -Wendy Wilson Spooner.
Patrick ALLEN Hamilton was born 1798 - 1799 in Northern Ireland, likely in County Tyrone, which is a neighboring County to Fermanagh. He died in 1864. This is an actual photograph taken about 1862, two years before he died. I held it in my own hands at the History Center archives in Fort Wayne. It's quite large - about 20 x 30 inches. He was my 3rd great uncle. His younger brother, James, was my great-great grandfather. --Wendy Wilson Spooner
The Kalmar Nyckel is a replica of an Old World colonial ship that sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638. The ship was originally built by the Dutch. The passengers on the Kalmar Nyckel established the first permanent European settlement in the colony of “New Sweden” (Wilmington, Delaware). It made four round-trip crossings of the Atlantic, which is more than any other ship of its era. Photo by Dave Wright
Lesley Graham in a real person and friend of Allan's from Irvinestown (this is not a photo of him). His family lived somewhere near the Hamiltons. In the 200-year-old letter collection I based Once Upon an Irish Summer on, he was in Philadelphia the same time as Allen. He did indeed return to Ireland for a short time, and then returned to Philadelphia and died there within a year or two. I've found no records on him anywhere else so I created his character with leeway. I love Lesley!
This is where Allen Hamilton is quarantined in Once Upon an Irish Summer. Although there are no records providing evidence that Allen actually spent time here, many people were taken to this facility if they were sick, as the people were still reeling from the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793, after which time the Lazeratto was built.