I knew some of the Hambletons of the Hambleton House (now the Bartlett Pear Inn) are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Easton, so I ventured over there last week to see who I could find. I happened upon the above tombstone for a Samuel Hambleton but when I got home and examined the photos I took more closely, I realized it wasn’t for the Purser Samuel Hambleton or the Col. Samuel Hambleton who bought the house or his son James’ son Samuel. It’s the grave of a fourth Samuel Hambleton!
This tombstone belongs to one of James’ brothers. The inscription reads:
Son of Samuel & Elizabeth Hambleton
Died January 24th, 1861
Aged 11 years.
I thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them unto babes.
Even so Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.”
The phrase above is from Luke 10:21 in the King James Bible.
I also found another tombstone for another of James’ brothers:
Born Dec’r 5, 1839
Died Nov’r 25, 1862
Jesus saith unto her Thy brother shall rise again. St. John XI:23”
Col. Samuel Hambleton, the father of James and the two sons above, also is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, but in a different section. Entries for all three are available on FindAGrave. I hope to go back someday and find more of the former inhabitants of the Hambleton House.