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Hamtramck, John Francis (19 April 1798–21 April 1858), soldier, mayor, and jurist, was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of John F. Hamtramck, Sr., a soldier, and Rebecca Mackenzie. When his father died in Detroit in 1803, Hamtramck fell under the guardianship of ...

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Parke, Benjamin (02 September 1777–12 July 1835), jurist and soldier, was born in New Jersey, where he received a common school education. In about 1797 he moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where he studied law with James Brown (1766–1835), a former minister to France, and married Eliza Barton; they had two children. In 1801, having been admitted to the bar, he moved to Indiana, residing first at Vincennes, then at Salem. In Indiana he allied himself with the territorial governor, ...