He may have died in a dual 200 years ago, but Alexander Hamilton, the 10-dollar founding father, is more popular than ever.
Now his fifth great-grandson is not missing his shot to shine a light on his relative’s history and is loaning a handful of heirlooms to a museum in Philadelphia.
The Museum of the American Revolution will now temporarily house a ring with a lock of his hair inside, a handkerchief embroidered with Mrs. A. Hamilton (Eliza in the hit musical) and a ribbon and Society of the Cincinnati Eagle insignia worn by the first secretary of the treasury himself, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The ring was worn by Elizabeth Hamilton around her neck for 50 years after he died in the duel with Aaron Burr in 1804.
Elizabeth Hamilton died more than 50 years after the duel, on Nov. 9, 1854. She was 97.
The mourning ring and the medal will go on display Tuesday. The handkerchief and a baby’s dress sewn by Elizabeth will go on display next year after conservation, according to the Inquirer.
The items were loaned to the museum by Doug Hamilton, a descendant of John Church Hamilton, Alexander and Elizabeth’s fourth son, and will be part of the exhibit “Hamilton Was Here” that will run through March 17.
Doug lives in Ohio and says that his father didn’t talk to him about being descended from the man who has become famous thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton,” The Associated Press reported.
The box that contained the heirlooms were passed from generation to generation and put away each time.
But since the musical has been seen by fans all over the country, Doug has been sharing his family’s stories and their connection to the birth of our country.
One of Doug Hamilton’s grandsons is even named Alexander and was born on what may be his six-time great-grandfather’s 250th birthday. Some believe that his namesake was born on either Jan. 11, 1755 or Jan. 11, 1757, the AP reported.
“These items give us a glimpse into the personal lives of Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton and we’re honored and delighted that Doug and his family have chosen to loan them to us,” Philip Mead, the chief historian and director of curatorial affairs of the Museum of the American Revolution, told the AP.
“He just called me one day out of the blue and introduced himself and I said, ‘Boy, this doesn’t happen every day that a Hamilton calls you and offers to loan national treasures,” Mead said.
Doug Hamilton started to embrace his famous grandfather.
“I kew about Hamilton and a little about his history. In 2004, I took part in the reenactment of the duel at Weehawken [New Jersey] against a distant Burr descendant. Three thousand people or so showed up -- 10 times more than they expected,” he told the Inquirer.
He said that during his first Hamilton-related interview with the Wall Street Journal, he couldn’t answer all of the questions they had about his great grandfather. Since then, he has read hundreds of books on the Founding Father to make sure he knew everything about him.
After the book that inspired Miranda’s musical was written, the author, Ron Chernow, asked Doug Hamilton to take a DNA test to make sure that he was in fact descended from Alexander. The test came back positive, the Inquirer reported.
A 29-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly set a mattress on fire inside a Dayton, Ohio, home that reportedly belonged to her ex-boyfriend Monday night.
Carla Lanier was arrested at a Malden Avenue address and booked into Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated arson, jail records show.
According to a witness to the incident, Lanier was attempting to enter the home by banging on windows before she reportedly kicked the door in to gain access.
Once inside, she allegedly got into an altercation with the ex-boyfriend, who also had another female visitor inside the home, the witness said.
“While it was all happening, the other girl ended up hiding in the bathroom," the witness said.
Lanier then reportedly told the male resident that she had set a mattress on fire inside one of the bedrooms, according to the witness.
The resident was able to extinguish the fire, which was contained to the bedroom, before crews arrived just before midnight, police said.
No one was injured in the blaze, but the bedroom did sustain damage, the witness said.
His story is told in music and on stage, but now fans of “Hamilton” can see some of the heirlooms that came from Alexander Hamilton. The fifth great-grandson of the 10-dollar founding father has loaned some of the items that have been passed down through the generations to the Museum of the American Revolution.
A Tennessee father is angry after someone allegedly assaulted his son while the boy was walking his dog.
The father also told WHBQ in Memphis that the person stole his son’s rare dog.
John Black said someone assaulted his son, Brandon, while walking his white American bulldog, Diamond, in the 7000 block of Hedgington in Shelby County.
The 12-year-old told Black that before he could make it back home, a man in a Chrysler PT Cruiser "pushed my son down, grabbed the leash, took the dog and drove off,” Black said.
Black said he got the expensive, rare dog from a Sacramento, California, breeder in September for his son.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it is investigating the incident.
Officials could not release any other information regarding this incident.
"I'm glad Brandon didn't fight back,” Black said.
Black said he’s hopeful his son will get his dog back.
He said the obvious blue patch on the left side of the dog’s face will help people identify the dog.
"I've already had one young lady inbox me and tell me they saw the dog in Millington. So he could be in that area,” Black said.
Black said he is encouraging whoever is in possession of the dog to bring in to the vet.
If you have any information regarding the dog's whereabouts, call the Sheriff's Office at 901-222-5600 or 901-379-7625.
Gracie Triblett, the grieving mother of a man shot and killed by police in Clarksdale, Mississippi, is speaking out.
Before the deadly shooting, officers got a call about a prowler in the area. Patrick Bryant was shot and killed Saturday night by responding officers.
WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee, also found out that the officer's body cameras were rolling during the shooting. Multiple sources say the footage has already been reviewed.
Now, Triblett, Bryant's mother, wants answers.
“Somebody tell me the truth: They killed my son. ... They act like they didn’t know nothing,” Triblett said.
WHBQ met with Triblett as she was leaving the Clarksdale Police Department. She said she was there looking for answers.
Investigators said Bryant was killed a 15-minute walk away from his house. Family members said he was walking to the store to buy a cigarette.
He also had his 10-year-old son with him.
“My little grandson ran away by himself. ... He told his mother they killed his daddy,” Triblett said.
The police chief of Clarksdale would only tell WHBQ that their officers do wear body cameras. She would not talk about the investigation.
A neighbor wouldn’t go on camera, but he told WHBQ that he heard Bryant threaten police.
Triblett said Bryant carried a gun because he was licensed as a security guard.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation told WHBQ that a weapon was found near Bryant’s body in the backyard of the home.
“I want to know if my son was inside the house or outside the house – or around the corner. If you shot him in both hips, why would you shoot him in his heart?” Triblett said.
Bryant’s body has been sent to the crime lab in Pearl, Mississippi, for an autopsy.
The wartime letters between Sgt. Warren Holly and his sweetheart, Jean Holly, are dated more than 60 years ago.
The mystery began about three weeks ago when Dan Heater bought a box of knickknacks from a stranger at Grumpy Jerry’s Flea Market. He found about 60 letters inside the box.
Heater read one letter and found terms of endearment and stories of war.
“He talked about the gunfire and everything and he kept saying he was OK. So I know he had to go through a lot,” said Heater.
But Heater didn't want to go much further so as not to invade the privacy of the couple.
Every letter is addressed from Warren Holly to Jean Holly except one written from her to his commander, pleading for him to be moved from the front line.
Heater wonders if the sergeant ever made it home and back to his sweetheart.
“I do wonder, and I hope he did. If the man's alive, I would love to meet him,” Heater said.
Heater said he wants all the attention he can get for the letters, and hopes someone who sees them can help get them back to the Holly family.
A man who was banned from Disney World several weeks ago for unfurling a giant Donald Trump banner in the Magic Kingdom has been banned again.
He said that after Disney officials took away his annual pass in September, they had a change of heart and let him back in.
The picture of Don Cini's latest antics last week show him riding down Splash Mountain with a "Trump 2020” sign, and on Expedition Everest, he held a “Keep America Great" sign.
WFTV in Orlando, Florida, spoke with him from New York on Monday via Facebook Messenger.
"They never mentioned the fact that there was some kind of safety issue on the ride. That I was holding up a sign and I shouldn't be doing that," Cini said.
Disney revoked his annual pass, which he says he had for 24 years.
He said that a few weeks ago, Disney called and said he was no longer banned and he agreed not to hang any more flags.
Disney’s park rules state that "the usage of any flag, banner or sign to incite a crowd" is prohibited.
"And I wanted to actually abide by their rules, and not hold up a flag to incite a crowd, but I kind of wanted to test them," Cini said. "I just really wanted to find out whether or not it had to do with unfurling a flag, or what was written on the flag."
Cini shared pictures of deputies issuing him a trespass warning last week.
It says he's banned from all Walt Disney World properties, including theme parks, water parks, resorts and Disney Springs.
Cini says he now plans to unveil a much bigger 50-foot wide flag sometime next week and somewhere in the United States.
A wild brawl between youth football coaches and parents in Hapeville, Georgia, was caught on camera.
It happened as a game was wrapping up and children were still on the field.
Parents said crying kids hid under bleachers, unsure if gunfire would erupt after someone pulled out a weapon.
"I feel like kids should never have to witness that," a parent, who wanted to remain anonymous, told WSB-TV.
The fight happened Saturday morning at Hapeville Elementary School.
The parent said she and her son ran for safety when they saw someone pull out a gun.
"Parents (were) running screaming, crying, trying to get somewhere safe, not knowing if the person that had a weapon, if they were going to shoot or not," she said.
Witnesses said the video shows a coach, wearing red, punch another coach minutes after their teams played each other.
A game for the Georgia Youth Football Alliance had just finished and the 5-year-old players were still on the field.
"The parents and the coaches were angry about the results of the game," the parent said.
Parents shared the video with WSB in hopes of highlighting a lack of security at the games. They said Hapeville police responded but most of the people involved had left.
"There's never any security so you don't know who's bringing weapons into the football games," she said.
Now, the parent said, she doesn't want to see the coaches involved in the fight working with any more children.
"I think you should set a better example if you're a coach," she said.
Right after the fight happened, parents said another group of kids who saw it all were forced to play their scheduled game.
There is no word yet from Hapeville police about whether charges were filed against anyone.
A lawyer in Walton County, Georgia, who also served as a part-time judge and assistant attorney general, faces a dozen charges of sexual exploitation of children.
In one of his jobs as a lawyer, George Randolph Jeffery, helped send a lot of people to jail for child support, one official told WSB-TV.
Jeffrey is facing 12 counts of sexual exploitation of children.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said a joint GBI-FBI investigation is ongoing.
Attorney Robbie Ballard said his firm represents Jeffery and that he intends to plead not guilty and beyond that it is much too soon to comment.
Walton County probate judge Bruce Wright said he inherited Jeffrey as an associate probate judge from the previous administration and that Jeffrey handled an average of about one estate case for him a year for the past six years but the charges stunned him.
Wright said he will assign Jeffery no cases while the charges are pending. He said he will refer Jeffery to the judicial qualifications commission for removal as a judge, if he's found guilty or pleads guilty.
A spokesperson for Attorney General Chris Carr indicated Jeffrey had been appointed, "to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services - in Walton and Newton Counties. "Attorney General Carr opposes any and all forms of child exploitation and abuse," the statement said, "We hold our Special Assistant Attorneys General to very high standards. Given the circumstances, we terminated Mr. Jeffery’s appointment as a Special Assistant Attorney General immediately upon getting word of the arrest."
Documents indicate most of the charges involve photos or video but one charge involves an allegation Jeffery used an email account to entice a child for indecent purposes.
Because of his connections to the system in Walton County, Jeffery has been transferred to the Barrow County jail, where he has been held without bond.
Napping while in a car seat could be deadly for children, according to experts.
Removing the car seat with a napping child still inside poses the most danger, not necessarily when a child is sleeping in the vehicle.
Over a four-year period, a study published by the Journal of Pediatrics found 31 children died while sleeping in car seats.
Dayton Children’s Hospital Trauma Program Manager Lisa Schwing said positional asphyxia is a real threat to infants.
A child could become “suffocated by the position that their neck or their head is in,” Schwing said.
Car seats installed correctly are at safe angles, and children must be buckled in the right way, Schwing says.
“You don’t want them to be able to lay their neck or their head on any part of those straps,” Schwing said. “The clip needs to be down here at the armpit level so it doesn’t have the opportunity to obstruct their airway.”
Germantown, Ohio resident and mother of twins Melanie Jayne says she does not let her children sleep in their car seats outside of the car.
“It’s tempting when they are asleep and you don’t want to wake them, but it’s not safe so we don’t do it.”
Schwing advises parents to follow the “ABCs” of sleeping when it comes to infants, “Alone on your back in a crib,” or a pack and play if you don’t have a crib.
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