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HISTORY OF THE HAMMOND FAMILY (c) 1991
COMPILED AND WRITTEN
OLIVER A. HAMMOND
BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN
This history of the Hammond family is taken from many sources. All of the early part is taken from the books of Frederick Stam Hammond who wrote the Hammond history from 1000 to 1902 A.D. He wrote two volumes which were published in 1902. He lived in Oneida, New York.
William Hammond of Lavenham, County of Suffolk, England was the emigrant of this line in Volume 1. He was a first cousin to Thomas Hammond of Melford, England. He is the emmigrant ancestor of Volume 2.
Volume 1 is about William Hammond and all of his descendants. Volume 2 is about Thomas Hammond and all of his descendants. Both William and Thomas emigrated to America between 1632 and 1636. William went to Watertown, Massachusetts and Thomas went to Hingham, Massachusetts.
The task of collecting all of this latter part of the history is a memorial and a task of love. It is an arduous task for which there is no hope or thought of financial reward. Our reward is to have produced the history for those who are interested in a copy of it. So many family histories are lost because no one takes the time to put it on paper.
I want to thank everyone who have helped in collecting all of the material for this part of the history. There are so many that we do not have space to mention each name. Without the large number who helped in collecting all the material there would be very little to write. There may be errors because we are human. Also there are con- flicting dates given by different members of the family.
The earliest ancestor with whom it has been possible to connect William and Thomas Hammond is John Hamonde of Melford who was of the Lawshall family of Hammonds who were cloth manufacturers.
Oliver A. Hammond was my great uncle, my grandfather Lester Hammond's brother. He started his work on the family history at the age of sixty-five. Except for editions to family members this work has not been published. He was not a writer (nor am I) and certainly not accomplished on a typewriter. He typed one finger at a time (I use two), capitalized when he should not have and made other errors in writing. He had not the advantage of a PC or a word processor as we do today. But he was an historian and a genealogist. He spent almost ten years gathering data and putting this history together. Withouts his efforts we certainly would have lost most of the history of our direct ancestors and the little stories and anecdotes that make a family history interesting and worth reading. The story of the wagon trains leaving Oleans, New York would most probably have been forgotten. I, for one, am extremely grateful for the work that he did and dismiss the errors of writing I find in the original work.
I have tried to
some of those errors. In doing so I have changed the format, and
went to an everyname index rathering than a numbering system. I
have brought some of the book up to date; ie deaths, births, and
marriages. I have
tried not to alter Mr. Hammond's basic work but to write it as closely
the original as possible.