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PETER HAMMONDS, farmer, Stilesboro, Bartow Co., Ga., son of Islam and Rebecca (Cheek) Hammonds, was born in Laurens district, S. C., Oct. 3, 1821. His grandfather, Peter Hammonds, was a native of County Clare, Ireland, who, when he came to the United States settled in Laurens district, where he lived until he died in 1821. Mr. Hammondsí father was born on the South Carolina homestead, where he was raised a farmer and spent most of his life, but died in Spartansburg, S. C. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Rebecca Cheek who bore him four children: Cassandra, who married Andrew Massey; Bethany, who married John Lindsey; Lucinda, who married _______ Murphy, and Peter, the subject of this sketch. His second wife was Miss Millie Barker, by whom he had five children: William, Nancy, Rebecca, Catharine, and Amelia. Mr. Hammond was raised a farmer, and was deprived of educational advantages as he was growing to manhood. In 1844 he came to Cass (now Bartow) county, and by a land grant took up forty acres of land, the lot No. 905, one-half mile northeast of Stilesboro depot. To this he added 300 acres by the purchase of other 40-acre lots, making his track 340 acres, and extending from the depot to his homeplace at the mouth of Raccoon creek. All is under improved cultivation by himself and children to whom, as they married, he gave a portion of his land. During the war he served as a member of the Home guard. Since the surrender he has given his attention exclusively to his farm, and as a farmer and citizen ranks among the foremost, and as high as any citizen in Bartow county. Mr. Hammonds married Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Emsley Hilton, Laurens district, S. C. To this union nine children were born: Robert, deceased; Mary; William, Taylorsville, Ga.; Toliver, farmer, Stilesboro; John, merchant, Stilesboro; Henry, deceased; James, farmer; Rebecca, wife of Joseph Forrester, Stilesboro, and Peter, merchant, Stilesboro. He is as ardent democrat and has always been an active party man, and is a working and exemplary member of the Methodist church.