79. Patience4 Wallingford (John3, John2, Nicholas1) was born probably in Newington, N.H. before 30 April 1724. Patience was baptized in Newington on that date along with four of her siblings.(796) She was the last one listed, and her next youngest sibling was baptized two years later, so it seems likely that she was an infant when baptized and born not long before. Patience died probably by about 1770.(797) Patience was still living when her father wrote his will in October 1761 and called her Patience Hammock, but likely had died by March 1767 when Tate apparently began keeping his "Diary". Otherwise why would her children be listed in the Clements family as described below?
She married Unknown Hammock, by 1761. We don't know this individual's first name, and even his last name may have been Hammett or some similar variation on the name. Some area Hammocks and Hammetts follow:
THOMAS HAMMOCK was taxed in Dover 1666-77 and probably living as late as 1683-4. His wife's name is unknown. He had at least two sons, Richard and John...(798)
RICHARD HAMMOCK deposed in May 1705 that he was age 21 in Feb 1708 that he was 24, which would have him born about 1684. In 1719 the Coffins quitclaimed to him and his brother John land formerly their father's.(799) On 6 February 1732/3 both John Hammock and Richard Hammock were among a large number of people from Dover who petitioned for a new township grant where "there is a considerable Tract of land very commodious for Settlement lying nigh Winnepissocay Pond" and we "not having a competency of land to afford us a comfortable Subsistance". This petition was "Order'd to lye for consideration" on March 3d.(800) What, if anything, was done about it in the future is unknown by this writer at present. Richard eventually came upon hard times. At their 31 March 1749 Town Meeting the people of Somersworth denied a motion from his brother John, then living in Rochester, who wanted £5 per year from the town of Somersworth "for keeping his brother Richard Hamock".(801) Richard was warned out of the towns of Rochester and Somersworth, and became the center of a N.H. Superior Court suit between the two towns for his care. On 5 September 1749 the selectmen of Rochester filed suit against the town of Somersworth for the care of Richard Hammock, "a poor man Impotent of body & unable to Support himself", after he had been warned out of town several times, apparently to no avail. He wouldn't leave and was too sick to be moved safely. They claimed that as he had lived in Somersworth for many years that town should pay for his care. The Somersworth selectmen denied any responsibility. They made notice that Richard had once had one whole share or at least 30 acres of land given to him in the Divsion of the Dover Town Common or undivided lands no. 112, it having been divided 8 July 1734. 28 1/2 acres were laid out to him in the 8th Division of Common Land on 25 June 1736. The suit was settled in Rochester's favor.(802) Somersworth Town Meeting minutes have many references to Richard between 1749 and his death in 1757. Agents and committees were chosen to deal with the Rochester Selectmen, and money was expended for the eventual care of Richard. Charles Baker was chosen to make inquiries into Richard's "interest" in the town of Somersworth. He reported to the 6 May 1751 Town Meeting that he had been to Salem and made critical inquiry but could find nothing satisfactory there or elsewhere respecting such interest. Joseph Varney Jr. was paid 30 shillings "for carrying Richd Hammock to Rochester in ye year 1749."(803) Several people were paid over the next several years for "keeping" him, probably in their own homes, including Dr. Moses Carr for 19 weeks in 1750, Ebenezer Wentworth in 1751, Thomas Nock in 1752, Capt. Benjamin Mason in 1753, Samuel Austin in 1754, and John Weymouth from 1755 to 1757.(804) This John Weymouth is likely the one who married Phebe Wallingford, sister of Patience who married our "Unknown" Hammock. Town accounts for those years list specific expenses for his clothing, jackets, breeches, shirts, etc., usually paid to the same people who were taking care of him. Also listed are attourneys fees and court costs amounting to nearly £20. Richard died, probably in Somersworth, in 1757. Town accounts for that year list a payment of £4 to the "widow Waymouth" (likely John's mother Sarah) for a "winding sheet for Hamock". A winding sheet is another name for a burial shroud. There were doctor bills from Dr. Moses Carr, and then £5.15 for "Rum & Sugar for Hamocks funerall" and £10 to Joseph Roberts for a coffin for Hammock.(805) Richard Hammock is unlikely to be our "Unknown" Hammock due to the age differences. He was born in 1684 and Patience was born about 1724. It's also unlikely that he is the father of our unknown, as if he had children living in the area they would likely have cared for him rather than the town. But some relationship seems likely, especially given the fact that John Weymouth cared for him in the last years of his life.
JOHN HAMMOCK, brother of Richard, was living in Dover in 1719.(806) In 1749, when he petitioned the town of Somersworth as described above, he was of Rochester. Rochester church records give clues as to other members of this family. On 13 May 1739 Elizabeth Hammock "wo" [widow?] was baptized then entered into the Covenant at the First Congregational Church in Rochester. On 20 December 1741 Thomas Hammock was similarly baptized and owned the Covenant, followed by John Hammock, Jr. seven days later on 27 Dec 1741. These baptisms are all for adults.(807) While there is no proof of any relationships between these people, it seems reasonable that they are. The widow Elizabeth may be Richard and John's mother or step-mother, or perhaps the widow of an unknown sibling to the two brothers. Thomas and John Jr., may be sons of John. While John Hammock is too old to be our "Unknown" Hammock, one of his sons(?) Thomas or John Jr. may be the one.
THOMAS HAMMOCK. There are several records pertaining to a Thomas Hammock in the area, and not all are necessarily for the same person. A Thomas Hammett of Newington, husbandman, sued Elezaer Coleman of Newington, tanner, for £100 on 8 November 1745 for not holding up his end of an apprenticeship agreement between the two. On 31 August 1739 Thomas had agreed to be Coleman's apprentice, in the tannery business presumably, for 5 years, 8 months but Coleman didn't do his part. Thomas is referred to as "son of William Stimpson and Elizabeth Stimpson", so perhaps his mother remarried.(808) And remember the earlier adult baptism record in May 1739 for the widow Elizabeth Hammock. A Thomas Hamack was on a muster roll of a company of pressed men, under command of Capt. Job Clements, at Rochester and Barrington, in 1748, to scout for Indians in the Rochester area.(809) A Thomas Hammack witnessed a deed between John Rawlins of Rochester and Joseph Pearl of Rochester for land in Rochester on 31 March 1748 and again on 25 January 1752.(810) Newington Church Records record on 8 April 1753 "Thomas & ------- Hamet owned the Covenant and had their Son baptized Thomas".(811) If not for the fact that their son Thomas Hammock was reportedly (by Tate) born on 18 April 1756 one would suspect that this was Thomas and Patience Hammock. Tate could of course be wrong about the birthdate. The original record should be checked to see if the mother's name is legible enough to read as "Patience". A Thomas Hammett, yeoman, of Berwick appears in Province of New Hampshire court cases dated 3 August 1763, 2 May 1764 and 4 December 1764(812) The Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and N.H. report that a Thomas was in Rochester 1742-1757, and the same or another Thomas in Berwick in 1757 with with Abigail running a lodging house there in 1761.(813)
JOHN HAMMOCK. On 15 December 1779 John Hammack signed a petition headed by Dover town clerk Paul Gerrish protesting to the Governor, Council and General Assembly that much of the data regarding land grants in the Dover town books was fraudulent. The Legislature formed a committee to investigate and they produced a listing of 54 items from the town books that were apparently fraudulent.(814)
EBENEZER HAMMOCK. An Ebenezer Hammock of Somersworth was a private in Benjamin Titcomb's Co., Col. Enoch Poor's regiment, having enlisted 25 June 1775. He served 5 months, 22 days. On 4 October 1775 he acknowledged the receipt of $4 in lieu of a regimental coat.(815)
SUSANNA HAMMOCK. A Susanna Hammock married Aaron Downs on 22 June 1755 in Rochester.(816)
ABIGAIL HAMMOCK. The diary of Somersworth schoolmaster Joseph Tate has the following entry: "Mr. Nicholas Wentworth & Mrs. Abigail Hammock Married on Thursday Nov. ye 23rd, 1769. [This entry is crossed out with a different ink and marked Rong.]"(817) Tate's use of the term "Mrs." was generally used for single women.
MOSES AND JOHN HAMMOCK. In the 1790 census of Rochester there are found Moses and John Hammock with their families.(818)
There was another Hammett family in the Portsmouth/Greenland area. Thomas Hammet, a Portsmouth sailmaker, came from Shadwell, co. Middlesex, England. he married 1 January 1716/7 Elizabeth Deniford, daughter of Walter. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow and to Henry Sherburne, Jr. on 28 October 1734. She married 2d in Greenland 22 February 1735/6 William Stevenson and was living in Portsmouth in 1737. [One wonders about the Thomas Hammett above who was said to be son of William and Elizabeth Stimpson -- Stimpson and Stevenson are very close.] Thomas Hammett had three known children: William, baptized 12 January 1717/8, a cordwainer, filed an intention of marriage on 26 September 1741 with Margaret Fernald, daughter of James ; Elizabeth, baptized 22 November 1719 ; Mary, baptized 25 February 1721/2.(819)
The names of their children Thomas and Elizabeth come from the diary of schoolmaster Joseph Tate. An entry amongst his family records is that for the family of Daniel Clements and his wife Frances Wallingford, sister of Patience. In that family are listed "Thos Hammock Born April 18, 1756" and "Elizabeth Hammocks daughter Frances [whom] she Swore on Wm. [worn]".(820) The original manuscript of this diary should be checked to see if it is possible to decipher the name of the man on whom she swore her child. The sentence structure is a little odd so it is hard to determine whether or not Tate meant to say that Elizabeth and her daughter Frances were living there or just Frances.
The daughter Mary is pure guesswork at this point, and stems from the fact that Mary had a daughter Patience. Much more research is necessary to put together the children of this family for certain.
Patience Wallingford and Unknown Hammock had the following children:
175 i. Mary5 Hammock. Mary may or may not be a child of this family, but as she had a daughter Patience it seems possible. Her children are recorded in the "Diary" of Somersworth schoolmaster Joseph Tate, but it seems probable that Mary did not marry John Cole, the father of her five children. Tate, in listing Cole's family, uses language that implies they weren't married. For John Cole's first family he states "Mr. John Cole who Married with Sarah Cater". Yet for his second family he states "2nd Woman Mary Hammock". Tate seems quite specific in his work to mention the word "married" and frequently names children of unmarried couples. In the diary section of his record he has another enlightening entry that reads: "Saturday Night July 13th, 1771 Sarah the wife of Jno. Cole dy'd, (not Lamented by him, nor Mary Hammock." John Cole and Mary Hammock had (1) Patience Cole born 1 October 1771, (2) Thomas Cole born 8 February 1773, (3) Nathan Cole born 18 March 1776, and (4-5) twins Betty and Ebenezer born 11 November 1780.(821)
176 ii. Thomas Hammock was born 18 April 1756.(822) Thomas died by 1793, probably in Somersworth, New Hampshire. His wife is referred to as "widow Hamock" in 1793. The last mention of him in Somersworth town records was 1781 and it seems likely that he may have died soon after that time, perhaps from war related wounds or illness.(823) He married Deborah Carpenter, 16 April 1775, probably in Somersworth, New Hampshire.(824) Tate's diary reads, "Sunday Night Aprl. 16. 1775 Mr. Thomas Hammock Married to Mrs. Debby Carpenter of Somersworth." Tate often wrote "Mrs." when the woman was single, and usually mentioned previous husbands when a widow married again. There is no direct evidence proving that the Thomas who married Deborah Carpenter on this date is the same one who is a member of the Wallingford family, but it seems likely. In addition there is a record in 1779 that he did have family to care for (see below).
Deborah died after 1804. She was mentioned in the town records of Somersworth that year. Subsequent years have not been checked yet. Her parentage is unknown at present but Tate's record of their marriage says she was of Somersworth. His diaries include the family of Nicholas Carpenter and Miriam Davis, with children born between 1761 and 1774, so he could perhaps be a brother.(825) There is another entry that refers to a Deborah Carpenter that could be her. Unfortunately some of it was illegible: "Miss Deborah Carpenters [word gone] by Otis Stacpole. Girl by Zebulon Davis named Susannah Born Feb. 13. 1768".(826) This appears to suggest that Deborah had a daughter Susannah by Zebulon Davis, but what the first sentence means is unknown. A Thomas Hammock of Somersworth, age 22, enlisted 11 February 1777 in Capt. James Carr's Co., Col. Enoch Poor's regiment, and received £20. In 1778 he was on the list of Col. Nathan Hale's absentees, 2nd batallion of New Hampshire troops, marked as having deserted at Otter Creek, age 24. He was missing from 7 July 1777 to 21 July 1778. In May 1779 he was back in the army on a return of Col. Evans and was credited to Somersworth for three years.(827) In 1779 the Selectmen of Somersworth paid £169.50 for supplies for Thomas Hammock's family, as well as other families of soldiers.(828)
After the war Thomas returned to Somersworth and was apparently somewhat destitute because the 1781 town accounts record a payment of £6 14s to James Roberts for "taking" Thomas Hammock.(829) Paying residents for taking care of poor people in town was this day and age's "welfare" system. After this 1781 record there is no further mention of Thomas in the Somersworth town records, but there are several mentions of his wife Deborah, and by 1793 she is called "widow". In 1786 town accounts record a payment to Dr. Moses Carr for doctoring Deborah Hammock, and to Joshua Wentworth for keeping her for a short time. In 1789 Andrew Rollins was paid for delivering wood to Deborah back in 1785. In 1793 Deborah was evidently ill for a time because the town "Pd widow Hamock in her sickness" and also paid Dr. Moses Carr for treating her. The following years show several payments to local individuals for delivering wood to her house, as well as occasional mention that people were paid for boarding her. She was probably not very healthy and despite having her own house had to live with others occasionally. Individuals who boarded her included James Ricker, James Clements, Andrew Rollins, Daniel Ricker, Lydia River and perhaps Peter Hussey, who in 1803 was paid "for his trouble & expense about Debo Hammock".(830) (This Lydia Ricker may be the wife of David Ricker who is a double-Wallingford descendant listed elsewhere in this genealogy.) The last year thus far examined was 1804, which is where the microfilmed records at the NH State Library end, and at that point Deborah was still alive. It seems reasonable to believe that the town will have paid for her funeral expenses and that these will be accounted for on the town books.
The 1790 census of Somersworth records Deborah Hammoch living alone.(831) She isn't listed in the 1800 census of the town, despite the fact that the town accounts for that year mention payments for repairs on her house.(832)
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