John Hammond, 1773–1867


Occupation

windsor chairmaker; cabinetmaker

Location

Newport, Rhode Island, Pharsalia, New York

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Biography

John Hammond was born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, in 1773 to Nathaniel Hammond (1740–1777), a mariner involved in the London trade, and Elizabeth (Pabodie) Hammond (died 1811). His paternal grandparents were Elnathan Hammond (1703–1793) and Mary (Rogers) (Wingnall) Hammond (1700–1749) of Rochester, Massachusetts, and Newport, Rhode Island.(1)

His wife was Freelove Gardner Albro of Newport (1774–1850). They had five children; Nathaniel (1799–1864), Penelope Remington (1801–1855), Abigail Lyon (1803–1858), Stephen Yates (born 1809), and Ruth Waldron (born 1811).(2)

In December, 1800, John and his brother Benjamin Hammond were identified as cabinetmakers when they purchased land from Newport merchant Samuel F. Gardner.(3) The brothers again bought land from Samuel F. Gardner in March, 1801.(4)

The period of 1808-1809 was busy for the Hammond family. In January, 1808, John and Benjamin Hammond, along with their wives Freelove and Sarah, sold land to Newport yeoman and laborer Jacob Clarke.(5) John left Newport in 1808, moving to Pharsalia, New York, in rural Chenango County. His brother Benjamin would follow the next year.

John died in New Hudson, New York, in 1867.(6)

Benjamin W. Colman and Patricia E. Kane

1. Roland Hammond, A History and Genealogy of the Descendants of Williams Hammond (Boston: David Clapp and Son, 1894), 195–196, 203. http://books.google.com/.

2. Hammond, Genealogy of the Descendants of Williams Hammond, 203.

3. Samuel F. Gardner to Benjamin Hammond and John Hammond, deed, December 13, 1800, Newport Deeds, vol. 8, pp. 55-56, Newport City Hall, R.I.

4. Samuel F. Gardner to Benjamin Hammond and John Hammond, deed, March 7, 1801, Newport Deeds, vol. 8, pp. 171-172, Newport City Hall, R.I.

5. Benjamin Hammond, Sarah Hammond, John Hammond, and Freelove G. Hammond to Jacob Clarke, deed, January 25, 1808, Newport Deeds, vol. 10, pp. 326-327, Newport City Hall, R.I.

6. Hammond, Genealogy of the Descendants of Williams Hammond, 203.