[I received the following e-mail on 11/20/2016.]
I recently found your website and was interested in your genealogy page... My husband John Lee Hammon is the great-great-grandson of Daniel Hammon brother of James Hammond.
The Daniel Hammon family dropped the D when they moved to Conneautville Pa. According to a letter written by John's grandfather Wendell P Hammon, the d was dropped, but no further explanation. According to his niece, who we met in the 1960s, it was because some members of the family joined another religious group other than the Baptist faith that was followed by Daniel's family. There were 10 children in Daniel's family. My husband's line comes from Marshall Myron Hammon son of Daniel.
Daniel was married (1800) to Sylvia Talbot of Killingly Ct. Sylvia's family go back to Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower. [But if Daniel was the brother of James, born 1794, is it likely that Daniel was married in 1800?]
Edwin Robinson is a descended of John Hammond (son of Thomas and Patience) He lives near Foster R I. If you like I will put you in touch with him. Thomas' home is still standing today.
From reading your website, I assume you live on the East Coast.
John's grandfather migrated to California in the 1870s. He became a nursery man. He sold nursery stock to the farms for family orchards. He later developed a gold dredger to dredge the rivers for gold. His story is on line, just google his name. There were several bios written about him. The one that was most interesting to me mentioned that his family were instrumental in shipping horses to American from Scotland in the early 1700s. I would like to know more about this venture. WPH was involved with over 100 corporations as founder or controller. When we were told that he was involved with 100 corporations, we said yea! Well we did find them.
John and I have research WPH for the last 15 years. We have been to many libraries, county clerks’ offices, state libraries, etc. We have about 15 binders, plus what is on our computers of information for a book. But neither one of us is a writer, maybe one of our grandchildren will do the deed.
On your genealogy, you gave Thomas a middle initial. Our records show no initial. Middle names did not come about until the 1800s. There is a Thomas H Hammond, on Ancestry, but was born in the 1800s and was in the civil war, whether he as related, I do not know.
Speaking of Ancestry.com, I use them only for information. I have not put my info on line.
My breakthrough in genealogy was when I met Newman Hall (2nd cousin to John) on line is 1997. Newman's grandmother (Frances) was a sister to WP Hammon. I found him on the Stone Family Ass website. Of Marshall's 4 children, France's branch of the family stayed on the east coast. The other two children followed WPH to California. On the Stone website is a copy of Alice Hammond's Bible information. I have a certified copy of it. If you would like a copy I could send or email it to you.
According to the Stone website, Thomas had a twin sister Mary who married Peter Stone.
John and I have three sons. Our oldest Tom (1962) Spencer (1965) and Marshall (1971). We have 4 grandchildren. Our two oldest started college this fall. Jane is premed at Cal Poly and Niklas is an engineering major at UC Irvine. Jane chose Cal Poly, because of their marching band and that her grandfather graduated from there. Why Nik chose UC Irvine, I will have to ask him other than it is close to the beach for surfing. Our other two grandsons are 16 and 14, what fun it has been to watch them grow in to adulthood.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
[On 11/21/2016, I received the following e-mail:]
This is the information that Newman Hall put together for the Stone Family Ass.org. If you have not visited it, it is very interesting especially what has been written about Buscott who was the father in law to Hugh Stone,Great Grandfather of Alice Stone Hammon(d). I tried to send it as an attachment, but could not get it to work; so I copied and pasted.
Georgianna Hammon was John's Aunt.
The Daniel Hammon family removed the D from all of the entries that had kept the D.
I will send you another email with a photo the Thomas Home in Foster.
1 May 1998
The Alice Stone Family Bible
Newman A. Hall
Thomas Hammon of Cranston, RI was born 5 June 1737. According to a note in the Alice Stone Family Bible his father and uncle were seamen who settled in Rhode Island apparently about the time of the birth of Thomas Hammon. There is no record of either of these two brothers or of the place of birth of Thomas. He was just nineteen years old when his first child, John Hammon, was born 30 Nov 1756
The first wife of Thomas Hammon was Patience Stone, daughter of Peter Stone and Patience Printing. She died after the birth of her son, John Hammon. Her sister, Alice Stone, then became the second wife of Thomas Hammon and her first child, Phebe, was born 14 Aug. 1763. There is no record for the dates of marriage for these two wives.
In addition to the two daughters, Patience and Alice, Peter Stone also had a son, Peter, whose wife was Mary Hammon by whom he had twelve children. Mary Hammon was also born 5 June 1737. The first child of Peter and Mary, Mary, was born 1 Jan 1754 when. Mary was only sixteen years old. The circumstance of Thomas and Mary Hammon both born on the same date having their first child in their teens suggests that they probably had been living in the Peter Stone household and may have been left there for care by their own parents.
A record of the family of Thomas Hammon was set down in a family Bible which belonged to his second wife, Alice Stone. A note on the back of the title page of the New Testament has the following inscription: "Alice Hammon hur Bible Bought in Philadelphia in the year AD 1805 - price 5 dollars. And after my decease I give this Bible to my son Daniel Hammon. Wrote by John Hammon my son".
The Bible by her direction was handed down to her youngest son, Daniel, and in turn to his youngest son, Daniel Hammon Jr. It survived until 1914 when it was last known to have been in the possession of a great grandson, Glen Hammon of Chicago, son of Daniel Jr. Apparently this Bible was used by the son, Daniel, for his own family record since there is no evidence that he had his own family Bible. His son, Daniel Jr., however did make a transcription of this record into his Bible. This second Bible survived in part having been incorporated into a family history scrap book until 1953. This scrapbook has since been discarded. In 1885 Daniel Jr. gave a family Bible as a wedding present to his son, Glenn Milton Hammon and his wife. Dr. Glenn Hammon then copied a full record from the Daniel Jr. Bible. This Bible survives. Both of the subsequent Bibles contained new material pertaining to later families not entered into the Alice Stone Bible.
In 1911 Georgiana K. Hammon of San Francisco, a great grand daughter of Daniel Hammon Sr. engaged the services of Edward A. Claypool, a professional genealogist of Chicago, to examine the Alice Stone Bible then in the possession of Dr. Glenn Hammon and prepared a certified copy. This together with the Glenn Hammon Bible and notes taken from the Daniel Hammon Bible scrapbook are the basis for the present Record.
There are entries for births and deaths only. Those made by Alice Stone appear first followed by those made by her son, Daniel. Entries with an asterisk were made by Daniel Hammon. Section within brackets, , were torn from the original and replaced with information from the Daniel Hammon Bible. It appears that the data was originally on three pages as noted.
Alice Stone Family Bible Entries
[I received the following e-mail on 11/21/2016]
This is just one of many bios that were written about WP.
Successful American 1903 Vol 7 part 1 page 500
WENDELL PHILUCIUS HAMMON,
Pioneer of Dredger Mining on the Pacific Coast, and a Representative Engineer.
WENDELL PHILUCIUS HAMMON was born May 23, 1854, at Conneautville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Marshall M. Hammon and Harriet S. (Cooper) Hammon. His father was a contractor and builder, and the family, which is of Scotch descent, is an old American one, having been among the earliest settlers in New England. Prior to coming to America, Mr. Hammon's ancestors on his father's side were engaged in the importation of horses to America, and were the pioneers in this business. On his mother's side, Mr. Hammon is descended from an old Vermont family, and his uncle, William P. Cooper, was one of the founders of the Spencerian system of writing.
The subject of this sketch received his educational training in the public schools of Western Pennsylvania, and engaged at an early age in fruit growing in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. In 1875 he came to California and settled in Oakland, engaging in fruit growing and the nursery business, lie was one of the pioneers in the fruit industry in California, and had much to do with its up building. He owned nurseries in Oakland. Niles and Temescal, and later at Rio Bonito, in Butte County, California. For twenty-two years Mr. Hammon was prominent as a fruit grower and nurseryman, and was a leading authority on California fruits and how to grow them, but having always been more or less interested in mining enterprises, he, in 1896, disposed of most of his holdings in the nursery and fruit-growing lines and has since devoted himself entirely to his mining enterprises. He it was that conceived the idea of river-dredging, and his first effort was the development of the Feather River Gold dredging fields operating Oroville, in Butte County. California. Gold dredging is now one of the principal mining industries of California, and to Mr. Hammon's credit it may be truthfully stated that he has built up from a country that was considered thoroughly worked out from a mining standpoint a most important wealth-producing enterprise. In Butte County, where the mining industry had been practically abandoned for twenty-five years, are now the leading gold-dredging fields of the world. Air. Hammon is General Manager of the Boston and Oroville Mining Company, which operates three dredges; General Manager of the Boston and California Dredging Company, which operates two dredges; General Manager of the Boston Machine Shop Company, which owns and operates the largest machine-shop business in Northern California; one of the largest stockholders in the Feather River Exploration Company, which operates five dredges: Director of the Kio Ora Gold Dredging Company, which operates one dredge; General Manager of the Bear River Mining Company, which operates two dredges near Wheatland, California, and General Manager of the Yuba Consolidated Dredging Company, which promises to be one of the most important dredging properties in the State. All the above enterprises, excepting the last two mentioned, are operating in the Feather River gold-dredging fields at Oroville, Butte County, California, and are producing over $100,000 per month or more than $1,000,000 annually. Mr. Hammon is not only the pioneer in gold river dredging, but is also the leading operator in the country. The river bed is dredged to the floor of the gravel deposits, and in these deposits is found the river float gold dust. Besides his mining enterprises, Mr. Hammon is still interested in the fruit business in Butte County.
Mr. Hammon is a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, the California Miners' Association, and is a prominent Mason, Knight Templar and Shriner. He belongs to the Bohemian Club, of San Francisco.
In 1881 Mr. Hammon was married to May Augusta Kenney of Placerville, California, daughter of Ephraim Kenney, one of the pioneer mining men of California, who settled in Placerville in 1849. They have three children, Miss Georgie, Wendell, and Glenn Hammon.