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This web page is of interest to the descendents of John Peter Hammer. His pension papers says that he went by the name of Peter and was born August 1757 in Bucks County Pennsylvania and died April 18, 1838. When he was six years old he moved to New Jersey and after living there three years he moved to York County, Pennsylvania where he lived until he was 27 years old. From York County he moved to Frederick County, Maryland, where he lived four years before moving to Fayette County, Pennsylvania. After living there for eight years he moved to Allegheny County and then after five years returned to Fayette County where he lived until 1810 when he moved to Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia). He served in the Revolutionary war beginning in Feb 1775 in the Rifle Corps of the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment and was in the army under various commanders until October 1776. Later in March 1780 he enlisted again and after becoming ill at a later date (sometime about 1783) he was discharged.

There is no information on his parents or siblings, but a search is always on to find them. He was married twice, first to Elizabeth Bonser White and secondly to Sarah Pearce. Recently the headstone of Elizabeth Bonser White Hammer was located in Pennsylvania. He had 12 children by his first wife and four children by his second wife.

A large group of these descendents are in contact with one another and exchange information about their various lines. Some of his descendents changed the last name to Hamer while others modified it to Hammers. His descendents include many in law enforcement, Judges, Texas Rangers, Mounted Customs Patrol, Border Patrol Agents and most religious beliefs in the United States.


WHEN: Sept 17, 2005
TIME: 10:00AM till you want to leave
WHERE: New Braunfels, Texas

Well it is that time again. Our Hamer reunion in 2005 will be Sept 17th at Pete Yancey's house in New Braunfels. E-mail Sonny Hamer for instructions and more detail.

We will be doing the usual Friday night hobnobing at Pete?s house and plan on getting together there about 4 PM followed by dinner at the Live Oak Grill between 7 & 7:30PM.

For those folks that would like to have something else to do while we all talk about family affairs then there is the Schlitterbahn (the largest water park in the U.S)., rafting, canoeing and tubing on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers, Gruene Historic District, and San Marcos Factory Outlet Malls (the largest in Texas).

Since we do not have formal invitations to the family reunion and please forward this email to anyone that has not received a copy of it and let them know about the reunion and ask them to attend. Everyone is invited and the more in attendance the better the family comes together.


The Former Texas Rangers have provided a Cross to be placed next to Daddy Hame?s headstone. The dedication is set for June18th at the Westlawn Cemetary in Del Rio at 10:30AM. Most of the family will be staying at the Ramada Inn in Del Rio and some of us will be arriving on Friday June17th.

Finally about the film on Uncle Frank. The last communication with John Fusco indicated that he thought they would be casting about the time of the reunion. I will send him an e-mail as ask he if he can come to the reunion. I guess we will have to wait and see.

Harrison Hamer
John Peter Hammer's Family Tree
Updated May 28, 2005

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Family Photos

  • Amos B. Hammer (697 KB)
    Amos B. Hammer was the son of Augustus W. Hammer and Nancy Bunner. He was b. Sept. 23, 1835 in Monongalia, W. Va. and d. April 15, 1914 in Oklahoma City, Okla. This photo was taken in Oklahoma City.
  • Texas Ranger Hamer Display Case (32 KB)
    This is the display case now on view at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas. It consists of weapons, etc. used by Hamer Rangers.
  • Tombstone of Elizabeth Hammers (38 KB)
    This is believed to be the tombstone of Elizabeth White Bonser Hammers. It has been chalked to make the lettering show up. The grave is located at the Old Union Babtist Church in Kittanning, Pa.
  • Old Union Babtist Church (23 KB)
    Elizabeth and John Peter Hammers were instrumental in starting the Old Union Babtist Church in Kittanning, Pa. Elizabeth is buried in the cemetery.
  • The Golden Plough Tavern (152 KB)
    The Golden Plough Tavern built in 1741, is the earliest building in York, Pa. I doubt our Hammer(s) ancestors went to this tavern being that it appears they were staunch Babtists. Photo is from a postcard..picture taken by Anthony Iezzi.
  • Franklin Agustus Hamer 1854-1924 (16 KB)
    Great great grandfather of Harrison Hamer.
  • Monument to Union Babtist Church (73 KB)
    This is the monument to the church our ancestors, John Peter and Elizabeth Hammers, founded. Thanks to Marian Klinger for the photo.
  • Texas Ranger Harrison Hamer (690 KB)
    This is a great article about the life of Texas Ranger Harrison Hamer. Included is a photo of his tombstone.

Related Files

  • Letter from Jesse Hammers (36 KB)
    The following was written by Jesse Hammers, grandson of John Peter Hammers and Elizabeth White Bonser.
  • "Texas Tales" (3 KB)
    The following is a copy of the Mike Cox article about Hamer Texas Rangers published in the Sept. 27, 2000 edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

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