Notes for Ambrose Hammond: On Jul 20 1747, Ambrose hammond paid thirty pounds to Stephen Stone for 400 acres on the north side of the Appomatox River in Southam Parish, Goochland Cty, VA (Deed Bk 5, p.298). The following year (Jan 25 1747/48) he and his wife Anne sold 100 acres of this tract to John Nelson of Southam Parish in Goochland Cty, for Twenty Pounds (Deed Bk 5, p. 455; witness William Hamon), and on Jan 26, 1747/48 they sold 150 acres to Matthew Nelson for Twenty pounds.(Deed BK 5 p.457). In all three deeds, Ambrose was said to be a resident of St. Margaret's Parish in Caroline Cty, VA. According to researcher Stratton O. Hammon ("Saga of John Hammon Revolutionary War Hero and Kentucky Pioneer", 1979), the Hammond's and related Holbrook families left Virginia around 1775, as a result of religious difficulties. They were "Desenters bearing the Denomination of Baptists &c." and were seeking the freedom to " meet togethjer for the worship of God in our way. . ." William Hammond( brother of Ambrose) became the minister of the South Fork of the Roaring River Baptist Church. In 1779, Ambrose Hammond received from the State of North Carolina a grant of 200 acres on the Middle Fork of the Roaring River for fifty shillings per acre(Deed bk 1-A, p.246). Ambrose and his wife were members of the South Fork of the Roaring River Church, whick was organized by William Hammond. In 1785, Ambrose was one of four delegates to go to the conference at the Brier Creek Church. In 1789 he and his wife received their letters of Dismission from this church, perhaps to join the Gambrill's Hollow Church which was organized in 1786 with Elder William Hammond being the first pastor. In 1785 an Ambrose Hammond was appointed a Justice of the Peace in the County. Ambroses will was signed on June 29 1794 and was in probate in the August term 1794 ( Wilkes Cty, NC will book 1). He left his estate to his wife Ann, including his eight Negroes, and after her decease to be equally divided among his four children, John, Robert, Mary Johnson, and Elizabeth Amburgey. He named his eight Negroes and stated that " I leave it to the discression(sic) of my beloved wife to let them out to the use of the children in her life time as she seas(sic) cause, and after her decease the hole(sic) to be divided between the above mentioned children and them that gets the sorriest chance of the Negroes let it be made up equal out of the stock and house stuf (sic) and if they can't agree between themselves about the dividing the estate - my desire is that Cols Richard Allen & Benjamin Martin should assist in dividing it.
Sources; -Deed records of Goochland Cty, VA -Deed records of Wilkes Cty, NC -Will records of Wilkes Cty, NC --"Saga of John Hammon Revolutionary War Hero and Kentucky Pioneer", 1979 by Stratton Owen Hammon.