John Hammons was said to lived to be 107 years old. The facts are he had 22 children by three wives: Sarah Clement Mary ____ Mildred Ann Morgan Mildred Ann (Milly) and her husband took over part of her father's (58,884) acres on Eagle Creek. Her brothers and sisters did the same thing. The children listed here of John Hammons are only 12 sons. hopefully the rest of his children will be found later. It is not positive who the mothers are except we know Jesse belonged to Mildred
.THE SAGA OF JOHN HAMMON
REVOLUTIONARY WAR HERO AND OWEN COUNTY, KENTUCKY PIONEER
Saga reminds us of Vikings and that is exactly where John Hammonís people derived. Charlemagne held the Vikings in check for some time, but after he died in 814 overpopulation in Scandinavia forced these unsurpassed warriors to expand in all directions. In 868 a band led be the Danish Cheiftian Hamond crossed the North Sea and landed at Holkham on the Northern shore of what later became known as Norfolk (North Folk). This is about 30 miles northwest of present Norwich.
Hamond was buried in a proper Viking tumulous near Snoring, Norfolk at a place called Hamondís Grave.
During World Warll the mound over Hamondís Grave had to be leveled in order to build a military airfield. Hamondís bones were dug up and he was found to be very tall with red hair. Broken Vikings swords and other weapons were found besids him in the tumulous. The original family has remained in this same location for over eleven hundred years.
The present head of the family is Captain Anthony Hamond, whom the author of thie book has visited a number of times, the resemblance was so startling that it was publish as the first color photograph ever used in the Filson Club History Quarterly with the photographis an account of how the family was traced from Owen County, Kentucky back to England.
About 1550, what became the Kentucky branchof this family, moved from Norfolk, to St. James Parish, Clerkwell, which is now a part of the inner city of London. This branch was seafaring, perhaps because of their Viking background, and at least one of them was with Sir Francis Drake when he reached the American Coast prior to his distruction of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
The records show that "John Hamond," the great-great-grandfather of our subject john Hammon, was transported by Captain Thomas Wood in the Hopewell from London to Virginia February 17, 1634. He had returned there, for ten years later we learn that "Lost by 30 persons the year 1644 being soldiers at Midle plantation...paid John Hammon for Wm. Sawyer." Note the change in the name Hamond to Hamíond and Hamon to Hammon in the American branch of the family.
Apparently John Hamond returned to England after his first stay in Virginia. He married Mary Allen at St. Gregory by St. Paul in London in 1636, but then returned to Virginia again. Perhaps he was an agent for London companies. John and Mary had six children, the last of which was "Ambrose Hamíond" baptised at St. James Parish, Clerkenwell 2-2-1647. Mary was buried June 27, 1650 and John Hamíond married Dorothy Latham in London in 1669 and later moved to Virginia.
In the meantime Ambrose took off for Virginia at the age of 19, never to return. He arrived in Old Rappahannock, County, Virginia March 26, 1666.
The son of Ambrose Hamíond was John Hammon Sr. who left a will in Cumberland County, Virginia November 13, 1758. This John, the grandfather of our subject also had two families.
Among the children of the first marriage we have identified Ambrose, William, James, and since he was designated Senior ther had to be a John Junior. Children of the second marriage were Joseph and daughters Dorothy Collier and Agnes Hammon. John Hammon, Sr. had apparently provided well for his first family since we find that sons Ambrose had 50 slaves and William 20.
Goochland Co., Virginia
As their land wore out from planting tobacco, John Hammon, Sr. and sons moved southwest into Goochland County, Virginia. The first notice of this move is a deed listed July 1747 to Ambrose Hammon and Anne his wife for 400 acres in Southam Parish. What was to become Cumberland County a year later then a part of Goochland County. This indenture mentions that Ambrose Hammon and his wife were then of St Margaretís Parish in Caroline County.
The brothers Ambrose, William and James are grouped together on the list of Tithables in Goochland County in 1755.
Son James was named by John Hammon, Sr. after his own uncle who died in Clerkenwell, England 1738. James married Mary Hargis who was mentioned in the will of her father, Thomas Hargis 2 April 1754, Fredrick County, Maryland, in which he leaves her a dark sorrell mare and forty shillings. This family spread across Virginia, through North Carolina and on into Kentucky. Bloody Breathill County County in Kentucky is so named because of a fued carried on by two families. One of them was this Hargis family. Apparently the fighting abilities of John Hammonís maternal side were no less than those of his paternal Vikings.
Because they often appear in the same records at the same time in Kentucky, I suspect that James Hammon had at least three sons, James, Martin and John, but I am only certain of John. It is possible that Mary Hargis ws James second wife. Certainty about about John stems from the famous "Douglas Register" kept by the Reverend William Douglas of the Dover Church in St. James Northam Parish in Goochland County, Virginia during 27 years of his ministry of thes Church. Bless him, for in his entries he most often recorder the maiden names of the women as well as the names of the men. On page 59 ot ehe original document, or page of 206 of the published copy, we find: James Hammond and Mary Hargis a son Named John was born January 29, 1760, Baptized June 8 1760. Even at that early date John was the fourth generation of his line in this country.
This birth occured in the very cradle of this country, on the James River 87 miles upstream from Jamestown, the first settlement in Virginia (and Massachusettes for that matter) John Hammon lster deposed that he was born ten miles down river from Carterís Ferry, now Cartersville.
Thus was born our "Revolutionary War Hero and Kentucky Pioneer"
Move to North Carolina
John Hammonís father died when he was about three years of age. This would have been 1763. Mary Hargis Hammon was left a widow with at least one son and probably more and it would have been natural for there to have been several daughters. Widows were scarce in those days and she quickly married John Holbrook, son of Randolph, in Goochland County Virginia and had several more sons, among them Hargis, Randolph and Colby Holbrook.
About this time people were changing from the Church of England to the Baptist faith and were having trouble about it. In 1774 a year before the Battle of Bunker Hill, William Hammon, the uncle of our John Hammon, Journeyed to Fauguire County, Virginia, where in company with John Wright, Jr., a cousin of George Washington, and others he petitioned as follows: "To the Worshipful Court of Faug. Co. The Petition of us the Subscribers Sheweth, that we being desenters bearing the Denomination of Baptist and ?. Desiring to Worship God According to the Best light we have in Holy Scriptures, and the Dictates of our own consciences, humbly prayeth that your Worships would be pleased to grant us the liberty to meet together for the worship of God in our way..."
The court took an entire year to give them an answer and by that time they were on their way to North Carolina where they had the freedom to worship as they pleased. William Hammon became the Minister of the South Fork of the Roaring River Baptist Church in Wilkes County, North Carolina and apparently led the entire Hammon and Holbrook families to that location..., which happened to be only several miles from the farm of Daniel Boone. Our John Hammon made the trip with his mother and stepfather, John Holbrook.
Early in January at the age of sixteen John Marched out to fight the Loyalist and the Kingís seasoned experienced troops. He fought in several battles including Saratoga, Kingís Mountain, Cowpens and others. When he applied for his pension, he said he served as much as five years in the Revolutionary War. He never listed the other times he fought, such as the Seige of Bryans Station and the Battle of Blue Licks in Ky.,several Indians battles in Ky. and Ohio. In the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 at the Rapids ofthe Maumee River in Northwest Ohio. John Hammons fought as a Captain. He was 34 years old then, thus for almost 18 years off and on John Hammon fought for his country.
In the meantime Johnís mother, Mary Hammon Holbrook died and he left almost immediately for Kentucky, stopping only long enough to sell 319 acres farm in Charlottesville, Virginia June 13, 1782 while on the way. He left a lot of Hammon, Holbrook and Hargis relatives, his uncle the Reverend William Hammon, left a will in Wilkes County 1793 and his Uncle Ambrose Hammon the following year. Both named four children and Ambrose was still wealthy enough to will nine slaves to his wife.
He first settled at Bryans Station, when he first married isnít known it is thought that his first wife was named Polly., We next find him in Scott County, Kentucky.
To Owen County, Kentucky
When he moved from Stamping Ground in Scott County, Ky. to Owen County isnít known, but many of the members who formed the Mussel Shoals Baptist Church on Eagle Creek were his friends and relatives that came over from the South Fork of Roaring River Baptist in Wilkes Co, North Carolina. At this time John Hammon had married his second wife, Mildred Ann Morgan. They were charter members of Mussel Shoals Baptist, built in 1817. So far the next generation John Hammon farmed, produced children and attended Church. He was the father of 22 children, only thirteen have been identified.
Commuting to Cincinnati, Ohio
Perhaps farming alone would not support this vast brood. At any rate he turned elsewhere, and to a contracting business, to afford his many sons an expanded opportunity, meanwhile his home remained in Owen County.
The bustling community of Cincinnati was only 40 miles to the north and the road from Lexington to Cincinnati but six miles to the east of his farm. As we have seen, he was one of the earliest pioneers in what becasme Cincinnati, and had fought in theOhio Militia. He began his residency there in 1822, one year after his last child was born.
Rumor coming down through the family has it that John Hammon contracted to build the "steamship gothic" superstructures of steamboats. This is borne out by his 1839 residence in "Fulton", which was then a small steamboat building town where the Natchez was constructed, just upriver from Cincinnati.It has now been absorbed into Cincinnati proper but its original location is indicated by present Fulton Street. Also two sons being designated to the family rumor.
It is known that boats built by the Hammon family were used to transport goods, from Cincinnati area Down the Ohio and Missippi Rivers to New Orleans, where goods were sold and the boats were sold for lumber. The men walked or rode horseback up the Natchez Trace to return home
What apparently happened was that John Hammon and his sons worked all week in Cincinnati and then on week-ends, rode their horses the 40 miles to Owen County. This commuting is verified by continual listings in various Owen Co. records all the while he was living in Cincinnati.
How long John Hammon continued to conduct his steamboat business in Cincinnati isnít known. He was 83 years old when last listed in the Ciccinnati directory in 1843, but ev en then he had 25 more years to live. He finally returned to live permanently in Owen County wher he lived with his daughter, until he died in 1868 aged 108. He was the second to last Revolutionary Soldier alive.
From the book "Saga of John Hammon"
Children of John Hammon and Mildred Ann Morgan are: