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Elisha Hammer

Male 1789 - 1847  (58 years)


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  • Name Elisha Hammer  [1, 2
    Born 1 May 1789  Jefferson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth 1 May 1789  Caswell County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Alternate birth 1 May 1789  Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 1 May 1847  Jasper County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Person ID I30614  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of EK
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2020 

    Father Isaac Hammer,   b. 20 Nov 1763, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1837, Huntsville, Madison, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Lydia Mendenhall,   b. Jan 1764, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1795, New Market, Jefferson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Married 1784  Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F6848  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rachel Lewis,   b. 8 Apr 1792, Lost Creek, Jefferson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1853  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 6 Jun 1810  Jefferson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
    +1. Susanna Hammer,   b. 16 Oct 1815, Near New Market, Jefferson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1890, Kellogg, Jasper, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F6732  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Different sources give different birthplaces for Elisha Hammer, but it should be noted that Caswell County, Tennessee split into Jefferson and Hamblen Counties in 1792.

      Genealogy of the Maulsby Family (citation details below) describes him as a "minister" in the Lost Creek Monthly Meeting. Marion R. Hammer (citation details below) calls him "a minister of the Friends church." Other sources call him a "Quaker preacher". Given Quaker aversion to professional clergy, it seems unlikely that he was actually called "Reverend", as some say, but we don't pretend to be experts at all the historical nuances of Quakerism. He was also a miller and owned a mill on Lost Creek in Tennessee.

      "Elisha Hammer was a minister in the Friends Church (Quaker) and the second son of Isaac Hammer, and was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, May 1, 1789 and moved to Jefferson County, East Tennessee, where he married Rachel Lewis. They had eleven children, all of whom were born near New Market, Jefferson County, Tennessee. They were Mahlon, Lydia, Seth, Henry, Jesse (the father of the writer, Marion R. Hammer, M.D.), Ira, Aaron, Isaac, Susannah and Polly Ann and for the second time a double name is given to a member of the Hammer family. In the summer of 1846, Rev. Elisha Hammer, with all of his family, with six wagons left New Market, Tennessee, for Iowa. His eldest daughter, Susannah, had married Charles Janeway. She and her family remained but in 1857 joined the family, who had settled in Jasper County Iowa, in 1847. Rev. Elisha Hammer died in Iowa, May 1, 1847. Rev. Elisha Hammer spent the winter of 1846-1847 at Richland, Iowa. He taught shool during the winter in Richland, in the spring of 1847 he and all of his children settled in Jasper County at Amboy Switch." [Marion R. Hammer, citation details below]

  • Sources 
    1. [S4783] Find a Grave page for Susanna Hammer Janeway.

    2. [S4832] Genealogy of the Maulsby Family for Five Generations, 1699-1902, Compiled by Careful Research Among Quaker, Government and Family Records by Cora M. (Patty) Payne. Des Moines, Iowa: Geo. A. Miller Press, 1902.

    3. [S1552] Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, 6 volumes, 1936–1950, ed. William Wade Hinshaw, et al. Reprint. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1991–1994.

    4. [S1040] U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, on ancestry.com.

    5. [S4833] Biography of Jesse & Curtis Hammer and Family Reminescences by Marion R. Hammer. Self-published, 1930.

    6. [S4837] Find a Grave page for Lydia Morgan Mendenhall Hammer.

    7. [S4788] Tennessee, Compiled Marriages, 1784-1825, on ancestry.com.