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William Hammond

June 25, 2014 , ,


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My 10th great-grandfather was born and went bankrupt in England.  His family sailed to America at different times, William himself probably arriving in 1631 on the ship Lyon.  He lived in Watertown, MA. raising animals.  We have a record of his will.

William Hammond (1575 – 1662)
is my 10th great grandfather
Elizabeth Hammond (1620 – 1703)
daughter of William Hammond
Elishua Crowell (1643 – 1708)
daughter of Elizabeth Hammond
Yelverton Gifford (1676 – 1772)
son of Elishua Crowell
Ann Gifford (1715 – 1795)
daughter of Yelverton Gifford
Frances Congdon (1738 – 1755)
daughter of Ann Gifford
Thomas Sweet (1759 – 1844)
son of Frances Congdon
Valentine Sweet (1791 – 1858)
son of Thomas Sweet
Sarah LaVina Sweet (1840 – 1923)
daughter of Valentine Sweet
Jason A Morse (1862 – 1932)
son of Sarah LaVina Sweet
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
son of Jason A Morse
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Ernest Abner Morse
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse
William HammondBirth: 1575, Lavenham, Suffolk, England.
Baptized: 30 Oct 1575, Lavenham, Suffolk, England.
Death: 8 Oct 1662, Watertown, Massachusetts. “Aged about ninety-four [sic].

Father: Thomas Hammond, born and died in England.
Mother: Rose Trippe, born and died in Lavenham, Suffolk, England.

1629: On 26 Feb 1629/30, William Hammond was declared bankrupt in England.

1629: On “the 20th of November after that date, he departe[d] the land and fleeth into New England. Information from a 1656 law suit against William Hammond, citing this occurance. This would place him on the “Lyon” which sailed from Bristol on 1 Dec 1630/1631, and arriving in New England the following February.

Emigration: 1631. See above.
The Hammond family came to New England in at least three stages. In late 1630 or early 1631, John Winthrop Jr. noted receipt of £7 5s. from “Goody Hammond to send her husband.” This supports the conclusion that William Hammond was a passenger on the “Lyon” when it sailed from Bristol in late 1631.

On 26 Sept 1633, Governor John Winthrop, wrote to Sir Simonds D’Ewes, informing him that “Yours by young Hamond I received,” indicating that William Hammond Jr. probably sailed for New England in one of the ships that arrived in the fall of 1633. His sister Anne and brother Thomas may also have come at this time, because they are not included, a year later, in the passenger list of the “Francis”, which sailed from Ipswich, in the spring of 1634, with Elizabeth Hammond, (aged 47); Elizabeth Hammond, (aged 15); Sarah Hammond, (aged 10); and John Hammond, (aged 7) on board.

First Residence: William’s first residence was Watertown, Massachusetts.

Occupation: Husbandman.

Religion: Admitted to Watertown Church prior to 25 May 1636, (implied by freemanship.)

1636: Admitted as a Freeman, 25 May 1636.

1636: In his record of admissions to Scituate Church, Rev. John Lathrop, entered on 14 Apr 1636, “Elizabeth Hammon, my sister, having a dismission from the church at Watertown.”

1636: On 25 Jul 1636, William Hammond was granted forty acres in the Great Dividend.

1637: Granted eight acres in the Remote Meadows, 26 Jun 1637.

1641: Granted a farm of one hundred fifty-five acres, 10 May 1642.

1645: In the “year 1645 Rose his mother dyeth … but now in the year 1647 his son Thomas come from New England to be admitted to the land.”

1647: On 22 Nov 1647, “W[illia]m Hamond granted a letter of attorney unto Thomas Hamond, his son, to ask demand of the lord of the manor the possession of certain lands in Lavenham, in Suffolk which were the possession of Rose Steward, his mother.”

1647: William was a Watertown Selectman, 8 Nov 1647.

1656: Along with Isaac Stearns, William was an arbiter in a dispute between John Wincoll and Benjamin Crisp.

1656: “Old Goodman Hammond” was appointed to a committee to assign seats in the meeting house, 17 Nov 1656.

1660: On 6 Non 1660, Watertown Selectmen sent the constables to “Old Hamond to let him know, that contrary to order of town, he had entertained into his family such a person as is likely to prove chargeable, do therefore desire him to rid the town of such an encumbrance or otherwise to bear the burden thereof himself.”

In William’s will, dated 1 Jul 1662 and proved 16 Dec 1662:

“William Hammond of Watertowne … now about ninety years of age” bequeathed to “my loving dear wife Elizabeth Hammond my whole estate” for life;
and after her death, to “my son John Hammond all my houses, lands;”
to “Thomas Hammond son of my son Thomas Hammond, deceased,” £40 when twenty-one, but if he dies before that then “the £40 to be equally divided between the children of my daughter House, daughter Barnes, [i.e., Barron’s], children”; to “daughter Barnes” £30;
to “the four children of my daughter Elizabeth House deceased” £5 apiece; to “Adam Smith son of my daughter Sarah … one mare colt”
and to “my daughter Sarah Smith” £5.

The inventory of the estate of William Hammond totalled £467 16s. 9d., including £318 in real estate:
one dwelling house, an orchard £24;
23 acres of pasture land, £69;
11 acres of broken-up land, £48;
15 acres of meadow, £90;
8 acres of meadow remote, £15;
18 acres of land in lieu of township, £6;
1 Great Dividend, 40 acres, £40;
1 farm, 160 acres, £20; and
a part of a barn, £6.

His inventory also included “one great Bible and 3 other books” valued at 13s.

Married: Elizabeth Paine, baptized in Lavenham 22 Sep 1586. She was the daughter of William and Agnes Neves Paine. Elizabeth arrived in New England in 1634 on the “Francis” with her three youngest children. Elizabeth died 27 Sep 1670, in Watertown, Massachusetts, “aged about ninety years [sic].”
Marriage: 9 Jun 1605, in Lavenham, Suffolk, England.

Children of William Hammond and Elizabeth Paine Hammond:

  1. William Hammond, baptized 20 Sep 1607, in Lavenham, Suffolk, England. He was killed by Indians in June 1636. Not believed to have married.
  2. Anne Hammond, baptized 19 Nov 1609, in Lavenham, Suffolk, England. She died there 7 Jun 1615.
  3. John Hammond, baptized 5 Dec 1611, in Lavenham, Suffolk, England. He died there 16 Aug 1620.
  4. Anne Hammond, baptized 14 Jul 1616, in Lavenham, Suffolk, England. Married 1: Timothy Hawkins. Married 2: 14 Dec 1653, Ellis Barron.
  5. Thomas Hammond, baptized 17 Sep 1618, in Lavenham, Suffolk, England. He returned to England in 1647/1648, to reclaim his grandmother’s lands. Thomas married Hannah Cross in 1655. Their only child, Thomas, was born at Watertown, Massachusetts on 11 July 1656. Thomas Hammond, the father, had died on 10 Dec 1655, and Hannah, the mother, died on 24 Mar 1656.
  6. Elizabeth Hammond, born about 1619. Married: Samuel House of Scituate, Massachusetts, about Apr 1636. 7. Sarah Hammond, baptized 21 Oct 1623, in Lavenham, Suffolk, England. Married Richard Smith of Long Island, by 1646

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that’s some family tree. I am don’t know how you keep track of it all. It is so complex


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

June 27, 2014

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