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Elnathan Hammond, his Memorandum Book, Feb'y 1755

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Elnathan Hammond, his Memorandum Book, Febʸ 1755.

Memorandum of some things I have observed, yᵗ. I think remarkable, and of some things I have thought so in the source of my reading.

This Memorandum Book I have given to my grandson, Elnathan Hammond, May yᵉ 15th, 1781, and I desire that he may have the possession of it after my Decease: Witness my Daughter Elizᵗʰ Sprague. Elnathan Hammond.

A short Record of our Family, by Elnathan Hammond, copied from a Family Record of my Father's, Mr. John Hammond, of Rochester, 1737, and continued, beginning the year at the 1st of January.

William Hammond, born in the city of London, and there married, Elizabeth Penn, sister of Sir William Penn, had children: Benjamin their son born 1621, Elizabeth, Martha and Rachel their daughters, all born in London. William Hammond died there and was buried. Elizabeth Hammond, widow of William Hammond, with her son Benjamin and three daughters, all young, left a good estate in London, and with several godly people came over to New England in troublesome Times in 1634, out of a conscious desire to have the liberty to serve God in the way of his appointment. They had with them the Rev. Mr. Lothrop, their minister, A.D. 1634. Settled in Boston, and there died 1640, had an honorable burial and the character of a very godly woman.

Benjamin Hammond, their son, removed to Sandwich and there married Mary Vinsent, daughter of John Vinsent. She was born in England in 1633. Benjamin Hammond married to Mary Vinsent in 1650. Had born:

Samuel, their son, 1655.
John, their son, Nov. 30, 1663.
Nathan, their son, 1670.
Benjamin, their son, Nov. 1673.
Had two daughters, died young.

Benjamin Hammond, with his wife and four sons, moved to Rochester and there died, aged 82 years, 1703. Mary his widow died 1705.

John Hammond married Mary Arnold, eldest daughter of the Rev. Mr. Samuel Arnold, first minister of the gospel that was settled in Rochester, 1691. Mary Arnold born May, 1672.

John Hammond and Mary Arnold married 1691. Had seven sons and four daughters. Had born to grow up:

Bethiah, their daughter, Aug. 11, 1693.
Sarah, their daughter, Dec. 23d, 1695.
Jabez, their son, Feb. 26, 1699.
Elnathan, their son, March 7, 1703.
Benjamin, their son, Dec. 1, 1704.
Rowland, their son, Oct. 30, 1706.
Elizabeth, their daughter, January 5, 1709.
Abigail, yʳ daughter, March 27, 1714.
Jonathan, son, Sept. 4, 1716.

Bethiah Hammond, married to Mr. Joseph Haskell, had many children and died March the 17, 1757.

Sarah Hammond, married to Noah Sprague, of Rochester, had many children.

Jabez Hammond, married Sarah Lothrop, had a son and daughter. She dying, he married Abigail Farwel, and had many children.

Benjamin Hammond, married Priscilla Sprague, and had 2 sons and 3 daughters, and died July the 19th, 1758.

Rowland Hamond, married Ann Winslow, had two sons. She dying, married __ Southward. She had no children.

Elizabeth Hammond, married to Ebenezer Lothrop; had children.

Abigail Hammond, married to Ebenezer Perry; had one son and died May 16, 1753 New Stile.

John Hammond, married to Mary Ruggles; had many children.

John Hammond, my father, died April 19, 1749 O.S.

Mary Hammond, my mother, dyed Aug. 3, 1756 N.S.

Bethiah Haskell, my sister, died March 17, 1757.

Sarah Sprague, my sister, died

Jabez Hammond, my brother, died March 1786.

Benjamin Hammond, my brother, died July the 19th 1758.

Abigail Pery, my sister, died May 16, 1753.

Elnathan Hammond, son of John Hammond, born at Rochester March ye 7th 1703. Married Mary Wignall, widow, who was daughter of Mr. John Rogers of Newport, who was born August 24, 1700. Who were married Dec. 27th 1728. Had children born:

John Arnold, their son, Feb. 9, 1731.
Abigail, yʳ daughter, Sept. 20, 1733; d. Jan. 15, 1734.
Elnathan, son, Jan. 17, 1736, who d. Dec. 4, 1737.
Abigail, a daughter, Feb. 15, 1737.
Elnathan, a son, May 11, 1738.
Joseph, a son, April 13, 1739.
Nathaniel, a son, June 2, 1740.
Mary, a daughter, Septem: 22, 1741, who dyed May ye 7, 1767.
Elizabeth, a daughter, May 25, 1743.
Susannah, a daughter, June 18, 1744.

Mary Hammond, wife of Elnathan Hammond, departed this life Oct. yᵉ 20th 1749.

Elnathan Hammond married his second wife Elizabeth Cox, widow, Sepᵗ. ye 5th 1750 O.S. who was daughter of Samuel Vernon, Esq. was born in Newport, Aug. 5th 1709. Had a son still born, July 21, 1753, New Stile.

Elnathan Hammond Junʳ died Sept. 22, 1763.

Elizabeth Hammond the wife of Elnathan Hammond departed this life May the 11 1775.

Nathaniel Hammond died master of a ship in the London trade; died in Jamaica March 1777.

John Arnold Hammond taken by the English European Enemies and carried a prisoner to New York and died in the hospital some time June 1781.

Rowland Hammond my brother died June 16, 1788.

John Arnold Hammond married Mary Scot June 6, 1754.

Abigail Hammond married to Jacob Richardson Sept. 13, 1759.

Susanna Hammond married to Caleb Lyndon January 29, 1767 and died at Rehoboth August 24, 1780.

Nathaniel Hammond married to Betty Peabody Novʳ. 27, 1769 had two sons and one daughter.

Elizabeth Hammond married to Nathaniel Sprague of Rochester January yᵉ 20, 1773.

Newport May yᵉ 15, 1762.

My son John Arnold Hammond with his wife and two children a son and daughter, a negro boy and negro girl, with all his household goods, provision and some stock, removed from Hence and sailed for Cornwallis, in Minis in Nova Scotia, to begin a settlement there, having the last summer lived and taken up a right of land there and made some preparation for settlement.

Newport the 25th day of Feb. A.D. 1772.

By our family record my Great Grand Mother Elizabeth Hammond, with her son Benjamin Hammond aged 13 years and 3 daughters all young, came over to New England in the same ship or vessel with that worthy Minister Mr. John Lothrop, A.D. 1634 and by an ancient Manuscript Record found in the hands of the Rᵈ. Mr Elijah Lothrop of Gilead in Connecticut, in the handwriting of Mr John Lothrop, a copy of which taken by Doctor Ezra Stiles of Newport I have now before me, I find that Mr John Lothrop was at Scituate soon after his arrival in New England, viz.: "The 28 of September 1634, on the Lord's Day, spent my first Labors forenoon and afternoon."

"January 8, 1634-5, were joined in the covenant together as many of us as had been in covenant before, to wit (the names being mentioned)—9 men and 4 women. January 19th, I was chosen Pastor and invested into office." The church increased by additions from time to time until the 33d person joining is mentioned as follows:

"Elizabeth Hammond, my Sister, having a dismission from the Ch. at Watertown was joined April 16, 1638." Rev John Lothrop with 30 men and 11 women members of his Ch. removed to Barnstable between the 26th of June and 11th of October in the year 1639. Now I suppose my Great Grandmother Elizabeth Hammond after Mr John Lothrop left Scituate removed to Boston, as it appears by our Family Record that she died and was buried at Boston A.D. 1640. This written by Elnathan Hammond Febʸ 1772.


Original transcription as above, with additional commentary, published in:

Battell, Philip. "Descendants of Benjamin Hammond," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 30. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1876, pp. 28-32.

Highlighted text is original to the Memorandum Book, but has subsequently been proven incorrect. See English origins of Benjamin Hammond of Sandwich for further discussion.

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