The month of September, 1864, found the subject of this sketch located upon a tract of wild land, on section 35, in Cherry Grove Twp. He labored assiduously, early and late, for a number of years, bringing the soil to a state of cultivation and erecting the buildings most needed. Industry and economy met with its legimate reward, and he now rejoices in the possession of a good farm, well improved, and which is now the source of a comfortable income. While thus laboring with hands and brain, such has been his course in life that he has secured the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens and is spoken of as one of the worthiest members of his community.

Our subject began life on the 22nd of August, 1822, near the town of Sharpsburg, Washington Co MD, where he lived until 1843. He then started westward, halted in Cincinnati Ohio, and worked there at his trade of stone-mason until 1858. We next find him in Boone County IN where he sojourned a period of seven years, and in the fall of 1864 came to this county and purchased land in Cherry Grove Twp. This he secured from a man who had only been here a short time and was a contractor on the Cincinnati & Dayton Railroad.

Young Hammond started out in life a poor boy, and could not read or write until twenty years old. He, however, possessed remarkably good business capacities, and in four years time from leaving his native Maryland was owner of a good farm fourteen miels from the city of Indianapolis. He lived in a small house on that farm and effected improvements gradually as he was able, finally selling out at a good profit. That which he now owns he has improved to a still greater extent, erecting a neat and substantial set of frame buildings, setting out evergreens and in 1874 completing a fine residence which would be an ornament to a village or town. In the meantime he has interested himself in local affairs, held the different school and township offices, and been a leading member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Lanark.

Miss Anna Bloomfield became the wife of our subject April 30, 1849, their wedding taking place in Hamilton Ohio. They were equipped with very little except their affection for each other, their good health and courageous spirit, and the bridegroom was obliged to go in debt for his wedding suit. In due time they became the parents of six children, five of whom are living. The eldest, Francis, amrried Miss Vernie Barker of Lanark, is the father of one child, and engaged in farming in Yuma CO; John E. is married and a resident of Shannon; Molly is the wife of G.S. Gamble of Scranton Iowa, and the mother of four children; Charles B. married Miss Agnes Nichols, is the father of two children, and remains at the homestead; Isaac is unmarried and living at Yuma CO.

Mrs Anna Bloomfield Hammond was born in Hamilton County Ohio June 23, 1834 and was but 15 years old when she became a bride. She remained the faithful and devoted companion of her husband for 39 years and departed this life at the homestead Sept. 5, 1887. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was faithful wife, a kind mother, and beloved by all who knew her. Her father, Joseph Bloomfield was one of the pioneers of Cincinnati, settling near the site of the future city when there was nothing around him but woods. He was a native of NJ and while carrying on a farm also occupied himself at his trade of wagon manufacturer. The maiden name of the mother was Anna Auter.

The parents of our subject were John and Salome (Myers) Hammond, natives of Maryland, and the mother, the daughter of a successful merchant of Maltimore. The household circle included nine children - four sons and five daughtes. The elder Hammond was a weaver by trade, and an expert in the manufacture of fancy goods, including counterpanes and goods of like description. He was for a time a residen tof Waterford VA then removed back to Sharpsburg in Washington Co MD. He spent his last years in the Old Dominion and died at the old battle-ground of Antietam, where our subject spend his boyhood days.

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