Jacob Hammond came to Marion county with his parents when a lad of nine years and throughout the intervening
period of six decades he has resided continuously within its borders. General agricultural pursuits claimed his
attention throughout his active busirress career, but he is now living retired on his farm, still owning one hundred
and fifty three acres of land in Knoxville and Clay townships.
His birth occurred in Morrow county, Ohio, on the 11th of May, 1844, his parents being Jacob and Elizabeth (Reesner)
Hammond, the former a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. They removed to Ohio in an early day, settling
on a farm which the father hewed out of the timber and erecting a log cabin which was the family home for several
years. In 1854 they came to Iowa, making the journey overland in a covered wagon and arriving in Marion county
on the 18th of July. Jacob Hammond, Sr., purchased and entered more than four hundred acres of land, and during
the first two years of their residence here the family lived in an old cabin fourteen by sixteen feet. They underwent
all of the hardships and privations of pioneer life and experienced much discomfort in their rude cabin home, their
beds being sometimes covered with six inches of snow in the winter. However, they lived to witness and enjoy a
marvelous transformation as the country became more thickly settled and was developed, and Mr. and Mrs. Hammond
remained in Marion county until called to their final rest, when the community lost two of its earliest and most
esteemed residents. To them were born eleven children, four of whom still survive.
Jacob Hammond of this review pursued his education in the common schools and remained under the parental roof until
twenty two years of age, when he was married and established a home of his own. Subsequently he cultivated a rented
farm for four years and then purchased property, carrying on agricultural pursuits continuously and successfully
throughout the remainder of his active business career. He owned considerable land at one time but has sold all
except one hundred and fifty three acres, part in Knoxville and part in Clay townships, where he is now enjoying
honorable retirement. Prosperity attended his efforts and has enabled him to do well by his children, two of his
sons receiving ten thousand dollars each with which to buy property.
In 1866 Mr. Hammond was united in marriage to Miss Nancy P. Beard, a native of Virginia and a daughter of Jonathan
and Mary (Ray) Beard, who were also born in that state. They came to Marion county, Iowa, in 1853, and here spent
the remainder of their lives. To Mr and Mrs. Hammond were born nine children, five of whom are yet living, as
follows: John A., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume; Mary J., the wife of George Rose; Ella U.,
who gave her hand in marriage to Samuel Cooley; O. B.; and Herman. The wife and mother died on the 21st of November,
1909, and was laid to rest in the Zion cemetery.
In his political views Mr. Hammond is a stanch republican and for twenty two years he held the office of school
treasurer, making a most creditable and commendable record in that connection. His religious faith is indicated
by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, in the work of which he has always taken an active and helpful
part and to which his wife also belonged. He has done his share and more than his share in promoting agricultural
development in Marion county and has attained individual success through his own efforts, always following the
principle to do well whatever he found to do. He has been interested in the general growth of his district and
county and has led a busy and useful life, having done as much toward promoting the common interests as he has
in furthering his own fortunes.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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