Biography of John G. Hamming
Rush County, IN Biographies





JOHN G. HAMMING, a substantial landowner, real estate dealer and retired stock buyer, of Milroy, this county, is a native son of the neighboring county of Franklin, but has been a resident of Rush county for about twenty years and has no cause to regret the step which caused him to move over here, for he has done well in his operations since coming here. He was born on a farm in Franklin county on June 29, 1848, son of John and Charlotte (Davis) Hammond, the latter of whom also was born in Indiana, a member of one of the old families of Washington county, and both of whom spent their last days in Franklin county. John Hammond was a Vermonter who left the Green Mountain state when thirty years of age and came to Indiana, where he married and established his home in Franklin county. He started there on a tract of "Congress land" to which he had entered a claim and as he developed that tract added to his holdings until he became the owner of a well improved place of 300 acres on which he and his wife spent their last days, substantial and influential residents of the community in which they lived. They were the parents of seven children, of whom but four are now living, the subject of this sketch having two brothers, William P. and Robert Hammond, and a sister, Sarah. Of these children John G. Hammond is the only one to make his home in Rush county. Reared on the home farm in Franklin county, John G. Hammond received his schooling in the local schools of his neighborhood and when he grew to manhood engaged in farming and presently also became engaged in the business of buying live stock, a business in which he continued interested for thirty five years, during which time he was an extensive buyer of cattle and hogs throughout Franklin, Decatur and Rush counties and of horses all over southern Indiana. In 1904 Mr. Hammond moved to Rush county and located at Milroy, where he since has made his home. In 1914 he abandoned the live stock business and has since given much of his time to the sale of farm lands and a general real estate business in which he has been quite successful, but his chief attention is devoted to the direction of his fine farm of 200 acres, on which, besides carrying on general farming he raises about three car loads of hogs annually. Mr. Hammond is a Republican, has ever given considerable attention to local civic affairs and during his residence in Franklin county served for some time as trustee of his home township. In 1872 John G. Hammond was united in marriage to Marie Matthews, who also was born in Franklin county, and to this union have been born five children, Marshall, Katie, who married Albert Ross; Ella, who married Otis Murray and has one child, Marshall M.; Cora, who married Scott Dawson, and Mary, who married Rex Innis and has three children, Robert Perry, Jeannette and Esther Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Hammond are members of the Methodist church and have ever taken an interested part in church work, Mr. Hammond having served for years as a member of the official board of the church.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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