Biography of Mrs. Helen (Phillips) Hamm
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Hamm, Mrs. Helen (Phillips), is a daughter of Andrew and Julia (Sliter) Phillips, he a native of Greenish, born in 1809; and she of Sand Lake, born in 1815. The grandparents were James and Dorathea (Weatherwax) Phillips, he an English Yankee and she a Hollander. The parents of Dorathea Weatherwax settled on a farm of 300 acres in the Weatherwax neighborhood. Andrew Phillips was put on the farm at the age of fourteen and given full charge at sixteen years of age. He was a successful man from the beginning, cleared the farm, paid for it, and made many other improvements. He died in 1880, and Mrs. Phillips died in 1883. In 1869 Helen married Thaddeus A., son of Henry Hamm, of North Greenbush. To Mr. and Mrs. Hamm two sons have been born; Warden H., born March 6, 1870, and drowned in the Hudson River in 1877, and Merrill L., born March 27, 1875. He had been blind from birth and was educated at the Blind Institute, Batavia, where he took a seven years' course; he is a professional piano player and tuner. Mr. and Mrs. Hamm were engaged in farming for three years in Poestenkill, and in 1880 took charge of the homestead farm of eighty eight acres, where they make a specialty of small fruits, and have five acres of berries.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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