Guernsey County Ohio GenWeb Project
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Portrait and Biographical Record of
Guernsey County, Ohio

Chicago: C.O. Owen & Co., 1895

Transcribed and proofed by Leslyn Lang

Scanned, formatted, and indexed by Scott R. C. Anderson

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who survives him and is a resident of New Concord.

John M. Hammond was educated in the common schools of his native state. November 28, 1827, he married Elizabeth Scott, daughter of Francis and Betsey (Hunter) Scott. Mrs. Hammond died June 26, 1883. Her brother, aged ninety-four, is still living in this county. After his marriage our subject purchased the farm where he still resides. After buying a tract of eighty acres, on which were some improvements, he settled in the woods, in 1833. To himself and his wife were born eleven children, James, who graduated from Muskingum College, and his brother Francis, who had like advantages, taught school for some time, and in 1851 went to California by the overland route. James married Margaret Mahaffey. Francis returned a year sooner than his brother, and clerked in the Auditor’s office until 1860, when he was elected Auditor, and served for three terms. In 1873 he went to Washington, and was appointed, under Grant, in the auditing department of the Treasurer’s office. He married Margaret Tingle, and died in the Capitol City in October 1886. James engaged in teaching school and in farming for a number of years, and in 1876 became interested in the real-estate and pension business in Olathe, Kan. During the war he was Adjutant of a company of the One Hundred and Seventy-second Infantry. William, the third son, learned the wagon-maker’s trade, and is still working at the same in Bloomfield, Muskingum County. He enlisted for one hundred days in the One Hundred and Sixtieth Ohio Regiment, and served in Virginia. He married Margaret Little, who died, and he afterward married Esther McConnaha. Elizabeth, wife of William McClelland, died in 1889. John, born in 1835, learned his brother William’s trade and is still following that vocation in Otsego, Muskingum County, this state. He married Martha Guthrie. He was with his brother in the one hundred days’ service in Virginia, in the One Hundred and Sixtieth Regiment. David, born in 1839, was a member of the Ninety-seventh Ohio Infantry, and served in Kentucky. Owing to sickness, he became almost blind, but later recovered and joined the Ohio National Guards. He married Cassandra Britton, since deceased. After his marriage he removed

to Iowa, where he is still engaged in farming. Robert, born in 1838, who is a Justice of the Peace and a leading citizen of Cambridge, married Ella Simons. Johnson, born in 1840, served for four years and four months in the Fifteenth Ohio Regiment, and was wounded at the battle of Stone River, a ball passing under his heart and one bullet through his thigh. He went on the Atlanta campaign and was present at the battle of Mission Ridge. He received an honorable discharge on the 31st of December 1865. He married Susannah Rankin. His death occurred February 18, 1888. Charles, born in 1842, enlisted in the Fifteenth Ohio Infantry in 1864, and served through the Atlanta campaign and in the battle of Nashville. He is now a farmer of Adams Township, Guernsey County. He married Isabel McClelland. Mary J. is the wife of David Mackey, of Adams Township. Alexander, born in 1846, has always worked on the old homestead. He married Anna M. Johnston, and by their marriage eight children were born, five now living. In all John Hammond has seventy-two grandchildren.

John M. Hammond in his early life was a Jackson Democrat and later was a Free Soiler. He was one of the first to espouse the cause of the Republican party in his state. For many years he has been a Justice of the Peace, and has also held the offices of Township Trustee, Township Treasurer and Clerk. For about forty years he was an Elder in the United Presbyterian Church, in which he has also served as Deacon. He has many interesting reminiscences of pioneer life and the days when hardships and privations were a matter of course.


HIRAM WARNE, father of J. C. Warne, of Cambridge, and one of the prosperous and representative agriculturists of Washington County, Pa., is descended from one of the influential families of the state, originally residents of eastern Pennsylvania, but afterward pioneers of the western part. Maj. James Warne, his father, was born in Allegheny County, but in youth

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