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Hammon, John

by Lawrence S. Thompson, 1988

29 Jan. 1760–1868

John Hammon, second-to-the-last Revolutionary War veteran to die, was born in Goochland County, Va. He was the son of James Hammon[d], who died in 1763, and Mary Hargis Hammon, who later married John Holbrook of Goochland County. In 1774, his uncle, William Hammon, moved to Wilkes County, N.C., apparently with the other members of the Holbrook and Hammon families, and became minister of the Roaring River Baptist Church.

In January 1777, John Hammon enlisted in the North Carolina militia under the command of Captain (later Colonel) Benjamin Cleveland of Wilkes County to fight the Tories and also the Indians in the west. He was at Kings Mountain and served to the end of the Revolution with the Wilkes County unit.

Almost immediately after the war ended, Hammon's mother died, and he moved to Kentucky, stopping by Charlottesville, Va., to sell a 319-acre farm. He settled near Bryan's Station (on the outskirts of present-day Lexington) and participated in the action against the Indians there. He also was present at the disaster of Blue Licks in August 1782. Subsequently he marched with Colonel Benjamin Logan on the punitive Miami River Expedition against the Ohio Shawnee towns.

The petition to the Virginia General Assembly of October 1788 for separation from the old Commonwealth was signed by John, James, and Edmund Hammon. John married about this time and settled in that part of Scott County, Ky., which became Owen in 1819. His last military experience was in 1794, as a captain, under "Mad Anthony" Wayne at Fallen Timbers. After the death of his first wife, he married Mildred Ann Morgan, daughter of Major Charles Morgan, also from Wilkes County, N.C. In all, Hammon had twenty-two children.

In 1822 he moved to Cincinnati, barely forty miles north of his Owen County home. There he and his sons contracted to build "steamboat Gothic" superstructures for river steamers. He must have been a citizen of some stature, for he numbered among his acquaintances William Henry Harrison, Vice-President Richard Mentor Johnson, and Congressman Robert Todd Lytle. Hammon never gave up his membership in the Mussel Shoals Baptist Church in Owen County and was said to have commuted regularly by horseback to the old home place on weekends. He was last listed in the Cincinnati directory in 1843 and probably returned to Owen County at that time. He lived with his daughter Lucinda (Mrs. Zachariah Holbrook) until he died at the extreme age of 108, the penultimate Revolutionary soldier to die.


Deposition of John Hammon (Archives, Veterans Administration, Washington, D.C.).

Stratton Owen Hammon, The Saga of John Hammon, Revolutionary War Hero and Owen County, Kentucky, Pioneer (1979).

Robert Todd Lytle Papers (Cincinnati Historical Society, Cincinnati, Ohio).

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I am looking for information and relatives for Jeremiah Wilson Hamon, my husband's 2nd great grandfather. He was born about 1803 in Wilkes, North Carolina and died 1866 in Ripley County, Missouri.

I’m looking for information on family of Eli Hammon in N.C. born 1813.

I am a direct descendant of John Hammon and doing a graduate thesis on him. I would love to have further information and would be interested in writing with or talking to Mr. Thompson. If not possible, further information on this subject would be appreciated for my thesis.
Melissa Broerman
June 28, 2017

I was born in 1939. My father, Jonh J. Hammon, was born in 1884. I remember hearing him talking about his ancestor John Hammon who was a Revolutionary War Veteran who was awarded a lot of land in Kentucky for his service in the war. He said he lived over a hundred years and that he had a sister who also lived over a hundred years. I am descended from this man's son Colby Hammon. b.1805.

Hi there,
My name is John Jacob Hammon. I live in Burton MI. I too am a direct descendent.

I have a presidential "special" pardon granted to John Hammon Sr of Roanoke Virginia signed by President Andrew Johnsonin August of 1865
. Is this a relative of yours??

I am researching my family and have hit a dead end. My road stops at John H. Hammon, who lived in NC and had a son, William P. Hammond who showed up in Roanoke, VA. William was born in 1862 in Iredell County, NC. Any info on John is appreciated.

Just found out I'm kin to this same John Hammond

Hi Melissa, I am also a descendant. I have a second cousin who has done a lot of research and would share contact info with you. Would like to read your final paper, too.

Carla Perry

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