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Genealogy of Thomas Hammond

(I) Thomas Hammond, the first American ancestor of Elmira (Hammond) Shepardson, was one of the early settlers of Newton, Massachusetts. He was the son of William and Mary Hammond, of Melford, England, and grandson of John and Agnes Hammond, of the adjacent town of Lavenham, England. He was baptized at Melford, county of Suffolk, England, with his twin brother John, September 2, 1603. He was a first cousin of William Hammond, who settled at Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1636. The marriage of Thomas Hammond to Elizabeth Carson, daughter of Robert and Prudence (Hammond) Carson, and maternal granddaughter of Robert and Elizabeth Hammond, of Whelhethaur, where she was born before 1604, took place in Lavenham, November 12, 1623, and their first child Thomas, was born there about 1625 and accompanied his parents to America in 1635. Thomas Hammond was one of the first settlers of Hingham Massachusetts, and had land granted to him there in 1636, and was admitted a freeman, March 9, 1636-37. He served on the Grand jury in 1637. His two younger children were born in Hingham, the elder ones having been born in England. With several other Hingham pioneers, Thomas Hammond removed to a locality near the boundary line of what are now Newton and Brookline, Massachusetts, five of them settling in that vicinity, Mr. Hammond’s homestead in Newton being near the pond afterwards called Hammond’s Pond. He became one of the wealthiest men of his day, and when he died, in 5675, his unsigned will was admitted to probate. His estate, according to the inventory, amounted to nearly eleven hundred and forty pounds. An interesting relic...

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