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Horatio Hammond Death Certificate

Physicians Certificate of Death
State of Illinois, Knox County
State Board of Health

Name Horatio Hammond

Age 81 years 0 months 14 days. Occupation Farmer

Date of death Nov 7th hour 8 am * Widower

Nationality and place where born Born in Connecticut

How long resident in this state Thirty-One (31) yrs

Place of death Ont Twnsp

Cause of death Chronic Nephritis

Duration of disease

Place and date of burial Ontario Ont Tp Nov 8 187[0]

Name and place of undertaker Wm Sumner Oneida Knox Co. Ills
Dated at Woodhull Dec 8th 1879 W. H. Lowry M.D.
Residence Woodhull

State of Illinois
County of Knox

Filed: December 11, 1879

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct coy of the Death Record of the Person named above and that this record was established and filed in my office in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Statutes relating to the registration of deaths, births and stillbirths.

Dated: January 20 1983 [Yvonne Tahl]
Knox County Clerk
Galesburg, IL 61401

(SEAL)

“Illinois Death Certificate” (Physician’s Certificate of Death, ), “Horatio Hammond”. Hereinafter cited as “Illinois Death Certificate”.

Stella Root Probate

Have you ever encountered a large probate file? In the papers my grandmother, Winnie Crawford, gave me was information regarding the estate of my great-grandmother’s sister, Stella Root. At some point, I wrote to Creek County, Oklahoma to request a copy of the probate file. And I received a 74 page file.

This probate file not only identifies Stella’s siblings, but also many of her husband’s nieces and nephews, along with mailing addresses.

Transcribed below are several pages from this file, including the will, the addresses and the final settlement.

Probate No. 5996
Stella M. Root, deceased
74 pages long

Jan 16, 1950

Creek County, Oklahoma
County Court

Jan. 16, 1950 – Before Hon. S. M. CUNNINGHAM, County Judge.
MR. JENNINGS If the Court please, petition was filed
by Mrs. Jos1e Crawford, sister of the deceased, asking for the probate of the will executed in 1927, and for the appointment of J. O. Edwards as administrator of the estate with the will annexed. The Exchange Trust Company was named in the will, and as your Honor remembers, it closed and became defunct years ago, and is no longer in business. Notice has been given pursuant to the order setting this cause for trial, and the proof of posting and mailing has been filed. No contest has been filed. The witnesses to the will are L.H. Childress, Mrs. Childress and M.L. Matson
Under the Statute, I take it that since there is no contest, one subscribing witness is sufficient.

Creek County, Oklahoma, Probate File, No. 5996 (16 January 1950), Stella Root, 30 December 1950; County Court, Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Last Will and Testament

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Last Will & Testament
of
Stella M. Root

I, Stella M. Root, of the City of Sapulpa, in Creek County, State of
Oklahoma, being now in good health, strength of body and mind, but sensible
of the uncertainty of this earthly life, and desiring to make disposition
of my property and affairs while in health and strength, do hereby make,
publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament, hereby
revoking and canceling all other or former wills by me at any time made.

I direct the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses

I give and device to my beloved niece, Pauline Alice Root, all of the oil, gas and mineral royalties or rights by me owned on, in and to the Southwest Quarter (SW1/4) of Section numbered Ten (10), Township Sixteen (16) North, Range Eleven (11) East, in Creek County, State of Oklahoma, and all of the personal property, wherever the same may be, of which I may die possessed, after the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses.

I give and devise tot he brothers and sisters of my late beloved husband, William P. Root, deceased, or to the children of such of said brothers or sisters as may be deceased, one half of all property remaining after the carrying out of the provisions of paragraphs numbered 1 and 2 hereof; it being my desire and intent that the above named Pauline Alice Root, shall take under this paragraph a proportion like unto that of her brothers and sister, in addition to the provision made for her herein in paragraph numbered 2 hereof.

All of the rest and residue of my estate I give and devise, in equal proportions, to the following named persons:
My beloved Father, R. F. Hammond
My beloved brother, Clyde N. Hammond, of Dodge City, Kansas
My beloved sister, Mrs. Nellie E. Bleecker of Scott city, Kansas
My beloved sister, Mrs. Josie Crawford, of Dodge City, Kansas

Provided: that in the event that my said Father, R. F. Hammond, does not survive me, then his share above provided for shall be and go in equal proportions to my above named brother and sisters, or their heirs.

I hereby appoint and designate Exchange Trust Company, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, sole executor of this, my last will and testament.

In Witness Whereof, I, Stella M. root, have to this my last will and testament, consisting of one sheet of paper, subscribed my name this 29th day of August, 1927.
(sgd) Stella M. Root

Subscribed by Stella M. Root in the presence of each of us, the undersigned, and at the same time declared by her to us to be her last will and testament, and we, thereupon, at the request of Stella M. Root, in her presence and in the presence of each other, sign our names hereto as witnesses this 29th day of August, 1927.

(sgd) Ethel Childress
L. H. Childress
W. L. Matson

Creek County, Oklahoma, Probate File, No. 5996 (16 January 1950), Stella Root, 30 December 1950; County Court, Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Proof of Mailing and Posting

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In the County Court of Creek County,
State of Oklahoma
In the Matter of the Estate of
Stella M. Root, Deceased
Number 5996 Probate

Proof of Mailing and Posting

George H. Jennings, being first duly sworn, says, that he is the attorney
for the petitioner in the above entitled cause, and that on the 4th day of
January, 195, a duplicate original of the foregoing notice herein, was, by
him, enclosed in envelopes separately addressed to each of the following named
persons at the respective addresses set forth opposite their names, as follows:

George Root, Portland Oregon;
Dewey Johnson, Rt. 1, Box 583, Ft. Collins, Colorado;
Gertrude Cocksey, 195 west 29th, National City, California;
Walter Edwin Root, 416 Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz, California;
Maud Nelson, 423 Euclid Avenue, Albuquerque, New Mexico;
Nellie Stavrous, 1213 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas;
Edith Hughes, 76 Roydon Road, New Haven, Connecticut;
Harold root, Elgin, Kansas;
Pauline Gibson, 411 South Main Street, Sapulpa, Oklahoma;
Georgie Glossip, 639 South Jefferson, Springfield, Missouri;
Estella Root, 76 Roydon Road, New Haven, Connecticut;
Nelle Be. Hardwick, 1817 South Boston, Tulsa 14, Oklahoma;
Ralph E. Bunyan, Pond Creek, Oklahoma;
Pearl Kolb, Pond Creek, Oklahoma;
Marjorie Saclwachter, Meeker, Oklahoma;
Myrtle Hills, Medford, Oklahoma;
Dorothy Bunyan, 210 Arcadia Place, San Antonia 9, Texas;
Clyde N. Hammond, 151 7th Avenue, North Payette, Idaho; and
Nellie I. Bleecher, 3328 Thorn Street, sand Diego, California;

and the same were, on said date, deposited in the United States Post Office at
Sapulpa, Oklahoma, with postage thereon duly prepaid.

Affiant further says that on the 4th day of January, 1950, he posted a duplicate original of said notice in each of the following places in Creek County, Oklahoma; one on the bulletin board in the lobby of the Court House; one on the bulletin board n the lobby of the Clayton Building; and one on the bulletin board in the lobby of the Berryhill Building, all in the city of Sapulpa.
[George Jennings]
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 16 day of January, 1950
Leela Wetchel
Deputy Clerk
My Commission expires:

Creek County, Oklahoma, Probate File, No. 5996 (16 January 1950), Stella Root, 30 December 1950; County Court, Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Final Settlement

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In the County Court of Creek County,
State of Oklahoma
In the Matter of the Estate of
Stella Root, Deceased
Number 5996 Probate

Final Decree

This cause comes on to be heard on this 30th day of December, 1950, pursuant to the order entered herein on November 30, 1950, and to the order entered herein on December 21, 1950, and it appearing to the court that due notice of the settlement of the final account of J. O. Edwards, administrator with the will annexed of the estate of Stella Root, deceased, has been given as required by said order, and according to law; and the court having examined the final account of said administrator, and the vouchers produced by him, and having examined said administrator under oath, and it appearing to the court that the said J. O. Edwards, as such administrator, has well and truly accounted for every part of said estate, and there being no objections, and the court being fully advised:
It is ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court that the accounts of said J. O. Edwards, administrator, as aforesaid, be, and the same are hereby finally settled, allowed and adjusted by the court according to the terms and tenor of the final account of said administrator, as amended, on file herein, and distribution of said estate in accordance with the terms of the last will and testament of said Stella Root, deceased, is hereby ordered; and.
It appearing to the court on satisfactory proof and the evidence that the necessary expenses of the funeral and of the last illness of the deceased, and of the administration of said estate have been fully paid and satisfied;
and
It further appearing that no estate, inheritance or transfer tax is due to the State of Oklahoma from the waiver on file herein of the Oklahoma Tax Commission, and,

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It further appearing that said estate has been fully administered and is ready for distribution, and
It further appearing to the court that due notice of the application for a final decree and for the distribution of said estate, in accordance with the terms of the last will and testament of said deceased, has likewise been duly given as required by the order of this court, and according to law: and,
It further appearing to the court that said decedent died testate and that the residue of the estate consists of the following described real and personal property:
Real Estate
The South 6.7 feet of Lot Two (2), and the North 43.3 feet of Lot Three (3) in Block Ninety-Six (96) of the Original Townsite of the City of Sapulpa, Creek County, Oklahoma; and
An undivided one-fourth (1/4) interest in and to the East Halve (E2) of the Northwest Quarter (NW4) and the Northeast Quarter (NE4) of the Northeast Quarter (NE4) of the Northwest Quarter (NW4) of the Northwest quarter (NW4) of Section Twenty-Three (23), Township Nineteen (19) North, Range Nine (9) East, Creek County, State of Oklahoma; which said property is involved in cause number 27764 of the causes pending in the District Court of Creek County, Stat of Oklahoma; and
Personal Property
Household and kitchen furniture and effect located upon the premises first above described; and,
it appearing to the court that said administrator, at the date of the filing of his final account herein, had on hand in cash, the sum of Three Hundred Twenty-nine and 94/100 Dollars ($329.94), and that since said date, said administrator has paid: (a) the sum of twelve Dollars (412.00); (b) the sum of Seventeen and 94/100 Dollars ($17.94); as additional cost deposit herein: (c) the sum of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) for attorney fees, One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) as compensation for his services herein as such administrator; which said sum is, by the court, determined to be the reasonable compensation for said administrator.

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The Court further finds that under the terms of the last will and testament of said deceased, all of the personal property was bequeathed to Pauline Alice Root, now Gibson, and that all real estate belonging to said deceased was devised to the following named persons: (a) one-half interest therein to R. F. Hammond, Clyde N. Hammond, Nellie E. Bleecker and Josie W. Crawford, the father, brother and sisters, respectfully, of said deceased, said will providing that in the event said R. F. Hammond should predecease her, the said Stella Root, then his share should go, in equal portions, to the above named brother and sisters of such deceased; (b) one-half interest in and to said property being devised to the brothers and sister of William P. Root, deceased, or to the children of such of the brothers and sisters of the said William P. Root as may be deceased.
The court finds that the said R. F. Hammond died on April 8, 1928, during the lifetime of said deceased, and that an undivided on-half interest in the aforementioned and described real estate, and in and to all other ral estate belonging to said deceased, if any, should be distributed in equal shares, to the said Clyde N. Hammond, Nellie E. Bleecker and Josie W. Crawford.
The court further finds that the said William P. Root had two brothers and two sisters, namely: (a) George Root; (b) Edward Root; (c) Margaret Johnson; and (d) Mary Bunyan; George Root is now living; Edward Root died on June 14, 1914, and left the following named children, all of whom survived the said Stella Root, deceased: Gertrude Cooksey, Walter Edwin Root, Maud Nelson, Nellie Stavrous, Edith Hughes, Harold root, Pauline Alice Root, How Gibson, Georgia Glossip and Estella Root; Margaret Johnson died on May 30, 1942, leaving surviving a son Dewey Johnson, who survived the siad Stella Root; Mary Bunyan died on November 14, 1940, and left surviving the following named children, all of whom survived the said Stella Root: Nellie B. Hardwick, Ralph E. Bunyan, Pearl Kolb, Marjorie Sachwatcher, Myrtle Hills and Dorothy Bunyan, and that the interest so devised to the brothers and sisters of said William P. Root, deceased, or to the children of such brothers and sisters as may be deceased, should be distributed per stirpes and not per capita.

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It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court that the aforementioned persons are the sole and only devisees under the terms of the last will and testament of said deceased, and that all of the aforementioned and described personal property, and all other personal property belonging to the said deceased, if any there be, be and the same is hereby ordered transferred, conveyed and assigned to the said Pauline Alice Root, now Gibson, and that the interest which said deceased owned in the above described real estate be, and the same is hereby ordered, transfered, vested, assigned and conveyed to the aforementioned persons in the proportions or shares set opposite their respective names, as follows: to Clyde N. Hammond, an undivided one-sixth interest; to Nellie E. Bleecker, an undivided one-sixth interest; to Josie W. Crawford, an undivided one-sixth interest; to George Root, an undivided one-eighth interest; to Gertrude Cooksey, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Walter Edwin Root, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Maud Nelson, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Nellie Starous, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Edith Hughes, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Harold Root, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Pauline Alice Root, now Gibson, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Georgia Glossip, an undivided one-seventy-second inteerest; to Estella Root, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Dewey Johnson, an undivided one-eighth interest; to Nelle B. Hardwick, an undivided one-forty-eighth interst; to Ralph E. Bunyan, an undivided one-forty-eighth interest; to Pearl Kolb, an undivided one-forty-eighth interest; to Marjorie Sachwatcher, an undivided one-forty-eight interst; to Myrtle Hlls, an undivided one-forty-eighth inters; and Dorothy Bunyan, an undivided one forty-eighth interest; to have and to hold the same to the above named persons in the proportions or shares above set forth forever
[S?] Cunningham
County Judge

Creek County, Oklahoma, Probate File, No. 5996 (16 January 1950), Stella Root, 30 December 1950; County Court, Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Missing Book

Do you have old family group sheets (FGS) from other researchers? While those old handwritten documents are similar to today’s online trees, they may contain information from sources that are difficult to find.

As I was going thru my folder of FOSTER files yet to be scanned, I came across a group of such FGS for the family of Reverend John Foster. Buried in this pile of records are what appear to be transcriptions from books. A couple of those transcriptions are for my branch of the Foster family. Fortunately, there is enough of a handwritten note to identify the source.

all this is from Charles L. Foster’s ‘A History of Rev. John Foster and his descendants’

This was enough information to locate the book on WorldCat. Unfortunately, the book is not readily available.

Below is the transcription attached to the FGS for John Foster (1733/4-1800) and his wife Elizabeth Lewis.

John Foster was born about 1735 at or near Cumberland, Maryland. He married Eliz­abeth Lewis in 1758. She may have been born in Ireland. After her death in 1780 he married Sarah Cresap, who died in 1795. John died in 1800 in Pike County, Ohio, and is buried there.
John was a remarkable man and more than one volume would be necessary to completely tell his story. Originally thought to have-belonged to the Anglican Church, he took
up with Methodism when that faith first came to America from England. He became a Methodist minister about 1765. His sons Lewis and John also became Methodist ministers.
John also was a Revolutionary War soldier. In the “Archives of Maryland,” Vol. 18, page 47, there is recorded that John enlisted in Capt. Peter Mantz’ “Flying Camp” on
July l3, 1776. “Flying Camp” was a term taken from the French army, and signified that members of that group were equipped and trained to move quickly from one location to another. It follows that soldiers in such an organization must have been men of excep­tional vigor and endurance.
John was owner of several tracts of land in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, one con­sisting of ninety-nine and one-half acres and the other, two hundred and forty acres. At the time of his death he also owned a 1,000-acre tract in Ross County, Ohio, lying along the Scioto River, and another tract of 300 acres in the Peepee Town Bottom. also on the Scioto River.
After the death of his second wife, Sarah, in 1795, John, with most of his family, went by flatboat from what is now Wheeling, West Virginia, to the point where the Scioto River flows into the Ohio. and then upstream to near where Waverly, Ohio, is located. Those who accompanied him on the trip were his daughter Cassandra and her husband, Thomas Chenoweth and their children; son Thomas and his wife Martha (Prather) and children; sons Benjamin, Joseph and Richard.
When Ohio and Kentucky were first settled in the early 1800’s many homesteaders floated down the Ohio River in flatboats. These boats were huge affairs, large enough to carry household goods, farm implements, and even livestock. Upon arrival at their destination, the boats were torn up and the lumber used in constructing cabins.
In the 1700’s whiskey was a commodity used by practically everyone. No stigma
was attached to anyone who made, sold or used it so it was to be expected there
would be much opposition to the tax on whiskey imposed by the federal government
after the Revolution. In an old history of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, appears
a list of men hauled before the court and fined for refusing to pay the tax. John Foster of Bedford County was one of the names on that list.
An early Foster historian wrote that Elizabeth Lewis, Rev. John Foster’s wife
and Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, were related and that her
son, Benjamin, was a member of that group. No real proof of this can be found and Benjamin’s name does not appear on any list of those who participated.

The FGS for Richard Foster (1779-1831) and his wife Rachel Browning included the following information from Charles Foster’s book.

Seth Clark Foster was born in Jackson Township, Pike County, Ohio, in 1821, a
son of Richard and Rachel (Browning) Foster, and the only representative of a once large family, now living in Pike County. He was married in 1830 to Maria, daughter of James and Mary (Condon) Day. -Three children have been born to them–a daughter, Nancy, died in infancy, and two sons, James Richard and Thomas Day. Mr. Foster is one one of the most prominent farmers in the county, and has held some of the respon­sible offices of his township. He has been School Director for eighteen years. He has a farm of 217 acres, and is surrounded by all the comforts of a good home.– From “Early Ohio Families.”
Richard was born in 1779, and resided with his father till manhood, when he went back to Maryland and married Rachel Browning, remaining there until after the birth of two sons. He then returned to Ohio, having inherited the homestead of 300 acres, to which he afterward added 130 more. He was a man of frugal habits, and with the assistance of a kind father, became one of the most prosperous men in the county. He was a member of no church but his influence was always on the side of Christianity and morality. His wife was a member of the Methodist Church. His death was due to hydrophobia, having been bitten by his own dog. Doctors at that time did not know how to treat that affliction.–From “Early Ohio Families”
What an interesting story one could write about Richard’s trip from Ohio back to Maryland to marry Rachel in 1801. There was no public transportation of any kind so he either must have walked or rode horseback. There were no roads, no marked trails, no inns or eating places along the way. There were no bridges over streams and In­dians were none too friendly. Bad weather and wild animals could also have been a problem. Richard probably brought Rachel and his two sons back yo Ohio by joining another group and floating down the Ohio River.

While the page with information on Seth and Richard Foster contains a reference to ‘Early Ohio Families’, I haven’t been able to identify that source. Since the family was from Ross County, Ohio, this may be a reference to ‘Ross County Ohio Families’. If so, this work was published in four volumes by the Ross County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Horatio Hammond

Horatio Hammond was born on 24 Oct 1798 in Connecticut, United States.15 He was baptized on 23 Jul 1799 in Southington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States.6 About 1826, he  resided on a farm a mile west of in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.1 Horatio was listed on the tax rolls in 1826 in Medina, Ohio, United States.7 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1827 in Medina, Ohio, United States.8 He  along with Jonathan Hale were the first directors of public school  in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.1 Horatio was listed on the tax rolls in 1828 in Medina, Ohio, United States.9 On 2 Apr 1829, George M. Hammond was born in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.10 He lived in Medina, Medina, Ohio, United States on 1 Jul 1830.11 On 22 Dec 1830, Francis N. Hammond was born in Bath Township, Summit, Ohio, United States. He was listed on the tax rolls in 1833 in Medina, Ohio, United States.12 Horatio and Louisa his wife, Theodore Hammond and Mary Hammond his wife, and Lewis Hammond and Elenor Hammond his wife sold 50 acres of land in township of Bath of the 12 range to Eleazar King on 23 Aug 1833 in Medina, Ohio, United States.13 On 4 Sep 1833, Lucius J. Hammond was born in Bath Township, Summit, Ohio, United States.14 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1834 in Medina, Ohio, United States.15 He, along with Royal Hammond, operated a store about 1835 in Hammond’s Corners, Ohio.1 Horatio was listed on the tax rolls in 1835 in Medina, Ohio, United States.16 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1836 in Medina, Ohio, United States.17 On 17 Oct 1836, Cornelius Rosewell Hammond was born in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.18 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1837 in Medina, Ohio, United States.19 Horatio  purchased land being one acre in lot 25 of Bath township for $1000 from Theodore Hammond on 24 Apr 1837 in Medina, Ohio, United States.20 He sold land being in lot 14 in Bath township to Josiah Fowler on 17 May 1837 in Medina, Ohio, United States.21 On 3 Apr 1838, he  purchased land being lot 25 in Bath township in No 3 of the 12 range with his brothers Theodore and Lewis in Medina, Ohio, United States.22 Horatio  resided on 24 May 1839 in Alexandria, Licking, Ohio, United States where he engaged in milling flour and also had a saw mill.1 He lived in Saint Albans Township, Licking, Ohio, United States on 1 Jul 1840.23 He  purchased lot 15 being 41.52 acres in section 16 of township 13N Range 2E on 16 Oct 1847 in Illinois.24 Horatio migrated  in Jun 1848 to Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States.1 He  purchased lot 14 being 40 acres in section 16 township 13N Range 2E on 16 Oct 1848 in Illinois.25 He  purchased land being lot 16 in section 16 of township 13N in Range 2E on 16 Oct 1848 in Illinois.26 Horatio  purchased land being lot 9 of section 16 in township 1N of range 2E on 16 Oct 1848 in Illinois.27 He  purchased land being lot 13 SWSW of section 16 in township 13N of Rang 2E containing 41.69 acres on 18 May 1850 in Illinois, United States.28 He lived in Township 13N 1E, Knox County, Illinois on 1 Jul 1850.2930 Horatio was listed on the tax rolls in 1855 in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States.31 He lived in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States on 3 Jul 1855.32 He lived in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States on 10 Jul 1860.33 Horatio was listed on the tax rolls in 1865 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.34 He lived in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States on 25 Jul 1870.3536 He published a Hammond family genealogy in 1876 .1 Horatio signed a will on 1 Jul 1876 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.37 He died on 7 Nov 1879 at the age of 81 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.1,35,3840 He was buried on 8 Nov 1879 in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States.3,5,38 Horatio had his estate probated on 14 Nov 1879 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.37

Horatio Hammond and Louisa Fisk were married on 14 Apr 1825 in Medina, Medina, Ohio, United States.12,4146 Louisa Fisk, daughter of Jonathan Fisk and Mary Arnold, was born on 5 Aug 1806 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.1,47 She was born on 16 Aug 1806 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.45 On 2 Apr 1829, George M. Hammond was born in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.10 On 22 Dec 1830, Francis N. Hammond was born in Bath Township, Summit, Ohio, United States. On 4 Sep 1833, Lucius J. Hammond was born in Bath Township, Summit, Ohio, United States.14 On 17 Oct 1836, Cornelius Rosewell Hammond was born in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.18 She lived in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States in Jun 1848.41 Louisa lived in Township 13N 1E, Knox County, Illinois on 1 Jul 1850.30 She lived in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States on 10 Jul 1860.33 She lived in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States on 25 Jul 1870.4849 Louisa died on 17 Aug 1874 at the age of 68 in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States.12,5,45,47,5051 She was buried after 17 Aug 1874 at Ontario Cemetery in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States.5,5051

ENDNOTES

1. History and Genealogies of the Hammond Families in America With an Account of the Early History of the Family in Normandy and Great Britain (Oneida, NY: Ryan & Burkhart, 1904)

2. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 for Horatio Hammond, Mrs. Sarah L Hammond Ayres, database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017).

3. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Horatio Hammond (1793-1879), Find a Grave Memorial no. #33038046, created by GenealogyNavigator, citing Ontario Cemetery, Ontario, Knox County, Illinois; accompanying photograph by GenealogyNavigator, Horatio Hammond.

4. “Obituary,” The Inter Ocean (Chicago, Illinois), 14 November 1879, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 March 2021).

5. Knox County Genealogical Society, Cemeteries in Knox County, Ontario township (Knoxville, IL: Knox County Genealogical Society, n.d.), page 71.

6. Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920, Horatio Hammond, 23 June 1799; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017). Original Source: Connecticut Church Records Index, Connecticut State Library.

7. Ohio, Medina. Tax Records 1822-1828.  Film #511796 DGS 4848988. Horatio Hammond, 1826 digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

8. Ohio, Medina. Tax Records 1822-1828.  Film #511796 DGS 4848988. Horatio Hammond, 1827 : page 22 (Image 509 of762); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

9. Ohio, Medina. Tax Records 1822-1828.  Film #611796 DGS 4848988. Horatio Hammond, 1828 : page 19; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

10. Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951.  Film #102902980. Geo M Hammond, 2 Aug 1911 database with images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 October 2020.

11. 1830 U.S. Census, Medina County Ohio, population schedule, Bath Township, Medina County, Ohio, page 210 (image 3 of 6), Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M19.

12. Ohio, Medina County. Tax records 1833-1836.  Film #511798 DGS 4848990. Horatio Hammond, 1833 : page 26 (image 32 of 768); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

13. Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871.  Film #475502 DGS 8150786. Horatio Hammond, 23 Aug 1833 Vol. G: page 493; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 1 May 2022.

14. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 25 March 2021), memorial for Lucius Jason Hammond (1833-1898), Find a Grave Memorial no. #87800586, created by Becky Doan, citing Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Becky Doan, Lucius Jason Hammond.

15. Ohio, Medina County. Tax records 1833-1836.  Film #511798 DGS 4848990. Horatio Hammond, 1834 : page 5 (Image 223 of 768); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

16. Ohio, Medina County. Tax records 1833-1836.  Film #511798 DGS 4848990. Horatio Hammond, 1835 : page 19; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

17. Ohio, Medina County. Tax records 1833-1836.  Film #511798 DGS 4848990. Horatio Hammond, 1836 : page 21; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

18. Oregon, State Deaths, 1864-1968, Cornelius Hammond, 15 December 1910; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 22 April 2022). Original Source: Oregon Death Records, 1864-1970; Oregon State Archives.

19. Ohio, Medina County. Tax Records 1837-1838.  Film #511799 DGS 4848991. Horatio Hammond, 1837 : page 20; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

20. Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871.  Film #475505 DGS 8097690. Horatio Hammond, 24 Apr 1837 Vol. N: page 32; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 1 May 2022.

21. Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871.  Film #475505 DGS 8097690. Horatio Hammond, 17 May 1837 Vol. N: Page 297; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 30 April 2022.

22. Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871.  Film #475506 DGS 8150789. Horatio Hammond, 3 Apr 1838 Vol. O: Page 405; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 30 April 2022.

23. 1840 U.S. Census, Licking County Ohio, population schedule, St Albans, Licking County, Ohio, ;age 68, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 29 March 2021); NARA microfilm publication M704.

24. “Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909, “Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Illinois, Vol. 819; page 176 viewed online (25 April 2022), Horatio Hammond.

25. “Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909, “Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Illinois, vol. 819; page 176accessed (25 April 2022), Horatio Hammond.

26. “Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909, “Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Illinois, Vol 819; page 176viewed online (25 April 2022), Horatio Hammond.

27. Ibid.

28. “Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909, “Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Illinois, Vol 819; page 175viewed online (25 April 2022), Horatio Hammond.

29. 1850 Agricultural Census, Knox County, Illinois, Agricultural Schedule, Knox County, Illinois, page 8453 Image 19 of 27, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017)

30. 1850 U.S. Census, Knox County, Illinois, population Schedule, Township 13N 1E, Knox County, Illinois, page 802 (image 15 of 16), family 1500, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 23 March 2020); NARA microfilm publication M432

31. Robison, Carley Ann and Margaret Jasperson. Knox County, Illinois 1855 Personal Property Tax List. (Galesburg, IL |N.p.: Knox County Genealogical Society |N.p., 197-? |N.d.) Film #977.349 R4. Hammond, 1855 : pages 45,; digitized copy, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 May 2022.977.349 R4

32. 1865 Illinois Census, Knox County, Illinois, Illinois State Census, Ontario Township, Knox County, Illinois Image 1 of 3, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017)

33. 1860 U.S. Census, Knox County, Illinois, population schedule, Ontario, Knox County, Illinois, page 171 Image 220 of 246, household 1248, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653

34. Spencer, Kate, Mildred Doubet and Shirley Graham. Knox County, Illinois 1865 Personal Property Tax Lists. (Galesburg, Illinois |N.p.: Knox County Genealogical Society |N.p., 1990 |N.d.) Film #977.349 R4. Hammond, 1865 : page 95; Digitized copy, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 May 2022.977.349 R4

35. 1870 U.S. Census, Knox County, Illinois, population schedule, Ontario Township, Knox County, Illinois, page 5 Image 3 of 23, family 17, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132

36. United States, Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918, Horatio Hamond, 1870; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017).

37. Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Horatio Hammond, 14 November 1879; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017).

38. “Illinois Death Certificate” (Physician’s Certificate of Death, ), “Horatio Hammond”. Hereinafter cited as “Illinois Death Certificate”.

39. U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880, Horatio Hammond, November 1879; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017).

40. “Obituary,” The Inter Ocean (Chicago, Illinois), 14 November 1879, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 3 September 2020).

41. Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve (Cleveland: , 1896)

42. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 24 April 2022.

43. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 for Horatio Hammond, Mrs. Sarah L Hammond Ayres – NSDAR Lineage Book vol 89, .

44. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), Horatio Hammond – Louisa Fisk.

45. Edmund West, comp., “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” database online, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), Louisa Fisk.

46. Ohio, Medina County. Marriage Records, V. A 1818-1841.  Film #423817 DGS 4016735. Horatio Hammond and Louisa Fisk, 14 Apr 1825 Vol. A: page 34; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 24 April 2022.

47. Genealogy of the Family of Horatio Hammond, Ontario Illinois in the Direct Line from Thomas Hammond (Galesburg, Illinois: Colville Printer, 1876)

48. 1870 U.S. Census, Knox County, Illinois, population schedule, Ontario Township, Knox County, Illinois, page 3 (image 3 of 23), household 17, Horatio Hammond.

49. 1870 Federal Census Knox County, Illinois Volume Two (Galesburg, IL: Knox County Genealogical Society, 1990), page 338a (Hammond.IL.027)

50. Obituaries Knox County, Galesburg, Illinois Newspapers 1853-1897 (Galesburg, IL: Knox County Genealogical Society, 1985), p. 17 (Hammond.IL.024)

51. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Louisa A. Fisk Hammond (1806-1874), Find a Grave Memorial no. #33039038,

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night – 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1) Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.

2)  Tell us which GMP you’re using and how you did this task.

3)  Tell us how many surnames are in your database and, if possible, which Surname has the most entries.  If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5!  Or 10!!  Or 20!!!

Well, I have to admit that I would likely have not completed this task if Randy Seaver wasn’t using the same software. Thus, I was able to ‘cheat’ off of his post to figure out how to do this.

I am a RootsMagic 8 user. My first attempt at using the Surname Statistics report was with the ‘Surname (Alphabetical)’ setting. If printed, that would produce a 90 page report!

Running the report with the ‘Frequency of Surname’ sorting option still produces the same information in a different order. Leaving out those individuals yet to have a surname added, the following are my top surnames:

  • Crawford – 1482
  • Ricketts – 921
  • Foster – 422
  • Briles – 397
  • Curry – 336
  • Wells – 285
  • Thompson – 268
  • Hammond – 263
  • Mentzer – 203
  • Sellers – 195 (Not an ancestral line)
  • Smith – 185
  • Currey – 181
  • Young – 158
  • Broyles – 140
  • Ralston – 131
  • Jones – 126
  • Burke – 126
  • Rush – 119
  • Hutchinson – 118
  • Allen – 116
  • Christy – 109
  • Crandall – 102

Did you notice the similar surnames in the list? Since the name is spelled differently, names like Curry/Currey and Briles/Broyles appear in the list twice. To help identify other names with duplicate spellings, I exported the report to Excel.

This allowed me to see that I have 3577 unique surnames in my list and to sort them alphabetically. Once sorted I can visually browse to list to locate other similarly spelled surnames.

  • Andersen / Anderson
  • Barnhard / Barnhart
  • Barret / Barrett
  • Beall / Beals
  • Beattie, Beatty / Beaty
  • Beckerdike / Beckerdite
  • Beer / Beere / Berrs
  • etc.

Browsing this alphabetical list also revealed what is likely a misspelling: Crawrford.

Thank you Randy for this challenge to look at our data differently!

Saturday Tidbits

1940 Draft

Continued

The Courier-Tribune (Seneca, Kansas)
25 Nov 1940
page 1

Draft Order
(Official List Continued)

151 Henry Francis Hermesch
152 Leonard Samuel Roth
153 Alex Cyril Baumgartner
154 Ora Francis Robbins
155 Joseph Edward O’Toole
156 Ora Clifford Brammer
157 Wilbur Sylestine Jeanneret
158 Dale LeRoy Followell
159 Velmer Daniel Meyer
160 Joseph Bernard McCourt
161 John Marx Chritine
162 Samuel C. Aeschliman
163 Cletus Jerome Schmelzle
164 Edward Alvin Schmits
165 Joseph Mary Holthaus
166 Robert Bruner Elliott
167 William Arthur Mincher
168 Herbert Charles Showman
169 William J. H. Gilbert
170 Donald Henry Fox
171 Benedict Clement Strathman
172 Ralph Riley Brown
173 Emil John Hulsing
174 Alfred Mathias Lueb
175 Wilbur Gale Baskett
176 Virgil Theodore Kelley
177 Edward Bernard Schmitz
178 Joby Carl Haynes
179 Albert Frank Tangeman
180 Edward Ralph Flaherty
181 Wayne W. Donaldson
182 Jap D. Walden Jr
183 Albert Peter Broxterman
184 Eddie Eldon Schoonover
185 Erich Gottlieb Epple
186 Bernard August Stegeman
187 Arthur Collier
188 Frank Edwin Callahan
189 Marvin [?ter] Cottrell
190 Leroy James Meyer
191 Charles Arthur Frye
192 Charles Joseph Carroll
193 Keith Leonard Baugh
194 Joseph Alfard Barrett
195 Eldon E. Schoen
196 Henry August Runnebaum
197 Emery LeRoy Showman
198 Harold Clowe
199 James Eugene Severin
200 Clarence Jesse Hamilton

to be continued

Friday Finds

Warren Crandall

Do you have any surnames in your tree where it appears that everyone with that surname goes back to a common ancestor? For me, I believe that everyone with the BRILES surname has ancestry going back to Randolph county, North Carolina. And, when I see the surname CURREY (spelled with the ‘e’), I stop and pay attention.

However, I’m not sure that everyone with the CRANDALL surname have the same immigrant ancestor. So, when my grandmother, Pauline Mentzer Briles, would talk about the CRANDALL ranch I did not assume that she was related to the CRANDALLS of Crandall Ranch. She did tell me that she had worked on the ranch as a young girl. Pauline’s grandmother, Salome Crandall may be related to Warren Crandall of Crandall ranch. Unfortunately, proving such a relationship will prove difficult.

An obituary for Warren Crandall provides a lot of information about him and his success.

LeRoy Reporter (LeRoy, Kansas
23 May 1913
Newspapers.com

Page 1

Two Well-Known Fathers Are Called

Warren Crandall and J. Q. Wilson of This Community Are Called by Death

Warren Crandall
After lying practically at death’s door for several weeks, Warren Crandall, a pioneer stockman and one of the most prominent citizens of eastern Kansas, died at his home seven miles west and south of Le Roy Friday morning, April 16th at the age of seventy-nine year, eleven months and thirteen days. Mr. Crandall’s ill-health has been frequently mentioned in these columns for several years.
Warren Crandall was of sturdy Revolutionary stock. His father, Joseph Crandall, was a member of the famous Boston Tea Party. Warren Crandall was born in Elyria, Lorain county, Ohio, June 3rd, 1833. His fat[h] died when he was only two years old. from Ohio he moved to Warren county, Illinois, where he grew to young manhood. In October of 1860 he married Miss Isabelle Jones. His life-mate died May 29th, 1905.
Three children survive him. They are Lewis E. Crandall, Warren Crandall, Jr., and miss Ollie Crandall. They all live on the big ranch of over 5000 acres.
Warren Crandall’s influence was always on the side of progress. Through himself and his estimable wife the Christian church at Crandall was largely supported. He never forgot a friend nor did he ever fail to appreciate even the smallest favor shown him. He was a good neighbor and adored by his family.
About ten years ago, he spoke the following in regard to himself into a phonograph and the record is still preserved:
“In the spring of 1851, when I was eighteen years of age, I started with two ponies to cross the plains. I crossed the Missouri river near Council Bluffs, near where Omaha now stands, on the 9th day of May with Capt. Evans, one of General Fremont’s old guides. From that time on I did not see a dwelling house until the 20th day of August.
“In the fall of 1852, with twenty-seven others, I went prospecting in the Sierra Mountains of California. we were caught in a snow storm and for six weeks we did not taste bread or coffee. We lived on plain jerked deer meat.
I followed mining for three years and ran a pack train for three years from Crescent City to Happy Camp. These were the happiest days of my life. I employed Mexicans for help. When I started up a mountain, I would give them a drink out of a black bottle which was customary in those days and they would begin to sing in Spanish.
From Crescent city I went to San Francisco, to Panama, Aspenwall, New York and Illinois.
After my return to Illinois from California in 1858 I left with a party of three for Kansas. After a journey of three or four weeks, traveling with carriage and baggage wagon, camping near small streams and sleeping under our wagons at night, we reached LeRoy in August.
I bought 240 acres of land lying northwest of LeRoy. I returned to Illinois and stayed about two months and came back to Kansas bringing with me the Rice family and wintered on my land the following winter. In February Rice and I camp u Turkey creek and bought the claim where the house now stands for a yoke of oxen and twenty dollars. This was then known as the New York Indian lands.
In October of 1860, I married Miss Isabelle Jones. In December, I went to Ft. Scott and pre-empted my land. In 1861, the war broke out.
The Indians were passing to a fro and in 1863-64 about 5000 Indians camped on the Neosho river and I employed some of them to gather corn for me. As time passed on I bought more land and the ranch now contains over 5000 acres.”
As indicated in the foregoing short sketch, Mr. Crandall’s was a life full of activity, hopes, disappointments, difficulties and successes. It was not all sunshine with him. It took a stout heart and an indomitable will-power to go through what he did. With his helpful life companion he suffered all the hardships and privations of pioneer days – the droughs, grasshoppers, failures of crops and losses of stock. Through it all he emerged eminently successful, leaving to his children and grandchildren wealth beyond the hope of his most sanguine expectations.
But better than all that, he left to his posterity a name that has become a synonym of honor, integrity, kindness and good fellowship. His word was as good as a surity bond. His hand was always open to one in distress.
The great love and esteem in which he was held by all the people was evidenced by the unprecedented attendance at his funeral last Sunday afternoon. Eighty carriages and buggies brought in his neighbors from many miles around and thirty-five autos carried friends form Burlington, LeRoy, Aliceville, Neosho Falls and Yates Center.
Rev. H. g. Lamb spoke feelingly and eloquently of a good man gone. Excellent music was furnished by LeRoy singers under the direction of Rev. Shirley.
The floral decorations were magnificent. The interment was in the Crandall Cemetery.

Go Over

Have you heard of Thomas MacEntee’s ‘genealogy do-over‘? While I wasn’t ready to throw out my years of research and totally start over, I am thankful that this challenge to ‘do over’ prompted me to not only go back thru my genealogy but also to learn about genealogy sources and processes.

As part of my go-over process, I’ve been (slowly) going back thru my ancestors to

  • Review the sources I have
  • Transcribe the deeds, wills and probate records I’ve collected
  • Utilize the hinting systems to locate additional sources
  • Utilize the available county records on FamilySearch
  • Search newspapers for obituaries, etc.

I am currently working on my 3rd great grandfathers, particularly Horatio Hammond. While I have cleaned up his narrative report and transcribed his will and some of his deeds, I am finding some of my sources are lacking. For example, there are several sources that refer to my old method of filing my notes.

When I open the ‘Hammond.IL.014’ document, I find handwritten notes that are likely from a book.

Since my notes don’t tell me an author or even the publishing information that I used in my citation, I can use WorldCat to see if I can get additional information about the source.

Since my notes include the ‘LDS’ notation, I’m assuming that I viewed this source during a visit to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Thus, I can also use FamilySearch to see if I can locate information about the source. Since I’m not sure whether I recorded the title correctly, I opted to do a ‘KEYWORD’ search of the catalog instead of a TITLE search.

From the keyword search, I have 4 results, one of which is titled, “Knox County, Illinois 1855 personal property tax list.”

When I click on the title, a page for the book opens. FamilySearch provides a name for the author which was not in the WorldCat record.

In addition, I discovered that there is a DIGITAL version of the book. Since digital books are searchable, I discovered, that the search term, ‘Hammond’, occurs in the book 4 times. Since I only recorded one instance in my original notes, this is information on the Hammond family that I did not have.

Thanks to FamilySearch I have additional information about the Hammond family in Knox County Illinois along with information to craft a better source. Also, many thanks to Thomas MacEntee for the challenge to go back thru my research!

Horatio Hammond Will

Horatio Hammond Will

Identifies Children

  • Amelia Hadley
  • Juliette Simms
  • George M.
  • Francis N.
  • Jehiel P.
  • Lucius J.
  • Cornelius R.
  • Richmond F.

Illinois, U.S. Wills and Probate Records, 172-1999
Knox County
Image 1010 of 1585

I Horatio Hammond of the county of Knox
and State of Illinois, being now in the
seventy eighth year of my age, and in
the enjoyment of reasonable good health
and of sound and disposing mind
and while enjoying these blessings
I desire to prepare for the hour of my
death. I therefore make and publish
the following as and for my true
and only last will and testament
That is to say
First, it is my will that my Executor
herein after to be appointed pay all
my just debts and funeral expenses
as soon after my decease, as this interest
of my estate will permits
Second, after the payment of my debts
and funeral expenses aforesaid adn the
costs and charges of settling my estate,
It is my will and I hereby direct that
whatever may then remain of my estate of
whatsoever nature or kind and wheresoever
situate whether real, personal or mixed be
equally divided between my eight chil-
dren, Amelia Hadley, Juli[aeth] Simms, George
M Hammond, Francis N. Hammond, Jehiel [P]
Hammond, Lucius J Hammond, Cornelius
R. Hammond and Richmond F. Hammond

Image 1011 of 1585
Share and share alike in equal parts among
them to their heirs and assigns forever,
and lastly, I hereby constitute and appoints
my friend and neighbor John Calvin [Booth]
to be the executor of this my last will and
testament, hereby declaring this foregoing to be
my only true last will and testaments
and hereby declaring all other wills by me
heretofore made entirely null and void.
In witness whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal this first day of
July A.D. 1876
Horatio Hammond (seal)
Signed & sealed in our presence by the said
Horatio Hammond as and for his last
will and testaments this 1st day of July
A.D. 1876
Frans Colton
R. L. Hamamon

State of Illinois
Knox County
In the County Court of said County
In Probate, October Term, A.D. 1879
Personally appeared in open court Francis Colton
and Robert L Hamamon subscribing witness to the foregoing instru-
ment of writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of
Horatio Hammond, late of Knox
County, deceased, who, being duly sworn according to law, do depose and say, each
for himself, that he subscribed his name to the foregoing instrument as the
attesting witness at the request of the said Testator and in his presence, and
in the presence of eac other, on the First day of July
A.D. 1876. That he then and there subscribed his name thereto in their
presence and declared the same to e his last Will and testament; and that the said
Testator at the time executing the same as aforesaid was of full age, of sound mind
and memory, and under no constraint.
Subscribed and sworn to in open Court
Fran Colton
R L Hamaman
this 14th day of November
A.D. 1879
Dennis Clark, County Judge

Oath of Executor
Estate of Horatio Hammond Deceased
State of Illinois
Knox County
In County Court, November Term, A.D. 1879
I do solemnly swear, that this writing contains the true
last will and testament of the within named Horatio Hammond deceased,
so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same, by paying first the
debts and then the legacies mentioned therein, so far as his goods and chattels will thereunto
extend, and the law charge me; and that I will make a true and prefect inventory of all such
goods and chattels, rights and credits, as may come to my hands or knowledge, belonging to the
estate of said deceased, and render a fair and just account of my executorship, when thereunto
required by law, to the best of my knowledge and abilities, so help me God.
John Calvin Burt
Sworn to and subscribed, this 20th day of
November A.D. 1879, in open Court before me.
John S. [Whiter] Clerk

Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Horatio Hammond, 14 November 1879; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017).