I would appreciate any information you have on this family.Did all of these Hammacks reside in what is now Roane County, WV or elsewhere.I recieved an email from another man trying to trace his Hammacks from Roane County.AT the time I couldn't help him.Maybe together and adding his researchto ours, we can all help one another.When I see my parents in early May, I'll find out if Dad knows where these people are buried. I believe they were close to Walton, WV, so may be buried near there.The Historical Society in Roane county has done a lot of work on cemeteries, so here's hopeing.
Hold the fort, I just remembered I have a copy of the "Roane County Family History Book". Roane County, West Virginia, bye the way.Here is what it contains on this family:
"William Hammack, 1784- 1876, and Sarah Ashley, 1801 - 1886, were the first couple to be married in Geary district.William was the son of Martin Hammack. Martin was a juror on the first grand jury in Kanawah County.Sarah was the daughter of John and Mary Alford Ashley.They came from North Carolina to Ashley Camp, one of the first settlements in Geary district.
The children of William and Sarah were: St. Clair (Sinkler), Susan, Sylvester, John, Cyntnia, Andrew, Rebecca and Catherine, to the best of my knowledge.Cynthia married Presley Vineyard.
My great-grandfather St. Clair married Catherine Phillips, daughter of George and Polly Cobb Phillips. Polly was the daughter of Dr. William Cobb who came to Ronae County in 1813.Polly and a sister continued their father's practice after his death as was the custom.
"Sinkler" Hammack drove a "coffee" (food ) wagon behind the Union army lines during the Civil War.He couldn't march due to a stiff ankle.He was a farmer and active in the Johnson's Creek church.
The children of St. Clair and Catherine were: Merideth, Marint, Susan, Virginia, and William Wiley.
William Wiley Hammack, 1854-1927, Esquire, my grandfather, acquired the title of Wquire by being a self taught lawyer and sitting as judge.He was also a farmer and taught school for ten years.Wiley married Dicena Paxton, 1854-1933, daughter of Presley and Cynthis Hammack Vineyard, referred to above.Family lines crossed, as so frequently happened in sparsely populated areas at that time. Wiley and Dice had eight children, Lewis, William, Laura, John, Eva, Blandis, Lucy, and Nancy, 1891-1970, my mother.
The Hammack home was a mecca for family and friends.Wiley was ready and able to expound upon and argue politics, law, or religion with one and all.The accomodations were sparse but no one was turned away. Wiley read aloud from the Bible, law, and whatever fell into his hands.That's how I learned to read sitting in his lap.I lived with them my first eight years. Many happy memories.
Nancy married Clay Carper, 1885-1961, son of Alkanah and Mary J. Smith Carper.Nancy and Clay lived at the mouth of Sillketts Fork with my grandparents for a time.We moved to Gandeeville where Clay was Susday school superintendent of over 20 years.He was also a farmer.Nancy taught school and raised two children.Their son Eugene married Myrtle Clark and had one daughter Alietta Joyce.She married Ronald Rucker.They have three children and six grandchildren.The complete family lives in Florida at this date.Daughter, Marie married Stanley Herbruck and lives in California.Submitted by Marie Carper Herbruck." The book was printed in 1990.
All citizens of the county were asked to submit all the information they had on their family.
Hope this helps many of you out there.