Yes, I visited the village of Hanmer, Wales on August 22, 2002. In the village church of St. Chad's I found some information on the ancestors of the Hamner family in America. This is an excerpt from the church publication: A Brief History of Saint Chad’s, Hanmer
"It is thought that Saint Chad, Bishop of Lichfield visited Hanmer about 670 AD, baptized at St. Chad’s well and founded a church here.The traditional site of Saint Chad’s Well is to the north-west of the church on the minor road to Halghton.In Saxon days the village was called Chadhill.The Domesday Bookin 1086 records St. Chad’s under the manor of ‘Beddesfeld.’The old mediaeval church, predecessor to this present church, probably dates from the middle of the twelfth century, when the fortunes of Hanmer became linked with those of the Augustinian Abbey of Haughmond, near Shrewsbury.It was around this time in 1170 that the name of the village changed from Chadhill to Hanmer (possibly Hanna’s or high lake)..."
"The parish of Hanmer nourished great men in our national life.Dafydd ap Edmund, who lived here from 1425-1500 was one of the greatest of poets in the Welsh tongue.Humphrey Hanmer the third son of Sir William Hanmer was baptized in St. Chad’s on the 29th April 1592 and emigrated to West Virginia in about 1630 to become the ancestor of the Hamners of America."
This should probably state that he emmigrated to the Western part of Virginia or to the part of Virginia that would become West Virginia as West Virginia did not achieve statehood until June 20, 1863.
The village was quite pleasant, small and rural. There was a hotel with a pub, a butcher's shop, a thatched-roof home and a General Store with the Hanmer Post Office inside. Sheep grazed in the cemetery of St. Chad's where I found several Hanmer tombstones. The village lies between the cities of Wrexham and Whitchurch, just inside the Welsh border (Wrexham being in Wales and Whitchurch being in England).
I drove down from near Liverpool which is less than an hour away. The nearest international airports would be Manchester or Birmingham. I would love to have visited with the residents longer but I only had a few hours to spend in the village. Unfortunately the church vicar was away for the day. The kindness of the locals that I was able to meet enabled me to obtain the key to the church and and to find the information there on the Hamner family link.
I have several photos of the church and the village. Hopefully I can scan them into the PC and get them on the web soon.
I would appreciate a copy of the brochure on the walking tour of Hanmer.
Michael E. Hamner 882 Homedale St. New Orleans, LA 70124-2738 firstname.lastname@example.org