An American Family History


Hammer Family


Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

John Hammer was born in Germany about 1739.

He married Margaret Kaupp

Jacob Hammer (married Catalyna Bogart),
Joseph Hammer (1760),
Barbara Hammer Range (1762, married James Range),
Elizabeth Hammer Kelly (1769, married Kinchen Kelly),
Mary Hammer Bogart (1767, married Samuel P. Bogart)
Isaac Hammer (married Susannah Millhouse, widow of Jacob Bowman)
John Hammer, Jr. (1771, married Sarah Bogart).

John Hammer came to Washington County in the early 1780's along with his brother, Baltis, the Bogart family and the Range family.

They settled on Knob Creek and were early members of Sinking Creek Baptist Church. John was a Justice of the Peace during the State of Franklin period. He was also, a missionary for the Church of the Brethern. Governor John Sevier appointed him to be magistrate at the first Washington County Court.

In 1790, he had 109 acres on the north side of Knob Creek.

John died in 1817.


The State of Franklin was an unrecognized, independent state in what is now eastern Tennessee. It was created in 1784 with the intent of becoming the fourteenth state. Its first capital was Jonesborough. It existed for about four and a half years and then North Carolina re-assumed control.


Baltis (Baltus) Hammer was born about 1740 in Germany.

He married Elizabeth Medough in New Jersey.

John Hammer (1762,
Elizabeth Hammer (1765,
Baltis Hammer (1767)
Richard Hammer (1769),
Teunis Hammer (1772)
Peter Hammer (1781),
Margaret Hammer (1779)
Ruth Hammer (1784)










FromĀ History of Washington County, Tennessee, 1888by the Watauga Association of Genealogists, pp. 72-73:

Isaac Hammer, a minister of the Church of the Brethren, settled on lower Knob Creek and built a three-story log structure for his dwelling and also used it as a stagecoach inn. He carved his name and the date, "I. H. 1793," on one of the corner stones, which is still discernible. The building with its ten-foot fireplace is well-preserved. Isaac Hammer and his wife, who was the widow of Jacob Bowman, were buried in well marked graves on part of the old Hammer farm. Isaac Hammer was the first minister of the Church of the Brethren to live on Tennessee soil.




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