An American Family History


The Hammett Family

  Hammet, Hammit, Hamet, Hammitt  

John Hammett was in the 1812 Sullivan County tax list.

At the time of the 1830 they were in Washington County, Tennessee.

a man 50 - 59- John (b. 1770-1780)
a woman 40 - 49
a man 20- 29
a boy and a girl 15- 19
a boy and a girl 10 - 14
a boy and a girl 5 - 9
a girl under 5

At the time of the 1840 census they were in Washington County, Tennnessee.

a man 60 - 79
a woman 50 - 59
2 girls 15 -19
a girl 10 - 15
a girl under 5


Joseph Hammett

In 1839 Joseph was on a road crew working on the road from the Sullivan line to the west corner Fitzgerald's field.

1840 Joseph Hamit Washington County
a man and a woman 20 - 29 (b. 1810-1820)
2 boys under 5


In 1840 Jane Hammet was in Sullivan County

a woman 50 to 59- Jane
a boy 5 - 9
a boy 10- 23 (free black)
3 boys under 10 (free black)


Newton Hammett

Hamit, Newton married Hedrick, Emily on 18 August 1838 in Washington TN



Ezekiel Hammett was born about 1815 in Virginia. His parents were Ezekiel Hammett and Phoebe Chandler.

He married Phebe (Sarah?) Chandler on June 29, 1838 in Washington County, Tennessee.

Hannah C. Hammett (1840)
Zachariah Hammett t (1842)
Roswell Hammett (1843)
David Hammett (1844)
Ezekial Reece Hammett (1845)
John Hammett (1846)
Nancy A. Hammett (1850)

At the time of the 1840 census they were in Washington County

a man and a woman between 20 & 29
a girl under 5

1850 census

Ezekial Hamet 35 b. Virginia
Phebe Hamet 37 b. North Carolina
Hannah C Hamet 10
Zachariah Hamet 8
Roswell Hamet 7
David Hamet 6
Ezekial R Hamet 5
John Hamet 4
Nancy A Hamet 0


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


David Hammet was born about 1840 in Washington County, Tennessee. His parents were probably Ezekiel Hammett and Phebe Chandler

At the time of the 1850 census, an eight year old David Hammet was living with Phebe's parents, David and Hannah Chandler in Subdivision 4 of Washington County (record). He was born in Tennessee. Another 6 year old David Hamet was living with Ezekiel and Phebe Hammet (record). He was born in North Carolina. This may be the same David. He was staying with his grandparents, but also listed in his parent's home.

He married Nancy Pitts. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Nancy. Nancy and David divorced.

In 1860 a D. Hammet, born in 1842, was in the Tennessee penitentiary in Nashville for larceny. (record) The Tennessee State Library and Archives online confirm that David Hammet age 18 from Washington County was convicted in 1859.

In 1863 David joined the Confederate army. David was a Corporal in Company A of the 8th Tennessee Cavalry from June 11, 1863 to September 11, 1865. He served for one year and three months. The Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Tennessee from 1861 to 1866 says he was 21 when he enlisted.

After his divorce, David married Elizabeth Keen about 1871.

She had three children before their marriage:
James Hammett or Keen (1863),
Joseph Hammett or Keen (1867, married Mary Ellen Jackson),
and Sarah A. Hammett (or Keen) Gray (1870, married Dolphius B. Gray)

David and Elizabeth's children included:
Amanda Hammett (1872),
Margaret (Maggie) Hammett (1875-1930, never married),
Martin P. Hammett (1876), and
Richard Calvin Hammett (1877, married Sarah Ellen Cooley).

In 1880 David and Elizabeth were living together as a family in Washington County. David was farming. In the column about disease, the census indicated that David had an eye disease and Martin was "ruptured." They lived next to Zac Chandler. The household consisted of:
David Hamert 40
Elizabeth Hamert 37
Joseph Hamert 13
S. H. Hamert 10
Amanda Hamert 8
Margret Hamert 6
Martin Hamert 4
R.C. Hamert 2

Elizabeth Hammett, the widow of David Hammet, was counted in the 1890 Veteran's Schedule in Washington County.


1860- Buffalo Ridge- next to Ford Family

Mary Hammet 45
Hannah Hammett 22


Buried at Bowmantown Baptist Washington County

Hamit, Melvira 14 Feb 1837 08 Nov 1908 01/04
Hamit, John K. 22 Jan 1834 15 Sep 1896 01/05

Range, Catherine 04 Mar 1836 18 Apr 1919 01/06
Range, John N. 27 Mar 1823 24 Sep 1897 01/07 [John N. Range married Catharine Klepper 31 Oct 1850; Civil War Pvt. B Co, 12 CAV USA]
Range, Benjamin Franklin 10 Jun 1858 04 Dec 1891 01/08
Range, Mary Elizabeth 01 Sep 1858 14 Aug 1899 01/09 Daughter of John N. & Catherine Range











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