Benjamin Hamrick, II
|Birthplace:||Dettington Parish, Prince William Co., VA|
|Death:||Died in Bergoo, Webster Co., (W)VA|
|Place of Burial:||Cem on Family Homestead, Bergoo, WebsterCo., WV|
Son of Benjamin Hamrick, Sr; Benjamin Hamrick; Mary Hamrick and Mary Sias
|Managed by:||John William Grimm|
About Benjamin Hamrick II
Benjamin Hamrick, a son of Benjamin and Mary (Sais) Hamrick, was
born in Faquier County VA in 1755 and served in the Continental Army
throughout the American Revolution. He was at the capture of Trenton,
NJ December 26, 1776, fought at the battle of Princeton, NJ January 3,
1777, at Brandywine Creek September 11, 1777 and served under Captain
John Blackwell at Valley Forge, PA in the winter of 1777. He married
Nancy McMillion while on leave from the Army in the Fall of 1779.
Nancy, a daughter of John and Martha (Palmer) McMillion, was born in
Faquier County VA November 4, 1762.
After the Revolution, the Hamrick family moved from Faquier County
VA to the Cherry River in present day Greenbrier County WV in 1782 and
the family is found on the Greenbrier tax rolls from 1783 through 1796.
Benjamin is found in the 1801 and 1810 Kanawha County VA census and in
the Nicholas County VA census from 1818 through 1830. Their final move
was to Braxton County VA (WV), where Nancy on Frame's Run, a branch of
Strange Creek between 1829 and 1833. Benjamin died in Webster County, VA
8. Benjamin3 Hamrick II (Benjamin2, Patrick1) was born Abt. 1755 in Dettingen Parish, Prince George County, Virginia, and died 1842 in Webster Co., VA. (WV). He married Nancy McMillion Abt. 1779 in Fauquier Co., VA., daughter of John McMillion and Martha Palmer.
Notes for Benjamin Hamrick II:
- The Hamricks of Braxton, Webster, Randolph, Nicholas, and Pocahontas Counties , are descendants of Benjamin Hamrick, a soldier who fought in the American Revolution. He was born in Prince William, now Fauquier County, VA., in 1755. In November, 1775, he enlisted in the military service of the Colonial Goverment of VA., as a "Minute Man", and served for a period of six months. He was at that time 20 years of age. He engaged in the battle of Great Bridge, on the banks of the Elizabeth River, commanded by Colonel Edward Stevens. In Oct. , 1776, he enlisted in the Third Virginia Regiment under Captain John Chilton, and marched from Williamsburg to Alexandria, VA., and from there to New York, where he joined the regular continental army.
- AT BRANDYWINE...Benjamin Hamrick participated in several of the most decisive battles of the Revolutionary War. The records disclose that he was at the capture of Trenton on Dec. 26, 1776, when General Washington one sleety night crossed the ice-clogged Delaware River, captured 1,000 prisioners, and seized a large amount of equipment. He fought at the battle of Princeton, Jan. 3, 1777. He engaged in the battle of Brandywine Creek, Sept. 11, 1777, at which General Lafayette was wounded. On Oct. 4, 1777, he engaged in the battle of Germantown, near Philadelphia.
- WITH WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE...In Sept. 1777 General Howe with the British Army entered Philadelphia. General Washington, having been defeated at Brandywine and Germantown, decided to go into encampment at Valley Forge for the winter. On Dec. 19, 1777, he with 11,000 half-starved, half-clothed soliders, broke camp at Whitemarsh and marched toward Valley Forge
- Benjamin Hamrick was attached to the third and fourth Virginia Regiments under Captain John Blackwell, commanded by Lieutentant Colonel William Heth, while at Valley Forge. At the time he entered said encampment he was a private, receiving 6 and 2/3 dollars per month. In April, 1778, he was commissioned Corporal, and received 7 and 1/3 dollars per month Virginia currency. During the period of service in 1777, and 1778, Benjamin Hamrick was frequently assigned to scout duty, as disclosed by the records of the War Department.
- Benjamin Hamrick married Nancy McMillian, daughter of John and Martha McMillian, in Fauquier Co., VA., while on furlough from the continental army in 1779.
- PIONEER IN GREENBRIER COUNTY...That Benjamin Hamrick was one of the early settlers in Greenbrier Co., VA., now WV, is disclosed by the early tax lists and census records, now in the VA. state archives, Richmond, Va. The oldest available lists, disclose the heads of famlies living in Greenbrier Co., between 1783 and 1786. The name of Benjamin Hamrick, is on that, and each successive list, until 1796. That he moved from Fauquier Co., between 1781, the date of the surrender of Cornwallis, and 1785, is definitely known. As the boundary of Greenbrier Co., formed in 1777, enbraced the territory that is now Kanawha, Nicholas,Braxton and Greenbrier counties, and part of Monroe Co., it is difficult to located the place to which he first came and established his residence. One writer has stated that he first came to Cherry Tree Bottom where the town of Richwood, Nicholas Co., is now located. his residence was near that place at the time of the alarm of an intended Indian raid in 1793. At that time he hastily gathered his family and abandoned his residence and fled to Donnally's Fort in Greenbrier Co., near the present town of Frankfort. The distance traveled on that journey was more than 100 miles. When all danger of further interference had passed, he is believed to have settled on Birch River.
- In 1836, Braxton Co., was created from Nicholas and Kanawha counties. It is believed that Benjamin Hamrick at that time lived in the portion of Nicholas Co., that was included within the boundary of Braxton Co., and he automatically became a resident of Braxton Co. Benjamin lived near the Elk River near Frames Mills,(Strange Creek?) where Nancy died between 1829-1833, and Benjamin lived until 1838.
- About the year 1838, Benjamin Hamrick moved to Webster Co.,, where he spent the remaining years of his life with his son Benjamin, who lived 6 miles above Webster Springs in the Elk River Valley. Benjamin died in 1842, at the age of 87 years, and is buried in the Hamrick Cemetery located on the north side of the Elk River 6 miles above Webster Springs along Bergoo Road, at the homeplace of his son, William Hamrick, the noted hunter.
- Benjamin Hamrick is believed to be the only soldier of the Revolutionary War whose grave is within the present boundary of Webster County.
Children of Benjamin Hamrick and Nancy McMillion are:
- + 16 i. Benjamin4 Hamrick III, born February 10, 1782 in Fauquier Co., VA.; died June 12, 1863 in Webster Co., WV., (81ys.,4mths., 2 days).
- + 17 ii. Nancy Hamrick, born February 13, 1795 in VA; died July 10, 1857 in Peoria, IL.
- 18 iii. Mary D. (Polly) Hamrick, born Abt. 1786. She married Samuel Dobbins Abt. 1808.
- + 19 iv. William F. Hamrick, born Abt. 1789; died Abt. 1850 in Nicholas Co., VA. (WV).
- + 20 v. Peter Hamrick, born July 05, 1791; died March 19, 1855.
- + 21 vi. David Hamrick, born January 1796 in Greenbrier Co., VA. (WV); died October 25, 1875 in Braxton Co. WV.
- + 22 vii.Enoch Hamrick, born Abt. 1779; died Bef. 1842 in Braxton Co., VA. (WV).
- 23 viii. Joseph Hamrick.
- + 24 ix. John Hamrick, born Abt. 1800.
- 25 x. Sarah Hamrick, born Abt. 1802; died Abt. 1863. She married William Montgomery.
- + 26 xi. Cyrus Hamrick, born Abt. 1807 in VA.
The Hamrick's of Braxton, Webster, Randolph and Pocahontas counties (WV) are descendents of Benjamin Hamrick, a soldier who fought in the American Revolution. He enlisted Nov 1775 at the age of 20 in the military service of the colonial government of Virginia as a "Minute Man" and served for a period of six months. He engaged in the battle of Great Bridge on the bank of the Elizabeth River, commanded by Colonel Edward Stevens. In Oct 1776 he enlisted in the 3rd Virginia Regiment under Captain John Chilton, and marched from Williamsburg to Alexandria, Virginia, and from there to New York where he joined the regular continental army.
At Brandywine Benjamin Hamrick participated in several of the most decisive battles of the Revolutionary War. Records indicate that he was at the capture of Trenton on Dec 26, 1776, when General Washington crossed the ice-clogged Delaware River one sleety night, captured one thousand prisoners, and seized a large amount of equipment. He fought at the battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. He engaged in the battle of Brandywine Creek on September 11, 1777, at which battle General Lafayette was wounded. On October 4, 1777 he was in the battle of Germantown, near Philadelphia.
With Washington at Valley Forge in September 1777, Benjamin Hamrick was attached to the 3rd and 4th Virginia Regiments under Captain John Blackwell, commanded by Lt Col William Heth.
He received six and two-third dollars per month as a private when he entered said encampment. In April 1778 he was commissioned corporal and received seven and one-third dollars per month Virginia currency.
He married Nancy McMillian in Fauquier County, Virginia, while on furlough from the Continental Army in 1779.
His pension as Private, Continental Army, was $80.00 per year effective 1 Dec 1832 when he was 77 years old....pension was suspended 1 Dec 1835.
Benjamin Hamrick II's Timeline
Dettington Parish, Prince William Co., VA
Fauquier Co., VA
Greenbrier Co., (W)VA
February 10, 1782
Warrenton, Fauquier Co., VA
January 8, 1786
Greenbrier Co., (W)VA
Greenbrier Co., (W)VA
July 5, 1792
Greenbrier Co.,, (W)VA
Kanawha Co., (W)VA
February 13, 1795
June 17, 1796
Greenbrier Co., (W)VA