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Elisha Hammer

Birthplace: Jefferson, TN, USA
Death: Died in Marshalltown, IA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Elisha Hammer and Rachel Hammer (Lewis)
Brother of Seth Hammer; Susannah Hammer; Jesse Mills Hammer; Lydia Hammer; Elizabeth Hammer and 6 others
Half brother of Miriam Hammer

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About Elisha Hammer

Birth: November 15, 1828

Jefferson, TN, USA

Death: 1907 (79)

Marshalltown, IA, USA

Son of Elisha Hammer and Rachel Lewis

ELISHA HAMMER, b. April 30, 1828, Jefferson County, Tennessee, d. May 21, 1907, Marshalltown, Iowa; m. (1) LYDIA MILLS Jan. 5, 1853 in Jasper County, Iowa; m. (2) MARGARET E. GUTHERIE, April 18, 1860, Jasper County, Iowa; At age 70 on Jan. 13, 1898 at the Methodist Church in Mount Ayr, Ringgold Co., Iowa m. (3) Sarah J. Warren Willey, b. abt 1834 in Jefferson Co., Tenn., daughter of James Warren and Jane Taylor. The 1900 census shows the couple living in Mt. Ayr.

Notes for ELISHA HAMMER (son of Elisha and Rachael):

The 1912 book Past and Present of Jasper County Iowa records on page 94 that from 1858 to 1962 Elisha Hammer was the county treasurer and recorder.

Page 191 of the same book records the first Masonic lodge instituted within Jasper County was Newton Lodge No. 59, founded under dispensation of James L. Hogin, grand master, March 30, 1855. The first officers included Elisha Hammer, secretary.

Pages 218 and 531 state he served in the Seventh Iowa Cavalry, as Captain of Company "G"

Page 271 records, "The first school (in Newton, in Jasper County Iowa) was taught by Elisha Hammer in the old court house, and spelling schools were frequent and interesting." This was around 1850.

Notes of the Kellogg Historical Society, Vol. III, 1983, state Elisha Hammer came to Jasper County in 1846 with his parents, the Rev. Elisha Hammer and wife Rachel. “They were the first settlers northeast of Newton and it soon became known as ‘Hammer's Grove’. He was a civil engineer and surveyed the land for Newton and adjacent parts of the county. He taught the first school in Newton. In March of 1862, he organized Company "G", 7th Iowa Cavalry and was commissioned Captain on June 16, 1863. The Company served in Nebraska and Kansas and he was honorably discharged on July 17, 1865. After he came home he moved to Oswego, Kansas, then back to Des Moines, Iowa. His death came in 1907 at the Iowa Soldier's Home in Marshalltown. He was buried beside his first wife, Lydia, in the Center Friends Cemetery.”

Obituary for Elisha Hammer from The Newton Daily News, Saturday, May 25, 1907, Page 1, Column 4:

Captain Elisha Hammer died in the hospital at the Soldiers' Home at Marshalltown Tuesday at the age of 79 years. He was a native of Tennessee. Was born in Jefferson County April 30, 1828. His first suit of clothes, when he became a young man, were made by the late President Andrew Johnson*. At the close of the war he was in Washington and while there was a dinner guest of President Johnson. During the Civil War Captain Hammer served in Co. G, 7th Iowa Cavalry Volunteers. After the war closed he came to Jasper County and built a large brick dwelling a few miles east of Newton. With his older brother, Jesse Hammer, he owned a sawmill in Adamson Grove and at the time the Rock Island Railroad was built through this section of the country, sawed many of the ties for which they had a contract to furnish that road. In his early days he taught school, and also studied medicine, but never was a regular practitioner, although in the early fifties when he crossed the western plains, his knowledge along this line came in play and he was the doctor for the company with whom he traveled. Captain Hammer from March 1863 to May 1866 was stationed on the frontier and was located at Fort Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, and at Topeka, Kansas. During this time there was much trouble with the Indians. Deceased was a Mason. For years he had been a member of a Des Moines lodge, but was one of the charter members of Newton Lodge No. 59 A. F. and A. M. He was married twice. His first wife was a Miss Mills, a sister of Mrs. J.B. Owings of this city. After her death he married a Mrs. Willis, who was a cousin of Bob Taylor#, of Tennessee. One daughter and four sons survive him. Mrs. Julia Bachelor of Des Moines; Harrison Hammer of Valley Junction; Charles Hammer residing in Minnesota; and Guy Hammer who lives in Texas. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the Friends Church at Amboy and interment was in the Center Cemetery. The son from Valley Junction, the daughter from Des Moines, and his brother, Aaron Hammer, and his nephew, Dr. M.R. Hammer of this city, attended the funeral. ~

Editor’s notes: The cemetery mentioned is the Center Friends Cemetery, Amboy, Kellogg Township, Jasper County, Iowa.

  • About President Andrew Johnson and that suit: In 1826, Johnson (1808-1875) arrived in Greeneville, Greene Co., TN after fleeing an apprenticeship in Raleigh, NC. He chose to remain there after learning that the town's tailor was planning to retire. He purchased the tailor shop, which he moved from Main Street to its present location at the corner of Depot and College streets. He was inaugurated Vice President in early 1865 and a month later became the United States’ 17th president upon Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
  1. Bob Taylor, 1850–1912, was a U.S. Representative from Tennessee from 1879 to 1881, Governor of Tennessee from 1887 to 1891 and from 1897 to 1899, and subsequently a United States Senator from that state from 1907 until his death.

Capt. Hammer’s nephew Enos Hammer, son of his brother Henry Hammer, served and died under his command. More information on page 189. Two other nephews, Aaron Thompson Hammer and John Hammer (more about them on page 190), both sons of Capt. Hammer’s brother Jesse Mills Hammer, also served under Capt. Hammer.

Service information for Capt. Hammer & his nephews, from the 1878 book The History of Jasper County, Iowa, page 428: Seventh Cavalry, Company C:

Capt. Elisha Hammer, com. June 16, 1863, honorably disd. July 17, 1865

Enos Hammer, enlisted March 2, 1863.

Corp. John M. Hammer, enlisted March 2, 1863.

A.T. Hammer, enlisted Aug. 2, 1864.

Obituary for Capt. Elisha Hammer’s wife Lyday (or Lydia, it’s not clear) Mills Hammer, from the Newton (IA) Record, Friday, Feb. 28, 1896, Page 1, Column 1:

Mrs. Lyday Hammer, wife of Elisha Hammer, well known by our old citizens as among the early settlers of Jasper County, died quite suddenly of heart disease at her home in East Des Moines, last Sunday morning. The body was brought to Amboy on Wednesday, where funeral services were held at Center Friends Church, and the body interred in the Friends Cemetery near by. Mrs. Hammer’s maiden name was Lydia Mills, she was born January 12, 1833 in Jefferson County, Tennessee, and with her parents came to Keokuk County, Iowa. In 1853 she was united in marriage to Elisha Hammer by Judge Edmundson, on the old home farm east of Newton. She leaves three sons and one daughter – Harrison Hammer and Mrs. Julia Batchelor, of Des Moines; A. Jay Hammer, of Muchakinock, and Guy Hammer, of West Waterloo; all of whom with the bereaved husband, were in attendance at their mother’s funeral; also her two sisters, Mrs. Martha Owens, of Newton, and Mrs. Mary Beals, of Page County, and her brothers, Benj. Mills, of Hardin County and Macy Mills, of Keokuk. Mrs. Hammer was converted and united with the M.E. Church during the *Hestwood Revival in the winter of 1861-62. She was a faithful, consistent Christian, and highly respected and loved by all who knew her. Her old friends in Newton and vicinity will be deeply grieved on learning of her death. For her husband and children, the tenderest sympathy is felt by everybody. ~

  • Editor’s note: J. F. Hestwood was a pastor of the Methodist Episcopal (M.E.) Church.

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Elisha Hammer's Timeline

November 15, 1828
Jefferson, TN, USA
Age 78
Marshalltown, IA, USA