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Elisha Hammer

Birthplace: Jefferson, TN, USA
Death: Died in Marshalltown, IA, USA
Place of Burial: Jasper County, Iowa
Immediate Family:

Son of Elisha Hammer and Rachel Hammer (Lewis)
Brother of Seth Hammer; Susannah Hammer; Henry Hammer; Jesse Mills Hammer; Lydia 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 Lydia Mills Hammer, from the Newton (IA) Record, Friday, Feb. 28, 1896, Page 1, Column 1:

Mrs. Lyday (her grave marker says Lydia: 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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Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992:

Name Elisha Hammer

Event Type Death

Event Date 21 May 1907

Event Place Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States

Age 78

Birth Year (Estimated) 1829

Certificate Number 331

Page 120

GS Film Number 001753295

Digital Folder Number 007590306

Image Number 00218

Citing this Record: "Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 December 2015), Elisha Hammer, 21 May 1907; citing Death, Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States, page 120, offices of county clerk from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,753,295.

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Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934:

Name Elisha Hammer

Event Type Marriage

Event Date 05 Jan 1853

Event Place Jasper County, Iowa, USA

Spouse's Name Lydia Mills


Reference ID pg 5

GS Film Number 1034509

Digital Folder Number 004310140

Citing this Record: "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 December 2015), Elisha Hammer and Lydia Mills, 05 Jan 1853; citing Jasper County, Iowa, USA, county courthouses, Iowa.

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Marriage record of Harrison S. Hammer and Anna E. Ritter

From owa, County Marriages, 1838-1934:

Name Harrison S. Hammer

Event Type Marriage

Event Date 16 Feb 1887

Event Place Jasper, Iowa, United States

Age 33

Father's Name Elisha Hammer

Mother's Name Lydia Mills

Spouse's Name Anna E. Ritter

Spouse's Age 27

Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1860

Spouse's Father's Name Wm. Ritter

Spouse's Mother's Name Martha Shoemaker


Reference ID p 110

GS Film Number 1034510

Digital Folder Number 004310141

Citing this Record: "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 December 2015), Elisha Hammer in entry for Harrison S. Hammer and Anna E. Ritter, 16 Feb 1887; citing Jasper, Iowa, United States, county courthouses, Iowa.

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Marriage record of J. Guy Hammer and Claudia A. Isenhart


From Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934:


Name J. Guy Hammer

Event Type Marriage

Event Date 01 May 1895

Event Place Gladbrook, Tama, Iowa, United States

Age 31

Birthplace Newton, Iowa

Father's Name Elisha Hammar

Mother's Name Lydia M. Mills

Spouse's Name Claudia A. Isenhart

Spouse's Age 24

Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1871

Spouse's Birthplace Morrison, Illinois

Spouse's Father's Name John W.

Spouse's Mother's Name Lydia Lavish


Reference ID Vol 2 pg 97

GS Film Number 1022738

Digital Folder Number 004310050

Citing this Record: "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 December 2015), Elisha Hammar in entry for J. Guy Hammer and Claudia A. Isenhart, 01 May 1895; citing Gladbrook, Tama, Iowa, United States, county courthouses, Iowa.

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Elisha Hammer's Timeline

November 15, 1828
Jefferson, TN, USA
Age 78
Marshalltown, IA, USA
Jasper County, Iowa