Biography of George W. Hamet
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

This progressive and energetic farmer residing in Brady township, Williams county, was born January 11, 1847, in Pickaway county, Ohio, a son of John E. Hamet, who was also born in this State, of Irish and Welsh ancestry.

In Pickaway county the father married Miss Rhoda Warren, a native of Maryland, and there they began their domestic life, renting and operating a farm. Previous to his marriage he had come to Williams county, and in 1851 again took up his residence here. After renting land for a short time he purchased eighty acres which he converted into a good farm, and upon that place he made his home until called to his final rest in 1872. Although he never aspired to office he was a stanch Republican in politics; was an active and prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; and in his home the ministers were always entertained. His wife, who was a consistent member of the same Church, died in 1894. In their family were five children, namely: George W., the subject of this review; John F., a prominent and representative farmer, and county commissioner of Williams county; Amanda, wife of J. A. Mattoon; Ella, who died unmarried in 1877; and Philip, a resident of Pickaway county.

The district schools afforded our subject his early educational privileges, and later he attended the high school at Bryan for a short time, after which he successfully engaged in teaching. When only four years old he was brought by his parents to Williams county, and upon the home farm remained until September 5, 1864, when, at the age of seventeen years, he entered the army, serving as a member of Company F, One Hundred and Eighty second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Army of the Cumberland, until the close of the war. He did guard duty for some time, assisted in the construction of a fort at Nashville, was with the troops which acted as escort to General Tower through a portion of the South, and when hostilities had ceased he was honorably discharged at Nashville. After being paid at Columbus, Ohio, he returned home and resumed farming; later was employed by the month, and after his marriage, which occurred in 1872, he operated his father's farm for one year, and then removed to his father in law's place, where he is still living.

Mr. Hamet married Miss Amelia Pepple, who was born January 9, 1847, in Stark county, Ohio, a daughter of William L. and Amelia (Irwin), Pepple, the former of German descent, the latter of Scotch-Irish. Her father, a native of Maryland, and a son of William Pepple, Sr., was a wool carder and weaver by trade, but after coming to Williams county, in 1857, he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, buying a farm, which he successfully operated until life's labors were over, in 1875. His wife, who from an early age was a faithful member of the Methodist Church, survived him many years, dying in November, 1897. Their seven children were as follows: Catherine; Caroline, wife of R. Lambert; Walter (deceased); Tisby, who became the wife of W. H. Vaus, and died in 1863; Sarah, the second wife of W. H. Vaus; Amelia, the wife of our subject; and Winfield, who died in 1867.

Mr. and Mrs. Hamet have two children, namely: Herman M., born in 1879, and Mable A., born in 1881, are now attending school at West Unity, Williams county. The parents and children are consistent members of the Methodist Church, with which Mr. Hamet is officially connected. Politically he has followed in the footsteps of his father, always supporting the men and measures of the Republican party, and he has been called upon to fill some local offices of honor and trust in his township, the duties of which he has most capably discharged.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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