Biography of Jacob Hammer
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JACOB HAMMER-This worthy pioneer was born in Highland county, Ohio, March 6, 1816. In 1825 he was taken by his parents to East Tennessee; but in 1832 he accompanied them to Madison county, Indiana, and subsequently, in the winter of 1836, to Hamilton county, in the same State. Here our subject married Miss Hannah Cox, and resided until the spring of 1842, when, with his wife, be removed to Missouri. After maintaining a residence there for two years, until 1844, at that time Mr. Hammer fitted out an ox team and with his help mate and three children started to cross the plains to Oregon. After a pleasant trip of six months' duration, the Tualatin Plains were reached, and here our subject remained until November, 1847, when he removed to what is now Benton county, located on the claim in the Belknap Settlement, on which he still resides, and passed the first year in a log cabin with Jesse H. Caton, afterwards moving on to his present place, on which he constructed a "rail pen," and in it dwelt for several months. Mr. Hammer has held the office of Justice of the Peace for two terms, the duties of which he performed with much judgment. In religion he was reared as one of the Society of Friends, but is now a communicant of the sect known as the United Brethren. To his wife and himself have been born fourteen children, nine of whom survive, viz: Ai, Millisia (now Mrs. William Mitchell), Goldsmith, Josephine, Amos, Lorenzo, Noah, Jeremiah and Ellis.

From:
History of Benton County, Oregon
Published by: David D. Fagan
A. G. Walling, Printers, Lithograohers, Ect.
Portland, Oregon 1885


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