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Lieut. John Hammond
chr.2 Jul 1626 Lavenham, Suffolk, England
d.22 Nov 1709 Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
m. 9 Jun 1605
Facts and Events
LIEUT. JOHN HAMMOND, was born in Lavenham, England, where he was baptized on July 2,1626. His age was given as 7 years at the time he came to America with his mother, sailing from Ipswich, England in 1634 on the "Francis",which practically agrees with the latter date, but his tombstone gives his age at his death in 1709 as 85 years and 4 months, which places his birth in July, 1624.
He m. (1) about 1652, Abigail Salter, b. at Rattlesden, Suffolk, England. She d. about 1663, and he m. (2) in 1664, Sarah Nichols, of Charlestown, Mass., who d. Jan. 14, 1688 at the age of 45. He m. (3) in 1689, widow Prudence (Wade) Cotton, dau. of Jonathan Wade, of Ipswich, Mass., and widow of Rev. Seaborn Cotton, of Hampton. He was her third husband as she married (1) Dec. 28, 1659, Dr. Anthony Crosby, of Rowley.
John's first wife, Abigail Salter,is mentioned in the will of her mother, Elizabeth (Munning) Salter, on 1 December 1660, "Unto Abigail Hammond, my daughter, of New England, £10. If she die before said sum be due said money to be paid to her children when they are 21 years of age."
He was a soldier in King Philip's war in 1675 and 1676, in the garrison at Wrentham. (Soldiers in King Philip's War, pp, 366-7.)
In 1665 he was appointed guardian of his kinswoman, Mehitable Hawkins, dau. of Timothy and Hannah Hawkins. He was selectman in Watertown, in 1664, 1670, 1692, 1698 and 1701. In 1690 his assessment was the largest in Watertown.
His will, (Middlesex Probate, No. 7151) dated Nov. 18, 1709, proved Dec, 9, 1709, mentions wife Prudence, son John, daughters Elizabeth Mason, Abigail Hastings, Hannah Poulter and Hepzibah Shattuck, and also sons-in-law John Mason, John Hastings, John Poulter arid William Shattuck. His inventory, dated Nov. 29, 1709, amounted to £961-8. Through an error the account of the settlement of his estate Jan. 26, 1712-13, is filed at East Cambridge with the papers relating to the estate of John Hammond, of Newton, (No. 7152) who died in 1762, Account of John Hammond, John Mason and John Hastings, executors of will of Lt. John Hammond, Jan. 26, 1712-13. There is a long list of sums paid. Among those named are the following relatives: Henry Phillips, of Charlestown; Experience Page, --- Smith, of Roxbury, Timothy Barron of Watertown; Hopestil Mead, of Cambridge; Joseph and Samuel Hastings, of Watertown, and others who may have been connected by marriage or otherwise. There is also an account of legacies paid to Sergeant Chadwick, Justice Bond and Sarah Barnard. "Deceased's funeral charges £38-12-11." "Lampson, for gravestones for dec'd and his widow, 13s-0." " For maintaining widow £10." For wearing apparel £40-0-0. Total payments £188-3-7. Real estate to son John, £773-4-5.
His gravestone in the Old Burying Ground in Watertown: