HAMMOND, Matthew Brown

Male 1791 - 1867  (76 years)


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  • Name HAMMOND, Matthew Brown 
    Born 8 Mar 1791  Turbot Township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography

    • He was the oldest son of James and Mary Brown Hammond, was born in Turbot township, Northumberland county, Pa., March 8, 1791, and died at Sumption's Prairie, St. Joseph county, Ind., October 16, 1867. His life was spent chiefly in the pursuits of the farmer; after his marriage he settled in Nittany Valley, near Salona, now Clinton county, Pa., where he remained about ten years.

      In 1833 he started with his family for the West, with the intention of locating at Fort Dearborn (now Chicago, Ill.), but on arriving at South Bend, Ind., some of the members of his family were taken seriously ill and they were consequently detained at that place, which was then but a small village.

      In looking about he became favorably impressed with the surrounding country and concluded to locate there, and in the spring of 1834 settled on "section 6," at Sumption's Prairie, about seven miles from South Bend, and continued to reside there the remainder of his life.

      The surroundings of the new home were not the most desirable, as the country was sparsely settled and there were many Indians of the Potawatomie tribe roaming about, and the frequency of their visits was a source of much annoyance. Mr.Hammond was a man of high moral character, an intelligent and successful manager, and greatly esteemed by all who knew him. He was one of the organizers of the Presbyterian church at Sumption's Prairie and for many years was an elder of that church.

      In 1828 General Hugh Brady, who was then in command at Fort Dearborn, visited the place of his nativity, in Pennsylvania; Mr. Hammond having contemplated removal to the West, and hoping to benefit by the General's knowledge of the country, consulted him regarding it. The General advised him to "go to Fort Dearborn, or as near to it as he could get, and buy all the land he could, for there is sure to be a large city there some day." Then, the only houses there were those of the garrison. Now, the accuracy of the prediction is abundantly verified.
    _UID 71DFB992B9E7469D9651A4D40EB188541815 
    Died 16 Oct 1867  Saint Joseph, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Sumptions Prairie 
    Person ID I8515  Our Ancestry
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2012 

    Father HAMMOND, James Jr.,   b. 20 Oct 1757, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1831, White Deer Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother BROWN, Mary,   b. 1764, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1827, Union County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 1787  Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2589  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family MCCORMICK, Susan,   b. 5 May 1802,   d. 26 Nov 1883, Saint Joseph, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1823  [2
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F2743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1137] Matthew Brown, Ancestry and Descendants, 109.

    2. [S1137] Matthew Brown, Ancestry and Descendants, 85.