Benjamin Jefferson Hammett

8 April 1821–6 May 1874 (Age 53)
Warren, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Benjamin Jefferson

When Benjamin Jefferson Hammett was born on 8 April 1821, in Warren, Kentucky, United States, his father, William Hammett, was 47 and his mother, Roseanna Oliphant, was 45. He married Rebecca M. Robb on 16 April 1853, in Chillicothe, Peoria, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Peoria, Illinois, United States in 1855 and Kansas, United States in 1870. He died on 6 May 1874, in Waterville, Marshall, Kansas, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Marysville Cemetery, Marysville, Marshall, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Jefferson Hammett
Rebecca M. Robb
Marriage: 16 April 1853
Paul Anderson Hammett
Charles Austin Hammett
Lyman Herbert Hammett
Olive Blanche Hammett
Benjamin Josiah Hammett
Eleanor Anna Hammett

Spouse and Children

16 April 1853
Chillicothe, Peoria, Illinois, United States


    Paul Anderson Hammett



    Lyman Herbert Hammett


    Olive Blanche Hammett


    Benjamin Josiah Hammett


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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1830 · Louisville and Portland Canal Opens

Age 9

The Louisville and Portland canal opened in 1830. It was a 2 mile canal. It helped with the barrier caused by the Falls of the Ohio River at Louisville by making a route around them.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 15

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Name Meaning

English (Devon): from a pet form of the Norman personal name Hamo ( see Hammond 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Benjamin Jefferson Hammett and the "Black Hawk War"

My 2nd Great Grandfather Benjamin was born near Bowling Green Kentucky on 8 April 1821. He lived there until the age of 10. His family then traveled by Wagons to Illinois where they settled in Peoria, …

Sources (3)

  • B J Hammett, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Benj J Hammett, "Illinois State Census, 1855"
  • Benj J Hammett in entry for Paul Anderson Hammett, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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