Seventh Generation


360. Moses HAMMOND1 was born on 3 April 1800 in Sandwich, Barnstable, MA.884,885,886,887 On 14 October 1825 he was a merchant and business partner in Newport, Newport, RI.888 On 5 November 1825 he was a merchant in Newport, Newport, RI.889 Moses dissolved his business partnership on 5 February 1829 in Newport, Newport, RI.890 He appeared in the census in 1830 in Newport, Newport, RI.891 He was appointed Commissioner on 11 September 1830 in Newport, Newport, RI892 Moses Location for voters lists on 9 March 1844 in Newport, Newport, RI.893 In 1849–1850 he was a miner in Tuolumne Co, CA.894 In 1850 he was a painter in Newport, Newport, RI.895 Moses migrated on 16 February 1850 to in Newport, Newport, RI to Stockton, San Joaquin Co, CA.896,897,898,899,900 In 1852 he was a lumber merchant in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.901,902 [Principal] was listed in in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA city directory in in 1852.903 He appeared in the census in 1852 in San Joaquin Co, CA.904,905 On 3 December 1852 Moses acquired Lot #7, Blk 9, Nine West of Center Street, Stockton, CA from E B Bateman for $150 in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA906 On 21 October 1853 he acquired Lot 5 in Blk 9 West of Center St from Charles W Weber for $300 in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA907 He was elected as an Alderman of the First Ward in 1855 in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.908 [Principal] was listed in in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA city directory in in 1856.909 In 1859 Moses was a Lumber dealer in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.910 He appeared in the census in 1860 at Farm Schedule in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.911 He lived Registered to Vote in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA on 11 September 1866.912 Moses appeared in the census in 1870 in O'Neal, San Joaquin, CA.913 In 1870 he was a farmer in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.914,915 [Principal] was listed in in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA city directory in in 1871.916 He died on 2 January 1879 at the age of 78 in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.885,917,918,919 Moses was buried on 5 January 1879 in Rural Cemetery, Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.920,921,922 He has reference number 419.923 Handwritten record written by Hannah Gray Feb 13th 1935

Dr. Moses Hammond - Born in Sandwich Mass - 1800 April 2 - Came to California in Ship Alexandria around the Horn. Landed in Stockton in 1849. Started for the mines - reached San Joaquin City - He had shipped his House ready to be erected. After a few months an epidemic of smallpox broke out and he decided to forego mining and floated his eight room house on a raft down the river to Stockton, and placed it on a lot on West Market where it has stood as originally erected until about 5 or 6 years ago - it was sold and the purchaser moved it back and built on a new front. Today I believe this to be the oldest structure in the City of Stockton. He was a member of the City council for many years - which in those days distinguished one as a citizen to be honored and respected. He had been married to Abby Marble, born in Newport R.I. Apr 25 - 1806. She and her two sons and daughter arrived in Stockton 1854. There were seven children born to this union of Moses Hammond and Abby Marble. All died in infancy except Alden Hammond born in Newport, RI Aug 5, 1834, Cynthia Gray - born in Newport RI June 19, 1840, John Hammond Born in Newport RI Nov 19, 1843. Now all deceased. It seems a rather peculiar coincident that none of these male members of the Hammond family ever went out of the City of Stockton after locating here a further distance than San Francisco.

Buried in Rural Cemetery, Stockton, CA; Lot 61, Block 6

Handwritten note by Howard Hammond dated February 16, 1934:

"Hannah Gray had dinner and spent the evening with us and told the following:
Moses Hammond came to California on the Alexander leaving Newport in the Spring of 1849. The ship sailed around the Horn and arrived in San Francisco. Dr. Hammond crossed the Isthmus and caught a ship to San Francisco beating the Alexander.
Alden Hammond, the son, followed them out around the Horn about a year later.
On board the Alexander was a house in knockdown which was taken to San Joaquin City. During the small pox epidemic the house was floated down the river on a raft, almost losing it at the mouth of the river, and it was placed on a lot in the south side of Market between (blank) It has been moved to the rear of the lot and new siding put on the house.
Hannah says that Frank Adams of 300 Pennsylvania Ave., San Francisco, has his home built on the ??? formerly owned by John Hammond. He has the picture of the old house known as the old Hammond homestead in Newport. She says that John Hammond first came to Calif. in about 1846.
John Hammond, upon discovery of gold, persuaded Moses Hammond (the rest is blank).
Miles Standish, buried in Hammond plot in Rural Cemetery was a direct descendant of Miles Standish."

As written in the family record:

Moses Hammond came to California in 1849 by way of the Isthmus of Panama. On the way across cholera broke out and the ship's doctors both died. He made a medicine that saved all after he took charge. After he reached San Joaquin City, cholera broke out again. Someone recognized him and insisted that he take charge. He did so and conquered the disease. He had been nicknamed "Doctor" on the ship and after the San Joaquin City epidemic the name became fixed and he was always known as Doctor Hammond. He had studied medicine and while he didn't graduate in it he was always interested and read and attended lectures constantly.

His brother Capt. John Hammond sailed from Newport in 1848 with two ships and it was such an event that the citizens showered the ship with oranges. He brought Moses' house that had been built in Newport, taken down in sections and placed on the ship, around the Horn. It was set up in San Joaquin City, but when Moses decided to come to Stockton it was put on a barge and floated down the river to Stockton and placed on Market Street where it is still standing at this writing, December 2, 1926. The ship was the General Cobb and William Dennis manned the schooner Alexander.

Grandma and Alden, Cynthia and John came out in July 1855. There were three ships that left Newport. One was never heard from.


History of San Joaquin County, CA
by Thompson & West, 1879

MOSES HAMMOND was born at Dighton Mass., April 3, 1800. When he was two years of age he moved to Newport, R. I., where he lived until 1849, when he came, with his brother, Capt. John Hammond, to California, by the Panama route. They had fitted out a schooner at Newport, R.I., and sent it around Cape Horn, they and the vessel arriving at San Francisco about the same time. They and many others were taken sick with the yellow fever at Panama, and Mr. Hammond curing them all, there received the title of "Doctor." Though he has never practiced medicine the appellation has ever clung to him. The vessels which were loaded at Newport were the schooner Alexander and the brig General Cobb. Their cargoes consisted of the frames of two scows, one house, carts, shovels, rockers, groceries, provisions, hardware of all kinds, etc. He was in business in San Joaquin City about a year. After the fire of 1851 he sold his goods in Stockton at a great profit, sales amounting to several thousand dollars per day. He died at his residence on the 2d of January, 1879, nearly seventy-nine years of age. His wife, who has reached the age of seventy-two years, now resides in Stockton. A view of his place, which contains 120 1/4 acres, purchased of Capt. Weber in 1857, is given on another page.


Stockton Independent, Jan 2, 1920

January 3, 1879
Dr. Moses Hammond, Pioneer, is Dead - Dr. Moses Hammond, an old settler and highly respected resident of San Joaquin County, died suddenly yesterday afternoon at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. George E. Gray, in this city. He was in his 79th year and was quite active for a man of his age. Dr. Hammond settled in San Joaquin City in 1850, but becoming satisfied that Stockton was destined to be the great city of the plains, he removed to Stockton, floating his residence down the river on a raft to this city. He was a gentleman of fine character and much intelligence. He leaves a son and daughter in this city, Mrs. Gray, wife of Ex-Mayor Gray, and Mr. John Hammond of the firm Hammond, Moore & Yardley, merchants, Weber Avenue. One by one the pioneers identified with the growth and history of Stockton are passing away.


Handwritten notes from family material:

Attributed to "History of San Joaquin County, California" by Colonel F T Gilbert - 1848-1878. Also published in the History of San Joaquin County, 1890.

Moses Hammond was born at Dighton, Mass. April 3, 1800. When he was two years of age he moved to Newport, R. I. where he lived until 1849 when he came with his brother Capt. John Hammond, to California by the Panama route. They had fitted out a schooner at Newport, R. I. and sent it around the Cape Horn, they and the vessel arriving in San Francisco about the same time. They and many others were taken sick with the yellow fever at Panama and Mr. Hammond curing them all, there received the title of "Doctor." Though he has never practiced medicine the appellation has ever clung to him. The vessels which were loaded at Newport were the Alexander and brig General Cobb. Their cargoes consisted of the frames of two scows, one house, carts, shovels, rockers, groceries, provisions, hardware of all kinds, etc. He was in business in San Joaquin City about a year. After the fire of 1851 he sold his goods in Stockton at a great profit, sales amounting to several thousand dollars per day. He died on the 2nd of January 1879, nearly 79 years of age. His farm of 120 1/4 acres was purchased from Capt. Weber in 1857.

Stockton Independent, 1/20/1879, 3:2

Reminiscence of a Pioneer
The late Dr. M. Hammond left Newport, Rhode Island, in February, 1850, and took passage on the steamer Cherokee for Chagres. Six months previously, however, he had constructed a frame house and shipped the same on the schooner Alexander around Cape Horn. The steamer which carried the Doctor from Panama entered the Golden Gate at the same time the schooner containing the building entered the bay of San Francisco. The passage of the schooner was an unusually long one, and Dr. Hammond had expected that his house and other articles he had shipped would reach San Francisco some time ahead of himself. He sojourned some six or eight weeks in San Francisco before engaging in business, other than in co-partnership with his brother building a scow, and, then loaded the same with the house and what were then considered the most useful articles for the interior market, and started up the San Joaquin river, landing at the point known as San Joaquin City, where he put up his house, engaged in business and remained there about one year and a half, when he concluded to remove his effects to Stockton. The house was placed on a raft, brought down the San Joaquin, up Stockton channel, and erected in the south side of Market street, between Beaver and Elk streets, where it now stands, and is owned and occupied by Mr. O. P. F. Kallenback, the pressman of this journal. Though originally constructed about thirty years ago, shipped and reshipped, and floated down the river from San Joaquin City, appears as it was good for at least half a century to come. Upon taking up his residence in Stockton, Dr. Hammond engaged in the lumber business, a business in which he had previously some experience. In those days rough lumber direct from the mills, clear but green sold at $160 per thousand feet, while dressed pine imported from the Eastern States, sold at $75 per hundred feet. Competition, however, soon reduced prices. Among the memoranda left by Dr. Hammond, he says in one item that emigration to San Joaquin county came almost to a standstill in '56 and '57, causing a stagnation in nearly all kinds of business, particularly in the lumber trade. The trade in those days called for the gold dust at $16 per ounce. Coin was scarce, but as exchange offices became more generally located, the exchange of the pure dust began gradually to fall off and coin substituted, thus trenching very greviously(sic) on the profits of sundry kinds of business. During the business stagnation, Dr. Hammond withdrew from the lumber trade and took to other pursuits. In 1858 business in San Joaquin county began to revive, and ever since both city and county have continued to flourish.

Typewritten family record by Lois Hammond Renwick in hanging file under "HAMMOND":
Moses Hammond came to California in 1849 by way of the Isthmus of Panama. On the way across cholera broke out and the ship's doctors both died. He made a medicine that saved all after he took charge. After he reached San Joaquin City, cholera broke out again. Someone recognized him and insisted he take charge. He did so and conquered the disease. He had be nick-named "Dr." on the ship and after the San Joaquin City epidemic the name became fixed and he was always known as Dr. Hammond. He had studied medicine and while he didn't graduate in it he was always interested and read and attended lectures constantly. His brother, Capt. John Hammond, sailed from New Port in 1848 with two ships and it was such an event that the citizens showered the ship with oranges. He brought Moses' house, that had been built in New Port, taken down in sections and placed on the ship, and brought around the Horn. It was set up in San Joaquin City, but when Moses decided to come to Stockton, it was put on a barge and floated down the river to Stockton and placed on Market Street, where it is still standing at the writing, Dec. 2, 1926. The ship was the General Cobb and William Dennis manned the Schooner Alexander. Grandmother and Alden, Cynthia and John came out in July 1855.

Moses HAMMOND and Abby Brown MARBLE were married on 15 October 1833 in Newport, Newport, RI.885,887,924,925 They885,887,924,925 appeared in the census in 1840 in Newport, Newport, RI.926 They926 appeared in the census in 1850 in Newport, Newport, RI.927 Moses and Abby927 appeared in the census in 1860 in O'Neal, San Joaquin, CA.928 Abby Brown MARBLE929, daughter of Benjamin MARBLE and Abigail BROWNE, was born on 25 April 1806 in Newport, Newport, RI.930,931,932 She migrated in 1855 to in from Newport, Newport, RI to Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.933 She Train passenger for the East on 16 June 1870 in San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.934 Abby appeared in the census in 1880 in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.935 [Principal] was listed in in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA city directory in in 1881.936 [Principal] was listed in in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA city directory in in 1883.937 [Principal] was listed in in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA city directory in in 1884.938 She died on 24 August 1888 at the age of 82 in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.939,940 She was buried on 25 August 1888 in Rural Cemetery, Stockton, San Joaquin, CA.941,942 Cemetery records show she was buried the same day she died - doubt that, and am making it one day later - but no record shows that. Abby has reference number 420. She came to Stockton from Newport, RI in 1852 - she is the subject of the little silhouette - it was made in Boston when she was 14 years of age. Family record found in genealogy materials.

According to handwritten family notes: she gave birth to seven children; only three survived to adulthood: Alden, Cynthia and John.

Moses HAMMOND and Abby Brown MARBLE had the following children:

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Alden HAMMOND.

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ii.

William HAMMOND was born on 22 March 1836 in Newport, Newport, RI.887,943 He died on 22 October 1840 at the age of 4 in Newport, Newport, RI.943 He has reference number 423.

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Abby Ann HAMMOND was buried in 1838 at Common Burial Ground in Newport, Newport, RI.944 She was born on 23 June 1838 in Newport, Newport, RI.887 She died on 5 September 1838 at the age of 0 in Newport, Newport, RI.887 Abby has reference number 424.

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Cynthia Ann HAMMOND.

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William Marble HAMMOND was buried in 1842 at Common Burial Ground in Newport, Newport, RI.945 He was born on 2 June 1842 in Newport, Newport, RI.887 He died on 22 September 1842 at the age of 0 in Newport, Newport, RI.887 William has reference number 426.

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John HAMMOND.

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Moses HAMMOND , Jr was buried in 1846 at Common Burial Ground in Newport, Newport, RI.946 He was born on 18 August 1846 in Newport, Newport, RI.887 He died in September 1846 at the age of 0 in Newport, Newport, RI.887 Moses has reference number 425.