Israel Hammond (the great-grandfather of the Noah Hammond who copied the Proprietor's Books) was a prominent man in business, church, and society, and kept a slave, Uncle Tom, who held an honorable position as a member of the family. The story is told that once when efforts were being made at the Hammond Mill to catch a thief, Tom said he was afraid. "Afraid of what?" he was asked. "Afraid the thief is one of our good old honest neighbors," was the reply. A few slaves were then owned in New England, and the ships of Massachusetts towns brought them over rather freely for the southern market. Freeedom was offered to Mr. Hammond's "Uncle Tom," but he declined to accept, and died a slave and a self-respectin and honest man.
Israel HAMMOND and Elizabeth WILBUR were married.260 Elizabeth WILBUR was born in 1712 in Rochester, Plymouth, MA. She died in 1802 at the age of 90 in Rochester, Plymouth, MA.
Israel HAMMOND and Elizabeth WILBUR had the following children: