Descendants of Thomas Hamiter
Generation No. 1
1. THOMAS1 HAMITER was born 1710 in Dutchy of Wurtemmberg,
Germany, and died 1774 in Newberry County, South Carolina. He
married CATHERINA UNKNOWN 1730 in Wuerttemberg, Germany.
Notes for THOMAS HAMITER:
Thomas Hamiter was born in 1710 in Dutchy of Wurttemberg, Germany. He
after 1774 in Little Mountain, Newberry County, South Carolina. He was
buried in Little Mountain, Newberry County, South Carolina. Thomas
Hamiter immigrated from Germany to South Carolina in 1752. He and his
family arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in late September on the
ship Rowand. The Rowand was one of a group of four ships that had
sailed from Rotterdam in the summer of 1752 with about fifteen hundred
Germans bound for South Carolina. The first two ships of the group,
which I believe were the Cunlift and Rowand, arrived in Charleston
Harbor prior to September 27, 1752 with an estimated eight hundred
Germans on board, and the Council was informed that the remaining two
ships of the group were expected to enter harbor shortly with a like
number of German settlers on board. The vast majority of this group of
fifteen hundred emigrants did not indicate where they were from, and
those that did usually only mentioned that they were from Germany in
their petitions to colonial authorities to receive the “Bounty”.
Research by Genealogist and Historians over the years has proven
conclusively that most of this group were from the Duchies of
Wurtemburg and Baden.
However, I feel it should be noted that a small percentage of the group
were actually of Swiss origin but residing in Germany.
October 16, 1752, Thomas petitioned the authorities of the Crown Colony
Carolina to receive the “Bounty” offered to foreign protestants who
were willing to
immigrate to South Carolina and settle in the previously uninhabited
back country of the provience. In his petition to obtain the “Bounty”,
Thomas stated “that he had come down from Germany and shipped himself
and his family to this country because of the encourgement given to
foreign protestants.” He furthur stated he had a wife (not named) and
the following children: Catherina age 19; John age 17; Barbara age 15;
Michael age 11. Thomas then requested that he be granted 300 acres of
land on the bounty between the Broad and Saluda Rivers. October 20,
1752, Thomas was issued a warrent for 300 acres in the fork of the
Saluda and Broad Rivers.
December 15, 1752, Thomas had a survey made of 300 acres of land on a
branch of Cannon’s Creek. This tract of land was bounded on northeast
by land of Ullerick Sliegh, on the southeast by the land of Henry
Gallman and Christian Lever, on the northwest by the land of Corn
Siegler and vacant land. The 300 acres of land was granted to Thomas
September was granted to Thomas September 3, 1754. I think it is
interesting to note that both Corn Siegler and Ullerick Sliegh were
passengers on the Cunlift which arrived in Charleston at the same time
as the Rowand. Christian (a.k.a. Christopher) Lever had been at this
location since 1748 or earlier.
March 23, 1763, Thomas sold 150 acres of the 300 acre tract to Martin
Fike. Martin’s Memorial of the tranaction states that the 150 acres was
a portion of the 300 acres that were granted to Thomas September 3,
1754. In 1774, Thomas paid Quit Rent or what we would call property tax
on the remaining 150 acres of the original tract. The Quit Rent Record
states that the payment on the 150 acres granted in 1754 was made by
Thomas Hamertor. Thomas had been in South Carolina for 22 years, but
this was the first time that any official document spelled his name
similar to the common spelling we use today. Also, in my opinion this
record proves conclusively that Thomas was the Patriach of the Hamiter
family in South Carolina. I have no further record of Thomas after 1774.
Notes for CATHERINA UNKNOWN:
I believe Catherine or Catherina was the first name of Thomas’s wife. I
base that on a dower signature which is just about illegible.
Therefore, I really don’t know for certain. I have no verifiable data
on who his daughter married or for that matter if they mat\rried at
all. A genealogist researching the Yonce family claims that John Yonce,
son of Mathias Yonce married Margaret Hamiter of Germany about 1767.
Unless Thomas had another daughterafter 1752, John’s wife may have been
either of Thomas’s daughters. As far as I know, there were no other
Hamiter females available. He was married to Catherina about 1730
in Germany. Catherina was born in Wurttemberg, Germany.
Children of THOMAS HAMITER and CATHERINA UNKNOWN are:
i. CATHERINA2 HAMITER, b. 1734.
2. ii. JOHANN SEBASTIAN HAMITER, b.
1735, Dutchy of Wurtemmberg, Germany; d. Bef. 1790, Richland County,
iii. BARBARA HAMITER, b. 1737.
iv. MICHAEL HAMITER, b. 1741.
v. GEORGE SIMON HAMITER, b. Aft.
Generation No. 2
2. JOHANN SEBASTIAN2 HAMITER (THOMAS1) was born 1735 in Dutchy of
Wurtemmberg, Germany, and died Bef. 1790 in Richland County, South
Notes for JOHANN SEBASTIAN HAMITER:
Johann Sebastian Hamiter was born about 1735 in Dutchy of Wurttemberg,
Germany. He died before 1790 in Cedar Creek Area, Richland County,
South Carolina. He was buried in Cedar Creek Area, Richland County,
South Carolina. On 16 July 1773, John Hammeter had a survey done for
150 acres of land on Cedar Creek.[Pre-revolution Plats, Volume 15, Page
On 17 January 1775, John Hammeter recorded a memorial indicating that
this land had been granted to him.[Memorials, Volume 13, Page 243 and
Royal Grants 1695 - 1776, Volume 32, Page 95]
John Hamiter, Thomas’s first son, was 17 according to Thomas’s Bounty
petition when the family arrived in Charleston in 1752. I think there
is a good possibility that he actually arrived in America September 24,
1753 on the Neptune at Philadelphia . It was not unusual for older sons
and in at least one case husbands to remain in Rotterdam with excess
baggage or to conduct unfinished family business. They would then book
passage on the next available ship.
John Sebastion Hammeter, note the spelling, arrived in Philadelphia, on
the Neptune and then disappeared. I have spent years of research trying
to locate this fellow in all of the colonies and the only records I can
find, that refer to a Johannes Hammeter, are those here in South
I have not found any record on a Johannes Sebastion Hammeter.John
Hamiter married prior to 1760. I don't know at this time his wife's
name. Hoever, I can assure you that he didn't marry an Indian names
Juanita Whiterain as proposed by one well meaning but misguided family
John Hammeter (Hamiter) had 150 acres of land surveyed on Cedar Creek
of Broad River July 16, 1773. January 17, 1775 this tract of land was
granted to John Hamiter.
What I think is really worth noting here is that the exact same
spelling of the surname used by Johannes Sebastion Hammeter in 1753 is
what appears on these documents. One thing that has always puzzled me
about this grant is that John could have claimed headrights on at least
3 more children, but did not. John was still living in 1783, but is not
listed in the census of 1790.
Children of JOHANN SEBASTIAN HAMITER are:
i. MARY EVE3 HAMITER, b. 1758.
3. ii. ADAM FREDERICK HAMITER, b.
1763, Cedar Creek Area, Richland Co., SC; d. December 15, 1822,
Richland Co., SC.
4. iii. JACOB HAMITER, b. 1764,
Richland County, South Carolina; d. September 21, 1816, Lexington
County, South Carolina.
iv. ELIZABETH HAMITER, b. 1767.
Generation No. 3
3. ADAM FREDERICK3 HAMITER (JOHANN SEBASTIAN2, THOMAS1) was born
1763 in Cedar Creek Area, Richland Co., SC, and died December 15, 1822
in Richland Co., SC. He married BARBARA REBSAMEN. She was
born 1758 in Orangeburg District, SC, and died 1825 in Richland Co., SC.
Notes for ADAM FREDERICK HAMITER:
. Adam Frederick Hamiter was born in 1763 in Cedar Creek Area, Richland
County, South Carolina.
He died on 15 Dec 1822 in Richland County, South Carolina. He was
buried on 16 Dec 1822. Adam was a member of the German Protestant
Church, called Appii Forun, on Cedar Creek, Richland County, Camden
District, South Carolina.
In 1820 Adam was living in Richland County, South Carolina. There was 1
male over 45 years old, 2 males 18 to 26 years old, and 1 female over
45 years old.
The Revolutionary War records show that Adam Hamiter served as a
footman fifteen days in 1781 and one hundred and five days in 1782
under Col. Thomas Taylor. His Captain was L ewis Pope. [Revolutionary
Archives in South Carolina No. 3269]
During the Revolutionary War, he served in the South Carolina Militia
unit commanded by Jacob Turnipseed who was future wife's brother.
Rev. Pierce conducted the funeral services for Adam Frederick Hamiter
on 16 December 1822.
Adam Frederick Hamiter is listed in the DAR Patriot List.
Children of ADAM HAMITER and BARBARA REBSAMEN are:
i. NANCY4 HAMITER, m. GEORGE
ii. SUCKY HAMITER.
iii. FREDERICK HAMITER.
iv. DAVID FREDERICK HAMITER.
v. MARY M. HAMITER.
vi. JOHN ADAM TURNIPSEED HAMITER.
5. vii. JOHN GEORGE HAMITER, b.
January 22, 1795, Cedar Creek Area, Richland Co., SC; d. May 07, 1845,
Pickens Co., Alabama.
4. JACOB3 HAMITER (JOHANN SEBASTIAN2, THOMAS1) was born 1764 in
Richland County, South Carolina, and died September 21, 1816 in
Lexington County, South Carolina. He married HARRIETTE NANCY
BICKLEY 1794 in Lexington County, South Carolina. She was born
1775 in Lexington County, South Carolina, and died September 23, 1820
in Lexington County, South Carolina.
Notes for JACOB HAMITER:
Jacob Hamiter was born in 1764 in Cedar Creek Area, Richland County,
Carolina. He died on 21 Sep 1816 in Lexington County, South Carolina.
He was buried on 22 Sep 1816 in Lexington County, South Carolina. After
the marriage Jacob moved from the Cedar Creek area of Richland County
to a tract of land located in Lexington County at the point where
Camping Creek flowed into the Saluda River. Both Jacob and Herriette
are buried in a family plot on the tract mentioned above which is now
inundated by Lake Murry.
Frances Hamiter, John Hamiter, and David Hamiter, above 14 years
entitled to estate from deceased Aunt, Nancy Dickey. Pray appointment
of Guardian Thomas Shuler. Richland Equity 154 filed 17 July 1820.
Jacob Hamiter owned a two acre island in the Saluda River "bounded by
water and lying near Jacob Hamiter's land on east side of river". The
courthouse in Lexington was burned by Sherman in 1865, so no deed could
Newberry County records show that on 17 April 1806 that Jacob Hamiter
interest in one hundred and fifty acres of land in that county to Jacob
Schumpert. His wife Nancy Hamiter, also signed the deed which can be
found in Volume K, Page 155 in the office of the Clerk of Newberry
Richland County record show that Jacob Hamiter attended a sale there in
1805 and purchases a lot of tin.
In 1800 Jacob was living in Lexington County, South Carolina. There was
1 male less than ten, 1 male 16 to 26, 1 male 26 to 45, and 1 female 16
Notes for HARRIETTE NANCY BICKLEY:
Harriette "Nancy" Bickley was born in 1775 in Lexington County, South
Carolina. She died on 23 Sep 1820 in Lexington County, South Carolina.
She was buried on 25 Sep 1820 in Lexington County, South Carolina.
Children of JACOB HAMITER and HARRIETTE BICKLEY are:
i. FRANCIS A.4 HAMITER, b. June
6. ii. JOHN TYLER HAMITER, b.
September 22, 1802, Lexington County, South Carolina; d. February 02,
1864, Oak Hill Plantation, Bossier Parish, LA.
iii. CHARLOTTE HAMITER, b. 1804.
iv. DAVID HAMITER, b. January 24,
1805, South Carolina; m. RHODA.
v. JOEL HAMITER, b. 1807.
Generation No. 4
5. JOHN GEORGE4 HAMITER (ADAM FREDERICK3, JOHANN SEBASTIAN2,
THOMAS1) was born January 22, 1795 in Cedar Creek Area, Richland Co.,
SC, and died May 07, 1845 in Pickens Co., Alabama. He married
MARY FRANCES SCOTT April 02, 1818 in Richland Co., SC. She was
born February 24, 1802 in Richland Co., SC, and died May 25, 1878 in
Pickens Co., Alabama.
Notes for JOHN GEORGE HAMITER:
He was buried in May 1845 in Hamiter Family Cemetery, Pickens County,
Alabama. He died on 7 May 1845 in Pickens County, Alabama. According to
family tradition, John George changed his name after Adam Frederick
Hamiter died in 1822 to George Frederick Hamiter in honor of his father
and to prevent others from being confused due to the fact that he and
his younger brother had the same first
name "John". Both George and his wife Mary Frances are buried in the
Hamiter Family Cemetery four miles southeast of Carrlooton, Alabama on
what was commonly known as the Claude Phillips Farm. George Frederick
died of measels 7 May 1845.
Notes for MARY FRANCES SCOTT:
She was buried in May 1878 in Hamiter Family Cemetery, Pickens
County, Alabama. She died on 25 May 1878 in Pickens County, Alabama.
Children of JOHN HAMITER and MARY SCOTT are:
i. DANIEL WESLEY5 HAMITER.
ii. WILLIAM SCOTT HAMITER.
7. iii. M.D. GEORGE WASHINGTON
HAMITER, b. 1823, Richland, SC; d. 1895, Texas.
iv. MARY ANNE ELIZABETH HAMITER.
v. FRANCES WESTON HAMITER.
Notes for FRANCES WESTON HAMITER:
Born on 18 Oct 1827 in Cedar Creek Area, Richland County, South
Carolina. She died on 23 Nov 1839 in Pickens County, Alabama. She was
buried in Hamiter Family Cemetery, Pickens County, Alabama. Frances was
baptized by Rev. Reddick Pierce. She died young without marrying.
vi. NANCY MARGARET HAMITER.
Notes for NANCY MARGARET HAMITER:
Born on 9 May 1833 in Cedar Creek Area, Richland County, South
Carolina. She was buried in Feb 1836 in Hamiter Family Cemetery,
Pickens County, Alabama. She died on 24 Feb 1836 in Pickens County,
Alabama. Nancy was baptized by Rev. Joseph Holmes. She died young
vii. JOEL JAMES HAMITER.
Notes for JOEL JAMES HAMITER:
Born on 13 Apr 1836 in Pickens County, Alabama. He died on 29 Mar 1884
in Naruma, Burnett County, Texas. He was buried in Naruma, Burnett
County, Texas. Joel was baptized by Rev. George Schaeffer. Joel fought
in the Civil War in Company H, 11th Alabama Regiment, under General
Robert E. Lee. The Company called themselves the Pickens County Guards,
which fought primarly in Virginia with the Army of Northern Virginia..
After returning from the war he moved to
Texas. Joel never married.
viii. HIRAM PICKINS HAMITER.
Notes for HIRAM PICKINS HAMITER:
Born on 30 Sep 1838 in Pickens County, Alabama. He was buried in Sep
1854 in Hamiter Family Cemetery, Pickens County, Alabama. He died on 3
Sep 1854 in Pickens County, Alabama. Hiram was baptized by Rev. George
Schaeffer. He died young without marrying.
ix. JOHN TYLER HAMITER, b. August
26, 1841, Pickens Co., Alabama; d. November 07, 1926, Pasquotank
County, North Carolina; m. MARGARET ANNE MCAFFERTY, November 07, 1865;
b. October 19, 1847; d. October 08, 1893.
Notes for JOHN TYLER HAMITER:
He was buried in Union Chapel Cemetery, Carrolton, Pickens County,
Alabama. John Tyler Hamiter planned to follow his brother, George
Washington Hamiter, into the medical field, but he joined Company H,
11th Alabama Regiment, Confederate Army under General Robert E. Lee.
His Company was known as the Pickens County Guards. He was wounded
three times during his military service; once in the leg, once in the
head, and once in the arm. The leg wound was rather
serious, the head wound was a glancing wound, and the arm a flesh
wound. During his remaining lifetime he suffered with severe headaches,
which he attributed to his head wound.
The following is from the book, The History of Pickens County, Alabama
"On August 6, 1892 the office of sheriff was won by the well known
Civil War Veteram Mr. John Tyler Hamiter. Sheriff Hamiter was the son
of John William Hamiter (sic), who came to Pickens County from Richland
District, South Carolina. He was born and reared in this county, first
seeing daylight on August 26, 1841.
"Sheriff Hamiter returned from the war in good health and never
convinced that the South lost the great struggle. There were many
stories passed down through the years relating to Uncle Tyler and the
Civil War. One of the most amusing stories took place after a reunion
had been held at Chickamauga, which was attended by one Hiram Scott of
Carrollton. Mr. Scott returned from the affair and had in his
possession two or three walking canes as souvenirs. He approched Uncle
Tyler and told of having met a yankee vetern at the reunion and during
their conversation the yankee asked Mr. Scott where he was from and
upon finding he was from Carrollton, the yankee gave Mr. Scott a
walking-cane to give to
Sheriff Hamiter for he (the yankee) knew that UNcle Tyler needed a cane
after having been on the run during the entire war. All this took place
in the rear of W. G. (Billy) Robertson's store before a large
pre-arranged crowd and some of the old people said it was two or three
days before Uncle Tyler quited down.
"Sheriff Hamiter served the entire war, took part in some of the
fieriest battles as a member of Company H, 11th Alabama Regiment, under
Wilcox. "Sheriff Hamiter made the County agood law officer, serving his
entire term without serious incident. He was very outspoken and madee
no secret of where he stood on any subject that arose. He was one of
the strongest leaders in the country during
the days of the Radical Republican Carpetbagger Scalawag days."
During the latter days of his life, John Tyler Hamiter Sr., and his
wife Julia, lived with his son John Tyler Jr., in a large country home
known as the Lipsey-Hamiter Home, built in 1837 and burned in 1939.
This home was approximately four miles southeast of Carrollton,
Alabama. John Tyler Hamiiter Sr., died of pneumonia on November 7, 1926.
The following is the obituary of John Tyler Hamiter Sr., published in
the Pickens County Herald/West Alabamaian on November 111, 1926:
"John Tyler Hamiter, prominent citizen and one time sheriff of Picken,
died at his home four miles east of Carrollton Sunday night at 10:00
o'clock, from an attack of pneumonia. He was taken sick more than two
weeks prior to his death, but was never able to fight off the disease.
"Mr. Hamiter was born August 26, 1841, near Carrollton, and lived his
whole life here. He volunteered as a private at the beginning of the
Civil War, fought throughout the entire war without being capyured, but
was wounded three times. He engaged in some of the fiercest battles of
Virginia. He was a member of
Company H, 11th Alabama, under Wilcox, and his comrades who survived
said he was as brave as ever went into a battlefield.
"Mr. Hamiter was elected sherriff of this county many years ago and
made a splended officer. Hemaintained the same fearless spirit in
office as he did on the battlefield. He was fair and just to his
fellowman, and his word was his bond. He was considered one of the
strongest and most active men of his age in the county, and was till
his last illness. He was popular wherever he was known, and took active
interest in all matters, political, religious and social. The county
loses one of the best men in the death of Mr. Hamiter.
"He is survived by his widow and two sons, W. F. Hamiter and J. T.
Hamiter Jr., all citizens of Carrollton beat. Funeral services were
conducted by Rev. C. E. Kaylor, pastor of the Methodist Church of
Carrollton, of which he was a member. He was buried at Union Chapel
Cemetery five miles south of Carrollton Monday afternoon. Despite a
heavy down pour of rain all afternoon, a large number of friends over
the county attended the funeral services, and the floral offering was
evidence of the esteem his friends had for him. Mr. Hamiter will be
greatly missed by his friends in Carrollton. He came to town,
practicall every day when he was not busy on his plantation, and was
greeted by old and young alike, as Uncle Tyler. He was a great friend
to the young men and children, and never passed them without a friendly
He was married to Margaret Ann McCafferty on 7 Nov 1865 in Pickens
County, Alabama. Margaret Ann McCafferty was born on 19 Oct 1847 in
Pickens County, Alabama. She was buried in Oct 1893 in Union Chapel
Cemetery, Carrolton, Pickens County, Alabama. She died on 8 Oct 1893 in
Pickens County, Alabama.
6. JOHN TYLER4 HAMITER (JACOB3, JOHANN SEBASTIAN2, THOMAS1) was
born September 22, 1802 in Lexington County, South Carolina, and died
February 02, 1864 in Oak Hill Plantation, Bossier Parish, LA. He
married PATIENCE HODGES April 14, 1833 in Twiggs County, Georgia.
She was born November 24, 1805 in Twiggs County, Georgia, and died June
01, 1848 in Oak Hill Plantation, Bossier Parish, LA.
Notes for JOHN TYLER HAMITER:
John Tyler Hamiter was born on 22 Sep 1802 in Lexington County, South
Carolina. He died on 2 Feb 1864 in Oak Hill Plantation, Bossier Parish,
Louisiana. He was buried on 4 Feb 1864 in Hamiter Family Cemetery,
Bossier Parish, Louisiana. On 17 July 1820, the children of Jacob and
Nancy Hamiter filed a petition in Richland County for their share of
the estate of their aunt, Nancy Bickley. In this petion they stated
that their father, Jacob Hamiter, had recently doed and they had no
guardian legally qualified to take charge of the management thereof.
Thomas Shular was appointed guardian. [Richland County Petitions, Roll
154, year 1820]
In the early 1840's John and David Hamiter with several other families
decided to move to Louisiana. They met in the little village of
Haynesville, Houston County, Georgia. Altogether there were thirty
whites and about two hunmdred slaves. They arrived at Minden, Louisiana
on Christmas day 1840.
They camped nearby that night. The next day they passed through
Bellevue and on to a place called Sugar Hill.
John Hamiter settled in the northwest corner of Bossier Parish,
Louisiana. On 1 June 1844 he bought nine hundred and fifty-two acres of
At the time of the Civil War he was a wealthy man, owning much land and
many slaves. He was also engaged in many enterprises. He was one of the
founders of the Red Land Seminary in 1859.
When his wife Patience died on 1 June 1848. He selected a burial plot
plantation and she was laid to rest a short distance from their home.
The plot is still used by some of their descendants today.
In 1955 the plantation was owned by two of John's Great-grandsons,
Harry and Emmet Wyche, sons of Harry Chambers and Mary Rabb Wyche.
The following is from Aletha Barker Hamiter's research done inn 1955:
"John Hamiter's home 'Oak Hill' was on the Washington, Arkansas and
Natchitoches, Louisiana Military Road, about six miles south of
Lafayette County, Arkansas line. This road was the only one extending
north and south in the western part of the country and was the mail
route between Washington, Arkansas and Natchitoches, Louisiana. It was
much traveled by Confederate soliders and couriers during the Civil War
and many of them stopped at Oak Hill for rest and refreshments.
"One dollar per night was charged for the keep of either man or horse.
remained the same during the years of this record, but the price of
shoeing a horse round advanced from four dollars in 1856 to ten dollars
in 1863. Ocaisionally some officers would come by and pay with
Confederate currency the bills made by couriers and horses. Among
officers most mentioned were Major Heard, Captain Benjamin Turner,
Captain J. P. Ingram, and Captain Randle.
"Besides operating a blacksmith shop and a large plantation, John
Hamiter engaged in many other enterprises. Among them were a sawmill,
grist mill, shoe shop, and store or commissary. The work was all done
by slaves, each trained for his special job. One trained as a carpender
was sometimes hired out to neighbors for rwo dollars per day.
"The citizens of the southern part of Lafayette County, Arkansas,
patronized him almost as his own parrishioners, especially the
citiizens of the historical settlement of Walnut Hill, which was about
twelve miles north of his home. Among the names from Walnut Hill is
that of Mrs. James S. Conway, widow of the first governor of the State
"An interesting item, charged to a gentleman from Walnut Hill, was the
ironing of four slaves at a cost of three dollars each in August of
The irons were removed in December of the same year at a cost of a
"The first entry for money paid out for catching runaway slaves was in
1863. The price of slaves at that time seemed to average from seven to
eight hundred dollars each.
"In 1856 he gave his daughter Mrs. Catherine Wyche, fifteen slaves
valued at ten thousand dollars and ten thousand dollars in cash, and
his daughter, Mrs. Harriet Bryne, fifteen slaves valued at ten thousand
dollars and ten thousand dollars in cash. In 1853 he gave his son, John
Hodges Hamiter of Walnut Hill, twenty slaves valued at twenty thousand
"His overseers were paid from fifty to seventy-five dollars and their
keep per month.
"There were many entries for grinding malt and mending stills, and in
1863 John Hamiter lent one person thirty-ywo hundred dollars to buy
"There was much paying of debts by exchange of commodities and notes,
es[ecially in 1863. The absance of charges for corn, peas, and
potatoes, also grinding of meal in 1863, indicates a dry year.
"Much of John Hamiter's cotton and beef were taken over by the
Confederate States Government and notes given for them.
"In 1862 some cotton was sent by wagon to Shreveport and then by boat
to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and sold at ten cents per pound. On one of
these trips a slave took sick and died and was buried in Shreveport at
a cost of ten dollars.
"The most common entries made for dry goods during that time were for
Omaburge, lindsey, cottonade, cheap shoes, and hats. Most charges for
shoes were from one dollar and fifty cents to one dollar and
seventy-five cents per pair. One entry of interest is that of an
overcoat at sixteen dollars, boots for four dollars, and eighteen yards
of fine shirting at twelve and one-half cents per yard, sold to Dr.
William B. Searcy in 1858.
"Another physician of that time who practiced for John Hamiter was Dr.
J. M. Nuckols who lived near what is now the town of Plain Dealing,
"Corn and peas advanced from seventy-five cents in 1856 to two dollars
and fifty cents per bushel in 1863. During the same time lard soared
from fifteen to fifty cents per pound. In 1863 nails were one dollar
per pound, lumber one-half cent per foot. Wool and copperas were one
dollar per pound. Cowhide were eleven dollars each, deer hides three
dollars each. In November of 1863 one pound of powder cost twelve
dollars and a box of percussion caps fifteen dollars. A days haulin
with an ox team was five dollars.
"The Louisiana Lake and Navigation Company employed some of John
Hamiter's slaves for one dollar and fifty cents per day in 1860, but in
November 1861 the price had risen to two dollars and fifty cents per
"There was no income tax, but a heavy military tax. The Confederate
States Government sold bonds which bore seven per cent interest. Many
thousand dollars worth of these bonds were owned by John Hamiter.
"In 1863 the war which brought havoc and destruction to the South had
been in progress for more than two years, but the South was still
confident of victory. They met their problems courageously, endured
hardship and privation cheerfully and even wrested some joy from those
"Horse racing was a favorite amusement, and on May 28, 1863 the spring
races opened a Lewisville, Lafayette County, Arkansas. The greatest
attraction was the race between 'Tubbs' imported filly owned by John
Hamiter's son John Hodges Hamiter of Walnut Hill, and the filly 'Fannie
Little' owned by Col. C. N. Little. The prize was five thousand dollars
"Death ended the record kept by John Hamiter, February 2, 1864. He was
buried in the family cemetery at his plantation home 'Oak Hill'. Time
and decay have destroyed the home, but the name lives on in a properous
settlement in that vicinity known as Oak Hill Community."
More About JOHN TYLER HAMITER:
Baptism (LDS): Greg's third great Grandfather
Notes for PATIENCE HODGES:
He was married to Patience Hodges (daughter of Edmund K. Hodges and
Patience) on 14 Apr 1833 in Twiggs County, Georgia. Patience Hodges was
born on 24 Nov 1805 in Twiggs County, Georgia. She was buried in Jun
1848 in Hamiter Family Cemetery, Bossier Parish, Louisiana. She died on
1 Jun 1848 in Oak Hill Plantation, Bossier Parish, Louisiana. The
Souther Christian Advocate announced the death of Patience and also
noted that she was the wife of John Tyler Hamiter.
Children of JOHN HAMITER and PATIENCE HODGES are:
i. HARRIET5 HAMITER, b. May 25,
Notes for HARRIET HAMITER:
She was buried in Feb 1902 in Hamiter Family Cemetery, Bossier Parish,
Louisiana. She died on 3 Feb 1902 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
She was married to Joseph N. Bryan on 20 Jul 1853 in Plain Dealing,
Bossier Parish, Louisiana. Joseph N. Bryan was born about 1853. He died
ii. CATHERINE HAMITER, b. March
iii. JOHN HODGES HAMITER, b.
February 18, 1839.
Notes for JOHN HODGES HAMITER:
born on 18 Feb 1839 in Houston County, Georgia. He died on 20 Jul
1908 in Washington, Lafayette County, Arkansas. He was buried in Walnut
Hill Cemetery, Walnut Hill,
Lafayette County, Arkansas. Before the Civil War John was a very
wealthy man. He donated some land
for religious purposes where the white and colored cemeteries are at
Walnut Hill, also the ground across the road from the cemeteries, where
the black church is located. Around 1870 the land was used as a church
camp ground. His antebellum home and furniture burned while he and
hiswere attending a camp meeting there. When the camp meetings were
discontinued about 1880, the ground was donated to the Methodist Church
for a church building and cemetery. Among the first burials in the
cemetery was an infant son of his who died at birth in 1887.
He took an active part in local and county affairs. He was a Mason and a
member of the Order of Eastern Star. He was a tax assessor of Lafayette
County for more than twenty years. He was Sunday School Superintendent
ffor many years and a member of the board of Stewards of the Methodist
Church at Walnut Hill.
In 1888, when the Cotton Belt Railroad laid off the twn of Bradley and
built a depot, he was the first agent. He took over before the depot was
complete but never actually served in that capacity. His sons, John,
Allen, Emmet, Dickson, and Jewell were the working agents from the first
until 1903 when Jewell accepted work in Shreveport. He was also agent
town lots which was owned by the railroad.
They never quite got over the effects of the slave days and tried in
ways to maintain their pre Civil War way of life. Several of his slaves
and their descendents were still living on his plantation at the time of
The following is a quoted from a letter by John Hodges Hamiter Jr.:
Tyler Hamiter, son of John and Patience Hamiter, born February 1839,
entered the Confederate Army as a young Captain. He organized a company
at Washington, Arkansas, consisting of soldiers from Lafayette,
and Miller Counties. Mrs. Gaines of Washington, Arkansas, then a Miss
Jett, presented him with a flag in the courthouse at Washington,
But after his health failed and he did not see much active servicee.
after the surrender, or maybe alittle before, he was elected Colonel of
the Militia where he obtained the title of Colonel by which he was
addressed the rest of his life.
While in his teens he attended Center College in Kentucky, where he was
classmate of Adalai Stevenson and his professor was James G. Blaine."
John Hodges Hamiter was a Captain, 26 Arkansas Infantry, Confederate
He was married to Florence Lafayette Hicks on 2 Aug 1860 in Plain
Dealing, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
Florence Lafayette Hicks was born on 22 Feb 1843 in Helena, Arkansas.
She died on 13 Oct 1905 in
Washington, Lafayette County, Arkansas. She was buried in Walnut Hill
Cemetery, Walnut Hill, Lafayette
8. iv. ROBERT EDMUND HAMITER, b.
January 16, 1843, Houston County, Georgia; d. January 05, 1923, Plain
Generation No. 5
7. M.D. GEORGE WASHINGTON5 HAMITER (JOHN GEORGE4, ADAM
FREDERICK3, JOHANN SEBASTIAN2, THOMAS1) was born 1823 in Richland, SC,
and died 1895 in Texas. He married ELIZA JANE WILLIAMS.
Child of GEORGE HAMITER and ELIZA WILLIAMS is:
9. i. DELLA6 HAMITER, b. 1878,
Texas; d. November 1963.
8. ROBERT EDMUND5 HAMITER (JOHN TYLER4, JACOB3, JOHANN
SEBASTIAN2, THOMAS1) was born January 16, 1843 in Houston County,
Georgia, and died January 05, 1923 in Plain Dealing, LA. He
married (1) MARY ELLA FREEMAN in Plain Dealing, LA. She was born
April 28, 1861 in Plain Dealing, LA, and died June 06, 1918 in
Louisiana. He married (2) MARY CATHERINE DOOLEY June 10, 1868 in
Layfayette County, Arkansas. She was born February 21, 1846 in
Layfayette County, Arkansas, and died July 30, 1882 in Plain Dealing,
Notes for ROBERT EDMUND HAMITER:
Robert Edmund Hamiter was born on 16 Jan 1843 in Houston County,
Georgia. He died on 5 Jan 1923 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
Louisiana. He was buried on 7 Jan 1923 in Hamiter Family Cemetery,
Bossier Parish,Louisiana. Robert was a Sergeant in the Confederate
Army. When the war ended he came home and found that his father had
died and left him a large plantation, but all other wealth had been
swept away by the Civil War.
He was married to Mary Ella Freeman in Plain
Dealing, Bossier Parish, Louisiana. Mary Ella Freeman was born on 28
Apr 1861 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish, Louisiana. She was buried in
Jun 1918 in Hamiter Family Cemetery, Bossier Parish, Louisiana. She
died on 6 Jun 1918 in Louisiana.
From Ancestry.com Confederate Research Sources Vol. 2 page 168
Hamiter, R. E., Pvt. Hughe's Batty. Rolls of Prisoners of War, Paroled
Shreveport, La., June 13, 1865. Res. Bossier Par., La.
More About MARY CATHERINE DOOLEY:
Baptism (LDS): July 1882, buried in Hamiter Family Cemetery, Bossier
Children of ROBERT HAMITER and MARY FREEMAN are:
i. OBE6 HAMITER.
ii. MARY ELIZABETH HAMITER.
iii. MATTIE HAMITER.
iv. BOSSIER HAMITER.
v. DAVID HAMITER.
vi. HATTIE HAZEL HAMITER.
vii. LENA GLEN HAMITER.
viii. LELA DARKIN HAMITER.
ix. JOEL BIGGS HAMITER, b. January
Children of ROBERT HAMITER and MARY DOOLEY are:
x. RACHEL PATIENCE6 HAMITER, b.
September 03, 1870, Plain Dealing, LA; d. December 1969.
xi. MINNIE ADELL HAMITER, b.
February 04, 1873.
10. xii. ROBERT EDMUND JR. HAMITER,
b. January 26, 1876, Plain Dealing, LA; d. December 31, 1969, Plain
xiii. JOHN JAMES HAMITER, b.
December 15, 1879.
Generation No. 6
9. DELLA6 HAMITER (GEORGE WASHINGTON5, JOHN GEORGE4, ADAM
FREDERICK3, JOHANN SEBASTIAN2, THOMAS1) was born 1878 in Texas, and
died November 1963. She married SAMUEL A. PHILLIPS 1900 in Texas.
Child of DELLA HAMITER and SAMUEL PHILLIPS is:
i. THEO7 PHILLIPS.
10. ROBERT EDMUND JR.6 HAMITER (ROBERT EDMUND5, JOHN TYLER4,
JACOB3, JOHANN SEBASTIAN2, THOMAS1) was born January 26, 1876 in Plain
Dealing, LA, and died December 31, 1969 in Plain Dealing, LA. He
married MARINA LUCRETIA ANDREWS. She was born August 16, 1873 in
Arcadia, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, and died January 13, 1968 in
Plain Dealing, LA.
Notes for ROBERT EDMUND JR. HAMITER:
Robert Edmund Hamiter Jr. was born on 26 Jan 1876 in Plain Dealing,
Parish, Louisiana. He died on 2 Jan 1970 in Plain Dealing, Bossier
Parish, Louisiana. He was buried on 4 Jan 1970 in Hamiter Family
Cemetery, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
Robert and his family lived in the Oak Hill Community which took its
from his grandfather's plantation home.
More About ROBERT EDMUND JR. HAMITER:
Baptism (LDS): January 04, 1970, Hamiter Family Cemetery, Bossier
Burial: January 02, 1970, Plaine Dealing Cemetery
Notes for MARINA LUCRETIA ANDREWS:
Marina "Rinie" Andrews was born on 16 Aug 1873 in Arcadia, Bienville
Louisiana. She died on 13 Jan 1968 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
Louisiana. She was buried in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
More About MARINA LUCRETIA ANDREWS:
Baptism (LDS): buried in Plain Dealing, LA
Burial: January 15, 1968, Plain Dealing Cemetery
Children of ROBERT HAMITER and MARINA ANDREWS are:
i. LILLE7 HAMITER.
Notes for LILLE HAMITER:
Lillie Hamiter was born in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
She was married to Seward in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
ii. KATIE HAMITER, b. November 13,
Notes for KATIE HAMITER:
Katie Hamiter was born on 13 Nov 1893 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
Louisiana. She died on 19 May 1976 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
was buried on 21 May 1976 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
She was married to James "Jim" Impson on 16 Nov 1913 in Plain Dealing,
iii. MINNIE HAMITER, b. March 20,
1896; m. WILLIE COX.
Notes for MINNIE HAMITER:
Minnie Hamiter was born on 20 Mar 1896 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
Louisiana. She died on 21 Nov 1982 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
Louisiana. She was
buried on 23 Nov 1982 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
She was married to Willie Cox in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
iv. EDNA HAMITER, b. February 25, 1900,
Plain Dealing, Louisiana; d. March 11, 1998, Marion, Illinois; m. DEWEY
LEE RANDOLPH, February 09, 1918, Plain Dealing, LA; b. March 14, 1899,
Dongola, IL Union Co.; d. July 29, 1985, Marion, IL.
Notes for EDNA HAMITER:
Edna Hamiter was born in Feb 25, 1900 in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
Louisiana. She died March 11, 1998 in Marion, IL.
She was married to Dewey Lee Randolph in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
Notes for DEWEY LEE RANDOLPH:
When Dewey was a young boy, his father, Jasper took him to
Louisiana. He was abandoned there. Dewey worked on a
plantation owned by Robert Edmund Hamiter. There he met his
future wife, Edna.
More About DEWEY LEE RANDOLPH:
Baptism (LDS): buried in Johnston City, IL
Marriage Notes for EDNA HAMITER and DEWEY RANDOLPH:
Found in 1920 U.S. Census - Louisiana
1920 U.S. Census • Louisiana • Bossier • Police Jury Ward 3 • ED# 23
D. L. Randolph 22 IL mill logger
Edna 20 LA
Vida 11 months IL
next door to Edna's parents...........
R. E. Hamiter 42 LA GA TX
Riney 46 LA AR MS
Jim 17 LA LA LA
v. JAMES E. HAMITER, b. February
Notes for JAMES E. HAMITER:
James E. Hamiter was born on 20 Feb 1902 in Plain Dealing, Bossier
Louisiana. He was buried on 31 Mar 1963 in Plain Dealing Cemetery,
Bossier Parish, Louisiana. He died on 29 Mar 1964 in Shreveport, Caddo
He was married to Treba Elenora Winn on 24 Sep 1934 in Plain Dealing,
Louisiana. Treba Elenora Winn was born on 6 Oct 1915 in Plain Dealing,
Parish, Louisiana. She died on 11 Sep 1961 in Shreveport, Caddo Parish,
was buried in Plain Dealing Cemetery, Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
E. Hamiter and Treba Elenora Winn had the following children:
i. Erma Doloris Hamiter.
ii. James E. Hamiter Jr..
vi. MYRTICE HAMITER, b. 1904; m.
HERBERT MARTIN JOLLY.
Notes for MYRTICE HAMITER:
Myrtice Hamiter was born in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
She was married to Herbert M. Jolly in Plain Dealing, Bossier Parish,
More About MYRTICE HAMITER:
Baptism (LDS): youngest of Hamiter children
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