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Portraits of Martha Jane Hammond (1848-1930) & John Mullins (1844-1894)

Martha Jane Hammond was my 3x great-grandmother.  She was born in Drummenny, Donegal, Ireland, the daughter of John Hammond and Jane Bustard.  She married John Mullins, a fellow Irish immigrant and US Civil War veteran in Marengo, Iowa in 1871.

The descendants of my great-grand-aunt Ruth Curtis in Dubuque, Iowa have a large repository of family history documents and photos.  In that collection was the following portrait, which was marked in a conflicting manner as both “Martha Jane Hammond” and also as her daughter “Agnes Mullins”.

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Martha Jane Hammond c1871

 

The front says “Aggie (Agnes) Mullins”.  The back says “Grandma Martha Mullins – Ruthie’s (Ruth Curtis’s) Grandmother”.

Agnes Mullins died at age 15, so when I first saw this portrait I felt like it could not have been her.  I proceeded for a long time with the assumption that this was a portrait of Martha Jane Hammond as a young woman.  You can see that there’s another person seated next to her, so this was cropped from a larger portrait of two people.  That usually means a marriage photo, so it was probably taken about the time of her wedding in 1871.  I’m guessing the “Aggie Mullins” might mean it originally belonged to her, and then passed to another family member (presumably my 2x-great-grandmother Edna Mullins) when Agnes died in 1891.

Then many months later a cousin named Michael Curtis uploaded several new photos to his account on Ancestry.com.  They are not scanned very well, but they are clear enough that one can get a much better picture of Martha and her husband John Mullins.

The first photo was of Martha’s husband (my 3x great-grandfather) John Mullins.  It’s not clear when it was taken, but he looks to be about 35 years old, so I’m guessing it was taken about 1880.  The photo was taken in Grinnell, Iowa, which was where the family was living in 1880.

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John Mullins (1844-1894)

When he enlisted in the 14th New York Heavy Artillery regiment in 1863, he was 19 years old and described as 5’6″ in height with blue eyes, light hair, and fair complexion.

The next photo is of Martha with one of her daughters:

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Martha Jane Hammond and unknown daughter, courtesy of Michael Curtis.

To me, it didn’t seem like the same woman as the older photo I already had.  The jaw-line is similarly strong, and the hair is curly in both, but this woman seemed to have pale blue eyes, and in the older photo the woman seemed to have darker eyes.  Then another photo of Martha as an older woman was put online:

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Martha Jane Hammond as an older woman.  Courtesy of Michael Curtis.

This looked to be the same woman as the middle portrait.

Next came one of the missing pieces of the puzzle.  It’s the full portrait from which the original portrait of Martha was taken:

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John Mullins & Martha Jane Hammond, c1871.  Courtesy of Michael Curtis.

My first thought was this must be two of the children of John and Martha.  I remembered that the original portrait had been labeled “Agnes Mullins”, so I thought it was Agnes and her older brother, William Mullins.  But as I said, Agnes died at age 15, and the ages of these two didn’t seem correct for her to be 14 or 15 and him to be 20.  It seemed more likely that this was a wedding portrait of John and Martha.

The final piece of the puzzle was this portrait of Guy Harvey Curtis (brother of my 2x-great-grandfather Florin Herbert Curtis) and his wife Winifred Elizabeth “Bessie” Mullins, who was the daughter of John and Martha.  It was obviously taken in their living room and two portraits are visible:

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Bessie Mullins & Guy H. Curtis, courtesy of Michael Curtis

The obvious thing is the same portrait of Martha Jane Hammond on the wall.  Less obvious is that the full version of the portrait (with John Mullins) is barely visible behind the chair of Guy H. Curtis.  One can recognize the same hat and face, etc, from the wedding portrait.

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To me it makes sense that Bessie would have portraits of her parents in her home, so it cemented my view that the original portrait must be Martha Jane Hammond taken about the time of her wedding to John Mullins c1871.

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Immigrant Ancestors from England

A look at some of the branches of my family I’ve traced back to England, and the original immigrant ancestors from those lines.

Fairbanks

Jonathan Fairbanks arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 from Yorkshire, England before settling in Dedham, Massachusetts.  The weird thing about the Fairbanks family is that they touch mine via marriage of Jane Fairbanks to Rev. William Duff, who lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Jonathan Fairbanks (1595 – 1668)
George Fairbanks II (1619 – 1683) Son of Jonathan
Eliezur Fairbanks III (1655 – 1741) Son of George
Cap. Eleasur Fairbanks IV (1690 – 1741) Son of Eliezur
Eleazer Fairbanks (1716 – 1760) Son of Cap. Eleasur
Rufus Fairbanks (1759 – 1842) Son of Eleazer
John Eleazer Fairbanks (1793 – 1860) Son of Rufus
Jane Elizabeth Fairbanks (1823 – 1871 Daughter of John Eleazer
Annie E. Prescott Duff (1847 – 1930) Daughter of Jane Elizabeth

Jones

Thomas Jones (1620 – 1671) arrived from Hampshire, England to Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1638.  His great-granddaughter Sarah Jones married Newton Ransom (1722-1796):

Sarah Jones (1724 – 1804)
Dr Luther Ransom (1758 – 1832) son of Sarah
Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) daughter of Luther
Charles H Thomas (1821 – 1873) son of Sophia

William Jones came from England to Massachusetts, likely around 1640.  His descendant Mehitable Jones married Paul Dexter Pond (1760-1843):

William Jones (1589 – 1677)
Thomas Jones (1645 – 1679) son of William
Thomas Jones (1674 – 1729) son of Thomas
Aaron Jones (1713 – 1742) son of Thomas
Samuel Jones (1740 – 1786) son of Aaron
Mehetabel Jones (1765 – 1841) daughter of Samuel
Samuel Pond (1790 – 1865) son of Mehetabel
Louisa “Lois” Adams Pond (1823 – 1896) daughter of Samuel

Knight

Richard Knight (1603-1683) arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in April, 1635 aboard the ship “James” with another of my ancestors, Anthony Morse.  His daughter Elizabeth Knight married Anthony Morse (1631-1677):

Deacon Richard Knight Sr. (1603 – 1683)
Elizabeth Knight (1639 – 1667) Daughter of Deacon Richard
Ens. Anthony Morse (1662 – 1710) Son of Elizabeth
Elizabeth Morse (1697 – 1762) Daughter of Ens. Anthony
Nathaniel Morse (1728 – 1781) Son of Elizabeth
David Morse (1756 – 1840) Son of Nathaniel
Sally Maria “Mariah” Morse (1805 – 1890) Daughter of David
Louisa “Lois” A. Pond (1823 – 1896) Daughter of Sally Maria “Mariah”

Lathrop

Samuel Lathrop came to Plymouth from Egerton, Kent, England in 1634.  His descendant Sarah Lathrop Adams (1765-1857) married David Morse (1756 – 1840) thus combining two Pilgrim lines:

Samuel Lathrop Lothrop (1623 – 1700)
Israel Lathrop Lothrop (1659 – 1733) Son of Samuel
Samuel Lathrop (1692 – 1753) Son of Israel
Capt Elisha Lathrop (1713 – 1787) Son of Samuel
Sarah Lathrop (1765 – 1857) Daughter of Capt Elisha
Sally Maria “Mariah” Morse (1805 – 1890) Daughter of Sarah
Louisa “Lois” A. Pond (1823 – 1896) Daughter of Sally Maria “Mariah”

Morse

Anthony Morse came from Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, and settled in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635. Apparently Anthony testified at his sister-in-law’s trial where she was accused of being a witch!  His descendant Sally Maria Morse married Samuel Pond (1790-1865):

Anthony Morse Sr. (1606 – 1686)
Deacon Benjamin Morse (1641 – 1707) Son of Anthony
Deacon William Morse (1673 – 1749) Son of Deacon Benjamin
Daniel Morse Sr. (1697 – 1766) Son of Deacon William
Nathaniel Morse (1728 – 1781) Son of Daniel
David Morse (1756 – 1840) Son of Nathaniel
Sally Maria “Mariah” Morse (1805 – 1890) Daughter of David
Louisa “Lois” A. Pond (1823 – 1896) Daughter of Sally Maria “Mariah”

Polley

George Polley (1625 – 1683) came to Woburn, Massachusetts before 1649 from Shoreditch, Middlesex, England.  His grand-daughter Mary Polley married Thomas Jones (1681-1729):

George Polley (1625 – 1683)
George Polley (1656 – 1698) Son of George
Mary Polley (1682 – 1729) Daughter of George
Sarah Jones (1724 – 1804) Daughter of Mary
Dr Luther Ransom (1758 – 1832) Son of Sarah
Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) Daughter of Dr Luther
Charles H. L. Thomas (1821 – 1873) Son of Sophia

Pond

Daniel Pond arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts from Edwardston, England in 1630.  His descendant Lois Pond married Charles H. Thomas.

Daniel Pond (1627 – 1697)
Ephraim Pond (1656 – 1704) Son of Daniel
Samuel Pond (1729 – 1806) Son of Ephraim
Paul D Pond (1760 – 1843) Son of Samuel
Samuel Pond (1791 – 1866) Son of Paul D
Louisa “Lois” A. Pond (1823 – 1896) Daughter of Samuel

Ransom

Robert Ransom arrived in Massachusetts from England in 1654.  His descendant Sophia Ransom was the mother of Charles H.L. Thomas

Robert Ransom (1637 – 1697)
Joshua Ransom (1665 – 1713) Son of Robert
Robert Ransom (1687 – 1777) Son of Joshua
Newton Ransom (1722 – 1796) Son of Robert
Dr Luther Ransom (1758 – 1832) Son of Newton
Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) Daughter of Dr Luther
Charles H. L. Thomas (1821 – 1873) Son of Sophia

Smith

Richard Smith (1596-1666), came to the US from Gloucestershire, England and settled in Rhode Island in the 1630’s.  He established a trading post on the western side of the Narragansett Bay at a place called Cocumscussoc, later to become the village of Wickford in modern-day North Kingstown, Rhode Island.  His daughter Joan Smith married Thomas Newton (1630-1683):

Richard Smith (1596 – 1666)
Joan Smith (1627 – 1664) daughter of Richard
Capt James Newton (1654 – 1739) son of Joan
Alice Newton (1686 – 1779) daughter of Capt James
Newton Ransom (1722 – 1796) son of Alice
Dr Luther Ransom (1758 – 1832) son of Newton
Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) daughter of Dr Luther
Charles H Thomas (1821 – 1873) son of Sophia

Taylor

Nancy Taylor, born about 1784, was born in London, England according to her son Seneca Folsom’s death record.  She married Gordon Folsom (1788-1813) on 27 Jan 1806 in Rome, Kennebec, Maine.  She died about 1835 in Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine.  She is one of the only English direct ancestors I have that didn’t arrive at the time of the Pilgrims.

Nancy Taylor (1784 – 1835)
Charles Taylor Folsom (1808 – 1886) son of Nancy Taylor
Lucy Gilman Folsom (1835 – 1916) daughter of Charles Taylor Folsom
Helen Maria Nason (1863 – 1912) daughter of Lucy Gilman Folsom

Wolcott

Simon Wolcott arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts with his parents Henry Wolcott (1579 – 1655) and Elizabeth Saunders (1584 – 1655) at the age of six from Tolland, England.  His descendant Theodosia Wolcott married Dr. Luther Ransom:

Simon Wolcott (1624 – 1687)
Henry Wolcott (1670 – 1747) Son of Simon
Thomas Wolcott Sr (1702 – 1762) Son of Henry
Luke Wolcott (1730 – 1762) Son of Thomas
Theodosia Wolcott (1762 – 1825) Daughter of Luke
Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) Daughter of Theodosia
Charles H. L. Thomas (1821 – 1873) Son of Sophia

 


The Hammond Family of Donegal, Ireland

My 3x great-grandmother Martha Jane Hammond was born just outside the city of Donegal in County Donegal, Ireland.  This updated document will outline new information about her family that has been obtained from Irish civil and church records, and other sources.

Alexander Hammond and Margaret Lenox

Alexander Hammond and his wife Margaret Lenox, my 6x great-grandparents were likely born near Donegal in the late 1760’s.  They were married in Drumhome, Donegal, Ireland on 20 Jul 1792.  Alexander’s father was listed as Andrew Hammond, and Margaret’s father was listed as Daniel Lenox.  Andrew was from Ballydermot and his wife from Tullyleague, according to their marriage record.

Alexander and Margaret had the following children, all born in Drumhome, Donegal Ireland:

  1. Andrew Hammond (bap 1 May 1792 in Ballydermot).
  2. Alexander Hammond (bap 20 Aug 1794 in Lismintin).
  3. Andrew Hammond II (bap 9 Mar 1796 in Lismintan), married Elizabeth Graham, died 24 Feb 1871 in Agadowey, Drumholm, Donegal, Ireland at the age of 74.
  4. Richard Hammond (bap 5 Oct 1798 in Ballydermot).
  5. Robert Hammond (bap 5 Oct 1798 in Ballydermot).
  6. Timothy Hammond (bap 12 Dec 1802 in Ballydermot).

Francis Graham and Jane Pearson

Francis Graham and his wife Jane Pearson (also my 6x great grandparents) were married about 1790 in Drumhome, Donegal, Ireland.  Francis had been married before to Jane Griffith, with whom he had a daughter Mary Graham, born in 1783.

Francis Graham and Jane Pearson had the following children, all born in Dromore, Drumhome, Donegal Ireland:

  1. Elizabeth Graham I (bap 17 Jul 1791).
  2. Hannah Graham (bap 19 Oct 1792).
  3. Elizabeth Graham II (bap 12 Dec 1793).

Andrew Hammond and Elizabeth Graham

Andrew Hammond II and Elizabeth Graham were my 5x great-grandparents.  Andrew Hammond II was born in Mar, 1796 in Ballydermot, Drumhome, Donegal, Ireland and baptized there on 1 May 1792.  He married Elizabeth Graham, daughter of Francis Graham and his wife Jane Pearson on 20 Sept 1814 in Donegal Parish of Donegal County.  Elizabeth was listed as being from Drumholm and Andrew from Donegal.

Andrew and Elizabeth had six known children who were born in the parish of Finnabanes in County Donegal except Andrew who seems to have been born while visiting Elizabeth’s family in Drumholm:

  1. John Hammond (born 15 Jun 1816), married Jane Bustard and Margaret Miller, died 15 Mar 1895 in Glencoagh, Mountcharles, Donegal, Ireland at the age of 78.
  2. Edward Hammond (b 26 Oct 1818).
  3. Jane Hammond (b 18 Mar 1822, married George Hanna, died 4 Dec 1891 in Ballintra, Donegal, Ireland).
  4. Mary Ann Hammond (b 23 Aug 1826).
  5. Andrew Hammond (b 24 Apr 1828 in parish Dromore, married Margaret Bustard, died 7 Jun 1903 in Finnabanes).
  6. William Hammond (b 7 Jul 1829, married Martha Jane Kealty, died abt 1880 in Brooklyn, Iowa).

John and Ann Bustard

John and Ann Bustard were my 5x great-grandparents.  They were married about 1819 in County Donegal, Ireland (likely in Clarcam).  They had the following children in Clarcam, Donegal, Ireland:

  1. William Bustard (b 6 Apr 1820).
  2. Jane Bustard (b 27 Jul 1823).
  3. Isabella Bustard (b 11 Nov 1825).
  4. John Bustard (bap 11 Nov 1832).

John Hammond and Jane Bustard

John Hammond and Jane Bustard were my 4x great-grandparents.  John Hammond was born 15 Jun 1816 in Finnabanes, and was baptized 16 Jun 1816 in the same place.  Jane Bustard was born 27 Jul 1823 in Clarcam, Donegal, Ireland and was baptized there on 29 Jul 1823.  They were married on 29 Dec 1841 in Donegal.  John’s brother William was listed as one of the witnesses. The children of John Hammond and Jane Bustard were all born in County Donegal, Ireland:

1) Anna “Ann” Hammond was born 1 Nov 1843 in Finnabanes.  She married Richard King on 17 Aug 1871 in Grinnell, Iowa, and they had at least four children.  Ann died 26 Oct 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2) Elizabeth “Betty” Hammond was born 5 Nov 1845 in Drummenny and died 5 Oct 1932, likely in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she had been working as a housekeeper.  She is not believed to have married or had any children.

3) Martha Jane Hammond was born 22 Jun 1848 in Drummenny.  She married John Mullins on 18 May 1871 in Marengo, Iowa.  They had five children.  Martha died 2 Dec 1930 in Grinnell, Iowa due to heart disease.

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Martha Jane Hammond and unknown daughter, courtesy of Michael Curtis.

4) Mary Hammond was born 18 Mar 1851 in Finnabanes.  She married Albert Hickman on 15 Apr 1879 in Iowa County, Iowa.  They had two children.  She died 8 Sept 1914 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

5) Andrew J Hammond was born 1 Dec 1853 in Finnabanes.  He married Mary Magdelein Pilgrim on 16 Sept 1878 at Union, Iowa.  They had three daughters.  He died 30 Sept 1903 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Andrew Hammond and family.

6) Margaret Hammond I was born 24 Jun 1856 in Finnabanes.  She likely died at or shortly after birth.

7) Margaret “Maggie” Hammond II was born 10 Oct 1858 in Finnabanes.  She married James B. Johnson about 1879.  They had a daughter Lorenia M “Lola” Johnson (1880-1954) .  Maggie then married Adam Dunlap in 1897 in Grinnell, Iowa.  They had a son, Leroy Daniel “Roy” Dunlap (1900-1963).  Maggie died 10 Nov 1931 in Harvey, Illinois.

8) Catherine “Kate” Hammond was born about 1862, likely in Finnabanes.  So far her birth record has not been located.  She married Dock D Harr on 6 Jun 1882 in Hampton, Iowa, and they had at least one daughter, Cecile I Harr (1833-1958).  Kate died 26 Jul 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On 26 Dec 1864, John married his second wife, Margaret Miller, daughter of Robert Miller, who was 27 years younger than him (he was 48, she was 21).  They had thirteen more children in County Donegal:

  1. William John Hammond (b 30 Nov 1865 in Lacrum).
  2. Robert Hammond (b 15 Jan 1867 in Lacrum).
  3. Matthew Hammmond (b 4 May 1868 in Lacrum).
  4. George Hammond (b 28 Jul in Lacrum).
  5. Fannie Hammond (b 20 Nov 1870 in Lacrum).
  6. Elizabeth Isabella Hammond (b 21 Jun 1872 in Lacrum).
  7. Francis Hammond (b 14 Oct 1873 in Altilow).
  8. Edward John Hammond (b 25 Apr 1875 in Altilow).
  9. Martha Hammond (b 25 Nov 1877 in Altilow).
  10. Alexander Hammond (b 20 Jun 1879 in Altilow).
  11. Ella J Hammond (b 28 May 1881 in Altilow, baptized as Rebecca).
  12. Matthew John Hammond (b 28 Nov 1883 in Altilow, baptized as John).
  13. Rebecca Hammond (b 27 Feb 1887 in Altilow).

John died 15 Mar 1891 in Glencoagh Mountcharles, Donegal, Ireland.  His occupation was listed as “weaver”.  His second wife Margaret Miller died in West Fork, Iowa on 4 Mar 1909.

John Mullins and Martha Jane Hammond

John Mullins and Martha Jane Hammond were my 3x great-grandparents.

John was born in Ireland (perhaps in Dublin) on 25 Mar 1844 (per his gravestone), and came to America before the Civil War.  He worked as a blacksmith in Buffalo, Erie, New York, and enlisted in the Union Army there in August 1863 as part of Company E of the 14th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment.  He was described as having blue eyes, light hair, fair compexion and as being 5’6″ in height.

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John Mullins (1844-1894)

John was mustered out of the Union Army on 26 Aug 1865 in Washington D.C. and went to work in Marengo, Iowa as a blacksmith.  He is in the 1870 Census there working as one of four blacksmiths on the ranch of Thomas Crew, a stock (cattle) dealer.

He married Martha Jane Hammond on 18 May 1871 in Marengo, and they had the following children:

  1. William Richard Mullins (b 27 May 1872 in Marengo).
  2. Jessiman May “Jessie” Mullins (b 8 Feb 1874 in Marengo).
  3. Agnes Mullins (b 2 Jul 1876 in Marengo).
  4. Elizabeth Winifred “Bessie” Mullins (b 28 Apr 1878 in Marengo).
  5. Edith Edna Mullins (b 30 Jul 1881 in Grinnell).

John Mullins died of paralysis on 31 Jan 1894 in Grinnell, Iowa.  His wife Martha Jane Hammond died of heart disease on 2 Dec 1930, also in Grinnell.