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This family's origins are a small village in Devonshire England named Ermington. William "O" Hammock (so styled because of his habit of using O as his mark) was born to John Hammock and Joan Sparkwell in 1623. In 1656 he was transported to America and served a 12 year indenture. He was transported to Northampton County, Virginia which lies across the Chesapeake Bay on Virginia's Eastern Shore by James Price. At the conclusion of his servitude he purchased property in Westmoreland and Richmond Counties, and sired several sons and daughters by three wives. George Hammock, pioneer of Pinellas County, Florida was a fifth generation descendant of the aforementioned William. The Hammock Family remained mostly in Virginia until after the Revolutionary War. At that time they began migrating south into North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and then George and his brother Jackson ventured into Florida.
George Hammock was the son of Paschal Hammock and Elizabeth Hughes of Randolph County Georgia. George Hammock was born 1818 in Georgia, and died in 1873 in Hillsborough County; now Pinellas, County near Seminole, I have not been able to locate where he is buried, but it is believed that he is buried in the Anona Pioneer Cemetery.
The first record I have of him in Florida is a deed dated October 2nd, 1844 where he purchased eighty (80) acres of land in Madison County from William Sapp for $105.00. On November 25th, 1847 he married Sarah Jane P. Wesson in Madison County Florida, the marriage was performed by J. J. Richards, a Minister of the Gospel. Sarah was born about 1830 in South Carolina to Thomas Wesson and Nancy Jones. She died in Hamilton County Florida about 1852. Her burial location is unknown to me at this time. About the same time as George makes his appearance in Madison County, his brother Jackson arrives in Benton County (later renamed once again Hernando) with his children, his first wife apparently deceased. By 1860, both George and Jackson are in Madison County. Descendants of both George and Jackson can today be found all over Florida!
George and Sarah had one son George Wesson Hammock. About 1853 George married Christian Elhannah McCall. There were seven daughters born to this union, they were: Mary Hammock born 1855, Susan J. Hammock born 1857, Georgianne Elizabeth Hammock born April 30, 1858, Cimidosia (Aunt Sim) Hammock born February 13, 1860, Clementine Harriet (Aunt Pink) Hammock born April 30, 1862, Barbara Ellen Hammock born January 5, 1865, and Laura Hammock, born March 1, 1867. Christian died March 12, 1867 apparently from complications of child birth and is buried in the McCall family plot at the Mount Horeb Cemetery in Pinetta, Madison County, FL.
George and Christian are enumerated in the 1860 Madison County Census; M653 Roll 108, Madison County Page 58 Line 35 Dwelling 425 Family 425. Living in the household are also two of George Hammock's nephews, the sons of his brother Jackson as well as a wheelwright and a physician.
Shortly after Christian's death, George packs his family into a covered wagon and moves his family south to Hernando County, all but baby Laura whom he left with family back in Madison County, and is enumerated in the 1867 State census of Hernando County Page 13a.(a transcription can be veiwed on the Hernando County FLGenWeb site. It is reported by his descendants that it was a good trip he only broke down once necessitating the need to wait for help to arrive. Since his destination was to be the western Hillsborough peninsula which would become Pinellas County in 1911, that breakdown may well have occurred in Hernando County.
I am not sure if they stopped in Brooksville, Florida, but according to an interview with Georgia Hammock McMullen Forbs, published in the Clearwater Sun, February 19, 1950 she said they stopped in Brooksville for a year. Then they came to St. Petersburg. In another interview with Ruth Crawford published in the TOURIST NEWS on November 21, 1925, another daughter, Mary Hammock Griner, said "their journey ended at the Pinellas ranch of the McClouds, near what is now Clearwater." It is my belief that they first settled near Clearwater then later moved further south between Lealman and Pinellas Point, I based this on the above information and information contained in the book " Bethel's History of Point Pinellas by John A. Bethell" published in 1914 and reprinted in 1962, and also, from deeds where his son George W. Hammock purchased different parcels of land. John Bethell said the following about him, "Another settler was George Hammock, who was a very succesful farmer and stock raiser."
About 1870, George would again marry, to a lady who is only known by me as Mary at this time. Per Leon Hammock of Clearwater; there are no known children of this marriage.