HAMEL, PETER E., retired from active farming and living at 912 South East Street, was born in Knox County, Ohio, April 10, 1833, son of William and Rosanna (Ely) Hamel, the father being a native of Somerset County, Pa., born November 21, 1807, and the mother, of Washington County, the same State. They moved to Ohio in 1814, and in October 1850, the family located in Morgan County and purchased a farm of 240 acres eight miles southwest of Jacksonville. The father was engaged in farming until within a few years of his death, which occurred at Lynnville (whither he had retired) in 1877.
Peter E. Hamel was raised on his father's farm; attended the school near his home; remained with his parents until 1873, and then farmed on his own account. He is now the owner of 170 acres of the old homestead and an additional 80 acres three miles east of Woodson. He retired from active work on the farm in 1898, bought his present comfortable home in Jacksonville, and has since resided there. He was married September 6, 1866, to Sarah Green, daughter of Thomas Green, a farmer who settled in Morgan County, in 1836. Mr. Hamel has had four children: Ellen O. L., who died at sixteen years; Margaret, wife of Henry Reece; Joseph L. and Charles E. Mr. Hamel has served as School Director, Road Supervisor and Township Trustee; in politics is a Republican, and is connected with the I.O.O.F.