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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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NICHOLAS HAMMEL. It is a well established fact that a man of natural ability, if possessed of integrity and energy, can accomplish almost any given purpose in life. Every day furnishes examples of men who commenced in life empty handed and in a brief period of time accumulated considerable fortune. Such is the case with our subject, who was born in Germany May 11, 1828, and has been a citizen of this country since 1840.

The mother of our subject died when he was two years old. He remained in his native land, where he was given a fair education, until 1840, when, in company with his father, Jacob Hammel, he embarked on a sailing-vessel for the United States. Their destination was St. Clair County, this state, and there they made their home until the decease of the father in 1855. In that year our subject came to Randolph County, and after various removals, located upon his present property in 1866.

After locating here, Mr. Hammel did hard pioneer work in improving his property for many years. He devotes his entire time to agriculture, and to the quarter-section which he first owned he has added until his possessions number three hundred and ten acres. It is well improved with all the modern machinery found on the estate of an intelligent farmer, and is pleasantly located one mile northeast of Preston and eight miles west of Sparta. In connection with his farming operations Mr. Hammel for eighteen years operated a threshing machine.

In 1851 our subject and Miss Dorothy Armstuch, who was born in Pennsylvania, were united in marriage, and to them have been born ten children, of whom the five living are, Catherine, Mrs. William Rinehart; George; Tracy, the wife of Daniel Liber; Frank, and Sophia, Mrs. Albert Rinehart. In his political relations Mr. Hammel has always voted with the Republican party. Religiously he is a member of the Lutheran Church, with which denomination his wife is also connected.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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