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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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BENJAMIN E. HAMMER was born in 1829 in Hagerstown, Maryland. His father, Francis, was a native of Maryland, as was his mother, whose maiden name was Margaret Griffith, a connection of the Pennsylvania family. In 1856 he went to Memphis, Tennessee, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits until the breaking out of the late war. He joined the First Tennessee Regiment as a private, but was soon honored with the promotion of colonel of the regiment, and served two years. In 1866 he removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he remained in business a year, coming to Jasper county, Missouri, in 1867. He spent a year at this time in Memphis, and then returned to Jasper county, Missouri, devoting his time to mercantile pursuits in several points in the county. Subsequently he took charge of the Jasper county poor farm for three years, with profit to the county and credit to himself. In 1882 he bought the City Hotel and livery stable, which he sold in 1882. Colonel Hammer owns a large and elegant residence on Maple Street. In 1868 he was married to Miss Tennie Poe, of Tennessee. They have three children living and three deceased.

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