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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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TOM J. HAMMAR, of Hammar House, Sarcoxie, Mo., was born Jan. 19, 1838, in Indiana county, Pa. His parents, Francis and Margaret G. Hammar, were natives of Maryland. Our subject was reared in his native state, and educated in the common schools and at Blairsville (Pa.) Academy. In 1865 he moved with his parents to Cincinnati, Ohio, and engaged as clerk in a store belonging to Francis Hammar, Jr. He remained in that position about five months, then came to Jasper county, Mo., and located at Sarcoxie; commenced business in a general store, and shortly afterward entered into business with H. Hubbard, present county collector; continued in business about one year, when he sold his interests to Mr. C. Pettit, of this place. He re-engaged in business five years thereafter with his former partner and B. E. Hammar, a brother; two years later he purchased the entire stock and continued alone until 1875; has since been engaged in the hotel business and in farming. Our subject was married in 1858 to Miss Sarah E. Love, also a native of Pennsylvania. From this union there were four children, three of whom are now living: Margaret A., now wife of J. C. Reynolds, of this county, was born Oct. 7, 1859; Lida J., now wife of W. W. Williams, of Mt. Rose county, Mo., was born May 4, 1861; Sarah E., born April 19, 1863; and Christopher G., born Oct. 29, 1864, and died Oct. 2, 1865, Mrs. H. dying, subject was again married Feb. 19, 1808, to Miss Alice M., daughter of Clayborn and Isabella Osborn, of this county. This union has been blessed with six children: Thos. T., born Feb. 25, 1869; Minnie A., born Dec. 30, 1870, and died Oct. 1, 1875; Naomi Hester, born Dec. 12, 1874; Francis C., born Nov. 17, 1877, and died Oct. 25, 1879; Benjamin W., born Nov. 29, 1879, and died April 2, 1881; James Albert, born Nov. 2, 1881, and died March 13, 1882, Mrs. H, is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of Sarcoxie. Mr. Hammar is a member of the Masonic order.

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