A New Look, a Few Changes and a Lot More Hammitt’s
We’ve brightened things up, made some changes and added a “Master Tree” to our newest “Branches” section. The “Branches” menu includes links to those earliest Hammitt, Hammett and Hammatt lineages represented in the Master Tree. Those who have joined our search for answers know there are two main trees in the Genealogy section. For those who are new, you’ll find the two trees hold many of the same people. However, they center around different aspects of research and cover a wide range of information. The “Branches” button is a new addition to the site and is located on the far right on the Genealogy menu bar. The Branches menu is where you’ll find a “Master Tree” that holds all the Hammitt, Hammett and Hammatt families we have followed in our search, including the families they married into. This menu also has direct links to some of the earliest families we have followed in our search. Not everyone in the tree is a direct ancestor and while some remain a mystery, several of the families are related through marriage. Quite often the surnames found in one generation are related to those found in later years. Following those lines helped us piece together several of the families.
The “Master Tree” is a working tree, subject to change. It holds names, dates, comments, identifies the sources we’ve relied on and in some cases differs from many of the genealogy trees found online. We have worked hard to confirm the families and document their relationships. However, new information is never ending and those new discoveries can change the entire dynamic of what we once thought was true. As with all genealogy trees, you should verify the information in the tree is correct if you decide to rely on the material presented. Please take a moment to let us know if you find an error or disagree with the information presented, especially if your information differs from ours.
The object of the website is to correctly represent our family’s history, search for the ancestors of Isaac Hammitt, document contributions and tell their stories for future generations. While we haven’t been successful at finding the one person or family that ties everyone together, we have accumulated quite a few Hammitt, Hammett and Hammatt families, along with the families they married into. Our story is buried in one of these families. Hopefully, as we tell the stories of the families we’ve followed we will discover our own.
To see a list of the top 100 surnames in the database go to the Genealogy section and click on the Surnames link.
Spreading our Roots
We’ve been working together on our ancestry search for a while now and looking at this picture of the two us, collaborating may have been in our future long before we realized it. This year brings some minor changes in appearance and a bit of rearranging. Deciding how best to organize the information we’ve accumulated, while keeping up with the internet’s “website rules” can be more than a little daunting. Once again, although not much appears to have changed on the surface, a lot has been added to the Genealogy Section. Over 1790 obituaries, mortuary and death notices have been transcribed and added to Cheryl’s tree, along with many of the articles and personal stories she has gathered over the years. Her BOSWORTH branch represents the largest surname referenced on the HammittRoots website, resulting from the work of two generations over several years. Their genealogy and history takes the Barnes family back to their Mayflower roots through Nehemiah Bosworth. Born 1731, he was a Revolutionary War soldier, descended from Hannah Howland, daughter of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley, Mayflower passengers. Cheryl’s tree continues to add individual’s to this extensive branch of HammittRoots.
A good portion of the Hammitt descendants have had their census information added and some now have snippets of the census docs attached. Three Branches have been created in Susan’s tree, making it easier to identify direct descendants. These include: “Descendants of Isaac Hammitt”, “Descendants of George Hammitt” and “Orphan Families”. Each branch includes ancestors, descendants, their spouses and the families of spouses. The “Orphan Families” branch refers to those whose originating family has not yet been identified. The “Descendants of George Hammitt” branch connects the descending families of George Hammitt and Rhoda Packer. George and Rhoda Packer Hammitt (of Burlington County) are the earliest ancestors of many New Jersey families. Although we have not been able to establish a direct link between George Hammitt and the ancestor of our Isaac Hammitt, we do believe the families were related.
The Families Section is still a work in progress, but has begun to take shape. This is where you will find information about individual’s, their accomplishments and how we identified them. Recently added to the Barnes-Bosworth menu is a comparison of Asahel Barnes, born 1774, and Asahel Barnes, born 1777. The Asahel’s are easily confused and are a perfect example of how one person’s namesake can wreak havoc on an entire genealogy tree. Then again, those namesakes may just hold the clues we need to unlock the mystery of who we are.
Helping each other, sharing our discoveries, theories and thoughts is what will finally break through that brick wall we are facing.
Our Hammitt Family is Branching Out
If you have visited us before, you’ll notice our home page has changed. If this is your first visit, you’ll find our “Welcome to Hammitt Roots” page in the “Quick Look” section. The Welcome page will provide a bit of information about the website. Our Hammitt Genealogy links us to many extended families throughout Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey in a variety of ways. Through marriages, businesses and associations we hope to uncover the story of our ancestors.
It may not look like much has been taking place, but a lot has been happening in the background. We now have over 25,000 individuals listed in the Genealogy section, many with stories or short articles attached. Census information and articles are being transcribed regularly. You will also find a great deal of research on the Bosworth Family. While not the focus of our website, the effort of family members who researched the line was too great to not include their entire branch.
The Family pages (Hammitt, Fennell, Barnes-Bosworth) are beginning to take shape.
Here you will find information about key families in the Genealogy section, how the families are connected and where we believe they originated. We also identify the earliest documented ancestors for each family to help you begin your search. These pages are a work in progress. As we move forward we will begin adding the names of individuals who held important roles in each family.
A few new areas have been added to the sidebar on the right.
The “Quick Look” section provides links to the Surnames and Places pages. On the Surnames page you will find a list of the top 30 names currently included in the Genealogy Section. The Places page will list the top 30 places where family members lived at various times. Each list expands further once you are logged into the Genealogy section.
Our “Topics of Interest” section is designed to hold information important to the website or of special interest to those involved in the never ending search for our ancestors. This is where you’ll find a link to our “Updates and Changes” page that will list corrections and changes as they are made to the families in the Genealogy section. Much like our Family Pages, this area is also a work in progress that will evolve over time.
Once again, welcome and we hope you’ll join us on our journey through the generations!