Orangeburgh District Migrations

Migration of John George HAMITER and Mary Frances SCOTT

1. John George HAMITER, born 22 Jan 1795 in Cedar Creek, Richland County, South Carolina; died 7 May 1845 in Pickens County, Alabama; buried May 1845 in Hamiter Cem., Pickens County, Alabama, son of Adam Frederick HAMITER and Barbara REBSAMEN. He married on 2 Apr 1818 in Richland County, South Carolina Mary Frances SCOTT, born 24 Feb 1802 in Cedar Creek, Richland County, South Carolina; died 25 May 1878 in Pickens County, Alabama; buried May 1878 in Hamiter Cem., Pickens County, Alabama, daughter of Benjamin SCOTT (Jr) and Mary Frances SHAVER.

Notes for John George HAMITER: John George changed his name after Adam Frederick Hamiter died in 1822 to George Frederick Hamiter in honor of his father and to prevent others from being confused due to the fact that he and his younger brother had the same first name "John". Both George and his wife Mary Frances are buried in the Hamiter Family Cemetery four miles southeast of Carrlooton, Alabama on what was commonly known as the Claude Phillips Farm. George Frederick died of measels.

Children of John George HAMITER and Mary Frances SCOTT were as follows:

a. Daniel Wesley HAMITER, born 15 Jun 1819 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; died 7 May 1892 in Houston, Mississippi; buried 9 May 1892 in Houston, Mississippi. He married (1) in Pickens County, Alabama Louisa Winifred WARD, born 29 Nov 1829 in Macon, Mississippi; died 11 May 1870 in Forest, Mississippi; buried May 1870 in Forest, Mississippi; (2) on 3 Jan 1871 Mary Elizabeth CLARK, born 14 May 1820 in Clayburn County, Mississippi.

Notes for Daniel Wesley HAMITER: The following is a copy of an Autobiographical sketch by Daniel Wesley Hamiter. "The under signed was born in Fairfield County, South Carolina, on the 15th day of June 1819. "My parents had 10 children, Viz. the undersigned, William S., George W., Mary E., Frances W., Martha C., Joel, Hiram, and John Tyler Hamiter. "I spent my time on the farm and going to school up to the year 1835, when I immigrated with my parents to Pickens County, Alabama. I lived in this county 24 years. During this period I went to high school at Pleasant Ridge, Pickens County, taught by R. S. Gladney, a Presbyterian Minister, 2 years, farmed 3, taught 4, and carried on at _____(original paper torn) a forwarding and receiving business 15. I joined the Oak Presbyterian Church in 1839. "I married Louisa W., oldest daughter of Col. Jno. Ward. July 13, 1848 ____(original torn) Miss during _____(original torn) to Garlandville 1870, thence to Houston, Miss. 1873, thence to Macon, and back to Houston 1883 where I now reside. It will here be observed that a teacher by profession does not as a rule remain long at a place. This state of affairs does not generally arise so much on the part of the students, but the parents. "I was selected a Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church at Frankonia, Alabama in 1850. Afterwards I served in this capacity in the following churches, Viz. Moriah, Newton County, Miss., Forest, Scott County, Garlandville, Jasper County, Macon, Noxubee County, and lastly Houston, Chickasaw County. "I have frequently been delegated to our Presbyterial, once to the Synod, and once to the General Assembly in the U. S. I am an advocate for Sabbath Schools, having been a scholar in them during my youth and acted as Superintendent in them for many years past in all of the above named churches. Ex-Officio I am a member of our County Sabbath School Conventions, and have been a president of the same in 3 different meetings. I am an advocate for family worship and try in my feeble manner to perform this Scared duty during night and morning. The older I become the more confirmed am I in the doctrine taught by the Presbyterian Church. Yet I object to some phraseologies in the Confession of Faith. For example, on page 64 it is said that infants dying in infancy are regenerated and saved in Christ, etc. From this expression an inference or deduction could be reasonably drawn that some infants are not of the elect. As to politics, I have always been a Democrat and admirer of Jno. C. Calhoun, Jefferson Davis, etc. since they are strict constructionists of the constitution of the U. S. and against nullification and secession provided this instrument was obeyed by the Northern States. "I am small in size, 5 ft. 8 inches in height, usual weight 117 lbs. and never over 120 lbs. "On Mat 11th, 1870 my wife died at Forest. She had been an invalid for 2 years disease Chronic Diarrhea. During her illness she manifested Christian patience and resignation and finally expired triumphantly in Christian faith. She was a devoted member of our Presbyterian Church, a true wife to me and a fond mother to our children. The fruit of our marriage consisted of 5 sons and 3 daughters Viz., Everett Newton, Louisa Frances, John Wesley, Marietta Elizabeth, Martha Miles, George Frederick, William Scott and Frederick Augustus. All of them dead except the 1st, 5th, and 7th. "My living children are members of the Presbyterian Church, the oldest son a deacon of this church and a merchant of Macon. My daughter the wife of E. F. Medlin, Chancery Clerk at Houston, youngest son a Presbyterian Minister at Blackburg, S. C. "I was married the second time to Mary E., oldest daughter of James P. Clark and Eliza Clark, at Forest. This marriage, like the first, proved to be a happy and fortunate one. She is a true wife to me and as much concerned for the temporial and spiritual welfare of our children as a devoted mother could be. "As to the Genealogy of the undersigned and that of his first and 2nd wives, but little is to him. My great paternal grandfather emigrated from Germany to this country. He had 2 sons, Viz., Adam and Jacob, who were citizens of S. C. The former is my grandfather who married Barbara Turnipseed by whom he had 6 children Viz., Nancy, Frederick, George, Polly, David, and John. The latter had 3 sons, Viz., David John, and Joel. The children of Adam and Jacob Hamiter received but a limited education and none of them succeeded in accumulating a large fortune, except those 3 sons of Jacob. My great maternal grandfather, Benjamin Scott, emigrated from England to this country who had a son, Benjamin who was a citizen of S. C. The latter 1st married a Miss Shaver by whom he had 6 children, Viz., Hiram, Margaret, Elizabeth, Frances, Daniel, and Nancy. He married a 2nd time a Miss Ruff by whom he had 3 daughters Viz., Susan, Polly, and Tamar. "The Religious Tenents of my paternal ancestors were Luthern and Presbyterian, and that of my maternal were Methodist. "The name of my Father was George Frederick, child of Adam Hamiter and that of my mother Frances, 5th child of Benjamin Scott. The avocations of my ancestors was therally (?) that of farming. My paternal grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. "The longevity of my ancestors was short upon the whole, not over 60 years. Daniel, a brother of my father, however lived to the age of 72. Hiram, a brother of my mother, to that of 85 while others on both sides lived only 40 to 50. "My father was born Jan. 22, 1795 and died of measles, May 7th, 1845. My mother was born Feb. 24th, 1802 and died of perhaps Erysipelas May 25th, 1878 having lived 76 years and my father 50. My parents were buried in the family cemetery 4 miles east of Carrollton, Alabama. "My 1st wife's great paternal grandfather emigrated from France to this country and settled in Virginia. He never made any religious profession but had a son who was a Baptist minister. Her maternal great grandfather was a native of Wales he emigrated to this country and settled in N. C. Her father's name was John Ward and that of her mother Louisa Ward. Her father was married twice. By the first wife he had 3 daughters, Viz., Louisa, Sarah J., Cornelia H., Mariette, Augustus, Eugene, Milton, Ella, Clio, and Charles. Others died in infancy. The father of above named children is dead having lived to the age of 90. This family is mostly Baptist. "My 2nd wife's paternal grandfather lived in Kentucky, his name was James Clark and he belonged to the Campbellite or Christian Church. At one time he was very wealthy and had been a teacher by profession lived to the age of 84 years. Her Maternal grandfather, Phillip Briscoe lived in Maryland and was wealthy. Her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Mason was a daughter of that Mason from whom Bayou Mason took its name. She was an eduacated lady, wealthy and a member of the Methodist Church. My 2nd wife's father's name was James P. Clark, a native of Kentucky but emigrated to Miss. He was married during the year 1828 to Elizabeth Briscoe. The fruit of this marriage consisted of 11 children, Viz., Mary E., J. D., Warren, Francis F., Susan A., Henrietta M., Richard P., Caroline J., and Eliza D. The others died during infancy. J. P., Warren died of pneumonia at Canton 1871, Francis D. was killed at the Battle of the Wilderness, Va., in 1864. And their father recently died in his 86th year having lived with his wife 63 years. This family is mostly Methodist. "Before I close this writing I would like to state that I have two daughters buried at Pleasant Ridge, Alabama. My 1st wife at Forest, and 3 sons at Mt. Moriah. It will therefore be seen that I have had much serious and fatal sickness in my family, my affliction and bereavements have fallen heavily upon me yet I feel that my Heavenly Father has blessed me in these afflictions and that I can say with the Apostle, 'It was good for me that I was afflicted.' Upon the whole I have lived up to date a happy and contented man. "My general health has been good, but better since the age of 40. I was under the control of my parents 21 years, engaged in the receiving and forwarding business 15, bookkeeping 4, farming 5 and teaching school 27. I lived in S. C. 17 years, Ala. 24 and Miss to date 31. I thank my Heavenly Father that he has prolonged my life beyond that time allotted man to pray that he may bless what little good I have done and for the sake of Jesus Christ, My beloved Savior, he will forgive my sins of omission and commission. "It is not necessary that I should make a will for I know that my children will do what is right and just for my wife, if she survives. If not done before my death my children will not forget to place tombstones over our departed one at Forest and Mt. Moriah. It is my wish that this record be kept safely in some family Bible and be handed down to my nearest descendants as it may be interesting to them. "Dedicated to my wife and children this day A. D. June 15, 1891." (signed) D. W. Hamiter

Notes for Louisa Winifred WARD: Frances Scott Hamiter was living in Pickens County, Alabama at the time of the 1850 census. She was a widow with the following children living with her: George, Martha, James, Hiram, and John, ages from eight to twenty-five years.

b. William Scott HAMITER, born 25 Aug 1821 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; died 23 Jan 1893 in Pickens County, Alabama; buried 23 Jan 1893 in Union Chapel Cem., Carrolton, Pickens Co., Alabama. He married (1) on 25 Nov 1845 in Pickens County, Alabama Mary Elizabeth Ruff CONNERLY, daughter of David CONNERLY and Anna Catherine TURNIPSEED; (2) on 4 Jul 1886 in Pickens County, Alabama Mary M. MITCHELL, born in Alabama.

c. George Washington HAMITER, born 25 Aug 1823 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; died 1895 in Lampasas Springs, Texas. He married on 15 Apr 1855 in Alabama Eliza Jane WILLIAMS, born 15 Oct 1835 in Sumpter County, Alabama; died Aug 1910 in Richland Parish, Louisiana; buried in Richland Parish, Louisiana.

Notes for George Washington HAMITER: George Washington Hamiter attended Tulane University, became a medical doctor and lived at one time in Monroe, Louisiana. He later moved to what became his last known address at the time of the filing of his brother William Scott's will in 1893, to be Lampasas Springs, Texas. He was known to have descendants living in the Louisiana area as well as Texas. At the present time, 1992, he has a great-granddaughter, Mary Etta Bean, living in Amarillo, Texas, and great-grandsons John Fox in Georgetown, Texas, and Charles Fox in Belton, Texas.

d. Mary Ann Elizabeth HAMITER, born 27 Dec 1825 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; died 16 Sep 1909 in Texas. She married in 1846 in Pickens County, Alabama John James CUNNINGHAM, born 2 Dec 1821 in Kershaw County, South Carolina; died 4 Jun 1853. Mary was baptized by Rev. Reddick Pierce.

e. Frances Weston HAMITER, born 18 Oct 1827 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; died 23 Nov 1839 in Pickens County, Alabama; buried in Hamiter Cem., Pickens County, Alabama. Frances was baptized by Rev. Reddick Pierce. She died young without marrying.

f. Martha Caroline HAMITER, born 28 Jul 1831 in Fairfield County, South Carolina; died 1 Oct 1920 in Pickens County, Alabama; buried Oct 1920 in Union Chapel Cem., Carrolton, Pickens Co., Alabama. She married on 13 May 1874 in Pickens County, Alabama Joseph F. FASON, born 28 Apr 1823; died 6 Feb 1900 in Pickens County, Alabama; buried in Union Chapel Cem., Carrolton, Pickens Co., Alabama. Martha was baptized by Rev. Samuel Dunwoody.

g. Nancy Margaret HAMITER, born 9 May 1833 in Cedar Creek, Richland County, South Carolina; died 24 Feb 1836 in Pickens County, Alabama; buried Feb 1836 in Hamiter Cem., Pickens County, Alabama. Nancy was baptized by Rev. Joseph Holmes. She died young without marrying.

h. Joel James HAMITER, born 13 Apr 1836 in Pickens County, Alabama; died 29 Mar 1884 in Naruna, Burnet County, Texas; buried in Naruna, Burnet County, Texas. Joel was baptized by Rev. George Schaeffer. Joel fought in the Civil War in Company H, 11th Alabama Regiment, under General Robert E. Lee. The Company called themselves the Pickens County Guards, which fought primarly in Virginia with the Army of Northern Virginia.. After returning from the war he moved to Texas. Joel never married.

i. Hiram Pickins HAMITER, born 30 Sep 1838 in Pickens County, Alabama; died 3 Sep 1854 in Pickens County, Alabama; buried Sep 1854 in Hamiter Cem., Pickens County, Alabama. Hiram was baptized by Rev. George Schaeffer. He died young without marrying.

j. John Tyler HAMITER (Sr), born 26 Aug 1841 in Pickens County, Alabama; died 7 Nov 1926 in Pickens County, Alabama; buried in Union Chapel Cem., Carrolton, Pickens Co., Alabama. He married (1) on 7 Nov 1865 in Pickens County, Alabama Margaret Ann MCCAFFERTY, born 19 Oct 1847 in Pickens County, Alabama; died 8 Oct 1893 in Pickens County, Alabama; buried Oct 1893 in Union Chapel Cem., Carrolton, Pickens Co., Alabama; (2) on 10 Apr 1895 in Aliceville, Pickens Co., Alabama Julia TRANTHAM, born 21 May 1852 in Pickens County, Alabama; died 10 Jan 1929 in Alabama; buried Jan 1929 in Franconia Cem., Aliceville, Alabama.

Notes for John Tyler HAMITER (Sr): John Tyler Hamiter planned to follow his brother, George Washington Hamiter, into the medical field, but he joined Company H, 11th Alabama Regiment, Confederate Army under General Robert E. Lee. His Company was known as the Pickens County Guards. He was wounded three times during his military service; once in the leg, once in the head, and once in the arm. The leg wound was rather serious, the head wound was a glancing wound, and the arm a flesh wound. During his remaining lifetime he suffered with severe headaches, which he attributed to his head wound. The following is from the book, The History of Pickens County, Alabama 1540-1920: "On August 6, 1892 the office of sheriff was won by the well known Civil War Veteran Mr. John Tyler Hamiter. Sheriff Hamiter was the son of John William Hamiter (sic), who came to Pickens County from Richland District, South Carolina. He was born and reared in this county, first seeing daylight on August 26, 1841. "Sheriff Hamiter returned from the war in good health and never convinced that the South lost the great struggle. There were many stories passed down through the years relating to Uncle Tyler and the Civil War. One of the most amusing stories took place after a reunion had been held at Chickamauga, which was attended by one Hiram Scott of Carrollton. Mr. Scott returned from the affair and had in his possession two or three walking canes as souvenirs. He approached Uncle Tyler and told of having met a yankee veteran at the reunion and during their conversation the yankee asked Mr. Scott where he was from and upon finding he was from Carrollton, the yankee gave Mr. Scott a walking-cane to give to Sheriff Hamiter for he (the yankee) knew that Uncle Tyler needed a cane after having been on the run during the entire war. All this took place i n the rear of W. G. (Billy) Robertson's store before a large pre-arranged crowd and some of the old people said it was two or three days before Uncle Tyler quieted down. "Sheriff Hamiter served the entire war, took part in some of the fieriest battles as a member of Company H, 11th Alabama Regiment, under Wilcox. "Sheriff Hamiter made the County a good law officer, serving his entire term without serious incident. He was very outspoken and made no secret of where he stood on any subject that arose. He was one of the strongest leaders in the country during the days of the Radical Republican Carpetbagger Scalawag days." During the latter days of his life, John Tyler Hamiter Sr., and his wife Julia, lived with his son John Tyler Jr., in a large country home known as the Lipsey-Hamiter Home, built in 1837 and burned in 1939. This home was approximately four miles southeast of Carrollton, Alabama. John Tyler Hamiter Sr., died of pneumonia on November 7, 1926. The following is the obituary of John Tyler Hamiter Sr., published in the Pickens County Herald/West Alabamian on November 111, 1926: "John Tyler Hamiter, prominent citizen and one time sheriff of Picken, died at his home four miles east of Carrollton Sunday night at 10:00 o'clock, from an attack of pneumonia. He was taken sick more than two weeks prior to his death, but was never able to fight off the disease. "Mr. Hamiter was born August 26, 1841, near Carrollton, and lived his whole life here. He volunteered as a private at the beginning of the Civil War, fought throughout the entire war without being captured, but was wounded three times. He engaged in some of the fiercest battle s of Virginia. He was a member of Company H, 11th Alabama, under Wilcox, and his comrades who survived said he was as brave as ever went into a battlefield. "Mr. Hamiter was elected sheriff of this county many years ago and made a splendid officer. He maintained the same fearless spirit in office as he did on the battlefield. He was fair and just to his fellowman, and his word was his bond. He was considered one of the strongest and most active men of his age in the county, and was till his last illness. He was popular wherever he was known, and took active interest in all matters, political, religious and social. The county loses one of the best men in the death of Mr. Hamiter. "He is survived by his widow and two sons, W. F. Hamiter and J. T. Hamiter Jr., all citizens of Carrollton beat. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. E. Kaylor, pastor of the Methodist Church of Carrollton, of which he was a member. He was buried at Union Chapel Cemetery five miles south of Carrollton Monday afternoon. Despite a heavy down pour of rain all afternoon, a large number of friends over the county attended the funeral services, and the floral offering was evidence of the esteem his friends had for him. Mr. Hamiter will be greatly missed by his friends in Carrollton. He came to town, practically every day when he was not busy on his plantation, and was greeted by old and young alike, as Uncle Tyler. He was a great friend to the young men and children, and never passed them without a friendly greeting."

Information provided by Gene Jeffries 11 Apr 2000.

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