|Birth: ||Dec. 29, 1799|
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 1882|
Oldest of ten children of Joshua & Elizabeth "Betsey" (Kendrick). According to Sheffield's History of Florence, as a young man, he did stucco work in Boston and took art lessons from Chester Harding. Before moving to Florence, he owned a farm and did portrait painting.
In 1844, he sold his property and moved to Florence to join the Northampton Association for Education & Industry on 16 May 1844. He withdrew from the NAEI on 1 November 1846, but chose to remain in Florence, where he built his home on Maple Street. He bought the lot for $45.00 and took out a $600.00 mortgage with Samuel L. Hill. He was considered "an ardent abolitionist and an enthusiastic temperance reformer". His home on Maple Street was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Charter member Free Congregational Society of Florence
Married as 2nd wife, Elizabeth Preston
After the death of his wife, he moved to Springfield to live with his adopted daughter (originally his niece) Mrs. E. C. Gardner. He also had adopted a nephew, who lived in Springfield (unnamed in obituary)
According to the obituary, Hampshire Gazette & Northampton Courier, January 17 1882, p1: "Let justice be done, though the heavens fall was the watchword of his life. In all his business associations his word was as good as his bond, and every transaction growing out of his business relations, from the most trivial to the most momentous, was regulated in the strictest accordance with an honesty and honor proverbial for their integrity. Every social impulse and proclivity of his nature were strong, genial and refined; he was cheerful, unreserved and eminently companionable in all his social relations, free and outspoken in expression of every thought and feeling, blending a chidlike simplicity and a womanly tenderness with a strong and cheerful manhood, in all his fireside and neighborhood associations."
The portrait of Frederick Douglass, painted in 1844, in the National Portrait Gallery has been attributed to Elisha
Age 82, mason, pneumonia
Elizabeth P Preston Hammond (1804 - 1878)
Elisha L. Hammond/Died Jan. 12 1882/Aged 82 Yrs.
Eliza P. Hammond/Died July 2 1878/Aged 74 Yrs.
Charles L. Hubbard/Born/March 2 1846/Died/April 4 1869
Florence,/Dau. of/E. C. & H. B. Gardner/Born July 24 1863/Died/Nov. 7 1865
May/Daur. Of/J. H. & Eliza D./Gardner/Died/Aug. 9 1870/Aged 3 Mos.
Note: Flag is for Charles Hubbard
Park Street Cemetery
Created by: P.K. Magruder
Record added: Jun 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38700081