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Aurora Etna Turner Hammond
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1875
Tippah County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jul. 13, 1960
Nolan County
Texas, USA

Sweetwater Rites for Mrs. Hammond

Sweetwater - Funeral was to be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lamar St. Baptist Church here for Mrs. Aurora Etna Hammond, 84, who died at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Pecan Grove Rest Home here.

Officiating was the pastor, the Rev. J. L. Cartrite, assisted by the Rev. F.E. Healer, and the Rev. R.M. Babb. Burial was to be in Roby Cemetery, directed by Patterson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Born Dec. 17, 1875, in Ripley, Miss., Mrs. Hammond married John Hammond on Aug. 2, 1903 at Groesbeck, Tex. He died March 2, 1906. Mrs. Hammond moved to Sweetwater in 1940 and had made her home here since that time.

Survivors include three sons, H.P. Elam of Roby, Bill Elam of Dallas, and F.L. Elam of Clifton; one daughter, Mrs. A.C. Healer of Sweetwater; 14 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

From THE ABILENE (TX) REPORTER (7/14/1960)


Name: Aurora Etna Hammond
Death date: 13 Jul 1960
Death place: Pecan Rest Home, Sweetwater, Nolan, Texas
Cause of death: Cerebral vascular accident; arteriosclerosis and hypertension
Gender: Female
Race or color (on document): white
Age at death: 84 years
Birth date: 17 Dec 1875
Birthplace: Ripley, Mississippi
Marital status: Widowed
Spouse's name:
Father's name: F. M. Turner
Father's birthplace:
Mother's name: Eliza Wallace
Mother's birthplace:
Occupation: Retired
Residence: Sweetwater, Nolan, Texas
Cemetery name: Roby Cemetery
Burial place: Roby, Texas
Burial date: 14 Jul 1960
Informant: H. P. Elam, son
Film number: 2116316
Digital GS number: 4166551
Image number: 2802
Reference number: item 6 cn 44109
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976

Aurora Etna Turner was born to Francis Marion Turner and Eliza Wallis Turner in Ripley, Mississippi.

She married Robert Allen Elam on January 21, 1892. To this union were born four children:
- Homer Price Elam (1893-1981)
- Eddie Lee Elam (1896-1900)
- Willie Walter (Bill) Elam (1898-1985)
- Francis Lafayette (Tick) Elam (1900-1967).

After Mr. Elam's death, she married John H. Hammond August 2, 1903 in Groesbeck, Limestone, TX. Mr. Hammond had 4 children from a previous marriage:
- John
- Odie
- Lula Belle
- Lora

John and Aurora were parents together to
- Mattie Mae Hammond Healer

Shortly after their daughter's birth, John and Aurora separated.

"Grandma Hammonds", as she was known to her grandkids and great-grandkids, was a sweet, sweet lady. I remember her dipping snuff and wearing her hair in a bun at the back. She would use her hair combs to comb through and hold her hair in place. She always wore a long shirt-waist dress with an apron.

The Hammond name is actually spelled without an "s". Some instances show it spelled Hammond while others show Hammonds.

After their separation, stories from the Hammond side of the family indicate that Johnny was killed when bales of hay fell onto him from a trailer and that he is buried in Washington County, Texas.

Another story (from the Healer side) indicate that he was killed by a train.

No gravesite has been located as of this writing, so which story is true (if either) is unknown.

JHD - September, 2013
Family links: 
  Francis Marion Turner (1857 - 1940)
  Eliza Wallis Turner (1843 - 1915)
  Robert Allen Elam (1872 - 1902)
  Homer Price Elam (1893 - 1981)*
  Eddie Lee Elam (1896 - 1900)*
  Willie Walter Elam (1898 - 1985)*
  Francis Lafayette Elam (1901 - 1967)*
  Mattie Mae Hammond Healer (1904 - 1980)*
*Calculated relationship
Roby Cemetery
Fisher County
Texas, USA
Created by: Janie Healer Davis
Record added: Aug 11, 2003
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