Chambers County Marriage Record Volume No. 6, Page 96: Hiram W. Hammond and Edatha N. Abernathy on December 12, 1867 by Daniel Coggins, JP, at the residence of Samuel Abernathy, Chambers County, Ala.
"The LaFayette Sun" - May 11, 1910:
Mrs. H. W. Hammond was born November 18, 1841, and died April 17, 1910. She was buried in the Rock Spring Cemetery, the funeral service conducted by her old pastor, Dr. W. C. Bledsoe, in the presence of a large congregation of relatives and friends. She was married to Mr. H. W. Hammond on the 12th day of December 1867. Besides the husband, five children survive her: Ellen, the wife of Dr. Harris Newman, Dadeville, Ala., Maggie, Maud, Minnie and the only son, H. R. Hammond.
The death of this devoted wife and mother brought great sorrow to a happy home, as well as grief to the hearts of many relatives and friends. In all of the varied responsibilities of life, she proved herself faithful and true. Devoted to husband and children, she gave herself to their comfort and pleasure. Mrs. Hammond was a Christian, loving God and trusting her Redeemer she walked by faith, and died in the triumph that faith alone can give. The heritage she leaves to those who loved her is a priceless legacy – a pure and consecrated life, a calm and peaceful death. Let husband and children think of her as one who is with her Savior in the Better Land – as one who has entered into blessed rest:
"Rest from all sorrows, and watching and fears.
Rest from all possible sighing and tears,
Rest through God's endless, wonderful years –
At home with the blest."
Of my dear aunt, Mrs. Omie Hammonds, who on the 17th of April, passed from this sinful earth to her blessed abode in another realm.
Just nine days ere her death, her dear sister, Mrs. Margaret Hunter, passed away and in deep sorrow and grief she was taken sick on one Sunday and died the next Sunday night. She passed away like an infant going to sleep and a sweet smile played about her calm face. Aunt Omie's was a sweet peaceful life, full of love and tender care toward her husband, children and kindred. Her experience was bright, none having any ground to doubt her religion. Her life was such as becomes a Christian. She was a pleasant and loving Baptist and her house was a home for the dear children, who loved God. She has been a devoted member of Rock Spring Church for many years. She leaves 5 children, two grandchildren and her husband, besides all her other relations. She has 3 brothers and two sisters living. They are D. H. B. and J. W. T. Abernathy, of Chambers County, and her sisters are, Mrs. Jane Dorman, of North Alabama, and Mrs. Sam Lacey, of Lineville, Alabama.
She was laid to rest in the Rock Springs Cemetery. Dr. Bledsoe of LaFayette spoke comforting words to the bereaved family, and a large number that followed her dear body to its last resting place showed how highly she was esteemed. There she will sleep until Jesus comes to claim his own in the Resurrection.
Thus we have to bid a final adieu to one near to some by the ties of nature, and to others by the higher and holier bonds of Christian love and affections, and while we can no more meet her in this vale of sorrow, let us cherish her memory and try to emulate the beautiful example she has left us to indulge the hope that through the merits of our dear Redeemer we shall meet her again where parting is no more and where sorrow never comes. We tender our sympathy, and ask God's gentle care of those whose –
Mother's gone but not forgotten,
We feel assured she is now in Heaven,
She lived for years a pious life,
Oh! why then yield the bitter grief.
Mother's gone! peace be still.
‘Twas her Heavenly Father's will.
Nor should we lisp a murmuring word,
But be submissive to the Lord.
Mothers gone, Lord help us cherish
Thoughts of things that never perish,
That when the storm of life is past,
Will die like her, in peace at last.
Yours in hope of blessed immortality beyond the grave.
- Sarah Francis Abernathy.
"The LaFayette Sun" - May 18, 1910:
Miss E. N. Abernathy was born Nov. 18th, 1841. She was united in marriage to Mr. H. W. Hammond, Dec. 12th, 1876. She became a member of the Baptist Church in August 1893. She was called from earth to Heaven, April 17th, 1910.
Her body was laid at the cemetery at Rock Springs after a sweet and comforting service by her one time pastor, Dr. W. C. Bledsoe.
The above is a brief sketch of the life and death of my mother and I desire to pay a short tribute to her memory.
During my school girl days I wrote a paper on "Mother, Home and Heaven." They were to me then, as they have been all along the years the three sweetest words in the English language. Each word complete in itself, yet all together forming a chain inseparable, indissoluble and immortal. The one suggesting a train of thought, which radiates and centers around all three.
I always loved my mother passionately, devotedly. She was more than a mother to me – she was my guardian angel. If my feet did not stray into forbidden paths, it was not due so much to my strength of character, as to the teachings and example of my precious mother.
She made no pretensions to goodness, she did not blazon her good deeds abroad, she simply lived a good, pure life, faithful to home, husband, children and friends; but above all, she had a faith in the Savior she served. She was one of the most sacrificing women I ever knew. She not only denied herself for her husband and children, but for her neighbors as well.
Never strong, often in an agony of pain, she never faltered in the work she had to do.
Other children have loved their mothers as well as I did mine, I know. Others have thought their mothers face the most beautiful on earth, but to me, mine had the sweetest expression I ever saw. Her face was ever illuminated by a look of ineffable peace. Even in the midst of trials it nearly always bore a look of serenity.
I did not know that my mother was seriously ill until we were near her home. When I loved upon that beloved face, I knew that the death angel had set his seal upon it. I did not have the blessed privilege of ministering to her comfort during her last illness, but I have the sweet consolation of knowing that the last human name on my life was that of mine – her first born – that her last conscious act was clasping those dear arms about my neck. When she passed away so peacefully and quietly, the words of that dear old hymn came into my mind, "Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, from which none ever awake to weep."
I know that she fell asleep on His Bosom. Before then I believed in the resurrection of the dead, in the life everlasting, but now in my soul I know it.
My dear father, brother and sisters, let us not grieve overmuch. The separation will be but a little while. "She is not dead; but sleepeth". She cannot return to us, but please God we may go to her. Christ said, "I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live and he that liveth and believeth on me shall never die."
We miss her and will continue to do so as the days go by. How it will comfort us to feel and know without a doubt, that she is not far away and that the same mother love blesses us as of old.
O! Mother, Home and Heaven!
Three words more precious than rubies.
Like links in a golden chain,
They bind our hearts to the homeland.
They soothe our grief and pain.
At rest in the homeland,
What sweeter words can I bring!
Round the name of mother,
A halo of light they cling.
Just over there in the homeland
Not very far away,
She is waiting for her loved ones,
In the realms of endless day.
- Ella Hammond Newman.
"The LaFayette Sun" - June 1, 1910:
In Memory of Mrs. H. W. Hammonds.
On the night of April 17th, 1910, at 10:20 o'clock, Death, the great Leveler, entered the home of Mr. H. W. Hammonds and bore there from the sweet spirit of his beloved companion, who for forty-two short years has made home so happy, ever greeting him with a kind word and smiling face.
We can say that truly a good woman has gone to dwell in her sweet home, not made with hands and where sorrow and sadness are not known.
She was a devoted wife, a Christian mother in every sense of the word, and as a neighbor, she was unexcelled by any; ever ready to administer to the needs of the sick. She lived a consecrated life and died as she lived.
She was sick only a short time, suffered untold pain, yet bore it all with Christian forbearance. All that loving hands could do was done, yet her mission had been fulfilled, her time had come, she has paid the last debt that sooner or later each of us must pay.
She reared a large family to the highest type of manhood and womanhood and set good examples for all to follow.
Were it in our power, we would speak words of consolation to the grief stricken ones but can only commend them to the Great Comforter, for it is He alone that can heal the broken heart. We cannot do the subject justice, so will say; her whole life may be summed up in these few words. She was a good woman and hath done what she could.
- S. F. W. and A. M. A.
Hiram Warner Hammond
John Davis Abernathy
Mary Elizabeth Abernathy Lacy
1823 – unknown
Rosanna Permelia Abernathy Coggin
Rhoda Louisa Abernathy Creed
Nancy Lucinda Jane Abernathy
James W. T. Abernathy
Margaret Isabelle Abernathy Hunter
David Hugh Boyd Abernathy
Samuel Joseph Stuart Abernathy
Martha Ann Adeline Abernathy Dorman
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