Peter Hammond

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Peter Hammond

Birth
Hammerdal, Strömsunds kommun, Jämtlands län, Sweden
Death 1870 (aged 71–72)
Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 65907312 · View Source
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Hammond is the largest city in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States.

The city is named for Peter Hammond (1798–1870) — the surname anglicized from Peter Hammerdal (Peter of Hammerdal) — a Swedish immigrant who first settled the area around 1818. Peter, a sailor, had been briefly imprisoned by the British at Dartmoor Prison during the Napoleonic Wars. He escaped during a prison riot, made his way back to sea, and later on arrived in New Orleans. Hammond used his savings to buy then-inexpensive land northwest of Lake Pontchartrain. There he started a plantation to cultivate trees, which he made into masts, charcoal, and other products for the maritime industry in New Orleans. He transported the goods by oxcart to the head of navigation on the Natalbany River at Springfield. He owned at least thirty slaves before the Civil War and was said to have been a kind master as well as a philanthropist. Peter Hammond lost his wealth during the war, as Union soldiers raided his property.

In 1854, the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad (later the Illinois Central Railroad, now Canadian National Railway) came through the area, launching the town's emergence as a commercial and transport center. The point where the railroad met the trail to Springfield was at first known as Hammond's Crossing. Peter Hammond's grave is near the center of town under the Hammond Oak, along with the graves of his wife Caroline Hammond (née Tucker), three of their eight children, and a favorite slave boy. The Hammond Oak is a member tree of the Live Oak Society.


Source Citation: "Geobox | Settlement - Hammond, Louisiana." N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2011.



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  • Added: 20 Feb 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 65907312
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Hammond (1798–1870), Find a Grave Memorial no. 65907312, citing Peter Hammond Cemetery, Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Cynthia (contributor 47427941) .