- [S84] E-Mail, Sharon Coughlin [firstname.lastname@example.org], 23 Jun 2002.
- [S118] History of early Sevier County Doctors , Beulah Linn, (www.sevierlibrary.org/genealogy/doc/doc.htm).
Dr. Hammer was born in Washington County, Tn. on Sept. 5, 1820. He was the son of Jonathan and Sarah Cupp Bogart Hammer. He studied medicine before coming to Sevier County, where he practiced from 1842 until his death in 1883.
He and his first wife, Eliza C. Thomas, had the following children: Samuel M.; Jonathan M.; Sarah (Mrs. James M. Wade); Isaac Newton; Eliza Kate (Mrs. William C. Kelly); Joseph H. Dr. Hammer and his second wife Hettie C. Havis, had two daughters: Mattie (Mrs. Joseph F. Leake); and Elizabeth (Mrs. Charles W. Duncan).
On Oct. 4,1847, Jonathan Hammer was appointed a member of a committee of trustees to procure a note and superintend the building of a Methodist Meeting House in Sevierville. He was active in the Masonic Lodge. He represented Sevier County in the 35th General Assembly in 1867-1869. In the April 1875 session of the Sevier County Court, Dr. Hammer was appointed; to prepare a History of Sevier County for the Centennial celebration in July of 1876. At the end of the history Dr. Hammer made the following remarks, "Being in the simplist stage of society, wealth, station, office, family or position were not essential to any man's distinction."
Dr. Hammer lived and had his office in a large two-story white house located at the then dead-end of Main Street. The old Catlett Tavern was adjacent to the Hammer home. At one time there was a brass name plate with the inscription "Dr. J.M. Hammer" above the doorto his office on the second floor. The ten room house was known by the long porches on both the first and second floors in the front. Another porch extended all along one side and across the front of the house. Atone time it was used for a boardinghouse which was run by Mrs. Letitia Hatcher.
Dr. Hammer died in Sevierville, March 28, 1883, and is buried in the Shiloh Cemetery.
From SEVIERVILLE ENTERPRISE Pub. by P.B. Love June 1, 1983
"We the undersigned physicians of Sevier County respectfully state that we have visited the mineral springs of James H. Seaton and believe them to contain valuable medical qualities. They are chalybeate springs containing iron held in solution by the water and act as a ton is on the system, increasing the appetite and improving the health of those using the water.
Signed:J.M. HammerWm. A. Meek"
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 6 Dec 2015.
Upland Chronicles: Sevierville has history of hospitality
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 10 Sep 2017.
Upland Chronicles: Glen Alpine was a popular resort on English Mountain
- [S94] Sevier County, Tennessee Census, family 816 page 444a, line 32, 14 Oct 1850.
- [S94] Sevier County, Tennessee Census, 371D, 1880.
Census Place: Sevierville, Sevier, Tennessee
Source: FHL Film 1255277 National Archives Film T9-1277 Page 371D
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
J. M. HAMMER Self M M W 59 TN
Occ: Physician Fa: PA Mo: NJ
Kettie T. HAMMER Wife F M W 40 AL
Occ: Keeping House Fa: SC Mo: TN
J. Mel HAMMER Son M S W 30 TN
Occ: Clerk In Store Fa: TN Mo: TN
Sallie J. HAMMER Dau F S W 28 TN
Fa: TN Mo: TN
Eliza K. HAMMER Dau F S W 23 TN
Occ: School Mistress Fa: TN Mo: TN
Mattie L. HAMMER Dau F S W 19 TN
Occ: School Mistress Fa: TN Mo: AL
Lizzie B. HAMMER Dau F S W 18 TN
Fa: TN Mo: AL
- [S94] Sevier County, Tennessee Census, District 5, Page 3, Family 17, 4 Jun 1870.
- [S34] In the Shadow of the Smokies, Smoky Mountain Historical Society, (1993), 350.