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Andrew J. and Mary Brady Hammack Buried At Old Paint Lick Cemetery

Andrew J. Hammack, born August 18, 1842, died April 21, 1912.  7th Kentucky Cavalry, Company H.  Mary W. Hammack, born September 29, 1844, died January 22, 1916.  Old Paint Lick Cemetery, Garrard County, Kentucky.

Andrew J. Hammack was the son of George Washington Hammack and Elizabeth Joslin, born August 18, 1842.  In the 1850 Census of Garrard County, George Washington Hammack was 36, Elizabeth was 42, Ephraim was 15, Rebecca J. was 12, Sarah E. was 10, Andrew J. was 8, and James M. was 5.

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Andrew was a young man of 19, and he joined the Union forces, becoming a member of the 7th Kentucky Cavalry, Company H.  He began a private and at the end of the war held the rank of corporal.  After the war he married Mary Withers Brady September 29, 1869.

March 14, 1887, Andrew filed for a pension, listed as an invalid.  Surprisingly the state from which he filed is Illinois.  Did the family live in that state for a while?  June 13, 1912, after Andrew’s death, Mary filed for a pension, as widow, from Kentucky.

In the 1900 Census of Garrard County, Andrew is listed as 57, he and Mary had been married for 30 years.  Mary is listed as 56, she has had eight children and six have survived.  Fannie Kockler, the couple’s daughter, is living with them, aged 29, a widow, she had one child that has died.  Sons Walter, 21; Ephraim, 19; and Oscar, 17, also live in the household.

Andrew Hammack died April 21, 1912, from heart problems.  His age was 69 years, 9 months and 3 days.  Andrew’s parents are listed on his death certificate, both were born in Garrard County.  Information was given by his son, William Hammack.

At some point after the death of her husband, Mary Hammack made her home with son Ephraim, as per the obituary listed below.  The couple are buried in Old Paint Lick Cemetery, in rural Garrard County.

from The Central Record, Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky

Thursday, January 27, 1916

Mrs. Mary Hammack died at the residence of her son, Mr. Eph Hammack, on Sunday morning at 10:30 from pneumonia.  She had been an invalid for some time having been a great sufferer from asthma.  She was a member of the Christian church and the services were conducted by Rev. F. M. Tinder, with interment in Paint Lick Cemetery.  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Sam Field, of Jessamine, and Mrs. Fannie Cross, of Texas, and four sons, Messrs.  Will Hammack of Indiana, Eph and Oscar Hammack of this place, and Walter Hammack of Lancaster, to whom is tendered the sincerest sympathy of the community.

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