I am not surprised to hear that here are now 200 Hammonds
in Australia : they were prolific in Knutsford in the 19th century.
In the 1841 census George Hammond aged 45 married to Betty (45?
She is a year or two older than George in other censuses) listed
as carrier or Ag. lab ( not sure about this), had a son George aged
20, Agricultural labourer and I think this must be your emigrant
ancestor. He had a brother Thomas aged 25 in the same trade; William
(14) and Sarah (13) were also living at home in Crosstown, which
is part of Knutsford.
By 1851 only William and Sarah are still at home. In 1861 he and
his father are listed as Ag. Labs. and the location is given so
I may be able to find a picture.
Joseph Hammond aged 40 joiner in 1841 may be same as J (63)- tanner's
labourer in 1861. Eliz H ( 34) married but no husband listed in
1841, and Frederick (36, I think) lived next door to each other
,also in Crosstown and may all be related to George senior. There
are other Hammonds too and I believe there may still be some in
Knutsford but will try to establish more details before I ask about
The Old cottages on the Mobberley
Rd, (Crosstown) which were demolished
by George Acton in 1910
Going back to George (senior) I think I have 'met' him before
in Overseers of Poor records (known as The Select Vestry) 1827 George(?)
Hammond , wife and three children asked for assistance. He earning
8 shillings a week on the brickhill - refused ( i.e making bricks)
1830 Elizabeth H. applied for relief. She receiving two shillings
and sixpence a week and being still dissatisfied ordered to the
No wonder your George preferred to try his luck in Australia. Notice
not in the 1861 census of Knutsford. He wasn't transported was he?
If I had more time I could go to Chester Record Office and look
again at the
overseers records. And I hope to look at Church records to see if
I can find
baptisms for both George's and families.