Benjamin Franklin and Mary Ann Elizabeth Cassidy Hammett
Benjamin Franklin Hammett was born on December 29, 1833, in Greenville, South Carolina, the child of William Green Hammett and Nancy D Lester. He married Mary Ann Elizabeth Cassidy on January 3, 1864, in Cherokee County, Georgia. They had eight children during their marriage:Mollie Mary Georgianna - our 2nd great-grandmother -( 1863-1954); John Franklin (1866-1871); Henry McConnell (1868-1922);Charles Walter (1869-1939);
James Robertson (1871-1873); Ernest Adell (1873-1938); Nellie Walton (1877-1950), and Lillian Betty (1878-1892).
Benjamin served in the 33rd Regiment Alabama Infantryas a Captain in Colonel Lowrey's Brigade, fighting several battles, including The Battle of Chickamauga, where he was wounded; he was honorably discharged due to wounds sustained in that battle. According to the 1880 Cobb, Georgia census, Benjamin (calling himself "Ben") worked as a "Railroader", while Mary kept house.
Benjamin received the Confederate Roll of Honor by Engagement, GENERAL ORDERS No. 64.ADJT. AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,Richmond, Va., August 10, 1864.I. The following Roll of Honor is published in accordance with Paragraph I, General Orders, No. 131, 1863. It will be read to every regiment in the service at the first dress-parade after its receipt.Found on miltaryhistoryonline.com Posted by W. Thomas Edwards. Capt. Benjamin Franklin Hammett Co. D 33rd. Alabama Infantry - Seriously wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga where his Company was serving as a Line of Skirmishers ahead of the Regiment. He was taken to the hospital in Cobb Co., GA (near Atlanta) to recover. As a result of this action he was placed on the Confederate Roll of Honor in General Orders No. 64, Richmond, Va. on August 10, 1864.
He died on October 25, 1894, in Sylacauga, Alabama, at the age of 60. Benjamin's widow Mary Ann went on to live with her children and their families, applying for Benjamin's Cavalry pension in 1920. She died on December 15, 1934, at the age of 91.
Click here for a .pdf of the approved pension application by Mary A.E. Cassidy Hammett, based upon her husband Franklin's Civil war record.