The next family to be noticed is the Hamer family. So far as Marion County is concerned, the
Hamer family is an importation from Marlborough County. The late Robert C. Hamer, son of John Hamer
and wife, Mary (Polly), of Marlborough married in 1830. Mary (Polly) Bethea, daughter of Tristram Bethea,
in this Marion County, and settled on the road leading from Harlleesville to Rockingham, about five miles
above Harlleesville, where he resided till his death, February, 1878 or 1879; by the marriage he
raised three children to be grown; Elizabeth Ann, John H. and Robert P. Hamer., he had another son
Tristram, who when about grown sickened and died; his wife died when Robert P. was quite a child;
the father never married again but remained a widower until his death; a maiden sister of his kept
house for him and looked after his children.
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpt transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, March 2000.
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