The Muzzy Family
Hammond Clark Muzzy was born to Elisha and Relief Clark Muzzy on March 29, 1834, in Oxford, Mass.
Hammond was the 10th generation direct descendent of Robert Muzzy, who was entered into the records of Ipswich, Mass., as a Freeman on Sept. 3, 1634. This is the earliest record of the Muzzy name in the U.S.
Hammond was 20 years old when he signed on with the 4th Party of the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Worcester, Mass., in 1854. The Party left Boston for Kansas on Oct. 17, 1854. They traveled by train to St. Louis, then by steamboar to Kansas City, arriving there on Oct. 28, 1854. They were on their own to go on to Lawrence. Hammond made it there around Nov. 4, 1854. He settled on land west of Lawrence on the south bank of the Kansas River.
On March 30, 1855, an election was held for the Territory Legislative Assembly. Hammond, by then living in Lawrence, voted as one of the 30 eligible voters (341 votes were cast). The U.S. House of Representatives conducted an investigation of that election in 1856. On April 14, 1856, Hammon testified before that committee as recorded in the Report of the Special Committee Appointed to Investigate the Troubles in Kansas (p. 182).
On June 7, 1862, Hammond enlisted in the 1st Kansas Batery of Light Artillery of the Union Army. He was assigned as a wagon driver pulled by a team of six mules. He was discharged as a Corporal on June 6, 1865, in Tennessee. He married Sarah Helen Haile in Waiverly, Tenn., on June 19, 1865. They returned to Lawrence later that year.
Hammond lived out his life in North Lawrence. He was a vegetable farmer, a railroad worker and a city policeman. He also operated the Hotel and Billiard Hall across from the Depot in North Lawrence at one time. He finished out his working life as a driver of a mule-drawn street car for the City of Lawrence.
Hammond died on Dec. 27, 1906, at the age of 72. He had 9 children.
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