H. W. Beckwith History (Chicago: HH Hill), p. 589
HAMMEL, farmer, Yountsville, was b. in Wayne Co, In March 5,
1834 and moved to this County in 1846. He is the son of George
& Susan MERIDETH) Hammel, his father having emigrated from Germany
about 1825. The subj. of this sketch was educated at what once
was called the "Farmer's Institute," but is now only known in
history and the memories of its students. At the age of 18 he
began teaching, which he followed for several years during the
winter, working upon the farm in summer, his first school being
taught in district No. 5 of this township. Oct 4, 1862, he was
marr to Miss Sarah GILKEY. They have two children living: William
S, b. Nov 24, 1866; Elizabeth (deceased) and Margaret M, b.
Aug 20, 1872. Mr. H. is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
having for several years been sec. of the lodge at Alamo. He
owns 80 acres of land in Sec. 1, which is under a good state
of cultivation. Politics, republican.