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James Hammel

1826 - 1906

James Hammel [29]. was born Jan 22, 1826 in PA. Residence 1870 in South Whitehall, Lehigh, Pennsylvania [29]. He died Sep. 3, 1906

James Hammel married Lucy Gangewere. She was born on 28 Jun 1836. She died on 24 Sep 1901.

James Hammel and Lucy (Gangewere) Hammel had 3 children.






Late 1950's James Wisser and (Beulah ?) at parents grave site. The three stones in froont look like Hammel graves which was Amanda's maiden name. (Picture from Iva Wisser slide collection)

James and Buela Wisser at the family grave site.

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These graves are at:

Jordan Reformed Church
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA

I would love to have better pictures of the Hammel graves in the foreground. ( I inlarged them, adjusted contrast and colors to see what I could read. The stone on the left seems to say "Laura" or "Louisa" Hammel". I couldn't read the middle stone. The stone on the right seems to be a 21 year old child of James and Lucy.


Laura Hammel grave Grave of 21 year old Hammel

I now have better pictures of these two stones plus the stone of their son George Hammel. Many thanks to Laurie Duncan Mathews who answered my request on . She took these pictures on 5/14/2011.

Grave of Louisa Hammel James Hammel Grave

George Hammel Grave

This is a better picture of the grave site of Oliver and Amanda Wisser

(image by: Bill Southham from

Grave of Oliver and Amanda Wisser


1860 Census

Page 59 -Line 33 starts the Gangwere family with a Lucy Diefendorfer living with the family that is about the same age as Lucy Gangwere that married James Great Great Grandfather. The next door neighbors Jacob and Ana Wisser were my Great Great Great Grandparents. Jacobs sister Sara Wisser may have also married a Diefendorfer.

Census Page A

Page 60 - (continued from above)

Line 40 lists James Hammel age 35, his parents Joseph age 60 and Solome age 58.

Census page B

Page 61 - (continued from above)

Line 1 lists Owen Hammel age 25, Phaon Hammel age 22, Sarah 15, and Monroe, age 12. Also liste in the house are Catherine Guth age 84, and Ellemanda Missimer age 4.

Phaon Hammel


Notes for James Hammel:

1870 Census July 1870 in South Whitehall Township, PA (Age 44 in 1870 census Listed as Farmer). (Lucy Age 35 - Keeps House, Lives with husband James Hammel).

Census on 07 June 1880 in South Whitehall Township, PA (South Whitehall, Leigh, PA) [30].. James was 54 on the 1880 census and listed as being born in PA (Lucy Age 43 - House Keeping, Lives with husband James Hammel).



3) History of Lehigh County, PA - 1914.

10) Edwin Wiser- Weiser Book.

11) Edwin Wiser- Weiser book, Ralph Wisser

12), 1910 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2006),, Database online. South Whitehall, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, ED , roll T624_1365, part , page. Record for Amanda L Wisser.

29), 1870 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2003),, Database online. South Whitehall, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, post office South Whitehall, roll 1363, page 516, image 258. Record for James Hammel.

30) 1870 Census Southwhitehall, Lehigh, PA p.516A (cen 1870 PA003)

31) 1870 PA Census, Lehigh, South Whitehall p516


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