The Hamrick Family: A History

Virginia to Tahiti, Hamrick's and their descendants are truly global. Hamrick surname research includes variations of spelling, including Hambrick, Hamric, Hamerick, Hemric and more.

Hamrick descendants are literally all over the world, so the goal of this site is to collect researchers and research of the surname HAMRICK anytime, anyplace, all over the World!

"A Journal of our Travels across the Mountains to California"
George R. Hamrick travels overland in 1863 from Missouri to California with his parents, brother and their families, his journal. He is my great great uncle and his parents are my 3rd great grandparents!!!

An early 20th century Hamrick Autobiography
A 1902 Hamrick Autobiography, James Hamrick.

A Letter, A Note and More....
Thomas Jefferson Hamrick, Genealogical Notes

The Truth about the Hamrick History, the Myth of German George
Correcting the Mistakes of SC Jones'

JOIN the Free Hamrick and Rhodes Email and Discussion List and Find others Researching your Hamrick Lineage
Email discussion group for genealogists and family historians.

Descendants of Jesse Calvert Hamrick and Elizabeth Wisdom Rhodes, Includes 200+ Surnames!
The California Hamrick's 1850+

Hamrick Photographs~~19th Century from Amador, California

Some photos of our ancestors.

Elizabeth Wisdom Rhodes Hamrick
My pioneer great great grandmother!

My Hamrick Line
Personal homepage and links

Calvert/Hamrick Connection
Connecting to Maryland Calvert's

Hamrick Lineage

Hamrick Genealogy

Hamrick email list

The Hamrick Family of Jackson Valley, California

My personal Hamrick family history is most interesting to me, as this pioneer family travelled overland by wagon train in 1850 and ended up in Jackson Valley, California, the very heart of Gold Country. I have been able to visit their burial place, the site of the old homestead, and tread in the places they lived and worked. This has all occured for me in the last several years, which is when I became fascinated with this family and found out I had to know more, I was bit by the Hamrick Hunt.

Hamrick is on my Mother's side. They came first to California by covered wagon in 1850 settling in the Jackson Valley, which was at first Calaveras County, and in 1854 the area became Amador County.

Jesse Calvert and Elizabeth W. (Rhodes) Hamrick were in Missouri for the birth of their children James in 1847 and Lavina in 1849, and as they set off from Missouri for the thousand mile journey to California, Elizabeth was carrying their third child and gave birth to Cosumnes California Hamrick (McMurry) "the minute" they arrived in California, in 1850. Family tradition says "she was the first white child born in the area." The Hamrick's "lived in a gold mining camp near an Indian village, on the banks of two forks of the Cosumnes River." There is a place which fits this description exactly, which is called Yeomet.

Next Elizabeth had my great grandmother Sarah Ellen Hamrick (Martin) in 1852. Altogether Jesse and Elizabeth had 11 children at their homestead at Jackson Valley, California. He was a gold miner for a short time, then returned to farming, and he operated the "Hamrick Toll Road" which is off the present day Ridge Road in Jackson Valley today, above the Historic Jackson Gate. It is now called "Hamrick's Grade Road."

In 1857 Jesse served as a trial juror in Amador County and in 1856 he was the designated district school clerk for the Jackson Valley School. Jesse was a delegate in the 1877 County Democratic Convention, according to the local newspaper, the Amador Dispatch. I have the newspaper accounts of each of these facts. Jesse directly descended from Lord Baltimore of Maryland, the Calvert family.


Here are Jesse Calvert Hamrick and Elizabeth Wisdom Rhodes Hamrick @ 1870. They are buried in Ione, California with large (5') marble tombstones and are buried with Nimrod N/M Hamrick and his wife Mariah, who are his parents. Jesse's brothers were George and John and his sisters were Eliza and Jane Hamrick.


Jesse Calvert Hamrick's grave in Ione, California.

Jesse and Elizabeth's daughter is my great grandmother, Sarah. Sarah Ellen Hamrick married Frank Martin in Amador County, California in 1871 where they had 7 children. Frank Martin had left Keokuk, Iowa in 1861 and headed west by ox train, he settled first of all in the village of Stockton, California and worked driving wagon train between Virginia City, Nevada and Stockton, California, one of the " famed teamsters" of that era. Frank drove the hard wagon trail from San Joaquin to the Virginia City silver mines, during their heydey. He later became a school teacher at the Jackson Valley School in Amador County, California where he met Sarah Hamrick. She was his student. Their marriage lasted for 63 years, until Frank died in 1934. Please visit the Hamrick links to find out more about this quintessential American family.

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