THE NAME AND FAMILY OF HANMER OR HANMORE(Dec. 1-1966) Compiled by THE MEDIA RESEARCH BUREAU Washington D. C. THE NAME AND FAMILY OF HANMER OR HANMORE The name of HANMER or HANMORE is derived from the residence of its first bearers in the parish of that name, in the diocese of St. Asaph. The original form of the name was probably Hanmere, meaning “seated by a lake or mere”. It is found on ancient English and early American records in the various forms of Hanmere, Hamner, Handmore, Hanmore, Hanmer, and others, of which the last-mentioned spelling is that most generally in use in America today, while that immediately preceding it is also occasionally found. Families bearing this name were resident at early dates in the British Counties of Chester, Salop, Denbigh, Flint, and Montgomery, as well as in the city and vicinity of London. They appear to have been, for the most part, of the landed gentry and yeomanry of England and Wales. In the reign of King Edward the First of England (circa 1272-1307), Sir John de Hanmer was resident in Flintshire and held the title of Constable of Caernarvon. According to some historians, he was descended from Meredith, Lord of Rhiwhirieth and Coed Talog, brother of Griffith, Prince of North Wales. Sir John married Hawys, daughter of Einion ap (ap being the Welsh form of “son of”) Gwillim ap Gwenwynwyn, Lord of Powys, and had issue by her of a son named Philip. This Philip Hanmer married Annes, daughter of David ap Ryrid ap Ynyr, and was the father by her of Sir David Hanmer, who was one of the Justices of the King’s Bench in1383. Sir David had issue by his wife Angharad of Jenkin, Griffith, and Margaret. Jenkin Hanmer, eldest son of Sir David and Angharad, first married Margaret, daughter of David ap Bleddyn Vychan, and was the father by her of a son named Griffith. By a second wife, Eva, daughter of David ap Gronwy, he had further issue of John, Richard, and Edward, of whom the last will be mentioned again below. The elder son of Jenkin and Margaret, Griffith Hanmer, married Elen, daughter of Sir Pyrs or Peter Dutton, and had issue by her of a son named Richard, who married Margaret, daughter of Sir Roger Kynaston, and was the father by her of Sir Thomas Hanmer and David. Sir Thomas married Jane, daughter of Sir Randel Brereton or Bruerton, and had issue by her of Sir Thomas and Randel. Of these last-mentioned brothers, Sir Thomas left issue by his wife Katrin, daughter of David Salter, of Sir John, Thomas, Randal, and Mawdlen, of whom the first was knighted about the year 1597. He married Jane, daughter of Sir John Salbri or Salisbury, and left issue by her of Sir Thomas, John, and Richard, of whom the first had issue by his wife Katrin, daughter of Thomas Moiston, of Sir John, Margaret, Mary, and Ann. Of these, Sir John was created a baronet in 1620. He married Dorothy, daughter of Sir Richard Trevor, and was the father by her of Sir Thomas Hanmer, Baronet. Randel Hanmer, younger son of Sir Thomas and Jane (nee Brereton), was first married to Annes, daughter of Thomas ap Richard, and had issue by her of David, Edward, Thomas, Margaret, and Ermin. By his second wife, Lucy, daughter of John Wynn at Rynallt, Randel had further issue of Thomas, Roger, Margaret, and Elizabeth. Of these Thomas was the father by his wife Elin, daughter of Lewis Griffith, of Randal, Richard, Thomas, William, Elin, and Ales or Alice; and it is probable that Roger founded the Montgomeryshire, Wales, branch of the family. Edward Hanmer, before-mentioned younger son of Jenkin Hanmer, resided at Fens Hall, Parish of Hanmer, Flintshire, and left issue by his wife Margett, daughter of Moris ap Ievan Gethid, of a son name Griffith, who married Margett, daughter of Meredith Lloyd, and was the father by her of a son named Jenkin. This Jenkin married Marged, daughter of Thomas Dymock, and was the father by her of at least one son, William Hanmer, who married Elinor, daughter of Sir Thomas Hanmer. To this union was born William Hanmer, who married Marged, daughter of David Kynaston, and had issue by her of Sir William, Thomas Hwmffre or Humphrey, John, Jane, Elin, Marget, Elnor, Ann, and Mawdlen. Of these, Sir William married Elnor, daughter of Edward Dymock, and had issue by her of William, Thomas, Humphrey, and Katrin. One Sir Thomas Hanmer, of the last-mentioned line of the family, was married in the early seventeenth century to Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Baker and Maid of Honor to Queen Anne, the wife of Charles the First. This Sir Thomas had two children, Sir John and Trevor. David Hanmer, younger son of Richard and Margaret (nee Kynaston) Hanmer before mentioned, settled in Shropshire, England, and left issue there by his wife Anna, daughter of David ap Beaulin, of Edward, David, and Humfrey. Of these, Edward married Auderia or Audrey, daughter of Henry Twiford, and had issue by her of a son, Hieronimus, who married Frances, daughter of Thomas Charleton, and was the father by her of Arthur, James, Hieronimus, and Mary. Another branch of the Shropshire family of the name traces its descent from Thomas Hanmer, of Porkington, County Salop, who is called the son of Richard ap David ap Howell ap Meredith ap Madock ap Meiler ap Tangwell ap Tudor ap Rerid ap Llewellin, of Shrewsbury, Wales. Thomas was the father by his wife Gwenwhever, daughter of David Lloyd, of County Denbigh, Wales, of six children, David, Meredith, Thomas, Elianora, Jane, and Katherina. Of the last-mentioned brothers, David married Elizabeth, daughter of Roger Kynaston, and had issue by her in the latter sixteenth century of Thomas, Edgar, Margaret, Dorothy, Elianora, John, Jane, Katherine, and Richard; while Meredith died at Dublin, Ireland, in 1604, leaving at least one son, named Thomas. Other early, though unconnected records of the family in the British Isles include those of Lewis Hamner, of Shropshire, who was registered in the University of Oxford in 1575; those of Edward Hanmer, who died in Denbighshire about the year 1598; those of Anthony Hanmer, of Belfield, in 1615; those of Thomas Hanmore, of London, before 1624; and those of Robert Hanmore, of London, in 1697. The connecting links between the various branches of the family in the British Isles and the first emigrants of the name to America have not been found. The first of the name in America was one John Hanmer or Hanmore, who settled at Scituate, Mass., in 1639 and later resided at Duxbury, whence he finally removed to Marshfield, in the same colony. He was the father of John, Joseph, Isaac, Rebecca, Bethia, and Hannah, but the name of his wife is not in evidence. Isaac, son of the immigrant John, made his home at Scituate, and had at least one son, named Benjamin, who married Abigail Josselyn in 1715. Benjamin also had a second wife, Jane Wright, whom he married in 1724. The records of these lines are only fragmentary, although the descendants are believed to be numerous. One John Hanmer of Han(d)more, whose ancestry is uncertain, came from Halifax to Bridgewater, Mass., about 1739. His children were Abigail, Jerusha, John, Elizabeth, and Mary. John, son of the first John of Bridgewater, married Mary Prior in 1760 and had issue by her or Nabby, Lucinda, Cynthia, Zenas, and Penninah. Of sturdy, courageous pioneer stock, the Hanmers and Hanmores of America have been characterized in general by their steadfast determination, high ideals and moral and physical strength. Among those of the name who fought in the War of the Revolution were Alanson Hanmer, of Massachusetts; Sergeant John Hanmer or Hanmore, of Massachusetts; Ensign Francis Hanmer, of New York; David and Jabez Hanmore, of New York; and numerous others from the various States of that period. Philip, John, David, Richard, Thomas, Randel or Randal, Griffith, Humphrey, Edward, and James are some of the Christian names preferred by the family for its male progeny. A few of the members of the family who have attained distinction in more recent times are: John Hanmer (1809-1881), of London, English author, and historian. Lee Franklin Hanmer (b. 1871), of New York, American hygienist, educator, and author. William Calvert Hanmer (b. 1878), of London and New York. Anglo- American historian. The most ancient of the several versions of the coat of arms of the English family of Hanmer or Hanmore is described in heraldic terms as follows (Burke, Encyclopedia of Heraldry, 1844): Arms.--“Argent, two lions passant guardant, azure, armed and langued gules.” Crest.-- “On a chapeau azure, turned up ermine, a lion sejant, guardant, argent.” Motto.--“Guardez l’honneur.” BIBLIOGRAPHYBardsley, English and Welsh Surnames. 1901. Dwnn. Heraldic Visitations of Wales. Vol. 2. Harleian Society. Le Neve’s Pedigrees of the Knights. 1873. Lloyd. Sheriffs of Montgomeryshire. 1876. J. Hanmer. Memorial of the Parish and Family of Hanmer, in Flintshire. 1876. C. Hanmer. The Hanmers of Marton and Montford, Salop. 1916. Savage. Genealogical Dictionary of New England. 1860. Deane. History of Scituate, Mass. 1831. Mitchell. History of Bridgewater, Mass. 1897. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War. 1900. New York in the Revolution. 1887. 1901. Burke. Encyclopedia of Heraldry. 1844. To be updated. My Family Lines: I. George P. Hymes (Barbour County, WV.) m. 2-Jul-18731 1851 m. Mary E. Yeager 1A. Charles Andrew Hymes m. Dora Kittle 1900 1B. Delbert Frederick Hymes (d. in Junior, Barbour Co. WV) 1949 (d/o Charles Lewis & Barbara Ella (Summerfield) Hamner) Ethel was born in Bowden, Randolph County, WV. 1909 m. Ethel Blanche Hamner ( d. Manteo, NC) 1987 1C. Charles Delbert Hymes (d/o Charles & Annie2 O. (White ) Ketterman m. Bernice Gayle Ketterman 1D. Tammy Gayle Hymes (me) 1. Barbour Co. Marriages: Geo. P. Hymes Barbour Co. Yeager, Mary E. Age 22 2. Annie was the daughter of Alfred T. and Mamie (Plum) White.