Hammond - Wilson Family Tree

Hilary Roadley

Early Hammonds

A document at the bottom shows the Hammond Wilson Family Tree.

John Hammond, a shepherd by occupation, married Ann Worland of Harston in 1839 which seemed to be the beginning of Hammonds in Harston. Early newspaper records tell a little about the earlier Hammonds:

1865 December 9 Cambridge Chronicle & Journal: Frederick Northrop & John Hammond, charged with damaging a door by kicking it, 2d worth of damage, case dismissed

1866  September 29 Cambridge Independent Press, Cambridge Chronicle & Journal: Frederick Hammond of Harston, ‘fossil digger’, sentenced to 7 days hard labour for stealing a shovel.

1868 May 2  Cambridge Independent Press, Cambridge Chronicle & Journal: Samuel Cambridge, labourer, charged by John Hammond with stealing a pocket knife, value 2s, on 14/4 but case withdrawn on payment of expenses.

1868 July 18 Cambridge Chronicle & Journal: John Hammond charged G. & S. Cambridge (all of Harston) with assault, G Cambridge fined 5s + costs.

Old English Gentleman, 180 High St. Date unknown.

Old English Gentleman, 180 High St. Date unknown.

Although John’s son Frederick also started off as a shepherd, he became a coprolite worker from 1860s-90s as this paid better and many labourers in Harston turned to this work when deposits were found in Harston.

Publican of Old English Gentleman

One of Frederick’s sons Havelock Hammond married a publican’s daughter, Beatrcie Covill in 1908. Having started off as a hay trusser he then be became a publican living with his wife in the Old English Gentleman Pub in Harston at least from 1915-27. Newspaper records show he applied for military exemption during WW1:

1916 October 27 Cambridge Independent Press: Military exemption applications, H. Hammond, 32y, hay- and straw-trusser, of The Old English Gentleman, on the grounds that he was supporting his blind father and epileptic sister, 4 months Exemption

1918 January 11 Cambridge Independent Press: 3 months exemption for Mr H Hammond (33), hay trusser, who has 2 incapable dependents (father & sister), and is living at the Old English Gentleman where his wife is the manager.

1919 October 27 Cambridge Daily News: Havelock Hammond (Harston, Old English Gentleman) was charged (inter alii) with having in his possession, articles from His Majesty’s stores, suspected as stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Ada Wilson on Pallant scooter, Hauxton

Ada Wilson on Pallant scooter, Hauxton

Extended family

John’s eldest son George was also initially a shepherd before he became a general labourer. In 1896 one of his daughters Laura married  Arthur Pallant (originally a fisherman from Suffolk) and went to live in London. Arthur’s sister-in-law, Alice Ellen Pallant, came from the London area as an evacuee in WW2 to stay with Hammond relatives in High St, Harston and died age 71 years in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 1944. She is buried adjacent to Edwin Alfred Hammond, Laura’s brother, in Harston Burial Ground.

The Pallant family still regularly visited the Hammonds remaining in Harston and Laura’s grandson Geoffrey Pallant come here on his bike from London to visit.

Hammonds and Wilsons in C20 Harston

Dorothy & Henry Wilson in c 1920s Harston school photo

Dorothy & Henry Wilson in c 1920s Harston school photo

George’s son Edwin Alfred Hammond, an engine driver, (buried in Harston Burial Ground in 1945) lived in Wetherden, No 173 High St, opposite the Old English Gentleman although he spent some time in Hampton, London, too. The house was named Wetherden after a place in Suffolk he knew. He married twice and had a daughter Aggie who was a housekeeper working in a big London shop.

George’s daughter Ada stayed in Harston when she  married Harry Wilson. He owned the land where Nos. 135, 137 & 139 High Street, Harston stand in 2018 having  bought it off ‘Jimmy’ James Rodwell in 1905. Harry  built Heydon Cottage (No 137) and lived there with his family. It still has the mulberry tree there that he had. Harry was a bricklayer and became general foreman for Coulson’s builders while Ada stayed at home and never went to work.

Wedding of Arthur Wilson

Wedding of Arthur Wilson

A Harston School photo taken around the early 1920s shows two of Harry and Ada’s children – Dorothy Wilson front row, 2nd from left, Henry Wilson 3rd row back, 3rd from left.

The photo to right shows the wedding of Arthur Wilson, son of Harry who is standing behind the bride, with Harry’s daughter Dorothy to the left of Arthur and son Henry behind Dorothy.

Dorothy married Charles Simpkins and went to live in Hauxton where the Pallants again often visited.

Dorothy nee Wilson & husband Charles Simpkins at back of table & nephew Patrick Wilson & girlfriend

Dorothy nee Wilson & husband Charles Simpkins at back of table & nephew Patrick Wilson & girlfriend

Henry Wilson was an executive for a coal company and travelled around quite a bit. He had rheumatic fever several times which left him with a weak heart and he died young (age 35) when his daughter Audrey was only 11/12. During the war Audrey’s dad & family were moved to the Cambridge area and as they could only get a two bedroom cottage in Shelford, her mum, dad and two brothers lived there while Audrey went to live with her nan, Ada, in Harston in Heydon Cottage, No 137 High St.

Leslie Wilson graduation Trinity Hall 1940

Leslie, the youngest son, was born on September 26th 1918 and died on December 7th 2007, aged 89. He attended the local school and won a scholarship to the county grammar school in Cambridge, later gaining two scholarships in 1937 to read French and Spanish at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University from which he graduated with a double first in 1940. After the war he became Foreign Editor of the Times Education Supplement until he was appointed Director General of ASLIB (a government sponsored organisation charged with tracking the world’s scientific and industrial information), a position he held until his retirement. He and wife Valerie Jones were married for almost 60 years and they had three children: Robin, Gillian and Kathryn and eight grandchildren.


After Harry Wilson died in 1953, his wife Ada sold the northern portion of the land to granddaughter Audrey & her husband Trevor Knight.

1957 wedding of Audrey Wilson to Trevor Knight

1957 wedding of Audrey Wilson to Trevor Knight

Audrey and Trevor built their house there (No 139 high St). Trevor was a builder and surveyor and taught at The Tech although preferred outdoor work.

The photo to the right shows Trevor Knight & Audrey Wilson on their wedding day with nan Ada nee Hammond.


This page was added on 02/03/2020.

Comments about this page

  • Hi Gillian,I just read your comment, I used to love visiting Dorothy and Charlie,she was my Grandads cousin, his Mum was Laura Hammond, sister to Ada. I got in touch with Rachel a few years before she passed away. can i ask who your Mumand Dad was, I am very interested in family history.

    By Christine Turner (21/03/2024)
  • Ada Wilson was my paternal grandmother and I well remember visiting her at her home, Haydon Cottage. I also used to stay with my aunt and uncle Dorothy and Charlie Simpkins in Hauxton when I was probably something of a trial to my cousin Rachel who was a good few years older than me. I seem to remember she had a skewbald pony called Scout which I loved.

    Gillian Wheeler nee Wilson

    By Gillian Wheeler (19/03/2024)
  • Good to read,It was my Mum and Dad who rode their tandem to visit Ada and her family.

    By Christine Turner née Pallant. (17/04/2020)

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