A Brief History of the Hanmer/Hamner Family in Wales & Colonial Virginia

by James Edward Hamner, III and Catherine Anne Clark Hamner

Our original emigrant ancestor, Humphrey Hanmer, settled in York County, Virginia, approximately in 1638, since 8 April 1638 is the first date that his name is mentioned in the York County Records [VA Mag. of History and Biog., Vol 5,l p.362]. Most likely, he arrived in Virginia earlier than 1638, but this one is the initial reference that names him in a legal action. He was a communicant of the New Poquoson Parish Church, since legal notes dated 2 February 1646, referring to his last will, mention a bequest of a Holy Communion silver service to this parish church.