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And still another possible beginning!
Courtesy of J.R. McKinney

The HAMRICK name is noted for it's spelling variations..
The root name Amery or Amaury is thought to have been brought to Northern Scotland by the Vikings in 870 AD. Later these Scots under their King Thorofin Rollo invaded France in 910 AD and lay seige to Paris. The French King, Charles the Simple, conceded defeat and granted northern France, Normandy, to Rollo who later married the King's daughter.

The first written record of the name was in Tours in Normandy as D'Amory. One of rollo's descendants William, Duke of Normandy, invaded and conquered England in 1066. The D'Amore name was included in the Doom's Day Book as well as other documents.

William D'Amore b 1027 in Normandy, his son Gilbert D'Amore b 1058 and his son Gilbert D'Amory b 1094 in England are listed by the LDS.

Hamrick variations of Amory, Emery, Amery, Ammory, and Emmery were a distriguished family and had Nobles at Court. They later spread to Scotland and County Clare in Ireland and occupied Bunratty Castle. Father's and son's used variations being born with one, married with another, and buried with a third. The Emigrant Patrick Hamrick was first recorded as Patrick Anminer. Later it was changed to HAMRICK and some of his (g-)sons used HAMBRICK.

'Amniner' in old Galic name meaning "Freedom from Levity". It may have come from "O'hAmndhire" in County Clare in Ireland


Hamrick, Patrick (~1684 - ~1764) - male
b. Est 1684 in ,,
d. Est Mar 1764 in ,Prince

29 Feb 1700, Westmoreland County, Virginia. "Patrick Hanbrugg, Servant to William Hammock, Is adjudged sixteen years of age but pretending to have indentures. A month's liberty is granted him according to law to produce them which if hee faile to perform it is ordered hee serve his said master according to law. Henry Hanbrugg, servant to Robert Hall is adjudged twelve years of age but pretending to have indentures is given a month's liberty to produce them, which if hee then faile to perform it is ordered hee serve his saied master according to law. Westmoreland County, VA Court Minute Book for February 29, 1700 p 72a.

It was the law at that time that all males were indentured or served an apprenticeship until they were twenty one. Patrick learned to be a Cooper or barrel maker. This was an valuable occupation as tobacco was shipped to England in barrels. Evidence has yet been found the record of Henry's life or descendants.

Where did Patrick and Henry come from. Patrick is recorded as saying he was 'from' Ireland but never discussed his ancestry. Roger Deg or Day said he and Patrick were cousins, children of a brother and sister. Roger said he had encouraged Patrick to come with him to America promising him his inheritance since Rodger had no family.

There was a ship in the lower Saint James harbor from July 10, 1699 to December 25, 1699 named "Squirrell of Bristol" It was a 50 ton Brigatine Ship built in Virginia in 1697 and was co-owned by John Day.

It might be speculated that Roger, Patrick, and Henry were deck hands and before the ship sailed on Christmas day they decided to stay in America. There may have been some relationship between Roger Day and the co-owner of the ship John Day.

4 May 1722 Patrick Hamrick produced a certificate of John Travis, sheriff of Stafford County, sheriff "pressed" a mare of his. King George County, VA Order Book 1721-1723 p 50

21 Jan 1725 Patrick Hamrick was a witness, deed between Mary Raw to her on, Abraham Raw...proved 4 Feb 1725 King George County, VA Deed Book #1 p 230

5 Feb 1725 Patrick Hamrick appointed to help appraise the estate of Patrick Maggee dec'd. King George County, VA Order Book 1723-1725 p 283. In 1710 about the time Patrick finished his indenture to Lem Cox of Richmond County, Virginia he married a 19 year old daughter of Robert Ingles and Sarah Cox. They lived in Richmond County that later became King George County, Virginia.

17 Dec 1726 Patrick Hamrick of King George County, VA and Margaret, his wife; Robert Ingles of Stafford County and Sarah, his wife, to Samuel Skinner of King George County 100 A for 3500 pounds of tobacco. Land conveyed from Sam Coxe to Robert Ingles in deed dated Oct 20, 1709. Land lying between Simmons + ye Gleabe land + Wm Bunbury. recorded Jan 6, 1727. King George County, VA Deed Book 1 pp 410-411

6 Jan 1727 - Patrick Hamrick and Margaret his wife, Robert Ingles and Sarah his wife...acknowledged their deed to Samuel Skinner. King George County, VA Book 1725 - 1728 p 347

2 Aug 1734 - Samuel Skinner of Hanover Parish, King George County to Patrick Hamrick of Brunswick Parish, King George lett land for natural life of Patrick Hamrick and Margaret, his wife, for tobacco payments. Recorded Aug 2, 1734. King George County, VA Deed Book 1-A pp 304-5

10 Dec 1940 King George Book E/1736/1742 page 132 E-224 Patrick Hamrick of King George Co. 118 A in Prince William Co. Surveyed by Mr James Thomas the younger. Adj William Davis. Winters Middle Br. Cuppers Cabbin Br, of Buckhall, Richard Melton, Edward Graham, Roger Day (now claimed by Hamrick) George Reaves, Thomas Davis.

1741 - Patrick Hamrick on Prince William Co VA Voter Poll Dettington Parish Tithable List.

19 Jan 1741 - + 25 May 1741 Patrick Hamrick was an appraiser for additional property of the estate of Richard Simes. King George County, VA Will Book C p 361 + pp 316-7

24 Nov 1756 - Petition of Patrick Hamrich to be levy free is grantd him...he is discharged from paying Publick and County for the future. King George County, VA Ordere Book 1755-57 p 12

From the Westmoreland Co., VA Order Book 1678-1705, Part 4, 1703-1705 by John F. Dorman, Wash DC 1978 #from page 236a {30 Aug. 1704] 'Francis Self did sweare that hee had a good right according to law to claime lands for the importation of two persons into this Colony, John Garner and Roger Day, and assigned them to Mr. George Eskridge.' (It was not unusal for several persons to claim the same individual in obtaining Headrights)

If tradition is to be relied upon, Patrick Hamrick arrived on the same ship with him. #

That appears to be a reasonable inference that's often given to the use of the term "shipmate" used by Patrick's neighbors when describing his relationship to Roger many years later, long after Roger's death. # In addition to being identified as Patrick's first cousin, Roger was said to have offered Patrick an undisclosed parcel of land 'for life' if he would 'come up' into Prince William County and settle on wilderness land for which he had recently applied for a patent...

Patrick appears to have declined to take him up on the offer and remained on the Tobacco Plantation he was leasing with his wife and children. The whole issue of the 'offer' was related many years later when three witnesses stepped forward to support Patrick's claim to be Roger's sole surviving heir.

Shortly after Roger died in May-Aug. 1725 his land deed was cancelled and the patent was passed to his widow Elizabeth's new husband Henry McDonnac, who had paid the composition fees.

In 1727, before receiving the grant, McDonnac was required, at the request of Elizabeth, his wife, to convey 260 of the 760 acres in fee simple to Elizabeth, his step-daughter and Roger's heir.

In July of 1731, Henry found a buyer for the 500 acres. This action may have been made as a forced sale due to the action taken by the Court of Stafford County on May 10th, 1731 to remove Henry McDonnac as the executor of Roger's estate and transfer it into the hands of William Mason.

No evidence has been found that Elizabeth, Roger's daughter, offered any objection, in 1739, to letting title of her inheritance pass into the hands of Patrick Hamrick.

The facts are that Patrick obtained the 260 acres of land that had been intended for Roger Day's daughter Elizabeth. He accomplished this by establishing, in court, his status as the rightful heir of Roger Day.



The Hamricks to West Virginia are descendants of Patrick Hamrick, who settled in Prince William County, Colony of Virginia, prior to 1740, having moved from the Maryland Colony. According to tradition, Patrick Hamrick had twelve sons, who moved with him and settled in Prince William County.

Until recently, no known efforts have been made to establish through research the historical facts concerning the early history of the family, and particularly, the ancestry of the Hamrick family of West Virginia.


Patrick Hamrick obtained a land grant from Thomas Lord Fairfax, December 10, 1740. The grant consisted of 118 acres of land in Prince William County, Colony of Virginia. Prince William County had been formed in 1731, from Stafford and King George counties. The deed is on record in the Virginia State Land Office, Richmond, Virginia.2 The description of this tract of land as disclosed by the deed is somewhat indefinite. t states as follows; "from the Right Honorable Thomasord Fairfax, Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia, to Patrick Hamrick, of King George County A tract of waste land in the County of Prince William, containing 118 acres."

In 1741, the Poll of Burgesses of Prince William County was made, and the name Patrick Hamrick is listed there on. 9 This establishes the fact that he was a land owner and more than twenty-one years of age in the year 1741. It is not known how long he had lived on his land before he caused it to be surveyed and obtained the deed.

The next year, 1759, he created a new county from Prince William County, which he named Fauquier, in honor of himself. It was in that portion of Prince William County that Patrick Hamrick had taken the land grant, and he automatically became a resident of Fauquier County. Patrick Hamrick was the first of the name Hamrick to appear on the records of Virginia, as disclosed by an examination of the records of the Virginia State Land Office, and State Archives, Richmond, Virginia.

The early Will Record Books are lost from the records of Prince William County. These lost books, alleged to have been confiscated during the Civil War, would probably give the names of the family of Patrick Hamrick, but such books cannot be located. The only hope of obtaining this data is to find it among the records in the possession of some of the descendants of Patrick Hamrick.

Tradition and history say that Benjamin Hamrick of the American Revolution was a son of Patrick Hamrick. As heretofore stated, the names of the twelve sons of Patrick Hamrick have not been found among the available records.

(We now know that Benjamin, of the Revolution, was the son of Benjamin Sr and Mary Sias. Benjamin Sr was the son of Patrick Hamrick Sr. Patrick Sr and Jr each had 6 sons.) Patrick Sr-Patrick Jr, James, Robert, Benjamin, John, + Joseph. Patrick Jr-Benjamin, Patrick III, John,Samuel, Charles, + Henry.

The records of Fauquier County, of which Warrenton is the seat of government, disclose that one, Benjamin Hamrick, was married and living in that county prior to 1773. That is the date of the execution of the Last Will and Testament of John Sias.

John Sias obtained a land grant of 639 acres of land from Thomas Lord Fairfax in Prince William County, Virginia, in 1740,4 the same year Patrick Hamrick obtained title to his land in Prince William County.

In 1779, the Last Will and Testament of John Sias was admitted to record in Fauquier County.5 That Will gave, "to my daughter, Mary Hamrick, five pounds current money." At November Term of Court, 1779, an order was entered summoning, "Mary Hamrick, wife of Benjamin Hamrick, to appear to context the proof of the Will of John Sias."

As is clearly disclosed by these records Benjamin Hamrick, married Mary Sias, daughter of John Sias, and was living in Fauquier County prior to 1773. While there is no authentic proof, circumstances and records indicate, that Benjamin Hamrick above mentioned, was the son of Patrick Hamrick, and that Benjamin Hamrick of the Revolution was the son of Benjamin and Mary Sias Hamrick

1 The records of the early emigrants to America between the year 1600, and the year 1740, have been carefully examined. The only emigrants by the name Hamrick are found on the lists of passengers of the ship Snow Lowther, which sailed from Rotterdam, and arrived at Philadelphia, October 14, 1731. The passengers on that ship were 33 men and 45 women and children. The children under the age of 16 years are not listed. Six of the adults listed are: John Yerke Hamricke, Hans Jerg Hanmerick, Anmaryllis Eliza Hanmrick, Paul Hamrick, Margaretta Hamrick and Clara Hamrick. The above mentioned lists are found in "Pennsylvania German Pioneers," Vol. I, by Strassburger, Library of Congress, DC. 2 Book E, page 224; 1732 to 1742. 3 Book F., page 524; 1741. 4 Book E, page 194, Virginia State Land Office, Richmond, Va. 5 Will Book 1, page 386

Ship "HOPE" Registered owners: Benjamin Harrrison, William Byrd, James Cock. British Public Records Office, London E190/1062/78.

These few pages from the reprint of HAMRICK GENERATIONS, by Virginia De Priest [pages i, ii, iii,iv,v,vi]

"Please consider some pertinent data: CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, vol. III, page 109, 10 June 1706; Transportation of Henry Hambrok, Patrick Anminer and Roger Deg by Benjamin Harrison Jr., to Prince George County, Virginia.

Robert English, Thomas Hart and Edward Graham gave depositions on 7 March 1739 as follows: That the (sic) were "well acquainted with Roger Day and they often heard Roger Day acknowledge Patrick Hamrick to be his cousin as they were children of brother and sister, and were shipmates and that Roger Day gave Patrick Hamrick land for his lifetime and assisted him in building, he having no other relation in this country." These depositions were admitted to Court in King George County, Virginia.

He was having children by 1715. He surely witnessed a will in 1719 in Richmond Co VA. Patrick born 1684, is referred to as "ancient and infirmed" in one record and was no longer paying tax in 1755. (age 66)

1704, August 30th, Westmoreland County, Virginia upon appearance before the Court In Open Session (or before the Clerk of the Court) the Affiant, Francis Self did sweare that hee had a good right according to law to claime lands for the importation of two persons into this Colony, John Garner and Roger DAY, and assigned them to Mr George Eskridge.

Benjamin Harrison was one of the owners of the vessel "Hope" and also claimed Patrick. Benjamin Harrison Jr who made a claim for Henry Hambrok, Patrick Anminer and Roger Deg either was the "Hope" owner or a son who made "or faked" a claim based on an importation several years earlier. The ship "Hope" was in the harbor in 1704 but not in 1699-1700

S C Jones in THE HAMRICK GENERATIONS, 1920 used the above data as the ancestors of the North Carolina Hamricks. In the last few pages of his book he relates "Benjamin Hamrick, who came from Ireland, had two brothers who came with him. Their names were Robert and Charles". Then he correctly identifies several generations of Benjamin's children. Actually Benjamin, Robert and Charles were sons of Patrick Hamrick Jr and born in Prince William County, Virginia.

S C Jones correctly identifies Samuel Hamrick and Mary Hamrick as first cousins. Actualy they were children of James and Robert Hamrick, sons of Patrick Hamrick Sr.

His knowing the data about the Irish Hamricks makes you wonder why S C did not relate Samuel and Mary Hamrick to their Irish cousins instead of the German George. In Patrick's descendants who went to Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and elsewhere someone has usually written that they were descendants of a Patrick Hamrick from Ireland. Only in North Carolina do the Hamrick's think they are German because of S C Jones' book "THE HAMRICK GENERATIONS'.

The children and grand children German George have been identified and no male descendant went to Virginia or North Carolina.

There is some additional unproven genealogy that suggests that Vikings came to Northern Scotland in 870 AD and in 910 they went with their leader Throfinn Rolo and lay Seige to Paris. King Charles, the Simple, conceded defeat and awarded them Normandy. Rollo was the first Duke of Normandy. He married the Kings daughter and converted to Christianity. (Charles the Simple may have been Charles the Smart. What he lost in battle, he won back in marriage)

One of their descendants was Duke William who invaded England in in 1066, defeated the English as William the Conquerer. The Hamrick name was first recorded in Tours in Normandy as D'Amore or Amaury and then recorded in The Doomsday Book and others after 1066 in England. The Hamrick name is noted for its frequent variations. A son might be given a surname different from his father at birth, marry with another, and buried with still a third.

The Amery Amaury family were Nobles at four courts and were awarded vast lands for their part in the Norman Invasion. After 1600 they started drifting to Scotland and Ireland. They settled in County Clare in Ireland and took over Bunratty Castle. Patrick Hamrick said he was "from" Ireland but never said he was born there but at the age of sixteen in 1700, it seems likely.

There is an old Galic name O'hAinmhire and a derivative Ainmner that means "Absence from levity". Benjamin Harrison recorded Patrick as Anminer and his brother Henry as Hambrok again showing the variation of the name. The Hamrick Crest says "Amore non Vi"

Title - Sr

Burial - Hamrick Fam Cem,Prince William,VA;