Robert Walker Sammon
My great grandfather Robert Walker Sammon (1861-1910) was the son of Robert W. (probably Walker) Sammon (1837-1864) and Susan Elizabeth Thrasher and the grandson of John Sammon (1782-1850) and Mary “Polly” Harrison (daughter of Clement King Harrison – mentioned in a previous post).
Susan Elizabeth Thrasher’s uncle John James “Cousin John” Thrasher had the first mercantile store in what became Atlanta, Georgia.
There is a bronze plaque on The Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, Georgia, which reads as follows:
Site of First Mercantile Business, 1839, The General
Store of Johnson and Thrasher. Home, 1842-45, of Mr.
and Mrs. Willis Carlisle and their daughter Julia
Carlisle (Withers) Atlanta’s First Baby born August 17,
1842. First Presbyterian Church was built here in 1850
rebuilt 1877 and occupied until 1915.
Bob Sammon’s father Robert W. Sammon died of disease incurred in the Civil War and Bob and his mother lived with his grandfather David Thrasher (1796-1882) whose wife was Mary “Polly” Hughey Thrasher (1798-1863).
Vessie Thrasher Rainer, quoting from a letter written to Dr. Marion Thrasher from Dr. D. W. Scott, dated October 20, 1894, McDonough, Georgia, writes that David Thrasher, when young, was inclined to be dissipated, though honorable, upright and tender-hearted; yet he would not take an insult, if he thought it was intended for him, and he was certainly plenty able to take care of himself.
My great grandfather Robert Walker “Bob” Sammon was undoubtedly a strong willed, interesting man. Fred Lambert in Cimarron, New Mexico told me that Bob’s wife Maria de los Santos Leal was the most beautiful woman in the area and Bob Sammon was very protective of her.
There was a fire in the Sammon’s home when my grandmother was a young girl and memorabilia, photographs, letters, etc. were lost. However, as with all families – there are the oral stories.
In the recent years preceding Bob Sammon’s death, he was collecting taxes on properties in the Mora Valley in New Mexico for Thomas Benton Catron (about whom much has been written).
Posted on June 18, 2009, in family, genealogy, New Mexico and tagged copper mines, family stories, flour mill, fred lambert, genealogy research, Georgia, Maria de los Santos Leal, Mora Valley, murdered, New Mexico, Ocate New Mexico, Robert Walker Sammon, silver mines, Thomas Benton Catron, timber mill. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.