John Martin Hamley

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John Martin Hamley, Sr.
Louisiana State Representative from East Carroll Parish
In office
1912–1924
Preceded by James H. Gilfoil, Jr.
Succeeded by Robert P. Kennedy
Clerk of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
1924–1931
Preceded by Emile J. Tallieu
Succeeded by E. R. Stokes
Personal details
Born (1883-08-26)August 26, 1883
Lake Providence
East Carroll Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died January 23, 1942(1942-01-23) (aged 58)
Resting place Lake Providence Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Katie Ransdell Hamley (married 1914-1942, his death)
Relations

Father-in-law, Francis Xavier Ransdell
Uncle-by-marriage, U.S. Senator Joseph E. Ransdell

Brother-in-law, Frank Voelker, Sr.
Children

Edward Ransdell Hamley
Mary Hamley Marron
Kate Hamley Bernacchi
Anne Hamley deMahy
John Martin Hamley, Jr.
Stuart Douglas Hamley
Madeline Hamley Howington

Elizabeth Hamley Lewis
Parents Edward J. and Annie Malam Hamley
Residence Lake Providence, Louisiana
Occupation Real estate businessman

John Martin Hamley, Sr. (August 26, 1883 – January 23, 1942),[1] served from 1912 to 1924 as a Democrat in the Louisiana House of Representatives from East Carroll Parish in far northeastern Louisiana.[2]

Hamley was born in Lake Providence, the first son of Edward J. Hamley, a native of St. Louis, Missouri. The Hamleys moved to East Carroll Parish in 1878. Edward Hamley (1860-1929) was mayor of Lake Providence for twelve years. John Hamley's mother, Annie Malam Hamley (1861-1943),[3] was born in Bavaria; in the 1860s, her family migrated to the United States. John and Edward Hamley were partners in the real estate business.[4] Hamley's younger brothers were Edward D. Hamley (1888-1902), William Hugh Hamley (1889-1940), and Joseph Celestin Hamley (1891-1965).[3]

After his three terms in the state House of Representatives, Hamley served from 1924 to 1931 as the House clerk, a position chosen by the members.[2] In 1933, he was elected East Carroll Parish tax assessor. He was also a member of the Louisiana Flood Control Committee, a group interested in the prevention of a future Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.[4]

In 1914, Hamley married Katie Ransdell (1893-1980), the daughter of Judge Francis Xavier Ransdell of the Louisiana 6th Judicial District Court (then 9th District) and his wife, the former Katie Blackburn Davis. Katie, or "Kate", was a paternal niece of U.S. Senator Joseph E. Ransdell, also of Lake Providence. The Hamley children attended the St. Patrick's Catholic Church parochial school in Lake Providence; the daughters thereafter attended Maryville University, then Maryville College in St. Louis.[4] There were eight Hamley children: Edward Ransdell Hamley (1915-1929), Mary Hamley Marron (1918-2005), Katherine(Kate) Hamley Bernacchi(1919-1951, Anne Hamley deMahy (1920- ) John Martin Hamley, Jr. (1922-1945), Stuart Douglas Hamley (1924-1984), Madeline Hamley Howington (1926-1984), Elizabeth Hamley Lewis (1928-1958),[5]

Hamley was a brother-in-law of Judge Frank Voelker, Sr., who in 1937 succeeded Francis Ransdell on the Louisiana 6th Judicial District Court, of which the long-term district attorney was Jefferson B. Snyder. Voelker was married to the former Isabel Ransdell, a sister of Katie Ransdell.[4]

Hamley died in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Hamleys are interred at Lake Providence Cemetery. There is confusion about his middle name "Martian", which appears on his tombstone. A cenotaph dedicated to the youngest of the Hamley sons is posted as John Martin Hamley, Jr., who died at the age of twenty-three while serving as an ensign in the United States Navy during World War II. Hamley, Jr., is buried at the Honolulu National Cemetery.[5] The Louisiana House membership listing spells Hamley's middle name as "Martin."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Martin Hamley, Sr". search.ancestry.com. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2016" (PDF). house.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Edward J. Hamley tombstone". findagrave.com. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "East Carroll Parish Genealogy". eastcarrollparishlouisianagenealogy.blogspot.com. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Hamley Burials at Lake Providence Cemetery". findagrave.com. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
Preceded by
James H. Gilfoil, Jr.
Louisiana State Representative from East Carroll Parish

John Martin Hamley
1912-1924

Succeeded by
Robert P. Kennedy
Preceded by
Emile J. Tallieu
Clerk of the Louisiana House of Representatives

John Martin Hamley
1924-1931

Succeeded by
E. R. Stoker