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The Walter Clifton Hamner and
Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner Family

The Walter Clifton Hamner and Henry Susan (Spencer) Hamner Family

Name:  The Walter Clifton Hamner and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner Family

Date:  ca. 1915

Image Number:  EA8875cdEA01

Comments:  The family of Walter Clifton Hamner and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner is shown in this ca. 1915 photo taken when they lived in Rockfish, Nelson County, Virginia.  The Hamners had moved to the Rockfish area from a James River tobacco farm in the Slate River area of Buckingham County by 1910, and Walter worked in the Alberene Soapstone Company.  Just after the turn of the twentieth century, the Alberene Soapstone Company merged with their rival company, the Virginia Soapstone Company (VSC), giving them control of VSCís state-of-the-art factory and mill in the Nelson County town of Schuyler.  Alberene Soapstone thrived, and by the 1920s, the company owned approximately 6,000 acres and employed more than 2,000 workers.  By 1920, Walter Clifton Hamner family had moved to Schuyler, where Walter Clifton Hamner passed away on June 2, 1935.  Walter's wife, Susan Henry Spencer, lived on in Schuyler and passed away on February 4, 1962; she is buried in Schuyler, VA.

Use the image below as a guide to the names of family members:

(1) Charlotte Cleora Hamner  was born on September 1, 1910, Nelson County, Virginia, and was the daughter of Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Charlotte Hamner died on August 15, 1962, when she was 51 years old.

(2) Mary Elizabeth Hamner  and her twin sister, Margaret Gertrude Hamner, were born in 1902 in Schuyler, Virginia, and their parents were Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Mary Elizabeth was living in Schuyler, Virginia, in 1940.

(3) Clay R. Hamner was born on October 18, 1906, in Virginia, and his parents were Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Clay died on July 4, 1957, in Schuyler, Virginia.

(4) Charles Edward Hamner was born on March 30, 1902, in Virginia, and his parents were Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Charles died on August 15, 1962.

(5) Lewis Tyler Hamner, was born on January 24, 1896, in Buckingham, Virginia, and his parents were Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Lewis married Frances Elizabeth Linton on September 6, 1915.  He died in June 1972 at the age of 76 and was buried in Schuyler, Virginia.

(6) Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner, was born on March 30, 1870, in Buckingham, Virginia, and her mother was Olivia Spencer (see #12 in this photo).  Susan married Walter Clifton Hamner in 1890, and they had 11 children in 19 years.  Susan Henry Hamner died on February 4, 1963, at the age of 92, and was buried in the Hamner Family Cemetery in Schuyler, Virginia. 

(7) Margaret Gertrude Hamner and her twin sister, Mary Elizabeth Hamner, were born in 1902 in Schuyler, Virginia, and their parents were Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Margaret married H. Julian Myers, Jr., and lived in Tuckahoe, Virginia, in 1940.  Margaret passed away in Richmond, Virginia, on January 30, 1972.

(8) William Benjamin Hamner was born on October 7, 1894, in Buckingham, Virginia, and his parents were Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  William passed away on March 13, 1965, in Dinwiddie, Virginia.

(9) Lillie Lee Hamner, was born on March 18, 1891, in Buckingham, Virginia, and her parents were Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Lillie passed away on September 25, 1929, and was buried in Schuyler, Virginia.

(10) Earl Henry Hamner, Sr., was born on May 18, 1899, in Schuyler, Virginia, and his parents were Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Earl married Doris Marion Giannini on December 31, 1921, in Schuyler, and they were the parents of eight children in 12 years.  Earl Henry Hamner, Sr., passed away on May 1, 1969, in Schuyler, Virginia, and he is buried in Schuyler.

Earl and Doris (Giannini) Hamner's first child, Earl Henry Hamner, Jr., was born on July 10, 1923, and was six years older than his next sibling and was looked up to by his younger Hamner siblings.  Earl, Jr., was interested in writing at an early age, and pursued writing in college.  He wrote several books, including The Homecoming, which was published by Random House in 1970, and it became a CBS Christmas television special, and then in 1972, the basis for the long-running television series, The Waltons.

(11) Nora Spencer Hamner, was born in January 1895 in Buckingham, Virginia, and her parents were Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Nora died in November 1971 in Richmond, Virginia when she was 76 years old.

(12) Olivia Spencer, was irginia born on February 19, 1837, in Buckingham County, Virginia, and was the daughter of Samuel Patteson and Adecia (Clopton) Patteson.  Olivia was the mother of Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Olivia passed away on July 9, 1915, and is buried in Manteo, Buckingham County, Virginia.  

(11) Lewis Tyler Hamner, was born in 1896, and his parents were Walter Clifton and Susan Henry (Spencer) Hamner.  Lewis passed away in June 1972 and is buried in Schuyler, Virginia.

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