My Maternal Fourth Great Grandmother, Ellen Hammell, Ireland

Dingle Peninsula, Irish Coast

Ireland’s romantic Dingle Peninsula is gloriously green. (photo: Dominic Bonuccelli)

Cliffs of Mohr, Ireland

Ballynoe Stone Circle. Ballynoe, County Down, Northern Ireland

Birth: 1797, Ireland

Ellen emigrated before 1815 from Ireland  to New York, because she married Eli Hammell in New York City, New York in 1815.

Death: Apr. 18, 1833 New York County (Manhattan), New York. 

This is my fourth great maternal grandmother. I would love to some day find out more about her. But…anyone that knew are long gone, and there are no records available. Maiden name unknown. I wish that I knew her maiden name so that I could find her family!

Wife of Eli Hammell of New York. Daughter-in-law of William Hammell & Catherine (Peevey) of Pennsylvania.

name:Ellen Hammell
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death date:18 Apr 1833
death place:, New York, New York
birth date:1797
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indexing project (batch) number:B73382-6
system origin:New York-EASy
source film number:1318226
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Citing this Record
“New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 Nov 2012), Ellen Hammell, 1797; citing reference , FHL microfilm 1318226.

Family links: 
Eli Hammell (1795 – 1837)

Maria Ann Hammell (Linderman) (1817 – 1884)

Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA 

Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: May 15, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110568947



Ireland countryside

Shamrock – national flower of Ireland

The shamrock, a small clover which is now the national flower of Ireland, was an important symbol to the ancient Irish Druids as a plant naturally displaying the triad with its three heart-shaped leaves.

The Celts believed that everything important in the world came in threes; the three dominions of earth, sky and sea, the three ages of man, and phases of the moon; so a plant with three leaves would have been held in high regard.

St. Patrick used the shamrock in his teaching

St Patrick Stained Glass Window, St. Benin's Church, Kilbennan, County Galway, Ireland copyright detail 2010-09-16 cc3

The shamrock was thought to have mystical properties and the ability to predict the weather; its leaves turn skyward when a storm is brewing. It is believed that St Patrick, on seeing the importance of this small plant to the Druids, used the shamrock to illustrate the Christian teachings of the Holy Trinity, thus spreading the word of Christianity throughout the land in a way that appealed to its people.

Many of the Druid high priests are thought to have converted to Christianity, becoming Bishops following St Patrick’s teachings.

Ireland’s best known national symbol


The shamrock became a symbol of rebellion against the Crown in the 19th century and anyone caught wearing one, risked the hangman’s noose! Today it is Ireland’s most well known national symbol recognized throughout the world.

It is used as a logo by many Irish companies and organisations such as Aer Lingus, and on the 17th of March the shamrock is displayed on anything from beer to bunting to over-large novelty hats as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

In Celtic lore the shamrock has always been a charm against evil which relates to the modern belief in the four leaf clover as a good luck charm.

Some believe the shamrock even has the power to break a leprechaun’s curse.