My wife's gggf and ggf were both Gold Miners in Gold Hill.
John Wesley "Jack" Hammill came to America from Cornwall, England in the 1830's to work in the mines. He worked first in Guilford County and later moved around following the mines. Some stories say he went to Califonia in 1849 and returned "very wealthy man". He came to GH in the 1870's. He had several sons, one, William Henry Hammill, purchased 187 acres of land near St. Stephen's Church (south of Gold Hill) and became a farmer.
You stated your ancestor worked at the Barringer mine in Misenheimer. Did he know anything about the history of that mine? I have seen several versions of who the "Barringer" was who first opened the mine, but I am still trying to sort it all out.
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