Leroy (Le Roy) Hammond was as honorable and good a man as James Henry Hammond was a scalawag. Chapman 1 said of him:
Of his character as a soldier, as a legislator, as a citizen, as a neighbor, as a man, too much cannot be said in his praise.
Leroy received a land grant from the King of England in Ninety Six District in 1753. This grant gave him 10,000 acres across from Augusta on the Carolina side of the river, 10,000 acres on the Georgia side, and the island in the middle. While we know little of the Hammond family in Virginia and Leroy's connections, the size of this land grant indicates the family had serious connections. Typically lang grants around Charleston were granted for 50 acres plus an adjustment for the size of the family and the number of slaves. That acreage was generally extended in the upstate, but seldom beyond 1,000 acres. The Georgia side encompassed much of what is now the Augusta National Golf Course and Jones Creek. The Carolina side encompassed the land area from the 5th Street bridge to beyond the I-20 bridge to Stevens Creek.