Robert Montgomery Ham is the great great great grandfather of my son.
Robert was born to Joel Ham and Mary Ellen Montgomery on 13 June 1852 in Jackson, Rankin County, Mississippi. The Ham family migrated to Texas while Robert was still a child and were settled in Titus County, Texas by 1860 where they can be found living in Mount Vernon. On July 1, 1875 Robert married Tabitha Clemintine Kenady, the daughter of Robert L. Kenady and Jemima Clemintine (“Mamie”) Rawls in Johnson County, Texas.
Robert and Tabitha had a large family: Willaim Neal born 1874; Maud Ellen born 1878; Evaline C. born 1880; Norman M. born 1882; Ora Deborah born 1885; Robert Joel born 1887; Samual David “Mack” born 1891; and Mabel Jemima born 1896.
This undated obituary was published in The Headlight:
DIED OF PNEUMONIA. Mr. Robert Ham, died at his residence in North Forney about 8:30 of pneumonia. He was about 50 years old and had lived in the county a number of years. His remains were interred in the Lone Elm cemetery the following day. He leaves a large family to which the Head light extends deepest sympathy.
As mentioned in the obit, Robert Ham is laid to rest in Lone Elm Cemetery in Kaufman County, Texas. This cemetery is also known as “Shipley Cemetery.” It is located off of I-20 in the Lone Elm community in Kaufman County. The condition of the cemetery is deplorable – cattle have trampled the area and broken the majority of the tombstones. No headstone for Robert Ham is known to exist.