John Montgomery Ham

05 Feb

Another wonderful find thanks to  It just goes to show that you should review your tree often as folks are daily adding new and exciting things to their database.  Today as I was thinking about which Ham ancestor I would write about, I thought of John Montgomery Ham, the older brother of Robert Montgomery Ham, my husband’s gg-grandfather.  As I looked at his profile I noticed that there were several other family trees containing his name and that several of the trees contained photographs of him and his wife that we did not have.  Exciting for a photo geek like me!

John Montgomery Ham – from the collection of James Triplett

John Montgomery Ham was born 24 Sept 1841 in Tennessee.  Only one census, the 1880, indicated that he was born in Mississippi – although this is believed to be incorrect.  He was the oldest son of Joel Ham and Mary Ellen Montgomery.  On 27 Jun 1866, at the age of 24, he married Eliza Charlotta Mead, the daughter of Francis Burdette Mead and Mary Ann Jennings Smith.  The couple had the following children:  Robert Walter in 1867; William Montgomery in 1868; Joel Burdett (or Birdit) in 1871; Mary Francis in 1873; Martha Elizabeth Clementine in 1879; Joannah Adeline in 1882; John Meridith Clinton in 1885; Alice Ora in 1888; and Lelah Selestice (or Celeste) in 1891.  It appears that the family spent most of their lives in Hopkins County, Texas, where John farmed.  

Eliza Charlotta Mead – from the collection of James Triplitt

Eliza Charlotta Mead died in 1907.  In 1910 John is still living in Hopkins County with his youngest child and is indexed as a widower on the census.  Several of John’s sons ended up in Franklin County, Texas, and it is possible that John could have been living with one of them prior to his death. 

John Montgomery Ham passed away at the age of 71 years on 11 Jul 1913 in Franklin County, Texas.  He is laid to rest there County in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  

Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Purley in Franklin County, Texas



Posted by on February 5, 2011 in Ham


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3 responses to “John Montgomery Ham

  1. Marian Miller

    February 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    John Montgomery Ham was my GGGF. He was born in Tennessee, possibly Carroll County, where his parents Joel and Mary Emily (Montgomery) Ham were married on 23 December 1840. Their marriage is indexed as “Horn” in the official records of Carroll County, which made this record very hard to find. The Joel Ham family was living in Yalobusha County, Mississippi by the time their second child was born on 31 August 1843. Then, sometime between 1852 and 1860, they moved on to Titus County, Texas.

    John Montgomery Ham served in Company K, 11th Texas Infantry, during the Civil War. The family story is that whenever he heard the song “Dixie,” he would throw his hat into the air and yell as loud as he could. He received a Pension from the State of Texas for his service. When he died, he was living in the home of his son, Merideth C. Ham.

    Heart related health problems continue to plague the males of this family line.

  2. Judy Curbow

    February 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Marian! Very good to hear from you. Thank you for adding this wonderful information on John Ham. Judy


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