Maud Ellen Ham was the oldest daughter of Robert Montgomery Ham and Tabitha Clementine Kenady. She was the sister of William Neal Ham and she was my husband’s 1st great grand-aunt.
Maude was born on 18 May 1878 in Egan, Johnson County, Texas. This date of birth was retrieved from the Montgomery-Ham family bible which is now in the possession of Marian Ham Miller of Texas. The Johnson County birth location is confirmed by her Texas Death Certificate. The Egan location has been provided by Ham family members. Egan lies eight miles northeast of Cleburne in north central Johnson County. This area was settled during the Civil War era.
In the 1880 census Maud is living with her family in Precinct 6 of Johnson County, Texas. She is indexed as “M.E. Ham,” age 2 born 1878 in Texas. She is with her father “R.M.” (Robert Montgomery, age 27, farmer; and mother “T.C.,” (Tabitha Clementine), age 20; and brother “W.N.,” (William Neal), age 4. Living right next door are Maud’s grandparents, Jim M. Thomason, age 35 and Jemima Clementine Rawls, age 50. (It looks like Jemima caught herself a seriously younger man!)
At the age of 14, on Christmas Day of 1892, Maud married Festus Orlando James in Johnson County, Texas. Festus was born 13 Jul 1873 in Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas, the son of John James and Mary Elizabeth Rosaline Bradley. He died in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas on 8 Aug 1961. And yes, if you were wondering, Festus Orlando James is related to the outlaw Jesse James!
The marriage to Festus James apparently was a short-lived one – by the 1900 census Maud (along with two children) is back at home with her parents and siblings. The family has relocated to Justice Precinct 7, Kaufman County, Texas. She is indexed as “Maud James,” age 22, born May 1878 in Texas. She has given birth twice – and both children are living. She is with her father Robert, age 46; her mother Tabbie, age 40; her brother Will, age 24 (and his wife Julie E,, age 18); her daughters Artie, age 6; and Willie B., age 3; Maud’s other siblings in the home are: Ora, 15; Robert, 13; Mac, 9 and Mabel, 3.
Sometime during the second half of 1900, Maud married her second husband, Andrew Archiebald Rickman. Andrew was born 27 Apr 1881 in Faulkner County, Arkansas and died 4 May 1955 in Zephyr, Brown County, Texas. He was the son of Robert Francis Rickman and Mary Elizabeth Franklin. The date is an ESTIMATE based on the first child‘s birth, and I have not sourced it. (If there are any Rickman researchers out there that have a Marriage Certificate – I would love to have a copy.)
The 1910 census was enumerated during April of 1910. Maud is indexed as “Maud Rickman,” age 31 born 1879 in Texas. She confirms that she has been married twice and has given birth 6 times with all 6 children living. She is with her husband “A.A. Rickman,” age 30 who has been married 1 time and has been married for 10 years. He is a farmer. Children in the home in 1910 are: Artie James, 16; Willie James, 13; all of the Rickman children are misindexed as “Richman.” Fannie, 8; Bady, 6; Vernon, 4; and Mary, 1. Living right next door is Maud’s brother (and my husband’s great grandfather), William Ham and wife Julia Emma Stone and family.
The 1920 census was enumerated during the months of February and March of 1920. The family has relocated to McCulloch County, Texas. Maud is indexed as “Maud Rickman,” age 39, born in 1881 in Texas. She states that she is able to read and write. She is living with her husband “Andrew A.,” age 40 and children: Brady, 16; Vernon, 13; Mary H., 10; Beatrcie, 7; Drew, 5; and Estella, 3. The family is renting a farm. Living on one side of the Rickman family we can find John B. Ward and his wife Ora Ham, Maud’s sister. On the other side of the Rickman family we can find John W. McNight and his wife Artie James, Maud’s daughter.
The last two records we need to talk about are Maud’s death and her burial. Maud died at the young age of 48 on 27 Jan 1927 in Placid, McCulloch County, Texas. Her Texas death certificate states that she became ill with influenza on 2 Jan and that she died 25-days later of pneumonia. Sadly, she left small children behind.
Maud is laid to rest in Placid Cemetery in McCullough County, Texas, alongside her husband.
I have not done any of my own research on the children of Maud Ellen Ham James Rickman – and corrections are certainly welcome – this is a list of her children and their spouses which I have compiled:
- Artie Mae James (1894-1984) – She married James W. McNight and later William P. Perkins
- Willie Bernice James (1897-1962) – She married Charles Wesley Oliver
- Fannie Lou Rickman (1901-1987) – She married Monroe Oscar McClusky and Robert Chatman Wagoner
- Brady Leon Rickman (1903-1976) – He married Edyth Alva Bush
- Vernon Jackson Rickman (1906-1927)
- Mary Hallie Rickman (1909-1996) – She married Bolden Green Stuart, Jr.
- Beatrice Evedna Rickman (1912-?) – She married Fabius Aldus Parker
- Drew Finis Rickman (1914-1982) – He married Ruth Allen Wells
- Estelle Rickman (1917-1997) – She married Buster Stuart