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Joanna Elizabeth Ham

Joanna Elizabeth “Jo” Ham was the first daughter born to Joel Ham and his wife Mary Emily Montgomery.  She was born in Mississippi, probably in Yalobusha County, on 31 Aug. 1843.  Joanna can be found there with her parents in the 1850 census.  By 1860, the Ham family is in Texas, and we find Joanna there with them in Mount Vernon, Titus County.  There she grew up and met Benjamin Franklin (known as Bing) Edwards whom she married on 3 Jan 1862 in Hopkins County, Texas.     

Bing was born in 28 September of 1840 in Cherokee County, Alabama.  He is one of the sons of Gideon  and Jane Edwards.  Bing served the Confederacy in the Civil War.  He was a Sergeant in Company K, 19th Texas Infantry.  His tombstone states that he was a “Badge of Courage” recipient. 

The family spent time between several different counties in Texas – 1870 they were in Hopkins County; 1880 they were in Johnson County; and in 1900 they were in Hill County.

To say that Jo and Bing had a large family would be a huge understatement.  In the census records Joanna advised the census taker that she had given birth 14 times and that 11 children survived.  Now…I don’t know about you – I barely managed to bring forth one child.  Can you image what it was like to be pregnant 14 times?!  And to give birth 14 times?!  And all this without prenatal care?  And then to lose three children – what heart-break. 

 These are the children that we know about:

  1. Calidonnia “Donnie” Mansfield Edwards (1864-1939)
  2. Alice Lenorah Edwards (1866-1946)
  3. Mary Udora Edwards (1868-1943)
  4. Sara Edwards (1871-?)
  5. Joanna Elizabeth “Betty” Edwards (1872-1930)
  6. Ninnie M. Edwards (1875-?)
  7. Benjamin Franklin Edwards, Jr. (1877-?)
  8. Lula L. Edwards (1879-?)
  9. William Arthur Edwards (1880-1898)
  10. Robert Eston Edwards (1882-1974)
  11. Ola Etna Edwards (1885-1971)
  12. Thomas E. Edwards (1886-1950)

Joanna’s husband, Benjamin Franklin Edwards died in Hill County, Texas on 4 July 1910 at the age of 69.  He is laid to rest in Derden Cemetery in the county.  That same year in the census record Joanna is living with one of her daughters, Ola Etna Edwards Mabe and her husband Clarence.  Joanna died five years later at the age of 72 on 20 Sept 1915 in Buel, Johnson County, Texas.  She is laid to rest in the Buel Cemetery.  Her death certificate below is a rare find.  Even though death records were sometimes kept as early as 1900 in Texas – it is unusual to find one this early (1915).  

Joanna Elizabeth Ham Edwards - Texas Death Certificate

This branch of the Ham family tree frankly still needs a lot of work.  We don’t have much information on any of Joanna’s children and no photographs.  For those of you that know me – you know I love the old family photographs most of all.  It helps to put a face to a name when researching a family line.  Theoretically, there should be a lot of descendants out there!  We would love to hear from any of you that are interested in exchanging information on the Ham family genealogy.  

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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Civil War, Edwards, Ham


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John Montgomery Ham

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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Joel Ham

Joel Ham is my husband’s 3rd great grandfather.  He was born on Christmas Day 1815 in Georgia.  (We know that Joel was born in Georgia because he states this in his own hand on the 1867 Texas Voters’ Registration Information Card which was required to reinstate voting rights following the Civil War.)  Joel is our brickwall Ham ancestor – we do not at this time know who his parents or siblings were.  If and when we discover his parentage, it is thought that there is a good chance that he can be linked to the South Carolina or Virginia Ham families – who are very well documented. 

On 23 Dec 1840 Joel married Mary Ellen Montgomery (1821-1874) in Carroll County, Tennessee.  Mary Ellen was the daughter of John G. Montogomery and Joannah DeMoss. 

Joel Ham - Marriage Record

By 1841 Joel and Mary Ellen can be found living in Yalabusha County, Mississippi where they are living north of the Yalabusha River.  Also in the county is a Mortimer Ham and family.  I suspect that there is a family connection but I have not been able to verify it. 

 By 1858 Joel and family have migrated to Texas – they are living in Mount Vernon, Titus County, Texas during the 1860 and 1870 census periods. 

Joel Ham died on 28 April 1874 in Grandview, Johnson County, Texas.  His wife Mary Ellen Montgomery Ham died just ten days later on 7 May 1874 in Grandview, Johnson County, Texas.  They are laid to rest together in the Grandview Cemetery.  It seems that perhaps they suffered an illness or an injury together given that they died fairly young and only ten days apart. 

Joel and Mary Ellen had four children:  John Montgomery in 1841; Joannah in 1843; Lenora Adelina in 1846; and Robert Montgomery in 1852. 

A special thanks to Marian Ham Miller for reviewing and confirming all of our Ham genealogy work.  She has been researching this line of the Ham family for decades.  Many of the names and dates for Joel Ham and wife Mary Ellen Montgomery and children are contained in the Montgomery-Ham Bible which she owns and which Marian generously shared with us. 






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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Brick Walls, Ham


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Robert Montgomery Ham

Robert Montgomery Ham is the great great great grandfather of my son. 

Robert Montgomery Ham

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.  

Wedding Photo – Robert Montgomery Ham and Tabitha Clementine Kenady

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. 

Robert died of pneumonia while still a young man dying on 9 Dec 1905 in Forney, Kaufman County, Texas. 

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. 

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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Ham


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