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Maud Ellen Ham – Daughter of Robert Montgomery Ham and Tabitha Clementine Kenady

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.

Maud Ellen Ham

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!

James x Ham – Marriage Certificate

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.

Festus Orlando James - first husband of Maud Ellen Ham

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 Ellen Ham Rickman - Texas Death Certificate

Maud is laid to rest in Placid Cemetery in McCullough County, Texas, alongside her husband.

Maud Ellen Ham Rickman - Final Resting Place

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

Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Ham, James, Rickman


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Edward Henry Pressley – Husband of Martha Isabell Curbow

Edward Henry Pressley was a son of Enoch B. Pressley and Mary E. Barrington, born 3 November, 1845 in Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.  (Edward Henry Pressley’s Texas Death Certificate states that he was born in Edgefield County, South Carolina; however, his Civil War service records indicate that he was born in Bartow County, Georgia.  Additionally, the book entitled, History of Texas Together With a Biographical History, confirms that he was born in Cartersville, Barstow County, Georgia.  However, this same book also contradicts his year of birth stating that he was born in 1843 – not 1845 as per his Texas Death Certificate.) 

Edward Henry Pressley – from the collection of Carol Kay Morrison Wolfe

Edward served the Confederacy in the Civil War.  He enlisted in Bartow County, Georgia in March of 1861 as a private and was later promoted to full Corporal.  He was a member of Co. H – 60th Georgia Infantry.  Edward lost a portion of his left hand when he was shot by a mini-ball.  Edward was captured in Virginia and taken prisoner and was present on the day of surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia on 9 April 1865.  

Confederate Muster Roll Card

After the war, on 5 May 1868 Edward Pressley married Sarah “Sallie” T. McKie in Oxford, Lafayette County, Mississippi.  Sarah McKie was a daughter of a Mississippi planter.  Sarah graduated from the University of Mississippi at Oxford. The couple had one son, Edward Ward Tupper Pressley born in 1869.  By 1880 the family was in Texas – Hamilton County.  Sallie died there in about 1880-81. 

Sallie McKie – Photo is from the collection of Carol Kay Morrison Wolfe








On September 1, 1884, Edward married Martha Isabell Curbow Hodges Bedwell in McLennan County, Texas.  Edward and Belle had two children:  Jennie May in 1889 and Walter Gordon in 1891.  Nothing much is known about either of these two children.  I would like to be in touch with anyone that has any information on them.  

According to the book entitled, History of Texas – Together with a Biographical History (page 635), Edward and Belle are living in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas in 1895 where Edward is a “merchant.”  

In the 1900 census the family is in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas where the family is indexed as “hotel keepers.”

By 1908 Edward and Bell are in San Antonio.  There I find them in various city directories and census records for the remainder of their lives.  

Edward died at the age of 81 on 31 Jul 1927 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.  He is laid to rest near his wife in Mission Burial Park. 

OBITUARY:  Published San Antonio Express, Monday, 1 Aug 1927, Page 11:  PRESSLEY – Edward Henry Pressley, aged 81 years, died at his residence, 134 Beldon Avenue, at an early hour Sunday morning.  Besides his widow, Mrs. Belle Pressley, he is survived by his daughter, Mrs. C. T. Harper and his son, W. G. Pressley, all of San Antonio.  Funeral services will be held from the Porter Loring Chapel, Monday, Aug 2nd at 4 o’clock.  Dr. A. E. Rector of Harlandale Methodist Church. 

Edward Henry Pressley with wife Martha Isabell Curbow – Photo from collection of Carol Kay Morrison Wolfe

Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Curbow, Pressley


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Lenora Adelina Ham

Lenora Adelina Ham was the second daughter born to Joel Ham and Mary Emily Montgomery.  She was born in Mississippi on 31 July 1846, probably Yalobusha County.  She came to Texas with her family some time around 1858 – and we can find her there in the 1860 census residing in Titus County.  

Blair Family – Photo from the collection of Lucy Echels Blair

(This photograph is from a book entitled, John Blair of Guilford County, North Carolina, written by Lucy Echels Blair.  It states that on the back row are:  Helen Blair, James Hester Blair, Nora (Lenora Adelina Ham).  In front are:  Effie Calidonia and Garrett Blair.  I believe the picture is mislabeled – Effie Calidonia was the older of the two girls.  Consequently, Effie is on the back row and Helen is on the front row.  The family looks very relaxed and comfortable together, don’t you think?)

On the 28th of December 1878, when Adelina was 32 years old, she married James Hester Blair in Johnson County, Texas.  James was the son of John Dickey Blair and Clarissa Fineta Leach, born 18 Feb 1843 in Gibson County, Tennessee.  John Blair was a Confederate soldier who enlisted into the CSA on 19 Mar 1862 out of Hill County, Texas.  He served with Company H of the 12th Texas Infantry (Young’s Regiment). 

Some time around 1903 the Blair family left Texas and relocated to Texico, Curry County, New Mexico which is about 15 miles southeast of Clovis, New Mexico.  Curry County borders the State of Texas.  We drove through Texico last year on our way to Santa Fe – and I have to ask – what were they thinking?!  It’s very un-lovely out that way 🙂

Curry County, New Mexico

James Hester Blair died there shortly after the move on 28 November 1906.  Lenora can be found living with her daughter Helen Norris and family in 1910 census and is listed as head of house and a widow.

Lenora Adelina Ham Blair was 71 years old when she died on 15 Jan 1918 in Texico, Curry County, New Mexico.  She is laid to rest in the Texico Cemetery with her husband.

Lenora Ham Blair - Texico Cemetery






Lenora and James had three children:

  • Effie Caledonia Blair was born 6 November 1879 in Johnson County, Texas.  (I am not 100% sure of the spelling of her middle name.)  Effie was only 20 years old when she died of measles on 12 Feb 1900.  She is laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Franklin County, Texas.  It is unknown whether Effie married before her death.  Some members of the family maintain that she married to “Unknown” Rodgers, and had a son named “Jesse Rodgers,” the “radio singer.”   
  • Ethan Garrett Blair was born 16 Feb 1881 in Johnson County. Texas.  In 1911 he married Nettie Ola Balch.  The couple had three children:  Doris, Joseph and Helyn.  Ethan was the vice-president of Curry County National Farm Loan Association.  Ethan Garrett Blair died 14 March 1955 in Texico, Curry County, New Mexico.  He is laid to rest there with his family in the Texico Cemetery.  
  • Helen Blair was born in Quitman, Hill County, Texas on 11 Aug 1882.  She married John Calvin Norris on 29 Mar 1906 – he was about 24 years her senior.  This couple had two children:  James Henry Norris in 1907 and Beulah Beatrice Norris in 1910.  After the death of her husband in 1920, she married John E. Bingham in 1925.  Helen is also buried in the Texico Cemetery. 
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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Blair, Ham


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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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