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Tabitha Clementine Kenady Ham

Tabitha Clementine Kenady Ham was born 20 Sept. 1859 in Mississippi.  She was the daughter of Robert L. Kenady and Jemima Clementine Rawls – and she was my husband’s great great grandmother.  Some researchers claim her name was “Tobitha” ; however, I have not seen any records using this name.  Tabitha was very often referred to as “Tabbie.” 

Tabitha Clementine Kenady Ham

 Tabitha’s father, Robert Kenady, immigrated to the United States from England.  Nothing is known about him other than the oral family story that states, “he was called out onto the porch and shot to death.”    In another version of this story it is said that, “he was accidentally shot and killed in his own backyard.”  Suffice it to say, we don’t know how or why….but he apparently lost his life to a gunshot wound. 

Tabitha was brought to Johnson County, Texas when she was a young child by her mother, Jemima Clementine Rawls (Mamie) and her step-father Jim M. Thomason.  Tabitha had one brother, Norman.   Tabitha also had a half sister named Jessie Thomason Ballard. 

Tabitha married Robert Montgomery Ham on 1 July 1875 in Johnson County, Texas – near Cleburne.  The couple raised a large family and lived in Johnson County until they relocated to Kaufman County, Texas around 1900.  Shortly after the death of her husband in 1905, Tabitha relocated to Brown, County, Texas, where she lived until her death on 3 Feb 1939. 

Brownwood Bulletin (not dated):  Mrs. T. C. Ham – Funeral arrangements have not been completed for Mrs. T. C. Ham who died this morning at 11:10 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. M. Puckett, 1002 Melwood Avenue.  Mrs. Ham was born September 20, 1859, in Mississippi.  A resident of Brown County for thirty years and a member of the Nazarene Church for twenty years.  Mrs. Ham has lived a useful Christian life.  Survivors are her children:  Mrs. Puckett, W. N. Ham of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Ora Ward of Tyler, Robert Ham of El Paso and S. D. Ham of Brownwood; also a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Austin-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements which will probably be held some time tomorrow.

 Tabitha is laid to rest in Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas.

Tabitha Clementine Kenady Ham - Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas

 

As a side note, the oral family story of Tabitha Ham, includes the contention that she had a cousin whose name was Charles Goodnight.  Goodnight was a famous cattle rancher of the American West.  If there is such a connection between Tabitha and Goodnight – I haven’t found it yet !

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2011 in 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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