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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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