Ham Family Page
The oldest Ham I have found in our branch of this family tree is William Ham, born in about 1750, probably in Virginia. I have found William Ham on the tax lists for Madison County in both 1789 and 1800, as per the books "First Census of Kentucky, 1790" and "Second Census of Kentucky, 1800."
1 - William Ham, born about 1750 to unknown parents, probably in Virginia.
1774 - married to Elizabeth (perhaps Elizabeth Terry, about 1754-1798), either in Virginia or in Madison County, Kentucky.
Their children (all of whom may have been born in Virginia as they were all born prior to the first documentation of William Ham being in Kentucky):
-Mary (born about 1776), married to James Stapp in 1796 in Madison County, Kentucky.
-Eleanor ("Nellie") (born about 1779), married to Edward Willis in 1799 in Madison County, Kentucky, with children Catherine and William; this family was found in Garrard County, Kentucky census records in 1820 and 1830 with Eleanor listed as head of household, so Edward is assumed to have died prior to 1820.
-Nancy (born about 1780), married to George Ham in 1799 in Madison County, Kentucky.
-Shelton or Chilton (about 1782-1817), married to Nancy Whitaker in 1811 in Madison County, Kentucky, with son Happy born in 1815.
-John (born about 1782-died 1856), married to Matty Pond in 1802 in Garrard County, Kentucky, with children Joseph Rice, William Griffin, Watson William, Roland, Drury Shelton, Erasmus, Emmaline Elizabeth, Samantha Clements, Louisa Ann, and Amanda Melvina. John also became guardian of his much younger half-brother Thomas in March of 1815 after the deaths of Thomas' parents.
-Resina (born about 1783), married to William Alverson in 1802 in Madison County, Kentucky. William Alverson became the guardian of Resina's much younger half-sister Mourning in November of 1815 after the deaths of Mourning's parents.
-William (born about 1792), married to Caty Welman in 1812 in Madison County, Kentucky.
-Drury (born about 1796); I have no further information about him.
1789 - listed on Tax List in Madison County, Kentucky.
1798 - became a widow when wife Elizabeth died.
1800 - listed on Tax List in Madison County, Kentucky.
1805 - married second wife, also named Elizabeth (born about 1775 and died in February or March of 1815, perhaps at or shortly after the birth of her third child, Thomas.) in Madison County, Kentucky.
-Henry (about 1810-1860); I have no further information at this time.
-Mourning (about 1812-1900); see below for further information.
-Thomas (about 1815-1858). On 23 February, 1815, Thomas was born to William Ham and his 2nd wife Elizabeth. After being orphaned by the deaths of both parents, on 21 March 1815, guardianship of Thomas was given to his much older half-brother John Ham (born abt 1852). I assume Thomas was raised by John and his wife Mattie Pond Ham, but I have no further information about that family. In 1839 Thomas married Sabrina Brownlee (no further information), and in 1843 in Garrard County, Kentucky, he married Mary J West (about 1822-1888), with children William O, Thomas S, Susan Jane, Martha Ann, Isadora ("Dora"), and John Perry.
1810 - William Ham was listed as living in Madison County, Kentucky in the 1810 federal census.
1814 - William Ham died 24 December in Madison County, Kentucky.
1814 - both parents died.
1815 - on 10 November, the courts gave guardianship of the orphaned Mourning Ham to her brother-in-law, William Alverson, husband of Mourning's older half-sister Resina. It is therefore assumed that Mourning was raised by them.
1832 - on 25 October, Mourning was married to Marcus Aurelius Whitaker in Madison County, Kentucky.
-Sidney (born May 1833), served in the Civil War* (Company A, 11th Kentucky Cavalry, Union Army), married in 1866 to Edaline Ivins (about 1840-1900), with children Ida Belle, Lucy Fanny, Alan J, Susan, Mollie, and Delia.
-Patsy (born about 1834), last seen at age 16 in the 1860 Madison County, Kentucky census; I have no further information at this time.
-William (born about 1837), married in 1862 to Sally Elkin (born about 1848); I have no further information at this time.
-Thomas (born about 1838), married in 1864 to Annie Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Roberts (born about 1849), with children Jane and Nancy.
-Irvine (about June 1839-October 1919), served in the Civil War* (Co K, 1st Kentucky Cavalry, Union Army), married in 1865 to Nancy B Caudle (about 1846-1922), with children William M ("Willie"), George, Nancy ("Nannie"), Charlie, Fountain ("Fount"), and Brutus.
-John Martin (born November 1841), served in the Civil War* (Co A, 11th Kentucky Cavalry, Union Army), married in 1872 to Elizabeth ("Betty") Wilder (abt 1854-1951), with children William M, Sally A, and John Marion.
-Johnson M ("Duff") (1843-1917), served in the Civil War* (Co K, 1st Kentucky Cavalry, Union Army), married in 1862 to Carrie Elizabeth Collins Teeter (about 1841-1903), with children Josie Fine, James H, Sarah and Ella. Married next in 1903 to Bettie; no other information at this time.
-Eliza (born June 1844), married in 1880 to Joseph Haskel Ball (born about 1850), with children Hugh, Nancy, John, and Lucy. (Joseph Haskel Ball had been previously married to Eliza's sister Margaret; see Margaret's listing below.)
-Frances Ann ("Fanny"), (born August 1847), married in 1864 to William Harrison Goins (about 1838-1913), with children Lucy Ellen, Relus Marcus ("R. Mark"), Middleton, Cyrus, Edaline ("Dolly"), Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth ("Lizzy"), and Georgia Ann.
-Margaret (about 1849-1880), married in 1871 to Joseph Haskel Ball (born about 1850), with children Arthur, Infant Female, Infant Male, and Cordelia. (After Margaret's death, Joseph Haskel Ball married her sister Eliza; see Eliza's listing above.)
-Zachariah (born 1852, died before 1880), last seen at age 18 on the 1870 census, listed as what today would be considered to be mentally disabled; not found in the 1880 census, so he is assumed to have died prior to that time.
-Marcus Aurelius ("Reel") (born 1855, died before 1920), married in 1877 to Margaret Vandeventer (about 1858-1936), with children Thomas, Lizzie, Sherman, Ella, Osie, Pattie, Etta, and Shirley Dock.
-George (born about 1856), married in 1882 to Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Thompson (no dates known); I have no further information at this time.
1840 through 1870 - Mourning and Marcus Whitaker are found in Madison County, Kentucky in every census: 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1870.
1880 - census; found living in Garrard County, Kentucky with grandchildren Arthur and Cordelia Ball; this is the year the Ball children's mother Eliza died.
1900 - 27 June Madison County, Kentucky census; Marcus (age 86) was found living with his son Irvine and family, listed as Widowed, so Mourning had died prior to 27 June 1900. No further information on Marcus after this census; unsure of when he died.
**Mysterious obituary for "George Ham." I have part of an old yellowed newspaper clipping for a George Ham, but it has no date, no city, and not enough information for me to know which George Ham it is for. Here is what it says:
Or did some grieving survivor etch these mournful and prophetic words on the soft, yielding stone? This was a pioneer family. Imagine George Ham as a big, laughing, lusty man with level eyes and a friendly smile. He was a man to work hard, maybe, to sweat, to eat hearty, and to enjoy life as he... (concluded on Page 16.")
There is no page 16 with this clipping. Unless someone steps forward with the missing information on who this George Ham was, it will remain a mystery.
I have no further information on the Ham family at this time.
For further information on the Whitaker Family (Mourning Ham Whitaker), please see the Whittaker Page.
For further information on the Goins Family (Frances Ann Whitaker Goins), please see the Goins Page.