John HAM (d.
bef. 1 Feb 1779)
Wife Unknown (d. bef. 1 Feb 1779)
John HAM (c.1770-
23 Jul 1847), of Cool Springs & Sharpsburg Twps., Iredell Co., NC
m. (1) Wife Unknown
John Jefferson HAM (c.1815-1867)
of Iredell & Alexander Cos., NC
m. Elvira BOWLES (24 Feb 1826 - 1894), d/o John & Clarissa BOWLES, of Alexander & Wilkes Cos., NC
Simpson Lafayette "Fate" HAMM
Feb 1855 - 18 Jul 1930), of Anderson Co., TN
m. (4 Feb 1875)Julia Ann "Nannie" BROWN (22 Nov 1858 - 15 Apr 1936), d/o James R. & Elizabeth (HENDRIX) BROWN, of Anderson Co., TN
Mary Jane "Mollie" HAMM (4
Aug 1888 - 1980)
m. 1910 (1)Jesse Clarence RUSSELL (1887-1920), s/o Houston N. & Anna Jane (SMITH) RUSSELL of Anderson Co., TN
1. Thomas & David Beard ordered to bring during the sitting of this Court Six Orphan Children of John Ham to be dealt with as the Law directs." Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Rowan County, NC, 4:187. 1 Feb 1779.
2. "Betty Ham Orphan of John Ham Decd be bound to Will: Beard until she is 18, being 11 next Apr., sd Master to give sd Apprentice when free a good saddle & bridle, 4 cows & Calves & a good spinning Wheel more than the Law directs. Nacey Ham Orphan of John Ham Decd bound to David Beard until she is 18, being 9 the 13th of Mar. next, to receive from Master same as Betty Ham. John Hamm Orphan of John Hamm decd bound to Arthur Chambers until he is 21, he being now 8, to learn the Trade of Wheelwright and to be given a good Saddle & bridle & a Set of tools fitting for sd Trade at the expiration of his sd Apprenticeship. Jean Ham Orphan of John Ham decd bound to James Wallace until she is 18, being 3 on 15 Mar. next, sd Master to comply with the Act of Assembly & give sd Apprentice 1 Cow & calf & spinning Wheel at the Expiration of her sd Time. William Beard apptd guardian of Zarina Ham Orphan of John Hamm decd & give David Beard Security in L100." Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Rowan County, NC, 4:196-7. 5 Feb 1779.
3. John Ham named in will of David Beard, to receive L3.0.0. Will of David Beard, Iredell Co., NC, book B, page 51, made 26 Sep 1785, proved 8 Nov 1785.
4. "George H. Burges for Jno Ham vs. Arthur Chambers. Jury charged. finds for the plaintiff and assigns his damages to L35.0.0." Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Iredell County, NC, I:150. 19 Feb 1794.
5. "Three pounds to be divided among Mary, Billy, Nancy, John, Jean, & Zerin Ham." Will of William Beard (d. 9/18/1795), Iredell Co., NC, book 1, page 67.
6. Marriage bond, Nancy Hamm to David Dickey, signed James Dickey. 16 Jul 1801.
Because five of the children were taken in by the Beard family, Arthur Chambers, and James Wallace (all of whom were related to each other either directly by marriage or through marriages with the Steeles and/or Robesons) it is possible that either John Ham or his wife (or both) were also related to the benefactors of the children. Note that six Ham children inherited from William Beard and that the younger John Ham inherited from David Beard. Also note that the court order names Betty, Nacey (sic), John, Jean, and Zarina, while William Beard's will names Billy, Mary, Nancy, John, Jean, and Zerin (sic). It is probable that Betty and Mary are the same individual. Billy is assumed to be either already apprenticed or of age and/or gainfully employed at the time of the court decision of 5 Feb 1779.
The younger John Ham has been confused in the past with John Ham (d.1811) of the Hunting Creek area of N.E. Iredell County. However, early land and census records show a John Ham in continuing close proximity to the Hair, Beard, Chambers, and Steele families in the Fourth Creek area of Cool Springs Twp. His (presumed) second wife, Esther Haire, was also a Robeson descendant. Esther Haire's paternal grandmother was Esther Robeson, who was probably related by marriage to both the Chambers and Steele families. Later records show a proximity of John Ham to some of his own children and their spouses along Little Rocky Creek in Sharpsburg Twp. His widow Esther contined to live in this area until her death in 1874.
It is also possible that John Ham (d. 1811) was the John Ham listed as a soldier in Iredell Co. in 1784 and, thus, too old to be the eight-year-old orphan of 5 Feb 1779.
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1. William Steele to John Ham for $200.00: 2 tracts of land (70 acres total), one lying on the north side of Fourth creek joining James Gay, James Hinson, David Hair, and Patrick McGuire, containing 40 acres. Another track on north side of Fourth creek, joining David Hair, William Steele, James Gay, John Gay, and Patrick McGuire containing 30 acres. Witnesses: John Gay & David Dickey. Iredell Co. N.C., Deed Book F, p. 565. 7 Nov 1807.
2. 1810 Census of Iredell Co., NC. shows John Ham living near Hairs, Beards, et al. with one male aged 26<45 and one female aged <10. It is presumed that John Ham, at about 40 years old, was widowed and living with infant daughter Mary.
3. Land transaction description shows John Ham owning land on Little Rocky Creek. Iredell Co. N.C., Deed Book J, p. 294. 22 Sep 1817.
4. The 1820 Census of Iredell Co. shows John Ham among several Holland families. According to land deed descriptions, there were Hollands on Little Rocky Creek.
5. Land transaction description shows John Ham owning land on Little Rocky Creek. Iredell Co. N.C., Deed Book Y, p. 651. 16 Nov 1846.
John & Esther (Haire) Ham are buried with daughter Mary Ham at Snow Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery in Sharpsburg Twp., Iredell Co., NC. John's death date and age at death (77) from headstone. Esther's and Mary's birth and death dates from are from their headstones.
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1. Jefferson Ham to David Ham for $100.00 to secure debts: 296 acres joining John Ham, William H. Lyon, Benjamin Dobson. Iredell Co. N.C. Deed Book V, p. 135. 28 Feb 1842.
2. John Ham to David F. Ham for $1.00 to secure debts: 296 acres on Little Rocky Creek joining William H. Lyons and others. Iredell Co., N.C. Deed Book U, p. 572. 7 Apr 1843.
3. David F. Ham, trustee for John J. Ham, to William Watts for $111.00: 277 acres on Little Rocky Creek joining John Ham, Holland, Benjamin Dobson, William Hill Lyons. Iredell Co. Deed Book W, p. 232. 26 Apr 1844.
4. !850 Census of Alexander Co., NC, p.143b, shows this family living near John Bowles:
Dwelling # Family # Name Age Sex Trade Place Born Adults who cannot read or write 609 609 John J. Ham 38 m laborer NC 1 Elvira " 24 f " William " 5 m " Thomas " 3 m " John " 1 m "
5.!850 Census of Iredell Co., NC, pp.121-122, shows Esther Ham:
Dwelling # Family # Name Age Sex Trade Real Estate Place Born 74 74 Esther Ham 65 f 700 NC Polly " 30 f " Silas " 23 m farmer "
6. !860 Census of Iredell Co., NC, pp.121-122, shows this family living adjacent to Esther Ham, who is next to Silas Ham.
Dwelling # Family # Name Real estate Personal Estate Place born School within one year Adult who can't read or write 610 589 Silas Ham 34 m Farmer 1,200 580 NC Sarah " 26 f Wife " Thos F " 7 m " 1 John W " 5 m " 1 Martin A " 4 m " Letitia E " 2 f " Miles A " 4/12 m " Wm Nesbitt 17 m Daylaborer " 1 612 590 Esther Ham 70 f Widow 50 NC Mary " 40 f " 613 591 John J. Ham 45 m Farmer 130 " 1 Elvira " 30 f Wife Thos F. " 13 m 1 Martha " 11 f 1 Mary " 10 f Lafayette 7 m Franklin 6 m
7. "S.S. Ham for the sum of $1 and for love and affection he has for William N. Ham, minor son of John Ham, conveys to him a mule colt, about 9 months old." Iredell Co., NC, Deed Book 2, p.447. 19 Jan 1861.
8. Land transaction description shows Ham (probably Silas or Esther) owning land on Little Rocky Creek. Iredell Co. N.C., Deed Book 3, p. 362. 23 Oct 1862.
9. 1870 Census of Anderson Co., TN. shows the Mason/Ham family on p.86. Lafayette Ham is listed twice: once with his family and once with Philip Shields (p. 31), for whom he worked. In the latter, Lafayette's birthplace is listed as Tennessee. Also listed in the Shields household are a Martha Mason, domestic servant, age 21, born in North Carolina, and Ellizabeth Mason, age 3, born in Tennessee. The ages are consistant with Lafayette's sisters, Martha and Lucinda Ham, also shown at home with their mother and step-father.
10. Information on William Ham (b.c. 1815) & family group from Church of the Latter Day Saints IGI (North Carolina), pp.10,218-10,226). This source also gives birthdates for John J. Ham's first three sons and the marriage date for Elvira Ham & Harrison Mason. In this source, all references to John Ham (d. 1811) are for Rowan Co.
For whatever reason, Mary "Polly" Ham, eldest daughter of John Ham (d.1847), has "lost" a full eleven years in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 Censuses! However, the birthdate her headstone is supported by the 1810 Census.
William does not appear with his family in the 1860 Census; he was alive, however, because his uncle gave him the mule colt on the following January 19th. William, aged about 15, may have been living and working on another farm. Note how Esther Ham's age changed from 1850 to 1860.
The site of John Jefferson Ham's grave is unknown, although there are unmarked graves adjacent to his parents and sister Mary at the Snow Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery. Some of his other siblings and their families are buried elsewhere in this cemetery. [Does the church maintain any records of burials?]
Elvira (Bowles) Ham Mason is buried next to son S.L. "Fate" Hamm at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, TN. Also buried with them are Frank Hamm and Mary Hamm Norman. Birth and death dates for all are from their respective headstones. Note that the birth dates for Fate and Mary are too close together for both to be accurate.
North Carolina marriage records show that Elvira Ham married Harrison Mason in Iredell Co. on February 16, 1869. Their daughter, America, was born July 15, 1869, in Oliver Springs, Anderson Co., TN. According to the 1850 Census of Alexander Co., NC, Harrison Mason was fifteen years younger than Elvira Ham.
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1. The 1880 Census of Anderson Co., TN, shows this family on lines 2-6, sheet 16 of v.15, E.D. 162:
Dwelling # Family # Name Race Sex Age Rel. Trade Born Father born Mother born 126 131 Ham, Lafayet W m 25 farmer NC NC NC " July A. W f 23 wife keeping house TN TN TN " Sarah E. W f 5 daughter TN NC TN " James W m 2 son TN NC TN
3. The 1910 Census of Anderson Co., TN, shows this family: Lafayette Ham, 55, b. NC, wife Annie, 52, b. TN, daughter Cynthia, 27, b. TN, son Thomas, 25, b. TN, daughter Alice, 24, b. TN, and daughter Bertie, 18, b.TN.
4. The 1920 Census of Anderson Co., TN, shows this family on lines 1-3, sheet 2 of v.1, E.D.10: Fate Ham, 66, b. NC, wife Annie, 64, b. TN, and daughter Cyntha, 38, b. TN.
Julia Ann (Brown) Hamm is buried next to her brother Aaron Brown at the old Beaver Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery in the Karns community in western Knox Co., TN. Her birth and death dates are from her headstone.
Birth and death dates and marriages of children from various family sources, notably a transcription by Janie Jones of a letter from Bertie (Ham) Nelson to Esther (Russell) Blankenbeckler.
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Birth and death dates and marriages from various family sources.
Mollie (Ham) Russell Roach is buried with Jesse Russell at Woodlawn Cemetery in Knoxville, TN. Esther (Russell) Newman Blankenbeckler is buried in Joppa, MD.
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