Name: Green Berry KETCHUM Jr.
Given Name: Green Berry
Birth: 24 Oct 1850 in Caldwell Co., Texas
Death: 31 Mar 1914 in Tom Green County, Texas
Burial: Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas
THE CALL OF THE SAN SABA by Alma Ward Hamrick
Change Date: 11 Jun 2014 at 17:13:00
"One of the pupils attending school at the Masonic school was Berry Ketchum."
In 1870's Green Berry's nephew George Ketchum (son of James) moved to Tom Green county, Texa s several miles south and slightly west of Knickerbocker, Texas. By 1880 Green Berry was liv ing in the county also. In late 1884 Green Berry moved his ranch to the same place. He pros pered, and in about 1900 he bought a ranch 9 miles west of Sheffield, Pecos County, Texas. T he ranch was several thousand acres of land. He was known to raise and sell good quality rac e horses and working horses. After his death a large oil/gas field was discovered on the lan d and the family was said to have became even more prosperous. The ranch location included l and described as Abstract #5170 - Survey 34 TCRR A2- Pecos county, Texas as well as Abstract s 5154, 5170, 5171, 5389, 5521, 6256, 6348, 6349, 6420, 6421, 6422, 6508, 6509, 6510, 6511, 6 589, 6590, 6591, 6592, 6595, 6692, 6806, 6807, 7208, 9259, 9260, 9261 as well as land in Terr ell County, Texas described as Abstracts 637, 638, 1289, 1335, 1336, 1585, 1586, 1587, 1588 , 1590, 1591, 1592, 1593, 1594, 1595, 1596, 1597, 1610, 1611, 1614, 1615, 1616, 1640, 1659, 1 668, 1669, 1839, 1840, 1857, 1858, 1859, 2240, 2920, 2921, 2922, 2924 and also land in othe r adjacent counties.
1880 census, Precinct 3, Tom Green County, Texas: John McDannel, age 33, his cousin John Adco ck, age 24, both born in Arkansas, and Green Berry Ketchum, age 29, his partner were livin g in same household. McCannel and Green Berry listed themselves as stock raisers. Adcock li sted as farmer.
1900 U.S. Census, the Berry Ketchum family lived in Commissioner's Precinct 4, Tom Green Coun ty, Texas. Also living with them was cousin Thomas Ketchum, son of his uncle Chester, alon g with his mother-in-law Matilda (Shields) age 70 and Claburn Wilson, a servant.
1910 Census - Place: Justice Precinct 3, Pecos, Texas
Grave B Kitcham 59 [Green B Ketchum]
Ola Kitcham 49
Nora B Kitcham 19
Alice D Kitcham 17
Barsha Kitcham 13
Charles B Lightfoot 26
(NOTE: bad name translations on Ancestry.com)
Ozona (TX) Optimist newspaper, Thursday February 2, 1913 - "Berry Ketchum came in from San An gelo with his new car, accompanied by his two daughters, Misses Alice and Barsha."
The San Saba County News 02/16/1916 reported the sale of Berry's ranch along the Pecos Rive r on 02/04/1916. "W.N. Waddell of Fort Worth to Blackstone & Slaughter of Irion County. $33 0,000. Included 140 sections of land, 4,000 sheep, 4,000 mixed cattle and 200 horses and mul es." NOTE: 140 sections = 89,600 acres. $330,000 equals about $6,500,000 in 2009 purchasin g power.
In 1901, Frank Hamer and his brother Harrison moved to Sheffield, Texas. They had been hire d as wranglers on the Pecos Ranch of Berry Ketchum. The Hamer brothers were still working o n the ranch on April 26, 1901 when Berry's brother "Black Jack" was hung in Clayton, NM. Har rison and Frank Hamer went on to be famous Texas Rangers. Though best known as the man who t racked and killed the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, Frank Hamer accomplished much more than thi s single crime indicates. He is the man that many believe to be the greatest Texas Ranger o f the first half of the twentieth century. Years later, ironically, the great grand neice o f Berry, and his outlaw brothers, married Harrison Flavis Hamer, great grandson of Texas Rang er Harrison Hamer.
Find A Grave Memorial# 24027266
Father: Green Berry KETCHUM Sr. b: 10 Nov 1820 in Alabama
Mother: Temperance Katherine WIDICK b: 26 Mar 1824 in Logan County, Kentucky
Barsha Ola SHIELDS b: 25 Jul 1869 in Williamson Co., Texas
- Nora Blake KETCHUM b: 2 May 1891 in Knickerbocker, Texas
- Alice Doty KETCHUM b: 11 Mar 1893 in Knickerbocker, Texas
- Green Barsha KETCHUM b: 31 Jan 1897 in Knickerbocker, Texas