Name: Green Berry KETCHUM Sr.
Given Name: Green Berry
Birth: 10 Nov 1820 in Alabama
Death: 28 Oct 1868 in San Saba Co., Texas
Burial: China Creek Cemetery, San Saba, TX
Occupation: a farmer and rancher
Green B Ketcham relocated with his family to Sangamon County, Illinois, later Christian Count y, from Alabama about 1825. At the apparent age of 16 he acquired title to two pieces of lan d in Sangamon County, Illinois in January of 1836. First was 79 acres being located as the W /2NW4 in Section 3 of Township 13 North, Range 1 West, and the second was 40 acres being loca ted as the NE4/NE4 in Section 3 of Township 13 North, Range 1 West, both recorded in the sam e deed, filed in county records at Volume 145, page 60. Two years later his father Peter bou ght the E2/SE4 in the same section.
Change Date: 10 Apr 2010 at 20:17:34
This family moved to Texas about 1848 from Christian Co., IL (formed in 1839 out of Sangamo n County), with his father & two brothers and their families. Brother James arrived in Texa s in 1846 and uncle Jacob earlier, fighting in the Texas War of Independence from Mexico. Gr een Berry Ketchum was the County Coroner in Christian County, Illinois before leaving for Tex as, having been elected Coroner of the County in 1844. He married Temperance Katherine Wydic k (Widick) in Macon County, Illinois (which later became a part of Christian County, which wa s originally a part of Sangamon County).
After moving to Texas it seems that Green Berry Ketcham acquired two 50 acre tracts of land ( or one tract filed twice) in Tennessee, Grant #11031 on 1 Sept 1852 in Middle Tennessee Dist rict, Franklin County , filed in book X, pg 99 and book X, pg 186. (Purchase or inheritance , gift?) LAND GRANTS AND DEEDS ARCHIVES - NASHVILLE, TN
The family went first to Limestone County for a short stay, then to Caldwell County, Texas a nd then to San Saba County about 1855, settling on the San Saba River on the place known late r as the Rainey place in China Creek Community.
SAN SABA COUNTY HISTORY, 1856 - 1983
"KETCHUM, Green Berry, of Tennessee, and Temperance Ketchum were early pioneers of San S aba County. They were living in the County in the mid-1850?s. According to the minutes of th e Cumberland Presbyterian Minute Book, G. B. Ketchum and wife, placed their membership with t he Church in 1850. He was born November 10, 1820, and died October 28, 1868. He and his wif e were first buried in the Old San Saba Cemetery where Rogan Field is now located. B. C. Smi th, a grandson, had the remains exhumed and reburied at China Creek Cemetery.
Their children were: James and Joseph (both died in infancy), Elizabeth who married Joh n Wesley Smith, Berry married Ola Shields, Sam (bachelor), Abner (died in infancy), Nancy mar ried Abijah Duncan, Tom (bachelor). CORRECTION: Sam was not a bachelor. He married Louis a Greenlee 2 Feb 1875 in San Saba several years before joining his brother Tom in their outla w career.
James (Jim) Ketchum, a pioneer and brother of Green Berry Ketchum was killed, presumabl y by Indians while on a cattle drive. CORRECTION: He was killed by indians. His children wer e Sarah who married John n. Gauny, Marion married Elizabeth Chaney, Tom, Vann, Pete.
Many descendants of each of these pioneers are now living in the County.
They eventually settled 5 miles west of San Saba, TX, where Richland Creek meets the Sa n Saba River and "a few miles above the mouth of the creek". END
THE CALL OF THE SAN SABA by Alma Ward Hamrick
On August 23, 1857 the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at San Saba was organized with nin e members. On the fourth meeting of this body on June 19, 1859, Rev. S. M. Lewis was named t o head the church. At that time G. B. Ketchum, Mrs. Ketchum, and eight others were receive d into the church. Mr. and Mrs. Ketchum and an infant son, most likely Abner, are buried a t China Creek Cemetery located 2.7 miles north of Harkeyville,Tx. at County Road 202 and Cou nty road 208, in San Saba County. Harkeyville is 3 miles west (on Hwy 395) of the city of Sa n Saba, TX.
At the time of the 1860 census the family consisted of Green B. and Temperance and Elizabeth , Green B Jr., Samuel and Nancy . Green B. was listed as born in Alabama, a stock raiser, wi th a personal estate valued at $4,534. Three children had died young before the census. On e was Abner b. 2 Feb 1856 and born in Texas. The other two were Joseph b. 10 Nov 1845 and Ja mes born 5 Dec 1842. The dates indicate that these two were born in Illinois before their s ister Elizabeth who was also born in Illinois on 20 March 1848 just before the family left fo r Texas. SPRADLEY RESEARCH
In 1933 the city of San Saba decided to build a new football field. The land at that time wa s a cemetery, including graves of Benjamin Franklin Smith, his wife, John Wesley Smith and h is wife Elizbeth Ketchum Smith, and Green Berry Ketchum and Temperance and infant. Barbar a Smith's grandfather Edgar (Buddy) Smith, descendant of Elizabeth Ketchum Smith, moved the c askets from the land for the football field out to the China Creek Cemetery, about 6 miles ou t of San Saba to the NW on a Dirt road. Green Berry's grave has an old unreadable stone wit h writing on it and Temperance has one that is barely readable. Next to them is a third ston e marker for a Ketchum infant, and next to this is a stone marking the grave of B. F. "Banner " Smith. SPRADLEY RESEARCH
"Mr. and Mrs. Ketchum had a family of 8 children: James Ketchum, born December 5, 1842; Josep h Ketchum, born November 10, 1845; Elizabeth Ketchum, born March 20, 1848, died June 26, 1933 ; Green Berry Ketchum, Jr, born October 24, 1850 and died March 31, 1914; Samuel Wesley Ketch um, born January 4, 1854 and died July 24 1899; Abner Ketchum, born February 2, 1856 and die d before 1860; Nancy B. Ketchum, born January 6, 1860 and died January 9, 1937; Thomas Edwar d 'Black Jack' Ketchum, born October 31, 1863 in San Saba County, Texas and died April 26, 19 01 in Clayton, Union County, New Mexico." - VARIOUS SOURCES
Father: Peter Reasor KETCHUM b: ABT 1800 in Virginia
Mother: Ann BURRELL
Temperance Katherine WIDICK b: 26 Mar 1824 in Kentucky
27 Jan 1842
in Macon Co., Illinois
- James KETCHUM b: 5 Dec 1842
- Joseph KETCHUM b: 10 Nov 1845
- Elizabeth KETCHUM b: 20 Mar 1848 in Illinois
- Green Berry KETCHUM Jr. b: 24 Oct 1850 in Caldwell Co., Texas
- Samuel Wesley KETCHUM b: 4 Jan 1854 in Caldwell Co, Texas
- Abner KETCHUM b: 2 Feb 1856
- Nancy Blake KETCHUM b: 6 Jan 1860 in San Saba, Texas
- Thomas Edward KETCHUM b: 31 Oct 1863 in San Saba, TX