Name: William HAM
Birth: ABT 1759 in Orange Co., VA
Death: 24 DEC 1812 in Silver Creek, Madison Co., KY
Change Date: 31 DEC 2012
!"Under seperate cover I will send you the inhabitants of Fort Boonesborough, KY. There is a William Ham who was one of the inhabitants. Please note the date that he was there (1786). I have found him on some other listings and other tax records very early and about the year 1779-80. He may have been there to help build the fort as early as 1775. While Drury Ham and William Ham were living in Fincastle Virginia, later Botetourt and Montgomery Counties, Virginia, the older William Ham was already living in the Fort at Boonesborough, Kentucky. There were many Ham families in Madison County, Scott, Nicholas, and Lincoln Counties Kentucky, and all descended from old William, Drury Ham, and William Ham. An older William Ham was in the Holston-Watauga area of the Carolinas as early as 1765. He could very well be the same William Ham who was in Fort Boonesborough KY." "The older William in Madison County, KY was a brother to Joseph, and Stephen Ham, Sr. of Madison County, KY. The still older William Ham of the Fort Boonesborough was the father of them. From bits and pieces that I have found would point to the old William Ham of Early Boonesborough Fort to be the father of the other ones mentioned above. "Christian Ham of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania may have been a brother to our Samuel or he could have been an Uncle. Christian Ham served in the Pennsylvania Line in the War of the Revolution. There are many records available on him in the Archives in Washington, D. C. and the DAR and SAR records of descendents". From James O. McKee, Jnr, Letter 13
!I can confirm this (McKee above William, William and Drury) from tax records and such from early Madison County. I have tracked Drury and William across the Virginia Counties that he mentions. The William followed Drury within a year or two of Drury's movements. There was a William HAM in the Madison County area long before Drury and William arrived. Obviously, he does not have this part correct. This was once my first impression. After closer examination of other records, I no longer believe that William was the sole progenitor of the Madison County area. Bible records held by the Madison County Historical Society (and others) indicate that the second William to be the son of John HAM. Drury, of course is born in Orange County, VA in 1760 (according to his Rev. War pension statement). Stephen was born in ABT 1762 and married Rhoda COFFER/COFFEE in Culpeper Co in 1782. I have a lengthy "theoretical proof" that I wrote to resolve the father of this Stephen. It is several pages long, based on locations and time frames. It takes some concentration to follow, but my conclusion is that this Stephen descends from Edward HAM of Orange County. So, my thoughts are that perhaps the William may be the grandfather. If he is the William of Orange County (son of Samuel), then that may make Stephen a cousin to Drury and the second William. Of course, there is no mention here of where George HAM came from. Dave Hamm, Novi, Mich, 1998.
!Kathy Vockery, Garrard County Historical Society, had obtained a copy of the Bible records in the 1950's from a Mary Bogie of Madison County, KY. This set of Bible records was only slightly different from what Duard Hamm of Madison Co., KY, had sent via email. Basically, the Bible records were very faded, but what is legible said: William HAM, Sr. was the son of John HAM and Mary DUNWIDDY. William HAM died Dec 4, 1812. Wife Elizabeth died May 04, 1814. Children of William and Elizabeth listed as: John HAM (Born April 10, 1780) said to have married Massa POND Aug 03, 1802. Massa born Jun 10, 1782. 10 children. Drury HAM, Henry HAM, Shelton HAM married Nancy WHITTAKER, Thomas HAM, Mornin HAM married a WHITTAKER, Resina HAM married William ALVERSON, Mary HAM, William HAM, Jr. married Susannah BOONE, Eleanor HAM married Edward WILLIS, Zeriah HAM. From David Hamm, Novi, Michigan, 1998.
!31 Aug 1782: Personel of Botetourt County, VA, Companies as districted. Ordered that James Moss, John Lewis, John Hebert, William Hamm, Drury Hamm, James McMullin, Drury Smith, John McCalister, James McCalister, David Rees, John Rees, William Logue, Davide Tate, Jr, James Brown and John Neill of Captain Gallaway's Company be considered the 21st District. 31, August 1782. From A Seed-Bed of the Republic - Early Botetourt Virginia, by Robert Douthat Stoner, 573 pages, 1962.
!12 June 1783: At a court held for Botetourt County on June 12th 1783. "Also Saml. Loage the same as above from John Neell's to Wm. Hamm's who with Wm. Loage, John Reace, Jeremiah Wills, John Neell, David Jaycock, Owen O'Neell, Wm. Neell, James McCallister, John Tygart, James McCaul, John McCallister, and Drurey Smith's tithables are to open and keep said road in repair as the law directs. Edward McMullin and James Moss are apptd. Surveyors of the road from Wm. Hamm,s to the Greenbrier County line , who with tithables under James McMullin Bailey Greenwood, Wm. Hamm, Drury Hamm, Jacob Warren, Benjamin Halbut, Wm. Russell, John Moss, Wm. Lewis, Wm. Hamilton and Companies including all the tithables on Potts Creek from Geo. Green's to Thomas Carpenter's, who are to open and keep said road in repair as the law directs." Page 376, in Annals of Southwest Virginia by Lewis Preston Summers, Part I, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore 1970.
!"William Ham son of John and Mary Ham with his wife Elizabeth and their children to avoid being caught in an epidemic of what was similar to the "Flu", by travelling on pack horses, from the vicinity of Lewisburg, VA. located on Silver Creek in what is now Madison County, KY, out from Richmond, KY." Ham Manuscript page 3.
!Drury and William lived their early years in Orange County, VA, and Rockingham, and Greenbrier County, Va. William, Drury, and Stephen Ham were in the Virginia Militia, and the Virginia Line of Virginia Forces. William left Montgomery County, Virginia about the year 1789-90, and settled in Madison County, area of KY. Drury followed him about the year 1790-91 and settled in Lincoln Co, Ky for a while and settled in Madison Co, KY. Drury and William were single men according to the early tax records, and about the same age. Drury was married twice in KY. From James O. McKee, Jnr.
!You are right about Drury Ham living in Lincoln County. Pulaski County was formed from Lincoln in the early 1800s. Drury and William (on this I am not sure if it was Drury's brother or nephew), together, owned vast tracks of land on both sides of Buck Creek, clear to the Cumberland River. They owned land at the mouth of Buck Creek on both sides. Info from Gene Hamm 2002
!William Ham married Elizabeth Evelsizer before moving to Madison County, Ky. William and Drury were brothers and both born in Orange County, VA. From James O. McKee, Jnr, letter August 14, 1988.
!Elizabeth may have been a second wife, as she only mentions Mourning, Henry, and Thomas in her will. From David Hamm, Novi, Michigan, 1998.
!The information that he had two wives and which children belonged to each wife from Marcy Grant.
!Ham's Mill was located to the northwest of present day Berea at the confluence of Ham's Branch and Silver Creek. This is approximately 5 miles from Berea and not too far from the Richmond/Lancaster Pike or State Highway 52. According to documents found in the library, The mill was used primarily to grind corn for whiskey. Info from Dan Ham, brackenbadboy@@yahoo.com.
!31 August1782: Personel of Botetourt County, VA, Companies as districted. Ordered that James Moss, John Lewis, John Hebert, William Hamm, Drury Hamm, James McMullin, Drury Smith, John McCalister, James McCalister, David Rees, John Rees, William Logue, Davide Tate, Jr, James Brown and John Neill of Captain Gallaway's Company be considered the 21st District. From A Seed-Bed of the Republic - Early Botetourt Virginia, by Robert Douthat Stoner, 573 pages, 1962.
!26 Sep1785: William Ham signed Petition number 27, asking that Lincoln Co, KY be split into two counties. From Petitions of the Early Inhabitants of Kentucky to the General Assembly of Virginia 1769 to 1792 by James Rood Robertson, Filson Club, 1914, page 16-17.
!1786: William Ham listed as inhabitant of Fort Boonesboro. The Register of Kentucky, Frankfort, KY, Volume 23, 1925, page 158.
!1788: A William Ham listed in Madison County Tax List. From Kentucky Tax Records, The Register of Kentucky Historical Society, Index by Carol Lee Ford, Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, MD, 1984.
!23 Aug 1786: Court orders that William Ham, Gerrard Hume and others be recommended to the Governor to be commissioned as Lieutenants of the Madison Co. Militia. Court held at the house of George Adams, pg 2, Madison Co. Kentucky Court Order Book a, 1787-1791, by Jackie Couture, 1996.
!24 Oct 1786: Court orders that any three of William Ham, Green Clay, and others to review a layout for a road from the house of John Woodruff to Ham's Mill. Court held at the house of David Gass, Madison Co., Ky, Order Book A, pg 4.
!27 Feb 1787: Court Orders that William Ham be appointed surveyor of the road from Ham's Mill to intersect the road from Tate's Creek to Irvines's Lick and Archibald Woods. Court held at the house of David Gass. Pg 7-8, Madison Co. Kentucky Court Order Book a, 1787-1791, by Jackie Couture, 1996.
!22 May 1787: William HAM's mill dam damage to the land of Phillip WILLIAMS, Madison County KY, Court Order Book A, pp 16-17.
!1787: Wm. Ham listed in the Madison Co. VA Tax list B. Lists self 01061 11. Zero white males between 16 and 21, 1 black above 16, 0 blacks under 16, 6 horses, 11 cattle. The 1787 Census of Virginia, Vol 1, pg 385.
!1788: William Ham listed on the Madison Co, Ky tax list. Lists self, 1 white male tithable, 1 black above 16, 8 horses and cattle. Kentucky Tax Records From The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society With an Index by Carol Lee Ford, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland, 1984, page 144.
!1789: William Ham listed in Madison Co. First Census of Kentucky, History of the First United States Census of Kentucky, Kentucky Counties in 1790, page 42.
!1 Jun 1790: Court orders the fine regarding the Commonwealth vs William Ham suspended until further notice. Madison County, KY, Court Order Book A, pp 90-91.
!6 Jul 1790: William Ham, Allen Burton, and Thomas Gulley take an oath to prove a deed from Abraham Buford to Edward Taylor. Madison County, KY, Court Order Book A, pg 93.
!1792: William Ham listed in Middle District of Madison Co. KY Tax List. Lists self 20327 30 100. 2 white males above 21, 0 white males 16-21, 3 total blacks, 2 blacks under 16, 7 horses, 30 cattle, 100 acres. pg 160, Early Kentucky Tax Records from the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Genealogical Pub Co. 1984.
!1796: I did not think to send, but also acquired a copy of the 1796 Madison Co tax roll to see if there was any similarity in assets or proximity association in the of entries for Drury and Joseph Ham. There was none I could find. Drury, I found elsewhere, first appears on the '92 list; Joseph on the '96; a William Ham from 1787 onward. George and Stephen first appear in 1799. In 1795 two William Ham's are taxed, after that only one. Mel Dunn, 2000.
!22 Aug 1796: Marriage Bond for Mary Ham and James Stapp, Elijah Stapp mentioned. Return 25 Aug, William Ham FB, Elizabeth Ham MB. Madison Co. KY Marriage Records, Vol 1, pg 78, 1993.
!3 Jan 1799: Marriage bond for Elender Ham and Edward Willis in Madison Co, KY. Solomon Turpin listed. William Ham Father of the Bride. Vol 1, pg 90, Madison County, KY.
!2 May 1800: William Ham, 150 acres on Silver Creek to Jessey Patterson, Madison Co. KY. Book E, pg 75.
!1 Oct 1800: William Ham listed in Tax List for Madison Co., KY, pg 121.
!17 Sep 1803: William Ham, 67.25 acres on Silver Creek to Thomas Smith, Madison Co. KY. Book E, pg 547. Vol. E Madison County, Kentucky Land Records Pages 547, 548 and 549
!17 Sep 1803: This indenture made this 17 day of September and in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and three Between William Ham of Madison County and state of Kentucky of the one part and Thomas Smith of the County and state aforesaid of the part Witnepeth that the said William Ham for and inconsideration of the sum of forty seven pounds twelve shillings Current money of this common wealth to him in hand paid the receipt whereof he hath hereby acknowlidged and acquit hath bargained sold and convey and by these present do Bargained sell and convey to the said Thomas Smith one certain trait or parcel of land lying and being in the locality of Madison and on Silver Creek Containing by estimation Sixty seven and one quarter acres be the same more or less and bounded as follows. Niz Begining at a black locust on the bank of the creek in a line of a survey formerly belonging to William Holland Running from thence a new line an East course croping a field thirty seven poles to a small Hickory thence North six poles thence east sixty four poles to a white oak and hickory in a line dividing lands belonging to said William Ham & Green Clay thence with said line North one hundred and two poles to a white walnut on a branch thence down the meandew of said Branch North fifty degrees west Eighteen poles thence west fourteen poles thence north Eighty degrees west sixteen poles thence west 30 poles thence south fofty eight degrees west forty poles to three Elms at the mouth of a branch in a line of Many phelps suniy thence up the meandew of the creek south twenty six poles thence South ten degrees west six poles thence South twenty and an half poles thence with a right line to the Begining to have and to hold the tract of land with its appertenances unto the said Thomas Smith his heirs or afsigns forever and the said William Ham doth Covenant and agree to and with the said Thomas Smith that he the said William Ham his heirs & will warrant and forever defend this right of the above sold land and premises with the appertenances there to belonging against the claim or claims of all and every person or persons Whatsoever unto him the said Thomas Smith his heirs or afsigns forever and this Indenture further Witnepeth that Elizabeth Ham wife of the sd Wm Ham for the Consideration above mentioned doth also make over and do relinguish her right of dower to the said Sixty 7 1/4 arces of land and premises on Witnepeth the said William Ham and Elizabeth his wife doth hereby set their hands and seals the day and year first above written Teste William Hamm S., James Alouson, Elizabeth Hamm S., Jacob Alouson Cumines, Pleasant D Alouson, State of Kentucky & Madison County | set I do hereby Certify that this Indenture was produerd to me as Clerk to the County Court aforesaid on the 3" day of October 1803 Which was acknowledged by William Hamm to be his act and deed and the same has been duly recorded in my office Attest Will Jwine. Madison County, Kentucky, Land Records, Vol. E, Pgs 547, 548 and 549.
!2 Dec 1805: John Ham, 64.5 acres on Silver Creek from William and Elizabeth Ham, Madison Co. KY Book F, pg 38.
!29 Jan 1806: William Ham, 116 acres on Paint Lick Creek from Drury and Rachel Ham, Madison Co. KY, Book F, pg 193.
!18 May 1809: William Ham listed on the Madison County Tax List #2 for 1809. 700 acres on Silver Creek listed under Bradly pg 12. 400 acres on Buck Creek Pulaski Co. listed under Dru Ham pg 12. I male over 21; 2 blacks over 16; 6 total blacks, 12 horses.
!1810: William Ham listed in Census for Madison Co., KY. Page 215, 02202 males and 01106 females. Also had six slaves listed.
!24 Dec 1812: "There (Silver Creek, Madison Co., KY) William died on December 24, 1812, Elizabeth his wife died May 4th, 1814. The children of William and Elizabeth were John, Drury, Henry, Shelton, Thomas and his twin sister Mornin." From the Ham Manuscript, page 3.
!8 Oct 1814: By order of the Madison County Court, the estate of William Ham (deceased) on Silver Creek was divided into 10 lots. Lot 1 to Thomas Hamm, 2 to Henry Hamm, 3 to William Alverson, 4 to James Stapp, 5 to Shelton Hamm, 6 to William Hamm, 7 to Morning Hamm, 8 to Edward Willis, 9 to George Hamm, and 10 to John Hamm. Thomas, Henry, and Mourning listed as minors. Madison County, Ky, Will Book B, pg 253. From David Hamm, Novi, Michigan, 1998. For a description of the lots see the notes for the person named.
Father: Joseph HAM b: ABT 1740 in Orange Co., VA
Mother: Judith JONES b: ABT 1740
Elizabeth EVILSIZER b: ABT 1759
- William HAM b: ABT 1776 in VA
- Ellender HAM b: ABT 1777 in VA
- Mary HAM b: ABT 1778
- Nancy HAM b: ABT 1779 in VA
- John HAM b: 10 APR 1780 in Orange Co., VA
- Rosena "Rose" HAM b: ABT 1784 in VA
- Shelton HAM b: ABT 1788 in Madison Co., KY
Elizabeth BURTON b: ABT 1790
in Orange Co., VA
- Henry HAM b: ABT 1810 in Madison Co., KY
- Mourning HAM b: ABT 1812 in Madison Co., KY
- Thomas HAM b: ABT 1812 in Madison Co., KY