Generation No. 2
JOHN COFER2 HAM (STEPHEN1, )2, JEROME1) was born Abt. 1786 in Madison County, KY, and died 1869 in Illinois. He married (1) BETSY BARNETT December 26, 1805 in Madison County ,KY. He married (2) ELIZABETH H. THOMAS August 22, 1813 in Madison County ,KY1.
Notes for JOHN COFER HAM:
Various sources say he died in Pike County or Adams County, Illinois. There isn't any record of his death in either county.
"In the fall of 1815, Jonathan Crow and John Ham settled upon land about ten miles
south-east of the present site of Fulton on Big Auxvasse Creek."
Excerpted from Montgomery County History:
John named this village Ham's Prairie. They didn't build a house at first but lived in camps and built a bark tent on Auxvasse Creek because they were fishermen & hunters. John was born in KY in 1786, and came to MO in 1809, and settled in St. Charles Co. He joined Nathan Boone's company of rangers, and served during the Indian war. In 1816, he and JONATHAN CROW, built a bark tent on Auxvasse Creek, now in Callaway Co., and lived in it for some time, while they were engaged in hunting. They were, therefore, probably the first American settlers within the limits of Callaway Co. Ham cut his name on a lone tree in the prairie, which has since borne his name. He was a Methodist preacher. He was married twice, first to a MISS BENNETT, by whom he had two children. She died when their children were quite small, and their father took them to their relatives in KY., performing the journey on horseback, with one of the children before him and one behind. When he came to water courses that were deep enough to swim his horse, he would tie one of the children on the bank, swim across with the other, tie it, and go back for the one he had left. He after married a MISS THOMAS, and they had 6 daughters. Mr. Ham was a daring hunter, and there were but few who possessed nerve enough to follow him in all his adventures. He once smoked a bear out of its cave and then knocked in in the head with an ax. In 1823 he built a house on the Auxvasse, about five miles above itsmouth; and the following year the big overflow came and washed away his smoke house, filled with bear and deer meat. He followed it in a soap trough, which he used as a canoe, and overtook the floating house where it had lodged against a large elm tree. He took his meat and hung it in the tree, and when the water subsided, he had to cut the tree down in order to get his meat. Mr. Ham subsequently removed to Illinois, where he died in 1869.
In 1993, Ham's Prairie now refers to just a village consisting of a general store, a church and a few houses. This town was originally called Elizabeth and was the original county seat for Callaway County.
John C. Ham 62 VA Farmer John C. Ham 72 VA
Elizabeth 56 KY Elizabeth 65 KY
Nancy 25 MO Charlotte 29 MO
Charlotte 19 MO
Ellen 13 IL
He was said to be a Methodist Minister and a farmer. He must have also been an attorney as he was appointed as the lawful attorney for Jabez Ham to do whatever transactions were needed on his behalf. Deed Book P. Page 317 pertaining to their father Stephen's estate.
Stephen Ham was Bondsman.
Microfilm #183302 Page 105 Frankfort Archives
January the 29 1815 This is to certify that I married John C. Ham Elizabeth H. Thomas both
of Madison County on the 22nd day of August last given under my hand. Joseph Proctor
Jesse Thomas was the bondsman on the certificate
Children of JOHN HAM and BETSY BARNETT are:
1. AURELIA HAM, b. 1806.
2. LUCY ANN HAM, b. 1808, Montgomery County, MO; d. July 28, 1890, Camp Point, Adams County, Illinois; m. WILLIAM TAYLOR, September 29, 1831, Callaway County, MO.
Children of JOHN HAM and ELIZABETH THOMAS are:
3. ELIZABETH GUTHRIE HAM, b. 1819, Missouri; m. THOMAS B. FULTON, January 26, 1841, Adams County, Illinois.
4. RHODA COFER HAM, b. November 22, 1820, Callaway County, MO; d. November 5, 1881, Camp Point, Adams County, Illinois; m. (1) SAMUEL SMITH, June 23, 1832, Adams County, Illinois; m. (2) MATTHEW KEMP, October 1857.
5. NANCY HAM, b. May 6, 1825, Missouri; d. July 17, 1901, Bowen Hancock, Illinois; m. DAVID PINCKNEY ROBISON, May 10, 1849, Barry Pike, Illinois. Burial: Bowen, Hancock County, Illinois
6. TABITHA HAM, b. February 13, 1828, Missouri; d. February 20, 1907, Hand County, South Dakota; m. JOHN WESLEY BARBER, June 1, 1848, Adams County, Illinois. Burial: Mondamin Township Cemetery, Hand, SD
7. CHARLOTTE HAM, b. 1831, Missouri; m. ALBERT G. MOORE, December 21, 1861, Adams County, IL.
8. MARY ELLEN HAM, b. January 26, 1837, Adams County, Illinois; d. Adams County, Illinois; m. WILLIAM LIKES, January 31, 1860, Adams County, Illinois.
1. Microfilm #183302 Page 105, Frankfort Kentucky Archives.