Christopher Devolcurt Ham
The funeral party in charge of the remains of the late C. D. Ham, who
died at Eurka Springs, Ark., Monday afternoon, reached here on the
L & N train at noon today. Dr. A. C. Johnson, Mrs. Ham and daughter,
Miss Martha, who accompanied the body home from the place of death
were met at St. Louis by a deputation of citizens this morning and acted
as a guard of honor to this city. The funeral party was met at the railroad
station by a large number of the friends of the deceased who followed the
hearse to the family residence at 124 East Maple street, many of them
lingering to express to the sorrowing wife and children the sympathy they
felt in the bereavement which had befallen them.
The funeral will take place from the First M. E. church at 2 o'clock tomorrow
afternoon under the ministration of Pastor John F. Harmon assisted by Rev.
H. B. Douglas of the Presbyterian church. The interment will be at Oakwood
cemetery where the services will be under the auspices of the Masonic order
of which Mr. Ham was a member. An opportunity will be given the friends to
view the remains of the deceased at the family residence this evening or any time
previous to the funeral tomorrow. The band has courteously tendered its services
and will pay homage to the memory of the dead by taking part in the funeral services.
April 19, 1899 Mt. Vernon Register News
submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera
Oct 25, 1997
(Picture) Christopher Devolcurt HAM was a native of this county and
was born on a farm in Moore's Prairie, eight miles southeast of Mt. Vernon,
September 10, 1838. He was the elder son of James and Frances T. HAM, the
father, when a boy, moving with his parents from Virginia to this county in
the early pioneer days. James HAM died in 1848. His wife, who afterward
married Jeremiah TAYLOR, died in 1888. James HAM was counted a man of means
in his day, when men of any considerable wealth were rarer than now, and the
estate he left his family was the basis of the fortune which Jeremiah TAYLOR,
who married the widow, amassed and afterward bequested to her two sons.
In 1865 Mr. Ham was married to Miss Anna GRANT, daughter of the late Judge
August M. GRANT, another pioneer resident of this county. Mrs. HAM is related
on her maternal side, to the best pioneer people in the county's history.
Mrs. Martha GRANT, her mother, was a sister of Lieutenant-Governor Stinson H. ANDERSON,
and an aunt of Gen. W. B. ANDERSON, late pension agent at Chicago.
To Mr. and Mrs. HAM have been born four children, all of whom, with their mother,
survive him: Martha, Sidney B., Bernadine Frances, and Grant Taylor.
(There is much more to this obituary.)
Source: The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL
Date: Monday and Tuesday, April 17 & 18, 1899
Submitted by: Mary Zinzilieta