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Ham, Robert Gardner

Ham, Robert Gardner

Male 1922 - 1977  (55 years)

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  • Name Ham, Robert Gardner 
    Birth 11 Feb 1922  Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 5808 
    Death 23 Oct 1977  Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Rosewood Memorial Park, Humble, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5732  Caswell County
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

    Father Ham, Thomas Jones Jr.,   b. 22 Aug 1896, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 21 May 1967, Martinsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Dawson, Lillian Margaret,   b. 30 Jul 1896, Yellow Springs, Greene County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 28 Jul 1971, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage 16 Nov 1926  Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Reference Number 42444 
    Family ID F2941  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Whitsett, Katherine Grace,   b. 7 Apr 1916, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 25 Jul 1972, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 56 years) 
    Marriage 20 Oct 1945  Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • North Carolina Marriage Records
      Name: Robert Gardner Ham
      Gender: Male
      Age: 23
      Birth Year: abt 1922
      Marriage Date: 20 Oct 1945
      Marriage Place: Rockingham, North Carolina, USA
      Spouse: Katherine Grace Whitsett
      Spouse Gender: Female
      Spouse Age: 29
      Event Type: Marriage
    Children 
     1. Living
    Family ID F47910  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

    Family 2 Hamilton, Juanita F.,   b. Abt 1921 
    Marriage 2 Dec 1969  Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Texas, Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011
      Name: Robert G Ham
      Gender: Male
      Birth Year: abt 1922
      Age: 47
      Marriage Date: 2 Dec 1969
      Marriage Place: Harris, Texas, USA
      Spouse: Juanita F Hamilton
      Spouse Gender: Female
      Spouse Age: 48
      Source: Texas Marriage Index, 1966-2002
    Family ID F21581  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 11 Feb 1922 - Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 20 Oct 1945 - Rockingham County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 2 Dec 1969 - Harris County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 23 Oct 1977 - Houston, Harris County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Rosewood Memorial Park, Humble, Harris County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Robert Gardner Ham
    Robert Gardner Ham
    Yanceyville Volunteer Fire Department 1949

  • Notes 
    • Robert Gardner Ham (1922-1977)

      Bartlett Yancey High School Class of 1938

      Yanceyville Volunteer Fire Department (June 1949)

      Robert Gardner Ham UNC 1942

      (click on photograph for larger image)
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      Fire Department Photograph (from left to right): Robert Ham; Bill Murphy; Dorsey Bradner; Dallas Briggs; Wallace Burke; Tom Poteat; Earl Watlington; Billy Oakley; Rigby Green; Robert Brooks; and Johnny Harwood.
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      Adopted.
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      Odd Obituaries

      While I realize that obituaries often are written without full knowledge and understanding of family relationships, I find it odd the obituary of Lillian Margaret Dawson Ham (1896-1971), widow of Yanceyville pharmacist "Dr." Thomas Jones Ham, Jr. (1896-1967), did not mention her adopted son: Robert Gardner Ham (1922-1977).

      She and "Dr." Ham had no other children. "Dr." Ham had been married before, but apparently no children resulted.

      Source: Rick Frederick Facebook Post 30 June 2022.
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      26 Pass State Pharmacy Test: Twenty-Three Graduates and Three Assistants Announced as Successful

      Robert Gardner Ham, Yanceyville

      Source: The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina), 16 June 1943
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      In 1943, Robert Gardner Hamm became a licensed North Carolina pharmacist and went to work with his father in Yanceyville, North Carolina. Pharmacist License Number: 03020. License Status: Deceased. Discipline: No. Source: North Carolina Board of Pharmacy.
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      Is this when Robert Gardner Ham left Yanceyville? 1962?

      PHARMACISTS REMOVED FROM THE REGISTERED LIST BY REQUEST OR FAILIURE TO RENEW

      Robert Gardner Ham

      Source: Annual Report of the North Carolina
      Board of Pharmacy [1882-]
      Volume 1962
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      It appears Robert Gardner Ham died 23 October 1977 at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Texas, of:

      "Acute & chronic respiratory failure due to chronic destructive lung disease; pulmonary tuberculosis, inactive. Bilateral upper lobe lobectomies."
      Source: Texas Death Certificate for Robert G. Ham.

      He had gone from being a licensed North Carolina pharmacist to a Texas laborer in the "pipe" industry.
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      The following is from The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 641:

      Born in Richmond, Va., Aug. 22, 1896, son of Thomas Jones and Ida Virginia Cogbill Ham, Thomas Jones Ham, Jr., was educated at John Marshall High, University of Richmond, and the Medical College of Virginia, where he took his degree in pharmacy.

      Tom Ham, afterwards to be known as "Dr." Ham, came to Yanceyville in 1922 and took over the drug stock and trade of the late Nat Brandon. He built the brick Yanceyville Drug Store adjoining the now-razed Florance building soon after his marriage in 1926 to Miss Margaret Dawson, formerly of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and later a successful business woman in Durham, N.C. The Hams lived above the drugstore and Yanceyville will remember as a landmark the graceful iron balcony of their apartment. When their adopted son, Robert, had graduated from U.N.C. in pharmacy and married, "Dr." and Mrs. Ham turned over their apartment to the newly-weds and moved to a two-story brick home which they built in east Yanceyville. Several years ago, the drugstore was torn down to make room for the Wachovia Bank and the Yanceyville Drug Store was moved to its spacious quarters on the corner of Main and Greensboro St. by "Dr." Ham's successors, Tom and Joe Davis who continue to serve the community.

      The Hams are remembered for their leadership and support of Yanceyville United Methodist Church and many other community activities. T. J. Ham was also an officer in the State Pharmaceutical Association and served on many boards and committees until his death May 21, 1967; his wife succumbed July 28, 1971 and both are buried in the Methodist Church Cemetery here.
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      Robert Gardner Ham (1922-1977) at the University of North Carolina in 1942. He is the adopted son of "Dr." Ham. The details of the adoption are not known. He also became a pharmacist and returned to Yanceyville to work with his father. He and his first wife lived in the apartment over the Drug Store. Dr. Ham built a house on the lot across from Alvis Briggs BBQ so his son could have the apartment.

      Robert Gardner Ham was married twice and had one child. It would be great to know more about that child and make contact. His first marriage to Katherine Grace Whitsett ended in divorce (apparently before he moved to Texas). However, she kept the Ham surname (based upon her death certificate). She was secretary to the Superintendent of Reidsville City schools and died of lung cancer.

      He married his second wife, Juanita F. Hamilton, 2 December 1969 in Harris County, Texas.

      He was born in Asheville, NC.
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      U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
      Name: Robert Gardner Ham
      Race: White
      Birth Date: 11 Feb 1922
      Birth Place: Ashville, North Carolina
      Residence: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Registration Year: 1942
      Relationship: Self (Head)
      Household Members: Name
      Robert Gardner Ham
      T J Ham

      1940 United States Federal Census
      Name: Robert G Ham
      Temporarily Absent: Yes
      Age: 18
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1922
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Marital Status: Single
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Home in 1940: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Map of Home in 1940: View Map
      Street: East Main Street
      Inferred Residence in 1935: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Residence in 1935: Same House
      Resident on farm in 1935: No
      Sheet Number: 2B
      Attended School or College: Yes
      Highest Grade Completed: College, 1st year
      Weeks Worked in 1939: 0
      Income: 0
      Income Other Sources: No
      Household Members: Name Age
      Thomas J J Ham 43
      Margaret D Ham 43
      Robert G Ham 18

      U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current
      Name: Robert Ham
      SSN: 245-26-9052
      Last Residence: 77003 Houston, Harris, Texas, USA
      Born: 11 Feb 1922
      Last Benefit: 77003 Houston, Harris, Texas, United States of America
      Died: Oct 1977
      State (Year) SSN issued: North Carolina (Before 1951)

      Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
      Name: Robert Ham
      Death Date: 23 Oct 1977
      Death County: Harris
      Gender: Male

  • Sources 
    1. Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 641 ("Thomas Jones Ham, Jr.").

    2. [S40] Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;).