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Alfred Campbell Tam
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Birth: Apr. 8, 1843
Carroll County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 25, 1905
Idaville
White County
Indiana, USA


Alfred Campbell Tam
1843 - 1905
The Farmer-Commissioner
Alfred, eighth child of Stephen and Mary (Lingo) Tam, was born on April 8, 1843 on his father's farm in Adams Township, Carroll County, Indiana. When he was eleven months old, his mother passed away and four years old when his father passed away. After the death of his parents, he was then orphaned and at that time he went to live for a while with his married brother Calec in Cass County. Four years later he went to live with the Calloways north of Lake Cicott until he was fifteen. At that age he struck out for himself and roamed over Iowa and Minnesota as a farm hand. At the age of nineteen he was back in Cass County with a good team of horses, a wagon and harness to show for his labors. Soon after he got back one of his horses died. This caused him to hire out again as a farm hand for another year. The next year he began to farm for himself on some land that he rented.

He, Alfred must have done all right for himself for two years later, he decided that he could support a wife. The girl that he married was Rachel Ann Smith, daughter of Jabob J. and Hettie (Timmons) Smith, was born on March 3, 1844. They were married on Christmas Day December 25, 1863 in Burnettsville. Alfred C. purchased eighty acres of land four miles north of Idaville, and here in a crude log cabin, but good enough for those early times, they set up housekeeping. They lived in this cabin for twenty years until 1883, when they built as nice a frame house as any in the township.

His first purchase of land was eighty acres on which he lived and on which the house still stands, but by thrift and hard work, he acquired almost three hundred acres by the time he built the new house.

My grandfather, Alfred C. Tam during the 1870's had held township offices, and in 1882 he was elected County Commissioner on the Democratic ticket. He was elected to the same office for a second term in 1884. He was a large man physically, with a genial disposition. He lived quietly and peacefully in his community, and it was his proud claim that he had never been sued and never sued anyone.

When his wife, my grandmother, died on April 20, 1895, grandfather seemed to lose all interest in farming in business in general. For ten years no improvements went on in the house, or any other farm building. No new fences were built, and the old ones got little repair. Even the fields were often neglected. In the house the responsibilities of maintaining the home fell on the willing but slender shoulders of Aunt Rose.

Here I would like to say something about the parents of Rachel Ann (Smith) Tam, my grandmother. Let us start out by telling of John E. Timmons, who was born in Delaware, but came to Piqua, Ohio. At Piqua he married Mary Smith, an older sister of Jacob J. Smith married Hattie Timmons, The youngest sister of John E. Timmons. John E, and his wife Mary lived and died in Ohio. Their son, Robert Timmons and their grandson William F. Timmons, who was the oldest son of Robert, came to Indiana in the fall of 1847. Robert located in Jefferson Township, Cass County, and William F. settled in Cass Township, White county After the death of his wife, he spent four or five years in the western territories. When he returned he returned to White County, he remarried and settled in Jackson Township, one quarter of a mile north of Idaville.

Jacob J. Smith was born in 1803, and he and his wife Nettie (Timmons) Smith were early settlers of Jackson township, having entered eighty acres of land in section 4 from the Government. Jacob Smith died in Idaville on December 23, 1880. They are both buried in Leazenby Cemetery, White County, Indiana.

Jacob J. and Nettie (Timmons) Smith had seven children: Mary Smith married Amos Lucy; Sally Timmons married Theodore J. Davis; Scofield Timmons; Rachael Ann Smith married Alfred C. Tam; Infant Timmons; Infant Timmons; Infant Timmons



Alfred C. Tam, who's daughter Rosa died six months before, passed away on January 25, 1905 of a broken heart. He was buried in the Tam Family plot along with and his wife Rachael children Ira and Rosa in Leazenby Cemetery, White County, Indiana. Both have very nice head stones.
--Fred J. Tam
1960
Alfred and Rachel (Smith) Tam had seven children:
1. George Brinton Tam
2. Joseph Stephen Tam
3. John Ira Tam
4. Rosa Hester Tam
5. Issac Jacob Tam
6. Milton Alfred Tam
7. Mary Effie Tam



Mr Tam served in the capacity as a one term third county commissioner of White Co.,Indiana from from November 1882-1895.

Alfred passed away on Wednesday morning, January 25, 1905 at his home in Jackson township. He had been very low for several days and his death was not unexpected.

Mr Tam was preceeded in death by his wife Rachel, daughter Rosa (George) Richardson, and son Ira Tam.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Stephen Tam (1801 - 1847)
  Mary Lingo Tam (1803 - 1845)
 
 Spouses:
  Rachel A. Smith Tam (1844 - 1895)*
  Rachel Ann Smith Tam (1844 - 1895)*
 
 Children:
  George Brinton Tam (1864 - 1920)*
  John I. Tam (1871 - 1899)*
  Rosa Hester Tam Richardson (1874 - 1904)*
  Isaac Jacob Tam (1877 - 1947)*
  Effie M. Tam Hunt (1883 - 1939)*
 
 Siblings:
  Celac Hazzard Tam (1821 - 1874)*
  Mathias Tam (1825 - 1846)*
  Lemuel Harris Tam (1827 - 1882)*
  Sarah Tam Dritt (1836 - 1857)*
  John Livingston Tam (1841 - 1898)*
  Joseph Stephen Tam (1841 - 1905)*
  Alfred Campbell Tam (1843 - 1905)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Leazenby Cemetery
Idaville
White County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Bryan Bunney
Record added: Jul 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28310847
Alfred Campbell Tam
Added by: Bryan Bunney
 
Alfred Campbell Tam
Added by: Bryan Bunney
 
Alfred Campbell Tam
Added by: Bryan Bunney
 
 
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In loving memory of you Alfred, rest in heavenly peace.
- ~Gloria~
 Added: Dec. 19, 2008
Son of Stephen and Mary (Lingo) Tam.
- Jack Strasser
 Added: Aug. 6, 2008
 
 
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