Oldham Family History

OLDHAM,  Stephen

OLDHAM, Stephen

Male 1774 - 1834  (59 years)

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  • Name OLDHAM, Stephen 
    Born 4 Nov 1774  Loudoun County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    AFN LHW2-PKW 
    Residence 1776  Loudoun County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence Abt 1780  Loudoun County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Bef 1795  Oldham, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1810  Lyonsville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Fayette County, Indiana
    Fayette County, Indiana
    C. V. Jackson Plat Map

    1974
    Land 18 May 1810  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1813  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Signer of Petition from Resident of French Broad and Holston Country Regarding Indebtedness. Presented to the General Assembly in 1813. 
    Land 8 Feb 1817  Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1820  Jennings Twp., Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Land 11 Oct 1825  Union County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Minister/Farmer  [6
    Died 14 May 1834  Lyonsville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    Buried 15 May 1834  Union Cemetery, Lyonsville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Oldham, Stephen<br>  1774-1834
    Oldham, Stephen
    1774-1834

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    Oldham, Stephen<Br>  1774-1834
    Oldham, Stephen
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    Will 1839  Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Oldham, Stephen
    Oldham, Stephen
    Fayette County, Indiana Wills
    Oldham, Stephen<br>
1774-1834
    Oldham, Stephen
    1774-1834

    Probate Record
    Oldham, Stephen<br>
1774-1834
    Oldham, Stephen
    1774-1834

    Probate Record
    Notes 
    • Note from Judith Cox Bryant: The James Smith in the Christian Standard article is the one who came to Indiana about 1813 with Stephen Oldham. He is the brother of my Rebeckah Smith, who married Daniel Conner. Their daughter Mary Ann married Parson Oldham.

      Signer of Petition from Resident of French Broad and Holston Country Regarding Indebtedness. Presented to the General Assembly in 1813.
      1813
      Sevier County, Tennessee, USA

      This quote from Arnett Anderson notes:

      26 Apr. 1817
      Quote : We James Smith and Stephen Oldham having been Called on by the Salem Baptist Church of Jesus Christ to Examine & Set apart William Oldham to all the offices and duties of a regular minister of the Gospel of the New Testiment, Do Certify that after Examination of his Gifts and Doctrines we have and do with the consent of the Church authorise him to discharge all the duties of a Minister of the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Given under our hands this 26 Day of april 1817
      James Smith Presbty
      Stephen Oldham


      LAND TO BE SOLD FOR INTEREST ~ The following was listed in the KNOXVILLE REGISTER, 3 Jul 1821, under the heading "Sale for interest. In pursuance of a law passed 19 Oct 1819, I will expose to sale on 7 Aug next, the following tracts of land . . ." To be sold at the court house in Newport to satisfy the interest due thereon were the following tracts in Cocke Co.:
      A Tract of land granted to the heirs of Joseph Rutherford containing 456 3/4 acres situate in Cocke county and district south of French Broad and Holston.
      A Tract of Land granted to George Adams containing 128 acres situate in Cocke county and district south of French Broad and Holston.
      In Sevier Co., By virtue of the same law, the tracts listed below were to be offered for sale on 8 Aug and the following day if necessary, at the court house in Sevierville, listed as "situate in Sevier County and district south of French Broad and Holston.".

      Tract of land granted to # acres
      Joshua Atchley 117
      Samuel Aikin 35
      James Anderson (assignee of Martin Shults) 11 1/4 . . .
      The lengthy list included:
      Andrew Kanatzer (assignee of Nicholas Kanatzer) 122
      William Longly 166 3/4, and in-laws of some of his children:
      Stephen Oldham 43 3/4
      Moses Oldham 106
      Joseph Pearson 170 1/2
      Benjamin Pearson 52


      Stephan was the eldest child of James and Leah Oldham. He was most likely born in Loudoun County, Virginia in 1774. He was named on the Lord Fairfax lease obtained by his parents in Shenandoah County, Virginia in 1776.

      If the James Oldham family arrived in Sevier County, Tennessee about 1788, the Stephen and Rebecca had to have married in Servier County, Tennessee. In 1788-89 Stephen would have only been about 15 years old. A search of Sevier County records doesn't show a Rebecca Potts living in the area around 1800. But there was a Potts family living in the same region of Loudoun County as James and Leah.

      James, Stephen, George and John all entered land in Sevier County, on the Forks of the Little Pigeon River. Oldham, Tennessee (an unincorporated area on the Buggertown Road) can still be located on modern maps.

      Sevier County, Tennessee Deed #1255

      STEPHEN OLDHAM-43 acres 3 rods 3 chains-Sevier County-on the waters of Birds Creek-CC None Surveyed April 23, 1807

      Stephen and Rebecca were members of the Forks of the Little Pigeon Baptist Church, as were many members of this family. Stephen served as a deacon and probably began his preaching career at the small churches in Sevier and Cocke County, Tennessee. There are several references to Stephen in the early minutes of the church.

      About 1811-1812, Stephen and his brother John decided to travel north to the Indiana territory to redeem John's Bounty Land Warrant from the War of 1812. They became some of the first settlers in what was to become Fayette and Union County, Indiana.

      Fayette Co. History, Bartlett-Elder Stephen Oldham came to Indiana from Eastern Tennessee and entered a tract of land from the government in the southeast quarter of section 22, Jennings township, this county, about 1810 or 1811, the farm where W.E. Brown now lives. He was a minister of the Primitive Baptist Church and he and his wife were constituent members of the New Bethel Baptist Church; organized in 1814, he was pastor of the same until his death in 1834, one of the most influential pioneer residents of the eastern part of this county.

      Pg 252-The next earliest settlers were emigrants of the southern states, yet many were natives of the North and East who had emigrated in the earlier history of that section. The next earliest settlers coming in to the township were Joh,lhn and Stephen Oldham, all men of families, of the same neighborhood as the Simpsons. Smith and one of the Oldham brothers were ministers of the Regular Baptist Church.

      When the county was organized 9 Feb 1819, all the land in Jennings township had been entered with the exception of one section. Section 22 - sold in 1811, 1812 and 1813 to John Keeney, Abraham Vanmeter, David Fletcher and Hill & Oldham.7d1nd 1816 to Samuel Riggs, Michael Brown, John Oldham and Zachariah Ferree.

      Although much land was purchased in 1811 and 1812, there were very few actual settlements prior to 1814. Thomas Simpson, a native of Maryland, is given credit as being the first settler within the limits of this subdivision.

      The New Bethel Regular Baptist church, which has long ago discontinued regular meetings, had its inception on the fourth Saturday in February 1814 and is probably the first church to attempt an organization within the present limits of the County. Meetings were held at the homes of the members at first, but in July, of the same year, Charles McLaughlin and a Mr. Litteral, a committee selected by the congregation, made preparations to build a house of worship. They purchased one acre of ground from Thomas Simpson for 520 dollars and erected a log structure about twenty-six by twenty feet. The earliest settler in Fayette County, Indiana was Thomas Simpson of Maryland. This church is believed to have stood about 1/2 mile east of the current New Bethel Primative Baptist church in Lyonsville, Indiana.

      The petition for the establishment of the church was drawn up on January 15, 1814 and was signed by the following prospective members of the proposed congregation;
      Elder Stephen Oldham
      Rebecca Oldham
      John Keny
      Polly Keny
      Tomas Simpson(Deacon)
      Sarah Simpson
      Rebecca Conner
      Katherine Williams
      Charles and Jane McLaughlin
      James and Sarah Conway
      John Keny, S r.
      Jonathan Keny
      William and Ann Oldham
      Susan White

      This petition was sent to one of the established churches, undoubtedly in Franklin county, was favorably acted upon, and on the Sunday following the fourth Saturday in February 1814, the new congregation was constituted as the "New Bethel Regular Baptist Church" by Lazarus Whitehead and James Smith.

      The log structure was soon too small to accommodate the growing congregation and in 1821 steps were taken to provide a new and larger building. In 1822, Elder Oldham donated an acre of ground about half a mile west of the first church, atef Lyonsville, and here was erected a second long church, under the direction of Matthias Dawson, Aaron and Jonathan Haughman. This continued in use until 1860 when a frame building was erected at a cost of $1,500.00.


      Stephen was instrumental in the certification of his brother William as a minister of the Primitive Baptist church. William served as pastor of several churches in the Fayette and Rush County, Indiana areas.

      26 Apr 1817: "We James Smith and Stephen Oldham having been Called on by the Salem Baptist Church of Jesus Christ to Examine & Set apart William Oldham to all the offices and duties of a regular minister of the Gospel of the New Testiment, Do Ce
      rtify that after Examination of his Gifts and Doctrines we have and do with the consent of the Church authorize him to discharge all the duties of a Minister of the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Given under our hands this 26 Day of April 1817
      James Smith Presbty
      Stephen Oldham

      Elder Stephen Oldham served as minister of New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church until his death in 1834. Stephen, Rebecca and many of their family members are buried in Union Cemetery, located behind the church.

      Mrs. Carrie Call (Widow of Dr. E. B. Call, Knightstown, Indiana, general practitioner) was a descendant of John Oldham. Mrs. Helen Quinn copied a letter from Mrs. Call dated, June 18, 1970, in which she relates the following family stories:

      "Stephen Oldham, son of James Oldham, was married to Rebecca Potts in Sevier County, Tennessee. They emigrated to the Simpson neighborhood, Fayette County, Indiana about the year 1810 or 1811, with John Keeney, James Smith, and Samuel Hiry, Tennessee.

      "James Smith and Stephen Oldham were ministers of the Regular Baptist Church. They settled on a beautiful knoll just north of a creek, which the Indians had named "Brushy Creek" and subsequently designated in 1809, by the pioneers as "Sifir, Thomas Simpson, which was a place of burial for the Indians and which is still known as the Simpson Graveyard.

      "Previous to this, Stephen Oldham and others on January 15, 1814, made application for a church society, and on the fourth Friday in February 1814 adopted articles of faith and were on the following day constituted a Gospel Baptist Churc.ehrday in January 1814, Stephen Oldham was ordained as pastor of New Bethel Church and his brother William Oldham was appointed clerk.

      "Elder Oldham served the people from the beginning until his death May 14, 1834. His wife living until March 28, 1860, aged 81 years, 7 months, 14 days. This is as near her age as was known, because she was found by a family on a benchedots and crocks. It was never known who had left the tiny baby here, so the family kept the baby, naming her Rebecca Potts.

      "Stephen Oldham and family came from Tennessee on horseback. They camped in the mountains in Kentucky one night, and as the night was cold, they built a campfire to keep warm. Sometime in the night, a tree stump caught on fire and a burgren, burning it to death. The sorrowing parents buried their child there in the mountains and continued their journey through the wilderness, braving the dangers and hardships of travel through this unsettled country.



      "On October 13, 1813, Stephen Oldham and Samuel Hill took out the south-east quarter of Section 22, Fayette County, Indiana (Note by Helen Quinn: I wonder if this isn't the correct date for Stephen's arrival in Indiana, since I found Step
      n the Tennessee church notes in an earlier month in 1813. Perhaps the 1810 or 1811 date mentioned in the Fayette County Histories refers to a visit only.) In later years this Mr. Hill lost his mind and at that early date Indiana didn't have a
      sylums. Mr. Hill began stealing from the neighbors, so they decided to send him back to Tennessee.

      "Stephen Oldham started with Mr. Hill on the journey to Tennessee. At night they would stop at some farm cabin to rest and sleep. Mr. Oldham cautioned the people about Mr. Hill and explained why he was going to Tennessee. Mr. Hill, knowidble, would pretend he was Mr. Oldham and would ask grace, and he said Mr. Oldham was the crazy man. After a long and trying journey, Stephen reached his destination with his companion.

      "Many interesting facts are remembered about Stephen Oldham, which were told me by relatives. On one occasion Stephen Oldham went to look for his lost horse that had wandered astray. In those pioneer days, the people would gather togethedeetings. They would make a platform by placing boards across two legs. As Stephen Oldham was looking for his horse, he came upon such a meeting and he stopped to listen. "Friends there stands one who is far more able to preach to you than I am." So Stephen Oldham, throwing his halter to the ground, walked barefooted to the platform and preached a soul-inspiring sermon. When he finished, he picked up his halter and started on looking for his lost horse.


      "In 1822 Elder Oldham gave to the church society an acre of land where the present church now stands and on it was erected a log structure. In 1860 the present building was erected where meetings are still held, on one Saturday and the fir
      rd Sundays of each month.

      "Stephen Oldham and wife Rebecca Potts Oldham are buried in the New Bethel Cemetery, Union Township, Fayette County, Indiana."

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      Last Will and Testament of Stephen Oldham (Transcribed from court record by Helen Quinn)

      Be it remembered that on the twenty seventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four then here comes to the Clerks Office of the Fayette Circuit Court and Court of Probate within and for the County ofnrick the executor appointed by the testator in the last Will and Testament of Stephen Oldham late of Fayette County Indiana deceased and present to said Clerk for proof to be taken there of the aforesaid last Will and Testament Which last Will and Testament is in the words following to wit:
      "I Stephen Oldham of the State of Indiana and Fayette County being in my proper mind and memory do this day make my last will and testament hereto making void all former wills heretofore by me written. First I will that my body be decentdyducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life and as to my worldly estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with I dispose of in the following manner.
      1. That all my just debts and funeral charges be paid by my executor
      2. I will that all my real estate be and remain in the hands of my wife Rebecca until her death and then the same to be sold and two hundred dollars or the value thereof to be given to my son Minor Oldham, the balance to be equally divided amongst my sons and daughters
      3. I will that my son William Oldham have the mare and colt and saddle which he now claims.
      4. I will that my daughter Amelia Oldham have one bureau and bedstead and two beds and bedding and one cow and saddle which is now claimed by said Amelia.
      5. I will that my daughter Mary Ann Oldham have the same value in property when she is 18 years old than Amelia now gets
      6. I will that all the balance of my household property and personal estate be my wife Rebeckah's own property to dispose of at her own will and I hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed friend David Kirkpatrick executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I Stephen Oldham the testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of January 1834.

      Signed sealed and delivered by the above named Stephen Oldham, as his last will and testament in the prescense of us who have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses there unto in the presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other. James Smith James C. Clark

      James Smith, James C. Clark and Jesse Oldham were securities for $3,400.00 bond posted by David Kirkpatrick, in order to act as Executor of Estate

      James Smith, Witness above, is shown in congregation of Little Pigeon Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in the early 1800's.

      I believe the Jesse Oldham who acted as security for the Bond for the estate of Stephen Oldham is the same Jesse, from Rush County, Indiana. I believe he is probably a son of Moses Oldham, brother of Stephen.

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      NEW BETHEL (CONNERSVILLE) (1814)

      New Bethel Church was organized on the fourth Friday in February 1814, with eighteen charter members, viz., Stephen Oldham, Rebecca Oldham, John King, Polly King, Thomas Simpson, Sarah Simpson, Rebecca Conner, Katherine Williams, Charles McLaughlan, Jane McLaughlan, James Connoway, Sarah Connoway, John King Sr., Jonathan King, Polly King, William Oldham, Anna Oldham, and Susanna White, all of whom were dismissed for that purpose from New Hope Church. The presbytery was composed of Elders Lazarus Whitehead and James Smith. At the same meeting Stephen Oldham was ordained to the ministry and called as pastor of the church.

      In August 1814 the church made plans to build a meeting house, but apparently those plans did not develop until 1826, when a deed was obtained for one acre of land. Elder Stephen Oldham died May 14, 1834, at the age of 59 years, 6 months and 4 days.

      In January 1859 the church took up the matter of building a new church house, which was done in 1860.

      Pastors of New Bethel Church up to 1914 included Elders Stephen Oldham, George Harlan, John Sparks, Daniel Conner, William Sparks, Thomas Lyons, J. C. Hodges, A. Dean, E. D. Stephens, W. M. Benson, S. D. Harlan, C. M. Reed, W. O. Parker, Arthur Hackleman, Peter Watkins, William Chastain, Harvey Daily, and C. W. Ratcliff.

      New Bethel Church is a member of the White Water Association.

      http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/churches/primbap/FamHist-FayetteIN.html
    Person ID I1347  oldham
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2017 

    Father OLDHAM, James(95),   b. Between 1742 and 1750,   d. 15 May 1827, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Mother STEPHENS, Leah,   b. Abt 1752, North Carolina Or Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1827, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Family ID F591  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family POTTS, Rebecca,   b. 14 Aug 1777, Botetourt County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1860, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married Abt 1800  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, Moses
     2. OLDHAM, Nancy,   b. 3 Jul 1802, Oldham, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1868, Rush County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. OLDHAM, John Jr,   b. Between 1805 and 1810, Oldham, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. OLDHAM, Jane,   b. 1808, Oldham, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1870, Rush County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     5. OLDHAM, Jesse,   b. 19 Jun 1811, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1848, Rush County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     6. OLDHAM, William (Bob. Y),   b. 15 Jun 1814, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1851, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     7. OLDHAM, Permelia,   b. 6 Jun 1817, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1836, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     8. OLDHAM, Mary Anne,   b. Abt 1818, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. OLDHAM, Minor J. or James,   b. 1827, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1859, Neil, Winnebago County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F589  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Nov 1774 - Loudoun County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1776 - Loudoun County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt 1780 - Loudoun County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 1795 - Oldham, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1800 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1810 - Lyonsville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Early Tennessee Grant 1194 Book 2 Page 313 40 Acres - 18 May 1810 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Signer of Petition from Resident of French Broad and Holston Country Regarding Indebtedness. Presented to the General Assembly in 1813. - 1813 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - SE qtr Sec 22 Twp 14 Range 13 east of the second principal meridian Purchas Samuel Hill and Stephen Oldham of Franklin County - 8 Feb 1817 - Fayette County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1820 - Jennings Twp., Fayette County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 11 Oct 1825 - Union County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 May 1834 - Lyonsville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 15 May 1834 - Union Cemetery, Lyonsville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 1839 - Fayette County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Sevier County, Tennessee
    Sevier County, Tennessee
    Land Grants south of the French Broad
    Union Cemetery
    Union Cemetery
    WPA Index

    Page 208

    Military Records
    Cox<br>
Judith Cox Bryant
    Cox
    Judith Cox Bryant

    DAR Documentation

  • Sources 
    1. [S203] C.V. Jackson Research 1972, C. V. Jackson.

    2. [S2235] Will of James Oldham.

    3. [S2784] Headstone.

    4. [S490] Helen Quinn.

    5. [S1908] Lord Fairfax Lease, In File.

    6. [S2938] History of Fayette County, Bartlett.

    7. [S2703] New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Records.

    8. [S2102] Cemetery Records, Union Cemetery, Lyonsville, Fayette County, Indiana, Phillip Junkin, (2001).

    9. [S2899] DAR Cemetery Catalog Fayette Co.