Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, John

Male Abt 1785 - 1877  (~ 92 years)


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  • Name OLDHAM, John 
    Alt. Birth 28 Feb 1780  Chowan County. North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born Abt 1785  Henry County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    AFN L8QX-F7J 
    Residence 1807  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Little East Fork Little Pigeon River 
    Residence 1809  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    East Fork of the Little Pigeon, 
    Land 18 May 1810  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1811  Jennings Twp., Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Oldham, John<br>
abt 1786-1877
    Oldham, John
    abt 1786-1877

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    Military Sep 1813  Tennessee, 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 
    Census 1830  Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1835  Brown Twp., Hancock County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Fayette County, Indiana
    Fayette County, Indiana
    C. V. Jackson Plat Map

    1974
    Residence 1835-1837  Warrington, Hancock County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Platted Town 
    Military 1837-1838  Rives County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1840  Rives County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1850  Grand River Twp., Henry County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1870  Posey Twp., Rush County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 30 Nov 1877  Howard County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 1 Dec 1877  Bethel Twp., Posey County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Sevier County, Tennessee Deeds #952

      JOHN KEENY-254 acres-Cocke County-on Sinking Creek beginning on a spruce pine STEPHEN RIDDLE?s corner, stake in the road from Sevierville to Newport, stake at the forks leading from Sehorns Ferry, along the road, RIDDLE?s corner, crossing Sehorns Road, crossing Sevierville Road-CC AUSWELL HAINES and ANDREW DONOVAN Assigned to THOMAS KEENY Junr. consideration $1,000 October 12, 1807 Signed JOHN KEENY Witnesses JOSHUA LOWE and JOHN OLDHAM

      Deed #1254

      JOHN OLDHAM-159 acres 3 rods-Sevier County-on the waters of Little East Fork Little Pigeon River-CC None - Surveyed April 4, 1807


      C.V. Jackson research notes 1972: shows b 1785 d 1877.

      John owned land on Little East Fork of Little Pigeon Creek in Tennessee 1809. In the 1870 Census, John lists his birthplace as North Carolina.

      We found in the original Plat of Jennings Township, Fayette County, Indiana: Sec 22 Twp 14N Range 13E,- 1811, 1812, 1815 sold to John Keeny, Abraham Vanmeter, David Fletcher & Hill & Oldham (3rd time property was sold) Sec 27 Sold in 1811, 1814, 1815 and 1816 to Samuel Riggs, Michael Brown, John Oldham and Zachariah Ferree. Sec 28 - John Keeny owned part of this property.

      Thomas Simpson of Maryland was first settler in 1814; next were John Keeny, James Smith, Samuel Smith, John and Stephen Oldham (Both Baptist Ministers). Jeremiah and John Woods were early settlers, as were the Loudenbacks. Robert and James Worster came in 1814-15. - History of Fayette County, Indiana by Barrows.

      On 27 Sep 1813, John Oldham enlisted in Captain Wm. Mitchell's Company of the Militia of Tennessee. He was honorably discharged 27 December 1813. This unit fought against the Creek Indian Nation with Colonel Samuel Wear and Captain William Mitchell's Comany of Mounted Infantry. For his service in this brief campaign, John would receive Bounty Land and a pension of eight dollars per month for service during the War of 1812.

      About 1814 John with his family, moved to Indiana settling in Fayette County, where he entered land, the southeast quarter of Section 22, 13 Oct 1815.

      1820 Indiana Census page 41 - John Oldham Fayette Co.
      1830 Indiana Census page 13:740 John Oldham Shelby Co

      But by 1835, Jul 27 - John has purchased land in which he platted into a town called Warrenton.

      Hancock County, Indiana Deed John Oldham to Larrimore Vol B pg 348, also see pages 367, 412, 434, 435,and 436 1835 Aug 8 - Hancock County, Indiana John Oldham Vol C, pp 175, 176, 177

      Warrington is the oldest town in Brown Township, Hancock County, Indiana. It is one of the oldest towns in Hancock County. It was originally located on the Knightstown and Pendleton State Road, and was laid out by John Oldham on October 6, 1834, with 48 lots in the original plat. William Trees addition added eight lots on 13 April 1877; Lewis E. Trees, on 29 September 1892, added twelve lots; and the Margaret Trees' Addition, of 18 May 1898 added thirteen lots, making a total of 82 lots in the town. The name of Warrington for the town was chosen by Mr. Oldham to compliment the English town from which is ancestors had come to America.

      Warrington is centrally located in Brown Township. For many years, there were no neighboring towns of any prominence; so Warrington became the metropolis of the northeast part of Hancock County. Although Warrington had a small resident population, its trading patronage come from all directions from six to eight miles around.

      After the marriage of their daughter Elizabeth to Preston Stanley, John Oldham sold his land and moved his family to Missouri, where he lived until the death of his wife. He came back to Indiana, living the rest of his life with his children. He died at the home of his son William, near Charlottesville, Indiana. He was buried in a little cemetery on the farm of Preston Stanley, near Arlington, Indiana.

      (cvj) 20 Dec 1852 John Oldham to W. Holland Deed - I think this is my John Oldham selling out to return to Indiana after his wife Nancy and about three children have died. This farm is just north of Grand River; adjacent to Nancy's brother Thomas Keeney.

      (cvj) 1850 Census, Missouri - I show a John Oldham living with Thomas Stewart and family in Grand River Twp., Henry County, Missouri. It says that Oldham was age 60 and born in Virginia. I can only guess that he was out when the Census taker came by, and someone gave the wrong data. Since we will have a fat chance proving that, we had better find other proof that this is our John Oldham, age 65 born in North Carolina.

      Carrie Call Narrative: John Oldham, was the son of James and Leah Oldham. He married Nancy Keeney, daughter of John and Nancy Keeney, the former being from Germany, the latter from England. After their marriage, they lived several years in Sevier County in Tennessee.

      Their home was built of logs, the loft extending over the side of the cabin two feet, with holes in the floor, in case the Indians attacked them, the family could seek safety in the loft and could shoot down on the Indians and prevent them

      September 27, 1813, John Oldham enlisted in Captain William Mitchell 's Company of Militia of Tennessee and served under Colonel Samuel Wear. He engaged in the "Battle of Hillibee". Was honorably discharged December 2, 1813. While in t.fter enlisting and still in camp, John took sick with a fever, and when his company was ordered to move forward, he was too ill to go with them. This made John so angry, that two days later, he determined to follow his company, so he climbed upon his horse, though a very sick man, he finally caught up with his men. When the soldiers saw John they waved their hats, shouting "Harrah for John, Harrah for John!" because of his friendly and jovial disposition, John was a favorite with the men.

      The year 1814, John Oldham with his family left Tennessee and emigrated to Indiana, settling in Fayette County, Indiana. Their first house was a block home. Later John entered land, the southwest quarter of Section 27, January 16, 1815.eeir daughter Elizabeth to Preston Stanley in 1835.

      Shortly after, John sold his farm and moved to Eastern Missouri near the area where Nancy's brother had settled. It was in Missouri, that his infant daughter Katherine, his wife, son Jackson and daughter Nancy all died of typhoid fever.

      This great loss was too much for John to bear alone, so leaving Missouri, he rode his black horse "Jack", with his little dog as companion, all the long, sad journey back to Indiana, to spend his remaining years with his daughter Elizabether children remained in Missouri.

      John Oldham died 30 November 1877 at the home of his son, William Oldham, Hancock County, Indiana. He was buried in a small country graveyard, on the farm of his son-in-law, Preston Stanley, one mile north of Arlington, Indiana. Thisn I was a child, we children, when visiting our grandparents, Preston and Elizabeth Stanley, would wander through this little family cemetery, wondering if a ghost was behind a tombstone.

      The predominating characteristics of John Oldham were friendliness, kindness and a great sense of humor. He was deeply religious, reading his Bible every day.

      Nine children were born to John Oldham and his wife Nancy.

      Helen Quinn notes: 1813 served under command of Col.. Samuel Wear. John 's older children remained in Missouri. Sarah married John Thornton and lived in Arrow Rock, Missouri. Their home has been restored and is marked by a bronze plaque. John Jr. went to California, to Texas and then to Indiana where he died. Samuel L. went with a wagon train to California in 1849. Later he returned to Missouri where he married and established a flour mill.

      Pension application and military file in source files.

      Deeds: Fayette County, Indiana - 29 Sep 1835, Samuel Jackson to Nancy & John Oldham for $2000.00, SW quarter of section 27 in Twp. 14 range 13 East of 2nd Principal Meridian line of lands sold at Cincinnati, Ohio containing 160 acres together with all appertances thereon

      19 Oct 1838 John Oldham, the mortagee, the within mortgage do hereby acknowledge to have received from Samuel Jackson $1000 in full satisfction of the same.

      04 Mar 1850 James Kirkpatrick to William Oldham 160 acres in SE Quarter Section 22 Twp Range 13 east of 2nd principal meridian......

      23 Dec 1850 Nancy Kirkpatrick to William Oldham SE Qtr of Section 22 Two 14 Range 14 (Nancy Kirkpatrick daughter of Stephen Oldham and one of his heirs)

      Danielle Keeney insists John and Nancy were married in Caswell County, North Carolina and that John died 30 Nov 1871, Jefferson County, Tennessee She has not cited her source.

      1850 Federal Census for Utica Twp., Clark County, Indiana shows a
      John Odam, age 59, wife
      Nancy age 55 with children
      Jackson age 22,
      A. (male) age 25,
      Clarrisa age 19 and
      John W. age 17.
      Could Carrie Call have been in error or is this a different John Odam/Oldham.

      Dade County Historical Society

      Opening the Ozarks; First Families in Southwest Missouri 1835-1839, Volume 1 N-S, byMarsha Hoffman Rising,CG, FASG, American Societyof Genealogists,, Derry, New Hampshire, 2005

      "John was indictedin Rives (Henry) County Missouri in July 1840 for assault with intent to kill. Martin Snyder stood as his security, but the state declined to prosecute and John recovered his costs"

      Birth date from
      Title: KeeneyKlan.com - Céad Míle Fáilte
      Author: Mr. Daniell Lee Keeney
      Repository:
      Note: http://www.keeneyklan.com/
      Media: Internet


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      History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Pages 513-525.

      John, Jesse and William Oldham were all early settlers

      BROWN TOWNSHIP
      Hancock County

      Brown township was originally included as a part of Blue River town-ship. Later it was set off as a part of Green township. At the September term of tile board of county commissioners, in 1836, it was organized as a separate township with its present dimensions. It is six miles east, and west by five miles north and south. The civil township of Brown lies in two congressional townships. A strip one mile wide off of its entire west end lies in congressional township 17 north, range 7 east; the remaining portion of the township, consisting of twenty-five square miles, lies in congressional township 17 north, range 8 east.

      Its surface is generally level or slightly rolling, its natural drainage consists of Sugar creek, Willow branch and Brandywine creek. Sugar creek enters the extreme northeast corner of the township; then flows to the south- west about four miles thence to the northwest about four miles thence to the southwest, leaving the west line of the township about one and one-half miles south of its north line. Sugar creek, though small, is the largest stream. Willow branch, which rises about two and one-half miles north and a mile east of the southwest corner of the township is nothing more than a large open ditch. The same is true of Brandywine creek, which rises in the north-western part of section 20,about a mile northwest of Warrington and flows southward through the township. The latter two streams were formerly sluggish, but they have been deepened and widened and now furnish good out-lets for the southwestern part of the township. Sugar creek furnishes a good outlet for its entire northern portion. The land has all been well drained and is admirably' adapted to heavy farming and grazing.

      The first land entry in the township was made by Pryor Brown (for whom the township was named), who, on July 3. 1830. entered the east half of the northeast quarter of section 33, township 47, range 8. He was followed by a number of families whose names are still familiar in the county. Among them are Adahine Edwards, John S. Murfin, Eli Baldwin. John McOuerv. Aaron Cass. Elizabeth McCarty John Walker, Alford Thomas Seth Walker, Samuel Collins, Samuel Noland, Stephen Noland, Stephen Harlan. Abraham Cook. William Walker, Jesse Oldham, John Kennedy. George Kennedy, Ursula Wilkinson, Conrad Coon. William Wilkinson.

      Benjamin Ross, Robert Eakin, John Hendren, Hervey Scott, John Sparks, John Brewer, Samuel Smith, Thomas H Murfin, John Hays, James Wood, John Collins, James Piper, David Piper, Samuel Kennedy. Daniel Blakely, Thomas Collins, Hiram Harlan, William F. Thomas, Joel Cook, Abraham Niharger, Seth Rozell, Samuel Blakely. Barzilla Rozell, William Sparks. Charity Wilkinson, Edward Beeson, Peter Moore, Samuel Creviston, John Vandyke, Elvin Roland, Zachariah Sparks, Hcnn John. Eli Bailey, Maria Edwards, Harvey Bates, William Bussell, Charles Piper, John Mitchell, John Thomas. Joseph Kennedy, Daniel Justice, Jesse Collins, James Judd, John Cook, David Hedrick, Tary Wilson, William Kennedy, John Hargrove, John Oldham, Cicero Wilkinson, Daniel Wilkinson, Willam Oldham, John McCray, Marill Reeves, Moses McCray and Stephen Sparks.

      Opening of the Ozarks: 1835-1839

      JOHN OLDHAM was born about 1780 in Virginia, son of James Oldham; married 25 december 1807, (perhaps in Sevier County Tennessee, but marriages are not recorded there until 1856) NANCY KEEYEY born about 1782 in Tennessee, perhaps adaughter of John Keeney (see below); died about 1845 in Missouri.

      LAND: SE fractional part of section 8 township 40 range 25 containing 139.75 acres and NE part north of the Grand River in section 17 township 40 range 25 containing 93.35 acres (south Henry County),He received certificates(patents) #735 and #270.

      ORIGIN: Fayette County, Indiana

      The clue that led to John's origins were two queries placed in a local genealogical magazine. The first read, "John Oldham, b. 1786 in Caswell County, NC; 3.30 nov 1871in Hancock County, Indiana; m. Sevier Co. Tenn 1807 Nancy Keeney; resided Henry County Mo. 1836-1854." The seond followed with "On 20 December 1852, John Oldham deeded to Whitmil Holland 198 acres in Henry County located 1 mile north of Brownington, Missouri. His wife Nancy(Keeney) and children Nancy, Katharine and Jackson having died. Oldham returned to Indiana. Anxious to learn how acquired land."

      The association with the Keeneys led to the Indiana location for both families. John Oldham entered land in the southwest part of section 27 in Jennings Township in Fayette County on 16 January 1815. John and brother, Stephen Oldham, with John Keeney, James Smith and Samuel Hill emigrated from Tennessee to the Simpson neighborhood in Fayette County about 1810 or 1811.

      John's father, James Oldham, left a will dated 15 May 1827 in Fayette County in which he named wife, Sarah, who was to have the furniture and her maintenance for her natural life. All the balance of personal and real estate was to be sold and distributed among "my airs" as follows: Stephen Oldham, Moses Oldham, George Oldham, William Oldham, John Oldham, James Oldham, Nancy Sewell, and Sarah Longley, Children by his deceased daughter, Mary Adams, were to have one child's part. Son George Oldham was named executor. The will was signed with James' "X". The witnesses were James Smith and Samuel Hancock, and the will was proved 14 June 1827.

      On 1 March 1830, William Oldham made final settlement as executor of othe will of George Oldham, deceased, who had been the executor of James Oldham. Expenses from collecting money in Tennessee were listed and the heirs were named as the executor himself, John, James, Moses and Stephen Oldham, James and Nancy Sewell, Jonathan and Sarah Longley and the children of Mary Adams of Alabama.

      In 1830 John was listed as head of household in Fayette County, Indiana, p.20, as "John Aldham", with 2 mailesunder 5, 1 male 5-10, 2 males 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 40-50; 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15 and 1 female 40-50.

      On 29 Sepamber 1835, John Oldham and wife, Nancy, of Fayette County, sold Samuel Jackson Jun. of Butler County, Ohio, for $2000 the SW 1/4 of S27-T14-$13 that John had purchased fromthe federal land office in Cincinnati. The witnesses were John Tate and James Oldham. Samuel then proceeded to mortgage the property that was paid off and acknowledged by John on 19 October 1838. That was the only deed found for John in Fayette County.

      1850 Federal Census, Grand River, Henry County, Missouri, USA
      Thomas Stewart 27
      Sarah A Stewart 22
      Pameline Stewart 5
      Sarah C Stewart 3
      Martha J Stewart 0
      John Oldham 60
      Living with daughter Sarah, daughter Nancy lives next door

      1870 Federal Census, Posey, Rush County, Indiana, USA
      Preston Stanley 61
      Elizabeth Stanley 57
      John Stanley 30
      Wm P Stanley 28
      S A Stanley 24
      R F Stanley 21
      Jackson Stanley 19
      Omer F Stanley 16
      John Oldham 85
      Mary Noble 20
      W H Jones 26
      Joseph Gilson 19

    Person ID I1371  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 KEENEY, Nancy,   b. Between 1770 and 1796, Cocke County Or Servier County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850, Henry County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Married 1807  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, Jackson,   b. Yes, date unknown,   d. Abt 1855, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. OLDHAM, Katherine,   b. Yes, date unknown,   d. Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. OLDHAM, Leah C.,   b. 1809, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1872, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     4. OLDHAM, William,   b. 28 Apr 1811, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1887, Hancock County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. OLDHAM, Elizabeth,   b. 26 Sep 1813, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1909, Rush County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     6. OLDHAM, Sarah,   b. 1821, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1875, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     7. OLDHAM, Samuel L.,   b. 15 Mar 1823, Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1907, Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     8. OLDHAM, John C.,   b. 1824, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 12 Dec 1862, Hancock County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     9. OLDHAM, Nancy,   b. 1807-1835,   d. 1812-1917, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F602  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - 28 Feb 1780 - Chowan County. North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1785 - Henry County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Little East Fork Little Pigeon River - 1807 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1807 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - East Fork of the Little Pigeon, - 1809 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Early Tennessee Grant 1193 Book 2 page 312 159 Acres - 18 May 1810 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1811 - Jennings Twp., Fayette County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Sep 1813 - Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1820 - Jennings Twp., Fayette County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1830 - Fayette County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1835 - Brown Twp., Hancock County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Platted Town - 1835-1837 - Warrington, Hancock County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - 1837-1838 - Rives County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1840 - Rives County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1850 - Grand River Twp., Henry County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1870 - Posey Twp., Rush County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Nov 1877 - Howard County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1 Dec 1877 - Bethel Twp., Posey County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Miscellaneous
    Oldham, John
    Oldham, John
    abt 1786-1877

    Early Indiana Land Grants

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  • Sources 
    1. [S1873] History of Fayette County, Indiana; Her People, Industries & Institutions, Frederic I. Barrows, (1915).

    2. [S3077] Todd G. Oldham.