Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, Thomas

Male 1785 - 1853  (68 years)


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  • Name OLDHAM, Thomas 
    Born 23 May 1785  York Or Adams County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  St Clair, Bedford, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Medical 20 Aug 1853  Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 21 Aug 1853  St. Clair Twp., Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 23 Aug 1853  Friends Cemetery, Spring Meadow, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1860  St. Clair Twp., Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Weaver 
    Notes 
    • AMOS, THOMAS AND HANNAH OLDHAM PETITION FOR GUARDIAN

      To the Honourable the Judges of the Court of common Pleas of Bedford County, composing an Orphans Court at August Term 1832. The petition of Thomas Oldham who intermarried with Hannah McCreery a daughter of Amos McCreery late of Napishisur petitioner has issue by his late deceased wife 6 children of whom four are minors under the age of fourteen years viz.: Amos aged 12 years, Hannah aged 10 years, Thomas aged 8 years, John aged 6 years. That by virtue of the intestate laws of Pennsylvania the said children are entitled to a distributive share of the Estate of their grandfather Amos McCreery. They therefore pray that your Honourable Court will appoint a guardian to take charge of their Estate. In behalf of the said minors
      Thomas Oldham

      Same day--The foregoing petition read and on motion of W.N. Smith Esq. The Court appoint Gabriel Hull guardian over the Estate of the said Amos, Hannah, Thomas and John Oldham minor children of Thomas Oldham above stated, upon his giving Bond with security in one hundred dollars to each (Bonds Filed) by the Court

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      "Western Pa. Genealogical Society Quarterly, summer 1985 vol. 12 #1
      pg. 26 "Bedford County Gunsmiths compiled by James B. Whisker
      ..The following is a "check list" of Bedford County Pa. Gunsmiths...
      pg. 28 Oldham, Thomas (died c1854). In 1832 Greenfield Twp. now Blair Co.; thereafter in St. Clair Twp."



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      History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 1906, pg. 410/11


      OLDHAM, Joseph: Joseph Oldham, of Shade township, Somerset county, is a great-grandson of Thomas Oldham, who came from England in 1768 and settled in Philadelphia, subsequently moving to Adams county. He married a Blackburn and their family consisted of three children: William, mentioned at length herein after; Thomas, born in 1782, married ______ McCreary; and Alice, born in 1784, wife of Aaron Frazier.

      William Oldham, son of Thomas and ______ (Blackburn) Oldham, was born in 1781 in Adams county, and in 1825 moved from Bedford county to Shade township, where he purchased two hundred and fifty acres of land at fifty cents an acre, paying for it by hunting wolves. He was an expert hunter, once shooting seven wolves in one day. After killing six he took a torch, went into the den, drove out the seventh and shot it. Mr. Oldham, assisted by a neighbor, once killed nine deer in one day. On one occasion he saw a large black bear in the woods, and, creeping within ten rods of it, leveled his rifle and fired. The bear ran directly toward the hunter, going several rods behind him, and then, turning sharply round, came toward him. Mr. Oldham began to climb a tree, the bear pursuing, and just as he reached the tree dropping dead, to the great relief of the hunter.

      The first sawmill in Somerset county was built by Mr. Oldham in 1833. He did all the work with a broadaxe, using no sawed timber or boards in its construction. Thenceforth he engaged in the lumber business. He also built a gristmill, and in 1840 erected the Rockingham furnace, the second in the township. It was not, however, a success, and he returned to farming and lumbering for the remainder of his life. He was a Democrat and a member of the Society of Friends.

      Mr. Oldham married, about 1806, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Calathan, and their children were: 1. Thomas, born about 1810, married Elizabeth Bone and had five children. 2. Rebecca, born in 1812, wife of John Elison [sic], had six children, one of whom, John, died in the army in 1860. 3. Polly, born in 1816, wife of Charles Wilson, had four children, one of whom, ______ Heninger, had seven children. 6. Hettie, born in 1820, wife of William Cardif, had six children. 7. William, mentioned at length hereinafter. 8. Elizabeth, twin to William born September 9, 1822, wife of Nathan Miller, had six children. 9. John, born in 1824, married ______ McGrew had six children. 10. Jethro, born in 1826, married Sarah Barder [sic], had four children. The death of Mr. Oldham occurred in 1854.

      William Oldham, son of William and Elizabeth (Calathan) Oldham, was born September 9, 1822, in Napier township, Bedford county, and settled on the farm he now occupies. He served two terms as supervisor of the township. He is a Democrat and an orthodox member of the Society of Friends. Mr. Oldham married, April 12, 1847, Mary, daughter of Samuel Berkebile, and they were the parents of the following children: 1. Emily, born April 12, 1849, wife of Jacob Hight [sic]. 2. Joseph, mentioned at length hereinafter. 3. Nathan, born April 7, 1852, married Clara Kuhns, had one child. 4. Marian, born November 25, 1853, wife of ______ Crum, had eight children. 5. Harrison, born April 7, 1855, married Hannah Rodgers, had six children. 6. Rebecca, born March 15, 1857, wife of George Laton, has two children.

      Joseph Oldham, son of William and Mary (Berkebile) Oldham, was born September 2, 1850, and is a farmer, living on and owning the old homestead. He is a Democrat and a member of the Christian church. Mr. Oldham married a daughter of ______ Berkebile and the following are their children: 1. William E., born January 16, 1876, married Lizzie Herthrew, has three children. 2. Alda, born June 13, 1878, wife of Harris Lambert, has two children. 3. Frank J., born October 28, 188?, married Jennie Smith, has one child. 4. J. Hite, born February 21, 1883. 5. Harold A., born May 28, 1884. 6. George C., born July 17, 1889."

      Transcriber's note:
      I will fill in some of these blanks for this bio. since they are some of 'my gang' and the info. is at my fingertips - this info. is not part of the published biography.

      Para. 1: Thomas Oldham, who came from England, married Rebecca Blackburn. Thomas, born in 1782, married Hannah McCreary.

      Para. 2: William...son of Thomas and Rebecca (Blackburn) Oldham...

      Para 4: Rebecca...1812..wife of John Allison... John, 1824...married Elizabeth Rebecca McGrew...Jethro...1826..married Sarah Border Para 5: Emily...born...1849...wife of Jacob A. Hite... I show the 'Marian, born 1853' as Miriam, wife of Jesse Crum.
      Para 6: Joseph Oldham...1850...married Minerva Berkebile...

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      Thomas Oldham, weaver and farmer, s/o Thomas and Rebecca Oldham, born 23 May 1785 in York County; died 21 Aug 1853 in St. Clair Twp. of dropsy, aged 68y 2m 29d. Buried in Friends Burial Ground, St. Clair Twp. Spouse: Catharine. Certificate returned by Jennings Oldham, a son, of St. Clair Twp.

      (Source: Death Certificate, Bedford Co. 1852-1854.)

      candykane1936 candykane1936@aol.com
      Feb 6 8:33 PM GMT
      I've found a bit more about Thomas Oldham (1785-1853) from information I collected at the Bedford County Historical Society and an obituary I found for Rachel Oldham. He is the son of Thomas Oldham and Rebecca Blackburn. The obit says she is the daughter of Thomas and Rhoda (Wickersham) Oldham. Thomas was married three times: (1) Hannah McCreary, (2) Rhoda Wickersham and (3) Catherine Hill Griffith (first marriage to Andrew Allison before she married Thomas Oldham). Catherine and Andrew had ten children before he died in 1840 so I can't imagine that she would have had more children with Thomas Oldham. This is my theory on the three marriages: I believe Hannah died abt 1832, then Thomas married Rhoda before 1836 when Rachel was born. Rhoda must have died when Rachel was young as that is why Rachel is shown on the Census Report living with the Otto's. After Rhoda died, Thomas must have married Catherine. Now all I have to do is find sources for all this information. I can't find anything anywhere regarding Rhoda. And so finding the missing pieces to the puzzle will be my challenge. Shirley


      1850 Federal Census, St. Clair Twp., Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
      Thos Oldham 67
      Catharine Oldham 67
    Person ID I16424  oldham
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2014 

    Father OLDHAM, Thomas,   b. Abt 1748, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1812, St. Clair Twp., Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother BLACKBURN, Rebecca,   b. Abt 1753, Menallen Twp., Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1823, Menallen Twp., Adams County Or York County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Family ID F4357  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 MCCREARY, Hannah,   b. Abt 1783, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1835, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, Rebecca,   b. 20 Dec 1813,   d. 16 Mar 1878, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. OLDHAM, Alice W.,   b. 1 Feb 1816, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1901, West St. Clair Twp., Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. OLDHAM, Jennings,   b. Abt 1818,   d. 1855, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
     4. OLDHAM, Amos,   b. 19 Mar 1820, Holidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1900, Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. OLDHAM, Hannah,   b. Abt 1822,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. OLDHAM, Thomas P.,   b. Abt 1824, Adams, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1868, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
     7. OLDHAM, John,   b. Abt 1826,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F6874  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 WICKERSHAM, Rhoda 
    Married Abt 1835  Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, William,   b. 1834, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. OLDHAM, Jane,   b. 1836, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. OLDHAM, Rachel,   b. 18 Jan 1838, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1917, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F20449  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 HILL GRIFFITH, Catherine,   b. Abt 1783, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, St. Clair Twp., Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F6875  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 May 1785 - York Or Adams County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1835 - Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1850 - St Clair, Bedford, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMedical - 20 Aug 1853 - Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Aug 1853 - St. Clair Twp., Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 23 Aug 1853 - Friends Cemetery, Spring Meadow, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1860 - St. Clair Twp., Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3105] WFT #3038*11, (WFT Vol 11).

    2. [S652] Jean Oldham Heuman, (jheuman@ix.netcom.com Nov-Apr / 978 Vincent Ave., East, Venice, Florida 34292 (914) 488-7177/fax 941 483-3064: May-Oct; 12 Newcomb Rd., Stoneham, Massachusetts 02180-4200 (781) 665-5577: jheuman@ix.netcom.com).

    3. [S57] LDS.

    4. [S1680] Cemetery Records.