Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, Moses A.

Male Abt 1776 - 1853  (~ 77 years)


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  • Name OLDHAM, Moses A. 
    Born Abt 1776  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    AFN L7GH-H25 
    Land 18 Nov 1809  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Land 22 May 1810  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1820  Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Association 18 Mar 1830  Rush County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Land 28 Oct 1835  Shelby County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1840  Center Twp., Rush County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1850  Liberty, Wabash County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Jun 1853  Liberty, Union County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Moses has been the most elusive of James and Leah's sons. Unlike the rest of the family, he seems to have gone his own way much of the time.

      He is with the family in Sevier County, Tennessee, as shown in the land and church records of the area. Moses and Jean are both listed as members of the church.

      The Sevier County, Tennessee land records show:
      Deed #1272
      MOSES OLDHAM-106 acres 156 poles-Sevier County-on Mill Creek-CC None Surveyed January 30, 1807.

      Layman-Lehman Records and Lines
      By Laurine Mae Palmerton Logsdon
      Published by Laurie-Lines
      Item notes: v. 1-8
      Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
      Digitized Apr 18, 2007
      Page 16

      On the same date 49 1/2 acres located "on the West Fork of the Little Pigeon a corner to Samuel Fancher and Moses Oldham surveyed 29 January 1807...

      James, Stephen, Moses, John and George all are shown with land in Sevier County at this time, but only James and John are on the same watercourse, according to the Deed book.

      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

      By the 1820 Census, Moses appears to be in Clark County, Indiana with a large family. Unfortunately, the 1820 Census only lists the Head of Household and doesn't provide names of the children. There are no other Moses Oldham's from other lines that settled Jefferson and Madison County, Kentucky, during this same time period.

      1820 Federal Census, Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana
      Name: Moses Oldham
      Home in 1820 Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana
      Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 18: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1 Moses
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1 Jean Unknown
      Number of Persons - Engaged in Manufactures: 4
      Free White Persons - Under 16: 5
      Free White Persons - Over 25: 4
      Total Free White Persons: 12
      Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 12

      John Clark is listed 2 residences before Moses and family. This is probably a relative of George Rogers Clark.

      Kentucky Soldiers in the War of 1812: The Roll of Captain William Black's company Kentucky Battalion Mounted Volunteers, lists a Moses Oldham as a private, enlisted Sept. 18, 1812 to November 14, 1812. Is this our Moses? Did he join/reenlist a year later for the Battle of the Thames? His service in the War of 1812 ended in September 1813, before the battle of the Thames. If Moses was in the Clark County, Indiana or Hamilton County, Ohio area during this time period, he could be our Moses. He was said to descend from the Virginia Oldhams.

      In addition, the following records have been found for a Moses Oldham service in the War of 1812.

      Name: Moses Oldham
      COMPANY: RANGERS, UNITED STATES VOLUNTEERS.
      Rank - Induction: CORPORAL
      Rank - Discharge: PRIVATE
      Roll Box: 156
      Roll Exct: 602

      Name: Moses Oldham
      COMPANY: 2 REG'T MOUNTED GUNMEN (WILLIAMSON'S), TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS.
      Rank - Induction: PRIVATE
      Rank - Discharge: PRIVATE
      Roll Box: 156
      Roll Exct: 602

      Name: Moses Oldham
      COMPANY: RENICK'S MOUNTED BATT'N, KENTUCKY VOLS.
      Rank - Induction: PRIVATE
      Rank - Discharge: PRIVATE
      Roll Box: 156
      Roll Exct: 602

      Name: Moses Oldham
      COMPANY: DYER'S REG'T, CAVALRY AND MTD. GUNMEN, TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS.
      Rank - Induction: PRIVATE
      Rank - Discharge: PRIVATE
      Roll Box: 156
      Roll Exct: 602

      The only Oldhams listed in the Battle of Thames were:
      Geo Oldham in Capt. Samuel Kelley's Company
      Daniel D. and John Oldham in Capt. Samuel Yate's Company. (see below) There were several Wilson's, Rice, Stephens, Bells, Scott and Johnson's. But I haven't determined if they were associated with our Oldham line.

      Moses brother John served in 1st Regiment (Wear's Company), Tennessee Volunteers and received bounty land in Indiana.

      Ms.Jean Ann Hoye and Mrs. Ruth Ann Kunce have been researching their Oldham lines. The earliest ancestor they have been able to verify is Thomas Oldham b. abt 1794. Their family legends states Thomas' father was Moses Oldham, born about 1776 in Virginia. Although we haven't been able to find any documentation, it is quite likely that Thomas was a son of our Moses A. Oldham.

      Thomas lived in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio for many years. He was living near a Moses Oldham in Ohio. Later both are found in Rush County, Indiana. Our Moses eventually moved to Wabash County, Indiana.

      Shelby County, Indiana land records show land purchased by Moses Oldham on 28 October 1835. He purchased two tracts containing 80 acres each. These tracts were adjacent to the tracts purchased by Aaron Oldham on 15 October 1835.

      Mra. Helen Quinn located information in Wabash County, Indiana which shows a jury of twelve had decided 19 Mar 1849 that "Moses is now an idiot". He and Jean (His first wife?) had been members of the 1st Baptist Church, Sevierville, Tennessee in 1807. He took his letter of dismission there Dec 1819. It is believed he is the Moses Oldham (with a large family) listed in 1820 Census of Clark County, Indiana. He was in Rush County for 1830 census - no female over 40, except one that was more than 100. A second wife, Elizabeth, is apparently head of family in 1840 Census Rush County, Indiana. On 26 Feb 1849, Moses and Elizabeth deed one acre to a Jesse Oldham. It is in the W1/2 of SW 1/4 of Sec. 32-15-10, and may be a family cemetery.

      Mr. Jack J. Hill places Moses marriage to Elizabeth as 1825 in Louisville, Kentucky. He says John J's name was actually John Jefferson. Mr. Hill's research shows Moses arrived in Indiana about 1818-1819 in Clark County, Indiana, then moved to Rush County, Indiana and finally Wabash County, Indiana.

      Moses is said to have married Elizabeth McDaniel, daughter of Elijah (deceased) and Sarah McDaniel, 4 Jul 1824 in Jefferson Co, Kentucky.

      The 1830 census for Rush County, Indiana lists a Moses Oldham age 50-60, wife 30-40 with four children..

      The 1840 Census for Rush County, Indiana lists a Moses Oldham age 60-70 wife 40- 50 with five children all male, 2 under 5, 1 15-20, 2 20-30 1 30-40. John Oldham was born 1833 in Indiana.

      The 1850 census for Liberty Twp., Wabash County, Indiana lists a Moses Oldham age 76, wife 59, son John 17. In 1849 there was an incompetency hearing for Moses and guardians were appointed for Moses. Moses son Daniel was living with guardian and nearby family of Andrew J. Thompson during the 1850 Census. Daughter Lavina is living with Stephen Long in Lagro Twp ( Pg304), son John is in Moses' household. Andrew J. (A.J.) Thompson was appointed guardian of Moses in 1849.

      Information on the decision regarding Moses' mental health is found in Box 109 Case No. 17 - Moses Oldham, Liberty Township, Wabash County, Indiana March 1849 - matter of idiocy in chancery docket Mar 19, 1849 - 12 jurors chosen for inquiry into idiocy of Moses Oldham of Liberty Twp.; decided that "Moses is now an idiot." Mar 24, 1849 - Guardian chosen: Hiram Kindal and Andrew Jackson Thompson; Moses Oldham of Wabash County declared insane.

      Sept 1849 - Real estate in Rush County, Indiana; West Half of SW Qtr Sec 32 in Twp no. 15N, Range #10 East, 79 acres more or less; land was ordered to be sold for sustenance of the family of Moses Oldham, excepting 1 acre square in SE corner of said quarter.

      Sep 1850 - Real Estate in said county of Wabash owned by Moses Oldham, 58 1/2 acres, north end, lots #3 & 4, sec #10 of Twp #26 of Range Nor. 7 East; value about $700; court found it necessary to sell the land for the sustenance of Moses family; the land was sold to Dickson Thompson for $700.00

      Dec 1850 - Moses' Rush County land was sold to John Walker

      Feb 3, 1851 - Court documents show disbusements:
      $2.55 for tuition for John J. Oldham paid to Samuel McCowan no date - Moses Oldham land payment due to Nathan Stephens, $14 paid by guardian. Various dates - many receipts for coffee, tobacco, hats, shoes, sugar, spices, calico, gingham, muslin, Stinnette, buttons, coats, shawls, tailoring, blacksmithing - much for John J. Oldham such as gold drill, linsey, satinette, buttons, tailoring, etc.

      June 1853 - inventory of assets
      $1075 has come into hands of the guardians; "paid out of account of said lunatic, and for his and his family's support and comfort the total sum of $170.42." A. J. Thompson also paid out with no vouchers to support the sum of $230.33; Hid3


      June 13, 1853 - funeral expenses $2.75; coffin $8.00, etc.

      Feb 1855 - Feb Court Term, case of Moses Oldham, lunatic dec'd. Mar 1855 - Final report of guardians

      A clipping from Wabash Weekly Gazette states that after final settlement of estate of ward of court deceased $535.71 remains for final distribution among heirs. Said heirs are hereby notified to appear at the next term of said court in August n
      ext and receive their distributive shares.

      An undated slip of paper in Court docket box lists Moses Oldham Heirs: Elizabeth Oldham, minor children John J. Oldham, Daniel Oldham, George Oldham / Guardians were Dick and Jack Tompson

      Deed Book V, pg 453, recorded 1 Oct 1869 - Hiram Kindall and A.J. Thompson guardians of Moses Oldham; John Jay and Drucilla Oldham sold Moses' land to William Howard; Warranty February 18, 1859 $1100; Whf Whf SW Sec 9. Twp 26, Range 7, 40 acres Oct. 1 1859

      1840 Federal Census, Center Twp., Rush County, Indiana, USA
      Name: Moses Odham
      [Moses Oldham]
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
      Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
      No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 2
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 2
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 4
      Total Free White Persons: 7
      Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 7

      1850 Federal Census, Liberty Twp., Wabash County, Indiana, USA Page 20
      Moses Oldham 74
      Elizabeth Oldham 59
      John Oldham 17
    Person ID I2062  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 1 UNKNOWN, Jean 
    Married Abt 1790 
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, Dennis Riley,   b. Bef 1800
     2. OLDHAM, Daniel,   b. Yes, date unknown
     3. OLDHAM, George,   b. 1805, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1870, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     4. OLDHAM, David or Davies,   b. Abt 1810, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. OLDHAM, John,   b. 1821, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1848, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F822  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 MCDANIEL, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1791, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1864, Wabash County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1824  Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, Lavina C.,   b. Abt 1822, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. OLDHAM, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1825, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. OLDHAM, John Jefferson,   b. Between 1832 and 1834, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900, De Soto, Jackson County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F823  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1776 - Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 106 Acres and 115 poles lying in the county of Sevier in the District South of French Broad and Holston on Mill Creek - 18 Nov 1809 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Early Tennessee Grant 1248 Book 2, page 362 107 Acres - 22 May 1810 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1820 - Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Jul 1824 - Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAssociation - 18 Mar 1830 - Rush County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 28 Oct 1835 - Shelby County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal Census - 1840 - Center Twp., Rush County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - Liberty, Wabash County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jun 1853 - Liberty, Union 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

    Research 3 research

    Wills Probate 4 wills probate

  • Sources 
    1. [S490] Helen Quinn.

    2. [S2853] Marriage Records, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

    3. [S543] Jack J. Hill.