Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, George Reverend

Male 1779 - 1828  (49 years)


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  • Name OLDHAM, George 
    Suffix Reverend 
    Born 7 Jun 1779  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    AFN LVMS-NH4 
    Land 28 Sep 1809  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. 
    Residence 1818  Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Trustee of Old Nancy Academy 
    Residence 1820  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Land 1827  Rush County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 7 Sep 1828  Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Oldham, George<br>
1779-1828
    Oldham, George
    1779-1828

    Death Records

    Estate Paperwork
    Buried Old Oldham Family Cemetery, Marion Twp., Sec.5Tp.13N.Rg7e, Ward Graham Farm, Shelbyville, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Oldham, Rev. George<br>
1779-1828
    Oldham, Rev. George
    1779-1828

    Map showing location of farm and cemetery.
    Oldham, Reverend George<br>
1779-1828
    Oldham, Reverend George
    1779-1828

    Marion Twp., Shelby County, Indiana

    indicating location of Oldham Cemetery
    Oldham, Reverend George
    Oldham, Reverend George
    Headstone
    Notes 
    • 27 Sep 1813 - John Oldham enlisted in Captain Wm. Mitchell's Company of the Militia of Tennessee. George Oldham also enlisted in the same company during the War of 1812. There is no record of a Bounty Land Warrant for George. Fought against the Creek Indian Nation with Colonel Samuel Wear and Captain William Mitchell's Comany of Mounted Infantry.

      Sevier County Tennessee Land Deed #1269
      GEORGE OLDHAM-77 acres 2 rods-Sevier County-CC None - Surveyed March 3, 1807

      Fisher LDS: mentioned in will of his father James. Will Records of Shelby County, Indiana 1822-1906 Holmes Probate Record B ook #1, Page 68 Dated 7 Sep 1828 Recorded 24 Sep 1828 Wife: Sarah; Sons: Moses; Aaron Daughters: (Mary) Polly Moon; Nancy; "All the rest of my children" He mentions money owed him in Tennessee Executor - his brother William Witnesses William H. Sleeth and Jonas Sleeth

      Birth from a Bible given by William Maples to George Oldham, son of James and Leah Oldham. The bible was then given by George to his daughter Sarah.


      if James and Leah were in Loudoun County, Virginia in 1778, and Henry County, Virginia 1783 then George would have been born in Virginia, not Caswell County, North Carolina - If James was with Richard and Elizabeth Bayse oldham in Caswell/Orange, then the birthplace is correct.

      Jeanette Persinger notes: Will and probate papers for his estate are in the basement vault of Shelby County recorder's office, box #74. Informati on concerning his death and sale of his land was copied in 1963 in the Abs tract of Title to Sec 5, Twp 13N. Range 7East, in possession of Ward Graham, who was living on the land at that time and let us copy them. It w as a virtual history of that land from the time it was bought from the Government in abt 1826 and down to 1963. So many deed, marriage and proba te information in it. Ward Graham also took us to the old family cemetery just west of his house in a pasture and he had fenced it off from the cows. In this cemetery was buried George Oldham. His tombstone was beautiful even though he died in 1828, and there were some children and grand children there. In the deeds of above abstract of his land at the time of death it says he bought land in Shelby County, in 21 Oct 1826 and tells where he sold land to Daniel Duggan in Sevier county, Tennessee in 1826. The courthouse records for this time in Sevier Co are burned and so this information becomes ever more important. Belonged to Forks of the Little Pigeon Baptist Church, Sevier county, Tennessee. War of 1812 records of 1st Regt (Wear's) East Tennessee Volunteers. Marriage date received from Betty Randall, Hope, Indiana.

      When we first began genealogy in the early 1960's and we were still living in Nebraska, we took a trip back east in July of 1963. We worked at the library in Indianapolis, and there met Ruth Slevin, (who was just a pioneer of genealogy research in Indiana). That little lady had personally at that time indexed the entire 1850 census of Indiana herself. Can you imagine that. I had written Indiana just before that trip and she had done a little research for me. So when we got there in Indianapolis I found that they had deed indexes for alot of the counties. So in going through Shelby County. I found the name of my ancestor, Aaron Oldham. I didn't know what to do with that as I had never worked land records before. She came over and did the most amazing thing I could believe. She took her finger and ran down the page and said now this is the brothers and sisters of your Aaron Oldham. I thought this is crazy. How can she know that? It was a quit claim and they were relinquishing their rights to property to the one son buying out the others. Then she found the will of George Oldham in Shelby County. and then James Oldham in Fayette County. So after working the library we made a trip down to the courthouse in Shelbyville. That was really before people had gotten interested or were doing much research. Couldn't find anything. Then a book seemed to jump out at me. It was an index to the Court of Common Pleas. I found a probate box number for George Oldham. At that time all the probate packets were in the vault and that was locked. They took pity on me and a man unlocked the vault. I found the probate packet and found the will in there along with papers it took to probate the estate. Then I had brought a topographical map of Shelby County. along I had earlier purchased. The map indicated there might be some tombstones on that same piece of property I had found in the deed indexes. So we made a trip out there. We could see the stones from the road. There was fence around them ( at that time anyhow I don't know if they exist today). It was in a pasture west of the farmers house. So we drove to the house and I explained to the farmer that my ancestor had owned that property years ago. The farmer, was Ward Graham. I"m sure he's gone. He was a old man then. He took us out to see the stones and I nearly fainted when I saw the tombstone for George Oldham. There wasn't very many stones so we copied them as follows:

      Leucinda J. dau. of William P. and Nancy Bishop b.1 Jun 1843-d.15 Jun 1845
      George OLDHAM who died Sept. 7th, 1828 aged 49 yrs and 3 mos.
      Enoch OLDHAM who died Apr. 25, 1846 aged 22yrs. 2 mos. and 14 days
      Elijah OLDHAM, son of George and Sarah who died 20 Jul 1829 aged 3yrs.10 mos & 19 days
      Lewis BISHOP son of William and Nancy born 19 Oct 1833 and died Sept 8 1 8___??

      That was the stones. Then on the way back to the house he had this abstract of title to that land, which he showed us. It would be in private hands today. Where I don't know and people today are suspicious about anyone seeing something li.dmy on today. I assume it is in the hands of the present owners of the property. We copied by hand what we could and it seemed like a genealogy as the land would go back and forth from one family line to another. We couldn't begin to copy it all. HOWEVER, I know there's something there that will interest you. Seems William and Naomy Oldham (son of James & Leah) got it early on 8 Aug 1821. Then part of this was sec 32-twp14-7 and they sell to Zadock PLUMMER date 28 NOv 1839. Then 8 Mar 1854 deed where Zadock Plummer died leaving petitioners and lists all his children (didn't copy them a ll_) but it included Margaret Plummer who married William M. Oldham and they lived in Shelby Co. Ind. Zadock Plummer died in 1851. pp41 Melissa A. Oldham unmarried of Wapello Co. Ia. dated 29 Sep 1881 comes in as owner as one of the children of Eliza REED, who was a dau. of Zadoc Plummer. In another place where it deals with the heirs of George Oldham dated 1838 Sandford and Lydia (formerly Oldham) of Sevier County. Tenn. release and quit claim to Robert Oldham of Shelby Co. Ind. and Jasper and Mary Moon of Martial Co. Alabama (this is not Madison County. and the only county like was Marshall County. Alabama. However, they did their deed transaction as an heir of George Oldham from Jackson Co. Alabama. BUT AND YOU ASKED ABOUT THE BIRTHDATE OF MARY MOON. I checked the 1850 census index and didn't find Jasper Moon, but I felt I had found the right Mary when I saw the names of her children: 1850 census LAUDERDALE Co.. Alabama
      Mary Moon age 50 born in Georgia (now that birthplace is interesting but S.C. could have been considered part of Ga.)
      Jane Moon age 21 " "
      Lydia " " 18 " "
      Elizabeth " " 19 " in Alabama
      George " " 20 " in Georgia
      Yes, the family bible is no doubt more accurate. I will try and copy those carbon copy pages of Chester V. Jackson and send them. Our James Oldham who married Leah could have been a surveyor in Sevier Co. Tenn in 1826. He died in Fayer survey was for a Sarah MAPLES. I don't know who she would be but it couldn't have been George Oldham's second wife as she would have been listed Sarah Oldham. In the papers in that probate packet of George Oldham in the basement vault of the Shelby County courthouse there is a paper that says:
      Sept 30, 1829 This is to certify that I Daniel Duggan of the State of Tennesse and county of Sevier did in the year 1826 purchase a tract of land of George OLDHAM and that Wm. Oldham did sell me a spring and a small piece of land that. Is for my own saffety compeled to enter the said spring and land which cost me $6 to get a grant. I do also certify that William Oldham the executor of George Oldham has paid me the aforesaid $6. signed Daniel Duggan witnessed in Sevier Co. Tenn. 30 Sept 1829 by Robert Duggan J.P. (NOTE: those 1829 records referred to on this piece of paper were all burned in that nasty courthouse fire)
      So I believe that George Oldham came much later to Indiana than say Stephen Oldham, his brother and others. So it is very possible that his father James Oldham stayed down there with them also til 1826 before he left. There was a tie thse was the executor of his father James Oldham estate until he died, and then William was appointed. If you have any more questions just let me know. I don't know if you have the father of Margaret Plummer, wife of William M. Oldham and his deathdate, but if not that should be a help.

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      new researcher: Charlene Blair

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      Estate of George Oldham, deceased
      Box 74

      Filed April 17th 1837 S. B. Morris Clk May 14th, 1837

      William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham dec'd Citation Filed January Term 1830 Hiram Alldredge Clerk P.C.S.C. Returnable on the 1st day of January Term 1830 Rec'd process December 15th 1829 John Walker Shff S.C.

      Indiana Towit Shelby County The State of Indiana
      To the Sheriff of Shelby County, Greeting You are hereby Commanded that you Cite William Oldham (if he may be found in your bailiwick) that he be and appear before the Judge of our Probate Court, on the first day of the next term tyd there to make Settlement with said Court as Executor of the Estate of George Oldham deceased. And this he will not omit at his peril? And have you then there this Citation.

      Witness Erasmus Powell
      Judge of our Probate Court and the Seal of our said Court here unto affixed at Shelbyville the 14th day of December 1829. Hiram Alldredge Clerk P.C.S.C.

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      William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased Filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Shelby Circuit Court on the 24th day of September 1828 Hiram Alldredge Clerk

      Know all men by these presents that we William Oldham and Abraham Bollabaugh, of the County of Shelby and State of Indiana, are held and firmly bound unto the State of Indiana in the penal sum of Sixteen Hund red Dollars, good andyd
      he payment of which well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors and administrators jointly and firmly by these presents sealed with our Seals and dated this 24th day of September 1828
      The Condition of this obligation is such, that whereas the above bounded William Oldham (Executor of the Last will and testament of George Oldham, deceased) has on the above date taken out Letters testamentary with the Last will anesed.
      Now should the said William Oldham, make or Cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular goods chattels and Credits of the Said Deceased, which have or shall come to the hands or possession or Knowledge of himn oade, to Exhibit or Cause to be Exhibited to the said Judges or our said County, in Session, on the fourth Monday of March next, and the Same goods and chattels of the said deceased at the time of his death, which at any time there after shall come to the hands or possession of the said William Oldham, or in to the hands of any other person for him, Do well and truly Administer according to Law. And further do make or Cause to be made a true and Just account of his administrations at or before the said fourth Monday of March next. And all the rest and residue of said gods chattels and Credits which shall be found upon the Administration account and deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively as the Judges in their respective County, by their decree or sentence pursuant to the true intent and meaning of Law shall limit and appoint then and in that case the above obligation, to be void Else to be and remain in full force and virtu William Oldham (SEAL) Abraham Bolabaugh his x mark (SEAL)

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      Inventory

      Inventory of the Personal Estate of George Oldham Deceased Filed November 20th 1828 Hiram Alldredge Clerk P.C.S.C.

      We Balser Fox and Jonas Sleeth being called on and duly sworn to value the property of George Oldham Deceased do accordingly appraise a still and its apparatuses at $69, a brick kiln at one dollar and seventy five cents per thousr

      William Oldham Executor of the Last will and testament of George Oldham do certify the above to be the appraised Inventory of the personal property of the said Deceased this 20th Nov 1828. William Oldham

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      Additional Inventory

      Filed January 5th 1830 Hiram Alldredge Clerk P.C.S.C.

      Further Inventory of the Personal Estate of George Oldham dec'd Towit:
      From Benjamin Cottell $ 10 43
      From M. C. Rodgers 31 95
      From Sanford Allen 50 00
      From the Estate of James Oldham dec'd 54 66
      From M. C. Rodgers 3 50
      From Edward Blevin 7 50
      From Sanford Allen 10 37
      From the Estate of James Oldham dec'd 13 30
      From Moses Oldham 100 00

      Wm. Oldham Executor

      Sworn to in open Court on the 5th day if January 1830 Hiram Alldredge C.P.C.S.C.

      $281.72 Sale Bill brought forward 107.53 $389.25

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      Sale Bill


      Sale Bill of the Personal Estate of George Oldham Deceased Filed January 6th 1829 Hiram Alldredge Clerk S.C.

      Sale Bill of the property of Geo. Oldham Dec'd Sold at publick vandue on the 21st day of Nov. 1828
      Purchasers Names Articles Price $ cents
      Balsor Fox 7000 Brick at 106 cts pr 100 0 $ 7 43
      James T. Kaster 4000 Brick at the same 4 25
      Abraham Copple 5000 Brick at 100 pr 1000 5 00
      Benj. Hodges 4000 Brick at 75 per 1000 3 00
      Wm. Oldham The balance of the kiln at 78 cts supposed to be 24,000 18 72
      Wm. Oldham Waggon & Geers 31 00
      Daniel Michail One Still and Tubs &c 38 12

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      Receipts and Vouchers

      Received of William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Dec'd one hundred dollars agreeable to the last will of the said George Oldham We say Rec'd by us this 29th day of December 1829 Jasper Moon Mary Mn


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      State of Tennessee Sevier County

      Personally appeared Thomas Maples before me Joseph Clark an acting Justice of the peace in and for said County and being sworn in due form of Law Saith on his oath that George Oldham is justly indebted to him for two wool hatso d
      worn and subscribed to before me this 11th day of October 1828. Joseph Clark J.P. Thomas Maples

      October the 11th 1828
      Received of William Oldham Executor of George Oldham Dec'd t wo dollars and fifty cents in full of the within proven account. Thomas Maples

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      State of Tennessee Sevier County
      George Oldham Sen. DR in Acct with M. C. Roger s 14 March 1826 For your order as commanded to J. A. K. Smith $3.50

      Mr. M. C. Rogers Sir please to let J. A. K. Smith have three dollars an ha lf in dry goods which pay to my account this 14th day of March 1826 George Oldham

      This day personally came M. C. Rogers before William C. Maples an acting Justice of the peace and being duly sworn maketh oath that the above account is Just and true after having given all Just credits. Subscrib9rs Wm. C. Ma

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      Received of George Oldham $2.48 cents This State and County T ax for the year 1828.

      J. W. Walker C.S.C.

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      Received of William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased by the hands of Moses Oldham one dollar & fifty cents & say Rec'd by me this 1st day of October 1828. Zadock Plummer

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      Received of William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased fifty six and a fourth Cents I say Rec'd by the this 17th day of November 1828.
      Daniel Hill his X mark (SEAL)

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      Hanover November 5th 1828
      Received of William Oldham Executor of the estate of George Ol dham deceased fifty five cents in full of my school bill. Elvira Huntington

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased too dollars and fifty cents I say Rec'd by me this 13th day of November 1828. Moses Oldham

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased by the hand of Aaron Oldham seventy five cents. I say rec 'd by me this 28 day of September 1828. Robert Oldham

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased four dollar twelve and a half Cents in full of all debts or demand against said Estate. I say Rec'd by me this 4th day of November 1828. Thomas Hill

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      Received of William and Sarah Oldham Eight dollars in full of a subscription paper. I say rec'd by me this 23rd day of December 1828. Nymphas Bassett

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      Received of William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Dec. twenty two dollars for moulding and burning brick it being in full of all debts or demands against the said Estate. I say Rec'd by me th is 27th day of December

      Jacob Parker

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      Received of William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Dec. fifty Cents. I say Rec'd by me this 6th day of December 1828. John Ginsey [?]

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Dec'd three dollars and fourty three Cents in full of all debts or demands against the said Estate of George Oldham Dec'd. I say Rec'd by me this 7th day of November 18
      r Burtch his X mark

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executor of the Estate of George Oldham Dec'd too dollars I say Rec'd by me this 29th day of december 1829. Sarah Oldham her X mark

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      Rec'd of William Oldham deceased four dollars for a Coffen. I say Rec'd by me this 5th day of november 1828. John Whited

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      Rec'd Dec 22 1828 of William Oldham the Sum of $2.21 Cents in full of Geo. Oldhams Acct up to this date By Wright Williams for N. Prine

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham deceased one dollar and thirty seven and a half Cents in full of all debts dues or demand against the said Estate I say Rec'd by me this 4th d ay of november 1828 John O


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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham deceased two dollar twelve and a half Cents I say Rec'd by me this 12 th day of November 1828. Aaron Oldham his X mark

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      Received of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham deceased two dollars twenty five Cents I say rec'd by me this 17th day of November 1828. James Oldham

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      George Oldham to Jas. P. Ripper DR
      Visit 2 miles $ 1 00
      Phisic 25 6
      T Powders 25
      Visit 2 miles 1 00
      $ 2 50 This day came Jas. P. Ripper and made oath that the above accounts are Just and that the services & medicines charges above was rendered & given by him given under my hand this 23 day of Sept 1828. Jas. P. Ripper
      n Kennedy J.P. (SEAL)

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      George Oldham DR to Isaac Fox May 20 1828
      To sharping shovel & Scooter $ 18
      To mending chains & 2 clips & 2 laprings & 6 Spikes 75
      To 4 waggontire nails 6
      To putting on one waggontire 25
      To one Stirrup Band 25
      $ 1 50 State of Indiana Shelby County SS
      I John Kennedy a Justice of the Peace in and for said County do hereby Certify that Jacob Fox presented the above account and was qualified to the same according to Law given under my hand and seal this 10 day of January 1829. John K


      ------------------------------------ May 1828 George Oldham DR to Samuel Coppel
      To the leason of Three Mares Four dollars in Cash or Six Dollars in Traid

      I do hereby Certify that Samuel Coppel was qualified according to Law to the above account given under my hand and seal this 16th day of July 1829 John Kennedy a Justice of the Peace (SEAL)

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased four dollars and fifty Cents of the sale money I say Rec 'd by me this 1st day of december 1828 Sarah Oldham her X mark

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      Received of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham deceased two dollars in full of my account I say Rec'd by me this 16th day of November 1828 Rosanna Booher

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      Rec'd of the Estate of George Oldham Dec'd three dollars I say Rec'd by me this 9th day of October 1829 Wm Oldham

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      Received of William Oldham one dollar in full for publishing in the Indianapolis Gazette, an Executors notice on the estate of George Oldham, deceased Dec. 4 1828 Smith & Bolton

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      Rec'd of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased $17 for haling dirt I say Rec'd by me William Oldham this 4th day of November 1828 William Oldham

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      Received of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased one dollar in full of all debts dues and demands against the Said Estate I say Rec'd by me this 1st day of november 1828 James Whited

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      Received of George Oldham Executer of the Estate of James Oldham Dec'd $1.7 I say Rec'd by me this 1st day of September 1828 John Whited

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased sixty too and a half Cents I say rec'd by me this 6th day of November 1828. Robert Oldham

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham Dec'd one dollar fifty Cents due me for pork I say Rec'd by me this 7th day of November 1828. James T. Kaster

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      Received of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased a fifty dollar horse Creature agreeable to the last will of said George Oldham I say Rec'd by me this 29 day of September 182 Moses Oldham

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      Received of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased by the hand of Sarah Oldham Sixty too two and a half cents I say Rec'd by me this 18th day of September 1828 Joel Hill

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      March 19th 1829 Received of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased one Dollar and fifty Cents for proving the will and Crying the sale and praising the property of the said Deceased I say Rec'd by me this day and date ab
      ove mentioned. Jonas Sleeth

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased Sixty two and a half Cents by the hand of Robert Oldham I say Rec'd by me this 26th day of September 1828 Abraham Bolabaugh

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      Rec'd of William Oldham Executer of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased one dollar and twenty five cents I say Rec'd by me this 13th day of October 1829 Abraham Bolibaugh his X mark

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      Rec'd of the Estate of George Oldham Deceased three dollars I say Rec 'd by me this 1 day of October 1829. William Oldham

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      To loss on Brick Kiln 9000 by William Oldham Executer of the last will and testament of George Oldham dec'd Remainder of said Brick $15000 Making a loss of $7 Wm Oldham

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      September the 30th 1829
      This is to Certify that I Daniel Duggan of the State of Tennessee and County of Sevier did in the year 1826 purchase a tract of Land of George Oldham and that Mr. Oldham did sell me a Spring and a Small peace of Land that was noe Six Dollars to get a grant I do also Certify that William Oldham the executer of George Oldham has paid me the aforesaid Six Dollars Daniel Duggan

      --------- State of Tennessee Sevier County SS
      This day Being the 30th day of September 1829 Came before me Robert Duggan one of the acting Justice of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid Daniel Duggan and made oath that the facts stated in the above Certifycat is Justs anys


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      to oldham.jan@gmail.com

      date Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 5:10 PM
      subjectRe: Oldham

      The way I have it is George Oldham m. Cathrine Hill ,,,thier daughter Lydia Oldham m. Sanford Allen,,,their Lydia M.Allen m. Gideon Lincolln Smith....thier son Author Smith m. Birdie Reynolds ,,,,thier daughter Mary Ellen Caladonia Smith ( which is my G-mother ) m.James Gaston Reynolds ( my G-father ) if you need Dates I have then too,,,, the funny thing is I have lived in Indiana all this time ( about 31 yrs ) and just found The grave of George Oldham he is buried just out of the town I live in and the rest of the his family is in Connersville about 2 hrs. from me

      Old Nancy Academy: Three Sites and Four Buildings PDF Print E-mail

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      by J. A. Sharp

      Old Nancy Academy in Sevierville was established by the Tennessee legislature in 1806, but did not operate as a school until 1811. Then a site was donated to the schools trustees by Isaac Thomas, Sevier's war guide, and James McMahan, one of Sevierville's founders. Each men gave an acre of land and the two acres adjoined.

      Here in 1811, a frame building, 20 feet by 30 feet, was erected with funds and labor contributed by local citizens. Copies of the Thomas and McMahan deeds prove that this first Nancy Academy was located on the lot where the late George L. Zirkle lived, and a hand-dug well for the school was on the adjoining lot owned by C. L. Thurman.

      The school continued at this site until 1816 when a fire of incendiary origin destroyed the building. A local citizen, not indicating much interest in education and whose identity is unknown, burned Sevierville's first school when the trustees secured the services of the teacher whom he disliked.

      The next record of the operation of the school was in 1818 when the "Forks of Little Pigeon" (Sevierville) Baptist Church appointed its Pastor, Rev. Richard Wood, William Henderson, and George Oldham to meet with the Academy trustees at the courthouse where an agreement was reached for the school to use the Church building. The Baptist Church, located then on the Cemetery tract on the East Fork of Little Pigeon, was used until 1822 when the third and last site of Nancy Academy was purchased from Micajah C. Rogers, early Sevierville merchant. He received $400.00 for two Sevierville lots, on one of which was an unfinished brick building. This building was repaired and used by the Academy until 1849 when a frame building, "40 feet long, by 26 feet wide, 2 stories high," replaced it.

      The latter building, as well as the brick building, stood on the corner off Main Street, and Park Road, and was the home of the late S. L. Atchley and family for many years. Many persons still living remember it and many still living attended school there.

      In 1842 the peace of the old school was disturbed by a lawsuit which was instituted in the Sevier County Chancery Court by John Brabson, Samuel Pickens, George McCown, and Isaac A. Miller, all of whom were new trustees appointed by the Sevier County Court in 1841, against the following old trustees appointed earlier by the State legislature: Thomas Hill, James P. H. Porter, John Sharp, Alexander Preston, Micajah C. Rogers, William Henderson, Isaac Love, and Benjamin D. Brabson.

      The complements [Complainant's?] bill charged that the $400.00 paid to Rogers for the two lots and the "indifferent, unfinished brick building" was an "wholly unnecessary waste of funds." It was charged further that the old trustees lost the original Thomas and McMahan site when it was "enclosed and occupied by others."

      The old trustees proved that the price of the lots and brick house was not exorbitant, and that Rogers was compelled to wait 12 years before receiving final payment. It was proven also that the hand-dug well on the ridge failed to provide sufficient water for the students, and that the muddy road (the present Park Road) between town and school worked a hardship on the students during the winter season.

      The new trustees, however, submitted proof that Henry M. Thomas, son of Isaac Thomas, and Abraham McMahan and John McMahan, sons of James McMahan, actually had enclosed the original two acres. Value of this land, now lost to the Academy, was set at $5.00 to $10.00 per acre by depositions of Andrew Lawson. Sr. and others; therefore, this loss was not too great. The new trustees also made much of a crack in the brick wall of the Academy which weakened the building so much that students and teachers ran outside during storms.

      About the same time as the lawsuit, which resulted in vindication of the old trustees, a storm of scandal and political controversy broke upon Nancy Academy. In 1842, Isaac A. Miller, and Academy trustee and Sevier County lawyer, absconded to Texas with $720.00 of the school's funds, and this scandal and other affairs of the school was exposed before the whole of East Tennessee is a bitter Second Congressional campaign in 1843.

      Lewis Reneau, prominent Sevier County lawyer who lived at Henry's X Roads, was a Whig aspirant to represent this District, to which Sevier County then belonged. James Cumming, Methodist preacher who lived on Walden's Creek, started the quarrel when he published a letter (March 8, 1843) over his pseudonym, "Little Kentucky," in the Jonesboro Whig, edited by another Methodist preacher, William G. Brownlow, just then starting his stormy career as editor-politician in Tennessee. Rev. Cumming charged State Senator Reneau with assisting Representative Miller in getting the legislature of 1841-1842 to enact a special law that permitted Miller, as Academy trustee, to obtain the Nancy Academy funds from the State Comptroller.

      Reneau denied these charges in a long letter to the Knoxville Register, March 29, 1843, and charged Rev. Cumming with being the too of his old enemies, John Brabson and George McCown, local Whig leaders and Academy trustees. He also stated that Cumming's primary interest was to elect William C. Senter, from Grainger County, his Whig opponent and the third Methodist preacher involved in the dispute. This newspaper war in the Whig and the Register continued until Reneau withdrew from the race in July. Then Senter easily defeated his Democratic opponent in the election of August 3, 1843.

      The history of Nancy Academy after 1850 would justify another article. The school closed after the establishment of Murphy College by the Methodists in 1890. On August 7, 1893, the last Academy trustees, J. E. King, A. J. Hicks, J. A. Householder, L. S. Trotter, and John Murphy sold to Pink Maples a "certain lot of land including the building thereon situated in the town of Sevierville, on south side of Main Street." The purchase price was $1200.00. This was the end of the old school.
    Person ID I2064  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 HILL, Catherine Caty,   b. 5 May 1770,   d. Bef 1819, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 3 Dec 1801  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, Robert,   b. Yes, date unknown
     2. OLDHAM, Lydia,   b. 3 Sep 1803, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Jul 1862, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     3. OLDHAM, Mary Polly,   b. 5 Jan 1808, Marshall, Marshall, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. OLDHAM, Moses,   b. 13 Jun 1810, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1877, Ottumwa, Richland Twp., Wapello County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     5. OLDHAM, Elder Aaron,   b. 17 Jul 1812, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1877, Nelson, Nuckolls County, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     6. OLDHAM, Nancy,   b. 19 Jan 1814, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1860, Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F825  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 MAPLES, Sarah,   b. 1792, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1858, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1818  Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, William M.,   b. 22 Apr 1823, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1882, Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. OLDHAM, Enoch,   b. 11 Feb 1824, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1846, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     3. OLDHAM, Elijah,   b. 1 Sep 1825, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1829, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     4. OLDHAM, George,   b. 3 Sep 1828, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F826  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Jun 1779 - Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Dec 1801 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Early Tennessee Grant 700 Book 1, page 700 77 1/2 acres - 28 Sep 1809 - 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 MapsResidence - Trustee of Old Nancy Academy - 1818 - Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jun 1818 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1820 - Sevier County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 1827 - Rush County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Sep 1828 - Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Old Oldham Family Cemetery, Marion Twp., Sec.5Tp.13N.Rg7e, Ward Graham Farm, Shelbyville, Indiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Wills Probate
    Oldham, James(95)<br>
abt 1742-1827
    Oldham, James(95)
    abt 1742-1827

    Probate Record
    Oldham, James(95)<br>
abt 1742-1827
    Oldham, James(95)
    abt 1742-1827

    Probate Document

  • Sources 
    1. [S2235] Will of James Oldham, 15 May 1827, Fayettte County, Indiana (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S490] Helen Quinn.

    3. [S289] Will of George Oldham, (Shelby County, Indiana Courthouse).

    4. [S3077] Todd G. Oldham.

    5. [S1214] Salt Lake Group Sheet 1981.