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      The Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria comprised all that part of England north of a line in the south formed by the Humber, Ribble and Mersey rivers and an East - West line formed by the Ayrshire coast and the Firth of Forth. In this area the predominating culture was Celtic and remained so until the Synod of Whitby 663/4 AD when the Roman Church was given predominance by Royal Decree. It would not then be unexpected to find Celtic influences in the naming of local landmarks.

      The twin monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow achieved predominance in Intellectual life not only in England but also all over Western Europe.. Additionally there were excellent libraries at the monasteries of Hexham, Whitby and Lindisfarne. The Lindisfarne Gospels (now in the British Museum) epitomize the skill of these early scribes in writing and illumination. The skill of the sculptors survives in stone crosses at Bewcastle and Ruthwell. The Venerable Bede, a theologian and historian, internationally famous in his own life time as well as afterwards doubtless owed his scholarship in no small degree to the excellence of the library at Jarrow (where he was a monk).

      The name Oldham is then believed to be derived from a Celtic word denoting a feature of the landscape. Originally it would have been 'Ault Ham'. Ault, pronounced 'Aowlt,' meaning high or tall. Over the years the spelling changed to, aoult. owld, ould, ald, old etc. Today this change can be seen in names like 'The Old Man of Hoy', 'The Old Man of Storr' etc. The word 'man' is 'Maen'- Celtic for stone, so Ault Maen would be High Stone- appropriate for these tall stacks off the Scottish coast. Ham here, is not the Danish word of town or hamlet, but rather a Celtic word meaning Spur of Land. This can be seen in the name of Durham, (Dur is the Celtic Dwr- water). Durham is built on a spur of land around which a river runs. Oldham then was a high piece of land, a spur of the Pennines, (another Celtic word meaning hills). There are many Celtic names in Northern England. River Derwent, Kinder Scout (kin-dwr-scwd. head of the waterfall) etc (Kinder Scout is a well known local landmark)

      Adam de Eccles became Lord of Oldham and Wernith. (Wernith is a Celtic word meaning Scrub land or land of Alders). He was succeeded by Alwardus de Aldhame of Werneth in 1207-1372. His sons were William de Wernith and Robert. William's family was, Richard, living 1324, Eva, who married Richard de Tetlow of Chember Hall and Adam. Richard had two daughters, and when he died, Margery, the elder, was married to John Cudworth from Yorkshire.

      Alwardus de Aldhame (Testa de Nevil. Fol.372) in the relgn of Henry lll (1216-1272) held two bovates of land in Vemt for 19d and the moiety for one farthing. Thls Alwardus was the founder of the family of Oldham. In 1375 Margery sole heir of Richard de Oldhame (the last male heir in the line of succession) married John Cudworth of Yorkshire. At John's death this marriage conveyed Werneth Hall and its manor to the Cudworths.

      The Coat of Arms of thls Oldham family consisted of :- Sable, a chevron between three owls argent. on a chief d'or three roses gules . Hugh Oldham claimed to be descended from this family, and wore a badge of an owl on hls sleeve. This is it - his rebus. In the Lancashire dialect Oldham is still pronounced "au'- dm".

      History of the Odom, Odam, Odem, Odum, Odham, Oldham, "Adam"
      families in England

      "The Children of Woden (Odin)"

      Robert Earl Woodham,
      Odom Family Historian

      The Odom (Odam, Odem, Odum, Oden, Oldham) family had their origins in Engl and. The family comes from several different counties scattered across sou thern and central England. Our ancestors took their name from several site s, some of which were small towns, others which were ancient holy sites. All of these places were named for the ancient Saxon god, Woden, one of the three primary gods of the "Old Religion" or Asatru, the religion of the ancient Germanic folk (in the areas which now include Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, England and parts of other modern nations). Woden, known as Odin in the Scandanavian countries, was the god of wisdom and in later times was considered the primary god of the three greatest gods.

      Our Saxon ancestors invaded the island of Breton and conquered what is now England, starting in the 400's. They eliminated most of the existing population, pushing the remainder into Wales and Scotland and the county of Cornwall. They established several different independent kingdoms. Christianity has barely begun in Breton when the Saxons and their cousins the Angles conquered the southern part of the island. They all but wiped out the new religion. The Germanic normally did not build temples or buildings for worship. Instead, they worshipped in sacred forest groves and especially on hilltops. Some were sacred to a particular god or goddess.

      Although the Old Religion had many gods and goddesses (the Aesir and the Vanir) the entire Germanic folk recognized three of them as their most important gods -- Woden, who was called Odin or Oden by the Norse in Scandanavia; Thunor, called Thor by the Norse; and Tiu, Tew, called Tyrby the Norse. Among the foremost goddess was Frig (Friga/Freyja). We can still recognize their importance in the our modern names for the days of the week: Tiu 's dage -- Tuesday; Woden's dage -- Wednesday; Thunor's dage -- Thursday; Frig's dage -- Friday.

      The various tribes of Saxons and Angles set up their own independent kingdoms and fought each other constantly over the centuries for dominance. When one minor king of the Angles sought aid from the Roman pope, he became the first Christian monarch on the island in order to get help from t he Romans. He forced his people to submit to the new religion at the point of a sword. Although the Angles were a small minority on the island, from that point on, the entire southern part of the island was called by the Roman popes "Angle Land" or England and the name stuck . Eentually, many of the Saxon kings also became Christian, although many in name only. They too, forced their subjects to accept the foreign religion in hopes of gaining dominance over the entire island. The followers of the Old Religion were forced to go "underground" with their religion and for generations to come, they practiced their religion in secrecy. The old holy sites were often given "hidden" names to hide their true identity.

      Until after the Middle Ages, not even the nobles of England had family or surnames. Knights returning from the Crusades began to adopt such names. They had seen the culture and finery in Constantinople and Rome where the Greeks and Romans had "family" names and their admiration of these ancient empires instilled in them an awe for their culture.

      It was not until the late 1300's and 1400's though that the common folk of England began adopting family names. One of the main causes for this was the constant taxes imposed by the kings. It was simply impractical to keep tax rolls of an entire nation of folk with only one given name. The main sources of these "family" names came from the man's occupation, where he lived (place names) or a personal characteristic.

      Our Odom family name comes from the many place names which were holy to the old god Woden/Oden. The Saxon name for a settlement is "ham / hamme" and for a usually larger site is "ton" or modern "town". Many English and American communities have this suffix on the end of place names, such as Birmingham. "Woden's (Odin's) ham" would be one such place name.

      The few British "authorities" which have mentioned an origin for our family name usually say it is a corruption of the name "Adam" and a few say it comes from a town named Oldham. I dispute both of these origins. After studying the origins of family names for several years now, I have discovered that these British "authorities" on the subject spent very little effort studying the origins of common folk. I found that one of these authorities was totally wrong on one particular family I am descended from. He said the family took its name from a small parish which he apparently found on a map but as it turns out, no member of that family had ever lived anywhere close to that small community--nor even in that county.

      "The highest deity, by general consent, among the Teutons [Germanic folk, including the Saxons], was Woden, Wodan, or Wuotan, otherwise Odin (the Norse form). The word means all-powerful, l-penetrating; Woden bestows shape and beauty on man and things, gives song, victory in war, the fertility of soil, and the highest blessings."

      "The number of place-names in various countries compounded with his name shows the extent over which places were sacred to him or named after him ." G. T. Bettany in the Encyclopedia of World Religions (1890).

      "The gods of the English still in place-names retain a firm hold on the countryside." Says Brian Branston in The Lost Gods of England. Such names as Wansdyke (Wodnes dic), an ancient earthen wall runs for several mil es from Hampshire to Somerset. Nearby are sites once known as Wodnes beor h, 'Woden's barrow', now Adam's Grave; Wodnes denu, 'Woden's valley'. Many earthworks in England are called 'Grimsdyke', since "Grim" was one of t he "hidden" names for Woden after Christianity was forced upon the comm on folk. Grim is also incorporated in many other place names as well. Thro ughout England, old sites held the names of this god of wisdom: Woodnesbor ough; Wornshill, Wednesfield ('Woden's field'), Wednesbury , ('Woden's fortress');

      It appears that far more place names exist in England today that were on ce holy to the Old Religion than has ever been acknowledged by most Briti sh scholars--simply because as Christians, they do not wish to acknowled ge their "heathen" heritage. And it also appears that far more common fo lk took their names from sites once holy to the Old Religion than is commo nly recognized.

      More coming...be patient as we work on the new site.

      "The English surname Oldham is of local origin, being one of those surnam es derived from the pace where a man once lived or where he once held land. In this instance, Oldham can be traced to a place so called which is l ocated in Lancashire. This is derived from the Middle English "ald", mean ing "old", and "holm", meaning "island, dry land in a fen, promontory". T hus, this surname may also signify "one who lived by or near the old, long, cultivated river flat". The earliest written reference to this surname and its variant of Oldam dates back to the thirteenth century. Achard de Aldeham is registered in the Feet of Fines of Kent in 1218 and Richard de Oldham appears in the Inquisitiones post mortem of Lancashire in 1348. Robert Oldum is recorded in the Close Rolls of London in 1470. Ralph Oldham is listed in the Coroners' Rolls of Nottinghamshire in 1508, while one John Owldam is recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Derbyshire in 159 9. John Oldham, from Nottinghamshire, was registered as a student at Oxford University in 1610. There is also a record of the marriage of Charl es Oldham to Margaret Cohn which took place in St. George's Chapel, Mayfai r, in 1746. Notable bearers of the surname include John Oldham (1600-1636 ), who was an early colonist of New England, John Oldham (1653-1683), a sa tiric poet who published "Satires upon the Jesuits" in 1679, and Hugh Oldh am, who died in 1519. He was the founder of the grammar school in Oldha m, Lancashire, and a benefactor of Corpus College, Oxford."
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      Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Oldham
      Written by Tim Oldham Saturday, 19 November 2005 The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname ***** OLDHAM ***** The distinguished surname of Oldham is one of the most notable Anglo - Saxon surnames, and its historical trail has emergeeists of time to become an influential surname of the Middle Ages and of the present day. In an in-depth research of such ancient manuscripts as the Doomsday Book compiled in 1086 A.D., by Duke William of Normandy, the Ragman Rolls (1291-1296) collected by King Edward 1st of England, the Curia Regis Rolls, the Pipe Rolls, the Hearth Rolls, Parish Registers, baptismal, tax records and other ancient documents, researchers found the first record of the name Oldham in Lancashire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. Confusing to most, we found many different spellings in the archives researched. Although the name, Oldham occurred in many manuscripts, from time to time the surname was also spelt Oldum, Oldan, Oldhams,and these changes in spelling frequently occurred, even between father and son. There is one record of a father and eight sons. In the graveyard where they are buried, all nine have different spellings of their surnames. Many reasons were revealed for their spelling variations but many church officials and scribes spelt the name as it was told to them. The family name Oldham is one of the most notable of the ancient Anglo - Saxon race. This founding race of England, a fair skinned people led by General - Commanders Hengist and Horsa, settled in Kent from about the year 400 A.D. The Angles, on the other hand occupied the eastern coast. The Anglo - Saxon five century domination of English society was an uncertain time, and the nation divided into five separate kingdoms, a high king being selected as supreme ruler. By 1066, King Harold came to the throne of England which was enjoying reasonable peace and prosperity. However, the Norman invasion from France and their victory at the battle of Hastings, found many of the vanquished Saxon land owners to have forfeited their land to Duke William and his invading nobles. They became oppressed under Norman rule, and some moved northward to the Midlands, Lancashire and Yorkshire, even into Scotland. The family name Oldham emerged as a notable English family name in the county of Lancashire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated as Lords of manor of Oldham and estates in that shire. They branched to Manchester in the same shire and to Cainham Court in Shropshire where Joseph Oldham was High Sheriff of Shropshire. Hugh Oldham was Bishop of Exeter in 1505. The southern branch were seated at Hatherley in Devon. They flourished on their estates for several centuries, intermarrying with other distinguished families of the area. Notable amongst the family at this time was Oldham of Lancashire. For the next two or three centuries the surname Oldham flourished and played a significant role in the political development of England. During the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries England was ravaged by religious and political conflict. Puritanism, Catholicism, Royalist and Parliamentary forces shed much blood. Many families were freely 'encouraged' to migrate to Ireland, or to the 'colonies'. Some were rewarded with grants of land, others were banished. In Ireland, settlers became known as the adventurers for land in Ireland'. Called 'Undertakers' they undertook to maintain the Protestant faith. There is no evidence that the family name migrated to Ireland, but this does not preclude the possibility of their scattered migration to that country. Meanwhile the New Worlds beckoned and migration continued, some voluntarily from Ireland, but mostly directly from England or Scotland, their home territories. Some clans and families even moved to the European continent. Kinsmen of the family name Oldham were amongst the many who sailed aboard the armada of small sailing ships known as the 'White Sails' which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships were pestilence ridden, sometimes 30% to 40% of the passenger list never reaching their destination, there numbers reduced by sickness or the elements. Principal amongst the settlers which could be considered a kinsman of the surname Oldham, or a variable spelling of that family name was John Oldham settled in Maine in 1626; John Oldham settled in Plymouth in 1621; Thomas Oldham settled in New England in 1635; Charles, George, Hugh, James, John, Robert, William Oldham all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Percy Oldum settled in Virginia in 1643 with his wife Elizabeth and son James. The trek from the port of entry was also arduous and many joined the wagon trains to the prairies or to the west coast. During the American War of Independence, many Loyalists made their way north to Canada about 1790, and became known as the United Empire Loyalists. 20th century notables of this surname, Oldham, include many distinguished persons, James Oldham. consulting Surgeon; Arthur Oldham, Medical Officer; Rev. Canon Arthur Oldham. During the course of the research it was also determined the many Coat of Arms matriculated by the family name. The most ancient grant of a Coat of Arms found was : Black with a chevron between three silver owls on a gold stripe at the top three red roses. The crest is an owl on a tree on a small mound.

      Shirley Langdon Wilcox - e-mail of 29 Oct 1997 -

      "Perhaps I am interpreting things incorrectly, but I thought the Richard Oldham born c1703 was a brother to Winefred's father John Oldham. I have them as sons of Richard Oldham b. 27 May 1671, St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia. As to hard evidence, the names of Richard's sons are in a 11 Sep 1758 Northumberland deed (4:299-301) of Rawleigh Oldham to John McGoon?. The tricky part, is making sure the right people have been identified since many of the first names were repeated in all the branches. The deed proves that Richard Oldham of St. Stephens Parish had died by that date, leaving five sons Peter, James, John George & Moses, and that James had already died leaving no issue. I have not studied the records enough to say positively that this our John, but it looks like it. As to Richard's parents, John & Abigail Oldham, I am reluctant to assign dates to him. I have not seen anything yet that leads me to believe that this John of Northumberland County, Virginia was the man born 9 Feb 1621/22 at All Saints Parish, Derby, England. I think this is a hypotheses only, with nothing to give it credibility as yet."

      Subject: family search
      Date: 19 Feb 2000 23:33:23 -0800
      From: Michael Oldham
      To: joldham@indy.net

      Hello. I am my name is Michael Oldham, and I am searching for any and all information I can find about my family's history. Any help you may be able to provide will be truly appreciated.

      Letter from Samuel Oldham of Zanesville, Ohio to Wm. Miller of Madison County, Kentucky, 1 Aug 1908 "also a postal card from Hon. F. F. Oldham whose father was Wiley Oldham, a distinguished lawyer of Moundsville, West Virginia, and who died at Marietta Ohio Jun 1874. He was the son of Uncle Samuel Oldham, Ohio County, West Virginia, who was born March 5, 1792, died Nov 10, 1876. If you have the Oldham family tree by A. V. Oldham, esq of Louisville, Ky you will note that William Oldham's children were Judge John Pope Oldham, Major Richard Oldham, Abigail Oldham and William Oldham, the last named died when some four or five years of age. Judge John Pope Oldham married Miss Malinda Talbott, of "Huntsville, Alabama, daughter of Dr. Talbott of that place. They had four children, viz: William Oldham, Talbott Oldham, Sophia Oldham and Susan Oldham. Sophia married Hon. Judge Bullock of Louisville and had one child, John Oldham Bulllock, who married Miss Lorraine Turner of Wheeling, now WEst Virginia, they had four children: Horace, died in childhood, Edward died without issue, he was a law partner of ex-governor Boreman of Parkersburg, his step father, Talbott Bulock was City Attorney parkersburg, West Virginia, John Oldham married and was assistant Post Master of Parkersburg, where his mother lived 1898.

      At the time cousin Wiley lived at Moundsville, Uncle Samuel was still living - his death did not take place until 1876. Wiley's information undoubtedly came from his father, Samuel, whose home was only twelve miles from Wheeling, West V ee, Abigail Oldham, daughter of Colonel Wiliam Oldham you will find that Emily Ann Churchill, the tenth (10) child of Abigail Oldham, married in 1842, Mr. Hampden Zane, of Wheeling, West Virginia, had two children: Abigail Churchill Zane, and Mary Eliza Zane, the former was born in 1843, date of death not given, the latter born Jun 17, 1844, she married George R. R. Cockburn, of Toronto, Canada, he was for some years president of the Upper College of Canada and a member of the Canadian Parliament.

      I have a copy - second edition of the "Memoirs of the War in the Southern Department of the United States, by Henry Lee, Lieutenant Colonel, Commander of the Partisan Legion, during the American war," printed at Washington D.C. in 1822e atf Gates, General Green succeded Gates in command of the Department, which consisted of Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia. After Green's appointment, Maryland and Delaware were added. Washington detached Lieutenant-Colonel Lee and his Legion to the Southern Department under General Green, and served with that officer until the end of the war. The Legion was composed of Maryland and Virginia Troops. The 4th & 5th Maryland were Maryland's quota. John Oldham was Captain in the 4th, Lee says of Captain John Oldham 'that he was in every battle in which the Legion was engaged.' He was with Lee in the investment and capture of Augusta. His conduct on that occasion says Lee, or perhaps the editor, "To the name of Captain John Oldham too much praise can not be given - he was uniformly distinguished for gallantry and good conduct - with the exception of Kirkwood of Delaware & Randolph of Virginia, he was probably entitled to greater credit than any officer of his rank in Green's army. Captain John Oldham was at Eutaw Springs, but escaped injury. Captain Conway Oldham was present at that battle and was killed. Lieutenant Edward Oldham of the 2nd Maryland Flying Camp was 1st Lieutenant, June to December 4th Maryland and Captain 20th of May 1777, transferred then to the 5th Maryland. Conway Oldham was of the 12th Virginia. Edward and John were of the 4th Maryland, were they Kindred? If so, how close? Edward married Mary Ensor of Cecil County, Maryland, after the war and acquired a fortune by his wife. Johnson's History of Cecil county, Maryland, notes his marriage and then litigation that ensued in relation to the ownership of Bohemia Manor. The New Garden Monthly Meeting House of the Friends was located eight miles from Augusta. The Dunerry's Creek Meeting House was about six miles from Bedford, Pennsylvania. Fairfax Monthly Meeting was in Virginia, not far from Alexandria. Lieutenant-Colonel Lee was in command of the left wing of the fo ce sent out by Washington to suppress the Whiskey Insurrection in Western Pennsylvania.

      I have not thus far been able to conclude my quest for Isaac Oldham, his parentage and his first wife. I had supposed that the John Oldham who died in Philadelphia in 1698, would have solved the enigma, but it seems that Jonathan Oldham,de settlement and distribution of the estate, unless he did so in some other province of Pennsylvania than that in which Philadelphia is situated. Hence, am at sea in the matter as usual. I trust that you have been more successful in the matter under investigation.

      The 12th of July, I completed my 75th year, withal health has been fairly good. Will you kindly return me the Newspaper clipping and cousin Frank's postal in relation to Mrs. Boreman? In sending them to you I thought that they might b.remerly Miss Oldham and I trust her health is good and that your own is equal to the business requirements made upon you. I need not tell you how slow business revives, while politics have not reached the .............

      "The First Purchasers of Pennsylvania", Hanna Benner Roach, A group who purchased land from William Penn - (John Oldham purchased 250 acres on list XLVI) They sailed from Bristol in October on the Bristol Factor and reached New Castle on the Delaware River December 15, 1681. John Oldham arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 (Source: pg 641, Hazard: Annals of Pennsylvania) This appears to have been a different John Oldham from John "Mad Jack" Oldham, or he could have reutrned to England for another of his visits.

      I also have a note of a John who died in Cheshire, Pennsylvania abt 1698. There was a bond for administration for Jonathan Oldham 1698, Pennsylvania

      Oldham Trail #1 Return to Forest Menu Oldham Trail begins in Buffalo Park, Flagstaff's urban forest park, and climbs gradually up the south slope of Mt. Elden, an extinct volcano. The trail gets its name from Oldham Park, an open area near Elden's summit. From that high perspective you'll get a bird's eye view of Flagstaff and the surrounding area including mountains, deserts, and canyons as much as a hundred miles away. Some prominent features that are easily visible are Oak Creek Canyon, Sunset Crater, and the Painted Desert.

      Along the lower reaches of the trail, you'll encounter boulder fields and cliffs where there are hidden crevices to explore and rocky nooks that make great places to picnic. As you climb higher, the trail takes you from a ponderosa pine forest into groves of aspen and mixed conifer stands of spruce, fir and pine.

      In Oldham Park you'll see evidence of a catastrophic burn that occurred in 1977. Although the area affected by this huge wildfire still looks barren from Flagstaff, up close you can see how nature is healing from this man-made disaster. Near Elden Summit, Oldham Trail joins the Sunset Trail which leads north a cross the top of Elden to Schultz Pass and south to the Elden Lookout Trail and east Flagstaff.

      Length: 5.5 miles Rating: Moderate Use: Moderate Season: Late April to November Elevation: 7,000' to 9,000' Hiking time: 3.5 hours Location: At the rear of Buffalo Park in Flagstaff Access: The Buffalo Park parking lot is located on Cedar Street in north central Flagstaff. Another access point ison FR 557, the Mt. Elden Road, o ff US 180 north. USGS Map(s): Flagstaff West, Sunset West Notes: No motorized vehicles For more information contact: Peaks Ranger Station, 5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004, (60 2) 527-3630

      Ship Arrivals - Passenger Lists The Morning Star

      November 1683, from Liverpool, Thomas Hayes, master, from Liverpool

      Henry Atherly David Davies Robert Davies and wife and children George Edge and wife, Joan "of Barrow" Humphrey Edwards, servant to John ap Edwards John ap Edwards and minor children Elizabeth, Sarah, Edward and Evan Mary Hughes, servant to John ap Edwards William ap John (Jones), wife Ann Reynold and children John. Alice, Katherine and Gwen Gabriel Jones, servant to John ap Edwards John Loftus William and Elizabeth Morgan Thomas Oldham Thomas Pritchard Gainor Roberts, sister of Hugh Roberts, married fellow passenger John Roberts Hugh Roberts, wife Jane and children Robert, Ellin, Owen, Edward and William John Roberts Richard ap Thomas and son Richard, Jr.

      Subject: Re: Oldham info update
      Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2000 10:16:46 CST
      From: "Howard Oldham"
      To: joldham@indy.net


      Thank you for the great e-mail! It is obvious that you know quite a lot about our families, and I would love to hear more. Do you have any narratives I could obtain, or buy?

      Will the Oldham data base be updated with the information I gave you in my first e-mail? I note that the site seems to indicate it hasn't been updated sine 1998. Did I mis-read that? Please let me know about this issue, as I would like to see the data base updated.

      I'm really interested in hearing more!!!!!!!!!!


      Subject: OLDHAM, JOHN
      Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2000 23:08:31 -0800
      From: "Roaming Ranger"



      I am looking for John Oldham who came to America in 1622 aboard the Elizabeth and Anne landing at Plymouth, Mass

      He was Killed by the Indians on his trading vessel "Shallup". His two sons Thomas and John were held for a time. Thomas Oldham is my descendent who married Mary Wetherel in 1656.

      Any help would be appreciate.

      Thank you, Very Much Indeed,

      Dr. James Scott McOwen

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      1/19/08, Hdanw@aol.com wrote:

      Here are some notes I have gathered over the years from various sources. Most of the emphasis in the research has been on men named George Oldham who may have been active as adults about the time of the American Revolution [April 1775-Nov 1873]. There were other George Oldhams probably of Northern Neck Virginia in earlier times, but these notes do not pertain to those of that era.

      Note: I think I will have to divide this into several e-mails, as rootsweb does not permit longish e-mails.
      I invite corrections and additions concerning these particular George Oldhams, especially the one in colonial and Revolutionary North Carolina and perhaps later in Kentucky, where many Oldhams of Caswell Co. migrated to Madison Co., KY and perhaps to Clark Co., KY.
      These are not in chronological order.

      Submitted by E.W.Wallace
      Preparer: E. W. Wallace
      Rev Jan 1998
      Rev Aug 2002
      Added to Dec 2005

      GEORGE OLDHAM. WIR00807. George Oldham, the probable namesake of an earlier George Oldham of Northumberland Co., VA, is said to be a son of Richard Oldham, Sr. of Caswell Co., NC and thus a brother of Jesse Oldham [Sr.], later of Madison Co., KY. This is according to a correspondent. John Oldham of Caswell Co. NC was another brother
      From a compilation of Revolutionary Accounts of North Carolina:
      "The United States of America to the State of North Carolina Dr: For Sundries furnished and Cash paid the Militia of North Carolina Virginia and South Carolina as allowed by the Auditors of Hillsborough District in June 1782 as p:Report No. 82"
      2022x To Capt: George Oldham for Militia Services of himself and Compy. as :Pay Roll No. 322 @ +400 - Specie 795.16 [pds]
      (Weynette Parks Haun., North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Accounts of the United States with North Carolina [Treasurer, State], Book C [Part XIV], p. 1905)

      George may be the same person who resided in Caswell Co. for many years. As late as 29 Jan 1816, he was a purchaser at the estate sale of Elizabeth Williams, deceased. (WB G-180). Elizabeth (--) Williams
      was the widow of Henry Williams, long a resident of Caswell Co., NC, formed 1777.. One of their several daughters Ursley Duke Williams (widow of Reuben Peoples) married George's nephew Richard "Ready Money" Oldham of Caswell Co., later of Madison Co., KY.
      George Oldham of NC line received a pension No. S21906. According to abstract, he enlisted in Caswell Co., NC. He applied 4 Mar 1833, Anderson District SC. He was aged about 83 and soldier died there (date not given). In 1852 surviving children were Thomas & William Oldham and Mary wife of Nelson Guttry, all of Anderson Dist SC. The son Thos. Oldham made affidavit in Feb 1857.
      (Adapted from Virgil S. White, GENEALOGICAL ABSTRACTS OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION FILES, VOL. III: N-Z [Waynesboro, TN: The National Historical Publishing Co., 1992], p. 2534)
      He, George Oldham "(Major)" appears on the 1784 tax list of Caswell Co. as owning land on Stoney Creek where several other Oldhams also owned land. This would tend to confirm a strong relationship to the other Oldhams on Stoney Creek.
      Because he was on the 1777 tax list of Caswell Co., with no land declared, it is inferred he was at least 16 years of age--i.e., militia age. However, another record shows that in 1777 he was appointed lieutenant, At the Caswell Co. court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, June 1777, George Oldham was appointed lieutenant. This event signifies he was a man of some maturity, enough to lead men in military pursuits. Perhaps he was exempt from paying taxes because of this leadership role.
      In 1779 he received a land grant from the State of North Carolina.
      Caswell DB A-247 - State of North Carolina - No. 73 - to George Oldham 639 A on Stoney Cr and Turkey Pen Br of Country Line Cr adj Roger Atkinson's old line, claims of George Sims & David Hart. 3 Mar 1779. [Chain Carriers] George Sims, Richd Oldham.
      (Katherine Kerr Kendall, CASWELL COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA DEED BOOKS 1777-1817 [Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1989], p. 15)
      Several Oldham males who migrated to the vicinity of Caswell Co., formed 1777 from Orange Co. NC, made land entries on or after 25 May 1778, after the colonies had declared their independence.
      A grant of State of NC - No. 73 was to George Oldham for 639 A on Stoney Cr. Richard Oldham was a chain carrier. A deed No. 81 (grant by State of NC) to Maxfield Hensley acreage on Stoney Creek adj Henry Williams, Thomas Hart's old line, an agreement line between Hensley & Moses Oldham. It is dated March 1779.
      (Margaret M. Hofmann, ....)
      In order to be granted land by the State of North Carolina, the claimants had to take an oath of allegiance to the newly formed nation or State. These Oldhams and their grant numbers were: George (No. 201); Richard, Jr. (No. 217); Jesse Oldham (No. 228 and No. 229); Moses Oldham (No. 231).
      Allied families who recorded land grants on the same date were Henry Williams (No. 39, No. 317); Nathan Williamson (No 100); Tyree Harris (No. 108); Matthew Jouett (No. 208); several Rice families; Charles and Robert Burton; John Williams.
      (Note: 12/96 The identity of John Williams is confusing. Other students of Caswell Co. state that this John Williams is "Col." John Williams, son of Nathaniel Williams I, formerly of Hanover Co. The brother of Henry Williams, who called himself John S.D. [son of Daniel] seemed to have remained some time in Granville Co., NC from which he later migrated to District 96, SC.)

      (Comments: These two events, George's being appointed lieutenant and receiving a land grant during the Revolution, qualifies his direct descendants for Revolutionary War lineage societies. He took an oath of allegiance in order to be granted land.)

      The name of George Oldham appears in Caswell Co. in a list of buyers at an estate sale of Lewis Foster decd taken 8 Feb 1816. (Will Bk G-240). However, whether George Oldham (Major) remained in Caswell Co. is unknown. There are no direct land conveyances to or from George Oldham after this abstracted deed entry:
      Caswell Co. DB F-23-4 George Oldham of Caswell Co. to William Brintle of Warren Co., NC for 100 pds., 638 A on Stoney Cr and Turkey Pen Br, a water of Country Line Cr adj Roger Atkinson, George Sims, David Hart, said land Oldham obtained 3 Mar 1779 by grant. 21 Oct 1788. Wit: Geo Sims, Abner Powell, Cudboth King, Dudley Ballard. (Kendall, p. 105)
      Question: Did George Oldham remain in Caswell Co.? An e-mail correspondent in Nov 2007 cities a document indicating his presence in Montgomery Co., TN.
      He wrote:
      Peter O'Neal referenced in the deed that George Oldham witnessed in 1799 in Montgomery Co, TN was a Peter C O'Neal from Orange Co, NC.
      A sutdent of the Oldham family of Caswell Co., NC reports that his wife is Susannah Hensley, daughter of Maxfield Hensley of Caswell Co., NC. Note that Hensley is a neighbor in one of the deeds. (Refer to the 1759 will of Daniel Williams of Granville Co. in which he mentions land which he bought from Henslee. Is there any linkage?)
      [To be continued]
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