Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, Samuel L.

Male 1823 - 1907  (83 years)


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  • Name OLDHAM, Samuel L. 
    Born 15 Mar 1823  Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1870  Marshall, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  Marshall, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1900  [3
    Died 5 Feb 1907  Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Arrow Rock Cemetery, Arrow Rock, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Carrie Call notes: I knew little of Samuel. They lived in Eureka Spring s, Missouri. There were three children,

      Helen Quinn notes from meeting with Georgia Oldham: married Sally Tool e, descendant of Gentry from Madison County, Kentucky. Went to Arrow Roc k, Missouri. Smauel Jr born near Sweet Springs, father had farm near Mars hall Mo and flour mill at Marshall, Mo. Later life went to Eureka Sprin gs Arkansas and bought hotel. Buried at Arrow Rock, Missouri

      Georgia Oldham notes: When first married lived in Arrow Rock, Missou ri at the Old Tavern, now restored by the DAR. Later lived in Marshall, Mi ssouri where he had a flour mill. Moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, whe re family had a hotel. Hotel burned in 1888 and family moved to Rich Hil l, Missouri. In 1902 went to Elgin Illinois to live with daughter Mrs. Ru th Dobbins. Samuel and Sally buried in Arrow Rock, Missouri

      Helen Quinn notes: Samuel L. Oldham was born in Connersville, Indiana, t he son of John and Nancy Keeney Oldham. When gold was discovered in Calif ornia in 1849, Samuel was a bachelor of 26. He and his older brother Will iam decided to join the prospectors rushing west. They built the cover ed wagon in which they made the journey to California with the Oldham Wag on Train from Missouri. On their arrival in the West they were able to st ake rich claims, however, William became ill and Samuel had to bring him h ome. They went back east by way of boat to Panama, then over land to Atla nta, by boat to New York and from there over land to Indiana. When Samu el returned to California he found claim jumpers had taken their fine clai ms.
      Samuel's grandson George Dobbins loved to listen to his grandfather 's stories of the Old West and life on the Missouri River. Samuel told h im about the large herds of buffalo they saw on their journey to Californi a. One time it tookrd te they s aw buffalos stampede and jump over a high cliff killing hundreds of animal s.
      Samuel married Sallie Toole of Cooper County, Missouri in 1851. Th ey went to Arrow Rock, Saline County, Missouri to live. Their honeymo on was spent at the Arrow Rock Tavern. This tavern has been restored by t he DAR and is now a m.pi ll on Davis Creek in nearby Salt Pond Township. This township contained t he famous Sweet Springs and also the Salt Springs so valuable to the ear ly settlers. The Oldhams lived in the town of Sweet Springs. Later th ey lived in Marshall, Missouri where Samuel had a flour mill.
      George recalls an incident that his grandfather told happened while l iving in Missouri. The notorious Jesse James and his gang came to their h ome and demanded to be fed. Grandmother Oldham cooked a dinner for the m. While waiting forrkorge's mo ther Ruth) on his knee and put a gold locket and chain around her neck. W hen the James gang paid one of their unwelcome visits to a Missouri neighb orhood, the neighbors always came after the gang had left to hear about t he visit. The little necklace was passed around and during the talking a nd excitement it disappeared.
      During the Civil War the Oldhams lived in Marshall, Missouri. The ar my wanted to conscript Samuel. George Dobbins does not know whether it w as the Union or the Confederate Army. The people of Marshall demanded Sam uel be allowed to reme only flour mill er in that part of the country. This demand was granted.
      Like his father, John, Samuel was a very religious man. He was o ne of the founders of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church built in Arrow Ro ck in 1857. When the Cumberland Presbyterian Church was established in Ma rshall in 1871 Samuelde truste es.
      A number of years later, the mill was sold and the family moved to Eu reka Springs, Arkansas, a flourishing resort town. The Oldhams had a hot el on the site of the present Basin Hotel. The hotel was unique in th at it was built on thenyr was a g round floor. In 1888 Eureka Springs had a big fire and 60 homes and busin esses were destroyed. After loosing their home and hotel, the Oldhams mov ed to Rich Hill, Missouri, where they lived until going to Elgin, Illino is to live with their daughter Ruth Dobbins and family. Samuel L. Oldham d ied at the home of his daugher Ruth Oldham Dobbins. Sallie Oldham di ed 23 May 1906 and Samuel died 5 Feb 1907. They are buried in the cemete ry at Arrow Rock, Missouri.

      A quotation from the obituary of Samuel L. Oldham published in a Sali ne County news paper:
      "A Saline County pioneer well known to all the older people of this p art of Missouri and much esteemed as a friend and admired as a man for h is rugged honesty and nobility of nature died in Elgin, Illinois last Wedn esday week ago at th
      . Dobbins. We don't th ink we ever knew a better man than Sam Oldham - one who was a better typic al representative of the pioneer generation who now nearly all passed awa y. He was one of the most courageous men we have ever known and at the sa me time most magnanimous when an emergency brought out his individuality a nd self reliance."

      John P. Strother and wife to Samuel Oldham E2 N. E. Sec. 21 - Twp. 50 - Ra nge 21 except 20 acres off N end sold for cemetery
      purposes
      Cemetery: Old Marshall Description: The first cemetery of Marshall Mo., was located west of Mars hall on what was known as the Old Blue Book Highway,
      now Highway 20. Highway 65 was cut through this cemetery and the ston es were piled in corners and most of them have since
      disappeared and what was the old Marshall Cemetery is now being farme d. Virginia Montague Ruff copied the following records
      from the courthouse of people who were living in this area and m ay possibly have been buried in this cemetery.

      Cemetery Records of Saline County, Missouri Arrow Ro ck - Nelson Volume IV
      Arrow Rock Cemetery

      Oldham: Samuel L., 1823-1907 Sallie A., 1829-1906, wife of Samuel L. Will iam Bell, son of S. L. and S. A., d. July 15, 1865, aged 13 yr., 2 mo., 10 da. Mary, daughter of S. L. and S. A., d. July 15, 18 65 Sadie, daughter of S. L. and S. A.,, 1862, aged
      1 yr., 1 mo., 15 da.
      Cemetery: St. Mary's Description: The first cemetery of Marshall Mo., was located west of Mars hall on what was known as the Old Blue Book Highway,
      now Highway 20. Highway 65 was cut through this cemetery and the ston es were piled in corners and most of them have since
      disappeared and what was the old Marshall Cemetery is now being farme d. Virginia Montague Ruff copied the following records
      from the courthouse of people who were living in this area and m ay possibly have been buried in this cemetery.
    Person ID I2343  oldham
    Last Modified 16 Dec 2011 

    Father OLDHAM, John,   b. Abt 1785, Henry County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1877, Howard County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92 years) 
    Mother KEENEY, Nancy,   b. Between 1770 and 1796, Cocke County Or Servier County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850, Henry County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Family ID F602  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family TOOLE, Sally A.,   b. 25 Jan 1829, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1906, Arrow Rock, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 6 May 1851  Cooper County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, William Bell,   b. 25 Jan 1852, Arrow Rock, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1865, Arrow Rock, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
     2. OLDHAM, Mary,   b. 19 Apr 1857, Arrow Rock, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1865, Arrow Rock, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     3. OLDHAM, Ruth D.,   b. 5 Nov 1861, Sweet Springs, Saline County, Missouri. USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1946, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     4. OLDHAM, Samuel Keeney,   b. 25 Sep 1864, Sweet Springs, Saline County, Missouri. USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1938, Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     5. OLDHAM, John C.,   b. 15 Dec 1867, Marshall, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. OLDHAM, Claude C,   b. Dec 1869, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. OLDHAM, Sadie,   b. 5 Apr 1872, Marshall, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1873, Arrow Rock, Saline County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F973  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Mar 1823 - Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 May 1851 - Cooper County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1870 - Marshall, Saline County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1880 - Marshall, Saline County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Feb 1907 - Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Arrow Rock Cemetery, Arrow Rock, Saline County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3077] Todd G. Oldham.

    2. [S177] 1880 Federal Census, Marshall, Saline County, Missouri, Page 521B (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S2399] 1900 Federal Census, Osage Twp., Rich City Ward 1, Bates County, Missouri.

    4. [S1680] Cemetery Records.

    5. [S811] Marriage Records, Cooper County, Missouri.