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OLDHAM, Captain John

Male 1757 - 1831  (74 years)


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  • Name OLDHAM, John 
    Prefix Captain 
    Born 10 Nov 1757  Prince William County, (Northumberland County), Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
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Capt. John and Annis Rice Oldham
    Oldham
    Capt. John and Annis Rice Oldham

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    Gender Male 
    Military 1776  [3
    Census 1810  Estill County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 17 Nov 1831  Drowning Creek, Estill County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Buried 19 Nov 1831  Oldham Cemetery, Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Oldham, Capt. John
    Oldham, Capt. John
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    • Captain John Oldham Chapter, NSDAR
      Grass Valley, California
      http://www.californiadar.org/chapters/captjohnoldham/

      Captain John Oldham Chapter was organized on December 2, 1957. The chapter was organized by Miss Retha Downey, and was named for the son of William and Basey Oldham, born in Prince William County, Virginia, on November 10, 1757.

      John Oldham fought for the cause of freedom from 1777 until 1781. He enlisted as a soldier in the Revolutionary War in Caswell County, North Carolina, and was soon promoted to the rank of Captain. He was serving as Captain of a company as early as 1777.

      Captain Oldham was in General Gates command when General Gates was defeated at Camden, South Carolina, August 16, 1780, by the British under Cornwallis. In this battle the colonial standard bearer was shot down and Captain John Oldham seized the standard and bore it until the final defeat by Cornwallis.

      After this battle, he was in command of General Nathaniel Green, until the close of the war. He was in the battle of Cowpens, January 17th, 1781, and witnessed the defeat of Lord Cornwallis. He served in every battle commanded by General Green for a period of four years.

      While he lived, Captain Oldham made no application for a pension for his service in the American Revolution saying, "he was opposed to the pension law and would not accept its benefits - that it was the rightful duty of every patriotic citizen to defend the liberties of this country - that the soldiers, in time, received their regular pay for service," and he held that this sacred duty was degraded by the pension law.

      Caswell County, North Carolina, will books 1777-1814; by Katharine Kerr Kendall, Mary Frances Kerr Donaldson

      December Court, 1778. Buyers: George Mabery, Nathaniel Williams, William Bethel, Samuel Watt, Daniel Atkins, Joshua Brown, Mary Mabery, Hezekiah Rice, Thomas Sparks, William Leigh, John Cook, Isaac Dorris, John Oldham, William Hubbard, John Allen, Col. Joseph Williams, Charles Jenkins, Jacob Williams. By Abner Tatom, D.S.

      61 Sale of estate of Joseph Mabery on 4 Dec. 1778

      Estill County Court House
      Will Book B
      The last Will and Testament of John Oldham
      2nd. Day of Aug. 1831

      The last Will and Testament of John Oldham. Who being of sound mind and disposing memory do make ordain and constitute this my last Will and Testament. It is my desire that my body be committed to the earth in decent Christian burial with a hope that my soul will enter that rest prepared for those that believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ at the resurrection of the dead.

      Item first, I will and desire that my beloved wife Amy have the house and farm attached to it, of four hundred acres, also all the household and kitchen furniture or as much as she thinks proper to keep, one new ox cart and four oxen and many of the farming utinsels as she think proper to keep, and as much stock of every kind as she may think it will be necessary for her to have to live on, such as horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, I also give to my wife the following negros to wit, Charles, Harry, Ciliva, George, Huston and Nance.

      Item second, I will and bequeath to my daughter Polly Grubbs, a negro girl named Aggy.

      Item third, I give to my daughter Betsy Fisher, a negro girl named Dafin.

      Item fourth, I give to daughter Sarah Moberly, a negro boy named Stephen.

      Item fifth, I give to my daughter Nancy Grubbs, a negro boy named Elyah.

      Item sixth, I give to my son Abner Oldham, a negro boy named Calib, worth $350.00

      Seventhly, It is my will and desire that the negro boy named Daniel that lived with my son Absolem be given to my grandson John Oldham, son of my son Absolem, when he arrives at the age of twenty one years and until my grandson arrives of age. It is my will and desire that said boy remain with my son Absolem family for the purpose of assisting in raising and taking care of the family.

      Eightly, I give to my son Hezehiah, a negro man named Sam worth $425.00

      Ninthly, I give to my son Calib Oldham, a note I hold on the Walkers for $425.00 if said note should not be collected and made use of in my life time, I give him a negro girl named Ruth worth $350.00

      Tenthly, I give unto my son John Oldham a tract of land of two hundred acres in Madison County known by the name of Kelly's place, also a black boy named Bob.

      It is also my will and desire that all my black people not disposed of in this my will, that my executors get disinterested men have them valued, and that my children then divide them at their valuation, also it is my wish that my executors sell two tracts of land I have of one hundred acres each known by the Still house Place and Stevson place on the river above Mays Alexander and that one hundred acres be added to each place of the land I purchased off Allen and sold with said tract.

      Also all the property left on the place after my wife has taken what she wants out of it. I wish sold for what it will bring and the money arising from said sales, I wish equally divided between my children and the parts that will be going to my son Absolem and Polly Grubbs, I wish the money to be left in the hands of my Executors for to be applied by them to the educating of their children and should there be more than sufficient for that purpose, I wish it divided among their children.

      It is also my will and desire that after my wife's death, the negroes herein left to be valued as named before and dividing among my children as the other negros named except it is my wish that Harry and his wife not be seperated but go together. It is further wish that at the death of my beloved wife that the place she lives on together with the stock and every kind and description be sold to the highest bidder and the proceeds there of be divided equally among the heirs as before named. It is my further wish upon the division aforesaid that my daughter Betsy Fisher be charged fifty dollars for the child the woman had when I gave her to them but not giving her the child. I wish her to keep the child and pay fifty dollars which I wish to be deducted out of the money that may be going to her.

      It is my further will and desire that should my son, Calib not receive the bond for the money but have to take the negro girl Ruth, that he receive seventy-five dollars in money also that my son Abner Oldham receive seventy-five dollars in money to make their negros of equal value, with Hezehiah and John R. Oldham paid $75.00 to each of them to be paid out of the proceeds of the sale property before any division made them the balance to be divided.

      It is my further will and desire that should I have any other property either real or personal not named in this will to be disposed of with the money equally divided as before mentioned between my heirs. It is further will and desire that my sons, Abner Oldham and John R. Oldham be my Executors to carry into effect this my last Will and Testament with powers as conferrwd on them by this Will, and I particularly desire them my said Executors to carry this into effect agreeably to my wishes named in this my said Will.

      Following is from the source:
      National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books, 152 vols. [database on-line] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1998-. Original data from: National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, - Vol. I-CLII (152). Note on Publishing: Since this database represents a compilation of 151 volumes, the years and locations of copyright information varies, according to each volume, i.e. Volume 8 was published in 1899 in Washington, D.C., volume 63 was published in 1923, also in Washington, D.C., and volume 152 was published in 1938, also in Washington, D.C.

      Mrs. Linell Chenault Rogers.DAR ID Number: 161436, Born in Louisville, Ky., Wife of Charlton B. Rogers., Descendant of Capt. John Oldham, as follows:
      1. Jason Walker Chenault (1841-96) m. 1865 Ellen Thompson (1843-1912).
      2. Josiah Phelps Chenault (1811-63) m. 1832 Narcissa Oldham (1814-73).
      3. Abner Oldham (1783-1852) m. 1809 Hannah White (1786-1859).
      4. John Oldham m. 1783 Annis Rice (1759-1840).
      John Oldham (1757-1831) commanded a company in the Caswell County, North Carolina militia, and was at the battle of Guilford Court House. He was born in Prince William County, Va.; died in Estill County, Ky. Also No. 132112.
      The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 43
      page 278

      Mrs. Isabella Chenault Argo.
      DAR ID Number: 42742
      Born in Lincoln county, Kentucky.
      Wife of William K. Argo.
      Descendant of William Chenault, Capt. John Paxton, Josiah Phelps, Capt. George Givens, Capt. John Oldham, Major Andrew Wallace, Capt. John McClure, Capt. Hezekiah Rice and Archibald Alexander.
      Daughter of William Chenault (1835-1901) and Anna Catherine Givens, (1837-74), his wife.
      Granddaughter of Joseph P. Chenault (1811-60) and Narcissa Oldham (1814-79), his wife, m. 1839; Richard Wallace Givens (1814-89) and Isabella Paxton (1819-84), his wife, m. 1836.
      G.-granddaughter of William Chenault, Jr. (b. 1773) and Susana Phelps, his wife; William Paxton (1776-1827) and Nancy Logan (d. 1842), his wife, m. 1808; John Givens and Catherine Wallace, his wife; Abner Oldham (1783-1852) and Hannah White, his wife; m. 1809.
      Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of William Chenault and Elizabeth Mullins, his wife; John Paxton and Phoebe Alexander (1749-1821), his wife, m. 1767; Josiah Phelps and Susannah Simmons, (1759-1821), his wife, m. 1785; George Givens and Rachel Black, his wife; John Oldham and Annis Rice (1759-1840), his wife, m. 1783; Andrew Wallace and Catherine Parks, his wife; John Logan and Ann McClure, his wife.
      Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John McClure and Mary Porter, his wife; Hezekiah Rice and Mary Bullock, his wife; Archibald Alexander and Margaret Parks, his first wife. [p.278] William Chenault, (1749-1813), served as a soldier and was a signer of the Albemarle Declaration of Independence. He was born in Albemarle Co., removed to Kentucky, and died in Madison Co. John Paxton, (1743-87), raised a company of militia in Rockbridge County, Va. He died from the effects of wounds received at Guilford Court House.
      Josiah Phelps, (1755-1833), was placed on the pension roll of Madison Co., Ky., 1832. He was one of the defenders of Boonsboro.
      George Givens, (1740-1825), was appointed captain of Botetourt Co., Va. militia 1776. He received land in Kentucky for his service.
      John Oldham, (1757-1831), served under Gen. Nathaniel Green in the battles of the south. He was born in Va.; died in Estell Co., Ky.
      Andrew Wallace, (1748-1829), served as major in the Virginia militia. Upon his tombstone is inscribed his title. He was born in Va.; died in Stanford, Lincoln Co., Ky.
      John McClure commanded South Carolina Rangers and was mortally wounded 1780 at Hanging Rock.
      Also Nos. 1762, 6662.
      Hezekiah Rice was born in Albemarle Co., Va., and 1776 was a member of the House of Delegates of North Carolina. In the census of 1790 he is found in Caswell Co., N. C. Archibald Alexander was appointed sheriff of Augusta Co., Va., 1778 by Gov. Patrick Henry. He was born in Ireland 1708.
      The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 96 page 157

      The following is from a submission to the OLDHAM RESEARCH REPOSITORY, that I received in an email dated Sunday, December 18, 2005:
      Dear subscribers,

      If any of you subscribe to a rootsweb list for Estill Co., KY, will you please forward this message to that list? Others may be interested. John Oldham is said to be one of the several sons of Jesse Oldham of early Caswell Co., NC (previously of northern Virginia) and later of Madison Co., KY. Here are some research notes I have made concerning John Oldham, a captain in the militia of North Carolina during the American Revolution.

      Submitted by E.W.Wallace

      Preparer: Evelyn W. Wallace
      Rev Jan 1998
      Added to Dec 2005

      - JOHN OLDHAM OF CASWELL CO. NC and later of Estill Co., KY. (ca 1744? VA. According to the pension application of Richard "Estill" Oldham (of Estill Co., KY), John Oldham was a Captain during the Revolution. According to a correspondent 1996, Capt. John Oldham was the youngest brother of Jesse Oldham. He lived either in Clark Co. or Estill Co., KY. He is listed in the older DAR Patriot Index with these dates: b. 11-10-1757; d. 11-17-1831; m. Annis Rice Capt NC Heirs.

      John appears on the 1777 tax list of Caswell Co., St. David's Dist., with no land. He appears on 1784 tax list of Caswell Co., St. David's Dist., l white poll, 1 black poll, 640 A on Stony Creek.

      John Oldham received compensation for his activities in the American Revolution. 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"

      "[No.] 1972 To John Oldham No. 257 - 318:10 - [pds - specie]

      (Weynette Parks Haun., North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Accounts of the United States with North Carolina [Treasurer, State], Book C [Part XIV] [Durham, NC: Published by author, n.d.] p. p. 1904)

      Additional payments are also listed by Haun:

      "2369x To Captain John Oldham for Militia Services of himself and Compy. as p:Pay Roll No. 1245 @ +1282 - 145:12 [pds] -"
      ...
      "2371x To Captain John Oldham for Militia Services of himself and Compy. as p:Pay Roll No. 1245 @ +1287 - 32: 3 [pds] -

      (Haun, p. 1912)

      According to Caswell Co. marriage records, John Oldham married Anne Rice 26 Feb 1783. Hezekiah Rice was bondsman. According to his birth date given in widow's pension, John was approximately age 26 when he married. More research needs to be conducted.

      The name John Oldham does not appear in the index of Kendall's DEEDS OF CASWELL COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1777-1817; however, since he was taxed on land, he may have acquired his land through a grant from the government, or he may have acquired from a family member and it was not recorded.

      Caswell Co. NC Will Books indicate that at Dec court 1778, John Oldham was one of the buyers at sale of estate of Joseph Mabery, 4 Dec 1778. Other buyers were Nathaniel Williams, Col. Joseph Williams, and Jacob Williams. Nathaniel Williams and Col. Joseph Williams may be the sons of the elder Nathaniel Williams, probably of colonial Hanover Co., reported son of John Williams (d. ca 1735) of Hanover Co., the probable immigrant ancestor. The identity of Jacob Williams is unknown.

      (Source: Katherine Kerr Kendall, CASWEL COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA WILL BOOKS, 1777-1814; 1784 Tax List; Guardians Accounts 1794-1819 [....], p. 3)

      The widow's Rev. War. pension application W8492, gives information about the family. Noted in old DAR Patriot Index, V. I:

      OLDHAM, John, b. 11-10-1757 d. 11-17-1831 m. Annis Rice Capt NC Heirs *(asterisk meaning widow received a pension)

      Rev War widow's pension abstract reads: Oldham, John (widow Annis) NC Line W8492, sol m. Annis Rice 24 Feb 1783 in Caswell Co. Nc. Soldier was born 10 Nov 1757 & he died 17 Nov 1831 in Estill Co., KY & his widow died there 4 or 14 Mar 1840 leaving children: John, Abner, Hezekiah & Caleb Oldham, Sarah who m. Thomas I. Moberly, Elizabeth who m. William Fisher, Nancy who m. Jesse Grubbs & John Rice Oldham, another dau Mary who m. James Grubbs & another son Absalom Oldham had both been dec'd for several yrs in 1852. Childrens births were: Abner b 2 Dec 1783 & d 15 Jun 1852 leaving a wife Hannah, Absalom b 28 May 1785, Hezekiah b 10 Apr 1787, Caleb b 1 Jun 1789, Mary b 22 May 1791, Sarah b 14 May 1793, Elizabeth b 15 Jun 1795, Nancy b 10 Dec 1797 & John Rice Oldham b 14 Jul 1801, children of sol's son Abner Oldham that were shown were David D. Oldham, Narcissus who m Josiah P. Chenault, Sophia who m Temple Bergin, Thomas B & Helen M. Oldham & Louisa who m Jonathan Estill, a grandson Othniel R. Oldham aged 35 in 1852 was the son of sol's son Hezekiah Oldham, a grandson John M. Oldham was b 16 Nov 1815 & was the son of sol's son Caleb Oldham.

      (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)

      (Ruth Herndon Shields, ABSTRACTS OF WILL RECORDS IN ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1800-1850)

      Caswell County, North Carolina Will Books, 1777 - 1814, 1784 Tax List, and Guardians' Accounts, 1794 - 1819

      1778-1779
      December Court 1778
      Book A, pg 61

      Sale of estate of Joseph Mabery on 4 Dec. 1778. Buyers:
      George Mabery
      Nathaniel Williams
      William Bethel
      Samuel Watt
      Daniel Atkins
      Joshua Brown
      Mary Mabery
      Hezekiah Rice
      Thomas Sparks
      William Leigh
      John Cook
      Isaac Dorris
      John Oldham
      William Hubbard
      John Allen
      Col. Joseph Williams
      Charles Jenkins
      Jacob Williams
      By Abner Tatom, D.S.


      1. Sacred to the memory of
      Capt John Oldham
      Patriot of the Revolutionary War
      Who was born Nov 10, 1757
      Died Nov 17, 1831
      (Brother to Richard Oldham, Sr. Uncle to Edith Oldham, wife of Jesse Cobb, Sr.)




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      From: William Park parkfamilyheritage@suddenlink.net
      Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2008 1:35 PM
      To EstesJoretta@yahoo.com
      Subject Oldham Cemetery Info & Pictures - Looking For RICHARD ESTILL OLDHAM (1745-1834)

      Gary & Joretta,

      Here is the info I promised you. I know this is where Richard Oldham, my 5th GGF is buried. His brother, John and Richard's children are buried here. Richard and wife, Anne Pepper are somewhere underneath the ivy! Richard was an older brother to John (rank of Private) who was a Captain during the American Revolutionary War! Richard's pension transcript is below. There are seven generations between me and 5th Great Grandfather Richard Oldham II (1745-1834).

      Gary, you will be the 1st person to see this stone for more than a century, I believe!

      If (when) you find Richard & Anne, I'm having a party!

      God Speed.

      Love,

      Doug

      OLDHAM FARM & CEMETERY (New Fox Rd.)
      Richard Oldham, Sr., Father to Edith Oldham (1773-1836) -
      My 4th Great Grandmother (Mother to Richard Cobb, Sr., 1818-1900)
      Day 4, Thursday, 29 June 2000

      At 6:53 P.M. we arrived at the Oldham Cemetery off of New Fox Rd. just minutes from where the Cobb Cemetery is located-the Cobb and Oldham Families were neighbors. This cemetery was located past 4065 New Fox Rd. in the countryside on the Oldham Farm (left side of the gravel road). A sign at the head of New Fox Rd. showed "4063. 4064, and 4065"-house numbers. The Oldham Farm was beautiful-very green and fertile. The cemetery was overgrown and some of the stones were impeded by fallen trees. I worried again about snakes being in the thick green, ground level vegetation-and as I entered, I moved my walking stick back and forth in front of me through the weeds. This land belonged to Edith Oldham's father, Richard Oldham, Sr. Edith is my 4th Great Grandmother (maternal) and wife of Jesse Cobb, Sr's-this would make Richard, a 5th Great Grandfather to me. Before I detail some of the transcriptions of this cemetery, I would like to bring your attention to the Oldham lineage for Richard Oldham, Sr. as well as his Revolutionary War Pension transcription. I now know that this cemetery is the Oldham Family that was closely aligned with my Cobb line. We departed the area at 7:28P.M. (35 minutes total).

      According research by my Cobb Cousin, Donald Lewis of Dallas, TX, Richard Oldham's roots are thought to originate from William Oldham (1), born 26 June 1568 in All Saint's Parish of Derby, Derbyshire, England. William was married to Phillipa Sowter on Nov 17, 1558 in All-Saints Church. The line continues through Thomas (2), born abt. 1590 in Derbyshire, England, married to Elizabeth Rhodes on 26 Jan 1614/15, also in All-Saints Church. Thomas and Elizabeth's son, John Oldham I (3) was born 9 Feb 1620/1in All-Saints Parish, died 23 Aug 1698 in Northumberland Co., VA, wife unk; and to John I's son, Richard Oldham I (4) born 27 May 1671 (3) in St. Stephens, Northumberland Co., VA; married to Mary MacDonald, died 20 Oct 1731 in same county. Richard I and Mary's son was Richard Oldham II (5), born 1706 in VA, died 1785 in Caswell County, NC married to Ellizabeth Bayse b. abt 1715 in VA/NC. Richard I and Mary's son was Richard Oldham III (6) born 1 Mar 1745 in Fauquier Co., VA (was Prince William Co.), married to Ann Pepper 1770 in Caswell County, NC; died 20 Apr 1834 in Estill Co., KY. This Richard is the father of Edith Oldham, wife of Jesse Cobb, Sr. (married 1793 in Yanceyville, NC). Also, I have evidence that Martha B. "Patsy" Oldham, 1st wife of Eb Park, Jr's son, Rev. John Mills Park (See Miller-Park Cemetery, pg. 48) may be a descendant of Richard Cobb, Sr. by way of William Oldham and wife, Martha Gilbert.

      RICHARD OLDHAM Revolutionary War Pension Transcript
      (Father to Edith Oldham, wife of Jesse Cobb, Sr.)

      The following is the Revolutionary War Pension (No. S. 14053) transcript of Richard Oldham as contained in a letter dated 11 Feb 1929 from the U.S. Pension Office to Ms. Bessie Bell of 212 W. 13th St. Pueblo, Co. (submitted by Evelyn W. Wallace of the Madison County Rootsweb Mail list)

      In part it reads:

      "... it appears that Richard Oldham was born March 1, 1745, in Fauquier County, Virginia.
      "While residing in Caswell County, North Carolina, he enlisted and served as a private with the North Carolina Troops as follows:
      "In 1777, three months in Captain John Oldham's (soldier's brother)
      Company, Colonel Moore's Regiment; shortly after, three months in Captain
      John Oldham's Company; in 1781, including the battle of Guilford. He was allowed pension on his application executed August 14, 1832, at which time he was living in Estill County, Kentucky, and was referred to as Richard Oldham, Senior.
      "In 1832, Richard Oldham, Junior and Hezekiah Oldham [his sons] testified in the case, they were at that time living in Madison County, Kentucky, relationship to soldier not shown."
      "Respectfully,
      "Winfield Scott Commissioner"

      OLDHAM CEMETERY (New Fox Rd.) Cont. - Transcriptions
      Day 4, Thursday, 29 June 2000

      1. Sacred to the memory of
      Capt John Oldham
      Patriot of the Revolutionary War
      Who was born Nov 10, 1757
      Died Nov 17, 1831
      (Brother to Richard Oldham, Sr. Uncle to Edith Oldham, wife of Jesse Cobb, Sr.)

      Sacred to the Memory of
      Anness Oldham
      Wife of Capt John Oldham
      Born March 4, 1757
      Died March 14, 1840

      2. Hezekiah Oldham
      Born May 10, 1787
      Died July 13, 1868
      (Son of Richard Oldham, Sr. and wife, Ann Pepper)

      3. In Memory of
      Absalom Oldham
      Who was born May 28, 1785
      And Died Feb 8, 1831
      (Son of Richard Oldham, Sr. and wife, Ann Pepper)

      4. In Memory of Mary Oldham
      Born Dec 15, 1793
      Died June 24, 1880
      (Daughter of Richard Oldham, Sr. and wife, Ann Pepper)

      5. In Memory of
      Walker Oldham
      Born Feb 4, 1832
      Died Sept 19, 1834

      6. Sgt Elliot Oldham (Stone is down)
      ----- Company B.
      8th Infantry

      7. Thomas H, Oldham Nancy E.
      Born Oct 25, 1823 Wife of T. Oldham
      Died May 3, 1877 Died June 9, 1869
      "Gone But Not Forgotten" Aged 40 years

      MY OLDHAM LINE:
      *RICHARD ESTILL OLDHAM II (1745-1834)

      Richard Oldham I (1706-1785) & Elizabeth Bayse (1715-1746) (6th Great Grandparents) - NC/KY
      *Richard Estill Oldham II (1745-1834) & Ann Pepper (1754-1849) (5th Great Grandparents) - NC/KY
      Edith Oldham (1773-1836) & Jesse Cobb (1769-1836) (4th Great Grandparents) - NC/KY
      Richard Oldham Cobb, Sr. (1818-1900) & Mary Minerva Park (1822-1909), (3rd Great Grandparents) - KY
      Richard Cobb, Jr. (1860-1931) & Tabitha Taylor Phelps (1862-1938) (2nd Great Grandparents) - KY
      Minerva "Mamee" Park Cobb (1886-1974) & Milton J. Durham (1883-1966) (Great Grandparents)- KY
      Elveree Collins Durham (Dolly) (1911-1989) & William Holton Park (1900-1980) (Grandparents) - KY
      William Henry Park II. (1930- ) & Frances Theresa Bell (1932- )(Father and Mother)- KY/MD
      *William Douglas Park (Myself) (1959- ) & Pamela Rae Long (1959- )(Myself and wife)- MD/WV/NC

      PICTURES:

      85. RICHARD OLDHAM CEMETERY



      64. GRAVE - RICHARD'S BRO. & WIFE, CPT JOHN OLDHAM (1757-1831) & ANNESS RICE (1757-1840) (MY 5TH GREAT UNCLE & AUNT)

      ADMINISTRATOR COMMENT - THESE ARE THE CHILDREN OF JOHN AND ANNIS, NOT RICHARD.

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      He was a Revolutionary soldier enlisted in Caswell County, North Carolina, was soon promoted to the rank of Captain and was Captain of a company in 1777. He was in General Gates' command, when said General was defeated at Camden, South Carolina, Aug. 16, 1780, by the British under Cornwallis. In this battle the Colonial Standard bearer, was shot down, and Captain John Oldham seized the standard, and bore it till the final defeat of his command.

      After this battle he was in the command of General Nathaniel Green, until the close of the war. He was in the battles of Cowpens Jan. 17, 1781, witnessed the defeat of Lord Cornwallis, and he was in all the battles participated in by General Green's command, after entering same, stretching over four years service.



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      Battle of Guilford Courthouse


      John Oldham was promoted to Captain in 1777 while in General Gates command when General Gates was defeated at Camden, South Carolina August 1780 by the British under Cornwallis. In this battle the Colonial Standard Bearer was Killed and Capt. Oldham seized the standard and bore it until the final defeat of Cornwallis. After this battle he was in the command of Gen. Nathaneal Green until the close of the war.

      Captain Oldham served under General Nathaneal Greene in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781, in what is now Greensboro, North Carolina. My husband is a direct descendant of Captain John Oldham on his maternal side.

      From their website (www.nps.gov.guco): "The Battle of Guilford Courthouse was the largest, most hotly contested battle of the Revolutionsary War's Southern Campaign and was fought at the small North Carolina backcountry hamlet of Guilford Courthouse.

      "Major General Nathanael Greene, defending the ground at Guilford Courthouse with an army of almost 4,500 American militia and Continentals, was tactically defeated by a smaller British army of about 1,900 veteran regulars and German allies commanded by Lord Charles Cornwallis. After 2-1/2 hours of intense and often brutal fighting, Cornwallis forced his opponent to withdraw from the field. Greene's retreat preserved the strength of his army, but Cornwallis's frail victory was won at the cost of over 25% of his army.

      "Guilford Courthouse provd to be the highwater mark of British military operations in the Revolutionary War. Weakened in his campaign against Greene, Cornawllis abandoned the Carolinas hoping for success in Virginia. At Yorktown, seven months after his victory at Guilford Courthouse, Lord Cornwallis would surrender to the combined American and French forces under General George Washington."

      Guilford Court House National Military Park is about 6 miles from the center of Greensboro, now a city of (in 2009) 257,997.

      My husband is a direct descendant of Captain John Oldham on his maternal side. We live in Greensboro and the National Military Park, Battle of Guilford Courthouse, is within walking distance of our house.

      Link to the Guilford Battleground National Military Park: www.nps.gov/guco

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      dateSun, Jul 18, 2010 at 9:19 PM
      subjectJohn Oldham
      Jan,

      I made it to the Oldham family cemetery in Estill County, KY last week while back home for my parents 60 year anniversary. I attached three pics of headstones. One is of Absalom, John's son who died the same year as John, the others are of Thomas Oldham and Nancy E, wife of Thomas - but not sure if it's the same Thomas. The site is quite hard to find and I needed the assistance of a Robby Estes (the son of the current farm owner - Billy Estes) to find it. They will be happy to show anyone the site and can be reached at (606) 723-3948. The site is next to a pond and a few hundred yards from the Kentucky River. The coordinates are Lat. 37.757658 and Lon. -84.081610. I found on an 1836 map of Madison County a ferry called Oldham's Ferry that is almost at the point of the river where the cemetery is located on the opposite side. On Google Earth, it looks as though there was a structure on either side of the river at some point in time.A Mary Oldham was living at the site in Madison County at the time of the map. The map shows all of the family home locations at that time in Madison County. I have a copy of the map at home but it is quite large. Both sites can be seen at: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=37.755448,-84.083304&spn=0.007991,0.01929&t=h&z=16 The pond is just to the right of center on top and the presumed ferry is to the left of center on the bottom. The cemetery is between the pond and the road. Calling the road a road is a stretch, it is at best just ruts and needs a truck with a high ground clearance to get there. Robby told me that he and his father tore down his grandmothers house when he was a kid and beneath it was an old foundation. The house sat across the pond from the cemetery about a hundred yards distance.

      I've tried uploading pics and docs to the website but I can't attach them to anyone. Not sure if I'm doing it correctly.

      I just about have the book Memoir of Mary K. Eagle copied and will try to upload it to the site when I'm done - but you may need to attach it to Mary K. Oldham's record.

      Cheers,
      Tom

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      Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements

      Pension Application of John Oldham: W8492

      Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris

      State of Kentucky County of Madison Sct.

      Hezekiah Oldham of the said County being duly sworn does on his oath make this following declaration. That he is one of the heirs of John Oldham and his wife Anniss Oldham
      both of whom are now dead Viz The said John died in Estill County Kentucky on the 17th day of November AD one thousand eight hundred and thirty one (1831). the said Anniss died in the same county on the 14th day of March AD One thousand eight hundred and forty (1840). the said John Oldham in his lifetime was a soldier of the War of the Revolution (Viz) At the battle near Camden or Gates defeat [Battle of Camden SC, 16 Aug 1780] he was an ensign in the North Carolina Line [sic: see note below]. For his success in carrying an express therefrom he was promoted to a Captaincy in the said North Carolina Line and in that capacity was in the command of a Company at the battle of Guilford Court House as I have always heard him say and I have always believed him. After the war he removed to South Carolina, and lived there til about the year AD One thousand seven hundred and ninety six when he removed to Kentucky near where he died and continued to reside in the vicinity until he died as above stated aged about Seventy four (74) years My Father and Mother were married on the 24th day of February AD One thousand seven hundred and Eighty three (1783) in Caswell County North Carolina but by whom I do not know My mothers maiden name was Anniss Rice See Family record [included in the file] My mother
      survived my father as above stated. She never married but remained his widow. When she died she left the following named surviving and only surviving children (Viz) Abner Oldham, born December 2nd AD one thousand seven hundred and Eighty three (1783) Hezekiah Oldham born April 10th One thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven (1787) Caleb Oldham born June 1st one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty nine (1789) Sarah intermarried with Thomas J Moberly,
      born May 14th Seventeen hundred and ninety three (1793) Elizabeth intermarried with William Fisher born June 15th Seventeen hundred and ninety five (1795) Nancy intermarried with Jesse Grubbs born December 19th Seventeen hundred and ninety seven (1797) John Rice Oldham
      born July 14th one thousand Eight hundred and one (1801) Absalom Oldham born May 28th Seventeen hundred and Eighty five (1785) and Mary, born May 22nd Seventeen hundred and
      ninety one (1791) intermarried with James Grubbs: had both died before my mother. Neither my father or mother ever drew any pension: nor ever made any application; My mother had made a move towards it a short time before she died. Since then we have let the matter rest because we did not understand fully how to proceed. The rest of the children, I am satisfied have all been equally as ignorant of the course to pursue as myself. I do not know of any person living by whom I can prove the services of my father. I know of no witness living by whom I can prove the
      marriage of my father and mother. I have their Bible containing the family record from which I obtain the facts set forth above in relation thereto and the birth of their children I neglected to mention above that my father was, a portion of the time under Colonel [William] Moore the family Bible alluded to above has been in possession of the family for more than forty years. I do not know the handwriting in which the entries are made. I bought it at the sales of my mothers estate. I am the acting administrator in connection with my brother Abner Oldham. I make this declaration in behalf of myself and the above enumerated heirs for the purpose of receiving the pension to which we are entitled. the record of John M Oldham?s age birth was that of Caleb Oldhams son put there in my father?s lifetime while the Bible was in his possession. My father was born November 10th 1757 My Mother was born March 4th 1759 [signed] H Olham
    Person ID I2369   oldham
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2016 

    DNA Tests  Y-DNA-269553 OLDHAM, Richard

    Father OLDHAM, Richard,   b. 1705-1711, Northumberland County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1785, Chowan County. North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother BAYSE, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1715, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F833  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family OLDHAM, Captain John,   b. 10 Nov 1757, Prince William County, (Northumberland County), Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1831, Drowning Creek, Estill County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 24 Feb 1783  Chowan County. North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, Abner,   b. 2 Dec 1783, Caswell County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1852, Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. OLDHAM, Absalom,   b. 25 May 1785, Chowan County. North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1831, Estill County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     3. OLDHAM, Hezekiah,   b. 10 Apr 1787, Chowan County. North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1868, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. OLDHAM, Caleb,   b. 1 Jun 1789, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1877, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. OLDHAM, Mary Polly,   b. 22 May 1791, Chowan County. North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852  (Age 60 years)
     6. OLDHAM, Sarah Sally,   b. 14 May 1793,   d. 1877, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     7. OLDHAM, Elizabeth,   b. 15 Jun 1795, Estill County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1885, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     8. OLDHAM, Nancy,   b. 10 Dec 1797, Estill County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1891, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     9. OLDHAM, John,   b. 14 Jul 1801,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. OLDHAM, John Rice,   b. 5 May 1820, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1907, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F995  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Nov 1757 - Prince William County, (Northumberland County), Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Feb 1783 - Chowan County. North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1810 - Estill County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Nov 1831 - Drowning Creek, Estill County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 Nov 1831 - Oldham Cemetery, Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Documents
    ky_NSSAR Application_John_Oldham_montague_edited.doc
    ky_NSSAR Application_John_Oldham_montague_edited.doc

  • Sources 
    1. [S203] C.V. Jackson Research 1972, C. V. Jackson.

    2. [S3395] Pension Application.

    3. [S285] DAR Index Centinneal Edition Part 2; Pension File of John Oldham.

    4. [S2784] Headstone.