Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, Benjamin Franklin

Male 1818 - 1861  (43 years)


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  • Name OLDHAM, Benjamin Franklin 
    Born 14 Feb 1818  Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Oct 1861  Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 23 Oct 1861  East Mount Cemetery, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 1 Feb 1870  Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Greg Doyle showed death in Montgomery County, Kentucky.

      Nancy Bliss notes: Grave not found in 1985 search. It is interesting to speculate about the name of this son of Newport and Ann (Halley) Oldham. Was he named after the famous Benjamin Franklin or did the Benjamin come from his mother's brother, Benjamin Halley, and the Franklin from John A. Franklin whose life was intertwined with that of Benjamin Halley and Strode Benefield, his mother's brother in law? In fact, at a later date, John A. Franklin would marry Mary B.(Williams) Dugan, widow of Hugh Dugan and mother of Ann McCall (Dugan) Oldham.

      Benjamin Franklin Oldham was a little over ten years old when his father died. By the time of the 1830 census for Montgomery County, Kentucky one of Ben's half-sisters was probably married and no longer lived at home. Nothing is known.inh Ben and his mother were on the Tax rolls, he with a horse and his mother with the farm. Since there is no existing 1839 Tax Roll, the exact year of Ann (Halley) Oldham's death is not know. Neither she nor her son was on the 1840 rolls. Stanley W. Kern, Jr., thought that Benjamin might have lived with an uncle, perhaps John Halley,Jr.,after his mother's death and before his marriage in February 1841. From 1841-1844, B. F. Oldham appeared on the Tax Rolls. In 1842 William Rogers, possibly Ben's brother-in-law, paid the taxes on the 130 acre farm whereas Ben paid them in 1843 and 1844.

      On 6 December 1841, an indenture was made between Benjamin Franklin Oldham and John Halley, Jr., George Howard, Alexander M. Barnes, Charles Gilkey and James Turley, and Uriah Hally. This was a Deed of Mortgage involving money Ben owed .yout $400; George Howard about $15; A.M. Barnes about $10.; Charles Gilkey about $15; James Turley about $46; and Uriah Halley $26. The total was $512.00.. These men paid Ben one dollar, according to the law. In turn, Ben's collateral consisted of: 200 Barrels of corn 2 head of horses 1 white faced cow 1 red cow 1 spotted cow 2 steers 2 sucking calves 1 red yearling heifer 7 head of hogs 2 pair of gears 2 ploughs 2 beds, steads and furniture 1 cupboard and furniture cooking utensils 1 side saddle 1 man saddle and all of his interest in the slaves and estate which descended to him up on the death of his grandmother E. Oldham deceased in Virginia. This deed, which made it clear that the terms would be null and void if the debts were paid (no date specified), was recorded the same day. 6 Dec 1841.

      JO Note: Was the James Turley mentioned above, related to the Henry County Turley/Tesley family that married Newport Oldham's sister? This family also migrated to Montgomery county, Kentucky. Was the William Rogers who paid the taxes on Newport's property related to the Rogers family that married into the Oldham family in Federick county, Virginia and Chester County, MD?

      All of these debts were incurred during the first year of his marriage. It would appear that the entire assets of Ben and Ann Oldham had been mortgaged. Ben was never taxed on the one slave he did have. Perhaps the slave was in his or her mid-thirties and not subject to tax. At least, that was the policy in Henry County, Virginia in the late 1770s. The farm did not come from Ben's grandmother, Elizabeth (Cox) Oldham, for it had been purchased by Newport Oldham in 1817, twenty years before Elizabeth's death in 1837. There are no documents to show the outcome, but one has to assume that the debts were paid.

      Perhaps the farm was not fruitful, or perhaps a desire for bigger acreage in the Republic of Texas, inspired B. F. and Ann (Dugan) Oldham to sell their property and move on. On 1 Feb 1845, their fourth anniversary, an indenture was made in which Benjamin Oldham received $400 for approximately 100 acres from Henderson Conlee. (JO - related to the North Carolina/Virginia Conally family? which would have been Benjamin's ggrandmother's family?) Nothing was said about the extra 30 acres upon which Oldham had paid taxes. The deed was not recorded until 7 Apr 1845. Of interest is the fact that both Ben and Ann were able to sign their names. She privately and willingly reliquished her dower rights to the land, as the law required.

      From all Greenville Texas newspaper accounts through the years, the Oldhams had come to Texas by about the same route taken by the William Arnold family in 1857. From Louisville, Kentucky, the family sailed by ship via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. From New Orleans they took a boat which traveled on the Red River, as far as Shreveport, Louisiana, an inland port. From there to the part of Fannin County, Texas, which became Hunt county, the trip was made by ox wagon. Later accounts have stressed their arrival on 28 Dec 1845, the day before Texas became a state. There are no acocunts of blocks of time spent at the transfer points or of delays. The trip would seem to be an unbearably long one. Also the question arises as to the means of locomotion for a boat going up the Red River.

      The Arnold family arrived in Greenville, Texas on 10 March 1857, but no departure date from Barren County, Kentucky, is given in the numerous and repetitive newspaper articles. Therefore, no comparison of time of travel can be made. One cannot help but be curious. Did the Oldhams camp or stay with friends between their arrival in what would later be Greenville, Texas, in December 1845, well before the first auction of lots on 15 Jan 1847? At the first auction Ben Oldham bought lot No. 8, in block 14, in 1975 the site of the First National Bank of Greenville. A log structure including both a hardware and/or general merchandise store and home was built on this lot. Ann Oldham later spoke of having listened, with enjoyment, to the lawyers as they argued their cases in the log courthouse just south of them. She also said that they probably lived there about a year or so.

      Of interest in the newspaper list showing that B. F. Oldham was elected Justice of the Peace of Precinct 4 in August 1848, and he was to serve, it is assumed for two years. He was reelected to this position in 1853. In the meantime, he was supposed to have been the county tax assessor and collector in 1848-49. He had to make, by horseback, the long trip to Austin to take the state's share of Hunt County taxes. Once he brought back, in his saddlebags, oranges, the first the family had ever seen. Inquiries to the county clerk have been futile as to whether or not a man could be both tax assessor and collector and justice of the peace at the same time. The late W. Walworth Harrison, in his letter of 3 May 1971, wrote to the late Mrs. Annie McDowell that Oldham had been elected Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 on 23 August 1852. This would seem to disagree with the newspaper article which purported to be truly authentic and also a product of Harrison's research in the Texas Archives at Austin. Harrison believed that the appointment of B. F. Oldham as tax collector was the motivating force which caused the family to move into town. The plot thickens! When and to where did the Oldhams move from Lot No. 8, Block 14, on the west side of the square?

      B. F. Oldham secured several pieces of land, either by purchase or by patent, which lay three miles south 40 degrees east of the 1846 city limits. (See Of Eagles and Old Islands for a list of these properties).

      See of Eagles & Old Islands for additional information on Benjamin Franklin Oldham and his children.

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      Comments (1)
      Death williamdugan300 added this on 27 Aug 2006
      Ben Oldham is not on the census record for Hunt Co. Tx in 1870. His wife Ann McCall has remarried to Jesse F, Chandler and The Oldham children are listed as are those of Mr.Chandler. The Value of the estate of each person shows Ann McCall with the largest and each of the Oldham children have value in personal assets. The Chandler children show no assets. Therefore, it appears that the estate of Benjamin Oldham has been divided at this time.

      B. F. Oldham estate lists children, Henry Clay Oldham, Demarcus Oldham, Jennie Oldham, Clinton Hugh Oldham and Robert Oldham as minor heirs

      1850 Federal Census, Hunt County, Texas, USA
      B F Oldham 32
      Ann M Oldham 27
      John F Oldham 8
      Mary C Oldham 6
      Richard H Oldham 3
      Henry C Oldham 0

      1860 Federal Census, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA
      Benjamne F Oldham 42
      Ann C M Oldham 37
      Mary C Oldham 16
      Rickard Oldham 13
      Henry C Oldham 10
      Marcus Oldham 8
      George W Oldham 6
      Virginia Oldham 4
      Clinton Oldham 2

    Person ID I25403  oldham
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2016 

    Father OLDHAM, Newport,   b. Bef 1775,   d. 20 Oct 1828, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Mother HALLEY, Ann,   b. 1783, Bedford County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1832 and 1840, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Family ID F10068  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family DUGAN, Ann McCall,   b. 1 Nov 1822, Bath County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1903, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 1 Feb 1841  Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, John Sidney,   b. 28 Feb 1842, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1852, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
     2. OLDHAM, Mary Catherine,   b. 2 Nov 1843, Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1937, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     3. OLDHAM, Richard Henry,   b. 24 May 1847, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1908, Calvary Cemetery, Mansfield, Tarrant County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     4. OLDHAM, Benjamin Franklin,   b. 7 Dec 1848, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1849, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. OLDHAM, Henry Clay,   b. 8 Dec 1849, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1925, Rochelle, Mccullough County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     6. OLDHAM, DeMarcus,   b. 9 Jan 1852, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1937, Taylor County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     7. OLDHAM, George William,   b. 7 Dec 1854, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1867, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
     8. OLDHAM, Virginia Ann,   b. 21 Jan 1856, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1930, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     9. OLDHAM, Clinton Hugh,   b. 21 Feb 1858, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1890, Duncan, Arizona Or Silver City, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     10. OLDHAM, Robert Graham,   b. 15 Oct 1860, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1939, Canyon, Randall County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F10070  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Feb 1818 - Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Feb 1841 - Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1850 - Hunt County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1860 - Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Oct 1861 - Hunt County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 23 Oct 1861 - East Mount Cemetery, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 1 Feb 1870 - Hunt County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1850] Gregory B. Doyle.

    2. [S522] Of Eagles And Old Islands, Nancy Bliss and Ann Pippin, (1995).