Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, William

OLDHAM, William

Male 1728 - Abt 1783  (54 years)

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  • Name OLDHAM, William 
    Born 3 Nov 1728  North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1783  [1
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      Wills of Richmond County,Virginia:
      P424 - Priscilla WILLIAMS, will; 6 May 1783, 2Jun 1783
      grsons. William OLDHAM the plant. whereon I now live containing 150 ac, and Samuel ODLHAM; fr. James HOWARD to have the above land until grson. comes to age 21; grchil. Sillah Jenkins, Pressy Hendren, Mary GREENLOW, Nancy OLDHAM, Betty OLDHAM, Milly WELLDON, Caty OLDHAM, and Sally OLDHAM; ex; James HOWARD; wits: Charles MISKELL, Lewis HAMMOND, John BARRICK. (Priscilla Williams was the wid. of (1) William OLDHAM and (2) Henry WILLIAMS, whom she mar. in 1729/30. MRC, p 231. She and her first husnad had one child, William (b. 1728); by her second husband she had Sarah (b. 1730), John (b. 1733), and Isaac (b. 1735). NFPR, p. 200-201


      Rev. Robert Hendren's Family Record

      Rev. Robert Hendren's Family Record: includes Glascock
      Posted: 8 Dec 2003 8:43AM GMT
      Classification: Biography
      Surnames: Hendren, Glascock, Glasscock, Oldham, Howell
      Copy of Robert Hendren's Family Record

      As I am in possession of my father's Register I shall insert it here with some remarks for two reasons:

      1. First, that should Providence in the future bless my children with wealth, or honor, or both, they may not forget the humble family from which they descended. The remembrance of which may keep down pride, the most hurtful sin and thereby avoid many snares and dangerous temptations.

      2. That should adversity be their lot, I wish then to know that the conduct of their forefathers was regulated by the Bible instructions(as to their moral deportment) and their motto was, "Honesty and Uprightness" and I wish them to know that when they died their neighbors could truthfully say "We have lost another good neighbor". This my children is the only legacy I received of my father, and this I prize more than wealth without it.

      My grandfather, William Hendren was a native of Ireland. He was born according to my own calculations about the year A.D. 1712. He was put an apprentice to the weaving business and while in his minority, the prospects of America in their most flattering colors were held out to invite him away from his native land and through the importunity of some false friends, he with his brother, John, in a clandestine manner and to the grief of their
      father, embarked for the land of Columbia. They landed in the northern neck of Virginia in the lower end of Richmond County where he indentured himself to the widow Howel, for the consideration of his passage expenses. While in her services he followed his occupation and courted her
      daughter, Mara, whom he afterwards married and had eight children, four daughters and four sons. They were as follows:
      1st. - John was born August 24, 1735
      2nd - Sally " " May 10,1737
      3rd - Mary " " May 21,1741
      4th - William " " May 30,1744
      5th - Lyda " " Jan. 30,1746
      6th - Ann " " Dec. 1,1749
      7th - Downing " " April 7,1754
      8th - Robert " " May 20,1756

      My grandfather and grandmother having left this world before I had a being I know nothing of them except what I have heard from their acquaintances.

      They never became wealthy, but lived above want, reared their children to industry and brought them up in good credit. The knowledge I have of my mother's parents is much more limited as they died before I was born; but from what I have learned, my grandfather, William Oldham, was a man of respectable standing.

      He was not only a large man, but a man of courage, activity, and strength, and by an ocular demonstration of his manhood, his name became a terror to the rude part of his acquaintances.

      He left to lament his loss two sons and seven daughters, my not having the registry of their names I shall have to partly guess at their order. My mother Pricilla, who was the oldest daughter to William Oldham and Mary his wife, was born April 23, 1752.

      The other children were as follows; Mary, Amelia, Elizabeth, Samuel, Nancy, Catherine, Sally and William; all of whom arrived at the age of maturity and married except Uncle William who was lost at sea on a voyage to the East Indies, Just as he was stepping from the vigor of youth to the summit of manhood and fame amid the growing expectations of his relatives and friends.

      My Uncle, Samuel Oldham, was a sailing master from my first
      recollections until his marriage in 1804. My father, William Hendren and mother Pricilla Oldham, were married in the year A.D. 1769 and had one daughter and seven sons
      as follows:
      1st - Mary was born Tues. morning April 1770 died May 5,1796 age 26.
      2nd - John H. was born Nov. 15, 1772, Sunday.
      3rd - William was born March 21, 1776, Thursday.
      4th - Robert was born Dec. 29, 1778, Tuesday.
      5th - Samuel was born Jan. 29, 1782.
      6th - James the first was born April 3, 1784, Sat. and died
      Oct. 21, 1784 age 6 months 18 days.
      7th - James the second was born April 18, 1787, Wednesday died Aug. 23, 1805 age 18 years.
      8th - Cryus was born in 1790, Monday night and died Feb. 1791.

      My father was born, married, lived and died in Richmond Co.
      Virginia. In the early part of his marriage, he had to supply the place of fortune by the dint of industry.
      He was doing well until the Revolutionary War broke out. This altered the case with every one especially the poor.

      The distress that was common to all was not the worst with him, toward the latter part of the war my father was drafted in an eighteen month tour. He had four small children, myself being the youngest, and my mother as it were in a state of widowhood with this little group to sustain the loss of a father for two years without so much seeing his face or hearing his voice to cheer them in the gloom of danger and distress.

      His desire to return at length arrived with a return of peace to the nation and it cannot be suggested that so much lost time could be covered in a year or two. This is an era that I date my first recollections of things in this our world.

      My father's death, peace and concord were inhabitants of my
      father's house and I never knew what it was to want for the
      necessaries of life while he lived. While in my tender infantile years, little did I think that man was born to trouble as the sparks are to fly upward, but I can say with Jeremiah, that I am the man who has affliction from
      childhood. While care and sorrow were like strangers to my
      tender mind, it was my misfortune to lose my dear and
      affectionate mother. Death relentless death regardless of the big falling tears of her children and cry of her tender infant at her breast, closed her eyes in silent sleep to wake no more to pain nor to attend to the means of her tender orphan babe. She departed this life Jan. 2, 1791 in the thirty-ninth year of her age, leaving six sons and one daughter to lament her loss. Neither could the screams and cries of her sisters the day following awaken her from her deathly slumber.

      But little did the sojourner stay to drink the cup of orphan bitterness. No it began to sip, but turned away it's head and refuse the draught. Its means of the - of Feb. and went the way of its mother while in the care of my father's sister, Aunt briant. My sister being grown, seemed in a measure to supply the place of a mother but yet my mother was gone.

      When little differences would take place between us children our sister would admonish us that we should not fall out with each other that we did not know how soon it might be, that we might be separated and the we would be glad to see one another. Little did I think then that I would so soon realize her faithful precautions.

      My father in the course of the following fall began
      to find his health on the decline. It was not many months before he found himself in the last stage of consumption. He, being anxious for the welfare of his children, began to wonder what they would do after his departure. Ezekial Foster, who lived in the neighborhood, being a carpenter and house joiner, came to my father while on his death bed and begged that he might have me as he had discovered that I was somewhat of a genius superior to boys my age. He also promised he would teach me his trade, give me a good
      education, and bring me up as his child, and be a tender father to me.

      As young as I was I did not approve of the plan because I
      did not think that Mr. Foster a man of firmness and I knew he was too fond of strong drink, but thru the persuasion of my father and two older brothers I consented and was bound to him before my fathers death.

      Brother, William, he advised to go and live with
      Uncle John Glascock in Fauquier and brother Samuel was to be put under the care of Uncle Samuel Oldham and brother, John and our sister he advised to keep house together and these two were to provide for James our younger brother.

      After these arrangements had been completed in the spring of 1792 my father committed his spirit to the keeping of the Savior of the world and bade adieu to his children and time in the 48th year of his age.

      By this time I had become perfectly satisfied with my situation, but to my great mortification soon after my
      father's death and there it was that the deportment of Mrs.
      Foster began to change toward me ere I knew it I found I was to be their servant instead of their child. They did not teach me the trade, nor send me to school as they had agreed to do, but instead I was sent to the corn field and such other work as best suited them.

      The countenances became more and more morose towards me and I was soon chastised for some pretend fault. I became more and more dissatisfied with my home and would quite frequently weep bitterly when alone over the loss of my parents and hard fate to which Providence had consigned me. My discontentment was such that I thought the term of apprenticeship line an age.

      The time seemed to pass so slowly that an hour seemed like a day, a day like a week and a week like a month. I did not know there was any power that could rest me from the
      clutches of my tyrannical master, whose countenance I dreaded more than a death bed. When I contrasted my situation with that of my affectionate parents, I thought I would surely become distracted, while my breast big with grief would swell up and overflow in streams of tears from my eyes I would try to fancy myself that it was all a
      dream that I would soon awaken in bed in my fathers house and all would be well.

      As long as this state of mind would last it would seem to give a momentary relief to my troubled mind, but alas too soon concinvad when I got into the yard. My master came out with about six long beech switches under his arm and told me he was going to give me a flogging and ordered me
      to shed my coat. I instantly obeyed his orders but not however without asking his reasons for all this, but the only answer that I received was that I knew what it was for whereupon he began to beat me in a most heartless manner.

      He wore out several switches on me and I thought he surely would kill me but a length he stopped after I had entreated him many times and then sent me to work again without giving me the faintest idea what crime I had committed.

      The same day he and his negro man went to a place where they were erecting a house. That evening my merciful mistress (who never came out to beg for me) sent me to hunt the cows. Instead of going after the cows I went to see my brother who lived not too far distant and thought I would stay long enough to show him how I had been abused, but little did I think that my oldest brother, who was but a youth would have courage to rest me from such a monster in human shape.

      When I entered my brothers house, he and my sister insisted that I sit down but I told him that I had not the time. On account of my not complying with his request and he noticed some agitation on my part inquired particularly what was the cause of my timidity. After some hesitation I told him the whole story where upon he stepped up to me and stripped me of my shirt where he beheld a spectacle that put him almost in a rage and my sister almost frantic.

      Suffice it to say I will carry the scars to my grave. My brother declared I should never return to Foster. I told him if he undertook it he must go thru it or my treatment would only be worse than over. He took me to a magistrate who advised that I should stay with my brother until court convened.

      The next day a message was sent to me in Mrs. Foster's name
      telling me to come after my clothes or she would burn them.
      Brother seeing into her stratagem went in my stead.

      Instead of receiving my clothes he received an order from the merciless wretch telling him to send his servant here. But my brother had lots of courage and firmness and soon convinced Mr. Foster I was no longer his servant.

      At court Col. Walker, a warm friend of my father's and one of the bench, stated my case to the court, and after the sheriff had called in Mr. Foster, our lawyer demanded
      of him the cause of such barbarity exercised on a orphan child who had been placed in his care, to which he replied that it was for telling lies on his wife which was the first time I had ever heard my accusation.

      Brother John challenged him to prove it which he could not do. The court released me from Mr. Foster and placed me in the care of my brother who from that time forward acted just as my father would have done. I was then twelve years of age quite large enough to earn my living.

      In the year of 1794 brother John was drafted to take a tour of the mountains after the insurgents. As he passed thru Faquier he called to see Uncle and Aunt Glascock. On his return he called again and spent some time with them.
      He provided homes for brother, Samuel and me. Soon after he
      returned home Cousin Uriah Glascock came down for us.

      Brother William also went with us and went to weaving at Uncle Glascock's. I went to live with cousin Thomas Glascock where I stayed for three years. The year following I went to milling business on Goose Creek under John Buchanan, but the mill being sold that year and put in repair and W.E. having moved that year was the reason of my leaving that business.

      The beginning of the next year 1800 I went over into Frederick County and entered myself to William Peck, as apprentice, of Battletown to learn the stone mason business. I engaged myself for three years but Mr. Peck decided to move to Kentucky in the fall of 1801 hence I only served two years.

      In the course of these two years I determined to learn the trade although I had suffered many impositions from Mr. Peck, I resolved to bear all for the desired end with submission.

      After he had begun to make arrangements for moving, I resolved to stay with him until he finished all the work he had undertaken, but a renewed imposition which was to go at work that was my trade altered my decision.

      While preparing for my work one Monday morning I was informed by one of the workmen of his intention. I immediately threw down my tools, started to his house with the determination to meet the worst. I was nearly grown and felt strong and quite active. On account of this last
      fact I resolved I would flog him if possible if he attempted assault on my person.

      We met in the street and I informed him that I would not remain longer with him. This conduct of mine seemed to surprise him very much. I immediately repaired to his house and called for my clothes and removed my tool chest to Capt. Mott's tavern. This was about the latter part of September. I started from Meryville with a sad heart without money, good clothes or tools to work with. I soon secured a position where I made about seventy dollars.

      In the winter I boarded with a respectable family and went to school where I learned more about arithmetic. It was always a maxim of mine to keep good company or no company.

      The ensuing year 1802 I undertook work to a considerable profit, bought a good horse, took an apprentice, employed journey-man, was honored with a commission and soon began to think myself a man of consequence.

      The following winter I took a trip to see my relatives who lived in Westmoreland and Richmond Counties. This was like a jubilee to me. After a lapse of eight years and hard times to me to see once more the place of my birth and my
      school boy walks and my relatives who had changed as much as myself was indeed a great treat.

      After spending the winter season in a most agreeable manner with my relatives in these parts I returned home and took a turn among my brothers and friends. After that I resumed my occupation.

      But alas! All this while I was a stranger to God and he to me. But it pleased the gracious God in the spring of 1803 to call me from the dark state of sin and death in which he gave me sight to see I was in, and forsake my carnal pleasures in which I had much delighted for the services of the true and living God. Thru the instrumentality of the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ I was baptized the following June by the celebrated James Ireland
      and was taken in as a member of the church at Buch-March and remained under his pastoral care until June 1806 when he ended his labors and went to rest in the more inviting regions of undisturbed repose.

      I remained a member of that church till the fall of 1811 and removed by letter to the church of Happy Creek. The cause of my removal was my marriage, settlement retirement from occupation to that of agriculturist.

      I was married August 1, 1811 to Sara, youngest daughter of
      William Hand. She being in her twentieth year. She was born
      Sept. 29, 1790.

      Our Children:

      1. Diannah Adelaide was born May 17, 1812, Sunday night 01:30 (buried by pastor Hendren)
      2. Elizabeth was born May 24, 1814, and died Nov. 23, 1814
      (buried in Virginia)
      3. Frances Ann was born Sept. 14, 1816, Saturday night
      4. William Hand was born Feb. 8, 1819, Monday Night
      (buried beside pastor Hendren)
      5. Robert Sample was born March 13, 1821 Tues. evening at 06:30
      (two children of Robert and Martha Hendren are buried in the cemetery on Hendren farm.)


      This is the end of the commentary by Robert Hendren,
      this original material came from Mrs. Evelyn Hartung of Seattle Washington.

      What follows is the research and comments by Mary B.
      Chandler and Lucile Hendren Cox of Memphis Tenn., 1965. Records show in 1830-1840 that many churches were having a
      controversy over missions. Robert Hendren participated in
      organization of Bethel Assn. and at annual meeting of Assn. in 1837 Bear Creek Baptist Church passed a resolution denouncing missions.

      Upon adoption of this Rev. Robert Hendren, pastor of
      Bear Creek Baptist Church obtained a letter of dismission. (Bear Creek Church was constituted under the shade of a large maple tree near Hannibal, MO. in 1820. It was not only the first Baptist Church organized north of Salt River but is said to have been first church of any denomination to be organized in this territory. It is now over 100 years old and is still standing, built of stone and located 3 miles west of Hannibal and 1/2 mile
      south of Highway 36.)

      On Nov. 25, 1837 eight member with letters of dismissal met at the home of Stewart Self (2 miles west of Hannibal) and there formed into a Baptist Church by Rev. Robert
      Hendren. The name Zoar Baptist Church was adopted. In 1839 this church joined Bethel Association. The Zoar Baptist Church worshiped in the stone building from 1837 to July 1841. (This building still stands and is now the summer home of Mr. and Mrs C.A. Trowbridge.) Zoar Baptist Church decided to hold its meetings in Hannibal in 1841.

      He began his ministry in 1824 and served as a pastor of several churches in Virginia. He came with his family to Marion County, Mo. in the spring of 1831 and located 5 miles west of Hannibal.

      He gave his full time to ministry, (Duncan History of Missouri Baptist, P. 335 states "The country being sparsely settled and there being but few houses of worship he preached the gospel in log school houses, private residences, and under the trees of the forest, to the people of his day." They called themselves "Hannibal United Baptist Church". Robert Hendren was only pastor
      of Zoar Baptist Church and first pastor of "Hannibal United
      Baptist Church". The next name of the church was First Baptist Church and later Fifth Street Baptist Church.

      Duncan's History of Missouri reports a revival was held in
      Hannibal Jan. 1842, and the baptist of three of Pastor Hendren's children the first Baptismal service ever witnessed Hannibal in Mississippi River. Pastor Hendren served until 1843. Sara, wife of Robert, name does not appear in list of charter members of Zoar Church - find no date of death or her grave. Robert and Mary A. Hendren are the first two names found in the list of charter members of Zoar Church. Cannot find relationship of Mary A. Hendren to Pastor Hendren.

      Pastor Hendren suffered a stroke of paralysis early in the year 1858. He died March 14, 1858, and is buried in a small Hendren family cemetery on his farm 5 miles N.W. of Hannibal, which now is the Claude Thomas farm.

      (This material gathered by Mary B. Chandler)
      (Comments by Lucile Hendren Cox, Memphis, Tenn. 1965)

      From Bible records of Robert Hendren additions.
      Mary Eliza daughter of Robert was born June 19,1823,Thurs. 7 P.M.
      Absalon Buckner son of Robert was born 11th of Sept. 1825
      Sun. Morn. 11 o'clock. Died 20th Oct. 1827 after an illness of 30 days. Tuesday. 5A.M. age 2 years and 19 days.
      Sara Hendren was taken sick on Tues. AM the 2nd oct. 1827 with violent bilious fever; was delivered of her dead infant on the night of the 9th and slept away her life and sank in death at 3AM on the 10th age 37 years 10 days.
      William H. Hendren son of Robert and Sara died Feb. 23, 1855 - 36 years and 15 days.
      Eliza Hendren Forsythe departed this life Oct. 2, 1888 - age 60 yrs. wife of Madison M. Forsythe - married July 16, 1842.

      2nd marriage of Robert Hendren to Mary Ann Glascock
      At present I do not know who Mary B. Chandler is. The information was sent to me by Mrs. Evelyn Hartung of Seattle Wash. But these are not her ancestors.
      (Comments by Shelby I Hendren, I received my copy of this hand typed document in 1993 it remained unread for years in my file, Ihave faithfully retyped it as is, with no correction to any of the data. Completed September 24, 1997.)
    Person ID I3402  oldham
    Last Modified 16 Dec 2011 

    Father OLDHAM, William,   b. Abt 1682,   d. Oct 1728, Richmond County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Mother MCLAUGHLIN, Priscilla,   d. Bef May 1786, Richmond County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1398  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family HOWE, Mary Williams Or 
     1. OLDHAM, Betty,   b. Yes, date unknown
     2. OLDHAM, Samuel,   b. Yes, date unknown
     3. OLDHAM, Nancy,   b. Yes, date unknown
     4. OLDHAM, Sarah,   b. Yes, date unknown
     5. OLDHAM, Priscilla,   b. 23 Apr 1752, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. OLDHAM, Mary,   b. 1754,   d. 19 Jun 1825, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     7. OLDHAM, William,   b. Bef 1762, East Indies Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. OLDHAM, Amelia,   b. 1763,   d. Abt 19 Jan 1819, Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg (City), Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     9. OLDHAM, Catherine,   b. 12 Jan 1796, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F1411  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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