Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, John Edward

Male 1834 - Bef 1900  (65 years)


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  • Name OLDHAM, John Edward  [1
    Born 24 May 1834  Ross County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Madison, Fayette, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1870  Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Occupation 1880  Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Jailer and Sheriff 

    • Indexed at work and at home in the 1880 federal census
      John E. OLDHAM Self M Male W 46 OH Jailer VA OH
      Travis B. DAY Other M Male W 53 KY Plasterer VA KY
      Allen GRIFFIN Other M Male W 56 IN Laborer KY KY
      James CASSADY Other S Male W 33 NY Laborer IRE IRE

      Source Information:
      Census Place Urbana, Champaign, Illinois
      Family History Library Film 1254180
      NA Film Number T9-0180
      Page Number 446C
    Died Bef 1900  Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Oldham, J. E. Urbana Urbana Dept. Sheriff Ross Co., OH 1865 Oldham, Mrs. Mary F. Urbana Urbana Wife of J. E. Oldham Ohio 1863

      1880 Federal Census - indexed twice, once at the jail and again at home.

      History of Champaign County, Illinois

      JOHN E. OLDHAM
      WAS born in Ross county, Ohio, May 24th, 1834. His father, John G. Oldham, removed to that part of Ohio at an early day, where he engaged in stock raising, shipping his cattle to New York and other eastern cities, and continued in that business until the time of his death, which occurred in 1855. In the year he married Miss Annie Warner, of the same place* by whom he had ten children, six boys and four girls ; eight of whom are still living.

      The father belonged to the old Whig party. He was an abolitionist of the deepest dye. He was connected with the management of the under-ground railroad, giving aid and comfort to the slave in his flight from servitude, and the cruel lash wielded by the hand of a still more cruel taskmaster.

      After the death of her husband, Mrs. Oldham married Caleb Williams, of Madison county, Indiana, in the year and in the year 1864 removed, to this county, and settled about two miles east of Urbana, where she still resides, a hale and hearty old lady at the advanced age of three-score and ten years.

      John E., the subject of this sketch, assisted his father in the stock business until 1852, when as clerk, he entered the mercantile business in C Selma,Clark county, Ohio, and continued in that capacity un.il 1856, when he embarked in the dry goods business for himself in Fishersburg, Madison county, Indiana, and in which he continued until the year 1864, when he sold out and removed to this county, where he went into the same business with John Gere. He afterwards embarked in the mercantile business for himself, which he carried on in connection with other enterprises until 1874, when he received the appointment of deputy sheriff, under J. D- Johnson which position he has held until the present time.

      The Republican party, of which he has been a member ever since its organization, and with which he is most heartily in sympathy, in recogniton of his long, and tried fidelity to its principles, and of his fitness for the office whose duties as deputy he has so well, and acceptably for the past four years assisted to discharge, nominated him at their county convention, held a few months since, by acclamation as candidate for the office of Sheriff of this county. He cast his first vote for Fremont, in 1856.

      During his life, from the age of thirteen to that of eighteen, he enjoyed all the advantages afforded by the common school system of Ohio, and in addition attended Green Mount College, Richmond, Indiana, from which institution he graduated after a four years' term, at the age of eighteen years.

      Levi Oldham, the eldest son, died in Green county, Ohio, in 1866. Jane, eldest daughter, married Isaac Downs, and now resides a few miles east of Urbana, in this county. Massy, the second daughter, married Stephen G. Williams of Madison county, Indiana, and now resides near Urbana, this county. Margaret, the third daughter, married Cockayne, of Madison county, Indiana. Abner W., the third son, married Barbara Stephens, of the same county, Indiana, and resides at the same place, farming. Joseph W., married a Miss Georgia McDonald, of this city; as also did James G, Bell McDonald.

      The parents of Mr. Oldham, were quakers or friends, and as such took a deep interest and active part in the affairs of the church.

      Simon W., the fifth child, married a Miss Dean, of Xenia, Ohio, and still lives there engaged in farming. Elizabeth, the sixth child, married Robt. Lukens, of Madison county, and still Mr. Oldham is yet comparatively a young man in the prime of life, and vigor of manhood, whose sun has not yet reached its zenith. A man of exemplary life, and temperate habits, a warm friend, a genial companion, a worthy citizen and one who has won the esteem, and confidence of his fellow-citizens. There is one trait in connection with other qualities that he possesses, that points to a successful life as unerringly as the needle to the North pole, and that as a magnet, has attached to him a host of warm and faithful friends. We refer to his social qualities.


      Mary Frances Wolfe appears to be the second wife of John E. Oldham, based on the ages of the children.

      1850 Federal Census, Madison Twp., Fayette County, Ohio, USA
      John G Oldham 45
      Mella Oldham 43
      Levi N Oldham 20
      Jane Oldham 19
      Margaret Oldham 19
      Massey Oldham 14
      Simeon Oldham 11
      John E Oldham 10
      Elizabeth Oldham 9
      Abner Oldham 7
      Joseph Oldham 5
      James G Oldham 2

    Person ID I36249  oldham
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2014 

    Father OLDHAM, John G.,   b. Abt 1805, Jefferson County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852, Pickaway, Fayette County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother WARNER, Ann,   b. 1807, Ross County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1885, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Family ID F5370  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WOLFE, Mary Frances,   b. 20 Oct 1845, Dusty Bottoms, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1929, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 18 Jul 1868  Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, Elizabeth W.,   b. 8 Mar 1841, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1917, Pendleton, Madison County, Indiana,USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. OLDHAM, Louella C.,   b. Abt 1862, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. OLDHAM, John Edward Jr,   b. 14 Aug 1869, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. OLDHAM, Harry D.,   b. 27 Feb 1873, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1953, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     5. OLDHAM, Zacharah Gill,   b. 23 Jun 1875, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1951, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     6. OLDHAM, Clyde Carlton,   b. 31 Oct 1885, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1952, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F13154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 May 1834 - Ross County, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1850 - Madison, Fayette, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Jul 1868 - Champaign County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1870 - Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1880 - Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Jailer and Sheriff - 1880 - Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 1900 - Champaign County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S796] History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations, (1878).

    2. [S1474] 1880 Federal Census, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, Page 436C (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1474] 1880 Federal Census, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, Page 446C (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S938] Marriage Records, Champaign County, Illinois, 4 / 27 1020 (Reliability: 3).