Oldham Family History

OLDHAM,  James Gardner

OLDHAM, James Gardner

Male 1847 - 1925  (78 years)

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  • Name OLDHAM, James Gardner 
    Born 2 Oct 1847  Fayette County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Madison, Fayette, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  Fall Creek Twp., Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1875  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  [3
    Census 1910  Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 19 Oct 1925  Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 21 Oct 1925  Mount Olive Cemetery, Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • Historical encyclopedia of Illinois
      By Newton Bateman, Paul Selby, Joseph Oscar Cunningham,

      Pg 997
      JAMES G. OLDHAM, real estate and loan operator, was born in Fayette County, Ohio, near Washington Court House, October 2, 1847, a son of John B. and Anna (Warner) Oldham, the former a native of Virginia, the latter of Ohio; both descendants of old Quaker stock. The elder Oldham, who was a large land owner and stock raiser in Ohio, died there in 1852. His widow survived her husband thirty-three years, her death occurring near Urbana, Ill., in 1885. They were the parents of ten children, namely: Levi W. deceased; Mrs. Jane Downs; Mrs. Margaret Cockayne, deceased; John E. deceased; Mrs. Massey Williams; Simon W.; Mrs. Elizabeth W. Luken; Anger W.; Joseph W. and James G.

      Edward Oldham, father of John G., was a native of Virginia, and married Miss Jane Gardner, whose family were of English descent. Mrs. Anna Oldham was a daughter of Levi Warner, a Quaker, whose grandparents immigrated from England to Ohio at an early period and engaged in farming.

      James G. Oldham was trained to agricultural pursuits. He at first worked on a farm for seven dollars a month, but before the end of the year the amount was increased to $15, and the following year, to $17. He educated himself in the public schools, and was engaged as a teacher at the age of seventeen years, near Pendleton, Ind., to Illinois in 1864, and began farming on his own account, having rented a farm three miles east of Urbana. He laid the foundation of his successful career as a farmer and stock-raiser, on rented lands, operating in this way for eleven years. In 1875 he purchased a farm in Urbana Township, which he conducted until 1882. IN the meantime, and as early as 1871, he engaged in the livestock trade and became widely known throughout his region as a buyer and shipper. He continued to be identified with this trade to a great extent until 1887, and was especially prominent as an owner and breeder of imported and standard-bred horses. He is the owner of the famous Kentucky standard-bred trotter, "Sonticus" (by Belmont '64), which has a record of 2:17.

      Mr. Oldham is still identified with agricultural interests. In 1883 he came to Urbana, which has since been his home. Immediately after coming here, he engaged in the real estate and loan business and at once became a leader in improving the city. He has not only subdivided, and as an agent brought about the improvements of various additions to the city, but has, himself, erected many buildings. At present (1905), he is the owner of more than a dozen dwellings. He has been a large operator in the farm lands, and his transactions in recent years have extended far beyond Illinois, covering nearly all the Western, Northwestern and Southwestern States, and several Southern States.

      While acting with the Republican party and taking a good citizen's part in public affairs, at times participating actively in the conduct of the political campaigns, he has persistently refused to hold office of any kind, concentrating his energies on the enterprises which have given him a commanding portion among business men in this portion of Illinois. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and has been active in building up the First Methodist Church of Urbana, with which he has been officially identified as trustee.

      On March 9, 1871, Mr. Oldham married Miss Belle L. McDonald, a daughter of John and Maria (Roe) McDonald, who were born in Indiana. Their only children are Mrs. Ora (Oldham) Craig, of Champaign and Miss Ada Pearl Oldham.

      Name: James Gardner Oldham
      Titles and Terms (Original):
      Event Date: 19 Oct 1925
      Event Place: Urbana, Champaign, Illinois
      Gender: Male
      Marital Status:
      Race:
      Age: 78
      Birth Year (Estimated): 1847
      Birth Date: 02 Oct 1847
      Birthplace: Fayette Co., Ohio
      Father's Name: John G. Oldham
      Father's Titles and Terms:
      Father's Birthplace: Jefferson Co., Va.
      Mother's Name: Anna Warner
      Mother's Titles and Terms:
      Mother's Birthplace: Ross Co., Ohio
      Occupation: Realtor
      Residence Place:
      Address:
      Spouse's Name: Belle L. Mcdonald Oldham
      Spouse's Titles and Terms (Original):
      Spouse's Birthplace:
      Burial Date: 21 Oct 1925
      Burial Place: Mayview
      Cemetery: Mt. Olive
      Informant's Name:
      Additional Relatives:
      Digital Folder Number: 4007965
      Image Number: 2100
      GS Film number: 1503942
      Reference ID: rn 35709

      Citing this Record:
      "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N363-Q28 : accessed 03 Aug 2014), Belle L. Mcdonald Oldham in entry for James Gardner Oldham, 19 Oct 1925; citing Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1503942.

      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

      1860 Federal Census, Fall Creek Twp., Madison County, Indiana, USA
      Caleb Williams 55
      Anna Williams 53
      Milton Williams 24
      Macy Oldham 24
      Silas Williams 22
      Elizabeth Oldham 19
      Elizabeth Williams 17
      Abner Oldham 17
      Joseph Oldham 15
      James Oldham 12
    Person ID I44419  oldham
    Last Modified 3 Aug 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 MCDONALD, Belle L. M.,   b. 19 Dec 1852, Charlestown, Clark County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1933, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1871  Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Volume 4
      Page 47
      License Number 1793
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, Ada Pearl,   b. Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. OLDHAM, Ora Belle,   b. 23 Aug 1873, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1938, Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2014 
    Family ID F17299  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Oct 1847 - Fayette County, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1850 - Madison, Fayette, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1860 - Fall Creek Twp., Madison County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Sep 1871 - Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1875 - 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 MapsCensus - Federal - 1910 - Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Oct 1925 - Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 21 Oct 1925 - Mount Olive Cemetery, Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Oldham, James G.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2195] Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, Vol V, Green Plain Monthly Meeting, pg 597 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S1601] 1860 Federal Census, Fall Creek Twp., Madison County, Indiana, Page 41, Household 283/283 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1474] 1880 Federal Census, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, Page 404B (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S115] Illinois Deaths, 1916-1950, http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/35891?c=search&first=&last=oldham.

    5. [S2863] LDS - IGI.

    6. [S938] Marriage Records, Champaign County, Illinois.