Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, Margaret Elizabeth

OLDHAM, Margaret Elizabeth

Female 1846 - 1923  (76 years)

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  • Name OLDHAM, Margaret Elizabeth 
    Born 22 Jul 1846  Calera, Shelby County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Census 1850  Shelby County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1860  Shelby County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 22 Feb 1923  Genery's Gap, Shelby County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • I have a john that was born the same date as yours was. I had his wife as a martha M ?. Which could have easily been margaret M Harless. I only have one child listed, Margaret Elizabeth Oldham, It's the only one listed because she was my 2nd great grandmother and that's all I knew of. Have you received any other info on them. I can tell you that Margaret Elizabeth married Columbus S Benton and I have their decendants. Let me hear from you

      Patsy Strode 506 Clement Rd, West Memphis, Ar 72301
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      http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/person.aspx?pid=-1601198236&tid=4456578

      garet Elizabeth Oldham and Columbus Benton in a photo that was redone in the 1960s using 2 different photos. Margaret's photo is when she is older and Columbus' photo is retouched from the old faded photo below.
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      Margaret Elizabeth Oldham Benton with her grandchildren in 1911 in Alabama I don't know which grandchildren are in the photo, other than these are the children of Minnie Dora Champion and William Monroe Benton that are in the photo: Walter Oggleston Benton (b 20 Feb 1911) being held by his brother Rufus Willis Benton (b 1898) on the back row on the left side. Jesse Henry Benton (b 1896) is also on the back row, third person from the right side. Other children in the photo are James Odom Benton (b 1902), Gilford Velpo Benton (b 1904), Margaret Velma Benton (b 1906), and Annie Lillian Benton (b 1907).
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      MaryJ97added this on 29 Mar 2009

      HISTORY AND STORIES OF R.W. BENTON?S FAMILY AND ANCESTORS

      told by Floyd Eggleston Benton (Rufus?s brother) to David E. Benton

      Typed and edited by Mary Benton Judy, a granddaughter of Rufus W. Benton

      This history was taken from a tape of Floyd E. Benton, the youngest brother of Rufus W. Benton. He was interviewed by his nephew, David E. Benton. It was transcribed by his wife, Marvel C. Benton. Notes were also taken by Mary Benton Judy on October 10, 2000 while visiting with Floyd at the Travel Lodge in Logan, Utah. Some of these family stories have only been handed down in an oral tradition. This is the first time some of them have ever been written down.


      Columbus (lum) S. Benton and Margaret Elizabeth Oldham:

      Floyd said, My Grandmother, Margaret E. Oldham Benton, didn't die until after Jesse Benton, Floyd's brother was killed and he was killed in 1920 and she was buried there in Genery Gap in about 1922. She lived with my mother until I (Floyd) was just two years old. She was a very strong old lady and she didn't like living there because my dad would go out with my Grandfather raising horses and cowboys . . . and she would be all alone and it would be late at night when they came back. She talked him into moving from the homestead (that was the 160 acres that Floyd bought later) and moving up on the mountain where more people lived and so he was building a house up there in 1900, a log house. It got hot and he took pneumonia and died they said--my Grandfather, Columbus Benton.

      Floyd said Ed Benton (John Edward Benton), a brother to William Monroe Benton had two children. He and his wife separated and Floyd bought the homestead. He paid the two children, Clarence and Ethyl Benton. Then later he had to pay them again.

      David asked if someone had a Whiskey Still---he'd heard they did and hid it so the federal agents couldn't find it. Floyd replied, Well the doctors had some of my folks make whiskey for them to give to their patients, but he wouldn't let them put it in tin cans. It had to be in glass jugs or wooden jugs, and then the doctor would take it out of the big jugs and give the patients a half pint to take a hot toddy before they went to bed. It had to be real strong -- 90 proof or he wouldn?t use it. What that was for was for poultices and medicine purposes.

      David E. Benton remembered hearing a story from his father about his great-grandmother killing a bear. He asked Floyd to tell the story. Floyd said, A man gave the boys (Marvel thought he was referring to Columbus & brothers) the mineral rights to 160 acres where two creeks ran together and made up a big creek and ran on down into Calber River and they made up a larger creek. My grandfather (Columbus) homesteaded 160 acres of land right there in that gap and they named that gap Wild Cat Gap because they could hear wild cats scream and there were bears there and everything.

      My Grandfather (Columbus "lum" Benton) built a log house and my father, William Monroe had eight brothers and sisters -- there was nine in his family. They had a pig in the pen getting it fat to be killed and my Grandmother (Margaret Elizabeth Oldham) heard it screaming and this was unusual. My Grandfather was real hard to wake up. When he went to sleep he just died and also my father's brother --all of them was hard to wake up. My Grandmother heard this pig squealing and she went down to see about it. And when she went by the washing place--they didn't have washing machines, they had what they called a 'battering stick' that they beat the clothes with and she got this battering stick and took it with her. When she got there, the bear had killed the pig and was trying to get it up over the fence. I think they told me the fence was about four feet high. She hit the bear in the head and knocked it out. It fell back into the pen. The 'Battering Stick' was big, about four or five feet long. It was like a paddle where you paddle a boat with -- real heavy and hard. After she hit the bear, Grandmother went back to the house and poured cold water on my Grandfather and got him awake. He told her to go back to bed that she was having nightmares. She told him no she hadn't, that she had killed a bear, and he went down with her, and he always took a real sharp pocket knife. (I've got one now that is sharp enough I can shave with). On the way down he opened his knife and when he got there the bear was still laying there in the pen; the pig and bear were both dead. But Grandfather said the bear wasn't dead, so he took his knife and cut its throat and killed it. He wanted to take credit for killing the bear, but we all gave her the credit.

      1850 Federal Census, Shelby County, Alabama, USA
      John B. Oldham 35 SC
      Martha M. Oldham 35 AL
      Henry H. Oldham 7 AL
      John P. Oldham 5 AL
      Margaret E. Oldham 4 AL
      William A. Oldham 2 AL

      1860 Federal Census, Shelby County, Alabama, USA
      John B Stelham 45
      M N M Stelham 45
      Henry Stelham 18
      John S Stelham 17
      Margaret E Stelham 14
      Robt Stelham 6
      Bennet Stelham 5
      Johannah Stelham 1
      Wm Robinson 28


    Person ID I5633  oldham
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2015 

    Father OLDHAM, John Bayless,   b. 15 Jun 1815, Pendleton District, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1876, Montevallo, Shelby County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother HARLESS, Martha,   b. 25 Sep 1815, Madison County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1873, Shelby County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Family ID F2634  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family BENTON, Columbus S. aka Lum,   b. 24 Jan 1838, Siluria, Shelby County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1900, Wildcat Gap, Shelby County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 3 Oct 1865  Shelby County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Children 
     1. BENTON, Thomas Louis,   b. 3 Mar 1884, Shelby County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1961  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F2633  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Jul 1846 - Calera, Shelby County, Alabama, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1850 - Shelby County, Alabama, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1860 - Shelby County, Alabama, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Oct 1865 - Shelby County, Alabama, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Feb 1923 - Genery's Gap, Shelby County, Alabama, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos 6 Photos

  • Sources 
    1. [S261] WFT #6183*2, (WFT VOL 2).

    2. [S3478] 1850 Federal Census, Shelby County, Alabama, pg 180, household 119/120 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S3478] 1850 Federal Census, Shelby County, Alabama, Household 119/122 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S2305] Marriage Records, Shelby County, Alabama, 1859-1867 Records, 264 (Reliability: 3).