Oldham Family History

MIZE,  William Oldham

MIZE, William Oldham

Male 1844 - 1915  (70 years)

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  • Name MIZE, William Oldham 
    Born 22 Sep 1844  Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Attorney  [1
    Occupation State Senator 
    Died 19 Aug 1915  Hazel Green, Wolfe County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • "Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, ed. 8-B, Wol fe Co":

      William O. Mize was born in Independence, Mo., Sept 22, 1834, his father, John P. Mize was born in Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky abt 1818. He moved to Missouri in 1841 and located at Independence, where he engaged in the drug business, which he followed until his death in 1846. About 1841 he married Miss Marium Oldham, a daughter of Col., William Oldham of Madison County, Kentucky. She bore him only one child, viz: William O.

      In 1847 our subject and his mother moved to Kentucky, where soon after the latter died. In Early life William O. attended the common Schools; he subsequently attended school at Millersburg, Kentucky, as well as a commercial college at Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1865 he engaged in the mercantile business at Hazel Green, Ky and in which business he continued until 1878. In 1879 he was elected in the State Senate from Wolfe, Morgan, Magoffin, Lee, Owsley, Powell, Johnson, Menifee and Breathitt Counties, serving one term.

      Mr. Mize is a man of a great deal of natural ability as a writer and speaker, and has for many years been recognized as one of the leading men of Wolfe County. April 27, 1874 he married Miss Lou E. Cockrill, a daughter of McKinley and Emily (Trimble) Cockrill, of Hazel Green. She has born to him one child,, Carl. Mr. Mize is a member of the F & A.M. is a democrat and an elder in the Christian Church.

      Elected Democrat State Senator in 1879 by majority vote: William with 1271 and D. Price with 649

      A leading speaker, writer, and Elder of Wolfe County photo of home in Hazel Green in file.

      1860: Wolfe County, Kentucky was formed from Breathitt, Morgan, Owsley, and Powell Counties. Records were lost in courthouse fires in 1886 and 1913. The county was named in honor of Nathaniel Wolfe, a noted lawyer and member of the Kentucky legislature during 1853- 55 and 1859-63.

      During the Civil War, the Confederate government attempted unsuccessfully to change the county name to Zollicoffer to honor General Felix Zollicoffer who died at the Battle of Mill Springs in Kentucky.

      Hazel Green Academy: During the spring of 1880, J. Taylor Day, William O. Mize and Green Berry Swango, three community leaders in Hazel Green, Kentucky, each contributed $500 to start an educational institution. Later in the year the Kentucky Senate passed a bill chartering Hazel Green Academy to provide elementary and secondary education to children throughout the mountain region of the state. A building was constructed during the summer, teachers were recruited and classes began in the fall.

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      Hazel Green Academy was a school in the little village of Hazel Green , eastern Wolfe County , eastern Kentucky . It was established in 1880 by a Charter from the Kentucky Legislature. The bill was introduced by a Hazel Green citizen, Senator W.O. Mize . The Founders of the school were Mize and his wife, Hazel Green merchant, J. Taylor Day, and Green Berry Swango.
      The first classes were held in the Hazel Green Masonic Hall, before a permanent school building was erected downtown in 1885. N. B. (Napoleon Bonaparte) Hays was the first principal. He was later the Attorney General of Kentucky.
      At the invitation of the Founders, in 1886 , the Kentucky Christian Woman's Board of Missions (CWBM), a sisterhood of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), assumed operation of the financially ailing school. The magnitude of the undertaking as the "Kentucky Mountain Mission" caused the Kentucky Board to appeal to the National CWBM at Indianapolis for support. By 1919, the CWBM was enveloped in the new United Christian Missionary Society (UCMS) which sponsored the Academy.
      The school closed its doors August 31 , 1983 . Its last Director was Dr. Robert "Sandy" Goodlett and the last Principal was Rev. Bob Dailey. Dailey was the principal, 1980-83. Before that he was the math and science teacher for two years.
      In its earlier years, the Academy was called the "Athens of the West" and the "Mother Mountain School" as it preceded other private, missionary and public schools in its 20 county service area by several years.

      Name: Mize, William Oldham
      Date Of Death: August 20, 1915 Time: 8:00 PM
      Place Of Death: Hazel Green, Wolfe County, Kentucky
      Residence: Wolfe County, Kentucky
      Gender: Male
      Race: W
      Age: 71
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse: Mize, Lou Cockrell
      Date Of Birth: September 22, 1843
      Place Of Birth: Independence, Missouri
      Mother's Name: Oldham, Mariam
      Mother's Birthplace: Clark County, Kentucky
      Father's Name: Mize, John A.
      Father's Birthplace: Irvine, Kentucky
      Cause Of Death: Unavailable
      Hospital: None Listed
      SS Number: None
      Occupation: Retired Merchant
      Funeral Home: Henry H. Hall, Winchester, Kentucky
      Doctor: Taylor Center, MD, Hazel Green, Kentucky
      Coroner: None Listed
      Informant: Carl Mize, Hazel Green, Kentucky
      Date Of Burial: August 22, 1915
      Place Of Burial: Hazel Green Cemetery, Wolfe County, Kentucky
      Date Recorded: Unavailable
      Source Of Record: Kentucky Death Certificate
      Certificate No.: 20842



      Additional Comments:
      Kentucky Death Certificate #20842 shows birth date for Wm. O. Mize as 22 Sep
      1843; however, his tombstone at Hazel Green Cemetery shows his birth date as
      22 Sep 1844.
      Tombstone reads: William Oldham Mize
      Sept 22, 1844
      Aug 20, 1915


      File at: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ky/wolfe/vitals/deaths/mize786gdt.txt

      This file has been created by a form at http://www.genrecords.org/kyfiles/
    Person ID I6135  oldham
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2012 

    Father MIZE, John Aleis,   b. 17 Jan 1820, Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1847, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Mother OLDHAM, Mariam,   b. 1 May 1822, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1858, Clark County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Family ID F1932  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family COCKRILL, Lou Ellen,   b. 15 Jun 1848,   d. 6 Apr 1926  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 27 Apr 1874  Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. MIZE, Carl B.,   b. 23 Jul 1875,   d. 17 Jan 1933  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F2835  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Sep 1844 - Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Apr 1874 - Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Aug 1915 - Hazel Green, Wolfe County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos 2 photos

    Documents
    Mize, William Oldham<br>
1844-1915
    Mize, William Oldham
    1844-1915

    Death Notice

    Obituary

    Miscellaneous 2 miscellaneous

  • Sources 
    1. [S364] Histories and Genealogies of the Families of Miller, Woods, Harris, Wallace, Maupin, Oldham, Kavanaugh and Brown, Wm. Miller, (http://www.archive.org/details/historygenealogie00mill).

    2. [S1937] Mize Family Genealogy Page.

    3. [S3284] Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, ed. 8-B, Wolfe County, Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, (Ed. 8-B).