Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, Cornelia

Female Abt 1844 - 1933  (~ 89 years)

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  • Name OLDHAM, Cornelia 
    Born Abt 1844  Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Census 1850  District 2, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Known Residence
    • Harrodsburg, Kentucky
    Died Feb 1933  Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
Cornelia Oldham Hansford<br>
abt 1844-1933
    Cornelia Oldham Hansford
    abt 1844-1933

    Death Record

    • Mt. Sterling Advocate, 16 Feb 1933 One of Oldest Citizens Passes

      Mrs. Cornelia O. Hansford, aged 89 years, one of Montgomery county's oldest and best beloved women, died Tuesday morning at her home on Holt Avenue, following a lingering illness. Mrs. Hansford was the widow of the late Smith Hansford and was born and reared in Montgomery county. She was the oldest member of the Christian church and was widely and prominently connected. Mrs. Hansford was a former teacher in the Midway Orphan's School, the North Middletown College and the old Hocker College in Lexington, now known as Hamilton College.

      She was a cultured and refined Christian woman and had lived a most remark able life. To her friends and loved ones she had ever been kind and self-sacrificing, and in her passing the city loses a woman who had spent long years in behalf of the youth of the land; one who had done her mite in making the world a better place in which to live. Truly one of God's rarest and sweetest flowers has been plucked and a long life of usefulness has come to an end.

      Mrs. Hansford is survived by one brother, W. P. Oldham of this city; three sisters, Mrs. Sallie Reppert of Mt. Sterling and Mrs. Eliza Combs and Mrs. B. J. Mitchell of Lexington; two step daughters Mrs. Keene Arnold and Mrs. Jack Pearson of Versailles.

      Funeral services were held at the Christian church this afternoon, conducted by the Rev. A. C. Brooks and the Rev. Hugh Farrish, of Lexington. Burial followed in Machpelah Cemetery.

      From: "debbie combs"
      To: "Jan Oldham"
      Subject: Re: Oldham Family
      Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 20:56:25 -0500

      Jan, I'll have to look at William Miller's Histories and Genealogies sometime. My aunt, Elizabeth (age 84), knew all of Eliza Oldham's sisters. The Oldham sisters were my aunt Elizabeth's aunts. There was no Cordelia but there was a Cornelia. William Miller has his facts wrong. If I send you a copy of Cornelia Oldham Hansford's death certificate by US mail, will you consider correcting the database? Cornelia was a very amazing woman for her time.

      Here is the text of her obituary from a Harrodsburg newspaper:

      General sadness was felt here over the death of Mrs. Cornelia Oldham Hansford on Tuesday morning about 8 o'clock at her home in Mt. Sterling [Kentucky]. Many years of the most useful period of her life were spent in this community. She was the daughter of B.F. Oldham [T.B. Oldham] and Nancy Phelps Oldham and was born March 27, 1844, being 88 years old at the time of her death and the oldest member of the Mt. Sterling Christian Church. She was graduated from Old Daughters College, Harrodsburg, and afterwards became a prominent and successful teacher, holding positions in the faculties of the Midway Orphan School, North Middletown College, Hamilton College and other well known schools. She was married to Mr. Smith Hansford, a prominent merchant here, and after coming to this place to live, her Christian character, trained intellect and wholesome personality exerted a wide influence for good, and made her a popular and outstanding woman in church, club, and social circles.

      Her activities in the work of the women's clubs extended beyond Harrodsburg and she became well known throughout the state and was elected the second president of the Kentucky Federation of Women's Club. During her term in office which are still adhered to.

      If you send me your US mail address, I'll mail you a copy of Cornelia's death certificate. That will give you documentation of her name and that she was married to Smith Hansford. I would really like information about her to be correct. Thanks for your consideration. Debbie Combs

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Jan Oldham=20
      To: debbie combs=20
      Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 6:23 AM
      Subject: Re: Oldham Family

      Cordelia and Cornelia could be the same person. The dates are from Wm. Miller's Histories and Genealogies......which does contain several errors. The marriage was confirmed by marriage records, but doesn't give ages or birth dates

      debbie combs wrote:
      Hello Jan,I've been looking at your Oldham family database. I've be enable to confirm some names given to me by my aunt. My great grandmother was Eliza Oldham. She married Francis Marion Combs. Eliza is the daughter of Thompson B. Oldham we son of John Oldham. That should give you an idea of how I fit into the Oldham family. The person I'm interested in finding out about is Cornelia Oldham. She is the daughter of Thompson B. Oldham and Nancy Phelps. You have her listed as Cordelia Oldham born about 1857. I have Cornelia's death certificate with a birthdate of March 27, 1844. She was married to Smith Hansford. All this is confirmed on her death certificate. My aunt, who is 84 years old, remembers Cornelia and Eliza and the other Oldham sisters. I have a picture of them. I believe the
      Later Day Saints also have Cornelia listed as Cordelia. I'm interested in Cornelia because my father was named for his father who was named Cornelius Hansford Combs after Cornelia Oldham Hansford. Anyway, thanks for providing me with dates I didn't have. I've enjoyed looking at your database. Sincerely, Debbie Combs


      The Mt. Sterling advocate. (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) 1890-current, January 10, 1899

      The Will of Mrs. Eliza Ward Probated.

      The will of Mrs. Eliza Ward was offered for probate at December Court. As objections were offered, the matter was set for a hearing on January 4th before Judge A. A. Hazelrigg. On that day the will was probated. Its chief provisions are as follows:

      To the heirs of Amelia McCown, my husband's sister, I give the following sums: To Ward, James, Robert, Henry and Boone McCoun and Amelia Jacobs, $500 each, and to the heirs of Annie Darnall $500, to be equally divided.

      To the heirs of Lucinda Fry, another sister of her husband, to four $500 each; to one $800. To her sister, Delilah Curd, $1,200.

      To the heirs of her sister, Eliza Clay, she gave the following sums; To Carlton Deatherage $600, to Albert, Julia, Lucy and Green Clay, children of John W. Clay, $500 each.

      To the children of Samuel E. Clay and Amanda Clay, viz; Mary E. Sallie, Margaret, Annie, Ed and Will P. Clay, $600 each; to Lou Ward $600.

      To the five heirs of John E. Ward, her husband's brother, $600 each, and $600 to the heirs of Eliza Clay, deceased. To her sisters, Lucy M. Atkinson, Mary F. Stoner and Sallie A. Berry, and her brothers, Wm. T. Phelps and John S. Phelps, $2,000 each.

      To Wm. and John Phelps, in trust for her two sisters, Amanda F. Clay and Margaret Burgin, $2,000 each, with instructions under certain conditions.

      To the children of her deceased sister, Nancy B. Oldham, viz: Cornelia Hansford, W. P. Oldham, Margaret Tyler, Lou Mitchell, Vena Oldham, Eliza Combs and Sallie Reppert, $2000 to be equally divided. In addition to the above to Eliza Combs $1,000 and to her little boy $500.

      To Frank Phelps, her nephew, $500. The land inherited from her father to Amanda Clay's children.

      After paying all debts and funeral expenses the balance is to be equally divided, between her own nephews and nieces. If any legatee attempts to break the will he shall forfeit his legacy.

      The will was made December, 1887 and was witnessed by Clayton Howell and C. T. Owings. Wm. T. and Jno. S. Phelps and M. S. Tyler were appointed executors without security.

      By a codicil, dated Oct. 4, 1889, she gave to Ed Claly alone, instead of to the children of Amanda Clay, the land inherited from her father.

      By codicil, dated June 22, 1891, she gives to Frank Phelps $200 instead of $500. Deilhah Curd having died, her legacy was to be divided as follows: To Mary Williams, daughter of Mrs. Curd, $500; to the children of Alexander Curd, deceased, $500 to be equally divided.

      On the day of probation objection was made by M. C. and J. W. Clay and counsel has been employed by them to contest the will.

      1850 Federal Census, District 2, Madison County, Kentucky, USA
      Thompson Oldham 21
      Nancy Oldham 31
      Camila Oldham 27
      William Oldham 6
      Margaret Oldham 5
      Louis Oldham 3

    Person ID I6286  oldham
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2014 

    Father OLDHAM, Thompson B.,   b. 1819, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1911, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Mother PHELPS, Nancy B.,   d. 1866 
    Family ID F2864  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family HANSFORD, Smith 
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F2903  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1844 - Madison County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - District 2, Madison County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Federal - 1860 - Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Feb 1933 - Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2642] Some Marriages from Montgomery County, Kentucky.

    2. [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), 508 & 519 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S3349] Obituary of Thompson B. Oldham.

    4. [S2994] Obituary, (In File), In File (Reliability: 3).