Ancestral Family Topic 2456

 2456   John Oldham I (-1709)
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John Oldham I, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, John Oldham I might describe his life as follows.

Before 1643 husband and wife, James and Pearcey Oldum, as they spelled the name, arrived in Accomac County, which is just across the Chesapeake Bay from Northumberland County where I lived a generation later. Since I named a son James, they may have been my parents.
I can say little about myself because, except a few old books, records of Northumberland County burned in 1710, soon after my death.
Records do reveal, however, that I was the father of John, Abigail, Richard, and James Oldham, born 1664 to 1669 in St. Stephen’s Parish. 
I was evidently literate because in 1694 Ann Alexander apprenticed herself to me and Abigail Oldham, who could have been my sister, to learn to read and sew. 
For operating a ferry, the county paid me 2,000 pounds of tobacco 5 November 1668.  My plantation was on the Coan River that spills into the Potomac River, and so my ferry may have been for transporting travelers back and forth across the Coan.
Having made no will, I was dead by 20 January 1708/9 when James and Richard petitioned the court to administer my estate. 

More about John Oldham
Mr. Phillip Taylor acquired 1,000 acres in present-day Accomac County in 1643 for bringing 20 people to the Colony of Virginia, including “James Oldum, Pearcey his wife, and Elizabeth Oldum.”  Accomac is across the Chesapeake Bay from Northumberland and James was a popular Oldham name. Yet we do not know if this couple was John’s parents. No Oldhams were listed in the quit rent list of 1683. 
That John lived on the Coan River is derived as follows. We know John was next to Thomas Tower on Morattico Path 8 Sept. 1668.  A patent for Thomas Tower places him on Kings Creek and a main branch of the Chickacone River in 1664.  It is also on Kings Creek and Tuckahoe Swamp that John Oldham II lived. The Chickacone River is now known as the Coan River according to the U.S.G.S.
John Sabry petitioned for his filial portion of the estate of his deceased grandfather John Oldham 19 Aug. 1709.  The term filial suggests that he was the illegitimate son of one of John’s sons. He later witnessed the receipt that James Oldham gave Richard Rout in 1712.

Abigail Oldham
Some have identified John Oldham’s wife as Abigail Oldham who made deeds of gift to John Oldham Jr. and “for the girle” Abigail Oldham as recorded Jan. 1668/9.  Since a married women could not make a deed, this was not John Oldham’s wife, but likely his sister or sister-in-law.
This same Abigail witnessed a deed for Miles Gorham when he sold 200 acres on Beaverdam Swamp, next to John Oldham, 18 Jan. 1671/2. 
Abigail was dead by 20 Jan. 1709/10 when James Oldham petitioned the court for probate of her will. 

Other Oldhams of Northumberland County
Several other Oldham families appear in the Northumberland County. Yet absent wills, we cannot correctly place them as descendants of John Oldham.
A descendant of John Oldham was William Oldham (- 4 Nov. 1791), born in Berkeley County about 1745, he commanded a regiment of Kentucky militia during the Revolutionary War. In 1791 General St. Clair led an Indian campaign on the Wabash River, losing 800 killed, including William Oldham. 
In 1824 Kentucky formed Oldham County from parts of Jefferson, Shelby, and Henry counties, in recognition of Oldham’s service. 

Descendants of John Oldham I
Information about the children of John Oldham I, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 John Oldham II (1665-1705),  
 Abigail Oldham (1666-),  
 Richard Oldham (1671-1731),  
Ann (—) Oldham,  
Richard Oldham,  John Ranson,  Mary (—) Oldham,  
Tarpley Oldham,  Edward Singer,  
Charles Oldham,  Sarah —,  
Joshua Pritchett,   
Sarah Bishop,  
Tarpley Oldham,  Mary Cabaniss,   John Bishop,  
Amy (Shockley) Ball,  Joseph Ball,  
Elizabeth Longmire Oldham,  Shoclkey,  
John Oldham,  
Charles Oldham,  
Sarah Bishop Oldham,  Pedigo,  
George Oldham,  
William Oldham,  
Susannah Tarpley Oldham,  Page,  
Rebecca Cabiness Oldham,  Carter,  
Richard Oldham,  
Tarpley Oldham,  
Bishop Oldham,  
James Tarpley Oldham,  
Caleb Oldham,  
Mary Ann Oldham,  
Louisa Jane Oldham,  
Charles Oldham,  Patsy Wynne,  Peter Wynne Sr.,  
Bishop Oldham,  Elizabeth Hampton,   
Richard Oldham,  Eliza Mares,  Tabitha Rives,  
Elizabeth Oldham,  
George Oldham,  
Maryann Oldham,  Peter Hawthorne,  
Hannah Oldham,  Peter Oldham,  Sally Oldham,  Benjamin Edmunds,  John Bishop,  
Elizabeth Oldham,  
Rebecca Oldham,  
Leroy Oldham,  Grace Smith,  Benjamin Reaves,  Samuel Smith,  Judith (—) Smith,  
William Lewis,  
Eleanor (—) Oldham,  
Leroy Oldham,  Ruth (Smith) Bludon,  William Nelms,  
Thomas Oldham,  Ann (—) Oldham,  
Grace Smith Oldham,  
Mary Oldham,  
Nancy Tarpley Oldham,  
Lucy Oldham,  
Caleb Oldham,  
Nathaniel Oldham,  
Richard Oldham,  
George Oldham,  
Peter Oldham,  Rebecca (Hatton) Alderson,  Jeloff Alderson Jr.,  
Katherine Oldham,  Thomas Brown,  Eleanor (—) Brown,  
Peter Brown,  
Daniel Brown,  Lucy Jones,   
Catherine Brown,  John English,  William English,  
James Oldham,  
John Oldham,  Mary —,  
Raleigh Oldham,  
Nancy Oldham,  
Richard Oldham,  Richard Burge,  Judith (—) Oldham,  
George Oldham,  Jane (—) Oldham,  James Oldham,   
James Oldham,  
Mary Oldham,  
Hannah Oldham,  
Moses Oldham,  Frances (—) Oldham,  
James Oldham,  
Spencer Oldham,  
Peter Oldham,  
Ann Oldham,  
William Oldham,  Nancy Dobyns,  Thomas Dobyns,  
Merriman Payne,  
Fanny Lawson Oldham,  
Eliza Oldham,  
 James Oldham (1669-1712),  
Richard Oldham,   
Ruth (—) Oldham,  
Jane Oldham,  Samuel Smith,  
Jane Smith,  
Judith Smith,  
Grace Smith,  
Sarah Smith,  
Ruth Smith,  
George Oldham,  George Thomas,  
William Oldham,  Mary —,  
George Oldham,  
Jane Oldham,  
Elizabeth Oldham,  
Winifred Oldham,  
James Oldham,  
Abigail Oldham,  
John Oldham,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
Caleb Oldham - Revolutionary War  

Names on the map
Oldham County, Kentucky named for William Oldham  

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