Wednesday, August 8, 2012

JOHN OLDHAM 1813-1874

[Ancestral Link: Mary Elizabeth Bickmore (Schow), daughter of Ellen Oldham (Bickmore), daughter of John Oldham.]

Oldham, England - This is where John Oldham lived with his family before they came to America.





Inscription: Mother. Maria Heap Oldham, Born at Hasingdon, England December 28, 1816, Died January 1, 1886. Father. John Oldham, Born at Hasingdon, England July 1, 1813, Died November 24, 1874.

Burial: Paradise Cemetery, Paradise, Cache County, Utah, USA - Plot: L6

Birth: June 13, 1813, Lancashire, England
Death: November 24, 1874, Paradise, Cache County, Utah, USA

John was the son of William and Alice (Barnes) Oldham, he had an older sister, Alice. And a younger sister, Marie Ann. John was the husband of Maria Heap. John and Maria were married 4 June 1836 in the St. James Church, Haslingden, Lancashire, England. They had the following children:
William
William Heap
Thomas
Alice
John Henry
Maria
Ellen
Margaret Ann
Samuel Heaps
James Henry
Eliza

Life events
1841 - living Moor End Mellor -
John Oldham - head - cotton slubber age 30 born Derbyshire 1811
Ann age 35 wife born Derbyshire 1806
Matthew 13 born Derbyshire 1828,
David 12 born 1829,
Mary 10 1831,
James 9 1832,
Henry 6 1835,
Ann 4 1837,
Martha 2 1839,
Moses 10 months 1841 -
all born Derbyshire.

In 1851 census - living 133 Little Moor Head, Whitfield Glossop.
John - head - age 42 - cotton factory labourer oiler born New Mills.
Nancy (Ann) - 46 - born Mellor,
David 22 - steam engine tender born Mellor,
Mary 20 - cotton carding engine tender born Mellor,
James 18 - cotton blower tender born Mellor,
Ann 16 - Frame tender born Mellor,
Henry 14 - cottn ? piecer born Mellor,
Martha 13 - at home employ born Mellor,
Moses 10 - 1/2 time cotton carding engine tender born Mellor,
Abner 6,
John 5,
Jane 2 - no birth place mentioned (could be glossop?)

1861 - living 137 jacksons houses Whitfield.
John head age 56 - cotton cardroom hand born New Mills.
Ann - wife 57 born Mellor,
Mary Thorpe (Oldham?) daughter 30 - house servant born Mellor,
Moses 20 - cotton card room hand born Mellor,
Abner 17 - cotton weaver born Mellor,
John 15 - cotton weaver born Mellor,
Jane 13 - cotton weaver born Glossop,
Ann Thorpe 4 - visitor (grandchild?) born Glossop,
Hannah Thorpe 2 - visitor born Glossop,
Henry Thorpe 2 months - visitor born Glossop.

1871 - living 22 Kershaw St, Glossop.
John - head 66 - unemployed born New Mills,
Abner 26 - cotton weaver born Mellor,
John 24 - cotton weaver born Mellor,
Jane 22 - cotton weaver born Glossop.

When did wife Ann die ? Death registered 1865 Hayfield district January - March.

No record found in 1891.
found on ancestry.com

Name Index - compiled by Maurine Carr Ward
Names of Persons and Sureties indebted to the PERPETUAL EMIGRATING FUND Company from 1850 to 1877 inclusive. Printed at the Star Book and Job Printing Office, Salt Lake City, 1877.

Oldham, John -- Alice, Ellen, Maria, Maria Jr., Mary A., Samuel, James, Eliza 1864.

JOHN OLDHAM
By his son, Samuel Oldham (March 3, 1852-July 24, 1921)

My paternal grandfather, William was born at Haslingden, Lancashire, England, in the year 1788. His wife, Alice Barnes, was born at the same place in the year 1787. They were married probably in the early part of 1812. Their three children, of whom we have record, were John Oldham, born at Haslingden, England, on June 13, 1813, Mary Ann Oldham (Heap), born at the same place on December 22, 1815. Alice Oldham (Sharples) born at the same place, probably in 1818.

My grandfather died on August 26, 1856, my grandmother on April 2, 1867. I have a slight recollection of my grandfather, although I was but a little over four years of age when he died. My grandmother I can remember quite well, as she lived with us for some time.

My grandparents were engaged in their own home in hand loom weaving. This was the only kind of cloth-weaving that was then known. During the early part of their lives, power looms were invented to run by steam. At one time, my grandfather had seven looms, and employed people to manipulate them all in his own house.

The introduction of power looms was accompanied by great opposition and destruction on the part of the people, who had been using hand looms to gain a livelihood for hundreds of years, and who, it now seemed, would be deprived of that privilege.

My grandparents were both buried in St. James Churchyard, at Haslingden, England.

My father, John Oldham, was born at Haslingden, Lancashire, England, on June 13, 1813. He married my mother, Maria Heap, a daughter of John Heap and Alice Howarth (both of Haslingden) on January 4, 1836. They were endowed and sealed in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah in November 1868.

They had the following ten children:
William (June 5, 1836),
Thomas (October 1, 1838),
Alice Mitton (December 15, 1840)
John (May 12, 1843)
Maria Tams (June 14, 1845),
Ellen Bickmore (October 1, 1847)
Margaret A. Crapo (December 11, 1849),
Samuel (March 3, 1852),
James Henry (December 2, 1855),
Eliza Remington (February 27, 1858).

John, my father, was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1844 in Bury, Lancashire, England. He emigrated with his wife and seven children from England to Utah starting on May 18, 1864. We crossed the ocean in the General McClellam, a sailing vessel, and were thirty-one days reaching New York. We then spent nine days and nights on the railroad cars traveling to St. Joseph, Missouri. Then two days and one night on the steamboat traveling up the Missouri River, arriving at the Village of Wyoming, on the Missouri River in July, 1864.

After remaining there about three weeks, we started on our journey across the plains in Captain Warren’s ox train. We traveled for eleven weeks before we arrived at our Salt Lake City on October 4, 1864.  It was a very arduous journey.  My father and mother were both sick for about three weeks before we arrived at our destination. The Indians were very hostile during the first part of our journey and nutritious food was very scarce. As soon as we arrived, however, all commenced to improve until we were soon enjoying the best of health.

After remaining two or three weeks in Salt Lake City, the family removed to Paradise, Cache County in the northern part of Utah. Their son, John, had emigrated there in the year previous through the assistance of his parents, and had purchased a lot with a log house upon it. To this rude home they came with very grateful hearts, it being more than twenty weeks since leaving their home in England.

Arriving there in the last days of October 1864, all work that the family could do in gaining a livelihood was completed. Father and twelve year old son, Samuel, however did succeed in getting a job husking corn on shares, one bushel out of seven husked being the compensation.

Arriving in their new home with no means whatever, and not being able to get employment by which any means could be earned except the corn before mentioned, it was a very serious question how a long winter could be tided over. This difficulty, however, was considerably lessened by Bishop David James calling to the people in the ward to give as they could afford to the incoming emigrants. A very liberal amount of food, such as meat, potatoes, flour, etc. was advanced, all of which was subsequently paid for by my father. This was a great help and came at a most opportune time and stirred up feelings of gratitude to the Bishop and members of the ward.

In the latter part of that winter, my father was invited to follow his old trade, hand loom weaving, as cloth for men’s and women’s clothing was extremely scarce and high in price. During 1864 and many succeeding years his time was largely employed in that work. For years, he counted as the year’s work, one thousand yards of cloth and when that was accomplished, he felt as though his vacation had been well earned.

In the latter part of the summer of 1866, great clouds of grasshoppers flew upon the town and fields surrounding it and commenced feeding upon the crops of the gardens and fields. Considerable loss was inflicted this first season of their appearance, and they also laid their eggs in great quantities. Next Spring, the insects hatched from these eggs and destroyed practically all the crops that were planted. Thus it continued for six years. One year the insects would fly upon us rather early and destroy perhaps half of the crops and lay their eggs. The next year the eggs would hatch and the crop would almost be entirely destroyed before the grasshoppers attained sufficient growth to fly away. This was known as the “Grasshopper War” and had the effect of keeping the people poor and unable to build up their surroundings with as great rapidity as they otherwise would have done.

In the early part of 1867, it was decided by the Church Authorities that on account of the hostility of the Indians, the isolation of the community and the limited amount of arable land available, it would be best to move the people to a location about three miles north, so most of that year was taken up in patting and surveying, in getting materials for homes, barns, sheds, fences, etc. and very early in the spring of 1868 this move was accomplished.

My father and my mother endured the hardships and privations of those times not with feelings of complaints of discouragement, but with cheerfulness and gratitude for the blessings they did enjoy. This was Zion in very deed to them and they were willing to plow, plant and build to make it an enjoyable place to live.

In the latter part of October, in this same year of 1868, my father and mother traveled to Salt Lake City by ox team, their 16 year old son, Samuel, driving and caring for the team, and there in the Endowment House were sealed as husband and wife for time and eternity and received their endowments under the hands of the servants of God. It was a journey of 180 miles and although the traveling was slow, it was quite enjoyable as the weather was exceedingly pleasant.

On November 24, 1874, my father died from jaundice, brought on by being overpowered by heat while assisting in gathering hay during the preceding August. His age was 61 years and 5 months. My mother died on January 1, 1886, having just passed her 69th birthday. They had lived an honest and industrious life, were faithful and true to their religious convictions and had raised a large and honorable family. None of their children died before maturity.

The above was submitted to the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers by Delores Burton, P.O. Box 253, Sugar City, ID 83448 on 10-25-04.

Exact same was submitted to Daughters of the Utah Pioneers by L. R. Harris Ackerman, 5035 – 44 Avenue South, Taber, Alberta, Canada TOK2GO on October 13, 1992. He states the history was written by Samuel Oldham, 20 October 1920.

The only variation was as follows:

They had the following children:

1. William born June 5, 1836 at Haslingden, died September 14, 1862, killed in battle at South Mountain, Maryland.
2. Thomas, born October 1, 1838 at Edenfield, Bury, died January 16, 1916 at Atchison, Kansas.
3. Alice (Mitton) born December 15, 1840 at Bury, Lancashire, died at Logan, Utah.
4. John born May 12, 1843 at Bury, Lancashire, England
5. Ellen (Bickmore) born October 1, 1847 at Bury Lancashire, England died at Logan, Utah
6. Margaret A. (Crapo) born December 11, 1849 at Bury, Lancashire, England.
7. Samuel born March 3, 1852 at Bury, Lancashire, England.
8. James Henry born December 2, 1855 at Oldham, Lancashire died May 26, 1913 at Paradise, Utah.
9. Eliza (Remington) born December 2, 1858 at Oldham, Lancashire died at Parker, Idaho.
10. Maria (Tams) born 14 June 1845 at Bury, Lancashire, England.

My father and his family were most of them engaged in weaving. My father, first, on a hand loom and afterwards, he and his children, as they grew up, handling power looms.


U.S Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914
Name: John Oldham
Birth year: about 1814
Birthplace: England
Enlistment Age: 24
found on Ancestry Institution.com

Listed as recipient of the Perpetual Emigrating Fund.
NAME INDEX Compiled by Maurine Carr Ward - NAMES of PERSONS AND SURETIES indebted to the PERPETUAL EMIGRATING FUND COMPANY FROM 1850 TO 1877 INCLUSIVE Printed at the Star Book and Job Printing Office, Salt Lake City 1877

England Marriages, 1538–1973 for John Oldham


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Bride's Name:Maria Heap
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Marriage Date:04 Jan 1836
Marriage Place:Haslingden, Lancashire, England
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number:M16086-3
System Origin:England-EASy
Source Film Number:1040346
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found on familysearch.org

Sketch of Samuel Oldham (son of John Oldham and Maria Heap)
Written October 20th, 1920 by himself
He was born March 3, 1852, Bury, Lancashire, England. His father and mother and family started from England to Utah, May 18, 1864. Crossing the ocean on the General Mc Clellan, a sailing vessel and were thirty one days reaching New York. We then spent nine days and one night on a steamboat traveling up the Missouri River, arriving at a village called Wyoming, Missouri in July 1864. After remaining there about three weeks, we started on our journey across the plains in Captain Warren’s ox train.

We traveled for eleven weeks before arriving at Salt Lake City on October 4th 1864. It was a very arduous journey.  My father and mother were both sick for about three weeks before we arrived at our destination.  The Indians were very hostile during the first part of our journey, and during the latter part, nutritious food was very scarce.  As soon as we arrived in Salt Lake City, we all commenced to improve,until we were soon enjoying the best of health.

After remaining two or three weeks at Salt Lake City, the family moved to Paradise, Cache County, Utah.

Our first home in Paradise was a one room log house.  Being the last days of October 1864 all work that the family could do to help in gaining a livelihood was completed.  The father and twelve years old son, Samuel, however did succeed in getting a job at husking corn on shares, one bushel out of seven husked, being the compensation and no other work or money.  It was a very serious question, however was considerably lessened by the Bishop David James calling the men of the ward together and asking them to make such advances to the incoming emigrants as they could afford.  A very liberal amount of food such as meat, potatoes, flour, etc., was advanced, all of which was subsequently paid for by my father.

This was a great help and came at a most opportune time and stirred up feeling of earnest gratitude to the bishop and the members of his ward.

In the latter part of that winter my father was invited to follow his old trade, hand loom weaving, as cloth for men and women's clothing was extremely scarce and high in price and during 1865 and many succeeding years, his time was largely employed in that work.  For many years he counted as his years work one thousand yards of cloth and when that was accomplished he felt as though his vacation had been well earned.

In the early part of 1867, it was decided by the church authorities that on account of the hostility of the Indians, the isolation of the community and limited amount of arable land available, it would be best to move the people to a location about three miles north; so most of that year was taken up in platting and surveying, in getting out materials for homes, barns, sheds, fences, etc. and very early in the spring of 1868 the move was accomplished.  My father and my mother endured the hardships and privations of those times not with feelings of complaint or discouragement, but with cheerfulness and gratitude for the blessings they did enjoy.  This was Zion to them, and they were willing to ploy, plant and build to make it an enjoyable place to live.

On the 6th of February 1869, I went out with a crowd of our town people to work on the Central Pacific Railroad on the Promontory for Bishop David James.  The Union Pacific Railroad was urging its men to the east to count to the company who built it, besides every alternate square mile of land for twenty miles each side of the track.  I remained there for two months, our places being filled by hordes of China men who were rushed on to finish up the work.  One month later, or on the 10th of May 1869 the two companies united their lines, thus completing a railroad across the American Continent and celebrated the event by a gathering of people interested in both roads, by a program and by connecting the two roads by the driving of a Golden spike.  This took place on the Promontory, some miles east of the western arm of Salt Lake.

Returning home, I engaged in farming on my father's land, most of which was not yet broken.
Utah Pioneer Biographies Volume 2 "O", typed by The Genealogical Society Salt Lake City, Utah 1947 pages 5-8  

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