Abraham B. Oldham

2 December 1830–24 July 1894 (Age 63)
Shelby, Indiana, United States

The Life Summary of Abraham B.

When Abraham B. Oldham was born on 2 December 1830, in Shelby, Indiana, United States, his father, Robert D. Oldham, was 22 and his mother, Nicy Jane Bollabaugh, was 20. He married Sarah Ann White on 15 February 1855, in Mahaska, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Mahaska, Iowa, United States in 1850 and Eddyville, Mahaska, Iowa, United States in 1885. He died on 24 July 1894, in Harrison Township, Mahaska, Iowa, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Eddyville Cemetery, Eddyville, Mahaska, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Abraham B. Oldham
Sarah Ann White
Marriage: 15 February 1855
Mary Elizabeth Oldham
Robert Joseph Oldham
Jasper Newton Lafayette Oldham
Wilbur Franklin Oldham
Abraham Lincoln Oldham
James Sherman Oldham
Ida May Oldham
Effie Jane Oldham
Charles Elwin Oldham
John Oldham

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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War
Age 2
Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act
Age 6
The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1847 · The Great Seal of the State of Iowa is made
Age 17
The Great Seal of the State of Iowa was created in 1847 and depicts a soldier standing in a wheat field surrounded by symbols including farming, mining, and transportation with the Mississippi River in the background. An eagle overhead bears the state motto.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from the place in Lancashire, so named from Middle English ald, old ‘old’+ holm ‘island’, ‘dry land in a fen’, ‘promontory’. 2. topographic name from Old English (e)ald ‘old’ + hamm ‘water meadow’, ‘low-lying land by a river’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (26)

  • A B Oldham, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Abram Oldham, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Abraham Oldham in household of Robert Oldham, "United States Census, 1850"

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