Mahala Oldham

Brief Life History of Mahala

When Mahala Oldham was born on 2 June 1848, in Moral Township, Shelby, Indiana, United States, her father, Aaron Oldham, was 35 and her mother, Mary Ann Conner, was 29. She married Milton Wesley Byram on 13 June 1875, in Eddyville, Wapello, Iowa, United States. She lived in Harrison Township, Mahaska, Iowa, United States in 1860 and Iowa, United States in 1870. She died on 22 September 1875, in Fremont, Mahaska, Iowa, United States, at the age of 27, and was buried in Cedar Township Cemetery, Cedar Township, Mahaska, Iowa, United States.

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Milton Wesley Byram
Mahala Oldham
Marriage: 13 June 1875

Sources (7)

  • M Oldham in household of Oldham, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mahala Oldham, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • Mahala Oldham Byram, "Find A Grave Index"

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World Events (7)

1851 · Constitution of 1851

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Cheshire): habitational name from Oldham in Lancashire. The placename derives from Old English ald ‘old’ + Old Norse holmr ‘island, water meadow’.

History: Colonist and trader John Oldham was born in Lancashire, England, c. 1600 and emigrated to North America in 1623, arriving at Plymouth, MA, in July on the ship Anne.

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

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