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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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OLD BIOGRAPHIES

DEATH. DIED: in October 1773 in Talbot County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least £1,438.8.11
current money (including 24 slaves, 96 oz. plate,
and books). LAND: probably 914 acres in Talbot
County and 11 lots in Oxford.

OLDHAM, EDWARD (ca. 1756-1798). BORN. ca.
1756. NATIVE: possibly; if so, second generation.
RESIDED in Bohemia Manor Hundred, Cecil
County; records indicate probably dual residence
in Baltimore County, ca. 1780s. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER, possibly Edward Oldham, a
farmer who resided in Chester, Pennsylvania, in
1757. MARRIED in 1784 Mary (ca. 1765-1819),
daughter of Joseph Ensor and wife Mary Bouch-
elle. Mary was the granddaughter of Peter Bouch-
elle and wife Catherine Herman. OTHER KINSHIP:
great-grandfather, Ephraim Augustine Herman
(1683-1734/35). CHILDREN. SONS: Edward; George
Washington; and Charles Herman. DAUGHTERS:
Maria (Mary); Harriet; Ann, who married Ed-
ward Oldham; and possibly Nancy. PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: literate. SOCIAL ACTIVITIES:
Esq., by 1792. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Lower House, Cecil County, 1789, 1790, 1791-
1792, 1792. OTHER STATE OFFICE: Maryland Sen-
ate elector, Cecil County, 1791. LOCAL OFFICE:
justice, Cecil County, 1794-at least 1796. MILI-
TARY SERVICE: 1st lieutenant of a company of
militia, Gunpowder Battalion, Baltimore County
Militia, commissioned May 25, 1776; 1st lieuten-
ant, Flying Camp, July-December, 1776; 1st lieu-
tenant, 4th Regiment, Maryland Line, December
1776; captain, 4th Regiment, Maryland Line, May
1777; transferred to 5th Regiment, Maryland Line,
January 1781; transferred to 1st Regiment, Mary-
land Line, January 1783; served with the Mary-
land Battalion, April-November 1783; brevet ma-
jor. Maryland Battalion, September 1783. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed

value in Baltimore County, £32,0.0, 1783; 21 slaves,

1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 117 acres

in Baltimore County; probably controlled an ad-
ditional 1,728 acres of the total 3,456 acres of
Bohemia Manor inherited by his wife and her
brother from their father (Mary's brother's land
was put in trust after he was declared an idiot).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: acquired more than 4,071
acres in Cecil County, 1792-1796. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: on November 4, 1798, in Cecil

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £4,929.10.5

(including 35 slaves and 76 oz. plate); FB, estate

overpaid £33.19.8. Indebted at death with Rich-
ard Bassett, Esq., of Delaware to Charles Carroll
of Carrollton (1737-1832) for £9,897.10.0. LAND:
probably more than 4,000 acres in Cecil County,
as well as probable control of his wife's inherit-
ance of ca. 1,700 acres.

OLDHAM, JOHN (?-1729). IMMIGRATED: prob-
ably; in Talbot County by 1695. RESIDED: in Tal-
bot County by 1695; in Oxford, Talbot County,
by 1696 to death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. SISTER:
possibly Hannah. MARRIED by 1702 Mary, pos-
sibly the daughter of Jasper Hall (?-ca. 1718)
and wife Mary (?-1718). CHILDREN. SON: Edward
Oldham (1709-1773). DAUGHTERS: Hannah (ca.
1702-1759), who married first, ca. 1729, Capt.
Tamberlaine Davis (?-1735), and second, by 1746,
James Edge (ca. 1710-1757); Elizabeth (1704-
?), who married in 1726/27 David Davis; Mary
(ca. 1707-?); and Martha, who married in 1732
Edward Hardin. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. Anglican; held
pew in St. Peter's Parish Church, Talbot County,
1728. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by
1717. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: smith; probable
storekeeper; miller. Oldham is described as a
blacksmith as early as 1696 and a whitesmith in
1724. He probably also kept a store in Oxford
and may have owned a warehouse there. In 1717
the legislature granted Oldham permission to build
a windmill in Oxford and his inventory includes
millstones and mill equipment. PUBLIC CAREER.

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Talbot

County, 1722-1724. LOCAL OFFICES, commis-
sioner of the Free School, Talbot County, in of-
fice 1723, 1727; St. Peter's Parish Vestry, Talbot
County, elected 1724 (exempted from service),
1726, 1728-1729. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: purchased as indentured serv-
ants some of the Jacobite rebels transported from
Belfast, Ireland, to Oxford, Talbot County, in
1717. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably 425 acres
in Talbot County and 7 lots in Oxford, Talbot
County (all by purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

purchased another lot in Oxford in 1724, and 80
acres in Talbot County in 1725. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED between October 14 and December 9, 1729,
in Talbot County, probably at his home in Ox-
ford. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £659.7.6 cur-
rent money (including 10 slaves, 105 oz. plate,
and books); FB, £628.14.5 current money. LAND.
probably 505 acres in Talbot County and 8 lots
in Oxford, Talbot County.

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