Thomas OLDHAM and Elisabeth Sykes
1. Thomas OLDHAM was born about 1657, possibly in Wales. Thomas married Elisabeth SYKES, daughter of James SYKES and Elizabeth, about 1680. Elisabeth was born on 15 Jul 1664 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She died before 1728 in Chester County, Pennsylvania She was registered at Marsden MM, Lancaster County. In the biographical Sketch of John Oldham it says that "Bradford (Ford 1:;412) noted that among those with John Oldham when he was killed by Indians "2 little boys that were his kinsmen were saved." Pope states that John and Thomas Oldham, ages twelve and ten in 1635, came to New England on the Elizabeth and Ann, and settled in Plymouth Colony, and they may have been related to John Oldham. They could have been ancestors of this Thomas Oldham. The 1643 able to bear arms (ATBA) List, Duxborrow, 1643 lists Thom Ouldame. (SEE SYKES FAMILY)
Thomas and Elisabeth had the following children:
+ 2 M i. Thomas OLDHAM was born about 1680 and died on 16 Feb 1756.
2. Thomas OLDHAM (Thomas) was born about 1680. He died on 16 Feb 1756 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Thomas married Susanna FEW, daughter of Richard FEW and Susannah [-?-], on 27 Jan 1704 in Chester Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Susanna was born about 1685. She died before 1728 in Chester County. Thomas married 2nd Rachel [-?-] (d. 22 Sep 1762) widow of Samuel Littler 3 Jul 1728 at Nottingham MM in Chester County. I don't know if any of Thomas's children were by his 2nd marriage. Rachel and her 1st husband Samuel Littler, had a son named Joshua b.c1713 who married Thomas's daughter Deborah Oldham 19 Nov 1733 at East Nottingham MM. Thomas was from East Nottingham and is listed on the 1722 Tax-Rate Assessment, also on the 1753 Taxables along with John, Edward and Robert Oldham. Robert is also listed on the 1722 list. (SEE FEW FAMILY)
Thomas and Susanna had the following children:
3 F i. Mary OLDHAM was born about 1706 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She died 17 1mo (Apr because later part of the month) 1732, Mary married Lacey Rowles of Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 21 May 1724 at Nottingham MM in Chester County.
+ 4 M ii. William OLDHAM was born about 1710.
5 M iii. Thomas OLDHAM was born about 1712 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He died on 16 Apr 1786 in Nottingham, Chester County
6 F iv. Deborah OLDHAM was born about 1715 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Deborah married Joshua Littler 19 Nov 1733 at East Nottingham MM, Chester County. Joshua was the son of Samuel and Rachel Littler. Rachel (d. 22 Sep. 1762), widow Littler was the 2nd wife of Deborah's father Thomas.
7 F v. Susannah OLDHAM was born about 1716 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Susannah married Samuel Brown son of William deceased of Back Creek Hundred, Cecil County, Maryland, 11 Nov 1736 at East Nottingham MM. Susannah and her sister, Martha, were married on the same day and place.
8 F vi. Martha OLDHAM was born about 1718 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Martha married Joseph Underhill son of John of Cecil County, Maryland. 11 Nov 1736 at East Nottingham MM in Chester County. Her sister Susannah was married the same day and place.
9 F vii. Hannah OLDHAM was born about 1720 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Hannah married Thomas Barrett son of Arthur Barrett 29 Nov 1738 at East Nottingham MM, Chester County.
4. William OLDHAM (Thomas, Thomas) was born about 1710 in Chester Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. William married Sarah DICKS, daughter of Nathan DICKS and Deborah CLARK, on 10 Jun 1736 in East Nottingham, Chester County. "William Oldham, son of Thomas of East Nottingham Twp., Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania, and Sarah Dix, daughter of Nathan of the same place, were married on the 10th day 4th (Apr) month 1736 at Public Meeting of Friends at East Nottingham." Most of the witnesses were relatives. . Sarah was born about 1718 in Chester County. She was the 1st cousin of Mary Dix Thatcher, who married George Hodgson.
William and Sarah had the following children:
10 F i. Rachel OLDHAM was born about 1737 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She died before 1829 in Guilford County, North Carolina. In Clay Hodgin's book he calls Rachel, Rachel (Christy) Oldham, I could find no connection to the a Christy family. Rachel moved to North Carolina when she was quite young. The entry in the New Garden MM says “1764,11,27 Rachel Oldham & George Hodgson, Jr., 2nd cousins, dis mou”-. Rachel married George HODGSON, son of George HODGSON and Mary Dicks/Dix THATCHER, on 27 11mo (Nov) 1764 in Guilford County, North Carolina. George was born about 1740 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He died5, in 1813 in Guilford County. (SEE HODGSON FAMILY)
 FHL IGI Records Batch #5008651.
 Plymouth Colony its History & People 1620-1691 by Eugene Aubrey Stratton, pg. 334 Ancestry Publishing, P.O. Box 476, Salt Lake City, UT 84110, 1986
 Ibid., Page 441
 Bjorkman, Gwenn Boyer, Quaker Marriage Certificates, New Garden Monthly Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1704-1799, Pg. 30, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, MD, 1990
 Families and Persons History of Chester County, Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Biographical Sketches, pg. 197, by J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope
 Nottingham Quakers 1680-1889 compiled by Alice L. Beard, Family Line Publications, 1989, Pg, 97, hereafter called Nottingham Quakers
 Quaker Marriages, New Garden Monthly Meeting Chester County, Pennsylvania 1704-1799, compiled by Gwen Boyer Bjorkman, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, MD, 1990, Pg. 13
 Nottingham Quakers, Pg. 124
 Ibid., Pg.129
 Ibid, Pg. 132
 Ibid., Pg. 128
 Encyclopedia of American Quakers by Wm.Hinshaw, Vol. 1 North Carolina Monthly Meetings, Pg. 546.
 "Early History of the Quaker Hodgson-Hodson-Hodgin Family" by Clay Hodgin and Donald B. Trivette, Pg. 83.
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