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Jesse Oldham, pioneer at Fort Boonesborough by 1775

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Jesse Oldham, pioneer at Fort Boonesborough by 1775

Posted: 29 Jul 2012 9:15AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 29 Jul 2012 10:21AM GMT
Surnames: Oldham
Jesse Oldham, pioneer at Fort Boonesborough in 1775.
Tyree Oldham, son of Jesse Oldham, was also an early pioneer at Ft. Boonesborough.

Reference for Tynee Oldham, son of Jesse Oldham.
1 - List of names from court depositions in Madison Co., KY court house, 1801-1806.

References for Jesse Oldham:
2 - French Tipton papers at Townsend Room, Eastern KY Univ.
This is a list of Revolutionary War soldiers.
5 - Article written by Judge William Chenault, published in the Courier-Journal.
7 - Col. Richardson Henderson’s journal.
8 - Drapers papers - Association of Settlers for making a crop of corn.
Draper Manuscript - MSS 29 CC 59
Association of the Settlers of Boonesboro; in 1779, for making a crop of corn

Wheras, we the subscribers being willing and desirous of making a crop of corn at the station of Boonesborough, on the Kentucky, do think it essentially necessary for our own safety and the public good, to enter into rules that may be obligatory on each subscriber, and are as follows:

1st. That three men (towit) Nathaniel Hart, George Madden, and Robert Cartwright, be and herby appointed as overseers or directors to said company

2nd That ever subscriber shall immediately enrole his name on a list prepared for that
purpose, and shall every morning appear at the beat of a drum or some other notice given, and receive such order as the overseers or directors shall think convenient to give.

3rd That if any man refuse or neglect to perform such tours of duty as shall be assigned him by the overseers or directors he shall be erased out of the list, shall forfeit all pretensions to any claim in such crop.

4th That every morning two or more men be sent out as spies, to range round the grounds and fields to be cultivated by us, and that such number be thought necessary be stationed as a guard, the whole day, or to be relieved by others as occasion requires.

5th That no man be allowed to absent himself from the company on any pretense whatsoever, either hunting horses or provisions, or any other occasion, without leave of the overseers first had.

6th That the managers and overseers shall have full powers and authority to determine all unforseen disputes whatever, and that the subscribers shall be obliged to abide thereby. In testimony whereof, we have hereunto set our hands this 15th of April, 1779.

Nathaniel Hart, Robert Cartwright, Edward Williams, William Hall, Thomas Hall,
John Harper, Beal Kelly, Peter Harper, Jesse Oldham, James Anthony, George Madden, Nicholas Anderson, Jesse Peake, Edward Hall, William Johnson, John Kelley, Benjamin White, Whitson George, and John Cartwright. (end quote)

“Kentucky, A History of the State” W.H. Perin, J.H. Battle, & G.C. Kniffin, published in 1885: Based on the biographical sketch of Sandford Oldham.
Jesse Oldham was born in Guilford Co., NC & married Miss Simpson of NC. They had six sons & four daughters.
Sons: Richard, Tyrie, Jesse, Elias, Nathaniel, & John Oldham.

Some of Jesse Oldham’s sons served in the Revolutionary War. This would have been Pvt. Richard OIdham and Capt. John Oldham.

Capt. John Oldham was in the Revolutionary War battles of Cowpens and Guilford Courthouse.

The Oldham family were said to be Welsh and of the Baptist faith.

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