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History of Guernsey County, Ohio
by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet
- Illustrated -
Vols. I & 2.
B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana -



Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 541

  ISAAC A. OLDHAM.  The record of the gentleman whose name introduces this article contains no exciting chapter of tragic events, but is replete with well defined purposes which, carried to successful issue, have won for him an influential place in business circles and high personal standing among his fellow citizens.  His life work has been one of unceasing industry and perseverance and the systematic and honorable methods which he has ever followed have resulted not only in gaining the confidence of those with whom he has had dealings, but also in the building up of a large and profitable industry and the accumulation of a handsome competency.
     Isaac A. Oldham, of Cambridge, Guernsey county, was born Dec. 7, 1837, in this city, and he is the son of Samuel M. and Mary (Sherrard) Oldham, both born in Guernsey county, Ohio, both these families representing honored pioneers of this county, the Oldhams having originally come from near West Alexandria, Virginia, and the Sherrards from the same section.  The former were Mayflower stock and have thus been American citizens since 1620.  Samuel M. Oldham, father of Isaac A. of this review, was a tanner by trade, but later he engaged in the shoe business in Cambridge, in which he continued until he retired.  He is dead and his first wife died in 1844.  He was twice married, his last wife being Mary Wilson, of Cambridge, and a member of a prominent family.  Her death occurred several years ago.  Mr. Oldham was a man of sterling integrity and highly respected.  He was a member of the United Presbyterian church and a devout Christian.
     Isaac A. Oldham was educated in the public schools of Cambridge and he also spent one year as Muskingum College, at New Concord.  After leaving school he engaged in the shoe and leather trade with his father, under the firm name of S. M. Oldham & Son.  In February, 1864, he proved his patriotism by enlisting in tbe Union army, Company F, Fifteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, seeing some hard service, but he escaped without a wound and was never taken prisoner.  He performed his duty most faithfully and returned to Columbus, Ohio, Christmas morning, 1865, and was mustered out and paid off at Camp Chase.  His regiment participated in the Atlanta campaign and was in the battle of Nashville.
     After his career in the army Mr. Oldham returned to Cambridge, Ohio, and engaged in the shoe and leather business, continuing this for four years when he engaged in floriculture.  He had always been a lover of flowers and his taste for them grew until he decided to engage in the business and he began plant culture and raising flowers.  His first greenhouse had about seven hundred feet of glass, but his business has steadily increased under judicious management until he now has fully twenty thousand feet and even this does not furnish enough for his rapidly growing business.  His business is general and his cut-flower business has become a large department and is increasing every year.  He has a beautiful and well equipped place and his greenhouses are as good as any in the state and far ahead of many cities of larger population.  He gives his entire time and attention to his business and is deserving of the large success that has attended his efforts.
     Mr. Oldham was married, first, on Sept. 14, 1859, to Sarah P. Brown, of New Concord, Ohio, daughter of John and Elizabeth Brown.  One daughter was born to this union, Mary, now Mrs. John N. McCortney, of Cambridge.  Mr. Oldham’s first wife died in June, 1865, while he was with his regiment in the field.  He was married a second time, on Sept. 7, 1866. to Mary Zahniser, of Cambridge, and to this union five children were born, namely: Howard lives in St. Mary's, Pennsylvania; Charles lives in Cambridge and is engaged in the floral business with his father; Sarah is a milliner in Cambridge; Roberta married Mr. W. Cowgill, a physician of Cleveland, Ohio.
     Politically, Mr. Oldham is a Republican, but he is not an active party man, though he is always interested in public matters.  His father was an abolitionist and interested in the “underground railroad" work, aiding escaping slaves.  The subject has served as a member of the city council; he was coroner of the county for four years and health officer of the city of Cambridge for seven years.  He is a member of Cambridge Post No. 343, Grand Army of the Republic, and bas been an active member of the same for many years.  He and his family belong to the First United Presbyterian church and are active church workers.  The family residence is one of the most attractive in Cambridge, being well kept and modern and it is surrounded by an abundance of floral works, the lawns and grounds being well kept and attractive at all times, and this home is widely known as a most hospitable place for the many friends of the family.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 885
  ISAAC J. OLDHAM.     Isaac J. Oldham, of Cambridge township, son of Marling and Isabelle (Marling) Oldham, was born Sept. 7,, 1857, on the old Oldham farm in the above township.  He came of pioneer stock.  His grandfather, Isaac Oldham, came first to Guernsey county in 1806 and took up one hundred and sixty acres of government land.  After this he went back to his home in Pennsylvania, but returned to Guernsey county and settled permanently, in 1808, on  the farm where his grandson now lives, and where he reared a family of twelve children.  All of these are now dead.  The son, Marling, father of Isaac J., who was born where the latter now lives, was a prosperous farmer and accumulated a large estate in the beautiful Wills creek valley.  He had a family of two daughters and one son.  Elizabeth, now the widow of John S. Campbell of Cambridge township, died in October, 1910;  Ellen, now Mrs. David Linn, of of Westland township, and Isaac J.  The father, first a Whig and then a Republican, cast his presidential vote for William Henry Harrison in 1840 and for Benjamin Harrison in 1888.  Though never an office seeker, he was always active in public affairs and in movements for the general good.  He and his family were members of the old Seceder church prior to 1858, but with the organization, at that time, of the United Presbyterian church they joined the latter.  He died Mar. 18, 1894, and his widow Mar. 9, 1896, and both are buried in Cambridge cemetery.
     Isaac J. Oldham, the subject of the present sketch, grew up on the old home farm and was educated at the district school of the neighborhood.  He was married May 4, 1881, to Margaret E. Lord, daughter of Robert K. and Margaret (Workman) Ford, of Cambridge township.  The Fords were a pioneer family that came from Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1820.  Mr. and Mrs. Oldham had six children: Merle, now Mrs. Oliver King, of Cambridge township; Clare Ethel, at home; James Paul, married and now living on an adjoining farm; Chauncey M., a progressive teacher of the county; Ira F., at home, and Margaret E., at home.  Mrs. Oldham died Feb. 15, 1893, and is buried in the Cambridge cemetery, Mr. Oldham was married again June 13, 1895, to Esther Ford, a sister of his former wife.  There are no children from this union.
     A lifelong farmer, Mr. Oldham now owns three hundred and sixty acres of fine Wills creek bottom land, under a high state of cultivation and well improved.  This includes both of the old homesteads—the Oldham and the Ford.  On the former still stands the original log barn, built in 1820 from trees that stood on the lot now occupied by the barn.  It was quite large for those days, being thirty by sixty feet.  A stone house, still standing and occupied as the Oldham home, was built in 1822 of stones taken from the top of an adjacent hill.  This was the first house other than a log cabin that was built in the township.  An apple tree standing in the yard was planted in 1808 by Grandmother Sarah Oldham, who came here that year with her parents, the Marlings.  She had brought along as riding whips two apple sprouts cut from a tree at the Virginia home.  After arriving here she planted these anrl, strange to say, both grew and bore apples for many years.  One still lives and has an apple on it this year (1910).
     Mr. Oldham is an active Republican, has served ten years as township trustee, and for several years has been a school director.  He and his family are members of the First United Presbyterian church of Cambridge and take their part in church and Sunday school work.  He is known as a man of character and integrity, and is influential in the community where he lives.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 669

Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 508


Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 507




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