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Samuel A. Oldham Papers
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Samuel A. Oldham Papers, 1833-1892, 95M6, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
Samuel Oldham was a freeman of color in Lexington, Kentucky. He was the father of at least one child, a daughter Fanny, who was married to Willis Battleton. In 1857, Oldham and Battleton contracted with Fanny's master to buy her freedom. Oldham was a barber and a respected member of the community. He was guardian to Mary Clark, a free woman of color, and was responsible for training his apprentice, Henry Mitchell. He managed his own property and that of Lucy Price and Reuben Burnley. He served as the executor of Richard Morrison's estate. A letter of introduction, written for him by Mayor Payne of Lexington, testifies to the respect accorded him within the community.
These are the legal and personal papers of Samuel A. Oldham of Lexington, Kentucky. The collection includes indentures for property; including his daughter Fanny, and the apprenticeship of Henry Mitchell. Instruments granting the power of attorney to Oldham from Lucy Price and Reuben Burnley are included as is the will of Richard Morrison. Several receipts and a letter of introduction from Mayor O. F. Payne are also included.