Samuel A. Oldham papers

Abstract

The Samuel A. Oldham papers (dated 1833-1892; 0.1 cubic feet; 2 folders) consist of the legal and personal papers of Samuel A. Oldham, a freedman from Lexington, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Samuel A. Oldham papers
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
African American artisans -- Kentucky -- Lexington -- History -- 19th century
African Americans -- Kentucky -- Lexington -- History -- 19th Century.
Legal instruments.
Slavery -- Kentucky.
Slavery -- Kentucky -- Lexington -- History -- 19th Century.
Wills.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Preferred Citation
95m6: [identification of item], Samuel A. Oldham papers, 1833-1892, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Samuel Oldham was a freedman 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 freedwoman, 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 O.F. Payne of Lexington, testifies to the respect accorded him within the community.
Scope and Content
The Samuel A. Oldham papers (dated 1833-1892; 0.1 cubic feet; 2 folders) consist of the legal and personal papers of Samuel A. Oldham, a freedman from 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.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Samuel A. Oldham papers, 1833-1892

  • Box MS-47, folder 1
  • Box OS-14, folder 2
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