by Linda Ellis copyright 1996
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy is being read,with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash
The Oldham One-Name Study is a collection of Oldham family histories generously provided by many researchers. Working together has helped reunite several Oldham families.
If you know of an Oldham Family Reunion, please contact us with the information and we will post it here on the website. Doesn't matter where in the country, or which family line. Many individuals have been asking if we know of any reunions being held in 2013-2014.
This research started when my husband was identifying people in old photos we found. After identifying several hundred Forsythe relatives, we came across a beautiful wedding photo. He told me that was Grandpa and Grandma Oldham. Okay, so what were their names? He replied, They were just Grandpa and Grandma Oldham. He knew all his Forsythe relatives, but had never known his Oldham family. That began our search for his Oldham roots.
Please help put the Oldham families back together again. We welcome all additions, corrections, photos and documents.
If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact me. We look forward to hearing from you.
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08 August 2014 The descendents of William Findley Oldham Sr., and Isabelle Mentzer Oldham of Bedford and Cambria Co., PA, will hold their annual Reunion on Sun. Aug. 24, 2014 at 12 Noon. It will be held at Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, PA. Any questions, please call Linda Ashworth at 814-288-9008 or Lucille Callihan at 814-733-2620.
24 April 2014 - Our condolences to the family of Gloria Ann Sperry Oldham. She passed on April 19, 2014. She was the grandmother of one of our researchers.
12 Nov 2013 - It is with the heaviest of hearts that I let everyone know of the loss of my husband, Robert F. Oldham. I started with one special Oldham and now have thousands. He was of the James(95) Oldham family. http://tributes.com/obituary/read/Robert-F.-Oldham-96673385
4 March 2013 - We send our condolences to the family of Mrs. Betty Randall. Betty was a long time researcher of the Fox families and the James(95) Oldham family.
1 Jan 2013 - We send our condolences to the family Jon Lesner Oldham of Westport, IN. Jon passed away 29 Dec 2012.
17 Nov 2012 - Due to a technical issue, some locations are currently incorrect in the database. I am currently making corrections manually. If you notice a location which appears to be incorrect, please let me know.
04 Aug 2012 - The descendents of William Findley Oldham Sr., and Isabelle Mentzer Oldham of Bedford and Cambria Co., PA, will hold their annual Reunion on Sun. Aug. 26, 2012 at 12 Noon. It will be held at Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, PA.
16 Jun 2011 - I'm sorry to say Sarah Jane Facemyer Oldham passed on 18 Apr 2011 of cancer. Our condolances to Julia Oldham Harris and her family on the loss of her mother
26 May 2011 - There will be an OLDHAM REUNION July 8th-10th at Red River, New Mexico. It will be held at the Alpine Lodge, http://www.alpinelodgeredriver.com 1-800-252-2333 is their toll fee number
22 January 2011- We regretfully announce the passing of Phyllis Kidd Oldham. Rest in Peace.
15 Sep 2010-It is with heavy hearts and overwhelming sadness, that we share the news of the passing of our son, John T. Oldham, b. 1972 d. 2010, from Large B Cell Lymphoma. Any who wishes, may send a donation to Robert Maxwell Oldham for his Education Fund, 6325 Nightshade Dr, Indianapolis, Indiana 46237. We will always miss you John.
25 Aug 2010-The descendants of Charles Walter Oldham (of Kentucky) are having a reunion in LaGrange KY on Sunday August 29 around noon, at the clubhouse in Crystal Lake subdivision (just off I-71 exit #22) . This reunion is held yearly the last Sunday in August. Any Oldham descendants of this line are welcome. We would love to connect with other people from our family! If anyone has questions or needs directions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
06 June 2010 - Jane Stilley is organizing a reunion of the Elkannah Forsythe Family, to be held 11 July 2010 in Indianapolis, IN. Please contact us for further information.
31 May 2010 - Upgraded to TNG 8.0 with only minor problems, mostly caused by operator error. Be sure to check out the photo viewer and other new features.
16 May 2009 - Upgraded to TNG 7.1.3 with great success. Added new Most Wanted.
1 May 2009 - Please pardon my mess. I will be renaming photos and doing a general cleanup of the webside to accomodate our new look. site.
15 Apr 2009 - Indexed Oldhams in the 1860 Federal Census.
1 Apr 2009 - Began indexing Oldhams in the 1850 Federal Census.
5 Jan 2009 - Added a whole new look to my site.
25 Dec 2008 - Put years and years of work into my family research.
1 Nov 2007 - Put many years of research into the new website..