Thanks for responding. I did not have the info you sent! I appreciate it.
My problem is finding the parents of John M.Oldham, husband # 1, of my grandmother. He was born 17 Dec 1869 in Augusta, Georgia, according to his obituary, as follows:
19 February 1904. Times Enterprise, Thomasville, Georgia, Copied from The Thomasville Press at Probate Court office by compiler 16 February 1979. "Times-Enterprise, Thomasville, Georgia, 19 February 1904. J. M. Oldham Dead. Was Laid To Rest By Odd Fellows Monday. The death of John M. Oldham took place Sunday evening at 6 o'clock after a lingering illness. He had been in ill health for several months and his demise, while not unexpected was the source of deep sorrow to his friends. He was born in Augusta, December 17, 1869. He leaves a wife and one young son to mourn his loss. He came to Thomasville several years ago from Savannah. He was a printer by trade. He was employed here by the Times-Enterprise Publishing Company and was at one time foreman of the paper. He was an honest, faithful and efficient employee and his death brings a sense of personal loss to all connected with the paper.
Mr. Oldham was a Methodist and a prominent member of the Thomasville Lodge of Odd Fellows, Piney Woods No. 138 and stood high in their councils. The funeral ceremonies were conducted according to the beautiful and solemn ritual of the order. The lodge met at its hall on Broad Street at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon and went in a body to the home of the deceased on Warren Avenue, where the funeral ceremonies took place. Rev. Ed. F. Cook acted as chaplain and Rev. K. Read preached the funeral sermon. The remains were laid to rest in Laurel Hill. The services were of a peculiar sadness due to the fact that Mr. Oldham was the first of the Lodge of more than 100 members to pass into the Great Beyond, though the Lodge is more than two years old."
An interesting twist to this is, my grandmother, Eloise Agnes Schmidt/Smith was Catholic until she and John Oldham moved from Savannah to Thomasville. They joined the Methodist church when they moved there in 1901. They had a daughter, Margarrite Agnes Oldham, b. May 1897, Savannah, d. Dec 1998, Savannah, buried in Catholic Cemetery.
It is possible the John Oldham in Wilkinson County Catholic orphanage with Francis Oldham is the same John Oldham married to my grandmother. I know Francis Oldham died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah and is buried in the Catholic Cemetery. If I remember correctly from cemetery records at Georgia Historical Society in Savannah, he died of TB. I believe John M. Oldham died of TB. So, several things point to these two men being the same and related.
Any additional info you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
I do think it is possible that John a
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