Friday, November 29, 2013

Our Colored People. Were They Fairly Treated & Dealt with During the Epidemic? 1873

We have frequently been asked, says the Baltimore American, whether the colored people of Memphis suffered equally with the white people in the dreadful visitation which has just departed from the city, and whether they received a proportionate share of the money sent from other cities to relieve the wants of the suffering.  Very little mention was made of the colored people in the Memphis papers during the reign of the pestilence, and from them we could derive no information on the subject.  We have recently received a letter, however, from Dr. N.D. Smith, cashier of the Memphis branch of the Freedmen's savings and trust company, which fully and intelligently answers the inquiries which have been so frequently made.  We are glad to relieve the apprehension of those friends of the colored people who feared that baleful prejudices might stifle the promptings of humanity even in the presence of this terrible visitation.  Mr. Smith assures us that in the distribution of the relief fund there was no discrimination on account of color.  The black people shared equally with the white in the bounty of the benevolent people of the land according to their necessities. So well were they satisfied with the fairness and impartiality of those who dispensed the charity fund, that they turned over the money which they received from the north for their special relief into the common treasury, and had it measured out to them again by the Howard association.  The citizen's committee under charge of Major J.J. Busby, did everything in their power to supply the needy, and Mr. Smith heard no one complain of being passed over on account of his color.  It affords us the greatest pleasure to publish these facts, inasmuch as they show that the rancor which crops out in the Memphis papers a month or two before each election is merely political gasconade, and that the all-embracing charity which stoops to succor the lowest of the lowly does not belong to any particular city or any section of the Union. Wherever there are Christian men and women, there it is found.  Mr. smith also informs us that the colored people did not suffer from the yellow-fever in the same proportion as the white.  Some of those who were stricken by the pestilence died, but the majority recovered.  The suspension of business and the flight of the white people from the city bore very hardly upon the colored laborers.  There greatest distress came from the want of employment.  business has been dull during the last year, and there has been rather more suffering from this cause than usual.  Still the colored people managed to keep up their deposits in the Freedmen's savings bank, and when the dark days came upon them, many of them had a snug little sum in reserve which helped through the panic.
Originally published in the Memphis Daily Appeal Nov. 29 1873

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

1875 Three Nights Only, Happy Cal Wagner's Minstels and Brass Band

Calvin Wagner was a popular minstrel entertainer in his day.  He traveled across the country performing as a member of other minstrel shows until he formed his own troupe, "Happy Cal" Wagner's Minstrels and Brass Band.  He appeared in Memphis in late November, 1875.   

Wagner was born in 1840, where is in some dispute. His New York Times obituary said Syracuse while The Monarchs of Minstrelsy reported his birthplace was Mobile Alabama. Wagner died in 1916 and was buried next to wife Laura and his father George at Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse, New York.

Assembly Hall, three nights only
Nov. 25th, 26th and 27th,
     And Saturday Matinee

The Old Reliables
Happy Cal Wagner's Minstrels And Brass Band

Reorganized for the Seasons of 1875-76.
The Largest and Most Complete Traveling Troupe in America.

Mr. Cal Wagner will positively appear at each entertainment.

Admission........Popular Prices
Reserved Seats can be secured at Hollenberg's Music Store.

"Happy" Cal. Wagner was not born with that handle to his name, but just plain Calvin Wagner.  Mr Wagner began comicalities at the age of 17, and at 70 is still "happy."  Of course he played other minstrel engagements before appearing with Charley Morris' Company in 1864.  In 1865 he was with Sam Sharpley's Ironclads, and the following year Wagner and (Sam) Hague's Minstrels could readily be seen if you had the price.

In 1867, January 21, to be exact, he joined Lloyd and Bidaux Minstrels; the following year found him with Fred Wilson's Minstrels, and on March 6, 1869, he left Wilson in St. Louis; that is, he left Wilson's company.  It was getting time for "Happy" Cal Wagner's Minstrels, and accordingly that organization soon sprang into being.  In the fall of 1870 this company came under the able direction of "Jack" Haverly; the partnership was dissolved November 8 1873. Mr. Wagner's Minstrels went on touring.  In 1878 Wagner and (Ben) Cotton's Minstrels happened; that same year they unhappened.  A year or so later Mr. Wagner joined Barlow, Wilson, Primsrose and West's Minstrels, closing with them in February, 1881.

Mr. Wagner's last appearance in minstrelsy was with Quinlan and Wall's Company, about five years ago. Cal Wagner was born in Mobile, Ala., July 4, 1840.
From the book Monarchs of Minstrelsy, from "daddy" Rice to date by Edward Le Roy Rice, 1911.

Syracuse, Jan 27, 1916--"Happy Cal" Wagner, once famous as a minstrel man, died here today at the age of 76. He was a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the Chicago Lodge of Elks.  In the days when minstrelsy was a popular form of entertainment Mr. Wagner was one of the best known of black-face artists.  At one time he headed a company of his own which bore the name of "Happy Cal" Wagner's Minstrels, and during his long career he was a member of the Billy Emerson, Primrose and West, W.S. Cleveland, and the Barlow, Wilson, Primrose and West companies.  Mr. Wagner was born in Syracuse.
Posted in the New York Times, January 28 1916.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Death of Samuel Carpenter, City Attorney 1860

Samuel Carpenter was a son of Judge Samuel Carpenter and Margaret Bowie Slaughter of Bardstown Kentucky. After studying law in his father's law office he removed to Memphis in 1857.   1860 would be a banner year for Sam Carpenter but it would also be his last. In February he married Anna Lilly Merrill, daughter of the distinguished Ayres Phillips Merrill, author, physician and one of the organizers of the Memphis Medical College. In July, Carpenter was elected city attorney by Memphis Mayor R.D. Baugh and the city aldermen.   One of the alderman was his father-in-law, A.P. Merrill. In November he began feeling ill and was diagnosed with Erysipelas, an extremely painful condition caused by streptococcus bacteria. Samuel Carpenter succumbed on November 19, 1860 and was interred at Elmwood Cemetery.  For a period of 30 days after his death the council chambers were draped in black and members of the bar wore mourning badges.

"We have a sad and melancholy duty to perform in announcing the death of Samuel Carpenter, the city attorney of this city, who was called from his sphere of earthly duties yesterday afternoon.  But a few days ago Mr. Carpenter was mingling among his acquaintances, and discharging his important duties, with his usual kindness of manner and energetic earnestness, and many who read this will experience a shock as they learn that the genial, courteous, generous souled Kentuckian, Samuel Carpenter, is no more. Several days ago he complained of not feeling well, and a bile broke out on his upper lip he continued, however, to attend to his duties; and his office until Thursday evening, when he remained at home and complained of feeling worse.  The next evening he was better, and came down to supper.  the bile unfortunately spread until the face was affected, and at length the throat.  It was not until Sunday, however, that his disease was regarded as serious; then it became evident that he was suffering from the stubborn malady known as "malignant erysipelas."  From that period he continued rapidly to grow worse.  Yesterday morning he received baptism at the hands of the Rev. Mr. MacClure, clergyman of Grace, Episcopal, church.  His mind after this time was frequently wandering, but at intervals he showed a sense of his condition and appeared resigned to leave his hopes and aims, and struggles for temporal success, and enter the world where higher aspirations and loftier longings are set before the enfranchised spirit.  

His age was 28 years and 7 months. Mr. Carpenter was born at Bardstown, in Kentucky, in 1832.  His father was the late respected circuit judge of that place.  He was educated at St. Joseph's college of Bardstown, and on the completion of his collegiate course he studied law with his father.  On entering the active duties of his profession, his industry, energy, unusual talents, and evident ambition, rapidly obtained for him the admiration of his fellow-citizens, who at an early period anticipated for him a brilliant career, and the ruling portion of them manifested their confidence in his powers, even at that early period, by making him a delegate to the convention that nominated Millard Fillmore as a candidate for the presidency.  His name became widely known in Kentucky, and in Louisville especially he enjoyed a high degree of prosperity.  On the occasion of his coming to this city, Mr. Prentice, of the Louisville Journal, spoke highly of him, and prophesied in that paper that he would "make his mark"--a prophecy that even in the short time he has been among us has been fulfilled.  

At the age of twenty-five, Mr. Carpenter came to this city, three years ago.  He set about making himself a citizen of Memphis in earnest, and the frank ingenousness of manners, his winning smile, his cordial warmth, and generous sentiments obtained for him access to the best society; in a very few months Sam. Carpenter became in Memphis what he had been in Kentucky, a universal favorite.  Such was the "mark" he made, that in July last, although opposing a very popular candidate who had a strong influence on that body, the board of mayor and aldermen elected him city attorney.  His victory was owing to his personal popularity, and to the high opinion entertained of his high talents and pure integrity.  Nine months ago he cemented his relations as a citizen of Memphis, by marrying the daughter of the respected Dr. A.P. Merrill.  

To praise the dead is too often a mere matter of course; in this instance if we ascribe high qualities of head and heart to Samuel Carpenter, we do so with an entire conviction of the truth of what we say.  The honorable positions accorded him both in his native place and in this city, prove the impression he produced on the minds of his fellow-citizens.  Sam. Carpenter abounded in those noble qualities which constitute our ideal of the Kentucky gentleman--he was generous, sympathetic, earnest, just and nobly ambitious.  he was the especial favorite of his late father, who conceived the highest hopes of his career; he was the idol of his brothers and sisters.  We linger over these lines, loth (sic) to finish the last sad mark of respect to the memory of one whom we shall ever think with a reverence gained for him, not so much by what he had achieved, as by the lofty future that lay before him.  Memphis has lost an honest man and a good citizen. Requiescat in pace."
Originally posted in the Memphis Daily Appeal, November 20 1860

Resolutions on the Death of Samuel Carpenter Esq.
At a meeting of the members of the Memphis bar, on the occasion of the death of Samuel Carpenter, Esq., held at the common law court room on Tuesday morning, the 20th inst., on motion, Judge Wm. Thompson was called to the Caire, and G.P. Foute, Esq., appointed secretary.

On motion of Hon. George Dixon a committee of five was appointed to present suitable resolutions for the action of the meeting.

The chair appointed on the committee: Judge Dixon, T.S. Ayres, H. Vollentine, J.G. Finnie and G.P. Foute, who, through their chairman, Judge Dixon, made the following report, which was unanmously adopted;

The undersigned, appointed a committee to present resolutions expressive of the sense of the members of the Memphis bar at the recent death of Samuel Carpenter, Esq., recommend that the following resolutions be adopted, and spread upon the minutes of the court.

Resolved, that we have learned, with deep sorrow, of the death of our brother, Samuel Carpenter, Esq.

Resolved, that, in the death of our deceased brother, the bar has lost an upright, energetic and diligent member, and the community an eminent and respected citizen.

Resolved, that, as a testimony of our respect for the deceased, we will, in a body, attend at his funeral from the residence of Dr. Merrill, on this day, at 3 o'clock.

Resolved, that the family of the deceased have the sympathy and condolence of the members of the Memphis bar, in this, their and bereavement, and that a copy of these resolutions be delivered to his family by the secretary of this meeting, and that the same be furnished the city papers for publication.
George Dixon,   T.S. Ayres,
H. Vollentine,     J.G. Finnie,
G.P. Foute,        Committee.

On motion of J.G. Finnie, Esq., W.K. Poston, Esq., was appointed to present the resolutions of the meeting to the chancery side of the common law and chancery court, and request that they be spread upon its minutes; on same motion Judge Charles Scott was requested to present the same to the criminal for same purpose.  On motion of Hon. Chas. Scott, J.G. Finnie, Esq., was appointed to present the resolution to the law side of the court.  On motion the meeting adjourned.
G.P. Foute,           WM. Thompson
      Secretary.               Chairman.

At an informal meeting of the board of mayor and aldermen, held yesterday at eleven o'clock--present, R.D. Baugh, mayor, aldermen Martin, Kirby, Robinson, Joiner, Selby, Vollintine, Fager, Morgan and Molloy.

Upon motion of Alderman Martin, Alderman Molloy took the chair and called the Board to order, when Mr. Martin announced the death of Samuel Carpenter, Esq., attorney for the city of Memphis, and moved that a committee of three be appointed for the purpose of drafting suitable resolutions, etc.  The committee appointed by the chair were Aldermen Martin, Robinson and Morgan, who after a retiracy from the the board, presented the following preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:

Whereas, by one of those inscrutable dispensations of divine Providence which we cannot comprehend, yet which we have no doubt infinite wisdom intended for the best, Samuel Carpenter, Esq., our city attorney, has been stricken down by the destroyer, Death,

Resolved, That in the death of Samuel Carpenter, Esq., the city has lost one among her most intelligent, efficient and useful city officials.

Resolved, That the board of mayor and aldermen to Mrs. L. Carpenter, relict of the deceased, their heartfelt sympathy and condolence at her irreparable loss in the death of her beloved husband.

Resolved, That as a mark of our high appreciation of the character of the deceased, and for the respect with which we cherish his memory, we will wear a badge of mourning for the next thirty days, and that the hall of the mayor and aldermen be draped in mourning for the same length of time.

Resolved, That a copy of those proceedings be furnished to Mrs. L. Carpenter by our secretary, and that they also be published in the city papers.

His honor, Mayor Baugh, moved that a separate letter of condolence be written by the board to Mrs. L. Carpenter.  Ald. Martin moved as substitute, which was accepted, that Mayor Baugh be requested by the board of aldermen to write a special letter of condolence to Mrs. L. Carpenter, relict of Samuel Carpenter, deceased, expressive of the sympathy of the board of mayor and aldermen in her sad bereavement.  Adopted.

After a few remarks from Ald. Morgan, Robinson and his honor, the mayor, in relation to the merits of the deceased, bearing testimony to his worth as a gentleman and his high capacity as an officer, the board adjourned to meet this evening at 3 o'clock, at Dr. A.P. Merrill's, for the purpose of attending the funeral of the deceased.

W. H. Bridges, Secretary
Originally posted in the Memphis Daily Appeal Nov. 21 1860

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Isham Green Harris, The War Governor of Tennessee

Tennessee Governor Isham Green Harris, served Nov. 3 1857 - March 12, 1862
Born: Feb 10 1818, Franklin County, TN
Died: July 8, 1897, Washington D.C.
Birth State: Tennessee
Party: Democrat
Wife: Married Martha Maria Travis.  She predeceased her husband by 7 months, dying at Paris Tennessee, interment at Elmwood Cemetery. They had eight children.
National Office Served: Senator
Military Service: CSA Army
Interment: Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN

His nickname, The War Governor of Tennessee, came about when the call for troops came from Washington.  His reply, "Tennessee will not furnish a single man for the purpose of coercion, but 50,000 if necessary for our defense of our rights and those of our Southern brothers."  He did better than that. Tennessee had equipped and made available to the Confederacy 100,000 men by July 1861.

Death of Mrs. Senator Harris
Nashville, Tenn., Jan 21--Mrs Martha A. Harris, wife of Senator Isham G. Harris, died at Paris, Tenn., Wednesday morning at early hour.  She was 74 and married the senator over 50 years ago.  she came of a prominent Henry county family named Travis, one of whom was a hero of the Texas war for independence. Senator Harris, who was summoned several days ago from Washington to his wife's bedside, was attacked with la grippe and was quite ill, but he is reported to be better Wednesday.
Originally published in the Daily Public Ledger, Maysville KY Jan 21 1897
Death of the Senior Senator from Tennessee, Who had been Failing for Several Months--He was a Notable Character in Public Life, His Official Career Dating Back to 1829--He First Went to Congress in 1849

Washington, July 9--Senator Isham G. Harris of Tennessee, died at his residence here a few minutes before 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon.  He had been growing constantly weaker for the past few days, the intense heat which has prevailed greatly debilitating him, and no doubt hastening his end.  There were times when he would rally slightly which gave his family hopes that he would be able to regain strength sufficient to be removed from the city, but his vitality had become too much exhausted to withstand the strain.  Yesterday morning the Senator revived somewhat but only temporarily.  During the Afternoon he sank reapidly and passed away peacefully.

There were present at his bedside when death came, his son, Mr. Edward K. Harris, and the latter's wife; Representative Benton McMillin, of Tennessee; Miss Polk, a friend from his native state, and the members of the household where the senator has lived for some time.  Another son, Charles H. Harris, not realizing the end was so near, had left the house a short time before death came.

Another son, James F. Harris, residing in Tennessee, is expected to arrive in the city today, and a fourth son, Isham G. Harris Jr., is now on his father's ranch and stock farm at Abilene, Tex., and probably will meet the funeral train when it reaches Memphis, where the interment will be made.

Senator Harris was last in the senate chamber about ten days ago, but he was unable to stay for any length of time, and had to be taken home in a carriage. During the past six months the senator had been able to attend to his duties only at intervals, having been away from the city several times endeavoring to recuperate.

Senator Harris is said to have accepted public office first in 1829, and he was in public life almost continuously after that date, and may be said to have been in public life 68 years.

Probably no man in public life has been identified with more of the history of this country than had Senator Harris. He had almost completed his seventy-ninth year, having been born in February 1818.  his first congressional career thus began earlier than that of any member of either house, antedating Senators Morrill and Sherman by seven years, and Galusha A. Grow, now a member of the house from Pennsylvania, by one year.

Mr Harris had, when he was elected to the national house of representatives, already become a man of state reputation in Tennessee,having the year previously served as a presidential elector on the democratic ticket and two years before been elected a member of the legislature of the state.

Mr. Harris represented the Ninth Tennessee district in congress for the term ending in 1851, when he declined a renomination.  

He then moved to Memphis, where he had resided since.  There he was engaged in the practice of law until 1857, with the interruption necessary to allow him to become a presidential elector in 1856.  In 1857 he was elected governor of his state and was serving in that capacity when the war broke out.  He took a pronounced stand for the southern confederacy and was known as one of the southern war governors.  the vicissitudes of the conflict rendered a frequent change of residence necessary and he was often with the army in the field.  He attached himself at different times to the staff of Generals Albert Sidney Johnston, Joseph E. Johnston, Beauregard and Bragg.

Albert Sidney Johnston fell from his horse into Senator Harris arms when he received his death wound.

1860 Census, Shelby County, TN
Isham G. Harris, Governor Tennessee.  He and his family were sharing a residence
with Evelina Parsons Atkins Harris, the wife of his brother William Rowland Harris.  William
died in 1858 from injuries received when the steamer Pennsylvania exploded.
William had been to New Orleansand was returning home when the accident happened.
He and his wife are interred at Elmwood Cemetery near Isham and his family.
After Lee's surrender, Mr. Harris was one of a small party of political refugees who escaped to Mexico, going across the country on horseback.  Parson Brownlow, who had become the military governor of Tennessee, offered a large reward in a characteristically-worded poster for the capture of his predecessor, but the latter remained absent from the county until his return was safe.  He remained in Mexico for several months, going thence to England, where he resided until 1867, when he returned to Memphis and resumed his practice of law.

Mr. Harris was allowed to follow the pursuits of the private citizen until 1877, when he was elected to the United States Senate, defeating L.L. Hawkins, republican.  He remained a member of the senate ever since, and would have completed his twentieth consecutive year in that body on the fourth of next March if he had lived to that date.  He was four times elected to the senate, the last time in 1895, and his term would not have expired until 1901.

Senator Harris received almost all the honors that the senate could bestow. He was the president pro tem during the fifty-third congress, a leading member of the committees of finance and rules and also of the democratic advisory,  or steering committee.  He had long been awarded by common consent the front place on both sides of the chamber in parliamentary questions, and in recent years he had been more frequently heard in expounding these questions than in the elucidation of other subjects.

He was possessed of a very positive manner and never failed to throw into his statements concerning parliamentary practice the fullest force of which he was able.  His language on these and other occasions was generally so uncompromising that he was regarded by those who knew him not well as a man of little feeling. That this was not true and that the and that the contrary was true none are so willing to testify as his opponents in the senate, who unite in attributing to him a warm heart as well as a just spirit and brilliant mind.

Senator Harris had not been especially active in the senate since the passage of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff act in 1894.
Posted in The times (Richmond VA) July 9 1897

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

P.E. Hopkins, Millinery and Fancy Goods

Peter Emile Hopkins was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 21, 1835.  His mother was named Adele,
P.E. Hopkins
Passport Application
maiden name unknown.  His father is unknown.  He had a younger brother named Louis O. Hopkins.  He married Lena Wendel/Lina Windel, from Germany, sometime between 1856 and 1860. Census records show she didn't even come to the States until 1856. 

In the 1860 Census the family has moved to New York City.  Peter and Lena have one child, a boy, named Francis.  He was one year old at the time of the census.  Francis didn't survive for long and disappears from the records.  This will happen with other children as well.  One of the questions posed in the 1900 Census was about births and living children.  Lena indicated she had 6 children with only 2 living, Alice and Emily, leaving 3 children whose names and gender we don't know.   Peter's occupation in 1860  was photographer. His mother Adele was in the household with them.

The family still resides in New York as of the 1870 Census and this time includes Peter's brother, Louis O. Hopkins.  Louis was 24, born in Louisiana and listed as a store clerk.  Peter has moved on from photography and is listed as a clerk as well with a value of $1000. Another new addition to the family is Alice, just 6 years old.

During the late 1870's the family moved again, this time south to Memphis.  Brother Louis remained in New York and marries Ida Bell Wood.  They appear in the 1900 Manhattan Census with two children, Edwin O, age 24 and Ella M, age 18.  

Advertisements begin appearing in Memphis newspapers in 1878 for P.E. Hopkins & Co., successors to
Stewart & Doherty located at 269 Main Street. (Daily Appeal, Nov 17 1878). If you needed a hat it seemed that he could supply anything from sun hats, leghorn hats, chip and rustic hats, French Pattern Bonnets and felt hats for gentlemen.  He also sold artificial flowers, fans, combs, bracelets, cuffs, collars, and other assorted accoutrements for the well dressed lady and man.

In the midst of his success sadness descended on the family with the death of his mother.  On November 4 1879, Adele Hopkins died. She was 69 years old.  The newspaper reported that she died of old age and "debility."  Her body was was returned to New York for burial.

The 1880 Census shows another daughter has been added to the family, Emily, age 7.  

In 1883 Peter's millinery business appears in the Commercial And Statistical Review of the City of Memphis. The review is a statistical compendium of "historical sketches of the growth & progress of the "Bluff City," also sketches of the principal Business Houses and Manufacturing concerns."

In May of 1883 the Public Ledger reported that Peter's business was doing so well he made a second trip to New York in the spring to select more products to sell at his millinery store.  "It speaks volumes of praise for his popular house that his spring sales were so large as to necessitate a second trip east for new goods." (Public Ledger may 5 1883)

In 1884 he is listed among the elected officials of the Memphis Lodge No. 27, Elks.  He was elected Treasurer.

The Daily Appeal reported in February 1885 that the entire family had gone to new Orleans for Mardi Gras and to attend the exposition.

In March 1885 he is off again to New York to select the new spring stock for his popular store.  

On July 11, 1897, Peter Emile Hopkins died.  The Register of Deaths lists the cause as apoplexy and reports that his final resting place was Elmwood Cemetery.   However, research revealed that Peter has a headstone at Forest Hill Midtown in Memphis which is where the rest of his family are interred.  It's possible that he was laid to rest at Elmwood and later removed to Forest Hill.  It's also possible that the maker at Forest Hill is a cenotaph and of course the possibility exists that the Register of Deaths listed the wrong cemetery to begin with!  At any rate you can see his headstone at Forest Hill here and there is also a find a grave record for him at Elmwood here.

His wife Lena, her names appears as Lina on her headstone, died in 1921.  

Their daughter Alice married Bird Wells in 1900.  They had a daughter which they named Alice.   Their other daughter, Emily married Henry J. How.  Their children were Emily and John How.

As for Peter's brother Louis, his daughter Ella Maud married Alfred Williamson on June 1 1908 in Manhattan.  On the marriage record her father was listed as Louis Octave Hopkins and her mother was Ida Bell Wood.  The groom's parents were John George Williamson and Julie C. Emminger.  The wedding announcement appeared on the society pages of the The Sun, May 31 1908 just above the entry about Mr. and Mrs. Reginald C. Vanderbilt. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mrs. Cornelia Honeyman Oldham, 1793 - 1867

The Oldham family doesn't seem to have much, if any connection to Memphis, except for the obituary that appeared for Cornelia in 1867.  Nevertheless her story is fascinating from losing the family wealth during the Civil War to an ancestor removing the rib of James V, King of Scotland!

She was born in Virginia in 1793 to Robert Bruce Honeyman and Mildred Brown.  According to Goodspeed's Biographies of Lauderdale County TN, her father was a noted physician and member of the British Royal Navy serving as surgeon on the "Portland".  He is also supposed to be a direct descendant of Dr. Honyman "who extracted by command the fifth rib from the side of James V, King of Scotland!  She married Dr. Samuel Oldham in Virginia, a graduate of the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia.  They moved to Lauderdale County around 1835. Depending on the source Dr. Oldham died either in 1860 or 1862. Once again, depending on the source they had three or four children, James, Samuel, Algernon and Robert.  Their magnificant home, known as Eylau, was built around 1835 most likely by the slaves on the plantation.  It's unknown where they are interred but it's very possible that Dr. Samuel Oldham was interred on Eylau Plantation at his passing. Cornelia died in Hot Springs and her place of interment is unknown as well.  Many of their descendants can be found at Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley Tennessee. 

OLDHAM--Died at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on the 24th September, 1867, Mrs. Cornelia Oldham, relict of the late Dr. Samuel Oldham, of Eylau, Haywood County, Tennessee.

The deceased was born July 30 1793, in Hanover County, Virginia, the daughter of Dr. Robert Honeyman, an Eminent Scotch physician; was married in April, 1816, to her late honored husband, with him resided several years in King George County, Virginia, and removed thence to Haywood county, Tennessee, in the autumn of 1833, where they settled permanently at Eylau.  Here they had acquired a large estate, erected an elegant mansion, and adorned their home with every convenience.  Possessed of very considerable wealth, they had accumulated around them great abundance and luxury that a cultivated taste, united in industry and prudent economy could procure, and with generous, liberal, elegant hospitality, dispensed its comforts to all who came.  The subject of this notice presided over this establishment with a grace, kindness and dignity that were the admiration of all, and few persons of any note in West Tennessee have not participated in its munificent enjoyments, as well as many from a distance.

After the death of the late Dr. Oldham, the subject of this notice continued to dispense the same generous hospitality, and although deprived by the ruthless Vandals of the North, during the late civil war, as well as the rest of her family, of her large property, her house pillaged, robbed and insulted, she bore it all with Christian meekness and fortitude, and continued to receive her friends at her hospitable mansion with the same cheerful kindness as in days of prosperity.  The deceased was an exemplary christian, devoted to the Episcopal Church, of which she was a member-a dutiful, affectionate wife and mother, a humane and indulgent mistress, a faithful friend and charitable to the poor.  all in all she combined so many virtues, graces and amenities, that we shall never look upon her like again.
Nov. 12, 1967.  L.  
Originally posted in the Memphis Daily Appeal, Nov. 19 1867