About Abel Joshua Oldham
St Marys Great Missenden
On a handsome mural monument on the south side of the chancel, is the following singular inscription.
In the vault beneath is deposited the mortal part of France, late wife of James Oldham Oldham, Esq. Patron of this church, who died June 11th A.D. 1790. She was a faithful and obedient wife, a kind and tender mother, most affectionately beloved by her husband, and justly esteemed by all who knew her. It pleases God to visit her with a lingering illness, which she endured with great resignation, firmly trusting in the merits of a crucified saviour. Some little time before her death she was enabled to make these words of Job her own, ch, xix v.25,26,27:
"For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see god: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another"
Here also deposited the Body of Harriet, her daughter, whi died November 15th, A.D. 1789, aged 13 years and 6 months.
It pleased God to enable her to bear testimony to his Grace, selecting her funeral text: Jon, chap iii v. 16
Go, balmy soother of my toiling life, The tender mother, and peerless wife; And though too go, sweet bird of early grace, Till child and parent in the skies embrace.
Below is an open book, on leaves of which is inscribed:
Psala 119 Verse 94 " I am thine Save me"
Above the Inscription these Arms:
Party per pale. Vert. a chevron Arg. Between three owls Proper. On a chief of second, 3 roses Gu seeded Or impaling S. within a bordure per pale and fess Arg. and Erminois; a stag at gaze Arg. attired Or.
In continuation of the inscription: This Tablet also records the departure of Joshua the forth son of the above named James Oldham Oldham and Harriet his wife, who died March 2 1817 aged 31 years and who's remains are deposited in this vault. (NOTE the book author has made a mistake her it should read Frances not Harriet. Joshua was born as Abel Joshua Oldham. ) Lastly, it records the decease of the aforesaid James Oldham Oldham, Esq, who departed this life June 22 1822, aged 71 years. A Monument to whose memory is erected in the chapel attached to Chestnut College, Herts, of which Institution he was a zealous Patron, and where his remains are deposited.
His prayers, are, we trust, now changed into praises, and his faith is lost in sight.
Below, the Arms of Oldham, as before, with this motto: "Christus est Deus" On the dexter side, on a therm "Time how short" Opposite to it: "Eternity how long" In the middle of the floor is a large slab over the vault, which has affixed to it a brass plate thus inscribed:
The Family Vault of James Oldham Oldham, Esq. Patron of the Living, Impropriator of the parish and Lord of this Manor, 1789
source - The history and antiquities of the county of Buckingham, Volume 2 http://books.google.com.au/books?id=zyYgAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA385&dq=joseph+oldham+cheshunt+college&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6P6LUYeBK6juiAflr4GgCQ&ved=0CEsQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=joseph%20oldham%20cheshunt%20college&f=false
London, England, Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1925 about Abel Joshua Oldham
Name: Abel Joshua Oldham
Birth Date: 1786
Admission Date: 1807
Father's Name: James Oldham Oldham
London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 about Abel Joshua Oldham
Name: Abel Joshua Oldham
Baptism Date: 1 Mar 1786
Parish: St Andrew, Holborn
Parent(s): James Oldham, Frances Oldham
Record Type: Christening
Register Type: Parish Register