James Oldford
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James Oldford (abt. 1842 - 1922)

James Oldford
Born about in Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canadamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 5 Nov 1863 in Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canadamap
Husband of — married 9 Nov 1866 in Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canadamap
Husband of — married 8 Jan 1876 in Newfoundland, Canadamap
Husband of — married 16 Nov 1888 in Catalina, Newfoundland, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 79 in Musgravetown, Newfoundland, Canadamap
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James, born 2 August 1842, in Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada[1], was the first son of John Oldford and Elizabeth Chancey.

James was a Newfoundland fisherman. He may have worked for his brother-in-law Bennett Womboldt.[2]

On 5 November 1863 James married Jane Saint in Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada[3].

James and Jane had no children.

James married Mary Saint in Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada, on 9 November 1866. [4]

They had two sons: Charles Ackman Oldford[5] and Alexander Eugene Oldford[6].

On 8 January 1876, James married Rebecca Butler in Newfoundland[7].

James and Rebecca had two children; a girl, Ida Elizabeth and a boy, William Livingstone.

There may have been a few other children but we need to make sure the records are for the same James and Rebecca.

On 16 November 1888, James married Amelia Perry in Catalina, Newfoundland, Canada. [8].

James and Amelia had 4 boys and a girl; Dorothy, Heber Lewis, Wallace, Stewart and James MacDonald.

Needs Verification

A lot of this information doesn't match up with what is being found in records. I'm working through verifying each wife and child. Langholf-2 17:33, 9 April 2016 (EDT)

James had four wives. He didn't have any children with his first wife or his third, but he had a total of 13 or more between his second (Mary) and his fourth (Amelia).

His wives:

  1. Jane Saint
  2. Mary Saint
  3. Rebecca Butler
  4. Amelia Perry

With Mary he was the father of:

  1. Ackman Oldford, who with Fannie Reader was the father of:
    1. Dorothy
    2. Nellie
    3. Muriel
    4. Carl
    5. Phyllis (Brett)
  2. Irene, who married X. Strange of Portole Grave (?) or Partde Grove (?), Newfoundland.
  3. Joseph Olford, who married S.A. Office (?) from New Jersey.
  4. William Oldford (18XX-1954), who with Gertie Hart was the father of:
    1. Albert
    2. Norman
    3. Joseph
    4. Keith
  5. Duncan Oldford, who with Livi Greening was the father of:
    1. Pearl
    2. Lawrence Oldford
    3. Lily (married X. Crewe)
  6. Harry Oldford (married Mildred)
  7. Winni (married Sylvester Matthews)
  8. Lewis Robert Oldford (married Elsie)
  9. Clinton Oldford
  10. Stewart Oldford
  11. Ida, who with Henry Pike was the mother of:
    1. Wallace
  12. Annie, who married X. Proctor of Boston.
  13. Alexandra, who with Eli Greening was the mother of:
    1. Dora
    2. Garland
    3. Edna
    4. Caywood (?)
    5. Lily
    6. Chesley
    7. Harold

At least one grandson, James Stewart Oldford, son of Stewart Oldford, shares his name.


  1. Bonavista Methodist Baptisms - 1837 - 1846 - Vol 72 - Bonavista District
  2. I'm not sure where this information came from. Presumably from Aunt Peg, i.e. Margaret (Oldford) Nelson. This can't be Bennett Wambolt who would have lived in Nova Scotia, and only been related through marriage of grandchildren. ~~~~
  3. Bonavista Methodist Marriages - 1861 - 1874 - Bonavista Bay District.
  4. Bonavista Methodist Marriages - 1861 - 1874 - Bonavista Bay District.
  5. Bonavista Methodist Baptisms - 1870 - 1881
  6. Bonavista Methodist Baptisms - 1870 - 1881
  7. Newfoundland, Canada, Index of Birth, Marriage & Death Notices from Newspapers, 1810–1890
  8. Marriages at Catalina, Methodist
  • Records and memories of Peg (Oldford) Nelson, specifically the family tree sketch uploaded here.
  • There is a page on Rootsweb created by David Pike but it has no additional information. It does have info on his children Ackman and Alexandra.
  • Marriage to Rebecca Butler; Newfoundland, Canada, Index of Birth, Marriage & Death Notices from Newspapers, 1810–1890 (Ancestry.com link)

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Howes-10 and Oldford-6 do not represent the same person because: Not a match.
posted by Chris Whitten

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