The Maholms came from Northern Ireland to Pennsylvania and
settled in Lancaster County. The ancestor was James, who arrived about 1748 and
settled in Little Brittain township, Lancaster County. Early records indicate
that the emigrant spelled the name Melholm. On March 20, 1769, he bought 300
acres of land in Drumore Township. Lancaster County, from James Moore, in which
he was called James Meholm, yeoman. He died in 1784 and his estate was appraised
by his two sons James and Samuel. The name of the deceased in the appraisal
papers was spelled Mulholm. The sons signed with different spellings. James
spelled his name Malholam and Samuel spelled his Maleholam. On March 30, 1801,
the two sons signed the Administration Account still differently. Both spelled
the name Mulholam. Other records indicate still further variations such as
Mulhalen, Mulhallan, Mulhallon, and Mulholm, but they referred to identical
persons. The name was not spelled Maholm until after Samuel and John moved to
Harrison County, Ohio, in 1805.
James Mulholm, or Meholm, who died in 1784 had several children among whom were:
(1) James Maholm. He deeded the land purchased by his father
in 1769 to Christian Schenk in 1794. He was a soldier in the Pennsylvania
Militia in the Revolutionary War.
(2) Samuel Maholm, b. 1759 or 1760, d. 1838. He applied for a pension in 1833,
saying in his application that he was b. in Little Brittain Township,
Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1759 or 1760. He also states therein that he was
drafted into the service of the U. S. in Oct., 1775. He marched with his
company under command of Capt. James Morrison to Philadelphia. In consequence
of his older brother being in same company, he was permitted to return home
after three weeks' service. In Nov., 1776, he was again drafted for two
months' service. He marched again with Capt. Morrison to Philadelphia and
thence to Trenton, arriving at the latter place on the day the battle there
took place. Here they met the Army under command of Gen. Washington. They
marched the next night (after Lord Cornwallis arrived at Trenton) to
Princeton. The militia (to which Maholm belonged) were some distance in the
rear of the Regular Army and did not arrive until the battle was over. He says
he marched from Princeton to Morristown where Washington's Army went into
winter quarters. At the end of two months he was permitted to return home.
In Sept., 1777, he was drafted again and was marched to within two or three
miles of Brandywine, N. J., where he remained for two months and then
discharged. He was again drafted in Sept, 1781, and marched into New Jersey
where he was when news of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis reached him. He
stated in his application that he moved to Harrison Co., Ohio, near Cadiz, in
18o5. He had a bro. John, who in a deposition substantiating his bro. Samuel's
application, stated that he (John) was twelve or thirteen years old when his
bro. Samuel was first drafted in 1775.
Samuel m. Jane about 1777 and had issue as follows, all of whom except Eleanor
were mentioned in the will written Feb. 25, 1833, and probated in Harrison
Co., Ohio, in 1838. Practically all of the children did well and some, as well
as some of the son-in-laws, became very wealthy.
(1) Jane, b. 1778; d. 1833; m. James Wilson, b. 1777; d.
(2) Nancy, b. 1779; m. Walter B. Beebe, b. 1786; d. 1836.
(3) Mary, b. Mar. 21, 1783; d. July 26, 1853; m.
William Lyle, b. Jan. 18, 1777;
d. Feb. 6, 1849. (See Lyle Genealogy)
She was called Polly in her father's will, also in her own, but she signed
the latter Mary Lyle.
(4) Elizabeth, m James McNutt; d. 1855. Of issue: Arthur, b. 1821; d. 1895.
Family resided near Cadiz, Ohio.
(5) Margaret, b. 1790; d. 1858.
(6) James, b. 1794; d. 1859; m. Axie, b. 1810; d. 1871.
(7) John, b. 1795; d. 1854.
(8) Hannah, m. Phillips.
(9) Dorcas, m. John Bleaks.
(12) Sarah, b. 1803; d. 1848, unm.
(13) Ann, m. Gleason.
(3) John Maholm, b. 1762-3. Moved in 1805 to Harrison Co.,
Ohio, near Cadiz.
(4) Hugh Maholm (probably), Will probated in Jefferson Co., Ohio, 1822. Wife,
Martha, Nephew, James Carson, Bro.-in-law, Thomas Johnson.
(5) Joseph Maholm (probably), Will probated in Jefferson Co., Ohio, 1826.
Children mentioned in will:
(1) Elizabeth M. Talbot;
(7) Margaret M. Johnson.