James Oram 1774-1839

Born: 1774 at Ditcheat, Somerset and baptised on 20 August

Parents: Isaac Oram 1745-1802 and Elizabeth Clare 1747-1795

Siblings: John Oram 1772-1802 ; William 1780- baptised Oarm; Frances Oram 1782- baptised Oarm; Sarah Oram 1785-1860 baptised Oarm; Melior Oram 1788- baptised Oarm

Married:  Susannah Bartlett 1782-1838 13 Jan 1806 at South Barrow, Somerset

Offspring: William Oram c1810-1873Mary Oram c1813-1888Susannah Oram 1817-1899Elizabeth Oram c1818-1787, Sarah Oram 1820-1869and John Oram 1824-1907

Died: 22 Oct 1839 at Weston Bampfylde, Somerset buried 27 Oct 1839 in South Barrow churchyard with Susannah

Map of places mentioned is at the bottom of the page 

We know little about our great-great-great grandfather.  He appears to have been the younger of only two offspring of Isaac and Elizabeth Oram.  In 1806 he married Susannah, daughter of James and Mary Bartlett who owned and worked their own farm in South Barrow.  In the records the farm is not given its name ‘Parsonage Farm’ until the 1881 census.

Letter giving year of marriage of James and Susannah Oram

We assume the inquiry in the above letter was because in 1905 lawyers needed  facts about all family members to finalise the estate of Albin Guppy 1846 – 1905.

James and Susannah’s first son William was born in South Barrow, no doubt at Susannah’s parents’ farmhouse.  Mary, Elizabeth and Sarah always gave their birthplace as Queen Camel in their census returns.  No doubt while James and Susannah were living in Queen Camel James was working on a farm but we do not know if he was an employee or working ‘on his own account’. Their youngest son John was baptised in Castle Cary in 1824 but this is the only documentation to indicate that the family ever lived there.  The family oral tradition is that John rode to school in Castle Cary.  We do know that the family were living at the dairy farm ‘next to the church’  in Weston Bampfylde by the time their daughter Mary was married in 1837.  William continued to work the farm after his parents died.

The family oral tradition is that Susannah died from cancer, but thanks to the research of Robert Senior (link to source in this site to be added XYZ) we know that Susannah, named Susan Oram and described as a 65 (sic) year old dairywoman on her death certificate, died of mortification (gangrene) at The Infirmary, Fisherton Anger (part of Salisbury, Wiltshire) on 7 February 1838.  The informant was GR Tatum ( link to http://livesonline.rcseng.ac.uk/biogs/E003198b.htm XYZ), house surgeon at the Infirmary. Susannah was buried in South Barrow on 14 February 1838.

Nearly two years later on 22 October 1839 James died at Weston Bampfylde and was buried in the same grave as Susannah in South Barrow on 27 October 1839.  The cause of death was ‘Paralytick’.  Does this mean that he was paralysed from the side effects of working as a dairyman for years or had he overindulged in the local cider?

Death Certificate of James Oram
James & Susannah’s grave

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South Barrow
Weston Bampfylde
Queen Camel
Castle Cary
Kingston (upon Thames)
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