+ Mary c1771- after 1851

Born: c1771


Married: John Oram 1772-1802

Offspring: Mary Oram c1790-after 1861Ann(e) Oram 1792-after 1871, and John Oram 1800-1891. There may have been further offspring, see note on John Oram 1772-1802 

Died: after 1851 census

Mary was a ‘school mistress’ in Ditcheat, probably in Alhampton when the 1841 and 1851 censuses were taken.   Mary probably taught in a Dame School providing private elementary education. The teachers in Dame Schools were usually women and were often located in the home of the teacher.

By the 1861 census Mary had died and her daughter Ann(e) was described as an ‘Infant school mistress’. This suggests that the local education system had become more formal, financed by charities with state aid prior to the 1870 Elementary Education Act that set the framework for schooling of all children between ages 5 and 12 in England and Wales.

For more on Mary’s family see the page for her son John 1800-1891.


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