Married: 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.