Parents: Maiden name probably Coleman as Mary Coleman of North Cadbury married John Oram of Almsford [Ansford] at North Cadbury by banns first published on 14 December 1789.
Married: John Oram 1772-1802
Died: buried 7 October 1857 age 87 years at Ditcheat, abode Alhampton.
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.