The Oram family oral tradition is that the Talbott family had lived in Over Stowey, a west Somerset village. After blaming witchcraft for the death of their cattle they moved east about thirty miles to Sparkford.
In 2012 and 2018 we are inclined to question the ‘Over Stowey’ oral tradition as there are so many places with a similar sounding name. In the 1851 census Philip Talbott, living in Sparkford, gave his place of birth as Stawell, Somerset. Stawell is in an area prone to flooding just to the east of Bridgewater and about 15 miles to the west of Sparkford. Stawell is a better candidate than Over Stowey, or the oral tradition could refer to another part of the family.
The first evidence of the Talbotts of Stawell in the Sparkford area of Somerset is when on 16 Sept 1789 William Talbot of Stawell married Ann Humphries of and at Weston Bampfylde. Two years later on 07 Mar 1791 widower Thomas Talbot of Stawell married Mary Umphries [sic] of and at Weston Bampflyde. It was another five years before Elizabeth Humphries married Philip Talbott at Sparkford on 5 Sept 1796.
Unfortunately I cannot find a good record for the burials of parents Thomas and Ann in Stawell or Sparkford. It seems as if some of the family made the move to Sparkford area before 1789 and visiting William and Thomas fell for two local sisters.
Our direct ancestors are
Thomas Talbott and Ann
and their son Philip Talbott 1773-1851 and Elizabeth Humphries 1770-
and their son Samuel Talbott 1797-1870 and Charity Way 1792-1866
and their daughter Jane Talbott 1829-1906 and John Oram 1824-1907
then continue with the surname Oram