Alfred William Oram 1861 – 1942

Born: 12 Jan 1861 at Burrishoole, Newport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Parents: John Oram 1824-1907 and Jane Talbott 1829-1906

Siblings: John Samuel Oram 1847 – 1913Jane Charity Oram 1849 – 1945Arthur Talbott Oram 1853 – 1919James Henry Oram 1857 – 1918Caroline Susannah Oram 1863 – 1947Emma Agnes Oram 1865 – 1955Lily Louisa Oram 1867 – 1952Edith Mabel Oram 1870 – 1951Letitia Kathleen Oram 1872 – 1942

Married: Jane Finlay Green 1868-1964 on 18 Aug 1897 at Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, Ireland

Offspring:  Frederick St. John Oram 1898-1963John Talbott “Jack” Oram 1899-1911 Mary Kathleen “Molly” Oram 1902-?Lilian Alice Oram 1903-?Margaret Winifred Oram 1907-1976

Lived in:  Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, and Clones, Co. Monaghan and Dublin, Ireland

Died: 1942, Dublin, Ireland

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In the 1960s the majority of the oral history for Alfred and his family came from his daughter “Molly” Malone. 

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Fourth son of John and Jane Oram born 12th January 1861 at Burrishoole, Newport, Co. Mayo and, like his brothers, attended the local parish school. When he was 13 years old, the family moved to Clinsfold Farm and Alfred walked 4 miles into Horsham each day to school. Alfie was very popular at this time with his younger sisters. They greatly admired his skill in making pottery out of the clay in the local stream. Over the fireplace in the parlour he painted the Irish for “100,000 welcomed” and everyone was taken to see his handiwork.

When he finished school, Mr. Kennedy, who at this time lived in Burrishoole Lodge, used his influence to get Alfie into the Ulster Bank. So he took the long journey back to Ireland to take his exams and gain admittance.

1901 Alfred Oram Family Census, at 44, Main Street, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

1911 Alfred Oram Family Census 37,The Diamond, Clones, Co. Monaghan

At the turn of the century, he was manager at Letterkenney. He moved to Clones in the early 1900’s.     He retired to live at Highfield Road, Dublin in 1925 and died in 1942.

He married Jane Green, daughter of an estate agent at Ballyshannon, Donegal. They had five children, Frederick, John, Molly, Alice and Winifred.

Alfred is remembered by one of his grandnieces (Catherine Thomas) as a very jolly individual who once danced a jig especially for her – at this time he was well over 70.

(CJO: We now know that in May 1891 he became a Member of the Institute of Bankers, London. I assume at this point he became a bank manager.)

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