Born: 29 May 1876 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Married: 1. Robert Erwin Sheal 1871-1958 on 25 Oct 1899 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Divorced 5 Feb 1908
2. William Keynon Caldwell 1876-1912 on 12 Mar 1910 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
3. William J Harman 1873-1931 on 26 Nov 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Offspring: 1. Jane Oram Sheal 1903-1981
Marriage 2 and 3: No offspring
Died: 7 Feb 1956 and buried in the Oram lot (Section 11 Lot 219-0) at Lakeview Cemetery Cleveland.
In 2012 we have left the text of Lillian’s entry as it was written by our mother Daphne in the late 1960s in The Oram Family Saga. We have added images of an interesting newspaper cutting and Lillian’s three marriage certificates with notes on her spouses plus the photograph of ‘Aunt Jemima’.
Youngest daughter of John Samuel and Jane Oram of Cleveland Ohio.
Lillian was the first of their daughters to marry. In 1899 she married Robert Sheal. (10 Orams attended her wedding). Lillian and Robert had one daughter, Jane. This marriage only lasted about 8 years. Lillian married twice after this, first to William Caldwell who died in 1912 and then William Harman.
Her daughter Jane says of her parents, “Mother was a gay blithe spirit who needed to be cherished. Dad was totally engrossed in his work, a genius in his particular field of engineering and inventions. But he could lose himself in his work. It was nothing for Dad to work eighteen hours a day seven days a week, while Mother sat at home alone wondering and worrying. His particular work at that time was supervising the installation of loading and unloading equipment for iron ore and coal and so many workers feared they would be replaced. Threats and beatings of the installation crews were frequent. Dad never gave it a thought, too wrapped up in his work, and totally devoid of fear”.
In later life she lived with her daughter Jane at the Mansion when her son-in-law was Governor of Ohio.
Lillian was always lively and firmly remained 63 years old long after she had passed that birthday. (Once during an operation the doctor asked her how old she was and three times received the firm answer – 63).