John Oram’s visit to Somerset in June 1857

In June 1857 John made his first visit to Somerset and Dorset after moving to Burrishoole in 1853.    This page is probably best read after the 2013 essay on John Oram’s early life.   There is a map of the places mentioned at the bottom of this page, with reasons he might visit some locations.

Page of John’s Diary (for larger image and transcription go here)

Map: With icons numbered in order they appear in diary

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Weston Bampfylde
John’s father had run a dairy farm in the village in the 1830s.  Weston Bampfylde could also refer to Little Weston, a hamlet within the parish where John’s sister Mary Hockey may have been living.



Little Weston
By the 1861 census John’s sister Mary Hockey was living in the hamlet, in the parish of Weston Bampfylde.  If she had moved there from Sparkford by 1857 John may have stayed at her house.  Mary’s husband had been a butcher, but she had been widowed with young children and seems to have struggled as a dairywoman for the rest of her life.
Home village of John’s wife Jane nee Talbott. John would have visited Jane’s father Samuel Talbott whose wife Charity had died in the previous summer. John’s sister Mary may have been living in the village prior to moving to Little Weston.
West Camel
John’s cousin, another John Oram lived in nearby Alhampton in the parish of Ditcheat.
Charlton Horethorne
John probably visited some of the relations of his wife Jane Talbott. Census returns show Talbotts living in the village but their relationship to Jane has not been establish.
Okeford Fitzpaine
John’s sister Elizabeth Guppy was living in the village and John probably stayed a night at her home.  Elizabeth was married to a horse dealer.
West Lodge
Home of Captain Wyndham, John’s employer and owner of the Burrishoole Estate in County Mayo, Ireland.
John had lived in Manston around 1850. The family had moved east to Iwerne Minster before moving to Ireland. Some local men went to Ireland with John so he probably visited their families.
John’s brother William was the dairyman on Lord Portman’s estate at Bryanston.
Queen Camel
South Barrow
John’s cousin James Bartlett, who later lived at Parsonage Farm.
John’s cousin Samuel Bartlett lived at Standerwick Farm, Foddington, Babcary.

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