Emma Jean Oram 1874 – 1945

Born: 07 Sep 1874 in Cleveland Ohio, USA

Parents: John Samuel Oram 1847-1913 and Jane Clark 1846-1890

Siblings: Charles C Oram 1868-69,  Ida V. Oram 1870 – 1957Arthur Oram 1872 – 1934Lillian Louise Oram 1876 – 1956Oscar Oram 1878 -1943

Marriage and offspring: No marriage or offspring

Died: 18 Jan 1945 in Cleveland Ohio, USA buried in the Oram Lot at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland


In 2012 we have left the text of Emma Jean’s entry as it was written by our mother Daphne in the late 1960s in The Oram Family Saga.  The source was Emma Jean’s three nieces Jean and Virginia nee Keim and Jane Lausche nee Sheal .


Second daughter of John Samuel and Jane Oram born in Cleveland Ohio in 1874. Known to the family as Jean. She is [the American cousin] best remembered by her English cousins as she was a wonderful correspondent, and as she never married, she most likely paid more visits to England than her brothers and sisters.

After her mother’s death she devoted herself to her father running the home for him and helping with the business. After her father’s death she became President of John S. Oram Company. She also succeeded her father as president of the Deacons Board of the Methodist Church that she attended.

Jean helped to found the Good Will Industries that trained and helped handicapped people. She was also National Secretary of the Home Missions for the Church. This was a voluntary job which took up a great deal of her time and frequently found her in the most unlikely situations like sleeping in an Indian Navaho Logan – or calmly facing down the all powerful board of Chinese Tongs when they tried to take a child out of a mission school in San Francisco. Jean never lost her calm firmness – nor lost her battle for what she considered right.

Jean was always meticulously groomed. She was a completely competent person and the one the family turned to in times of trouble and happiness.

Her niece Jane Lausche “always thought that she was quite lovely in appearance, trim of figure, fine features, cool blue eyes that could be calmly appraising or twinkly if she was amused”.

She was sadly missed by her family when she died in 1945.


Newspaper announcement on 20 January 1945 at Emma Jean’s death:

Oram: E. Jean, beloved sister of Mrs. William Henry Keim, Mrs. Lillian O. Harman and the late Oscar and Arthur Oram, aunt of Mrs. Ray B. Watters of Akron, O., John O. Keim, Mrs. Jean [surname withheld], Mrs. Frank J. Lausche, John S. Oram, Mrs. [name withheld], and Mrs. [name withheld], at her late residence, 1831 E. 93 st., Jan. 18. Friends may call at Abel’s Funeral Home, 15317 Euclid ave., corner of Shaw, until Monday noon. Services will be held at the Epworth Euclid Methodist Church, E. 107 and Chester ave., Monday, Jan. 22, at 2 p. m.

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