John Oaten

#1141, (1770-20 November 1837)
FatherJohn Oaten (c 1739-29 Sep 1826)
MotherMary Ruckley (1741-20 Jul 1813)
ChartsOaten Family - descendants
Barbara Nicholson - ancestors
John Oaten signature April 1795
(Source: Marriage certificate)
     NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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John was born in 1770 at Wilton, Somerset.1 He was the son of John Oaten and Mary Ruckley. John lived in April 1795 at Wilton, Taunton, Somerset.2

He married Hannah Tamsey, at St. Andrew and St. Mary on Monday, 20 April 1795 at Pitminster, Somerset. The were married by banns, which were read on the 5th, 12th and 19th of April 1795. A John Oaten was witness to the wedding, perhaps the bridegroom's father..2,1 John and Hannah Tamsey became the parents of John Oaten circa 1802 at Taunton, Somerset.3,4,5 John Oaten (and presumably his spouse Hannah) moved with their young children to London circa 1811. It isn't clear what prompted the move.5

His father died 29 September 1826 at the approximate age of 87. He was a Gentleman in March 1837.5 John (and presumably his spouse Hannah) lived in March 1837 at 5 Queen Road, in Edgeware, London.5

He made a will on 21 March 1837. And John Oaten were named as executors.5

The transcript of his will reads as follows:
John Oaten 5 Queen St., Edgware, Middlesex, - Gentleman. He left his wife 500 pounds - for her absolute use and benefit - the house and all furniture and on her death the executors of his estate - William E. Gillett of Fairwater House, Taunton and son John Oaten, Curzon S., Mayfair (Confectioner) - were to sell them and hold the proceeds in trust for his children.
From the rest of the estate, 50 pounds per annum to 'the wife' for life, and four shillings each week to brother Joseph Oaten and Sister Mary Harwood. The surplus to his children.
On the death of his wife, if brother Joseph Oaten and Sister Mary Harwood are still alive four shillings per week. On their deaths the shares to his children. Sister Ann Hutchings 50 pounds.
To Elizabeth and Amelia Oaten, daughters of John, 100 pounds each when 21 years old. To Harriet and Hannah Oaten, daughters of son Joseph and Catherine his wife, 100 pounds each when 21 years. To Harriet and William Finney, children of Stephen Finney and daughter Harriet, 100 pounds each when 21 years old. To niece Mary Gillett 50 pounds.
Gold watch to my wife and on her death to son John Oaten. Gun to John Oaten. Daughter Harriet Finney my silver drinking mug.

Signed 21 March, 1837. Proved 4 Dec 1837 (died 20 - 11 - 1837).5,6

John died on 20 November 1837 at Edgeware, London.5,1

John's will was probated on 4 December 1837. His estate was worth about £500.7,5


1770BirthWilton, Somerset1
1795ResidenceWilton, Taunton, Somerset2
1795MarriageSt. Andrew and St. Mary, in Pitminster, Somerset2,1
1837Residence5 Queen Road, in Edgeware, London5
Quotation type 35,6
1837DeathEdgeware, London5,1


Hannah Tamsey (1768-4 May 1848)


  1. [S278] Gordon Oaten, Oaten Family Chart.
  2. [S937] Pitminster Parish Registers - St. Andrew & St. Mary, Name: Hannah Tamsey, Gender: Female, Marriage Date: 20 Apr 1795, Marriage Place: Pitminster, Somerset, England; Spouse: John Oaten, FHL Film Number: 1526710, Reference ID: Item 21 p 83.
  3. [S265] Victoria, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, 1866 No.5597.
  4. [S392] National Census for England, 1851 (online image) Class: HO107; Piece: 1473; Folio: 249; Page: 10; GSU roll: 87796.
  5. [S939] Iolene McArthur,"Oaten: The New Zealand Branch," manuscript, Oaten family in New Zealand , March 1995. Currently held by Tim Hill's collection, e-mail address p.5.
  6. [S946] Bank of England, Probate, 1717-1845 First name(s): John; Last name: OATEN; Date: 1837; Entry year: 1837; Place: Edgware Road; County: Middlesex; Record type: N; Reg: 10577 (This document does not include the transcript, but rather details the amount in total to be dibursed.).
  7. [S946] Bank of England, Probate, 1717-1845 First name(s): John; Last name: OATEN; Date: 1837; Entry year: 1837; Place: Edgware Road; County: Middlesex; Record type: N; Reg: 10577.