Oakman individuals and families have been leaving Ireland to settle in other countries from as early as the 1770s.  I have endeavoured to trace as many of these as possible.  If you have more details on any of these people I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.


There are two distinct branches of Oakmans in Australia – those who came from Ireland and those who came from England. The Oakman families from England were closely related (brothers and cousins) who arrived in Australia in 1853 and 1857. The first Oakman from Northern Ireland to venture to Australia…

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Quite a few Oakman families and individuals left Ireland to settle in North America. The information found about these folk has been gleaned from a variety of sources – shipping records, census records, newspapers, death registers, marriage registers and military records. Oakmans in America with birthplace of “Ireland”

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Irish Oakman families have been living in Canada from the 1840s – possibly earlier. Like me, descendants of these families are still working on finding a connection back to Northern Ireland for their Oakman ancestors. Shipping records to Canada weren’t formally archived before 1865 and it seems few records have…

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Other Oakmans in Scotland The following Oakmans have also been found in Scotland.  They may not be related to Irish Oakmans but I am listing them here in case they might be connected in some way. 1737 Isabel Oakman, daughter of Robert Oakman and Margaret McArthur was born on 8…

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UK Census records list a couple of Oakmans who originated from Ireland. The earliest is Janet Oakman, born circa 1773 in Ireland. Janet worked as a Charwoman and was living in the Union Workhouse in Houghton Le Spring, Durham, in 1861. Listed below are other Irish Oakmans found in England…

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