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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”

Isaac Oakman - arrived before 1774

Isaac Oakman was born about 1749 in County Armagh, Ireland.  He emigrated to America sometime before 1774. Isaac had two sisters – Kennedy and Susan – and two brothers – Henry and William.  William had also emigrated to America but we have not yet confirmed where he settled.  Henry was…

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William Oakman - arrived before 1774

William Oakman was born in County Armagh, Ireland about 1775.  He arrived in America with his brother, Henry in September 1770. William’s brother, Isaac Oakman, also emigrated to America and settled in Philadelphia as a Merchant. Confirmation of where William settled has not yet been achieved.  There were three William…

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Henry Oakman - arrived before 1774

Henry was a Merchant in New York City trading under the business of Oakman and Townsend. Henry’s business partner was a spy during the Revolutionary War.  Read more:  Spies, Patriots and Traitors by Kenneth Daigler. Brothers –  Isaac in Philadelphia and William

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Walter Oakman - arrived before 1824

Walter was the son of Walter Oakman and Christina of Darraghmore in Ballyminimore Townland near Glenavy, County Antrim. Walter was among the first settlers of Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan. From the two publications, “The Story of Ypsilanti” by Harvey C Colburn and “Past and Present of Washtenaw County”, we…

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Margaret Oakman – arrived May 1828

Margaret Oakman is found arriving in Philadelphia from St Johns, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, on 19 May 1828. She was 18 years of age and arrived aboard the “Eliza Jane“.  Shipping records list Margaret as a “Servant”. Margaret appears to have remained in Philadelphia where she is found in the…

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Robert Oakman – arrived June 1828

Robert Oakman arrived on the “Eliza Jane” from St Johns, New Brunswick on 28 June 1828. The passenger list states Robert was 45 year old Weaver who intended to become an inhabitant of the United States. Was there a connection between Robert and Margaret Oakman who arrived a month earlier…

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James Oakman – arrived before 1832

James Oakman was born about 1803 in Ireland and died in 1882 in Poultney, Rutland, Vermont. Poultney is a small town in the State of Vermont, situated between the foothills of the Green and Taconic Mountain Ranges. Vermont is located in the northeast corner of America. James married his first…

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Robert Oakman – arrived about 1834

1840 Mississippi Naturalisation Records exist (not yet sighted) for a Robert Oakman of Ireland and Louisiana Land Records show a Robert Oakman purchasing 475.8 acres of land at the Ouachita Land Office in 1845. In 1850, in the Parish of Concordia, Louisiana, Irish-born Robert Oakman is a Cotton Planter with…

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John Oakman – arrived 1834

Born in County Antrim, probably on his parent’s farm in Ballymacmary Townland in the Parish of Killead, John Oakman left his homeland not long after reaching adulthood. His father, George Oakman, died in 1811 in the Parish of Glenavy, County Antrim. John was a young child when his father died.…

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John Oakman – arrived about 1838

After serving with the British Army for 21 years, Private John Oakman received an Army Pension and appears to have left India for North America. Born in County Armagh about January 1797, John enlisted with the British Army “Sappers & Miners” in 1816. In 1819 he was transferred to the…

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Eliza Oakman – arrived about 1841

In the 1850 US Census, Eliza Oakman, born Ireland about 1819, is living in the City of Troy, NY with her sisters Ann Oakman and Margaret Oakman. The 1855 Census shows Eliza, Ann and Margaret living with their parents Walter and Eliza Oakman, along with their brother Walter and sister…

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Walter Oakman – arrived 1845

Seventeen year old Walter Oakman (born abt 1828) left Belfast on the Mertome which arrived in New York on 4 June 1845. Walter was naturalised on 28 October 1851 and his Naturalisation Certificate gives his address as 186 Monroe St, New York County, witnessed by Clements Oakman of the same…

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Clements Oakman – arrived 1846

Clement Oakman was born about 1828 in Ireland and sailed to the US on the Sir C Campbell which arrived at the Port of New York on 7 July 1846. In 1851, Clement was living at 186 Monroe St, New York County when he witnessed the naturalisation of his relative…

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Anne Oakman – arrived about 1846

In the 1850 US Census, Ann Oakman, born Ireland about 1828, is living in the City of Troy, NY with Eliza Oakman (a sister?) and Margaret Oakman. In the 1855 Census, Ann, Eliza, and Margaret are found living with their parents, Walter and Eliza Oakman, along with their brother Walter…

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Margaret Oakman – arrived 1848

Eighteen year old Margaret (born abt 1828) arrived in New York on 29 August 1848 aboard the Sea King. There’s a Robert Oakman on the same ship – very probably her brother. Margaret went to live with sisters Eliza Oakman and Ann Oakman in Rensselaer (north of New York City).…

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Robert Oakman – arrived 1848

Robert was only 16 years old (born abt 1832) when he arrived in New York with his sister Margaret, on the Sea King on 29 August 1848. His occupation is given as “Cultivator/Farmer” on shipping records. Robert was the son of Walter and Eliza Oakman who settled in Troy, Rensselaer,…

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William Oakman – arrived 1849

William, aged 24, (born abt 1825) along with his widowed mother, Catherine Davidson and his two half-sisters, Jane and Catherine, arrived in New York from Belfast aboard the Chenango on 3 July 1849. William married soon after arriving in New York – the Census taken on 6 August 1850 lists…

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John Oakman – arrived before 1850

John Oakman, a Blacksmith living in Detroit, Michigan in 1850, married Elizabeth Normile in 1851 and they had 9 children — William (abt 1852), Margaret (abt 1854), John (abt 1855), Joseph (abt 1857), Robert (abt 1860), Elizabeth (abt 1863), Charles H (abt 1865), Emma (abt 1866), and James M (abt…

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Margaret Oakman – arrived before 1850

Margaret (born abt 1831) and her sisters, Mary and Lucy left County Armagh in Northern Ireland and arrived in New York City sometime before 1850. Their mother, Margaret also emigrated to the US, but I have found no proof that their father, Robert Oakman, ever joined them. He was a…

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Mary J Oakman – arrived before 1850

Mary Oakman, sister of Margaret (above), was born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, about 1836. She arrived in New York City with her mother and sisters in the late 1840s. The US Censuses of 1860 and 1880 list her occupation as Bookfolder and in 1910 she was living with her…

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Lucy Oakman – arrived before 1850

Lucy, who was also born in County Armagh (c1838) and was a sister to Margaret and Mary. Lucy worked as a Bookfolder until her marriage to James Lloyd Evans on 24 August 1863 (source: New York Times). She and James were living in New York City in 1870 with their…

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William G Oakman – arrived about 1850

From William G. Cutler’s “History of the State of Kansas”, published in 1883: W. G. OAKMAN, of the firm of Oakman & Clover, dealers in real estate. The present firm was organized in 1878. The junior partner, Mr. S. S. Clover, has been in business at Paola in the same…

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Michael Oakman – arrived 1851

Twenty-two year old Michael Oakman arrived in New York from Ireland on 28 April 1851. I’ve found no trace of him beyond his arrival.

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Robert Oakman – arrived before 1851

I have found a Robert Oakman, who was born in Ireland, is working as a Bricklayer in Philadelphia in 1860. He is living with wife Margaret and children: Robert, Margaret, Mary and Martha. Their eldest child, who was 9 in 1860, was born in Pennsylvania so Robert must have arrived…

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Walter Oakman – arrived about 1851

Walter (born abt 1790) and his wife Eliza are first found in the 1855 Census in the City of Troy, Tenssalaer, NY. Walter is working as a Chandler and Eliza as a laundress. Living with them are their children – Eliza, Walter jr, Anne, Margaret and Jane – who had…

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Jane Oakman – arrived about 1851

Jane Oakman is found in the 1855 US Census living in the City of Troy, Rensselaer, New York, with her parents Walter and Eliza Oakman, sisters Eliza, Anna and Margaret and brother Walter. In 1865, Jane was 23 years of age (born c1837) and married to Thomas Church. She working…

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John Oakman – arrived 1888

John Oakman was born in June 1875 in Ballymoney Parish, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (IGI Batch #C701588). His parents were William Oakman and Elizabeth McCauley (or McAuley). He had at least one sibling – a brother, Robert (born 29 March 1879). John’s family were Roman Catholics. In the 1900 US…

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Charles Yates Oakman – arrived 1903

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1880 to parents Robert Oakman and Margaret McClarnon, Charles Yates Oakman was a Chemist. He arrived at the Port of Philadelphia in April 1903 intending to stay with his cousin in New York City. The cousin’s surname was Sam McFarland, and he or she…

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Joseph Albert Oakman – arrived 1904

Charles Yates Oakman’s younger brother, Joseph, was born in Ireland in May 1885. He was an Engineer and arrived in the US aboard the Teutonic on 22 September 1904. Joseph was travelling with his brother, Charles, and the passenger list tells us they intended staying with Charles’ friend, Dixon Charleson.…

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Robert John Oakman – arrived 1913

Robert John Oakman was born in Greenrath, Tipperary, Ireland on 2 April 1892. Robert’s baptism record of 6 April 1892 tells us his parents were Robert Oakman, a Constable with the Royal Irish Constabulary, and Mary Stanly. Robert emigrated from Ireland to America in 1913 when he was about 21…

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