Friday, September 26, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 39: Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" in her blog post Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  Here is my ancestor biography for week #39:

Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872) is #46 on my Ahnentafel list, my third great-grandfather.  He married in 1813 to #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865). 


I am descended through:

*  their daughter, 
#23 Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864), who married #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885)
*  their daughter, #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)
*  their daughter, #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), 
* their son, #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):


*  Name:                       Jonathan Oatley[1–11]   
*  Sex:                       Male   
*  Father:                       Joseph Oatley (1756-1815)   
*  Mother:               Mary Hazard (1765-1857)   
  
2)  INDIVIDUAL FACTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*  Birth:                        7 July 1790, South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1]
*  Baptism:                   6 February 1813 (age 22) Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1]
*  Census:                     1 June 1820 (age 29), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[2]    
*  Census:                     1 June 1830 (age 39), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[3]
*  Census:                     1 June 1840 (age 49), Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[4]
*  Census:                     1 June 1850 (age 59), Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[5]
*  Occupation:              1 June 1850 (age 59), stonecutter; Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[5]
*  Census :                    1 June 1860 (age 69), East Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[6]
*  Occupation:             1 June 1860 (age 69) mason; East Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[6]    
*  Census :                    1 June 1870 (age 79), East Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[7]
*  Death:                      10 August 1872 (age 82), East Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[8-10]
*  Burial:                      after 10 August 1872 (after age 82), Bartlett Cemetery #1, Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[10-11]
  
3)  MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN  (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

*  Spouse 1:                Amy Champlin (1798-1865)   
*  Marriage:            29 May 1813 (age 22), Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[12]
*  Child 1:                   John Alfred Oatley (1815-1863)   
*  Child 2:                   Joseph H. Oatley (1816-1898)   
*  Child 3:                   Almira O. Oatley (1817-1903)   
*  Child 4:                   Nancy E Oatley (1818-1892)   
*  Child 5:                   Lorenzo Dow Oatley (1821-1900)   
*  Child 6:                   Stephen Hazard Oatley (1822-1863)   
*  Child 7:                   William Henry Oatley (1824-1899)   
*  Child 8:                   Benedict Oatley (1825-1891)   
*  Child 9:                   Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864)   
*  Child 10:                 Jonathan Oatley (1828-1884)   
*  Child 11:                 Mary Eliza Oatley (1831-1907)   
*  Child 12:                 Hannah H. Oatley (1832-1907)   
*  Child 13:                 Olive F. Oatley (1836-1891)   
*  Child 14:                 George Whittier Oatley (1837-1837)   
  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Jonathan Oatley was born on 7 July 1790 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, the son of Joseph and Mary (Hazard) Oatley.[1]

Jonathan Oatley was baptized in the Baptist Church at Exeter, RI. on 6 February 1813. Amy Champlin was baptized at the same church on 20 February 1813.[1]  They married in Exeter on 29 May 1813.[12]

In 1814, Jonathan Oatley bought a parcel of land in South Kingstown from R.A. Hazard for $20.00.[1]  On 30 November 1816, he and his wife sold an acre to his brother, Joseph Oatley, for $20.[1]  The land in South Kingstown was bounded northerly on land of the heirs of Daniel Stedman, westerly by land of Benjamin T. Peckham, southerly on a highway, and easterly by land of Rowland Hazard.  It was the same lot that the late Joseph Oatley held there.  Amy Oatley joined in the sale.

In the 1820 US Census, the Jonathan Oatley family resided in South Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island.[2]  The household included:

*   three males under age 10, 
*  one male age 26 to 45, 
*  one female under age 10, 
*  one female age 16 to 26.

"Bro. Jonathan Oatley" was voted a letter of recommendation on 18 April 1829 by the Exeter church, and was a delegate to the Ecclesiastical Council on 2 July 1829.  On 16 October 1829, the congregation at Exeter voted to give Brother Jonathan Oatley a letter of recommendation and dismission.  He was ordained in about 1829 to become pastor of the First Baptist Church of South Kingstown, RI. His pastorate continued for about three years.[1]

The extracted information from the 1830 U.S. census record for Jonathan Oatley is:[3]

*  3 males under age 5 [probably William (born 1824?), Benedict (born 1826) and Jonathan (born 1828)]
*  2 males aged 5 to under 10 [probably Lorenzo (born 1821) and Stephen (born 1822)]
*  2 males aged 10 to under 15 [probably John (born 1815) and Joseph (born 1816)]
*  1 male aged 30 to under 40 [certainly Jonathan (born 1790)]
*  2 females under age 5 [probably Amy (born 1826) and ????]
*  1 female aged 10 to under 15 [probably Nancy (born 1818)]
*  1 females aged 15 to under 20 [perhaps Almira (born 1817)]
*  1 female aged 30 to under 40 [certainly Amy, wife of Jonathan (born 1798)]

In 1834, Jonathan Oatley and Amy, accompanied by twelve children, left South Kingstown and came to East Killingly, Connecticut. They joined the Baptist Church and he began as pastor on about 1 May 1834, carrying a letter of recommendation from the South Kingstown church. There is no record of how long he served in that capacity.  Trouble arose in the congregation in 1847.  The church records say:[1]

 "Whereas, elder Jonathan Oatley, and his wife Amy, Joseph Oatley, William Oatley, Amy Oatley White, were at different times during the year 1847 excluded from the fellowship, ordinances, and watch-care of this church."  

A later record for 5 February 1853 reads:[1]

 "In accordance with the invitation given to the following persons, Jonathan Oatley, Amy his wife, Joseph Oatley, William Oatley and Amy Oatley White did accept of said invitation and were by a unanimous vote restored to the full fellowship of said Church at a covenant meeting held ... Killingly the 5th day of Feb. 1853.  R.B. Covill, Church Clerk."

He and his sons were quarry men and granite workers, as well as farmers. They owned a quarry near Killingly Old Pond.  The "Oatley Ledges" near East Killingly are well known.  The Oatleys made long granite steps for the church in "Kentuck" and when that church was torn down, the steps were removed and have served as the steps in front of the Union Baptist Church in East Killingly.[1]

The first twelve children of Jonathan and Amy (Champlin) Oatley were born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.  Two more children were born in East Killingly, Connecticut, making a total of fourteen children.

In the 1840 US Census, the Jonathan Oatley family resided in District No. 25 of Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut (National Archive Microfilm Series, Roll 32, Page 165).  The household included:[4]

*   2 males age 10 to under 15, 
*  2 males age 15 to under 20, 
*  1 male age 20 to under 30, 
*  one male age 40 to under 50, 
*  1 female under age 5, 
*  2 females age 5 to under 10, 
*  one female age 10 to under 15, 
*  1 female age 20 to under 30 
*  one female age 40 to under 50.

In the 1850 US Census, the Jonathan Oatley family resided in Killingly Township, Windham County, Connecticut.[5] The household included:

*  Jonathan Oatley - age 59, male, stone cutter, born S. Kingston RI
*  Amey Oatley -- age 52, female, born S. Kingston RI
*  Olive Oatley -- age 14, female, born Killingly CT

In the 1860 US Census, the Jonathan Oatley family resided in East Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.[6]  The household included:

*  Jonathan Oatley -- age 70, male, mason, $1000 in real property, born CT
*  Annie Oatley -- age 62, female, born CT

It is said that when Jonathan Oatley was 75 years old, he walked from Killingly to South Kingstown to visit his many friends and relatives.[1]

In the 1870 US Census, Jonathan Oatly (age 79, at home, born RI) resided with his son Joseph Oatly (age 55, a stone cutter, born RI) and his family in East Killingly, Windham county, Connecticut.[7]

Jonathan Oatley died 10 August 1872 in Killingly, Connecticut, age 82, of old age.[8-10]  He was a widower, born in South Kingston, RI, reported by Dr. E.A. Hill.  The transcription of the death certificate for Jonathan Oatley is:

*  Name:  Jonathan Oatley
*  Sex:  Male
*  Date of Birth:  ------
*  Race:  White
*  Age:  82
*  Date of Death:  Aug. 10, 1872
*  County of Death: Windham
*  Town of Death:  Killingly
*  City & State of birth:  So. Kingston, Rhode Island
*  Marital Status:  Widowed
*  Last Spouse:  --------------------
*  Usual Occupation:  Clergyman
*  Residence-State:  Connecticut
*  Residence-County: Windham
*  Residence-Town:  Killingly
*  Cause of Death:  Old Age
*  Certification - Physician:  E.A. Hill

He and his wife are interred in the Bartlett Cemetery on Chestnut Hill in East Killingly.[10-11]  Before the caskets were lowered into the grave, the silver coffin plates were removed and given to a family member.[1]

His gravestone inscription in Bartlett Cemetery #1 in East Killingly, Connecticut, reads:[11]

REV.
JONATHAN OATLEY
was Born in S. Kingston, R.I.
July 7, 1790
and died in Killingly
Aug. 10, 1872
aged 82 years and 3 mos.
& 3 days

No probate records for Jonathan Oatley were found in the Killingly probate district records.
5)  SOURCES:
 
1. Harry J. Oatley, The Oatley Family in America and Their Descendants (Providence, R.I. : The Oatley Family Association, 1970), Jonathan Oatley sketch, page 30.

2. 1820 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Rhode Island, Population Schedule, South Kingstown; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Page 105, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M33, Roll 115.

3. 1830 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Rhode Island, Population Schedule, South Kingstown, Page 135 (penned), Jonathan Oatley household; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 June 2013), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M19, Roll 167.

4. 1840 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Killingly town; Page 165 (penned), Jonathan Oatley household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M704, Roll 32.

5. 1850 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Killingly town, Page 358, dwelling #548, family #601, Jonathan Oatley household, online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 51.

6. 1860 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, Population Schedule, East Killingly, Page 553, dwelling #584, family #606, Jonathan Oatley household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Series M653, Roll 92.

7. 1870 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, Population Schedule, West Killingly:  Page 445 (stamped), Dwelling #725, Family #1045, Joseph Oatly household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 116.

8. Killingly, Connecticut, "Killingly Births, Marriages and Deaths" (Register at Killingly Town Hall, Danielson, Connecticut), Volume 2, 1849-1881, page 552.

9. Connecticut. Windham County. Killingly. Town Registrar's Office. Certified Copy of Death Record, Jonathan Oatley, 10 August 1872; Registrar of Vital Statistics, Killingly, Ct. (certificate dated 24 January 1992).

10. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), Bartlett Cemetery #1, Killingly, Conn., Rev. Jonathan Oatley memorial #36289160.

11. Bartlett Cemetery #1, Killingly, Connecticut, Grave Markers, Rev. Jonathan Oatley marker.

12. Harry J. Oatley, The Oatley Family in America and Their Descendants (Providence, R.I. : The Oatley Family Association, 1970), page 38.

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