Friday, September 14, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 243: #368 Jonathan Oatley (1689-1755) of Washington County, Rhode Island

Jonathan Oatley (1689 - 1755) is #368 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #369  Deliverance --?-- (about 1700-1734in about 1726 in Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #184 Benedict Oatley (1732-1821) who married #185 Elizabeth Ladd (1735-1814) in 1755.
*   their son #92 Joseph Oatley (1756 - 1815) who married #93 Mary Hazard (1765-1857)  in 1781.
*  their son #46 Jonathan Oatley (1791-1872), who married #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864), who married  #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                     Jonathan Oatley[1]
*  Alternate Name:   Jonathan Otley[2]
* Alternate Name: Jonathan Oatly[3]    

*  Sex:                        Male    

*  Father:                   Jonathan Otley (1660-    )    
*  Mother:                 Rebecca Salmon (1663-    )  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                    before 19 January 1689, Holborn, Middlesex, England[1–2]    
*  Christening:         19 January 1689 (after age 0), St. Andrew's, Holborn, Middlesex, England[1–2]    
*  Death:                  before 8 September 1755 (before age 66), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1,3]    

*  Probate:               8 September 1755 (after age 66), will proved, South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1,3]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1.             Deliverance  --?-- (1700-1734)    
*  Marriage 1:          before 1726 (before about age 37), Rhode Island, United States[1]    

**  Child 1:             Samuel Oatley (1726-1794)    
**  Child 2:             Rebecca Oatley (1728-1806)    
**  Child 3:             Rhoda Oatley (1730-1757)    
**  Child 4:             Benedict Oatley (1732-1821)    

*  Spouse 2:             Mary --?--  (1702-1786)    
*  Marriage 2:          before 1737 (before about age 48), probably South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1]    
**  Child 5:             Jonathan Oatley (1737-    )    
**  Child 6:             Joseph Oatley (1739-    )  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

The Oatley Family Association of Providence, Rhode Island published The Oatley Family in
America and their Descendants in 1969-70[1]. The sketch for Jonathan Oatley includes: Jonathan "Otley" was baptized on 6 January 1689 in the Parish of Holborn, Middlesex, England,
probably the son of Jonathan and Rebecca Otley [Oatley] of London. The Oatley family tradition is
that Jonathan came from London[1].
Nothing is known about Jonathan's immigration to Rhode Island. Jonathan was a tailor by trade[1]. On 2 August 1729, Jonathan Oatley received a deed from Jeremiah Wilson of South Kingstown,
Rhode Island for "one acre of land bounded on the north by a highway and bounded on the east,
south and west by property of Jeremiah Wilson", for thirty pounds. The property is now on the
corner of Broad Rock and Saugatucket Roads in South Kingstown. The Oatley homestead was
built there, and a broken foundation measuring 18 by 20 feet with a pile of bricks was visible in
1970[1]. The mother of the children of Jonathan Oatley is not positively known. One record indicates that
he married a Deliverance Cleveland, who apparently died in 1734. It is assumed that she was the
mother of the first four children[1], all recorded in South Kingstown: * Samuel Oatley (1726-1794), married 1771 Abigail Nichols (1737-1787). * Rebecca Oatley (1728-1806), married 1745 Michael Champlin (1723-1786). * Rhoda Oatley (1730-1757), married 1750 Ephraim Drake (1730-????). * Benedict Oatley (1732-1821), married 1755 Elizabeth Ladd (1735-1814). Jonathan Oatley married his second wife, Mary --?-- (1702-1786), and she was probably the mother
of the last two children[1], both recorded in South Kingstown: * Jonathan Oatley (1737-????). * Joseph Oatley (1739-????). Jonathan Oatley was admitted a freeman of South Kingstown on 5 May 1747(1). He was active in
civic affairs in South Kingstown, serving as a juror of an early murder trial on the first Tuesday of
April, 1751[1]. Jonathan Oatley died before 8 September 1755, when his will was proved in the South Kingstown
Town Council. He died testate, having written a will on 25 July 1755, less than two months before
his death[1,3]. The will reads: "In the Name of God amen, I, Jonathan Oatly of South Kingstown in the County of Kings County in
the Colony of Rhode Island &c. yeoman being sick & weak of Body but of a sound mind & in perfect
memory Do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament That is to say principally & first of all I
commend my soul into the Hand of God who gave & my Body to the Earth to buried in decent
Christian manner according to the Discretion of my Executor herein after named my just Debts &
funeral charges being first paid by my said Executor, I give devise and bequeath of my Worldly
Estate in the following manner & Form. "Imprimis - I give & bequeath unto my well beloved wife Mary Oatly, my large black chest and all
that part of my Household Stuff which she brought with her to me together with all my stock without
Doors & any part of my House she shall incline to Improve for & During the Time of her
widowhood. I likewise give her the sum of Fifty Pounds in Bills of publick Credit to be paid her
by my sd Executor in Two years after my decease. "Item - I give & devise unto my beloved son Samuel Oatley the sum of Five Pounds in Bills of
Credit to be paid by my said Executor within two years after my decease. "Item - I give & Devise unto my beloved son Benedict Oatly all my Housing & Homestead
Bounded Northerly on an Highway Easterly & Southerly on land of Joseph Torry & Westerly
on land of James Willson. To him his heirs and assigns forever, He paying to his mother in law
& his Brother Samuel the legacies before mentioned and given, and all my Just Debts also I
bequeath to him my great Bible. "Item - I give & bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Rebecca Champlin the one half of all my
Household goods not herein disposed of to her mother, to her, Her Heirs and assigns for ever I
likewise give her the use & improvement of the other half Solong as Ephraim Drake (my
daughter Rhoda's Husband) shall live at whose decease the one Half as aforesaid I give &
bequeath unto my beloved daughter Rhoda Drake her Heirs & assigns. But it is to be understood
& my will is that my daughter Rebecca (before any division is to be made) shall have one
Feather Bed & Beding. "Item - I give and bequeath unto my two sons Samuel and Benedict all my wearing apparel and
what Cloath is in the House not made into any garment to be Equally divided Between Them --
and my Will is that all my Books not herein before disposed of be equally divided between my
said Wife and my said son Benedict. "Lastly, I do hereby constitute, ordain & appoint my Beloved son Benedict Oatly Sole Executor
of this my Last Will and Testament Revoking & disanulling all former Wills and Testaments by
me heretofore made Ratifying and Confirming this and this only to be my Last. In witness
Whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal the Twentyeth Day of July Anno the Domini
one Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty five. Jonathan Oatly {seal} "Signed, sealed, published, pronounced, & declared by the said Jonathan Oatly to be his Last Will & Testament in presence of us the subscribers. Latham Clarke Martha Clarke William Steward." On 8 September 1755, Latham Clarke and Martha Clarke personally appeared before the Town
Council and declared under oath that they witnessed Jonathan Oatley of South Kingstown deceased
sign, seal and declare the above to be his last will and testament and signed as witnesses to the act[3].
An inventory of the personal estate of Jonathan Oatly, late of South Kingstown, deceased, was
taken by Latham Clarke and Benjamin Rodman, as shown by his executor Benedict Oatly and
his widow Mary Oatly. The inventory of the personal estate, in two columns over two pages of
the records, totalled 559 pounds, 12 shillings, 1 pence. The inventory was approved by the Town
Council on 12 January 1756, and recorded by the clerk on 15 January 1756[3]. The mention of Benedict Oatly's mother-in-law refers to Benedict's step-mother, the present wife
of Jonathan Oatley. The burial place of Jonathan and his two wives are not known - they may have been buried on the
family farm in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

1. Harry J. Oatley, The Oatley Family in America and Their Descendants (Providence, R.I. : The Oatley Family Association, 1970), Pages 19-24, Jonathan Oatley sketch.

2. "English Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," indexed database, FamilySearch  (, St. Andrew's, Holborn, England, Jonathan Otley entry.

3. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943,"  (South Kingston, R.I.), Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), on 8 microfilm reels, Volume 5, Pages 25-27, will of Jonathan Oatley, accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,931,834.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2018 to 260 Ancestors in 260 Weeks.

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