Friday, November 25, 2016

Revisiting the Oyler side of the tree

Source: Tate Museum. JMW Turner, Petworth, Sussex, the Seat of the Earl of Egremont. 1810.
A recent exchange with a distant cousin descended from the Oyler side of the tree has prompted me to look back at our English roots, before the Oylers ventured from Kent, England to the US in 1828. I previously posted about my 3rd-great-grandfather Samuel Oyler's arrival in the US with his parents and siblings. I have not spent much time writing about their early years in Kent. After digging around on Ancestry, I have started to clean up this side of the tree. There's quite a bit of history on the Oyler family. With renewed focus on family history, I will be bringing some of their stories to post.

Samuel Oyler was the son of George Oyler and Sarah Goble. He was born in Hawkhurst, Kent, England in 1822. George and Sarah were married in Benenden, Kent on 24 June 1815. The map below shows the location of these towns in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells.
Source: Google Maps.
According to his headstone in Harrison Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, George Oyler was born on 16 August 1795, but there is no record of his birth in the parish registers in Hawkhurst, Cranbrook or other neighboring communities or in Sussex Parish records. George Oyler was my 4th-great-grandfather.

George and Sarah had five sons while living in England.
1. George Goble Oyler
2. William G. Oyler
3. Daniel Oyler
4. Samuel Oyler, 1822-1863
5. Alfred Oyler

A month after arriving in the US, another son, George Washington Oyler was born in June 1828. They had a seventh son, John Oyler, in 1831. He died in 1832.

George and Sarah settled in Harrison Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. He made a visit back to England in 1838-1839, returning to New York on 3 April 1839 from London.

Sarah died on 27 June 1841. After her death, he married a woman named Sophia, who was born in October 1806. She died on 10 October 1864.

George and Sophia appear together in the 1850 US Census in Crosby Township, Hamilton County, Ohio.

In the 1860 US Census, George and Sophia appear in Harrison Township, Hamilton County, Ohio.

By 1870, George Sr. was hosting the family of his son Samuel, my 3rd-great-grandmother Marianna Haiss Oyler and three of her children.

George Oyler Sr died on 24 April 1883.
Source: Findagrave.

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