|About Before There Was Me
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Thank you for visiting my family tree, please feel free to wander around. I still have a lot of information to place on this website and it will take a little time. If you have any photos etc that you would like to share with us all here, please do email me as I'd love to see them. There are many photos, please can you not use them for public display without first asking my permission as many of the photos have been kindly donated by my new cousins. Please note that some of the early Okeman, Oakemans are just impossible to 100% link as sadly parish records didn't always include enough information. If you find an entry which you think is wrong, please do let me know as I'd like to be as accurate as possible. If you'd like to write a short piece about your relative in under 1000 words, please email it to me and I'll make sure it goes next to their entry on the tree. I first became interested in my family's past as a young girl, when sitting with my dad going through old photos and dusty deeds. My only regret is, that I didn't think to record everything that my dad shared with me on those occasions. Amazed I heard about Scotland Green Farm in Ponders End, Enfield, Middlesex. I descend from a long line of agricultural workers from Hertfordshire. Joseph Oakman my 2x great grandfather and his wife Eliza Morrell moved to Enfield with their young family in the 1850's. In 1861 both Joseph and my great grandfather Thomas Oakman were agricultural labourers but by 1881 Thomas Oakman had 16 acres of land and employed 12 labourers. Joseph Oakman's son David Oakman was a greengrocer in 1881, his son David Alma Oakman gave him a grandson in 1905 Arthur Alma Oakman, who became an Apostle for the church of Latter Day Saints in 1938. In one of his sermons he mentions stealing an apple from his uncle's farm, I am guessing that my great grandfather is owed an apple. If you look at the links below, you will see a link to a site called Okeman, Oakeman and Oakman. This is an msn group that I have set up with lots of information on all Oakman variants and there are a lot of Oakman's there waiting to be given parents etc.... Before starting my family tree, I didn't really know much about my mother's family. I spent many a Sunday afternoon watching my grandma knitting her squares, which she knitted by the hundred to make blankets for charity. First she made sure that all her grandchildren had a blanket. The wool was acquired by undoing many knitted jumpers, with all the buttons being placed in a tin. My grandad loved to potter around in his garden and always had a smile upon his face... He grew the most amazing parsnips, I've yet to taste one as tasty as his. Every Boxing day, Grandma and Grandad would come over and we'd eat a massive Christmas Dinner, afterwards we'd all be quiet whilst they had a sleep. Through researching the family tree, I have found many amazing relatives. My grandmother's grandfather, Lucas Carrington whom was personal clerk to Lord Leconfield who was a Baron, Magistrate and a Landowner who lived at Petworth, Sussex at Coates Castle. I was very surprised by the amount of heartache both sides of my family had to endure. My grandad Percy Allwright fought over in France during WW1, how could a man who had witnessed such tragedy of loss of life have been such a gentle man as I knew him? Norma Beatrice Oakman my sister who sadly passed away after a brave battle. We all miss her terribly, not a day goes by without her in our thoughts.