OATES, Elizabeth (Eliza) born circ 1821 Isle of Man & died 1876 in Douglas, Isle of Man
3rd Great Grandmother
Elizabeth Oates was born in Douglas, Isle of Man between
1821 and 1826, the daughter of Robert Oates and Mary Thomson.
She met David Richardson about 1839 somewhere in
England probably, and they had four children born in England and
one on the Isle of Man before emigrating to the USA in 1848. I have found no record of marriage between Eliza and David, therefore it is very likely theirs was a common-law relationship only.
After Elizabeth’s arrival through Ellis Island in 1848, she and her
family finally settled in Galveston, Texas, where two more children
were born. A son was also born in Louisiana in approximately 1848,
just prior to their travelling to Texas.
When Elizabeth and David parted ways in the mid 1850s, Elizabeth
returned to the Isle of Man taking her two youngest children with her,
(Mary and George); the remaining children staying in the USA. Upon
her arrival in the Isle of Man Eliza began supporting herself and her
children by the operation of a lodging and boarding house in Douglas.
At the time of Elizabeth’s death in 1876 she was also known as Elizabeth
Wilson or Richardson, according to her Last Will & Testament, however
no record of marriage has been located between her and a Mr. Wilson.
She left all her assets, including real estate property, to her still unmarried
daughter, Mary Richardson.
Elizabeth was buried in St. George’s Churchyard in Douglas on the 1st of
May 1876, and the monumental inscription reads “In loving remembrance
of Elizabeth Richardson who died 25th April 1876 aged 55 years”.