Philip Draper and Jane Oram

Cohabiting may be thought to be something new, but Philip Draper and Jane Oram lived together as man and wife way back in the mid-19th century. Just why they didn’t marry we don’t know, but this extract from Philip’s will makes it clear that Jane was his ‘reputed’ wife and he treated her right by leaving his worldly wealth to her.

Extract of the will of Philip Draper of Easterton

Extract of the will of Philip Draper of Easterton

Philip was born around 1816. His parents were John and Mary and he was baptised at Market Lavington Church on June 3rd. This was well before Easterton was a separate parish.

Jane Oram was born around 1823 in Wilsford where her father, John, was a smith and her mother was Mary. She was at home with her parents for the 1841 census.

Sadly, with no 1841 census for Philip, our next record is the 1851 census. Philip was living with Jane (known as) Draper and two young children in Easterton. Philip was a baker and grocer.

In 1861 the family were in West Lavington with Philip still a grocer and baker.

The will extract tells us that Philip died in 1867 and in 1871 we find Jane (still calling herself) Draper as the landlady at The Kings Arms in Market Lavington.

In 1881 she was a retired innkeeper and her daughter Agnes (registered as a Draper) was a general shop keeper. They lived in Easterton.

We haven’t traced a death for Jane but we don’t find her on the 1891 census.

Known children of Philip and Jane are:

Alfred born 1849
Emma born 1851
Mary born 1853
Agnes born 1855
John born 1858

Of course, we’d love any further information on this family who we know also owned odd bits of land in the Lavington area.

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7 Responses to “Philip Draper and Jane Oram”

  1. Ms C Chaffey Says:

    Couldn`t find death of Mary Draper, but did find Jane Oram, born 1822, died April-June quarter 1901 in Pewsey, Wilts.

  2. Mrs M Hubert Says:

    I can tell you that Philip Draper married Elizabeth Willett (daughter of Robert Willett, the proprietor of Fiddington House Asylum of West Lavington, Wilts), on 11 Nov 1838 in Bath and they had a son together. Philip managed to get himself involved in a relationship with Jane Oram and then married her in Andover whilst still being married to Elizabeth. Elizabeth filed for divorce on 22 Feb 1866 and was granted a Decree Absolut on 12 Feb 1867. Perhaps this is why Jane Oram is described as a “Spinster” in Philip’s Will as he was not legally married to Jane.

  3. Karen Hilton Says:

    Philip had an older brother Stephen Draper born about 1805 married Maria in 1831. Stephen was the proprietor of the Kings Arms Inn in Market Lavington till his death in 1852.

  4. Natasha Ling. Says:

    Philip and Stephen Draper’s brother Leonard Draper,1808-1868, is my 3rd Great Grandfather!! Their parents were John Draper, born 1770, and Mary Dowse, born 1774. Together they had Sarah Draper 1799-1802, Susannah Draper born 1801, John Draper born 1803, Stephen Draper born 1805, Leonard Draper born 1808, James Draper born 1811, and Phillip Draper born 1816. My Maternal Grandma was Grace Draper born in 1911 in Victoria, Australia. Many of the men in our family carried the christian name of Lavington! Including my Grandma’s own brother. Our family history goes back to the 1600’s in Market Lavington. I’m very happy to share research and Draper family history with you. I live in Australia and have unfortunately never been to Market Lavington! Will definitely love to visit when I’m next in England 🙂

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