Oakman of Ireland

Pieces of the Puzzle

Other Sources

Street directories, post office directories, lists of inhabitants, indexes of wills and probate records, census remnants, Ulster Covenant signatories, all go into the mix in searching for the Oakman surname in Northern Ireland.

There are still sources of information which I have not had the opportunity to check. I will list these soon, at the bottom of the page. I do hope to check these sources one day!

Presbyterian sub-tenants of Armagh Archdiocese, County Armagh

1714Robert OAKMANCo Armagh
1714Thomas OAKMANCo Armagh

Armagh City List of Inhabitants 1770

1770George OAKMANArmagh City
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Title deeds, accounts and correspondence - PRONI D874

1765-1825OAKMAN & SPROULEArmagh, Co ArmaghWoolen draper

Armagh City List of Inhabitants 1770 - PRONI T1228/1

1770John OAKMANPresbyterian
1770George OAKMANPresbyterian


1798John OAKMANComrs in bankruptcy of 1798
Deed of Assgmt
PRONI D509(1153)
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"The History of the General Rebellion in Ireland", printed by Phineas and George Baghell in Castle Street, Cork in 1766

This publications contains a list of "Subscribers Names" — among them is Mr Robert OAKMAN. No mention is made of where Robert Oakman lived, or any further information about him. In these times, subscribers were those who contributed to the publication in some way, either with information or monetary funds towards publication costs.

"Ireland Exhibited to England", Vol II, Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, Paternoster-Row, 1823

Page 183 of this publication lists Mr Walter Oakman of Ballyminimore and Messrs Oakman, McNeice and Sloan of Pigeontown as having "good habitations in this rural district".

"Glenavy: the church of the dwarf 1868-1968", by Rev Patrick J Kavanagh, pages 40 & 41

A section of this book summarises Shaw Mason's "Survey of Ireland" which was published in 1816 and contains a detailed report on Glenavy written by the vicar, Rev Edward Cupples. Rev Cupples listed eleven "important houses and occupants" in Glenavy in 1815. Three of these belonged to Oakmans:

  • Ballyminimore — Messrs Oakman
  • Pigeontown — Messrs McNeice, Oakman and Sloan
  • Ballydonaghy — Mr John Oakman
John Oakman's farm in Ballydonaghy consisted of 150 acres.

Another section of the book summarises Rev Charles Watson's "Glenavy: Past and Present" which was published in 1892. Rev Watson lists seventeen "big houses" — among them John Oakman's property "Pigeontown".

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The Commercial Directory of Scotland, Ireland, and the four most Northern Counties of England

Walter OAKMAN1801-1825BelfastLinen MerchantCromack Street, Belfast and Glenavey
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Wills & Probate Records

1768Robert OAKMANLinendraper of CorkIndex to Prerogative Wills of Ireland, page 354
1836Walter OAKMANWill and Gt(Prerogative), Wallace documents,
Ballyminimore, Co Antrim
Lands/houses in Belfast
PRONI T1009(295)
1852Christina OAKMANConnor Will and grant of probate, Connor, lands under £1500.
Ballyminimore, Co Antrim
PRONI T1009(430)
1855Dolway Bell from Bellgrove, Glenavy Benjamin OAKMAN, Esq, of Clements Mount is appointed as an Executor PRONI
1860Anne OAKMANLate of Glenavey, Co Antrim, spinster,
died 28 July 1859 at Glenavey
Bequeathed all property to her sister Mary Jane Oakman.
Witnesses: John GLENDINNING (of Ballminnamore) and Eliza Jane CRAWFORD
MIC 15C/2/1
1864Mary Jane OAKMANLate of College St South, Belfast
Spinster, died 28 August 1864 at Belfast
Executors: Catherine OAKMAN, Spinster, and Nicholas OAKMAN, merchant, both of Belfast
MIC 15C/2/7
1869William OAKMANLate of Ballydonaghy, Co Antrim, Farmer
died 27 October 1867 at Pigeonstown.
Executors: John OAKMAN, jun, Farmer of Pigeonstown and William CRAWFORD
Beneficiaries: brother Robert, Mary (or May) WALKER, Dorthea McCOY,
John WALKER & his wife, brother Benjamin, John OAKMAN junior, brother John
Witnesses: James Allen of Ballyvollan and William John Moore
MIC 15C/2/9
1876William OAKMANLate of Ballydonaghy, Co Antrim, Farmer
died 24 August 1876 at Ballydonaghy
Executor: Orville GILL of Knockcairn, Co Antrim
Beneficiaries: sister Alice Jane OAKMAN, Orville GILL
MIC 15C/2/15
1880Catherine OAKMANLate of 37 Prospect terrace, Belfast, Spinster
died 2 November 1880 at Belfast
Executor: Nicholas Oakman of 37 Prospect terrace, Belfast
Mentioned: brother Nicholas, sister Christine, wife of George Alexander Hume of Crumlin
MIC 15C/2/19
1893John Glenn OAKMANLate of Ballyvollan, Co Antrim, Farmer
died 24 January 1893 at Ballyvollan
Executors: William Robert Oakman, Gentleman of Pigeontown, Glenavy and Hugh Fraser, Farmer of Taghnabrick
Mentioned: brother William Robert Oakman, brother-in-law Hugh Fraser of Taughnabrick
Beneficiaries: sisters and brother, cousin Dorothea McCoy, nephew Hubert Oakman Fraser, sister Elizabeth B Fraser, sister Francis Jane Oakman
MIC 15C/2/37
1894Nicholas OAKMAN, EsqLate of 4 Royal Terrace, Belfast
died 13 June 1894 at same place
Executrix: Christina Oakman HUME, Spinster of 4 Royal Terrace, Belfast (Nicholas' neice)
Beneficiaries: Mrs Blanch Hume, nephew George Alexander Hume, neice Mrs Margaret Lowry, neice Mrs Eliza Craig, neice Christina Oakman Hume
MIC 15C/2/38
1907William J OAKMANLate of Ashvale, Ballinderry, Co Antrim, Farmer
died 16 May 1906
Executors: Edward H Oakman, auctioneer and Mary Oakman, spinster
1910Robert OAKMANLate of Ardress East, Co Armagh
died 1 December 1909
Executrix: Mary Jane Oakman, widow
1913Margaret OAKMANLate of 109 Roden St, Belfast
died 24 May 1913
Executor: Robert Oakman, checker, husband
1914Thomas Francis Higginson OAKMANLate of Ashvale, Ballinderry, Co Antrim, Estate Agent
died 14 June 1911
Executor: Edward H Oakman, Estate Agent
1916Mary Jane OAKMANLate of Ardress East, Loughgall, Co Armagh, widow
died 13 August 1915
Executor: Sarah Stoops, widow
1916Richard OAKMANLate of Derrycaw, Co Armagh, widow
died 31 January 1898
Executrix: Jane Oakman, widow
1918Henrietta OAKMANgranted at Belfast on 6 March 1918
1919Charles OAKMANgranted at Armagh on 27 May 1919
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1851 Census Records

LocationNameRelationshipMarital StatusAgeOccupationPlace of Birth
Templecormac Townland
Parish of Ballinderry
John OAKMANHeadWidowed52FarmerAntrim
Templecormac Townland
Parish of Ballinderry
John OAKMANSonMarried27FarmerAntrim
Templecormac Townland
Parish of Ballinderry
Ruth OAKMANSister-in-lawMarried26NoneAntrim
Templecormac Townland
Parish of Ballinderry
John HATTINServantUnmarried18PloughmanAntrim

1901 Census Records

LocationNameRelationshipReligionLiteracyAgeOccupationMarital StatusPlace of Birth
Lisburn Hillhall TownlandWilliam Robert OAKMANHeadChurch of IrelandRead & write35Income from land
no profession
not marriedCo Antrim
Lisburn Hillhall TownlandFrances Jane OAKMANSisterChurch of IrelandRead & write39not marriedCo Antrim
Lisburn Hillhall TownlandDorothea McCoyCousinChurch of IrelandRead & write64not marriedCo Antrim
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Antrim Junction Railway Company

Statement of Accounts for the Dublin and Antrim Junction Railway Company, dated 1871, lists the following as shareholders:

Pigot & Co's Directory

1824Thomas OAKMAN Castle Street, Dungannon, Co Tyrone Surgeon

Belfast Street Directory

1819Walter OAKMANLinen MerchantCromack Street, Belfast1819 Belfast & Lisburn Directory
1843Greer & OAKMANWholesale Printed Calico, Muslin
& Trimming Warehouse
11 Donegall St, Belfast1843 Belfast & Ulster Street Directory
1861Nicholas OAKMAN
of Greer & Oakman
Manchester & Scotch Warehouse15 Donegall St, Belfast
residence 13 College St South, Belfast
1861 Belfast & Ulster Street Directory
1878Nicholas OAKMAN37 University Road, Belfast1878 Belfast Street Directory
1878Robert OAKMANRailway Goods Checker21 Granville Street, Belfast1878 Belfast Street Directory
1880Nicholas OAKMAN37 Prospect Terrace, Belfast1880 Belfast & Ulster Street Directory
1907E H OAKMANAuctioneer, surveyor & Insurance agent5 Garfield St, Belfast1843 Belfast & Ulster Street Directory

Belfast and Ulster Street Directory

1880Nicholas OAKMANManaging Director
Ulster Banking Co
head office
Waring St, Belfast
1894John OAKMANStorekeeper39 Copperfield St, Belfast
1894Nicholas OAKMAN4 Royal Terrace, Lisburn Road, Belfast
1894John OAKMANFarmerPigeontown, Glenavy
1895John OAKMANStorekeeper13 Montgomery St, Belfast
1895William OAKMANFarmerPigeontown, Glenavy
1902E H OAKMANBuilder213 Springfield Road, Belfast
1902Robert OAKMANChecker38 Athol St, Belfast
1913E H OAKMANHouse & Land AgentStravondale, Cardigan Drive, Belfast
1913E H OAKMANRent Agent393 Lisburn Road, Belfast
1913Robert OAKMANChecker109 Roden St, Belfast
1913William OAKMANSawyer55 Halliday's Road, Belfast
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Signing The Ulster Covenant

Quite a few Oakmans signed the 1912 Ulster Covenant. These records have been digitised and are available to search and view on PRONI's Ulster Covenant page.

NameAddressDistrictPlace of Signing
Henrietta OAKMANBallinderry, Co AntrimChurch Field, Ballyscolly
Ruth OAKMANBallinderry, Co AntrimChurch Field, Ballyscolly
Frances Jane OAKMANOakhill HillhallDunmurry, Co AntrimDunmurry & Drumbeg
George OAKMANThe Abbey, WhiteabbeyWhiteabbey, Co AntrimThe Abbey
Robert OAKMANAnnaghmoreLoughgall, Co ArmaghTeaguy Hall
Mary Jane OAKMANArdressLoughgall, Co ArmaghCranagill
Susanna OAKMANAnnaghmoreLoughgall, Co ArmaghTeaguy Hall
Edith Maude OAKMANHillhall, LisburnDrumbeg, Co DownDrumbeg Orange Hall
John OAKMANTegaise, MughnadryAughnacloy, Co TyroneConaneese, Edentilone
Charles OAKMANLeganeCaledon, Co TyroneBrantry, Winterburn
R OAKMAN, jun Loughall, Co Armagh100 Wellington St, Glasgow
Joseph (or James) OAKMAN Loughall, Co Armagh100 Wellingston St, Glasgow
W OAKMANLoughall, Co Armagh100 Wellingston St, Glasgow
William A E OAKMAN55 Hallidays RoadBelfast NorthN E Unionist Assoc Rooms, Brougham St, Belfast
Robert OAKMAN109 Roden St, BelfastBelfast SouthCity Hall
Eliza J OAKMANSatavordale, Cliftonville, BelfastBelfast SouthOld Town Hall
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Belfast & Northern Ireland Directory, 1955

William OAKMANPainter42 Summer St, Belfast
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