Eliza Oaten was born 2 April 1838 in Bridgwater, Somerset, England, United Kingdom to Frederick Oaten (1813-1888) and Dinah Bradbeer (1811-1888) and died 3 January 1910 in South Omaha, Nebraska, United States of unspecified causes. She married Thomas Bell Draper (1838-1905) 29 May 1864 in St. Philip and St. Jacob, Bristol, England, United Kingdom. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.

Eliza OATEN was born on 2nd April 1838 in Bridgwater. She married Thomas Bell DRAPER, a Derbyshire man, on Sunday 29th May 1864 at St. Philip and St. Jacob, Bristol, locally known as “Pip and Jays”. Thomas worked for the railways and in 1864 he was transferred from Bristol, back to the Midlands. Eliza and Thomas set up home in Swannington, about two miles north of the coalmining town of Coalville in Leicestershire, a town long associated with the railways, through its connection with George and Robert Stephenson, who had brought the railways there in order to facilitate the movement of coal. Herbert Oaten DRAPER was born 13th March 1865 and on his first birthday he and his parents arrived at Portland, Maine, after travelling from Liverpool on the “SS Hibernian”, a small three massed one funnel ship. Six more children were born to Eliza and Thomas. The family made their home in Iowa and it was there, in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak, where Eliza was buried.

Diary entry Sunday 22 May 1864
"Up at quarter to three and called at Jerry Smith's at quarter to four for him as we was going to Derby together on foot. Left Coalville at 28 minutes past four and walked through Breedon & Melbourne and arrived home (Osmaston) about 8. We both had breakfast at our house and looked round a bit and then went on to Derby together where we parted and I went to Chester Road to see Cowlishaw (fellow railroader) who was on duty. Stayed with him till about 2 o'clock and then went to Osmaston Churche to tea & after to Normanton (about 1 mile w.) with Uncle Charles to see Cousin Tom who has took the Public house there. Stayed at Normanton till about 8 & then walked straight home and to bed after supper at about quarter to eleven. Came to Coe by the 7 a.m. train from Derby on Monday morning."


Offspring of Eliza Oaten and Thomas Bell Draper (1838-1905)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Herbert Oaten Draper (1865-1892)
Frederick Bell Draper (1866-1927)
Walter Evander Draper (1868-1961)
Ellen Grace Draper (1870-1939)
James Franklin Draper (1873-1907)
Harry Hiett Draper (1880-1962)
Laurie Blanche Draper (1882-1978)

Footnotes (including sources)

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  • Records and History predominantly searched out and written by Gordon Oaten