Maria OATEN was born in Wiveliscombe in 1834. On 23rd January 1860, at St. Jude’s, Bristol, she married George Thomas TRAPNELL, a butcher by trade. During the next eighteen years they had nine children and continued to live in the Bath/ Bristol area. In the early 1880’s they decided that the United States of America provided the best chances of advancement and so George and his son Frederick decided that they would go first and establish a base. Later Maria and seven of the children sailed from Bristol on board the “SS Warwick” and arrived in New York in August 1883. Daughter Emma Jane TRAPNELL married Albert Walton BARTLETT in 1889, in Kansas City Missouri.