Jesse Ellsworth Oman was born in New York on August 28, 1883 to Henry Clay and Lydia (Boyer) Oman.[1,3,7] At age 16, he was working as a servant in the home of Frederick and Huldah Frensomonds in his hometown. Jesse married Zora Graves in Whitley County Indiana on March 25, 1904.
Jesse work as a railroad laborer and trackman while he and his family lived in Columbia City, Indiana.[4,5] In the 1920's they moved to Fort Wayne; his occupation in the 1930 Fort Wayne census is shown as "freight handler" in the "Steam Ry" industry. By 1942 when he registered for the WWII draft at age 59, he listed both his place of employment and employee as "none."
Jesse died in Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne on November 15, 1945.
2. Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27VL-6Z8
3. US Census, Williamson, Wayne, New York, 1900.
4. US Census, Columbia Ward 3, Whitley, Indiana, 1910.
5. US Census, Columbia, Whitley, Indiana, 1920.
6. US Census, 4th Ward, Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, 1930.
7. US WWII Draft Registration Cards, Jesse E Oman, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X526-GXS
8. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry Operations.com, Provo, Utah, 2015.
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