I am descended from John OADES and Lucy SWEETINGHAM. The only possible date I have for them is 25 February 1811 and their marriage in Hound, Hampshire, England.
Sometime after this, they moved to Sackets Harbor, Jefferson, NY, possibly by way of Oswego, Oswego, NY. John OADES was a shipbuilder. There is conflicting information about his death from my grandfather's notes, all of it without any sources, so I have to treat it all as rumor. One states that he died on the way to the United States, but it seems unlikely because he had several children born in the US after his supposed death. Perhaps this was his father? Another note states that he built ships for the US side in the War of 1812 -- unlikely but possible -- which would have put him in the US no later than 1815. Another note states that he died in 1825 by drowning in Lake Ontario, but he had at least two daughters, Elizabeth and Emmaline, born 1827 and 1828, whose death certificates identify him as their father.What I *do* know is that Lucy and her children, without John, moved to Clayton, Jefferson, NY around 1830 and lived there all their lives.
Lucy (Sweetingham) Oades in buried Clayton Cemetery plot listed as "Lucy, wife of John", d. 18 April 1851, age 62 years 8 months." This would have made her birth date somewhere about August 1788, and their marriage at sometime around age 23.
Their son, also named John, became a master shipbuilder on the Great Lakes and built dozens of ships, mostly two- and three-masted schooners, in Oswego, Clayton, and Detroit. His son, also named John, carried out the tradition in the Detroit shipyards.
Any information on John OADES and/or Lucy SWEETINGHAM would be greatly appreciated.