Sam Oyler (2nd son)


Samuel was the second son of Samuel Oyler and Elizabeth (Standen) Colville. He was christened on the 8th Dec 1793 in Winchelsea and died in 1866 in Indiana USA.  He married Sophia Rabson 28 Jul 1814 in Ticehurst.

On Nov 14th 1839 Samuel Oyler, emigrated to the USA on the ship Westminster. With him were his wife Sophia (Rabson) and his younger children: Daughter Elizabeth (Oyler) Wright and son-in-law Charles Wright, son Samuel Oyler (20) daughters Charlotte Oyler, Sophia Oyler and Eliza Oyler (17, 15, and 7). They initially settled in Monroe Co. New York (Rochester) then in Tippecanoe, Indiana.  Their eldest son John Oyler did not travel with them but did emigrate to America later as there is a record of him residing in Tippecanoe, Indiana

Samuel and Sophia Oyler’s children were:

  • John Oyler born Apr 9th 1814, Ticehurst. He married Ann Sayer, 25 Dec. 1837 in Saint Mark, Kennington, London. John and Ann (b. 1817) emigrated to America in 1856 and by 1859 were residing in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. He died before Aug 16, 1881, Tippecanoe Co., Indiana. Their children were:
    • John Edward Oyler. B. 1839 England, D. 24 April 1929 Southwest City, McDonald Co. MO. Buried: 25 April 1929, Miami, Ottawa Co., OK
    • Alfred Oyler B. 22 Jul 1846 England,
    • Samuel Oyler. B. Feb 1850 England.
    • Charles Oyler. B. Abt 1854 England
    • Henry W. Oyler B. Abt 1855 England
    • William B. Oyler B. 1859 Indiana
  • Elizabeth Oyler, b. Apr 30, 1817, Smarden, County of Kent, England; d. Jan 24, 1889, Lauramie Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN; married Charles W. Wright, Feb 4, 1836, Saint John Church, Lambeth, London, England; born Dec 18, 1814, Orsett, County of Essex, England; died Feb 17, 1878, Tippecanoe Co., IN.
    • Charles Westminster Wright was born on 18th Oct 1839during the voyage. On arrival in the USA the family lived in Monroe Co. NY for at least 2 years.
    • George W Wright, the second son, was born in Irondequoit, NY, Aug 1842.  It was only after the death of Charles W. Wright, at age 2, and the birth of their second son did Elizabeth and Charles move west to join Samuel Oyler’s brother George in Lauramie, Tippecanoe, Indiana.

 In 1844, before the town of Clark's Hill was plotted, Charles Wright and Samuel Oyler accompanied Daniel D. Clark to the land office in Crawfordsville, Indiana and purchased 40 acres each in the Clark’s Hill area.  Charles Wright was executor for Samuel's will, in which he left everything to Sophia.

Once settled in Indiana four more children were born to Elizabeth and Charles Wright:

    • Emma Wright 1846,
    • Guilford A Wright 1848,
    • Mary Wright 1851 and
    • Clara Wright 1858.
Charles Wright had been a butcher in England. Charles continued to be a farmer and butcher.  He was known as 'English Charlie'.

Besides bringing up their own children Charles and Elizabeth Wright also took in their nephew Charles John Oyler in 1863 when he was only seven years old, the same year his father Samuel Oyler (son of George) died in Hamilton, Ohio. His mother, Mary Ann (Haise) Oyler (who died in 1872) continued to live with her father-in-law, Charles’ grandfather George Oyler (b. 1795 in England)

In the 1880 census of Indiana Elizabeth (Oyler) Wright aged 63 is “keeping house”; with her are her grandchildren: Florence Crick, aged 22, a teacher and Charles Crick aged 6. Also listed are her son-in-law John Crick and her nephew Charles Oyler, aged 23, a farmer.

  • Samuel Petitt Oyler, b. Aug 26, 1819, Hawkhurst, Kent, England; d. Sep 6, 1898, Franklin, Johnson Co., IN; married .(1) Julia Drucillia Harris, Feb 4, 1846, Switzerland Co., IN; b. Aug 11, 1818, Denmark, Lewis Co., NY; d. Jul 30, 1847,  Allensville, Switzerland Co., IN;

m. (2) Lucy Hicks, Dec 6, 1849; b. Jul 20, 1816, LeRoy, Genesee Co., NY; d. Apr 28, 1904, Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN.

 “Samuel’s early years were spent principally in London where he attended  Westminster School. In 1834 he emigrated to America, settling in Rochester, N.Y. where he continued his studies. In 1841 he went to Indiana, and settled in Tippecanoe County where he farmed and studied theology until 1843, when he united with the Universalist Church, preaching continuously for eight years, dividing his time between Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois."

On February 4th 1845 he married Julia A. Wooding who died in November 1847. He then married Lucy Howe. In 1851 he was admitted to the Johnson County Bar, and also was licensed to try cases before the US Supreme Court. At the start of the Civil War in 1861 he entered the Union Army as a captain. He became a Senator, and a Circuit Court Judge.

He became a Republican.Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1860; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Indaina State Senate, 1865-67; defeated, 1860; circuit judge in Indiana, 1869-70. Led the charge at Missionary Ridge, Georgia, November 25, 1863. Died, of a stroke, at Franklin, Johnson County, Ind., Sept.6th 1898."


  • Charlotte L. Oyler, b. Jan 7, 1824, in St. Mary, Lambeth, London England; d.  Feb12, 1903, Wingate, Montgomery Co., IN; m. Silas Southworth Shaffer, May 28, 1846, Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN; b. Apr 11, 1819, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH; d. Sep 20, 1895, Clarks Hill, Tippecanoe Co., IN. She married Silas Southworth Shaffer on May 28, 1846 in Tippecanoe County, Ohio, USA.
  • Sophia Oyler, b. May 28, 1826, London,  England; d. May 17, 1914, Irondequoit, Monroe Co., NY; m. George Whitney Titus, Mar 6, 1842, Monroe Co., New York; b. Mar 20, 1820, Ontario, Canada; d.Jun 12, 1891,  Irondequoit, Monroe Co., NY.

  • Caroline Oyler, b. May 11, 1828, London, England.
  • Eliza Mary Oyler, b. Mar 26, 1833, London, England; d. Feb 18, 1920, Sheffield Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN; m. Henry Lindsay, Mar 30, 1854, Clarks Hill, Tippecanoe Co., IN; b. About 1823, Pennsylvania; d. 1909, Tippecanoe Co., IN.

Account of Mr. Oyler's death by Hattie McKee Wright - 1866 , Rural Lauramie Twp. Tippecanoe Co., Indiana.  In Hattie's diary for 1866 on June 3rd she wrote:

“An angel of death called  home Mr. Oyler at 4:00. He had reached a good old age, and I hope was prepared to go.  And, I sit and think that I too some day will have to go”.

June 5:  “I have today with others followed Mr. Oyler to his Long resting place.  But, he has only crossed the river we all have to cross.  He was aged and grey and had spent 52 years of married Life and his wife survives him.  Mr. Case from Dayton preached his sermon”.

Charles Wright was executor for Samuel's will, in which he left everything to Sophia.


“Death of Mrs. Sophia Oyler (nee Rabson ). At Clark's Hill, Tippecanoe, August 12th, 1881, Sophia Oyler, widow of Samuel Oyler, late of Clark's Hill. Sophia Rabson, was born in the town of Ticehurst, Sussex, on the 22d of December, 1792. In July, 1814, she married Samuel Oyler and in 1839 they emigrated, bringing with them to America six children, two boys and four girls.

Mrs. Oyler was well respected by all who knew her. She was a gentle, loving, patient woman, a fond, indulgent mother. The testimony of one of her daughters was: "I never heard one impatient word out of my mother's mouth." Her children and many of her grandchildren gathered round at the last. One of her daughters who resides in NY State was unavoidably absent. Her only son, Col. Oyler, had just started on a trip to New York, and could not be recalled in time for the end. Active and energetic during her long life, she held her own to the very last, helping in the family as late as Tuesday, 9 h, only four days before her death. She leaves behind her five children, twenty-five grandchildren and thirty-five great grandchildren.” Mrs. Elizabeth Wright, Clark's Hill


They are all buried in Union Cemetery, formerly known as the Campbellite Cemetery, near Clarks Hill.

Thanks to Elaine Harper  for her contribution of some of this information  


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