I was fortunate enough to find an obituary online of Ralph E. Oicles
(all the information below has been found online)
Ralph E. Oicles 86, formerly of East Bridgewater, Tewksbury and Antrim, NH died Monday July 25 after a period of failing health. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Jean (Hutchings) Oicles.
Born and raised in Wakefield, MA he was the son of the late Edgar and Alice (Roberts) Oicles and a graduate of Wakefield High School and the Stratford Business School of Boston.
Ralph was a proud Veteran of WWII having served as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corp from 1943-1946 and was a participant in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
For over 30 years Ralph worked as a Nursing Assistant at the VA Hospitals of Brockton and Bedford.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his life long Marine Buddies.
In addition to his wife Jean he is survived by his 5 sons Robert and his wife Amy of FL, Richard and his wife Cordelia of NH, William and his wife Dinah of MA, David and his wife Krista of WA, Jeffery and his wife Bretta of NJ, and his daughter Sandra and her husband Steve of FL. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces.
From Family Search site “Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915
Jan 28, 1906, Wakefield, Massachusetts
Edgar Allister Oicles, age 25, born Moser River, Nova Scotia, Canada
Son of George C. Oicles and Martha E. Smith
Married Alice True Roberts dau of Lewis Roberts and Charlotte Davis
Four years after their marriage Edgar and Alice were listed on the 1910 U.S. Census as follows:
Chicopee Ward #2, Hampden, Massachusetts
Edgar A Oicles – age 28
Alice Oicles – age 24
Stanley R. Oicles – 11 months
They were residing with Edgar’s sister and brother-in-law Robert and Annetta Reynolds and their children Robert age 3 years and Ruth age 6 months.
By the 1930 U.S. Census Edgar and Alices’s family included Roger E age 19, Grace age 12, Charlotte age 8, Ralph age 5. They also had several extended family members living with them: Arthur Roberts, age 46, single, brother-in-law; Walter Roberts, age 57, brother-in-law; Addie F. Welsh, age 66, widow, sister-in-law; Robert Welsh, age 49, married, brother-in-law; and Ruth (age20) and Ruby (age 12) Welsh who are listed as nieces. All these in-laws are listed as having been born in Massachusetts.
There is no more mention of their first child Stanley R. from the 1910 Census. He may have died young .
Now tracing Edgar back to Nova Scotia as follows:
In the 1891 Census of Nova Scotia, Canada the family is as follows
Cornelius Oickle age 49
Ellen Oickle, age 50
Estala Oickle, age 16 (Estella)
Edgehill Oickle, age 15
Willabie Oickle, age 13
Edgar Oickle, age 11
Nettie Oickle, age 9 (the Annetta who married Robert Reynolds in Massachusetts)
Cornelius is actually “George Cornelius Oickle” and Ellen is “ Martha Ellen Smith” from the information on son Edgehills death certificate. According to George Cornelius’ marriage record he was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, son of Henry and Elizabeth Abigail.
Children that are recorded for Henry and Elizabeth Abigail are
George Cornelius born Sept 26, 1843, christened March 12, 1844
Sophia Catherine Oikle born Apr 28, 1847; christened Dec 11, 1847
Willaim Henry born Feb 12, 1852, christened March 8, 1852
Fred born Oct 24, 1853, christened Nov 10, 1853
All except Sophia were are from the records of Zion Lutheran Church in Lunenburg. Sophia was christened in St. Johns Anglican Church in Lunenburg.
One thing you find out quite quickly about this large group of German/Swiss settlers who came to Nova Scotia in 1751-1753 is their habit of going by their middle name. Here in Nova Scotia the name is usually spelled “Oickle” or “Oikle” except for some purists who have kept the original German “Eichel”. You can find out more about this group of settlers online by simply googling “Foreign Protestants Nova Scotia” They were settled in the Lunenburg area of the Nova Scotia coast. Lunenburg is the home of the famous racing schooner , the “Bluenose” and has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. If you’ve never been there, you really should plan a trip-you’re not that far away.