Well looks like the thread has gained momentum again!
( Or at least Ancestry has decided to start sending me emails again. )
Connie - sorry for the late delay - hope you're still following!
I looked up James & Sarah , and found the 1860 Census , but my G.G.Grandfather is not among their family. ( That's not to say they couldn't be other relatives. )
My problem is , I don't know his parents names. I know he was born in 1849 in Camborn,Cornwall. Then , as family rumour has it , he was supposedly a member of The Royal Guard , whom deserted for America. From there , we know he lived in Wisconsin , married Elizabeth Grace Davis there , moved to Michigan , and finally landed in Colorado. But , again , information is bleak , we know he died in Colorado , but no idea of exactly when or where! My Mom & I did a pilgrimage, last year, to the 3 mining towns the family lived in,but owing to poorly kept records...no luck.
Something though , that did amuse me , is the description of the Oates! William George Oates , reportedly stood around 6'5" to 6'7" tall. Nearly all the Oates men in my family stand between 6'1" to 5'11" - with one cousin at 6'3". ( We mostly seem to have a ruddy complexion. ). Maybe there's some sort of ancestorial clues in that , but it eludes me!
~ Mike Bryant - California
Sharon Oates - California
Alfred Lloyd Oates Sr. - Colorado
Joseph Frederick Oates Sr.-Colorado
William George Oates - Cornwall