James Lyman Oviatt

Brief Life History of James Lyman

When James Lyman Oviatt was born on 4 January 1889, in Huntington, Emery, Utah, United States, his father, Henry Herman Oviatt Junior, was 35 and his mother, Annie Catherine Madsen, was 32. He married Ruth Hanson Oviatt on 5 April 1917, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Election Precinct 36 Miller Creek, Carbon, Utah, United States in 1940 and Heiner, Carbon, Utah, United States in 1950. He died on 11 November 1983, in Payson, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Payson City Cemetery, Payson, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Lyman Oviatt
1889–1983
Ruth Hanson Oviatt
1893–1984
Marriage: 5 April 1917
Theron Hansen Oviatt
1918–2008
Theressa Minnie Oviatt
1919–2007
Gerald Lyman Oviatt
1920–2000
Joseph Ladal Oviatt
1922–1989
Mary Lucille Oviatt
1924–2007
Myra Dawn Oviatt
1927–2011
Kathryn June Oviatt
1937–2022

Sources (74)

  • James L Driatt, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James L Oviatt, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"
  • James Lyman Oviatt, "Utah, World War I County Draft Board Registers, Name Index, 1917-1918"

World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

1890 · The Tabernacle is Dedicated

On October 26, 1890, the Tabernacle was dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.

1914 · Hotel Brigham Built

Constructed in two phases, 1914 and 1924, Hotel Brigham was originally built to house transient railroad workers.

Name Meaning

English (Surrey): variant of Ovett, a name mainly found in Sussex, probably from the Middle English personal name Uviet, spelled Ouyet. This could represent Old English Ūf(e)gēat or Ufegēat; the personal name Ufegeat is recorded in Old English documents but the length of the initial vowel is uncertain. With a long first vowel the name might be a compound of Old English ūf ‘owl’ + a linking vowel -e- + the tribal name Gēat. With a short initial vowel the first element could be ufe-, as in Old English ufemest ‘uppermost, highest’. An alternative possibility is that Uviet represents either of two other Old English names, Wulfgēat (male) or Wulfgȳth (female), with Wulf- shortened to Uf-. Final -et was presumably re-interpreted as the Old French, Middle English hypocoristic suffix -et, for which -ot was commonly substituted. The surname Ovett had a long history in Brighton (Sussex) and in the New Forest (Hampshire), but it also had a presence in the Midlands from at least the 16th century. The variant Oviatt, which is found mainly in Surrey, probably originates from the family in Hampshire or the South Midlands.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Annie Catherine Madsen

Sketch of the Life of Annie Catherine Madsen Written by a son, George Herman Oviatt Sr. Annie Catherine Madsen, wife of Henry Herman Oviatt Jr. and daughter of Jens Christian Madsen and Annie C …

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