BEAN SETTLEMENT NEWSThe Death Records of Hardy County, WV:2
Mrs. Oats, an aged lady of this place died Monday [Jan. 28] and was buried Wednesday. Rev. Stump conducted the funeral services.
Mrs. Lavina Oats, who was been an invalid for a number of years and who was far advanced in years, died at the home of her son R.L. Burch on the 28th of January. E.L. Burch of Cumberland came up last Monday to attend his mother's burial.
Mrs. Lervicy? Oates, died 28 January 1907, widow, died at Fabius of Asthma. Reported on 8 Mar. 1907, Dr. R.W. Love.
The old Buzzard Ford Bridge in Hardy County, WV was built in 1891 - 1892 near what is now (1940s) the Fisher Post Office. The sub-structure was started in 1891 and was an all summer job. The contract was awarded to Robert Oates, a skilled and capable stone mason of that day.3
Robert Oats died in Hampshire Co., WV on 19 April 1908. His age at death was reported to be 79 years. He was a widower. His occupation was "stonemason." 29 [born 1829?]4
The Moorefield Examiner had the following mention of the death of Robert Oates:5
BEAN SETTLEMENT NEWS
April 21. -- Robert Oates, an aged resident of this country, died at his daughter's Mrs. George Timbrooks near Rock Oak, Monday morning after an illness of pneumonia fever. His remains were brought to the family grave yard at R.L. Burch's Tuesday at one o'clock p.m. for interment. Undertaker C.L. Burch had charge of the burial.
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