In 1790, there are two Oakmans in the Low Country: Henry, a merchant in Charleston, and William, a tavern and inn keeper in Savannah. In William's will of 1794, he references cousin "John, James and Ann Reid of London and Charlotte, daughter of Ann Oakman." He also refers to two boys William Henry and Henry William who descendants have long believed were his sons, twins born to his wife who died in childbirth two years earlier.
In 1784, Henry Oakman married Ann Reed in Chrishall, Essex, England.
In the 1790 Census, Henry Oakman is living in Charleston and the Charleston Directory lists him as living/working at No. 16 Elliot Street. No further reference to him is found after 1790.
So, the questions that arise are:
1) Is the Henry Oakman who married Ann Reed in Essex the same as the Henry Oakman who had a store in Charleston in 1790? The Reed name, by whatever spelling, ties with William's will as does the name Ann Oakman also referenced?
2) What was the relationship, if any, between Henry Oakman of Charleston and William Oakman of Savannah?
There are childrens' births listed for Henry and Ann in Essex following 1794, but I don't believe that this negates a possible kinship between Henry and William Oakman.
I am a descendant from William Oakman of Savannah through his son, Henry William Oakman, who married Frances/Fanny O'Bannon about 1815. Both Henry and Fanny died by January 1821 leaving two small children.