1335 GEORGE L. OATMAN
1335 GEORGE L.7 (Parker6, Asahel5, Benjamin4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Parker and Lucina (Austin) Oatman, was born at Tillsonburg, Oxford County, Ontario, 11 July 1854, and died 24 March 1933, St. Clair County, Michigan.
George came to Michigan with his parents when he was one year old. On 14 November 1888, he married Emma, daughter of Joseph and Jane Carnahan of Atkins, St. Clair County, Michigan, who was born 5 April 1862 and died 22 March 1933. He was a farmer by occupation and owned a fine property in Greenwood Township, St. Clair County, where he resided with his wife Emma and son George Raymond.
During the night of 22 March 1933, the farmhouse caught fire in some unknown manner and was entirely destroyed. Mrs. Oatman and son George were burned in the house and Mr. Oatman was found unconscious in the yard and died some days later at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harold Newcomb, where he had been taken after the fire.
There were no eyewitnesses to the tragedy; however, it was apparent from the position of the bodies that Mr. Oatman, who was an invalid and confined to his bed, had been carried out by his son George Raymond who had then returned into the house to assist his mother. Apparently both had been overcome with the smoke and flames and perished in the house.
Mr. Oatman was a member of Brockway Lodge, No. 316, F & A M, which body con- ducted the services in Spring Hill Cemetery where the family is buried. They were survived by four daughters in 1933: Mrs. Clarence R. Conlan, Detroit; Mr. Edward Firth, Pontiac; Mrs. Gilbert Clegg, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Mrs. Harold Newcomb; two brothers, Albert Oatman, Yale, and Charles Oatman of Port Huron, Michigan; and eight grandsons.
Children of George L. and Emma (Carnahan) Oatman:
3113 Ethel Lillian, b. 18 Nov 1889, St. Clair Co., MI; d. Sep 1967, Clarkston, Oakland Co., MI; m. Clarence R. Conlan, on 14 Sep 1911. He was b. ca 1888 in MI and was a barber by trade. Children, surname Conlan:
A Ralph C., b. 6 Jun 1912, MI
B Ray H., b. 6 Dec 1915, MI
3114 Joan Margaret, b. 21 Jun 1891, St. Clair Co., MI; m. Harold Newcomb, 24 Feb 1915, who was b. ca 1891 in MI. Also known as Jean. Children, surname Newcomb:
A Harold Robert, b. 1 Aug 1917
B George Oatman, b. 10 Nov 1919
3115 George Raymond, b. 2 May 1892, St. Clair Co., MI; d. 22 Mar 1933, St. Clair Co., MI (birth date May 1898, per 1900 census, Greenwood Twp.)
3116 Isabella Lyon, b. 8 Feb 1893, St. Clair Co., MI; m. Edward Firth, 14 Aug 1918 (he b. 10 Mar 1892; d. Jun 1964). Children, surname Firth:
A Robert, b. 19 Aug 1922
B Max, b. 7 Oct 1926; d. 5 Mar 1927
C Donald (Firth), b. 12 Jan 1928
3117 Alzina Elizabeth “Nina,” b. 12 Nov 1897, St. Clair Co., MI; d. 9 Feb 1998, Sun City, AZ; m. Gilbert Clegg, 15 Oct 1926. He was b. 25 Sep 1895; d. 8 Mar 1964, Sun City, AZ. Children, surname Clegg:
A Leonard Bruce, b. 31 Jul 1928, Milwaukee, WI; m. Gretchen Joy Zentner, 10 Dec 1955, Madison, WI. Living in Dallas, TX. Children, surname Clegg:
I Julie Ann, b. 1960, Madison, WI; m. Robert Keating Chandler, 18 May 1991, Dallas, TX; divorced. Living in Honolulu, HI. No children.
II Laura Lynn, b. 1963, Livonia, MI; m. Christopher Douglas Murphy, 5 Mar 1988, Dallas, TX; divorced. Living in Addison, TX. No children.
III David Bruce, b. 1967, Madison, WI; m. Cynthia Anne Holdway, 1 Apr 1994, Austin, TX. Living in Austin, TX. No children.
B Russell Baxter, b. 30 Dec 1929, Milwaukee, WI; m. Ramona Mary White, 7 June 1952, Milwaukee, WI. Living in Oshkosh, WI. Children, surname Clegg:
I Randall B., b. 1955, Milwaukee, WI; m. Linda Frances Dolensek, 14 Jan 1978, Milwaukee, WI. Living in Clinton, IA. Children, surname Clegg:
a Justin Michael, b. 1983
b Jessica Marie, b. 1987
II Russell B., b. 1957, Milwaukee, WI; m. Debora Rae Westphal, Jan 1983. Living in Marietta, GA. Children, surname Clegg:
a Nathaniel Russell, b. 1984
III Richard B., b. 1957, Milwaukee, WI; m. Lynn Ruth Gerke, Sep 1994, West Allis, WI. Living in Milwaukee, WI. No children.
IV Robin, b. 1960, Milwaukee, WI; m. David Wilmot Korst, Sep 1986. Living in Green Bay, WI. Children, surname Korst:
a Rachell Nina, b. 1988
b Lindsey Clara, b. 1992.
3118 (Baby), b/d. 12 Oct 1900
Sources: Family records; Social Security Death Index
1900 census, Greenwood Twp., St. Clair Co., MI (161/161)
1900 census, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI
Social Security Death Index