George L. Oatman (1335)

George L. (Parker, Asahel, Benjamin, George, John, Johannes), 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; m. Clarence R. Conlan, on 14 Sep 1911. Children, surname Conlan:

A Ralph C., b. 6 Jun 1912

B Ray H., b. 6 Dec 1915

3114 Joan Margaret, b. 21 Jun 1891, St. Clair Co., MI; m. Harold Newcomb, 24 Feb 1915. 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 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, b. 12 Jan 1928

3117 Alzina Elizabeth, b. 12 Nov 1897, St. Clair Co., MI; m. Gilbert Clegg, 15 Oct 1926. He was b. 25 Sep 1895; d. Mar 1964, Sun City, AZ. Children, surname Clegg:

A Leonard Bruce, b. 31 Jul 1928

B Russell Baxter, b. 30 Dec 1929

3118 (Baby), b/d. 12 Oct 1900


Sources:

Family records
Social Security Death Index

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