1343   Freeman Willis Oatman

FREEMAN WILLIS7 (James6, Asahel5, Benjamin4, George3, John2, Johannes1), also known as Willis F. Oatman, was the son of James and Polly J. (McCollow) Oatman and was born 3 March 1859, and died 16 June 1933, aged 74 years, at Springford, Oxford County, Ontario, where he is buried.


He married, on 8 October 1880, Mary “Minnie,” daughter of Lucius and Arvilla (Hicks) Woodard, born 27 February 1861, died 27 November 1948, aged 87, and is buried in the Springford Cemetery with her husband.  Minnie was known to the family as "Minnie Willis".  In 1901, Lucius Woodard, Minnie's father, was widowed and living with them; he was born 15 February 1838 in the U. S. and a blacksmith by trade.

The family settled at Springford, Ontario. It is said they lived on one side of Cornell School, while his cousin, Albert J. Oatman (#1376) lived on the other side of the school.

Children of Willis and Minnie (Woodard) Oatman:

3120 Louis L., b. 11 May 1881, Oxford Co., ON; d. 6 Jul 1949; m. Ada Jane Ruckle, 2 May 1906, Paris, Brant Co., ON

3121 James LeRoy, b. 5 Jul 1882; d. 28 Oct 1965; m. Alfreda May Crouch (b. 4 Aug 1884; d. 1958)

3122 Frank B., b. 28 Apr 1885; d. 4 May 1946; m. 7 Dec 1904, Pearl Lecore

3123 Monte, b. 7 Nov 1886; d. 1957; m. Erie Butcher, 5 May 1920. She m. 2) William Franklin Hicks (see #1338)

3124 Pearl L., b. 12 Apr 1896; d. 1972; bur. Springford Cem. Springford, Oxford Co., ON; m. Melbourne R. "Bun" Wilson (b. 1895, d. 1977). Pearl was his second wife.

3125 Vera, b. 17 Aug 1898; d. 17 Jul 1968; bur. Springford Cem., Springford, Oxford Co., ON; m. 1) Stuart Dean; 2) _____ Campbell


Family records
Gravestones, Springford Cemetery, Springford, ON
Marjorie Schumacher, Avoca, MI
Tillsonburg Observer, 16 Apr 1908
Tillsonburg News, 13 May 1920
1891, 1901 census, South Norwich, Oxford Co., ON


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