1381     LOREN OATMAN

 

 

1381    LOREN7     (Eli6, Darius5, Benjamin4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Eli and Eltha (McCollow) Oatman, was born near Tillsonburg, Oxford County, Ontario, 18 August 1854, and died there 13 October 1939. 

 

He married:  1) Nancy Frances Patterson, born January 1866, died 1905;  2) Sophia, widow of George Otis, who was born 1875, died 1955, and is buried in the Tillsonburg Cemetery.  Loren and Frances are buried in the New Road Cemetery in Tillsonburg. 

 

Loren was a very successful farmer and owned farms in different parts of the county of Oxford.  He was for a time Superintendent of Schools and was a member of the Free Methodist Church.  In 1935 he was living in the village of Springford, Oxford County, Ontario.

 

Children of Loren and 1) Nancy (Patterson) Oatman:

 

3234    Gertrude, b. 27 Dec 1882; d. 25 Sep 1883, bur. New Road Cem., Tillsonburg, Oxford Co., ON

 

3235    Gertrude, b. 1886; d. 1887; bur. New Road Cem., Tillsonburg, ON

 

3236    Arthur L., b. 30 Jun 1887 (L. Arthur per 1891 census, S. Norwich).  A son was born to A. L. Oatman on 25 Oct 1912 in Tillsonburg.  Arthur is the same A. L. Oatman who ran an undertaking business, Oatman Funeral Home, in Tillsonburg, later moving to London, where he expanded his business into furniture and home furnishings.  An article, 29 July 1920, Tillsonburg News states:

 

"A. L. Oatman, funeral director, of London, formerly of Tillsonburg, and his assistant, narrowly escaped serious injury and possibly death about 9:30 o'clock Monday night, when their motor hearse in which they were riding was struck by a string of shunted freight cars at the Grand Trunk crossing at Waterloo Street.

 

"The two were going south on Waterloo street to make call at Victoria Hospital when the accident occurred.  They state that the gates were up and no warning as to the approaching cars was given.  When they had just reached the tracks the string of cars came in view from behind other cars, and before anything could be done the cars were upon them.  Mr. Oatman called to Mr. Crandall, who was driving the car, to jump, but not before the cars had struck the hearse.  Mr. Oatman managed to jump to safety, but Mr. Crandall was still at the wheel when the hearse was struck . . ."

 

3237    Cecil Matilda (Matilda Cecil per 1891 S. Norwich census) “Tillie”, b. 19 Mar 1889. An article from the Tillsonburg Liberal, 27 June 1918, states:

 

"Among those who have been awarded decorations in the nursing services of Canadian hospitals, according to the latest list, is Miss Cecil M. Oatman, daughter of Mr. Lorne Oatman, of Springford, and sister of Mr. A. L. Oatman of Tillsonburg.  She is a graduate of Grace Hospital and is on the staff of the University of Toronto General Hospital."

 

3237    Evelyn, b. 16 Apr 1892

 

3238    Roy Harris, b. 1893/4; d. 1968; bur. New Road Cem., Tillsonburg, ON, with his wife; he m. Rebecca Lillian Silcox, 12 Apr 1920, Tillsonburg.  The New Road Cemetery lists her as Rhea R. Silcox.  She was born in 1900; the couple lived in St. Thomas, ON, after their marriage.  Children, surname Oatman:

 

A         Blake, b. 1921; d. 1982; bur. New Road Cem., Tillsonburg, ON

 

                        B         Rose, b. 27 Sep 1925 10th Concession, S. Norwich Twp., Oxford Co., ON; d. 18 Oct 1925

 

3239    Eli Victor, b. 1896; d. 1898; bur. New Road Cem., Tillsonburg, ON

 

 

 


Sources:

Family records
Cemetery records, Tillsonburg, Oxford Co., ON
1891 census, South Norwich, Oxford Co., ON
Tillsonburg Liberal, 31 Oct 1912; 27 Jun 1918
Tillsonburg News, 29 Jul 1920; 15 Apr 1920

1901, 1911 census, South Norwich, Oxford South, ON

 

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