1387    HARTWELL WILLIAM7     (Eli6Darius5, Benjamin4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Eli and Eltha (McCollow) Oatman, was born near Tillsonburg, Oxford County, Ontario, 3 August 1870, and died 20 June 1957 at Tillsonburg.


On 27 September 1893 he married Sarah Etta Smith, born 28 January 1868 in Ontario, and died 1 December 1933 in the Tillsonburg/South Norwich area.  Both are buried in the New Road Cemetery, Tillsonburg.  They are listed in the 1901 census of South Norwich Township, Oxford County, with sons Floyd, Wilford and James. In 1935 he was living in South Norwich, Ontario.  He was a farmer for most of his life, a member of the United Church at New Road, and he served the town as Councellor a number of times. 


Children of Hartwell William and Sarah Etta (Smith) Oatman:


3243    Floyd, b. 13 Jun 1895; m. Gertrude Russell.  Children, surname Oatman:


A         Dorothy


3244    Wilfred, b. 25 Oct 1897; d. 12 Nov 1916.  He enlisted in the military 28 October 1915, 71st battalion, under Lt. Col. Sutherland.  The battalion landed in England in April 1916; he and others were transferred to the 44th battalion and went to France early in August of that year, where Wilfred was wounded on the firing line on September 5.  After spending five weeks in a hospital, he returned to his battalion and "had been again in the trenches several weeks, when he was so severely wounded that he died."  (Tillsonburg Observer, 23 November 1916) Wilfred is buried in the Contay British Cemetery, Contay, Somme, France: “In Memory of Private Wilfrid Oatman, 44th Bn., Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regt.) Who died aged 19 on Sunday, 12th November 1916.  Private Oatman was the son of H. W. and Sarah E. Oatman, Tillsonburg, Ontario.  Remembered with honour.” 


3245    James R., b. 22 Dec 1900; d. 1968; bur. with his wife at New Road Cemetery, Tillsonburg, ON; m. Lila Wellman, 22 Dec 1923; she was b. 1904; d. 1976.  Children, surname Oatman:


A         Kathleen


3246    Ervin H., b. 27 Mar 1904; d. 26 Feb 1971, Flint, MI; m. Eliza L. King, 29 Apr 1925.  She was b. 19 Apr 1904, Kingston, MI.  Children, surname Oatman:


A         Jacqueline Jean


B         Marlene Elaine


C         Audrey Ann, b. 1936, Flint, MI; m. Donald G. Cowsert, Dec 1957, b. 1935, Harrisburg, IL.  Children, surname Cowsert:


  I         Susan R., b. 1964, Flint, MI


Sources:           B. D. Smith, Springford, ON; Tillsonburg cemetery records

                        Tillsonburg Observer, 23 Nov 1916

                        1901 census, South Norwich Twp., Oxford Co., ON

                        1911 census, Norwich South, Oxford South, ON



Back to Index

Back to Oatman Home Page