1447     GAIUS E. OATMAN


1447    GAIUS E.7     (Leonard6Truman5, Benjamin4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Leonard and Huldah (Barnard) Oatman, was born at Adams Center, Jefferson County, New York, 14 October 1856, on a farm on Wright Street “where he had always made his home until the time of his retirement three years before his death, when he and his wife moved to their home” on Grange Avenue; he died in Mercy Hospital in Watertown, New York, 21 January 1940, from a heart ailment.  He is buried in Union Cemetery, Adams Center, New York.


He married:  1) 30 November 1887, Alfaretta "Reta" Haven, who was born July 1862 in New York, and died 28 May 1919 at the age of 55 years; 2) 1 July 1921, Florence Puffer, who was born 13 August 1864.


The family resided at Adams Center, where Gaius was a farmer. 


While his name has been variously given as both Gains and Gaius, his obituary and the cemetery records show it as Gaius.


Children of Gaius E. and 1) Alfaretta (Haven) Oatman:


3500    Huldah, b. 26 Aug 1890, Adams Center, Jefferson Co., NY; d. 1 May 1985, Adams, Jefferson Co., NY; m. Robert A. Blair in Rodman, NY, 26 Oct 1910.  They operated a farm on the Wright Street Road until Robert’s death on 24 Jul 1961, at which time Huldah moved to her daughter’s home.  Children, surname Blair:


A         June, b. 15 Jun 1912; m.       Thomas


B         Kent H., b. 16 Jul 1914


3501    Ruth, b. 4 Dec 1892, Adams Center, Jefferson Co., NY; d. 11 Mar 1977, Mercy Hospital, Watertown, NY; m. Edward or Edwin Taber on 12 Jun 1912 at her home in Adams Center, NY.  He was b. 29 Nov 1889, d. May 1976, Chicago, IL.  He lived in Texas at one time, as that was the state where his Social Security card was issued; he died in 1960.  Both bur. in Adams Rural Cemetery, Adams, NY.  Children, surname Taber:


A         Nettie O., b. 16 Apr 1914


B         Delberta, b. 15 Jul 1916


C         Gaius, b. 12 Jul 1926



Sources:           Family records

Article from newspaper in Adams Center, NY, January 1940 regarding Gaius Oatman's death

1890 Business Directory, Adams Center, Jefferson Co., NY

Cemetery records, Adams Center, NY

Social Security Death Index

Obituary of Gaius E. Oatman

1900 census, Adams, Jefferson Co., NY

                        Obituary of Gaius E. Oatman (Jan 1940)

                        Obituary of Huldah Blair (8 May 1985)

                        Obituary of Mrs. Ruth M. Taber (16 Mar 1977)

                        News article from Adams Center, NY, 9 July 1879, re an accident


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