19 DANIEL OATMAN
He married ca 1768, Mary, daughter of Andrew Spencer of Arlington, Vermont. (According to Patricia Godsey, descendant of Daniel and Mary Spencer Oatman, Mary Spencer was the daughter of Peleg and Audrey Spencer. The fact that they named their first son Peleg could bear this out. Her source is listed as records of St. James Episcopal Church at Arlington, Vermont, via the International Genealogical Index.) Mary was born 1739 at Coventry, Kent County, Rhode Island, and died 14 November 1823 at the age of 84 at Arlington, Vermont.
Daniel came to Arlington with his father, probably about 1765, where he farmed and had a black smithing business. The books of account of the business and papers pertaining to the settlement of Daniel's estate were in the possession of Andrew Oatman of Cambridge, New York, in 1934.
Other data appears in Arlington Town Records and on gravestones in Arlington church and cemetery records and on stones at Bennington Lower Cemetery.
There is a tradition in the family that Daniel served during the early years of the War of the American Revolution, but no record of such service appears in "Vermont Revolutionary Rolls". The absence of such a record is not, however, conclusive. The Vermont Revolutionary Rolls are made up of such pay tables and muster rolls as could be located and is not in any sense complete.
According to the best authorities, it does not list more than one-third of the men who served in the militia of the state during the years 1776-1778.
GRAVESTONES, ST. JAMES CEMETERY
In memory of In Memory of
MR. DANIEL OATMAN MRS. MARY OATMAN
who died wife of Daniel Oatman
March 4, 1803 died 1823
age 55 years, 9 mos. and 23 days In the 84th year of her age
In Memory of Betty Oatman
Infant Child of Mr. Daniel and
Mrs. Mary Oatman, who died September 6, 1777
Aged 1 year, 2 months and 6 days
Scarce into life this babe had come
Or crept to life at first
She to the earth returned again
To mingle with the dust.
Children of Daniel and Mary (Spencer) Oatman, b. Arlington, Bennington Co., VT:
63 Peleg, b. 20 Sep 1770; d. 1 Apr 1813; m. Sarah Millington, 1 Jan 1795
64 John, b. 18 Apr 1772; m. Hannah Stoddard, 2 May 1799
65 Adra (twin), b. 30 Jun 1774
66 Dora (twin), b. 30 Jun 1774
67 Betty, b. 10 Jun 1776; d. 6 Sep 1777, Arlington, VT
68 Mary, b. 21 Jul 1778
69 William, b. 14 Nov 1780; d. 19 Oct 1864; m. Elizabeth Cantrell, 1803
70 Samuel, b. 4 Dec 1782; m. Polly Welch, 5 May 1803, Shaftsbury, VT. She was the daughter of Ebenezer and Mary (Bottom) Welch.
A Samuel Oatman is in the 1810 census of Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., NY, with one male under 10, one male aged 26-45, one female under 10, and one female aged 26-45; he is in the same area in 1840. It has not been determined if it is this Samuel.
71 Andrew, b. 6 Sep 1785; d. 10 May 1835, Ashtabula Co., OH; m. Phebe _____
72 Daniel, b. 29 Oct 1787; m. Pamelia _____
Sources: Cemetery records
International Genealogical Index
Vermont State Library records
Patricia Godsey, Springerville, AZ
1790 census, Bennington Co., VT
1800 census, Bennington Co., VT
Welch, Alexander McMillan, Phillip Welch of Ipswich, Massachusetts 1654
and his Descendants, William Byrd Press, 1947