22     (CAPTAIN) BENJAMIN OATMAN

 

 

22        BENJAMIN4     (George3, John2, Johannes1), son of George and Ruth (Wooster)  Outman, was born in Ripton, Connecticut, in 1755 (per gravestone at Adams Center, Jefferson County, New York).  He was christened at St. Paul's Church, Ripton Parish, Fairfield County, Connecticut, and died in Adams Center on 1 March 1816.  He married Bethia Smith, who was born ca 1755 and died 28 February 1848.  They are both buried at State Road Cemetery (formerly Honeyville Cemetery), Adams Center, Jefferson County, New York.

 

View Benjamin’s grave marker here

 

At the age of nine or ten, Benjamin removed to Arlington with his father; he later served during the War of the American Revolution, where he was listed as a Freedom Fighter.  Part of this service is recorded in Vermont Revolutionary Rolls as follows:

 

"A Pay Roll in Capt. Jonas Galusha's Company in Col. Herrick's Regt. for service done in the alarm in Oct., 1780.

 

[Private] Benj. Oatman, 8 days in service, 55 miles traveled,

Total 1 [£], 9 [s], 0 [d]."

 

That he possibly had further service is indicated by the fact that his gravestone is marked "Captain" Benjamin Oatman.

 

After the war, the family settled in Hartford, Washington County, New York, and later removed to Adams Center in Jefferson County, where he was a farmer.  Bethia was apparently living with her son Elias when the 1840 census of Adams was taken.

 

Children of Benjamin and Bethia (Smith) Oatman:

 

90        Benjamin D., b. 1776, Oxford, CT; d. 18 Mar 1825; m. Lodice (Sadie) Wilson

 

91        Sarah

 

92        Asahel, b. 8 Feb 1784; d. 1 Dec 1856; m. Sarah Parker ca 1804

 

93        Darius, b. 14 Feb 1787; d. 27 May 1873; m. Jerushia _____, ca 1820

 

94        Oscar, b. ca 1781?

 

95        George, b. ca 1786, Washington Co., NY; m. Elizabeth Winslow

 

96        Daniel.  Although this son has in the past been known as “David,” new information has come to light which definitely indicates that his name was “Daniel.”  It's quite likely that he is the "Darol" Oatman in the 1830 census of Jefferson Co., NY, in a household of 1 male -5;  1 male 5-10;  1 male 30-40 (Daniel); 1 female 10-15;  1 female 20-30; and 1 female 50-60.  In the 1840 census of Brutus, Cayuga Co., NY, as "D. Oatman".  In 1850, in Conquest, Cayuga Co., NY, is “David” Oatman, age 47, with wife Betsy 42, Sarah 19, John 16, Abagail 14, Charles 11, Harry 9, Ellen 4, and Martha 2. 

 

In 1860, Daniel, age 56, a farm laborer b. in VT, was living in Portland Twp., Whiteside Co., IL, with wife Betsey, 52, b. VT; Charles, 22, b. NY; Henry K., 19, b. NY, and Ellen J., 14, b. NY.  He was still living in Portland Twp., in 1870: Daniel, 66, farmer, b. VT, and Betsey, 62, b. VT.

                       

Daniel was b. ca 1803-1804 in VT.  He married Betsey Washburne, who was born in Sandgate, Bennington Co., VT, and died 24 January 1896 in Pauline, Adams Co., NE, whose obituary states:

 

                                    “Died.  At the residence of H. W. Olmstead, 3 miles south west of Pauline, Neb., on January 24, 1896, after a short illness of pneumonia of the lungs, Mrs. Betsey Oatman, widow of the late Daniel Oatman.  Mr. and Mrs. Oatman came to Adams county [NE] in 1881 where he died four years ago.  She leaves three sons and two daughters, Mr. J. H. Oatman, of Pauline; C. E. Oatman, of LeRoy; H. R. Oatman, of Prophetstown, Ill.; Mrs. H. W. Olmstead, Pauline and Mrs. E. J. Cox, of Hastings, Neb., to whom the sympathy of a large circle of friends is extended.”

 

Another obituary for Betsey states that “Her husband died four years ago the 20th of last month and had passed his 90th birthday.”  This would give Daniel’s birth ca 1804, having passed his 90th birthday by 20 Dec 1891. The second obituary goes on to state: “In their younger days they lived in central New York.  From there they moved to Illinois early in the fifties, where they resided until 1881 when they came to Nebraska, making their home with their daughter, Mrs. Olmstead.  She was a member of the Baptist church, having joined that society when eighteen years of age. ...”

 

The above information, plus records from Brad Oatman, a descendant of Charles E. Oatman, gives us the following family picture of Daniel and Betsey’s children, surname Oatman:

 

                        A         Sarah W., b. 26 Dec 1830, Cayuga Co., NY; d. 9 Jul 1902, Pauline, Adams Co., NE.  Sarah traveled with her parents to Whiteside Co., IL, in 1855, was married to H. W. Olmstead in 1856, residing in Prophetstown until 1874 when the family moved to Adams Co., NE.  They settled on a homestead in Little Blue Township, near what is now Pauline, where she lived out her life.  Her husband survived her, as did one son:

 

                                      I         E. S. Olmstead, living in Pauline, NE, 1902

 

                        B         John H., b. 18 Nov 1832, Baldwinsville, Onondaga Co., NY; d. 15 May 1912, Crowell, NE, “caused by a cancer of the jaw which developed recently.”  John grew up in New York, living with his parents until the early 1850's when the family moved to Illinois, later on returning to New York.  In March 1858, he married Pamelia J. Crandall of New York.  Two children were born who died in early life.  John was a member of Co. F, 110th Reg. N.Y. State Volunteer Infantry, which went out from Oswego in 1862 and was mustered out in August 1865 after the close of the war.  He was also a member of Silas R. Strickland Post G.A.R. of Hastings, NE.  John came to Nebraska with his family in January 1883 and settled on a farm near Pauline.  His wife, Pamelia, died near Pauline on 28 April 1896.  John later moved to Hastings and lived with his brother-in-law, H. W. Olmstead, later living with a niece, Mrs. Nathan Kennedy, at Crowell.  A short news item states that he died 15 May [no year] at the home of his niece in Crowell; his body was taken to Hastings where the funeral was held at the home of his nephew, E. S. Olmstead on Friday, May 17.  John and Pamelia are buried in the LeRoy, NE, cemetery.

 

                        C         Abigail, b. 13 Jul 1836, Cayuga Co., NY; d. 2 Jun 1893, Columbia, SD.  Abigail married Joseph W. Hixson in Whiteside Co., IL, 3 Nov 1859.  She moved with her family ca 1855 to Jefferson Corners, IL.  They lived in Yorktown, IL, and then Tampico, IL, until the spring of 1884 when they moved to South Dakota.  They had one son and three daughters.   

 

                        D         Charles E. (Oatman), b. 6 Jul 1838, Brutus, Cayuga Co., NY.  Charles moved with his family to Illinois in 1855, living in Whiteside County for several years.  Charles served in the 34th Illinois Infantry, Co. B, during the Civil War.  He was mustered into the service in Whiteside Co., IL, on 7 Sep 1861.  He first married, on 2 Feb 1864, Mary E. LeFrancis, in Whiteside Co., IL.  Mary died 27 Jan 1877.  They had seven children, surname Oatman, all born in IL:

 

                                       I        Infant son, b. 24 Jan 1866; d. 26 Jan 1866

 

                                      II       Infant daughter, b. 6 Mar 1867; d. 16 Mar 1867

 

                                     III       Clinton Emmitt, b. 31 Aug 1868; d. 18 Dec 1884

 

                                      IV      Daniel Anthony, b. 4 Dec 1869

 

                                       V      Mary Irene “Mamie,” b. 3 Jan 1872, Prophetstown, IL; d. 6 Jan 1953, Englewood, CO

 

                                      VI      Sarah Almenia, b. 30 Jun 1874; m. _____ Lloyd; living in Corona, CA

 

                                     VII     Gertrude Jenett, b. 23 Jan 1876

 

                        Charles married second, Hulda Steel, 27 Jul 1878 or 1879. They resided in Illinois until 1887, when he moved to Adams Co., NE, later moving to Hastings in 1890. Charles died 23 Apr 1908 in Hastings, NE; Huldah d. 25 May 1912 at the Nebraska sanitarium “where she has been failing for four months with dropsy.”; they are both buried in LeRoy, NE.  Charles and Huldah had seven more children, surname Oatman:

 

                                    VIII     Ida, b. May 1879, Prophetstown, IL; d. 16 May 1927, Hollinger, NE

 

                                      IX      Katie, b. 24 Jan 1881, Prophetstown, IL; d. 17 Jan 1932, Creston, NE; m. Nathan Kennedy

 

                                       X      Martha Jane, b. 15 Aug 1883

 

                                      XI      Maude, b. 1 May 1890, Adams Co., NE; d. 1960, Beaver City, Furnas Co., NE

 

                                     XII     Floyd Henry, b. 21 Sep 1892, Adams Co., NE; d. 1958, Lincoln, NE

 

                                    XIII     John Harvey, b. 22 Apr 1896, LeRoy, NE; d. 21 Mar 1987, Boone, IA, age 90; m. 7 Jun 1917, Clara Odelia Martin, daughter of John August Martin and Wilhelmina Hintz, in Butte, Boyd Co., NE.  She was b. 12 Nov 1893, in Almond, Portage Co., WI, and d. 16 Jul 1979, Norfolk, Madison Co., NE, age 85.  Children, surname Oatman:

 

                                                a          Gwenevier Cora, b. 22 Mar 1922, Albion, NE; m. 3 Jun 1943, Darrell E. Hammond, in Nashville, TN, he b. 15 Jul 1920, Stamford, Harlan Co., NE; d. Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, 14 Jul 1976.  Children, surname Hammond:

                                                              I         Paul Curtis, b. 3 Mar 1950, Sidney, NE

 

                                                             ii         John Darrell, b. 26 Apr 1951, Chappell, NE; m. 5 Aug 1978, Donna Dean, in The Dalles, OR.  Donna was b. 2 Oct 1953 in The Dalles, OR.  Children, surname Hammond:

 

                                                                        aa         Clara

 

                                                            iii         Bruce Kerry, b. 29 May 1955, Chappell, NE; m. 11 Dec 1982, Katheryn Louise Wilson, Lobster Valley, OR.  Children, surname Hammond:

 

                                                                        aa         Brandon

 

                                                                        bb        Steven

 

                                                b          John Harvey, Jr. (Oatman), b. 12 Dec 1925, Albion, NE; d. 26 Feb 2002, Boone, IA; m. 1 Feb 1948, Betty Lou Follette, daughter of Eugene and Pearl “Polly” (Wilcox) Follette, in Creighton, Knox Co., NE; Betty was b. 1 Sep 1927, Carroll, NE.  John was a train dispatcher for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad for 42 years. Children, surname Oatman:

 

                                                              I         Terry Lynn, b. 11 May 1951, Norfolk, NE; m. 21 Apr 1979, Tracey Reagan, daughter of Terrence and Maxine Reagan, in Pierce, Pierce Co., NE.  They were divorced.  Children, surname Oatman:

 

                                                                        aa         Michael Eugene, b. 13 Jan 1981, Ames, IA

 

                                                                        bb        William “Willie” Charles, b. 7 Apr 1987, Boone, IA.

 

                                                             ii         Debra Sue, b. 9 Jan 1953, Norfolk, NE; m. 12 Nov 1981, Brian Hanus, in Boone, IA; he was b. 25 Jan 1956.  Children, surname Hanus:

 

                                                                        aa         Nicholas John “Nick,” b. 14 Nov 1983

 

                                                                        bb        Gretchen Pearl, b. 23 Feb 1988

 

                                                            iii         Bradley John, b. 18 Jan 1962, Norfolk, NE

 

                                                             iv        Mark Eugene, b. 6 Aug 1964, Norfolk, NE; m. Karen ?? on 4 Aug 1996; she was b. 11 Jun 1967.  Children, surname Oatman:

 

                                                                        aa         Christopher James, b. 31 Aug 1999

 

                                                                        bb        Rachel Ann Louise, b. 10 Oct 2000

 

                                                c          Keith Duane, b. 9 Jul 1934, Norfolk, NE; m. 25 Aug 1948, at age 14, Keith m. Betty Lou Haun, daughter of Floyd Haun, in Spencer, Boyd Co., NE; she was b. 21 Oct 1935 in Salina, KS.  Children, surname Oatman:

 

                                                              I         David, b. 12 Aug 1958, O’Neill, NE; m. 27 Sep 1980, Linda Rae Watkins, in Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA.  Linda was b. 20 Sep 1950 in Sioux City.  Children, surname Oatman:

 

                                                                        aa         Mark

 

                                                                        bb        Ryan

 

                                                             ii         Russell (Oatman), b. 3 Sep 1959, Schuyler, NE; m. Patricia Seume.

 

                                                            iii         Brian, b. 20 Sep 1966, Des Moines, IA

 

                                                d          Lynn Carroll (Oatman), b. 9 Jun 1937, Norfolk, NE; m. 14 Mar 1961, to Ruth Elaine Prange, daughter of Erich Henry and Clara Elizabeth (Mozer) Prange, in Eagle, Cass Co., NE.  Ruth was b. 14 Mar 1941, Nagercoil, S. India.  Children, surname Oatman:

 

                                                              I         Dianne Elizabeth, b. 19 Sep 1970, Wilmington, DE; m. Brian Collis.

 

                                                             ii         Linda, b. 19 Feb 1973, Wilmington, DE; m. Jeffrey Kist.

 

                                     XIV    Hazel Irena (Oatman), b. 13 Sep 1901, Adams Co., NE

 

                        E          Henry K. (Oatman), b. ca 1841, NY, and d. 1926; bur. Riverside Cem., Prophetstown, IL.  He appeared on the census in 1900 in Prophetstown, Prophetstown Twp., Whiteside Co., IL: Henry Oatman, 52, widowed, traveling salesman, b. IL; Benj., 23, son, merchant, b. IL; Joseph M. Welch, 30, a boarder and farm laborer.  Henry was married to Mary E. Frankenfield on 12 Dec 1873 in Whiteside Co., IL.  Mary d. 1893, bur. with Henry.  Children, surname Oatman:

 

                                      I         Benjamin F., b. 1877; d. 1960; bur. Riverside Cem., Prophetstown, IL.

 

                        F          Ellen, b. ca 1846, NY; d. ca 1909; m. William E. Cox, 22 Feb 1866, Whiteside Co., IL.  Living in Hastings, NE, in 1898 at the time of her mother’s death.

 

                        G         Martha, b. ca 1848, NY

 

97        Truman, b. 1787; d. 20 Mar 1843; m. Orra Perry

 

98        Elijah, b. ca 29 Aug 1778; d. 29 Jan 1860; m. 1) (poss.) Polly Horth; 2) Lydia Richards

 

99        Elias, b. 9 Oct 1799; d. 26 Feb 1884; m. Eliza Bunce

 

100      Richard, b. 1807; d. 8 Feb 1891; m. Mary "Polly" Havens

 

While earlier reports placed Richard with this family, Richard was listed on the "Register of Deaths of the Town of Adams, New York" as the son of Isaac Oatman of Connecticut and Polly       of Connecticut, and he has been placed with that family and given the number 270.

 

 

Sources:           Family records supplied by Mr. B. D. Smith of Springford, ON

Various family records

Register of Deaths of the Town of Adams, NY

Family records of Helen B. McDonald, Alexandria Bay, NY

1790 census, Adams Center, Jefferson County, NY

1810 census, Adams, Jefferson County, NY

                        1830 census, Jefferson Co., NY

                        1840 census, Brutus, Cayuga Co., NY

                        1850 census, Conquest, Cayuga Co., NY

DAR Application #692049

National Archives Military records

"The State of Vermont, Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War

1775 to 1783" [1904]

                        Obituaries of Betsey Oatman, 1896

                        Obituary of Charles E. Oatman, 1908

                        Obituary of John H. Oatman, 1912

                        Obituary of Hulda Oatman, 1912

                        Obituary of Sarah W. Oatman Olmstead, 1902

                        Family records and sources supplied by Brad Oatman <OBJohn@aol.com>

 

 

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