369 RUBEN OATMAN
369 RUBEN6 (Asahel5, Benjamin4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Asahel and Sarah (Parker) Oatman, was born in Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York, 13 July 1817, and died 5 February 1905, Mayville, Tuscola County, Michigan.
Ruben was living with his brother, Asahel Oatman, Jr., and his family in 1851 in South Norwich, Oxford County, Ontario. Sometime after that, he married Rachel Ingalls; in 1860 and 1880 they were living in Greenwood, St. Clair County, Michigan. Rachel was 17 at the time, born ca 1843 in Canada.
Information is sparse about the children. James was reported to have moved to Toledo, Ohio. In the 1870 census is listed a male Oatman (first name illegible), age 26, born in Canada, a barber by occupation, living with Bellamy Ranger from Canada, age 30, in the First Ward of Toledo. The birth date for this Oatman would have been 1846, much too old to be Rachel's son, unless Ruben was married earlier to another wife. The rest of the children have not been traced.
Children of Ruben and Rachel (Ingalls) Oatman:
1347 Wilburn, b. ca 1859, MI. There is no mention of Wilburn in the 1860 census, where Nathan is listed as a year old. Apparently Wilburn was born after 1860 and/or died very young.
1348 Nathan, b. ca 1859, MI (one year old, 1860 census). Moved to Ashtabula Co., OH
1349 James, b. ca 1865, MI; m. ca 1886 Jennie , who was b. Nov 1868 in MI. James moved before 1910 to Toledo, OH, with his family, where he remained. He was a house carpenter, and later purchased a grocery store. Children, surname Oatman:
A William N., b. Jun 1888, MI
B Nellie, b. Apr 1890, MI
C Ida, b. Sep 1894, MI; m. Roach. Son Robert Roach, b. ca 1918, OH
D Alice, b. Jan 1897, MI
1350 Martin (listed as Marshall in 1870), b. ca 1868, MI; said to have moved to Chicago, IL
1351 Sarah Catherine, b. 1 Apr 1870, MI; d. 1 Oct 1871, Greenwood, St. Clair Co., MI, of typhoid fever.
1352 Ruben, b. ca 1875, MI
1353 Archie, b. ca 1878, MI; said to have moved to St. Paul, MN. The 1900 census of Port Huron, St. Clair Co., MI, lists: Archie, 22, b. Aug 1877 MI, parents b. CAN, m. 1 year; Ina, b. Feb 1881 MI; and Imogene, b. May 1900 MI.
Sources: Family records; 1860, 1880, 1900 census, Greenwood, St. Clair Co., MI;
1851 census, South Norwich Twp., Oxford Co., ON; 1870 census, Toledo, OH; 1870 census, Port Huron, Twp. of Fort Gratiot, St. Clair Co., MI;
1900 census, Port Huron, St. Clair Co., MI; 1910, 1920, 1930 census, Toledo, Lucas Co., OH; Genealogical Death Indexing System, Michigan