373      DARIUS6     (Darius5Benjamin4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Darius and Jerushia Oatman, was born at Adams Center, Jefferson County, New York, in 1821.  (Vital records of Oxford County, Ontario, state that Darius was born and/or baptized in Rochester, New York.)  He removed with his father, in 1833, to South Norwich Township, Oxford County, Ontario, where he was married on 25 September 1841 to Sarah "Sally" McCollow, who died 12 May 1892, at the age of 67 yr, 7 mo, 13 dy.  Darius was a farmer and said to be a great hunter.  According to the census records, they were both Methodist.  He died 27 April 1910 at the age of 90 and is buried in the New Road Cemetery at Tillsonburg, Ontario, adjacent to his farm.


The exact number of his children is unknown, but the following have been compiled according to the 1851, 1861 and 1871 census records of Oxford County, Ontario, and Darius' obituary of 28 April 1910 in the Tillsonburg Liberal, which stated he was survived by sons, Norman and Truman, "of Holton, Mich.", Frank and Nelson "of St. Thomas", and Angus "at home", and one daughter, Mrs. P. F. Johnston of Otterville. 


Children of Darius and Sarah (McCollow) Oatman:


1359    Alvira, b. ca 1842, Oxford Co., ON; d. bef 1910


1360    Truman, b. Aug 1843, Oxford Co., ON; d. MI; m. ca 1875, Geraldine Bunce, who was b. Mar 1844, ON.  They had 5 children, 3 of whom were living in 1900 census, surname Oatman:


A         Jennie E., b. Sep 1877, MI


                        B         Myrta, b. ca 1879, MI


C         Mabel, b. Mar 1884, MI


D         Maud, b. Feb 1887, MI; m. Earnest Kitchen


1361    Norman, b. Feb 1848, Oxford Co., ON; d. Feb 1923; m. Polly Wilson


1362    Annette "Nett", d. bef. 1910 (not mentioned as a surviving child)


1363    George Nelson, b. ca 1851, Oxford Co., ON; d. 6 May 1920, St. Thomas, Elgin Co., ON; m. Josephine ??_____


1364    Cynthia Amelia, b. ca 1854, Oxford Co., ON; m. ca 1872, Peter Francis Johnson, son of Peter Beemer Johnson and Priscilla Brown, he b. 5 May 1847, S. Norwich, Oxford Co., ON, d. 26 Jul 1924, Yarmouth Twp., bur. 29 Jul 1924.  Both bur. New Road Cem., Tillsonburg, ON.  Children, surname Johnson:


A         Ernest Almont, b. 30 Oct 1872, South Norwich, ON; d. 1953


                        B         Elston Darius, b. 1874; d. 1949


                        C         Henrietta Almira “Nettie,” b. 1876; d. 1937; m. Henry Dark, b. 1878/9; d. 1958; both bur. New Road Cem., Tillsonburg, ON


                        D         Windsor P., b. 1877; d. 1901 on railroad; bur. New Road Cem.


                        E          Doris Violet, b. 1883; d. 1953

                        F          Loretta Beatrice, b. 1887; d. 1946


1365    Francis Darius “Frank,” b. 27 Feb 1863 (per 1901 census) or Feb 1865 (per 1911 census); m. Carrie Christie Cline, 6 Nov 1882.  She was b. 12 Sep 1864 (per 1901 census).  Children, surname Oatman: 


                        A         Neva, b. 22 Sep 1884 (per 1901 census); m. Frederick Roberts, 18 Jun 1908, St. Thomas, ON; he was b. Jul 1883.


1366    Angus, b. 1865; d. 1944; m. Alfretta Carle, 30 Dec 1885, Tillsonburg, ON


1367    Lida, b. ca 1866; d. bef 1910.  She is listed with the family in the 1881 census, as age 15, but not in their household in the 1871 census. 





Sources:           1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 census, South Norwich Twp, Oxford Co., ON

Oxford County Marriages & Deaths 1793-1858, Vol. 1

                        Family records

Tillsonburg Observer, 1 Jan 1886; 29 Oct 1886; 16 Aug 1889; 15 Nov 1889;  14 Jul 1899; 18 Jun 1908

                        Tillsonburg Liberal, 28 Apr 1910 

                        Tillsonburg News, 13 May 1920

                        Cemetery records

                        1900 census, Holton Twp., Muskegon Co., MI

                        Chris Johnson <specpond@spectranet.ca>, 21 Mar 2003



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