375†††† ELI OATMAN

 

 

375††††† ELI6†††† (Darius5Benjamin4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Darius and Jerushia Oatman, was born at Adams Center, Jefferson County, New York, 12 July 1825, and died 11 April 1886 at South Norwich, Oxford County, Ontario, of "asthma and inflammation of the lungs."

 

He removed with his father in 1833 to South Norwich, where he married in 1846 to Eltha McCollow; she was born 28 January 1829 in South Norwich, Oxford County, Ontario, and died 28 January 1906 at the home of her son William, where she had resided since her husband's death in 1886.

 

The family settled on a farm near Tillsonburg, Ontario.Although they were listed as Baptists in the 1851 census, Eli was later to join the New Road Methodist Church, of which Eltha had been a member most of her life and near which they are both buried.

 

Eltha's obituary from the Tillsonburg Observer of 1 February 1906 reads:

 

"Was a Pioneer of S. Norwich

Death of Mrs. Eltha Oatman

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mrs. Eltha Oatman, one of the pioneers of South Norwich, died on Sunday, aged seventy-seven years.She had been ill a long time and was cared for in the kindest manner possible by her son, William and wife, with whom she lived after the death of her husband nineteen years ago.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mrs. Oatman was born in South Norwich and forty-six years ago moved onto the homestead on which she died.She was a member of the Free Methodist Church nearly all her long life.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† She is survived by seven children.They are:John and William and Mrs. Singer of South Norwich; Lorne of North Norwich; Mrs. Patterson of Argyle, Mich.; Mrs. Tilton of Steveston, B.C.; Mrs. James Rodgers of Tillsonburg.The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon and proceeded to the New Road church, where a service was held.The interment was made in the New Road Cemetery."

 

Children of Eli and Eltha (McCollow) Oatman:

 

1378††† John, b. 6 Aug 1848; d. 18 Mar 1930; m. 1) Rosetha Barnum; 2) Jannette Cooper

 

1379††† Lucinda, b. 1850; m. Edward Barnum, 22 Dec 1872, Tillsonburg, ON, son of Solomon and Mary Jane Barnum.In the 1901 census is an Edward Barnum, b. 6 Nov, with wife Eliza, b. 22 Mar 1850, and their children, Harvey (b. 6 Aug 1874), Clara (b. 28 Jun 1886) and Charles (b. 12 Dec 1890).

 

1380††† Caroline, b. 1852 in ON; m. ca 1878 in Norfolk, ON, John R. Patterson, who was b. in CAN and d. bef 1900; moved to Argyle, MI.After Johnís death, Caroline lived with her son Eli.One unknown child died.Children, surname Patterson:

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† A†††††††† Maggie, b. Apr 1881, MI

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† B†††††††† Eli G., b. May 1883, MI

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† C†††††††† Bertha, b. Jan 1885, MI

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† D†††††††† Ida M., b. Apr 1889, MI

††††††††††††††††††††††† E††††††††† Ella M. (Patterson), b. Jun 1891, MI

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† F††††††††† Eva, b. Oct 1893, MI

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† G†††††††† Mary A., b. Jan 1897, MI

 

1381††† Loren, b. 18 Aug 1854; d. 1939; m. 1) Nancy Frances Patterson (b. 1866, d. 1905); 2) Sophia †††††, (b. 1875, d. 1955; widow of George Otis)

 

1382††† Milo, b. 1856; d. 30 Nov 1860

 

1383††† Matilda, b. 1858; d. 1861

 

1384††† Emmer M., b. Mar 1862; d. 13 May 1864

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1385††† Mary Ellen "Ella", b. 1865; d. 16 Apr 1933; m. 1) Charles H. Singer (b. ca 1864, d. 18 Jun 1903); 2) Melbourne Lorenzo Hicks, b. 16 Apr 1863, d. 13 Jul 1941, son of Martin Hicks, Jr., and Margaret Crossett.Ella, Charles and M.L. are buried in New Road Cem., Tillsonburg, ON.Children, surname Singer, all born Tillsonburg, Oxford Co., ON:

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† A†††††††† Clifford, b. 6 Apr 1888; d. 2 Oct 1917, in World War I

 

B†††††††† Ross, b. 1891; d. 18 Jul 1892, age 11 mo.; bur. New Road Cem.

 

C†††††††† Pearl, b. 5 Mar 1894; d. 19 Feb 1987; m. Arthur Clarence Scott, 28 Jun 1919.Son, Donald Scott (b. 1926) m. Grace Lonsbary (see #1338).Other children: Kenneth Clifford, Audrey Arlene, George Clarence, Helen Catherine, and Marion Ellen Scott.

 

D†††††††† Lewis Clare, b. 4 Oct 1895; d. 30 Apr 1932, Tillsonburg, ON; bur. 3 May 1932, New Road Cem., Tillsonburg

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† E††††††††† Charles, Jr., b. 13 May 1901, Tillsonburg, ON; d. 30 Jan 1981, Woodstock General Hospital, Woodstock, ON; m. Ruth Makins.

 

1386††† Ida, b. 27 Feb 1868; m. James Rogers, 19 Oct 1892, South Norwich, ON.Children, surname Rogers:

 

A†††††††† (Baby), b. 5 Oct 1893; d. 6 Oct 1893

 

B†††††††† James Arthur, b. 8 Jan 1895

 

C†††††††† George Earl, b. 5 Sep 1897; m. Olive Blanche Pearce, 1 Jan 1924.Children, surname Rogers:

 

I†††††††† Louis Ross, b. 24 Feb 1925

 

II††††††† Donald Mack, b. 26 Mar 1935

 

1387††† Hartwell William, b. 3 Aug 1870; d. 20 Jun 1957; m. Etta Smith, 27 Sep 1893

 

1388††† Alfretta, b. 1873; m. William Tilton, 6 Oct 1898 (he d. 1931).They moved to Steveston, BC.Children, surname Tilton:

 

A†††††††† Paul, b. 30 Aug 1899

 

B†††††††† Eli, b. 11 Sep 1900

 

C†††††††† John, b. 11 Jun 1902; d. 30 Mar 1906

 

D†††††††† Earl George, b. 11 May 1904; m. Lulu Babcock, 21 Nov 1933.Children, surname Tilton:Lillian, b. 26 Oct 1934

 

E††††††††† Dorothy Alfretta, b. 13 May 1912; m. Raymond Babcock, 1 Jan 1934.Children, surname Babcock:William, b. 11 Oct 1934

 

1389††† Susan, b. ca 1855 (per 1881 census)

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:†††††††††† Bennett, Rolland, Foliage on Ontario Branches [1982]

††††††††††††††††††††††† Death certificate Eltha Oatman

††††††††††††††††††††††† DAR Application #692049

††††††††††††††††††††††† Records of S. Norwich, Oxford Co., ON

††††††††††††††††††††††† Family records

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 census, S. Norwich, Oxford Co., ON

††††††††††††††††††††††† Tillsonburg Observer, 9 Jan 1873; 1 Feb 1906; 21 Oct 1892; 29 Sep 1893; 16 Apr 1886

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1900, 1910, 1920 census, Argyle Twp., Sanilac Co., MI

 

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