458 IRA6 (Eli5George4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Eli and Mary (Symonds/Simonds) Oatman, was born at Middletown Springs, Vermont, in 1803 and died in Pontiac, Michigan. His date of death is still in question; one source says 1852, one gives 1861, yet another 1871.


He married 11 December 1825 to Lavinia Gardiner, who died in 1834.


Ira was a farmer. He and his family moved to St. Lawrence County, New York, ca 1827, and eventually settled in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, where in the 1845 State census, he was head of a family consisting of two males and three females. He evidently married a second time, as the 1850 Federal census of Pontiac lists Ira as 48 and head of a family consisting of Phoebe 29 (born Canada), Eugene 14 (born Canada), Lovica 6 (born Michigan as were the rest), Lucy 4, Frances 10, Elener 8, and George 2. When the History of Middletown, Vermont (Frisbie, 1867) was written, all of the following children were living except Abigail; according to the book, they were in Iowa. When Cyril Oatman (#464) died in 1889, Emily had left Iowa and there was no mention of George among Cyril's survivors.


Children of Ira and Lavinia (Gardiner) Oatman:


1501 Asa Gardiner. This is probably the A. G. Oatman referred to in the History of Clinton County, Iowa, which states: A. G. Oatman, retired farmer, DeWitt; b. in Middletown, Rutland County, Vermont, in 1829. His parents Ira and Lovica Oatman who removed to St. Lawrence County, New York, about 1827; his mother died in 1834. He [A. G.] returned to Vermont and lived in the family of his mother's brother until he was of age. He went to Wisconsin in the fall of 1851. In the spring of 1853 he went to California and engaged in mining, remained six years, returned to Vermont in 1859, married in October of the same year Ellen S. Adams of Vermont. Came to Clinton County in February 1861 and bought a farm in the Eden Township the following year. He retired from the farm in the spring of 1877 and came to DeWitt. He built a fine residence in 1878, and was residing there in 1879. There was no mention of any children.


This is borne out with the 1850 census of Middletown, Rutland Co., VT, which lists Gardner, age 21, a farmer and born in VT, living with David Gardner, 49, Ruth, 44, David's mother, and Isaac Gardner, 17.


1502 Emily K., b. ca 1840, NY; m. David C. Dodge before 1860; he was b. Nov 1837 in MA. Moved from Clinton, IA, to Denver, CO, by 1870 where they are listed with a son George B. Dodge, b. ca 1862 in IA. David was a railroad worker. About 1899 David remarried to a woman named Nannie O. S., and he was retired by 1900.


1503 Abigail. 1850 census, Middletown, Rutland Co., VT, lists an Abigail Oatman (b. ca 1834) living with Asahel & Abigail Spaulding and family.


Children of Ira and Phoebe? Oatman:


1504 Lucy A., b. ca 1845, MI; d. 1919, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA; m. James G. Crozier, b. 1839, OH, b. 1919, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA. They resided in Clinton, IA, where James worked in an express office, later moving to Cedar Rapids where James was an express agent before becoming a florist in a greenhouse. Children, surname Crozier:


A Milo Smith, b. ca 1869, IA


B Lucy May, b. May 1873, IA; m. ca 1896, William Finn, a dentist b. Dec 1867 in NY


C Catherine D. Kittie, b. Nov 1877, IA


D Merretta L., b. Jul 1888, b. IA


1505 George, b. ca 1848, MI




Sources: Frisbie, History of Middletown, Vermont, 1867

Monument, Oatman Plot, Middletown, VT

Will of Cyril Oatman; Family records; Research by Barbara Hawthorne

1850 census, Middletown, Rutland Co., VT

History of Clinton County, Iowa

1870, 1880 census, Clinton Co., IA

1900, 1910 census, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA



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