Orlin Oatman (459)

Orlin (Eli, George, George, John, Johannes), son of Eli and Mary (Symonds/Simonds) Oatman, was born at Middletown Springs, Vermont, in 1805 and died in 1859. He married the daughter of a minister in Rochester, New York.


Orlin was very well educated and taught English literature in an eastern college.  He was also a lecturer.  The family moved to Pontiac, Michigan, and in 1839, he purchased property in the "Village of Lake Geneva" (Deeds, Vol. I), Walworth County, Wisconsin.  He is listed as the head of a household in Oakland County, Michigan, in 1845, consisting of three males and six females, indicating he had several more children than the two listed below.  At some point they probably lived in Wisconsin, as on 17 November 1848, Orlin Oatman and his wife, Leucy Ann, sold a lot for $80 in the Oatman's Plot in the town of Port Washington, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. 

While on a lecture tour in the west, he contracted cholera and died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1859. He is buried in the Old Cemetery in Middletown (Montpelier), Vermont. His widow lived in Evanston, Illinois, after Orlin's death.

NOTE; In the Vital Records Room in Montpelier, Vermont, an Orlin Oatman, described as the son of Eli and Mary Oatman, is recorded as having died in 1841; his birth date is given as 1805.

Children of Orlin Oatman:

1506    Emma, b. ca 1840, in MI; m. 27 Mar 1860, Frederick Augustus Vandercook, who was b. 28 Sep 1829, Pittstown, NY, d. 29 Mar 1871, San Francisco, CA.  The family lived in Bennington, VT, later moving to San Francisco, CA, where Fred died.  Emma later moved to Evanston, Cook Co., IL.  Children, surname Vandercook:


                        A         Ella, b. 18 Dec 1862


                        B         Edward Pickett, b. 31 Jan 1864, San Francisco, CA; d. 24 Dec 1927, Oakland, CA


                        C         Roberts Oatman, b. 1866, VT; d. 9 Jun 1951; m. Sue Emily Oatman

1507    Frances, m. David Vail of WI.  Frances lived in St. Paul, MN.


Research done by Barbara Hawthorne
Family records
Will of Cyril Oatman
Vital records of Montpelier, VT
Frisbie, History of Middletown, Vermont, 1867
Oatman Monument, Middletown Springs, VT
Walworth County, WI, Deeds, Vol. I
1845 State Census, Oakland Co., MI

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