Joel (Eli, George, George, John, Johannes), son of Eli and Mary (Symonds/Simonds) Oatman, was born at Middletown Springs, Vermont, in 1807 and died 2 October 1876, possibly in New York City, where he had been living, or Middletown, Vermont, where he retired.
He married Harriette M. Pye of London, England, born 1805 and died 5 April 1857.
Joel was educated as a physician and was graduated from Columbia University. Immediately upon graduation, he entered Bellevue Hospital in New York during the cholera epidemic of 1832. It is said that deaths from that cause reached as many as 47 in a single day. Joel evidently escaped the epidemic, as he was later a very successful practitioner and had a very large clientele. He later retired to the Oatman Farm in Middletown, New York. Joel and the family are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City.
His sisters Ellen and Mary both lived with Joel for a time after they were widowed.
Children of Joel and Harriette (Pye) Oatman:
1510 Mary Emily, b. ca 1845 (age 15 in 1860 census); m. William Hutchinson. Children, surname Hutchinson:
A Harriett D.
1511 Hydro P., b. 11 Mar 1846; d. 22 Apr 1882; m. Mary Florence Fletcher, 1867, in Bridgeport, CT. He was listed as "Hydrophe" in 1860 census.
1512 Harriett J., b. ca 1848 (age 12 in 1860 census)
1513 Albert E., b. ca 1851 (age 9 in 1860 census); m. Louise Sayre. Children, sur- name Oatman:
A Daisy, d. in infancy
Oatman family records
Will of Cyril Oatman (#464)
1860 census, 3rd Dist., 10th Ward, New York City, NY
William Fletcher Oatman (#3630)
Winkopp Family, owners of old Oatman Farm, Middletown Springs, VT (1978)
Oatman Monument, Middletown Springs, VT
Public Records, Montpelier, VT
Research done by Barbara Hawthorne