476     GEORGE OATMAN

 

 

476      GEORGE6      (Lyman5,George4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Lyman and Lucy (Hartland) Oatman, was born at Arlington or Middletown, Vermont, ca 1807.  He married:  1) Louisann Cook, 27 December 1831, (Mecca), Trumbull County, Ohio; 2) Julia A. Cheney, who was born about 1822 in Ohio.

 

In the 1850 census of Hancock County, Illinois, George, a carpenter born in Vermont, was 48 years old; in 1860 he is listed as 53 years old. 

 

In Gregg's History of Hancock County [1881], he and John Sperry, Florella Oatman's husband (#482), were said to have been two of the original settlers of LaHarpe, Illinois, which was settled ca 1830.  Since Lyman Oatman's name was not included, it is probable that George and his future brother-in-law went to LaHarpe ahead of their families, and returned to Trumbull County, Ohio, to shepherd the Oatman and Sperry families to LaHarpe, a fact borne out by George's marriage to Louisann Cook in Trumbull County, December 1831, and John Sperry's marriage to Florella there on 14 March 1832.

 

His second wife, Julia, was born in Ohio ca 1822/1827.  The following children are taken from census records.  In 1850 were listed two children--Linus, 12, and Sarah A., 10, both born in Indiana--who were possibly Julia's children from a previous marriage. 

 

 

Children of George and 1) Louisann (Cook) Oatman:

 

1536    Lyman, b. ca 1833, OH

 

1537    Phebe, b. ca 1835, OH

 

1538    John, b. ca 1837, IL

 

1539    Calista, b. ca 1840, IL.  Calista was listed on 17 Sep 1850 in the household of Eli Hilton and his family, and listed again on 18 Nov 1850 in George's household.

 

1540    Harvey, b. 20 Oct 1841, IL; d. 5 May 1903; m. Francis I. Stickles. 

 

 

Children of George and 2) Julia A. (Cheney) Oatman:

 

1541    Rachel, b. ca 1849, IL.  (The 1850 census listed a "Minerva", age 1.)

 

1542    George Decatur, b. 6 Feb 1854, LaHarpe, IL; d. 14 Dec 1933, Prairie City, IL; m. 1)Ida Butcher, 23 Apr 1882, probably in LaHarpe, IL. George m. 2) Maria E.      Charles worked as a railroad worker before retiring by 1930 at age 76.  In 1900 his wife is Marie E., in 1910 his wife is shown as Ida, but in 1920 and 1930, his wife is again Maria E.  The four census records do not indicate two marriages: in 1900 they had been married for 18 years; in 1910, for 28 years and both had been married only once.  Possibly Ida was Marie’s nickname.  Children, surname Oatman: 

 

A         Charles Decatur, Jr., b. Jan 1883, IL

 

B         Una, d. in infancy

 

C         Dallas, b. Nov 1895, d. Dec 1915; m. Bertha Blanche Blanchard, aka Birdie Bell.

D         Grace, b. Aug 1891, IL; m.       Cameron

 

E          Fannie, b. Mar 1898, IL; m.       Lantze

 

F          Ralph, b. ca 1903, IL; m. Ester Davis.  Children, surname Oatman:

 

  I         William G., b. 16 Apr 1932; m. 25 Jul 1955, Erie, PA, to Patricia Ann Macosko (b. 10 Jan 1934, Erie, PA).  Children, surname Oatman:

 

a          William Peter, b. 27 Sep 1958, Erie, PA; m. 7 May 1994, Scottsville, NY, Carolyn Lowe Waterbury (b. 3 Sep 1958, Scottsville, NY).

 

b          Cynthia Marie, b. 8 Dec 1960, Erie, PA; m. Gary Messina, 23 May 1981, Ushers, NY.  Children, surname Messina:

 

                                                              I         Anthony William

 

 ii         Nicholas James

 

c          Thomas John, b. 12 Feb 1962, Erie, PA; m. Lee-Ann Mitchell, 26 Sep 1992, Simsbury, CT (she b. 21 Nov 1961, Simsbury, CT).

 

d          Christopher Mark "Mark", b. 21 Aug 1963, Erie, PA; m. 9 Oct 1993, St. Austell, Cornwall, England, to Rachel Hendley (b. 18 Apr 1964, Hampton Court, London).

 

e          Lisa Ann, b. 17 Feb 1965, Erie, PA; m. 23 Oct 1993, PA, Frederick Ruskie (b. 1 Jul 1963, Saugerties, NY). 

 

 II        Ralph

 

III        Richard

 

 IV       James

 

  V       Donald

 

 VI       Bonnie Boyd

 

VII      Robert

 

1543    Emily, b. ca 1858, IL 

 

1544    Fanny

 


Sources:

Research by Barbara Hawthorne
1850, 1860 census, Hancock Co., IL

1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 census, Prairie City Twp., McDonough Co., IL

 


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