George (Lyman,George, George, John, Johannes), 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 _____, born ca 1822/1827 in Ohio. In the 1850 census of Hancock County, Illinois, George, a carpenter born in Vermont, was 48; in 1860 he is listed as 53.
In Gregg's History of Hancock County , 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.
The following children are taken from census records. In 1850 were two children--Linus, 12, and Sarah A., 10, born in Indiana--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. She was listed 17 Sep 1850 with Eli Hilton and his family, and listed again 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 Oatman:
1541 Rachel, b. ca 1849, IL. (The 1850 census listed a "Minerva", age 1.)
1542 George D., 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. _____. Children, surname Oatman:
A Charles Decatur
B Una, d. in infancy
D Grace (Oatman), m. _____ Cameron
E Fannie, m. _____ Lantze
1543 Emily, b. ca 1858, IL
Research by Barbara Hawthorne
1850, 1860 census, Hancock Co., IL