536      SAFFORD A.6     (Ruben Bates5, Isaac4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Ruben Bates and Sally (Benedict) Oatman, was born 7 December 1835, (Civil War Pension documents state 1839) in Salem, Washington County, New York, or Brattleboro, Vermont; both birth places are indicated by him in his Civil War Pension papers. 

Safford married Lottie Neoka or Keoka ca 1857, possibly shortly after his move to Wisconsin.  Lottie was born in Neosha, Wisconsin, and died 8 January 1892.  Safford died in 1915 and is buried in G. A. Veterans' Cemetery, King, Waupaca County, Wisconsin.


Safford served in Co. G, 3rd Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry, enlisting 30 May 1861 in Neenah, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, where he was living and working as a carpenter at the time, and was discharged 12 August 1861 due to an injury to his knee producing floating cartilage in the right knee, rheumatism, and the loss of part of his left hand.  After his disability discharge, he returned to Neenah, Wisconsin, until 1886 when he moved to Menominee, Michigan.


Pictures of Safford Oatman

Picture of Emma Oatman (wife of John Lynch)

Picture of John Lynch


Children of Safford A. and Lottie (Neoka/Keoka) Oatman:


1730    Ellen, b. 1858; d. 1951; m. William Smith.  Children, surname Smith:


                        A         William "Billy", m. and had three children:


                                      I         Harold Smith


                                     II        Billie Smith


                                    III        Archie Smith


                        B         Lottie, b.      ; d. 1892; m.       Boucher


                        C         Nellie, m. Joseph Todish.  Children, surname Todish:


                                      I         Ralph


                                     II        Eunice


                                    III        Leona


                                     IV       Margaret


                                      V       Lorraine


                        D         Bell, m.       Distotel


                        E          Dollie, m.       Eloud


1731    Mattie, d. bef 1906; m. Fred Saunders.  No children.


1732    Byron, d. May 1942


1733    James, b. 1867; d. 25 Jul 1952; m. Mary _____;  Children, surname Oatman:


                        A         Mary, b. 1906; d. 21 Feb 1982


                        B         Merritt, b. 8 Sep 1907; d. 8 Apr 1982, Menominee, MI; m. Bertha (?), who d. 1982. 


1734    Emma, b. 28 Mar 1857/59; d. 26 Jun 1898; m. John Lynch, 16 May 1878 (he b. 1 Oct 1852, Stephenson, Menominee Co., MI, d. 4 Mar 1918, Menominee, MI.  Children, surname Lynch:


                        A         John, b. Mar 1879


                        B         Henry, b. 19 Jan 1881; d. 16 Nov 1918


                        C         Harvey, b. 18 May 1890; d. 30 Dec 1940


                        D         George, b. 14 Sep 1891; d. 10 Aug 1964


                        E          Mary Elizabeth "Mae", b. 20 Apr 1893; d. 2 May 1988, Marinette, Marinette Co., WI; bur. Menominee, WI; m. Theron Caldie (1890-1949, bur. Menominee, MI); seven children, one of whom was Margaret Hazel Mae Caldie, b. 9 Sep 1916, d. 25 May 2000, who m. Howard Rybarczyk in 1937, Zeeland, MI.


                        F          Matilda "Tillie", b. 1 Dec 1895; d. 199__.





Source:            Michael Rybarczyk

                        Social Security Death Index



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