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Roland Oatman
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Birth: unknown
Death: Feb. 18, 1851
Arizona, USA

Sisters:
Mary Ann Oatman
Charity Ann Oatman
Lucy Oatman
Olive Oatman

Brothers:
Royce Oatman Jr
Lorenzo Oatman

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On Aug 8 1850 Royce and Mary Ann Sperry Oatman and the family joined a wagon train in Independence, Missouri bound for the part of the Colorado River, now in southern California, but the train split several times until the Oatman's and their seven children were left to travel alone.

On February 18 1851, Apaches (some say Yavapais) attacked them on the Gila River in Arizona. Olive and her sister Mary were captured, Lorenzo was left for dead and the rest of the family massacred.

The girls were held as slaves for a year near what is now Congress, Arizona. They were then sold to a Mojave chief for blankets, horses and vegetables. They walked on a 10-day journey to Needles, California. Mary died of starvation and abuse.

On February 28 1856 Olive was ransomed at Fort Yuma, Arizona for a horse, blankets and beads. It was there that she was reunited with Lorenzo.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Royce Oatman (1809 - 1851)
  Mary Ann Sperry Oatman (1813 - 1851)
 
 Siblings:
  Roland Oatman (____ - 1851)
  Lucy Oatman (1834 - 1851)*
  Lorenzo D Oatman (1836 - 1901)*
  Olive Ann Oatman Fairchild (1838 - 1903)*
  Royce Oatman (1840 - 1851)*
  Mary Ann Oatman (1843 - 1853)*
  Charity Ann Oatman (1846 - 1851)*
  Lorenzo D Oatman (1849 - 1901)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oatman Grave
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
 
Created by: Marilyn
Record added: May 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90180749
 


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