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Olive Oatman
Birth: Sep., 1837
La Harpe
Hancock County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 20, 1903
Grayson County
Texas, USA

Indian Captive. Olive and her family headed alone for California in 1850. They were attacked by Indians on the Gila River in Arizona in February of 1852, and Olive and her sister Mary were captured. The girls served as slaves for a year and were later sold to a Mojave chief who lived near Needles, California. Mary died of starvation and abuse. By 1855, the army began negotiations for Olive and she was ransomed near Fort Yuma, Arizona, and allowed to rejoin her only surviving relative, her brother Lorenzo. R.B. Stratton wrote a book titled "Life Among the Indians" about Olive Oatman. Royalties paid for Lorenzo and Olive's college education. Olive went on the lecture circuit to help promote the book, but eventually married John Brant Fairchild and moved to Sherman, Texas. 
Family links: 
  Royce Boise Oatman (1809 - 1851)
  Mary Ann Sperry Oatman (1813 - 1851)
  John Brant Fairchild (1830 - 1907)*
  Mary Elizabeth Fairchild Laing (1873 - 1938)*
  Lucy Oatman (1834 - 1851)*
  Lorenzo Dow Oatman (1836 - 1901)*
  Lorenzo Dow Oatman (1836 - 1901)*
  Olive Oatman (1837 - 1903)
  Royce Oatman (1840 - 1851)*
  Mary Ann Oatman (1843 - 1853)*
  Charity Ann Oatman (1846 - 1851)*
  Roland Oatman (1849 - 1851)*
*Calculated relationship
West Hill Cemetery
Grayson County
Texas, USA
Plot: 2nd Addition, Block 9, Lot 4, Space 2
GPS (lat/lon): 33.63217, -96.61933
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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