George Decatur Oatman

6 February 1854–14 December 1933 (Age 79)
La Harpe, Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life of George Decatur

When George Decatur Oatman was born on 6 February 1854, in La Harpe, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, George Oatman, was 47 and his mother, Julia Ann Gleason, was 31. He married Mariah Elizabeth Butcher on 23 April 1882, in Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in La Harpe Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Prairie, Randolph, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. He died on 14 December 1933, in Prairie City, McDonough, Illinois, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Prairie City, McDonough, Illinois, United States.

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George Decatur Oatman
Mariah Elizabeth Butcher
Marriage: 23 April 1882
Charles Decatur Oatman
Grace Oatman
Dallas Oatman
Fannie Oatman
Ralph Oatman Sr

Spouse and Children

23 April 1882
Hancock, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 2

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 9

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 21

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Altered form of Dutch Oudeman, Oudmans, or Outmans, nicknames denoting an old man, though the last may also be a variant of Houtman, a habitational name for someone from a place named Ter Hout or a topographic name for someone who lived by a wood or copse, from Middle Dutch houte ‘wood’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • George D Outman in household of George Outman, "United States Census, 1860"
  • George D Otman in household of George Otman, "United States Census, 1870"
  • George D Oakman, "United States Census, 1920"

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