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Olive Ann Oatman

Kathy Rupert (View posts)
Posted: 22 Jul 1999 7:46PM GMT
I am trying to find out why Olive Ann Oatman
is in my RUPERT family album. Olive was captured
by indians in the Arizona Territory in the
latter half of the last century. She was rescued after 5 yrs
and eventually married a FAIRFIELD(FAIRCHILD?) She lived in
the Detroit,MI area for a few years and some of my RUPERT family lived there
also. If anyone has any information on her
relationship to the RUPERTS I would appreciate it.
Thank You

Olive ann oatman

Posted: 24 Jul 1999 7:16PM GMT
Edited: 13 Jul 2001 3:52AM GMT
my mothers maiden name was oatman and am related to olive but am missing some info. can't help you with ruperts yet.if you have info on oatmans family of that time i would be interested.

Olive Oatman

Posted: 26 Jul 1999 4:27PM GMT
Edited: 20 Aug 2004 2:00AM GMT
Carolyn -

There is an Oatman geneology on the web at
http://www.sentex.net/~cdoatman/oatman.html

It contains some history about the Oatman family at the time of Olive Oatman.

Go the Index link, and then click on the name Royse. That should provide you with a good starting point, anyway.

There is also a book entitled, "The Captivity of the Oatman Girls." I have never seen the book personally, but I have frequently heard about it.

Hope this helps!

Brad

Olive Ann Oatman

Posted: 18 Oct 1999 5:15PM GMT
Edited: 11 Apr 2004 3:29AM GMT
I am currently researching the history of Olive Oatman. For those reading this message, the recommendation is made to go to amazon.com. Under books, enter in the name Olive Oatman. A number of available books will occur.

As to tracking her history post 1857, I am aware that a series of photographs were taken perhaps in 1864 or 1865 in Rochester, New York. The photographer was Powelson, 58 State Street, Rochester, N.Y. One of these photos appears in the book, The Ordeal of Olive Oatman, A true story of the American West, by Margaret Rau. A second photo of the same series made while wearing the same dress was recently sold on ebay.

In approximately 1865, Olive married Major John Fairchild. Mr. Fairchild was reported to have been an indian fighter, perhaps prior to the Civil War. About this time. Olive and her husband moved to the Detroit area for approximately two years. It is interesting to note that according to the Oatman genealogy site that a number of Oatman's resided in St. Clair County about this time. In approximately 1867, Olive and her husband moved to Sherman, Texas. Olive lived here until she passed away in 1903. Her husband lived until 1907.

It is interesting to note that Olive and John adopted a daughter in 1873. He name is Mary Elizabeth "Mamie" Fairchild. The Olive Oatman Lecture Notes were given by the daughter to a cousin, who passed them on to her daughter who lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I find it also of interest that a Fairchild Road exists in Macomb County. Perhaps their might be a link to the family of John Fairchild.

Currently, I am in the process of gathering any and all information that I can on the life of Olive Oatman. I am also very interested in acquiring either photographs or copies of photos of both Olive and her husband. With some luck I will be able to provide additional information in a couple of months.

olive ann oatman

carolyn waterbury oatman (View posts)
Posted: 28 Oct 1999 11:39AM GMT
Olive Ann Oatman and her brother Lorenzo traveled the country giving lectures about her captivity. To raise additional funds, she sold photos of herself at these lectures, usually in the form of a cabinet card. That is how she ended up in many a families photo album.

olive ann oatman

carolyn waterbury oatman (View posts)
Posted: 28 Oct 1999 11:39AM GMT
Olive Ann Oatman and her brother Lorenzo traveled the country giving lectures about her captivity. To raise additional funds, she sold photos of herself at these lectures, usually in the form of a cabinet card. That is how she ended up in many a families photo album.

Olive Oatman

Posted: 28 Oct 1999 5:27PM GMT
Edited: 11 Apr 2004 3:29AM GMT
To Carolyn,

I have been able to obtain copies of three different photographs of Olive. Two from Rochester, New York and the other from Sherman, Texas. Both photos from Rochester appear to be dated around the time of her marriage, in 1865. The third picture appears to have been taken when Olive was in her upper 30's. Have you been able to find other photos? I have also obtained a significant quantity of other data. I would be interested in learning what else might be available. My email address is as follows: mellis2449@aol.com

Thank You

Mike Ellis

Oatman Family

Robin Brown (View posts)
Posted: 8 Nov 1999 1:08PM GMT
Hi Kathy, I am writing because some how Olive is related to my husbands side of the family. We are trying to do a family tree and we don't really know if we are related to the Oatmans or the Fairchilds. If you could help us that would be great. All we know is that my husbands grandmother was handed Olives lecture notes and other things and they were passed on to my husbands sister and none of us know from whom grandma got them from. Keep in touch and maybe we can figure this out. Thanks Robin Brown

Olive Oatman

Robin Brown (View posts)
Posted: 8 Nov 1999 1:11PM GMT
Hi, This is Robin Brown and my husband and I would like to know if you know how we could find some of these pictures. If you have any other info on Olive please let us know. Thank you very much. Mrs. Brown

Olive Oatman

Robin Brown (View posts)
Posted: 8 Nov 1999 1:29PM GMT
Hi Mike, This is Robin Brown and I read your message on Olive Oatman. The cousin that Mamie gave her moms lecture note is my husbands grandmother and when she passed away they went to my husbands sister and then she gave some info to me. We are trying to do a family tree but we are not sure if we are related to the Oatmans or the Fairchilds. If you could find out the name of the cousin that Mamie gave the notes to then maybe we could find out what part we fit in. We also have a photo albem with alot of pictures back in the 1800's with the initals of SMB but alot of the pictures don't have names and also we have a letter or something from John Fairchild to a R.B. Sullivan. It is in John's writing. It also mentions forming a new Colony. If you have any info on this subject let me know. Thank you very much. Mrs. Robin Brown.
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