Biography of Danford G. Oatman


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Oatman, Danford G., was born September 8, 1842. His father, Darius Oatman, was a native of Otsego county and came to Jefferson county with his parents, George and wife in 1823, and for twenty years was engaged in the shoemaker's trade, and afterward a farmer; he died in 1889. Danford G. married Minnie, daughter of Frank Bryant, and they have two sons, Claude D. and George E. Mr. Oatman is one of the practical and successful farmers of Jefferson county. In 1869 he enlisted in Co. B, 10th N. Y. Heavy Artillery, and was one of the fifty detailed from his regiment as a provost guard in the city of New York. He served in the battles, of the Wilderness, the Seven Days Fight, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, the campaign of the Shenandoah Valley, meeting General Early in his famous raid, and received an honorable discharge in July, 1865. He returned to Jefferson county, spending a few years in Springfield. In 1877 he bought the Edward Green property of fifty-seven acres, which has been in the family for eighty-five years.

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