Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Henry P. Oates , 6 South 44 West

Henry, of Elbert County, Colorado cash-claimed 143 acres in 1, 6S 44W in 1885. Elbert County 1874 to 1889 included what is now Kit Carson County.
In 1885 Denver, Henry "Oaks" is a section boss, 47, in a lodging house.
Also in 1885 Denver, Henry "Ochs" is 26, born in Iowa, , a husband. Aurilia is 25, Iowa, and they have Laura, 7, Missouri.
In 1900 Dickinson County, Michigan, Henry Oates, born August 1854 in England, immigrating in 1880, is married 19 years to Marie born December 1862 in England, have Garfield H. June 1881, John Ray March 1888, William June 1891, and Arthur W. Sept 1894, all four born in Michigan.

Henry E. Oates served 1862-1865 in both I, 2nd Colorado Infantry, and G, 2nd Colorado Cavalry, receiving an invalid pension in 1892, and Mary Oates a widow pension in 1904.
In 1900 Fillmore County, Nebraska, Henry E. Oates, born March 1834 on the Isle of Man, immigrating in 1855, married 28 years to Mary , born April 1856 in Germany, immigrating in 1860, have Henry E. April 1873 Illinois, Robert July 1881 Illinois, Oscar O. December 1883 Illinois, and Hattie J. June 1885 Nebraska.
He had a quarter of land in Fillmore County, the Burlington Railroad transecting it.
Henry 1839-1903 # 61836664 and Mary M. 1856-1923 are buried in Fillmore County, Nebraska.

HENRY E. OATES is a well-known and prominent agriculturist of Fillmore county, Nebraska, whose home is on section 28, West Blue township. Though born on the other side of the Atlantic, he is thoroughly American in thought and feeling, and that he is patriotic and sincere in his love for the stars and stripes was manifested by his three years of service on southern battle fields during the Civil war.
Mr. Oates was born March 1, 1839, on the Isle of Man, off the coast of England, and is a son of Thomas and Catherine (Karmode) Oates, also natives of that island, where they spent their entire lives as farming people. The father died in 1867, aged eighty-nine years, the mother in 1892, aged ninety-three years, honored and respected by all who knew them. In their family were twelve children. In his native land our subject was reared and educated. In the spring of 1855 he sailed for America and first located in Chicago, Illinois, where he learned the carpenter trade, continuing to follow that occupation there until 1860. Going to Colorado in that year, he engaged in mining near Central City until the fall of 1862, when he offered his services to his adopted country to assist in putting down the rebellion, enlisting in Company I, Second Colorado Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned to the Army of the Southwest. He saw much hard service in Missouri, Arkansas and Indian Territory, and at the close of the war in 1865, he was honorably discharged. In 1863 the regiment had been mounted.
After his discharge, Mr. Oates returned to Chicago, where he spent two years, and then went to Marshall county, Illinois, where he followed farming until coming to Fillmore county, Nebraska, in 1883, since which time he has successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits on section 28, West Blue township, and has improved a fine farm.
In 1872 Mr. Oates led to the marriage altar Miss Mary Bermaster, a native of Stark county, Illinois, and to them have been born six children, namely: Henry, William J., Thomas A., Robert, Oscar and Harriet J., all still living. Fraternally Mr. Oates is an honored member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and politically is a stanch supporter of the Republican party and its principles, but has never sought nor desired official honors. The success that he has achieved in life is due entirely to his own efforts, as he has been the architect and builder of his own fortunes, and he has builded wisely and well. He has also gained the confidence and esteem of all with whom he come in contact either in business or social life.

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