Text of the historical marker found in West Hill Cemetery, photo
is below on this page. Captured in Arizona at age 13 (1851) by Yavapai Indians, who massacred
six members of family. Sold to Mojave Indians. She was treated kindly but
bore mark of a slave?blue cactus needle tattoo on chin?for rest of life.
Ransomed by Army at Fort Yuma, 1856. Lived in California, then New York.
There she married J. B. Fairchild in 1865. About 1872 moved to Sherman
where husband founded City Bank. Resided in Sherman until death in 1903. Tintype portraits of Lorenzo D. Oatman and Olive Ann Oatman Brother and sister and only members of her family to survive the
indian attack and period of slavery. Her sister Mary was starved to death during captivity. More
about Olive's story.