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Oliver family KY > IA (and then some to CA) during the 1800s
Posted by: Tracy Packingham (ID *****9842) Date: February 17, 2004 at 07:03:51
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I am looking for the Oliver family that came to Clayton Co Iowa from Kentucky in the mid 1830s. The father's name was William, and the mother's name was Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). Both parents died within 4 years of moving to the area once known as Bloody Run, in the northern portion of the county.

There were 5 children left to fend for themselves...Elizabeth, William and 3 "unknowns". Some possibilities of the other children MAY have been: Ransler, James (who married a Ruby Blaisdell), Mary, Edward, Robert, and E.P. These were all people with Oliver for a last name who lived near Bloody Run in the mid 1800s (an area that had very few settlers thru 1840).

I do know what happened to the daughter, Elizabeth, my great-great-great-grandmother. She stayed in Clayton County and married Robert Ross July 28 1850. I was never able to find any additional information on Robert other than he was born 10-20-1818 in VA and died 10-15-1862 in Elk, Clayton Co, IA. Any additional information would be great as well!!

The one son, William, went off to California during the gold rush period of 1849. No other sibblings apparently went with him. I was able to find him and his family, but lost his grandchildren and most of his children in California. Here's what I do know: William married Mary Jane Walker on 3-4-1847 in Clayton Co. They had 8 sons, one born in Iowa and the rest were born in California around the San Joaquin area. Some stayed there or went to Merced Co, then due to poor writing on the census or lack of information, I was unable to track them any farther.

The 8 sons names were:
Burrell (b. 1848 in IA, d. aft 1920)
Hiram (b. abt 1858, d. ?)
William (1859-?) wife Mary, Children: Hazel Edna Stanley
Daniel (b. 3-1861, d. aft 1900)
John (b. 3-1863, d. aft 1920) wife Myrtle/Margret, son Oscar
James (b. 2-1865, d. aft 1920) wife Blanche, son Barnell?
Oscar (b. 4-15-1867, d. 1-25-1943 in San Francisco)
Austin (12-21-1871 to 10-24-1950) wife Myrtle, child Frances

I am looking for more info on William's family, and also to find out who were the other 3 sibblings of Elizabeth and William. Thanks!

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