Ephraim Oliphant (1717-1794/1795), the son of Duncan Oliphant (1682-1734) and Mary Garrison (1686-1687) of Hunterdon Co., NJ, was the father of my 4th great-grandfather Jno Oliphant (17501823), who m. Hannah Amos (1756-1814) in Loudoun Co., VA, in 1775. Ephraim was born in Staten Isl., NY, in 1717, and moved with his parents to East Amwell, Hunterdon Co., NJ, in 1721/1723. There, he m. Sarah Higgins Stout (1725-1768), of Amwell, in 1743. She was the daughter of Freegift Stout (1693-1769) and Mary Higgins (1698/1699-1773), both of Hunterdon Co. Ephraim and Sarah had 9 children. Sometime in the 1760s, they moved their family to Loudoun Co., VA, where Ephraim d. in 1794 or 1795.
Here is a tentative chronology for Ephraim Oliphant. Arguably sketchy, it is chiefly the product of on-line research. I hope that others will contribute their findings in order to flesh it out.
Ephraim Oliphant: Chronology
1717: Born, Staten Island, NY
1721/1723: Moved with his parents to East Amwell, Hunterdon Co., NJ
1743: Married Sarah Higgins Stout, Amwell, Hunterdon Co., NJ
1744: Birth of son Obadiah, Hunterdon Co., NJ
1745: Birth of daughter Rachael, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ 13 Sep.)
1745/1755: Birth of son Benjamin, Kingwood, Hunterdon Co., NJ
1747/1759: Birth of daughter Mary, NJ
1750: Birth of son John A., Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ (2 Jan.)
1751: Birth of daughter Sarah B., NJ (6 Apr.); Servant Peter Clearwater runs away, Amwell, Hunterdon Co., NJ (31 Jul.; ad offering reward in PA Gazette, Phila., PA, 8 Aug.)
1757: Birth of son Samuel, Hunterdon Co., NJ (2 Jan.)
1759: Signer of a petition from representatives of Amwell, Kingwood, and Readington congregations to NJ meeting of Anglican clergy affirming that there were at least 100 Anglicans there willing to support a priest
About 1761: Birth of daughter Ann, NJ
About 1763: Birth of daughter Rebecca, NJ or SC
1768: Death of wife, Loudoun Co., VA (10 Jul.)
1785: Made a sworn statement in court that Obadiah, his eldest son, should be considered the legal heir of his deceased second son, Benjamin, Loudoun Co., VA (15 Sep.)
1782/1787: Tax List(s), Loudoun Co., VA
1794/1795: Died, Loudoun Co., VA
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