James Oliver

Bowood, Dorset, England, United Kingdom

The Life of James

When James Oliver was born in 1852, in Bowood, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, his father, George Oliver, was 35 and his mother, Ann Reder, was 25. He married Elizabeth Ann Sibley in September 1873, in Beaminster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Bradford Abbas, Dorset, England, United Kingdom in 1891 and Sock Dennis, Somerset, England, United Kingdom in 1901. In 1881, at the age of 29, his occupation is listed as .

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James Oliver
Elizabeth Ann Sibley
Marriage: September 1873
George Thomas Oliver

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth Ann Sibley


September 1873
Beaminster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings


    Ann Reder




World Events (8)

1854 · The Crimean War

Age 2

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.
1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 28

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

Age 32

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, Welsh, and German: from the Old French personal name Olivier, which was taken to England by the Normans from France. It was popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as having been borne by one of Charlemagne's paladins, the faithful friend of Roland, about whose exploits there were many popular romances. The name ostensibly means ‘olive tree’ ( see Oliveira ), but this is almost certainly the result of folk etymology working on an unidentified Germanic personal name, perhaps a cognate of Alvaro . The surname is also borne by Jews, apparently as an adoption of the non-Jewish surname.2 Catalan and southern French (Occitan): generally a topographic name from oliver ‘olive tree’, but in some instances possibly related to the homonymous personal name (see 1 above).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • James Oliver, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • James Oliver, "England and Wales Census, 1891"
  • James Oliver, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

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