Ellen Oliver

1843–1876 (Age 33)
Ontario, Canada

The Life of Ellen

When Ellen Oliver was born in 1843, in Ontario, Canada, her father, Nicholas Oliver, was 40 and her mother, Susanna Woodcock, was 33. She married Albert Forrest Merrill about 1870. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She immigrated to United States in 1862 and lived in Tyendinaga, Hastings, Ontario, Canada in 1861. She died in 1876, at the age of 33, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Alpena, Alpena, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Albert Forrest Merrill
Ellen Oliver
Marriage: about 1870
Ida O Merrill
John Merrill
Minnie M. Merrill
Frank Forrest Merrill

Spouse and Children

about 1870


    Ida O Merrill


    John Merrill


    Minnie M. Merrill



Parents and Siblings

    Nicholas Oliver


    Susanna Woodcock




    Malvina Oliver



    Jacob Oliver


    John Oliver


    May Oliver


World Events (7)


Age 3

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1847 · Moving the State Capital

Age 4

The capital of Michigan was moved from Detroit to Lansing on March 17, 1847. The capital was moved to be further away from Canada, to encourage settlement and boost economy toward the inner regions of the state, and to make to capital more accessible to everyone statewide.
1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 11

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

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)

  • Ellen Merrill, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"
  • Ellen Merrill in entry for Frank Merrill, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"
  • Ellen Oliver in entry for Frank F. Merrill and Cora M. Wright, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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