Olive E. Oliver

1865–9 September 1957 (Age 92)
Ridgeway Township, Lenawee, Michigan, United States

The Life of Olive E.

When Olive E. Oliver was born in 1865, in Ridgeway Township, Lenawee, Michigan, United States, her father, George L. Oliver, was 33 and her mother, Mary Wyrill, was 31. She married Beecher Lighthall on 26 August 1888, in Britton, Lenawee, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Madison, Lenawee, Michigan, United States in 1910 and Detroit Ward 20, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1940. She died on 9 September 1957, in New Braunfels, Comal, Texas, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Ridgeway Cemetery, Ridgeway, Lenawee, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Beecher Lighthall
Olive E. Oliver
Marriage: 26 August 1888
Lloyd Lorenzo Lighthall
Ruby Lighthall
Ray Lighthall
Eber Merle Lighthall
George Leonard Lighthall
Robert Burns Lighthall

Spouse and Children

26 August 1888
Britton, Lenawee, Michigan, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    George L. Oliver


    Mary Wyrill




World Events (8)


Age 0

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1868 · The Railroad Refrigerator Car

Age 3

During the mid-19th century, attempts were made to ship perishable products by rail. The Western Railroad of Massachusetts was the first to experiment with the concept, but it was only functional in cold weather. In 1868, William Davis, of Detroit, patented a refrigerator car that used a frozen mixture of ice and salt to keep everything cold for shipment. It could be used in all weather and in all seasons. He sold the design to George H. Hammond, a Detroit meat packer, who built a set of cars to transport his products to Boston using ice from the Great Lakes for cooling.
1889 · The first Skyscraper in Detroit

Age 24

The Hammond Building was a high-rise building completed in 1889 and was 151 feet tall. It's considered the first skyscraper in the city and was the tallest in Michigan after it was built. The Hammond Building was demolished in 1956 to make way for the National Bank of Detroit Building.

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)

  • Olive E Oline in household of George L Oline, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Olive E. Oliver Lighthall in entry for Ray Lighthall, "Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919"
  • Olive E Olliver in household of George Olliver, "United States Census, 1880"

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