Olive Whitcomb

17 February 1808–23 September 1903 (Age 95)
Vermont, United States

The Life of Olive

When Olive Whitcomb was born on 17 February 1808, in Vermont, United States, her father, Branch Whitcomb, was 40 and her mother, Elizabeth Betsey Ware Rogers, was 41. She married Joseph Durkee on 1 May 1835. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She died on 23 September 1903, in Pittsfield, Rutland, Vermont, United States, at the age of 95, and was buried in Pittsfield, Rutland, Vermont, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Durkee
Olive Whitcomb
Marriage: 1 May 1835
Josephine Durkee
Elizabeth Durkee

Spouse and Children

    Joseph Durkee



1 May 1835


    Josephine Durkee


    Elizabeth Durkee


Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 4

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · War of 1812

Age 4

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

Age 26

The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Whitcombe or Witcombe. Whitcombe in Dorset and Witcombe in Gloucestershire are named with Old English wīd ‘wide’ + cumb ‘valley’; Whitcombe, Isle of Wight, may have the same etymology or alternatively the first element may be Old English hwīt ‘white’. Witcombe in Somerset is named with Old English wīðig ‘willow’ + cumb.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Olive Durkee in household of Loren B Houghton, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Ollive Durkee, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Olive Durkee in household of Joseph Durkee, "United States Census, 1870"

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