Elijah Oliver

Brief Life History of Elijah

When Elijah Oliver was born about 1781, in Virginia, United States, his father, Elijah Oliver, was 34 and his mother, Susannah Sharp, was 33. He married Mary Stansbury Hicks on 15 August 1800, in Surry, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 daughters. He lived in Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina, United States in 1800 and Surry, North Carolina, United States in 1810. He died in 1853, in Jackson, Georgia, United States, at the age of 73.

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Elijah Oliver
Mary Stansbury Hicks
Marriage: 15 August 1800
Susannah Oliver
Elizabeth Oliver
Miss Oliver
Sarah Oliver
Nancy Oliver

Sources (21)

  • Elijah Olliver, "United States Census, 1810"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Elijah Oliver - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Elijah Oliver
  • Elijah Oliver, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "

World Events (8)


The American Revolution ended with the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown Virginia.

1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

English (northern), southern Scottish, southern French, and German: from the Old French personal name Oliver (modern French Olivier). This became common largely through the influence of the immensely popular narrative poem Chanson de Roland, in which the warrior Oliver is the wise best friend of the doomed hero Roland. The two men were peers at the court of Charlemagne, and the name is probably of ancient Germanic origin. The name ostensibly means ‘olive tree’ (see Oliveira ), but this is almost certainly the result of folk etymology working on an unidentified ancient Germanic personal name, perhaps a cognate of Alvaro . Old Norse Óláf (see Olliff ) and ancient Germanic Alfhari (composed of the elements alf ‘elf’ and hari ‘army’) have also been suggested as sources, but both personal names are difficult to explain phonetically, especially the latter. The Anglo-Norman name has been established in Ireland (Louth) since at least the 14th century, and was reinforced in Ulster and Limerick by migrants from England in the 17th century. The surname is also borne by Jews, apparently as an adoption of the non-Jewish surname.

Catalan: generally a topographic name from oliver ‘olive tree’, but in some instances possibly related to a homonymous personal name (see 1 above).

History: The surname Oliver of French origin (see 1 above) is listed in the register of Huguenot ancestors recognized by the Huguenot Society of South Carolina.

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

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