George Oliver

Brief Life History of George

When George Oliver was born in 1864, in Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States, his father, John H. Oliver, was 45 and his mother, Elizabeth Brewer, was 37. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870.

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Family Time Line

John H. Oliver
1819–1882
Elizabeth Brewer
1827–1881
James Alvin Oliver
1845–1915
Sarah Abigail Oliver
1847–1926
Sinai Elizabeth Oliver
1848–1918
William Oliver
1850–
Charles Franklin Oliver
1851–1927
Mary Elizabeth Oliver
1856–
Anna Jane Oliver
1859–1908
Thomas W. Oliver
1859–1916
David M Oliver
1863–
George Oliver
1864–
Jacob Oliver
1866–1900
Benjamin Oliver
1869–1908

Sources (1)

  • George Oliver in household of John Oliver, "United States Census, 1870"

World Events (8)

1865

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

1871

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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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