Oliva Zerilda Craven

1 September 1859–9 July 1924 (Age 64)
Ray, Missouri, United States

The Life of Oliva Zerilda

When Oliva Zerilda Craven was born on 1 September 1859, in Ray, Missouri, United States, her father, Wyatt Craven, was 46 and her mother, Olivia Catherine Nowlin, was 40. She married John L Isley on 24 December 1878, in Ray, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Fishing River Township, Ray, Missouri, United States for about 40 years and Fishing River Township, Clay, Missouri, United States in 1920. She died on 9 July 1924, in Ray, Missouri, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Pisgah Cemetery, Wood Heights, Ray, Missouri, United States.

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John L Isley
Oliva Zerilda Craven
Marriage: 24 December 1878
Forrest Charles Isley MD

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24 December 1878
Ray, Missouri, United States


    Forrest Charles Isley MD


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World Events (8)


Age 1

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 22

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Crabháin (County Galway) or Mac Crabháin (Louth, Monaghan) ‘descendant (or ‘son’) of Crabhán’.2 English: regional name from the district of West Yorkshire so called, which is probably ‘garlic place’, from a British word, the ancestor of Welsh craf ‘garlic’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Olive Craven in household of Wyatt Craven, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Olive Z Isley in household of Charles F Isley, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Olive Z Isley in household of Forest C Isley, "United States Census, 1920"

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