Ethel Josephine Oliver

Brief Life History of Ethel Josephine

When Ethel Josephine Oliver was born on 24 April 1918, in Brookfield, Madison, New York, United States, her father, George Henry Oliver, was 59 and her mother, Estella A Orcutt, was 34. She married Charles E Tooley on 3 August 1935, in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States. She lived in Winfield, Herkimer, New York, United States in 1940 and East Winfield, Winfield, Herkimer, New York, United States in 1950. She died in December 1985, in West Edmeston, Edmeston, Otsego, New York, United States, at the age of 67.

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Kenneth B Dye
Ethel Josephine Oliver
Edwin Z Dye
Betty Estelle Dye
Ernestien Dye
Fay Dye
Albert Dye
Leo I Dye

Sources (11)

  • Ethel Dye, "United States Census, 1950"
  • Ethel J Oliver, "New York, Birth Indexes outside of New York City, 1881-1942"
  • Ethel J Oliver, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"

World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.


The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

1937 · The Neutrality Act

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

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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