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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 1374-1375 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

Careful research fails to estabish a connection between the Olivers of New York and the New England family of Thomas Oliver, 1631.

(I) Charles Oliver was a merchant of New Amsterdam and Albany in 1699. He was sheriff and lieutenant of the governor's company in 1700. He married Margaretta, daughter of Arent Philipse Schuyler, baptized September 27, 1685. His will names wife Margaret, four children, and makes Casparus Schuyler, his brother-in-law, executor.

(II) Richard, born about 1710, believed to be son of Charles Oliver, married, October 29, 1734, Martha Bennoit. Children:

  1. Margarita, baptized July 9, 1735;
  2. John, mentioned below;
  3. Thomas, baptized January 18, 1744;
  4. Martha, baptized June 7, 1747.

(III) John, son of Richard and Martha (Bennoit) Oliver, was baptized October 6, 1738. He married Maritie Sixberry, January 16, 1758. Children baptized:

  1. John, July 30, 1759;
  2. Evert, see forward;
  3. Arent, born January 15, 1763;
  4. Elsie, born May 8, 1767;
  5. Jacob, born August 31, 1773.

(IV) Evert, son of John and Maritie (Sixberry) Oliver, was baptized November 11, 1760, died in Voorheesville, Albany county, New York, 1838. He was a farmer and a large land owner, the farms on which he lived being yet in the family and known as the "old Oliver homestead," and one of the important estates of the town of New Scotland. He married Rebecca Cooper, June 23, 1781. They are both buried in the family plot on the old homestead. They had a large family.

(V) John E., son of Evert and Rebecca (Cooper) Oliver, was born at the old homestead in New Scotland, Albany county, November 5, 1783, died in the town of Niskayuna, Schenectady county, New York, 1866, having settled in that town but a few years prior to his death. He was a large land owner, and before his death gave a farm to each of his eight sons. He was an active Whig, and a man of character and influence. He married Eva Ann Wademan, born in the town of Bethlehem, buried with her husband in Niskayuna. Children:

  1. John, settled in Canada, where he died leaving issue; he married in Albany county, Lucinda Smith.
  2. Evert (2), born in 1812 in the log house built on the homestead farm many years prior to that date, and died there March, 1898; he married Mary Adelaide, daughter of Henry Albright; her mother was a Van Wie.
  3. Rev. Conrad, prepared for the ministry; removed to Iowa, where he was pastor of a church in Davenport, later settled in the state of Kansas; married Catherine Gray.
  4. Jacob, mentioned below.
  5. Abraham, born in New Scotland, died in Watervliet.
  6. Peter, a farmer of New Scotland; died in Watervliet.
  7. Nicholas, a farmer, born, lived and died in New Scotland; married four times, had issue only by first wife, Harriet Wademan.
  8. Garett, farmer of New Scotland, where he lived and died; married Margaret Van Wie.
  9. Rebecca E., twice married; died very old, leaving issue.

(VI) Jacob, fourth son and child of John E. and Eva Ann (Wademan) Oliver, was born at the homestead in New Scotland, New York, in 1800, died at Waterford, Saratoga county, New York, 1879. He was given a farm in New Scotland by his father, and later removed to one in the town of Bethlehem. Late in life he removed to Waterford, where he died. He was a good farmer and lived an upright life, honesty and sobriety being the principal tenets of his religious faith. He was universally liked and respected. He married, in New Scotland, Mary A., born 1808, died 1869, daughter of Henry Van Wie, of Van Wie's Point, Albany county, New York, which his ancestors settled and owned. She was a woman of fine character, and an active member of the Presbyterian church. Children:

  1. Conrad, born 1829, now a farmer of the town of Waterford, Saratoga county, New York; married Susan Fitch; children: Abraham and Eliza, married and have issue.
  2. Eve Ann, born 1831, died 1849.
  3. Elida, born in New Scotland, 1833; married William Steele, a farmer of Mechanicville, New York; children: James, deceased; Anna and Oliver.
  4. Jacob V., see forward.
  5. William, born 1846, died 1860.
  6. William T., died in boyhood.

(VII) Jacob V., second son and fourth child of Jacob and Mary A. (Van Wie) Oliver, was born in New Scotland, Albany county, New York, February 18, 1844. He was educated in the public schools, and reared a farmer, an occupation he has followed all his life. He purchased his present farm of one hundred and fifty acres in 1887. It is beautifully situated along and watered by "Norman's Kill" in the most picturesque part of that region. It is a very fertile tract and finely improved. Its modern buildings and prolific orchards make "Sunnyside Farm" a delight to every visitor and the pride of its owner. He is a Republican in political principle, and a Presbyterian in religion, as was his wife and entire family. He married, in 1867, at Albany, New York, Emma, born January, 1846, died 1891, daughter of Absalom Anderson, for many years engaged in the transportation business in Albany. He died at a great age, as did his wife, Annie (Farnum) Anderson. Children:

  1. Jacob J., born 1869, died 1891; married Lorella Boyington, who survives him with a daughter Florence ("Jennie"), who married Jonathan Johnson, of Guilderland.
  2. Frank, born 1871, died 1891. Mother and two sons died within sixty days, victims of an epidemic of typhoid fever. The sons were most promising young men. Frank left a widow, Ettie La Grange, who is again widowed, a resident of Albany.
  3. Carrie G., born July 30, 1881; married, legally widowed, and has children: Emma, Abraham and William.
  4. Elizabeth A., born 1883; married George Pollock, of Cohoes, New York; children: Emma and George.
  5. Frederick A., born March 6, 1885; a farmer of Kenwood, Albany county; married Rita Mart; child: Clarence.
  6. Eleanor D., born July 5, 1887; married George Waterman, of Cohoes, New York, an electric supply dealer.
  7. Simeon P., born May 2, 1889; unmarried.
  8. William H. H., July 19, 1891; unmarried.

These children were all well educated, are members of the Presbyterian church, and the sons adhere to the Republican party.

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