How the Oliver Family ties into the Bryan Family
Gloria Mae Oliver married George
William Bryan in 1945, Memphis Tennessee. The OLIVER
family has been traced back to 1700, Athol, MA. Listed
below is a descendancy chart on Gloria from the Oliver
line. (For a complete history on the Oliver Family,
please see the first page of this web site).
William Oliver, b. 1700 - Ireland,
m. Ann _______
Robert (Robart) Oliver, b. 1735, Athol, MA, m. Lydia Gray
Andrew Oliver, b. 1771, Athol, MA, m. Mary Polly Nichols
Loyal Oliver, b. 1794, Bridport, VT., m. Margaret Weeks
Orris Oliver, b. 1818, Champlain, NY, m. Martha Forbes
George L. Oliver, b.1864, Guilford, MN, m.Emma Dickmann
George F. Oliver,b.1897, Guilford, MN, m. Frances
Gloria M. Oliver, b.1927, Zumbro Falls, MN, m. George
Kathryn C. Bryan, born 1948, Mpls., MN
The Olivers were of Scotch-Irish
descent, originating in Scotland. Some time in the 1600's
the Oliver family left Scotland, most likely due to
religious persecution there and immigrated into Northern
Ireland, Province of Ulster (near Londonderry). In 1718,
William Oliver (above) along with his brother Lancelot
and most likely his parents and other siblings immigrated
to America. They settled in Boston, MA for a short period
of time, but again met with religious persecution, they
quickly spread througout Massachusetts. Some of the towns
they settled in were Barre, Pelham, Leiceister, Colrain
and Oakham. Looking in the town history books for the
above towns, there were many Olivers from this Ireland
line in Massachusetts and they, in turn, had many, many
descendants. From Boston Family History, Timeline 1645-1749
concerning the Irish who arrived in Boston, MA: 1700: 599
Irish names can be found in New England. The
Massachusetts General Court passes a law forbidding any
Catholics to be present in the Colony under penalty of
life imprisonment. 1717-1720: 2,600 Scotch-Irish from
Ulster arrive in Massachusetts. The Governor complains
about the public burden caused by "so many people
from abroad, especially those that come from Ireland."
The Massachusetts General Court tells the Irish
immigrants that they must leave the Colony within seven
months. Once this proclamation was announced, many of the
Scotch-Irish and Irish immigrants left the Colony of
Massachusetts for other parts of the country; the Olivers
among them. William Oliver was part of a company that was
formed at Hatfield, MA in 1735 to trek through the
wilderness to form a new settlement called Pequoig in the
upper corner of the state of Massachusetts. The name of
the town would later be changed to Athol. William, along
with other families arrived in the spring of 1735 and
staked out land. One by one these settlers began building
shelter, often erecting one home and quickly moving on to
another. William & Ann had with them on the journey
through the wilderness, 3 sons, 2 daughters and another
on the way. Robert (Robart) was born either shortly
before his arrival in Athol or the year they arrived
there. Once settled, 3 other children were born to them.
Robert grew to adulthood, met and married Lydia Gray. The
Grays were also of Scotch-Irish descent and had
immigrated through Ireland to the US about the same time.
Robart & Lydia were married in Pelham, MA (where the
Gray's resided) in 1759. Most of their lives were spent
in Athol, with the exception of about 10 years, when they
traveled to Bridport and St. Albans, VT. Robart was
granted land in Vermont due to his service in the
Revolutionary War. How long he actually lived in Vermont
is uncertain, but land records show him deeding and
selling land from 1785-1795. Robart & Lydia had 1
daughter and 8 sons. Four sons would die at a young age,
1 in 1766 and 3 more in January of 1774. Robert died in
1795 after returning to Athol and is buried in the Old
Burying Ground there, along with several of his brothers.
It is not known WHERE Lydia died or WHERE she is buried.
Andrew, son of Robart & Lydia, arrived in Champlain,
NY about 1807 and settled there. He married Mary "Polly"
Nichols in Vermont and had a large family of 4 sons and 4
daughters. Andrew died in Champlain, NY in 1841 &
Polly in Champlain 1849.
Loyal Oliver, son of Andrew was born in Bridport, VT in
1794. He was about 11 years old when he arrived in
Champlain with his parents. About 1816, he married
Margaret Weeks and they were the parents of many
children, only 3 have been documented at this time.
Margaret Weeks Oliver died in 1839, leaving Loyal with
many children to raise. He remarried a woman by the name
of Elizabeth and moved to Lacolle, Canada in 1850. Before
he left, he deeded his land in Champlain to his son Orris
and wife Martha. Loyal died at the grand old age of 80 in
Lacolle, but was returned to Rouse's Point, NY for burial.
He is buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery at Rouse's Point.
Orris Oliver was the son of Loyal & Margaret. He was
born in 1818, Champlain, NY. He married Martha Forbes and
they had 11 children, 10 of whom made it to adulthood;
one child died in infancy in New York. In 1857, Orris and
Martha heard of great farm land in Minnesota, packed up
their large family and traveled by covered wagon to
Wabasha County. Two more children were born to them after
their arrival in Minnesota, one of them my great-grandfather,
George Loyal Oliver. Orris spent the remainder of his
days farming in Wabasha, watching his children grow to
adulthood and was witness to many, many grandchildren
born into his family. Orris died in 1885 and is buried in
the Guilford Cemetery, Wabasha County, MN - alongside his
"Martha", who died in 1897.
The son of Orris and Martha was George Loyal Oliver, born
right in the middle of the Civil War, in Wabasha County.
Several of his brothers were off fighting in the War when
he was born. He married a woman by the name of Mary
Marshall but it was a short-lived marriage and no known
children were born from that union. In 1896 he married a
lovely young lady by the name of Emma Dickman, who
resided in Hammond, MN, a small neighboring town. This
union produced 3 sons and 4 daughters (2 daughters died
in infancy). George Loyal spent the remaining years of
his life living in the Town of Guilford and is also
buried in the Guilford Cemetery. He died in 1941 and Emma
died in 1959, buried alongside of him.
George Forbes Oliver, my grandfather, was born in 1897,
Guilford Township at the family homestead. His middle
name was given in memory of his Grandmother Martha, who
also died in that year. George married Frances M.
Peterson in 1926 and they had the following children:
Dorothy (prior marriage), Gloria, MaryAnne and George, Jr.
This family moved to Minneapolis in the 1940's, purchased
a farm in Moose Lake, MN and a HOTEL! In the 1960's,
George semi-retired sold the Soo Hotel and moved
permanently to the farm. He died in 1982 in Nisswa, MN,
while living with his daughter, Gloria. Frances died in
1979 in Moose Lake. They are both buried in the Moose
Gloria Mae Oliver Bryan, my mother, remains active and
resides in Nisswa, MN. Nearly 75 years old, she still
works part-time at Department store in Brainerd and
spends a lot of time with her children, Thomas (Topeka,
Kansas) , Kathryn (Mpls) and Stuart (Buffalo, MN.).
George died in 1990 and is buried at Fort Snelling in
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