This webpage focuses only on the men who are highlighted in Orchid or Group 18, among the many Oliver men who have been tested thus far. By December 2012 there were 2 men with an "Oliver" male ancestor who are a perfect match at 25 markers, and a 35/37 match. The detailed data on their markers appears on the Oliver Y DNA project homepage under Y-DNA results.
Alexander Oliver was born in 1810 in North Carolina. Richmond Lafayette Oliver was born on 6 June 1819 in Richmond, NC and presumably was named after this place. Based on the Y DNA match of their descendants, 245296 and 259569, this would suggest they were likely brothers or perhaps first cousins. The lines of descent of these men are shown in the chart below.
A female descendant of Alexander Oliver had discovered that several Oliver men lived in Boone, Scott County, Arkansas in 1850 and suspected they were related. These men are Richmond Lafayette Oliver, William Bishop Oliver, and Samuel Alexander Oliver. The Y DNA testing she sponsored helped support her theory!
If these men are brothers and both born in Richmond County, North Carolina, then it is possible that their father was Alexander Oliver who was there for the 1810 and 1820 census. He had 2 daughters by 1810 and by 1820, he had also had 4 sons.
Note that the names of the participants and their Fathers are not shown to protect the privacy of the individuals. If individuals do not wish their line to be shown at all, please contact me and I will respect your wishes.
Both of these men also are relatively close matches (2 steps away) to men named Vann, some of whom are descendants of Exum Vann or Needham Vann. This suggests their ancestors likely lived in the same place about 1700 or earlier.
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This web page was first mounted on December 4, 2012 by Sheila Schmutz. firstname.lastname@example.org and updated on December 6, 2012. This is a private webpage that is connected to the Oliver Y DNA Project of Family Tree DNA. Please address corrections and additions to her. If you wish to correspond with other participants whose lines are shown, she will forward your message to them.
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