(58) He died on 10 October 1831 in Broadalbin, Montgomery County, New York, and is buried there (cemetery is unknown). He married Zerviah (Zeruah) Rue RICE on 16 April 1778 in Brookfield. Alexander moved from his birthplace to Brookfield, Worcester County, early in life. It was during this period he united with the Presbyterian Church.
Alexander served 8 years and 5 months in the Revolutionary War(91), and received a pension of $20 per month (certificate #8143, issued 25 Mar 1819), and bounty land warrent #1607 (issued 14 Sep 1792), for 150 acres (believed in or around Broadalbin, NY). He enlisted from Brookfield, 1 July 1775, in Capt. King's Company, Col. Brewer's 9th Massachusetts Regiment. He was age 27 and described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall, dark hair, dark eyes, and with a dark complexion. In 1776 he served under Capt. Harwoods's Company, Col. Shepard's Massachusetts Regiment, then in December 1777 he served as Quartermaster in Col. Baldwin's Artillery Regiment. In June 1779 he served as corporal and sergeant in Capt. Trotter's Company, Col. Putnam's 5th Massachusetts Regiment until it was consolidated with the 1st Massachusetts Regiment, then served as Ensign in Capt. Killam's Company under Col. Vose until his discharge in December 1783 at West Point, New York. He took part in the battles of Lexington and Trenton, was at Ticonderoga and the taking of General Bergoyne. His daughter Elizabeth's autobiography indicates her father became sick during one of his furloughs with "bilious fever, followed by fever and ague".
In about 1875, Alexander and Zerviah, along with three children, relocated from Brookfield, Massachusetts, to Broadalbin, Montgomery County, New York. Alexander and Zerviah's daughter Elizabeth's autobiography indicates there were eleven children, five sons and six daughters; two daughters and a son born in Brookfield, Massachusetts, and the others in Broadalbin, New York. They arrived in Broadalbin before 1786 when their fourth child, Elizabeth, was born. Their first son died at age 6 and was the first to be buried in Broadalbin. (41) Her gravestone reads, "Zeruah, wife of Alexander Oliver, died Aug. 1832, in the 77 year of her age".
Zerviah (or Zeruah), is named in her husbands Revolutionary War pension file claim. In 1820, at age 65, she was living in Broadalbin, Montgomery County, New York. It is speculated that she moved to Wilson, New York, shortly after her husband died in 1831. Her daughter Elizabeth notes in her autobiogaphy that when her father, newly married, went off to the Revolutionary War, her mother went to reside with a sister who had also "bidden farewell to a husband". It was during this absence that daughter Esther was born.
Children of Alexander and Zerviah Oliver were:(41) She married Joseph WHITNEY on 22 December 1805; he died 5 January 1860 and is also buried in Sec. B, Row 12. He was a farmer, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and acted as a Lieutenant and quartermaster. The 1830 Federal Census lists the family living in Wilson, Niagara County. (58) She died on 13 September 1873 in Wilson, Niagara County, New York, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Section D, Row 33 (a flat, ground level stone).. (41) Gravestone reads: "Elizabeth Oliver, Widow of Samuwl C. PETTIT, 3rd wife of Reuben Wilson, Born 1786 - Died 1873". She was 87 years, 4 months, 17 days, old when she died. Elizabeth's first husband Samuel Pettit's wife had died leaving four children (the youngest was 10 months and the oldest 8 years when they married). She came to Wilson in 1832 as a widow with her children and the children of Samuel Pettit; the same year her mother died. She penned an autobiography that indicates she had five brothers and six sisters. She also mentions that when she married Samuel, "His youngest son was then ten months old, and the oldest eight years, and the aged [Pettit] parents were to live with us during their life." (41) ..(this was the second child to be named Alexander, the first died in 1787) He married Mary BURROUGHS on 29 April 1816 in Wilson. She was born in 1796 and died in 1838 at age 42 in Wilson.
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