17 April 2012

A to Z Blogging Challenge: O is for Oliphant

Samuel Oliphant Alexander Williams was one of my great-great-grandfathers. He was born during the War Between the States and died a very young man, age 37, in 1900. His wife was Maggie Williams. They were the maternal grandparents of my maternal grandma.

I do not have very much information on these folks and only recently found out where they are buried. I lived in South Carolina for the first thirty-nine years of my life and couldn't find them. I moved out here to Texas, a thousand miles away, and found a genealogy website that told me where these folks are buried. I was happy to find the information, but sure wish that I'd found it while we were still in South Carolina! Even more frustrating is the fact that I stood in that very cemetery once before not knowing that they were there. HMPH!

Anyway, Oliphant and Maggie were the parents of six children together, four of them still living at the time of the 1900 US Census. The children were Carrie (my great-grandmother) and her twin Emma, and their sisters Sallie and Mattie. Maggie was widowed already by the time the census taker came around.

I do not know what happened to Oliphant, what caused him to die at such a young age. This mystery is one that I hope to solve some day soon.


  1. Yes, it will be very interesting to find out why he died at such a young age! I'm sure you WILL solve that puzzle one day. Interesting post!

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I have been ready to pull my hair out over this man and his family for awhile now. I hope I find the answers before I blow up. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you have a great day!


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