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J. (Oliphant) Goodman of Niagara County, N.Y., USA.
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05 DEC 1943 - 28 JUL 2018
James E. Oliphant, of Lockport, NY died
Saturday July 28, 2018 at Niagara Hospice House after a lengthy
illness. Born in Niagara Falls on December 05, 1943 to the late
Margaret (Heywang) Oliphant.
He graduated from Lewiston-Porter High School in 1961 and entered the U.S Army on May 1965
until his honorable discharge May 1967. Jim was the owner and
operator of the
Wilson Boat House for 26 Years, retiring in 1999. He
was totally dedicated and involved with his family. He was a member
of the Wilson Lion’s Club; the “Investment Club”, St. John the
Baptist RC Church, Lockport, and former Eucharistic Minister at St.
Brendan on the Lake RC Church in Wilson. Jim was an avid Buffalo
Bills Fan, a member of the American Legion, and enjoyed his hunting
trips and casino trips. On January 27, 1968, Jim married Barbara
(McAvoy) Oliphant. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his
children; Nadine (Paul) Kurial; Scott Oliphant; Lisa Rogers and
Kevin (Crystal) Oliphant, 8 grandchildren; Kelsey; Noah; Morgan;
Michael; Katelyn; Kaylee; Payton; and Taylor; one great-grandson,
Easton; two sisters, Marjorie Eodice and Helen Denny and many nieces
and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Charles “Chuck”
Oliphant and sisters Dorothy Seefeldt and Betty Jane Goodman.
Friends may call at the HARDISON FUNERAL HOME 3648 Ransomville Rd.
Ransomville, Tuesday From 4-8 PM. A Memorial mass will be held
Wednesday (August, 1st) at 10:00 AM. From
St. Brendan on the Lake RC
Church, 345 Lake St. Wilson, NY with Rev. Jozef Dudzik officiating. Burial in
Greenwood Cemetery, Wilson followed by military honors.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Assoc. or Niagara
Malcolm E. ('Bose'), Betty J., and sons: Stephen ('Steve') E.,
Gerald ('Ed') E., Douglas ('Doug') Goodman in the 1950s (probably
The Other Oliphant Family of Niagara
County, New York
There were two different Oliphant
families living in Niagara County, N.Y. in the 19th Century.
One was the family of Peter Scofield Oliphant, whose descendants
still remain in the area.
Peter S. Oliphant
BORN: 1805 Herkimer County, N.Y. DIED: 1902 Niagara County,
The other family were descendants of a branch of the Oliphant
family that migrated from England to Central New York State in
the late 18th Century. Members of the family of John Oliphant
resided in the village of Lewiston, in Niagrara County, New York
State, in the 19th Century. Some members of that family are
buried in the Oakwood / Presbyterian Cemetery in Lewiston. No
known descendants of this family currently reside in Niagara
County. Some members of this Oliphant family became Mormons,
and then migrated to Utah and other western states. There is
no known connection between these two different Oliphant
families on this side of the Atlantic.
John Oliphant BORN: 1771 Cumbria,
England DIED: 1831 Cayuga County, NY
JOHN OLIPHANT LATE CHIEF OF THE LOAN OFFICE OF UNITED STATES
TREASURY BORN 2 April 2, 1799 DIED April 1, 1874.
AGED 75 YEARS Buried in Oakwood / Presbyterian Cemetery
Lewiston, Niagara County, N.Y. Son of John Oliphant
Our Goodman family originated in Germany and migrated to Western
New York State in the mid-1800's. Various branches of the family
lived in Niagara County, N.Y.
There were other Goodman families in
Niagara County who are not related to our family.
John D. Goodman's 1857/1860 U.S. Citizenship Papers and
The original German name for the family was Godemann. The family
name was later changed to Goodman, but you can still see the
original spelling on some headstones in
St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery in North Ridge, and on some of the
original family documents.
Our Godemann / Goodman family was German Lutheran.
There are other Goodman families in Niagara County that are not
related. One family was also from Germany, with an original surname
There are also other Goodman families in the area, who are
Jewish, and are not related.
For more information about our Goodman family, use the
Goodman link under Families, at the top of this page.
The Oliphant family originated in what is now Norway, migrating to
what is now Scotland and later to England.
Our branch of the family started with Duncan Oliphant who immigrated
to Staten Island in the 17th Century, when it was part of New
Amsterdam and under Dutch Control. Duncan later moved to the Colony
of New Jersey. Family members eventually migrated to PA, NY, and
Canada. In the early 1800's, Peter Scofield Oliphant left the
Province of Ontario, Canada,
purchasing property in Lockport, Niagara County, N.Y. Peter Oliphant then sold his Lockport
property, purchasing a farm on the Ridge Road in Cambria, NY. Peter
was married three times. He had nine children by his first wife
(Diana Cooper Fuller),
none by the second wife (Anna Vinton), and two by his third wife
(Anna Augusta Pierce).
All members of our Oliphant family in Niagara County, New York
State are descended from Peter Scofield
There are relatives of Peter Scofield Oliphant's Canadian family who
settled in Lancaster, Erie County, NY.
There is another Oliphant family that migrated to N.Y. State, which
has family members buried in Lewiston, NY. There is no connection
between that Oliphant family and ours on this side of the Atlantic.
There's probably a distant connection in England or Scotland.
Aaron Oliphant was a brother of Peter S. Oliphant of Niagara County,
New York. Aaron Oliphant was born in the United States, but migrated to Canada
about 1808. Aaron's parent's and the rest of the family, left their
home in what is now Herkimer County, N.Y., and followed Aaron
to Canada just before the War of 1812.
Aaron fought on the British side in the War, stationed in Fort York
(now in Toronto).
of Enos Baker
and the Second Wife of
Peter Scofield Oliphant of Cambria, Niagara
Peter S. Oliphant of Niagara County had
three wives. His first wife was Diana Fuller. His second wife
was Anna (Vinton) Baker. His third wife was Anna Augusta Pierce.
Anna Vinton was born August 29, 1819, a
daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Cornell) Vinton. Samuel
Vinton was born February 22, 1788, in the town of
Goshen, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Samuel relocated to
Hartland, in Niagara County, N.Y. Samuel and his wife, Elizabeth
(Cornell) Vinton had three daughters: Beulah, Anna, and
The Vinton Family
To learn more about the genealogy and
history of the Vinton family, see the book: The Vinton Memorial,
by clicking on the link below:
Levi Vinton, youngest
son of Nathaniel and Anne of Braintiee, bom June 5,
1760, came to this town probably in 1777. He enlisted
Oct. 1 of that year, from Chesterfield, for three years, in
Capt. Hasting's Co. He married Jerusha Fenton of
Williamsburgh, May 15, 1787. Children: Samuel,
born Feb. 22, 1788, married Eliza Cornwell; Martha,
born Sept. 20, 1789, married Wm. Miller, March 3, 1812 ; Electa,
born Sept. 8, 1791, married James Sheen, Jan., 1812 ; Luan da
born Feb. 12, 1793, married Arvin Nash, Oct. 11, 1814 ; Laura,
born Sept. 23, 1797, unmarried ; Orpha, born Nov. 14, 1799,
married Samuel Cole ; Eunice, born April 23, 1802, married
first, T. F. Upton, second, H. Conant ; Jerusha, born Oct. 1 1,
1804, married Seth Shaw; Hannah, born Aug. 5, 1807, married
Harrington; Levi, born Oct. 2, 1810, removed to California.
Mr. Vinton resided in Goshen till 1817, when he removed
to Hartland, N. Y., where he died Sept 20 1820. His wife died
eight days previously.
Anna Vinton married Enos Baker, a son
of Stephen and Elizabeth Baker. Anna (Vinton) and Enos Baker had
children: Eliza Ann, Viola M., Charles Enos, and Beulah C. Baker. Enos Baker died
January 4, 1855, and is buried in
Philadelphia, Jefferson County, N.Y.
In the matter of the estate of ENOS
BAKER of Philadelphia, Jefferson, Co., NY: On 19 January
1855, ANNA BAKER of Philadelphia, NY petitioned to open probate:
Heirs / next of kin: ELIZA ANN BAKER VIOLA M. BAKER
CHARLES E. BAKER BEULAH C. BAKER children of testator,
of Philadelphia, minors having no general guardian ANNA
BAKER of full age, widow of the testator.
WILL OF ENOS BAKER
Enos Baker named his minor children:
Eliza Ann Baker, Viola M. Baker, Charles E. Baker and Beulah C.
Baker, to remain with his wife, Anna Baker. He appointed wife,
Anna Baker, as executrix, and his brother, Stephen Baker, of
Hartland, Niagara Co., NY and Wilder Reed of Philadelphia,
Jefferson County, NY as executors. Will date 18 November
1854. /signed/ Enos Baker Witnesses: Abraham Barbur
of Philadelphia, farmer, and Allen Cooper of LeRay, farmer.
Will proved: 19 January 1855 Jefferson County, NY Wills,
Vol. 3, pp. 308-310
Anna Vinton's Second Marriage
death of Enos Baker, Anna (Vinton) Baker became the second wife
of Peter S. Oliphant, in 1857. There is no record of Anna
(Vinton) and Peter Oliphant having any children. Anna (Vinton)
Oliphant died on May 15, 1858. She is buried next to Peter S.
Oliphant in North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria, Niagara County, N.Y.
Eliza Ann Baker's Marriages
Anna (Vinton) Oliphant's daughter, from her first marrige,
Ann Baker, married
George L. Oliphant, who was a son of her
mother's new husband, Peter S. Oliphant. There is no record
of any children of Eliza Ann (Baker) and George L. Oliphant.
George L. Oliphant died on November 14, 1886. His widow, Eliza
Ann (Baker) Oliphant, next married
William Arlington, who was a
widower, after the death of his first wife,
Sarah Ann (Golding)
Arlington, February 22, 1906. Eliza Ann (Baker) Arlington
died August 12, 1918. William Arlington died on February
7, 1923. William Arlington, and both of his wives, are buried in
West Ridgeway Cemetery,
Medina, Orleans County, N.Y.
West Ridgeway Cemetery
Route 104, Medina, Orleans County, NY
Burial site for some Vinton, Baker,
Oliphant, and Arlington Families
Many family members of the Niagara County Oliphants are buried
in North Ridge Cemetery; including Ennis Carew Oliphant
(1904-1969); his father, Robert Edward Lee Oliphant (1868-1947);
and his grandfather, Peter Scofield Oliphant (1805-1902).
Robert Edward Lee Oliphant (1868-1947) North Ridge
Peter Scofield Oliphant was born in Herkimer County, N.Y. in
1805, but his parents took him to Canada just before the War of
1812. Peter Scofield Oliphant migrated to Niagara County, N.Y.
about 1826, founding the Oliphant families of Niagara County.
Clarence Oliphant (1882-1942) was a son of William Marks
Oliphant (1850-1889) and a grandson of Peter Scofield Oliphant
(1805-1902). Clarence Oliphant was also a half-brother of Robert Edward Lee Oliphant
(1868-1947). Clarence Oliphant and some of his descendants are
buried in St. Patricks Cemetery. His father, William Marks
Oliphant (1850-1889) is buried in North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria,
Niagara County, N.Y.
William Marks Oliphant (1850-1889) North Ridge Cemetery
Headstone of Peter Wortman Oliphant 12
SEP 1762 - 27 AUG 1846 and his second wife:
Elizabeth (Scofield) Oliphant 23 NOV 1768 - 8 APR
SpringCreek Cemetery contains the gravesite of Ennis Carew
Great-Grandfather; Peter Wortman Oliphant (1762-1846). Peter
Wortman Oliphant was born in Pennsylvania and lived in Saratoga
and Herkimer Counties, N.Y. before migrating to Canada. SpringCreek Cemetery also contains many
of the descendants of Peter
Wortman Oliphant and other related families.
Burial place for Duncan Oliphant 1682? -
7 AUG 1734
Saint Andrews Episcopal Churchyard contains the gravesite of
Duncan Oliphant (1682?-1734); the Great-Great-Great-Grandfather
of Ennis Carew Oliphant. Duncan Oliphant was the first member of
our family to arrive in North America, arriving in Staten Island
in the 17th Century. There is no existing headstone for Duncan
The progenitor of the name Oliphant (or any of its variants;
Olivent, Olifard, Holifard, Holifarth, Olyphant, Olifant, etc.) in
Scotland, was a Donal Holifard or Holifarth, who was shipwrecked on
Scotland's east coast (near present Kincardineshire.) The name
possibly derives from the Norse name Olaf.
Very little is known about this Donald Holifard however, he is
considered to be a nobleman, as he was important enough for a ship
to be sent out to find him. It is said that He was certainly of
Norwegian stock and it might be assumed that his initial intentions
were to be a party to
Harold Haarfager's invasions of Scotland
during this period. However, it is said that as a man of importance,
he was well received by the King of Scotland (believed to be
Donald I,) and treated with respect. He was, it seems, taken in by a
local family and fell in love with their daughter. When a ship was
sent from Norway to rescue him, he declined to go.
One of Donald Holifard's descendants, Roger Olifard, was the Sheriff
of the Mearns (an area including what is now Kincardineshire and
Angus on Scotland's east coast) by the late 10th Century. Three of
Rogers decendants are recorded in a number of places. One history
drawn up by Sir John Cunninghame, where he says that in the days of
Donaldus Septimus (King Donald Ban,) there is evidence of a
worshipful man of great powers, named Sir Donald Oliphant, who
assisted King Duncan in his wars in anno 1094, and was succeeded by
Sir Duncan and Sir Malcolm Oliphant in the reigns of King William
and Alexander respectively. Duncan Olifard, perhaps the same Knight
that is mentioned above, was mernie decurio (a soldier of the
Mearns.) Duncan married Helen Hassa (the daughter of Hew Hassa (of
Germanic stock) who had become the Thane of Glenbervie (a Thane
being a pre-feudal title. e.g. the Thane of Cawdor in Shakespeare's
MacBeth,) through his marriage to the Glenbervie heiress (the last
male heir having died expelling the Danes from Scotland at the
battle of Barrie in 1012,) and thus received the Thanage of
Glenbervie. Duncan's son, Walter, married Matilda (the daughter of
Sinell, Thane of Fife,) who bore him at least two sons: Osbert, a
strong warrior known as "the Crusader", who fell in the Holy Wars
fighting under Godfrey de Boulogne, and is accredited by some with
the fall of Acre, and David. An Osbernus Olifardus (Osbert Olifard)
is mentioned circa 1046 in the cartulleires of the monastery at St.
Wandrille in Normandy and it is unclear whether this Olifard had
been there for generations or simply stopped off on the way back
from the crusades. For a more detailed examination of the likely
origins, see the treatise by Richard Oliphant of that Ilk entitled
Peter Scofield Oliphant at the 1880 Niagara District Democratic Convention
Peter Scofield Oliphant of Cambria, Niagara County, participated
in the 1880 Democratic Convention.
This is the old American Hotel at Main
and locust Streets, Lockport, NY - about 1900. Site of the 1880
Niagara County Democratic District Convention
Our Democratic brethren at the First
District Convention held at the American Hotel last Saturday
afternoon, did not belie the pleasant predictions we made for
them. They had in fact two conventions, and a genuine Donnybrook
time into the bargain. It was Tilden and anti-Tilden and no
IN THE TILDEN CONVENTION, Dr. BALCOM
was called to the chair, and business was at once proceeded
with—or would have been except that Messrs. PETER
OLIPHANT, the Hercules of Cambria, FRANK SWIFT, of the
same town, and M. C. BURNETTS of this city had first to very
properly stigmatize in tones of thundering eloquence the action
of the old Canal Ring crowd in its decision upon the Credential
Committee question. The remarks of all the gentlemen were
convincing and to the point, but perhaps especially so those of
Mr. OLIPHANT. That gentleman, although
evidently aggrieved, kept his feelings so well in check that
only the initiated would know but that he was present as a
pacificator and pourer of oil upon the troubled Democratic
waters. For the sake of harmony, as Mr. O.
often remarked, he was absolutely willing to sacrifice not only
SAMUEL J. TILDEN and JOHN KELLY, but also ROSCOE CONKLING and
JAMES G. BLAINE upon the altar of our common country. This
sentiment although unfortunately leaving in some doubt exactly
what Mr. OLIPHANT proposed to do with the
uncles, the cousins and the aunts, was received with tumultuous
applause. The speaker replied also to several things which Mr.
BUBNETTE had said the appropriateness of the criticisms being
fully recognized by all present, and not the least so by Mr.
BUBNETTE himself, who was foremost in leading the applause.
Finally business was finally got at, and Messrs. FBAMK TATLOB,
M. S. BUBNETTE and J. D. LOVBLAND, were unanimously elected
delegates to the Syracuse Convention. The convention then
adjourned well satisfied that every thing, including the
country, was once more saved, and that everybody, except Mr.
TILDEN had been duly.sacrificed upon the altar of our common
DAILY JOURNAL April 19,
PETER S. OLIPHANT HE WAS AN INTIMATE FRIEND OF THE LATE
GOV. HUNT An Outline Sketch of One of Niagara County’s Most
Widely Known Residents
LOCKPORT, Oct. 8 – (Special) – One of the most interesting residents of
Niagara County is Peter S. Oliphant of Molyneaux Corners, a
portrait of whom is herewith presented. Mr. Oliphant was one of
the early settlers of this section and although he has reached
the great age of 91 years is still a rugged and well preserved
man. In his earlier life he was for a number of years employed
by the late ex-Governor Washington Hunt. So marked were his
manly characteristics that Mr. Hunt regarded him more in the
light of a friend than an employee, and he shared in no small
degree the confidence of that eminent man. After leaving the
employ of the Governor Mr. Oliphant bought a farm near Molyneaux
Corners, where he still resides. He is a man of many sided
characteristics and the anecdotes told of him would suffice to
fill a small sized volume. Mr. Oliphant possesses a rough, ready
and persusave eloquence and he was frequently called to act as
auctioneer, a position which he filled with credit to himself
and satisfaction to those who sought his services for such
purposes. Possessing a singularly logical mind he mastered the
principals of law and often appeared as attorney in many minor
suits. In these, as in other matter which he undertook he was
successful and won a reputation that far exceeded the limits of
his immediate neighborhood. An avowed Democrat, Mr. Oliphant was
frequently called upon to make political addresses. Well posted
on matters of political economy and believing thoroughly in the
principles enunciated by Thomas Jefferson and upheld by Andrew
Jcakson, Mr. Oliphant was a tower of strength to all his party
in the townships of Cambria and Wilson. Mr. Oliphant, like a
majority of farmers in Niagara County, is an avowed admirer of
William Jennings Bryan, and will cast his vote for him on next
From a Copy of newspaper story, from unknown newspaper:
saved by Leah C. (MARTIN) WHITWELL, daughter of G. Weston & Cora
M. (OLIPHANT) MARTIN; grand-daughter of Peter S. & Anna A.
(PIERCE) OLIPHANT Provided by Leah’s daughter, Audrey C.
P. S. OLIPHANT DEAD AT 96
Pioneer of Niagara County, Who Had Lived There More
Than 60 Years, Passes Away
(Special Dispatch to
the Evening News.) LOCKPORT. Feb. 3 — Peter S. Oliphant, aged 96
years, one of the early settlers of Niagara county, and a
prominent farmer, died at the home of his son, Silas M.
Oliphant. Almost until the last he maintained an interest in the
affairs of everyday life, and endeavored to keep in touch with
the times, at home and abroad. He could read until two years
ago, quite well. His reminiscences of the pioneer days in
Niagara county were the source of much pleasure to his
acquaintances. Mr. Oliphant was born in Herkimer county in 1805,
the year the first settler put up his log hut at Cold Springs,
near Lockport on the Indian Trail, and later mail route etween
Lewiston and Canandaigua. He came to this county in 1836,
bbuying a large tract of land in the town of Cambria. It was
then covered with forests of immense oaks, hickories, chestnuts
and maple. Nearly 200 acres of timer were cleared off by Mr.
Oliphant and his son. He took up ba study of law and was noted
for his trial cases in justices courts. He never took notes,
relyin on a brilliant memory which never failed him. The funeral
was held yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the homestead
and a half hour later from the Brick Church. The internment was
at North Ridge.
Buffalo Evening News: February 3, 1902
Gad Pierce II: US Militia
The WAR of 1812
Gad Pierce II was born in 1768 in Massachusetts. He was among the
very first settlers in what is now the City of Niagara Falls, NY. He established a tavern on the site
of the Niagara Falls Library, near the intersection of Main Street &
Pierce Avenue. He fought the British and Indians when they attacked
his tavern in 1813. He also helped lead the local Militia against
Gad's grandaughter, Anna Augusta Pierce, married Peter S.
Oliphant of the Town of Cambria. Peter S. Oliphant was the father of
R.E. Lee Oliphant and grandfather of Ennis C. Oliphant.
Gad Pierce was originally buried in a
cemetery located near what is now downtown Niagara Falls New York.
The burials from that cemetery were relocated to Oakwood Cemetery in
Niagara Falls. The monument in the photo is inscribed with the names
of Gad Pierce and his wife, Anna Piper.
Pierce Avenue, which intersects the old
Portage Road and runs from Whirlpool Avenue to Hyde Park Boulevard,
formerly Sugar Street, was named after Gad Pierce, who came to the
area in 1807. About 1812 he opened a tavern at the junction of the
present Main Street with Portage Road. The tavern situated as it was
on a much traveled road was well patronized and Gad Pierce became
very popular. In the opening days of the War of 1812 both the
English on their side of the river and the Americans on our side
were much worried for fear their opponents had a larger and better
fighting force. In fact, neither country was prepared for war on the
Niagara Frontier although the English had the advantage of
Daughter of Josiah Pierce & Alice Porter Grand-daughter of Gad Pierce
& Ann Piper Born: 24 OCT 1829, Niagara Falls, NY
Died: 02 MAR 1917, Niagara County, NY Married: 30 NOV 1859
Third Wife of: Peter S. OLIPHANT
Peter Scofield Oliphant Husband of:
Diana Cooper Fuller Anna (Vinton) Baker Anna Augusta
Children of Peter & Diana
1. George L. Oliphant 2. Rachel
(Oliphant) Pomeroy 3. Harriet Oliphant 4. Melissa
(Oliphant) Farley 5. Charles A. Oliphant 6. Amanda
(Oliphant) Arnot 7. Silas M. Oliphant 8. William M.
Oliphant 9. Florence (Oliphant) Matthews
Children of Peter & Anna Baker:
1. Eliza A. (Baker) Oliphant
Eliza married her Step-Brother, George L. Oliphant 2.
Children of Peter & Anna Pierce:
1. Robert Edward Lee Oliphant 2.
Cora May (Oliphant) Martin
Cora May Oliphant married George Weston
Martin. They had three children:
Edna (Martin) Shaw, wife of
Cleland H. Shaw; Lelah C. (Martin) Whitwell, wife of James
Howard Whitwell Sr.; and Leon C. Martin, husband of Jennie
Birnie (Scott) Martin.
(Click on image for
Sornberger & Martin Family from the Buffalo
Courier - 1904
Family Lands and Property Records
"In Lilleford William Olyfart holds 5 hides of fee of King of Scotland;
held by Walter of Countess Judith in 1068 ..." Domesday Book, Lilford, Huxloe Hundred, Northamptonshire, England
In the time of
King Edward the Confessor, 5 hides in Lilford were the property of
Thurchil, who held them freely. They had probably been afterwards
granted to Waltheof, Earl of Huntingdon, who married Judith, the
Conqueror's niece. Judith continued to hold in 1086 after the execution
of her husband in 1075. Their eldest daughter and coheir Maud was given
in marriage by William to his Norman follower Simon de St. Lis or
Senliz, who was made Earl of Northampton and Huntingdon, and after his
death she was married to David, later king of Scotland, who became Earl
of Huntingdon. The overlordship then followed the descent of the earldom
and honour of Huntingdon. The tenants in demesne were the Oliphants
(Olifard, Holyfard) who from being holders of land in England under the
kings of Scotland transferred their allegiance to Scotland, becoming
magnates and peers there. Three branches of the family apparently held
lands within the counties of which the King of Scotland was earl. The
earliest member of the family as yet found is Roger Oliphant who
witnessed a charter of Simon de St. Liz to St. Andrew's Priory,
Northampton, not later than 1108. In the survey of the reign of Henry I
(1100–35) William Oliphant was holder of 5 hides in Lilford of the king
of Scotland and was living about 1147. He was probably succeeded by
David Oliphant godson of King David of Scotland, who assisted at King
David's escape after the rout at Winchester in 1141. It was he probably
who was attesting charters to 1167. His successor was possibly William
whose name appears in these counties about this time. Walter Oliphant
was given as a hostage by William of Scotland in 1174 and a William and
his sister Agatha were connected with Northamptonshire in 1201. It was
another Walter, probably, whose land in Lilford was in 1216 committed to
Ralf de Trubleville. This Walter was a man of considerable importance in
Scotland, holding the office of justice of Lothian and being constantly
in attendance on the king. He presented to the church of Lilford in 1228
and he and William Oliphant were dealing with lands in Lilford and
Wigsthorpe in 1232. In 1242–3 the heir of Walter Oliphant (as though
Walter were dead) is said to hold one fee in Lilford of the Earl of
Albemarle of the Honour of Huntingdon. This heir was apparently
David Oliphant, one of the magnates of Scotland, who in 1244 was
returned as holding one fee in Northamptonshire of William de Forz, Earl
of Albemarle, and Christine his wife. It would seem that this David was
dead without issue before 1266 when Walter de Moray (Moravia),
apparently one of his heirs, presented to the church of Lilford.
Divorgilla his widow, described as Lady of Lilford, held the manor of
Lilford for life by gift of Walter de Moray, who reserved the advowson
of the church. Divorgilla Oliphant gave to Divorgilla daughter of Sir
Walter Montfichet (Montefixo) all the lands in Armiston which she held
by gift of Roger Wallenger, with remainders to Divorgilla Montfichet's
brothers Laurence and John. In 1287 William Montfichet, Lord of Kirgill
(Kirkhill) in Scotland, and heir of the Lady Divorgilla Oliphant, Lady
of Lilford, granted the lands he had received from her to Laurence son
of Sir Walter de Montfichet, his kinsman, with reversion to John son of
the said Laurence. In 1296 Divorgilla claimed the advowson of the church
of Lilford against William son of Walter de Moray, and the King
presented because the lands of Scottish magnates had been taken into his
hands. The presentation to the church was made in 1228 by Walter
Oliphant, and the early history of the advowson is to be found with that
of the manor (q.v.), with which it was held until, in 1383–4, Robert de
Willoughby of Eresby and his wife Margaret made a conveyance of land in
Lilford and of the advowson to Sir John Holt, kt., and others, from whom
they were acquired in 1387 by John de Buckingham, Bishop of Lincoln.
(1673-1734), of Scotland, Staten Island, and West New Jersey
After living on
Staten Island, under the Dutch, Duncan Oliphant migrated to Amwell
Township in the Colony of New Jersey. Duncan Oliphant left Staten Island
and went to what was then the Province of West New Jersey. He owned
property on the Old York Road, Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, N.J.
When Duncan died, his farm was divided among three sons: David, James,
Ephraim Oliphant (1717-1794)
Pennsylvania & New York:
18th Century AD /CE
(1724-1816), of Staten Island, NJ, PA, and NY
James , a son of Duncan Oliphant, inherited part of his father's
farm in Amwell, NJ. He moved to Northampton County, Pennsylvania. James
later migrated to Ballston Township, Saratoga County New York State, where he is buried.
James OLIPHANT, Son of Duncan Oliphant and Mary GARRISON, was born
in 1724, on Staten Island, Richmond, NY; married Jane WORTMAN in either
Hunterdon, NJ, or Northampton, PA. James Oliphant lived in Upper Bethel,
Northampton, PA, next to James Richart, have maps of properties. Jane
Oliphant married James Richart about 1773 or so. In 1800 they were in
Northumberland county, PA. references: 1790,
1800 Censuses, deeds, tax exonerations.
OLLOFEND, James, fa'r, 18s,8d. ... He
probably went to NY about 1785-6 with son Duncan. from
History and Antiquities of PA. by Sherman Day, 1842.
James OLIPHANT (son of Duncan)
was born Bet. 1719 - 1724, and died 17 Jun 1816. He married Jane
WORTMAN. Children of James OLIPHANT and Jane WORTMAN are: Andrew
OLIPHANT, d. 16 Apr 1824. James OLIPHANT.
Duncan OLIPHANT, b. 12 Aug 1748; d. 02 May 1822; m. (1)
Rachel WOODRUFF; m. (2) Jennett VANDENBURGH. Peter W. OLIPHANT,
b. 12 Sep 1762; d. 27 Aug 1846.
Upper Canada / Canada West:
19th Century AD /CE
was a son of Peter W. OLIPHANT (1762-1846). His mother was probably Peter's
first wife, Eve KRIBS / CRIPPS, although some researchers list him as
the son of Peter's second wife, Elizabeth ('Betsy') SCOFIELD
(1768-1826). He was born in
County, Pennsylvania February 17, 1788 (His father was also born in
PA). He married 3 times. He married his first wife, Catherine
HENDERSHOTT (1779-1848) in 1806 in PA. Aron married his second wife,
Elizabeth (1800-1861) (a widow of Fancis BLAIR) in 1848. Aron married
his third wife, Sarah CARKRIFF in 1862. Aron OLIPHANT died August 29,
1868. Aron OLIPHANT preceeded his parents and sibblings, arriving in
Upper Canada / Canada West, in what is now Ontario, as early as 1806,
settling in what is now
County, ON. His parents were still in Herkimer County, NY, where his
half-brother, Peter S. OLIPHANT was born in 1805. The family was still
in Herkimer County, NY during the 1810 Census, but apparently migrated
to Canada sometime before the War of 1812. The family settled in the
Clarkson area (now part of Mississauga), in what is now the Region of
Peel. Many members of this family, including
Aron OLIPHANT and his wives, are buried in
Springcreek Cemetery, Mississauga, ON, Canada. Having preceeded the
family to Canada about 1806, Aron became a Private in the
2nd Regiment, York Militia (York
was the previous name for Toronto), fighting on the British side as a "United
Empire Loyalist" during the War of 1812. Aron OLIPHANT's Regiment
fought with Sir Issac Brock at the
Battle of Queenston Heights Aron Oliphant did not participate,
because he was "on Furlough" at the time of this Battle (October 13,
PAY RECORDS below.
Documents 226 to 228 June 29 to Oct. 24, 1812
Second Regiment of York Militia Captain John Chisholm’s Company
Signed Feb. 26, 1813 by John Chisholm at Queenston. Signed by Will
Crooks J.P. Documents 230 and 231 had the same muster but without the
dates served. It was signed by Thos. M Cormack, Pay Master.
Rank and Names
NOTE: "Aaron Alefont" is Aron OLIPHANT, who was "on Furlough"
September 25 - October 24, 1812 "Danl. Greenes" is Daniel GRINNIS
(GEENIAUS). Daniel GEENIAUS' sister, Catharine GREENIAUS, married
Hiram W. OLIPHANT, a Half-brother of Aron OLIPHANT.
New York State:
19th-21st Centuries AD /CE
(1762-1846), of Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario
(1762-1846), son of James and grandson of Duncan Oliphant, was born in
Pennsylvainia. He was married twice. His first wife, Eve Kribs (or
Cripps), was born in 1765 on Staten Island. Eve and Peter Oliphant had a
son, Aron Oliphant, 1788-1868. Aron was in Canada as early as 1806. He
fought on the British side during the War of 1812. Peter Oliphant's
second wife was Elizabeth Scofield (1768-1826), born in Connecticut.
Peter & Elizabeth (Scofield) Oliphant's children included Elizabeth A.,
Peter S., Hiram W., and possibly a John Oliphant. Peter S. Oliphant (son
of Peter & Elizabeth), was born in 1808 in Herkimer County, NY. His
parents and sibblings later followed his step-brother, Aron, into Canada
(between 1810 and 18:12). Peter S. Oliphant arrived in Niagara County,
New York State, in 1826.
Updates coming soon: Memorial webpages for various family members.
Betty Jane (Oliphant) Goodman & Malcolm Eugene Goodman
Betty Jane (Oliphant) Goodman: 1925-2010
Newfane - Betty Jane Goodman, age 85, longtime resident of the Town of
Newfane, passed away Friday, May 28, 2010 at her residence under the
loving care of her family and Niagara Hospice. Betty Jane was born
January 1, 1925 in Niagara Falls, NY, the daughter of the late Ennis and
Margaret (Heywang) Oliphant and was a 1942 graduate of Wilson High
School. During WW II, Betty Jane was employed at Bell Aircraft as a
"Rosie the Riveter". She married Malcolm "Bose" Goodman on October 19,
1946 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church at North Ridge in the Town of
Cambria. Betty Jane was the owner/manager of Betty Jane Cabins and
co-owned with her husband, Goodman's Garage, both located at Goodman's
Corners in Newfane. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church at
North Ridge and enjoyed knitting, crafts, quilting, and canning. In
addition to her beloved husband, Malcolm "Bose" Goodman, she is survived
by her sons, Douglas Goodman of Port Townsend, WA, Stephen (Susan)
Goodman and Gerald "Ed" (Rebecca) Goodman, both of Newfane; her
grandchildren, Sara (Cliff) LaPort, Jenifer Edgar, Emily, Laura, Ellen,
Natalie, and Gloria Goodman; her great- grandchildren, Lucas and
Nicholas LaPort; two brothers, Charles (Betsy) Oliphant and Jim
(Barbara) Oliphant; three sisters, Marjorie Eodice, Helen (Harold) Denny
and Dorothy (Bernard) Seefeldt; a sister-in-law, Marie Goodman; and
several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at HARDISON FUNERAL HOME,
3648 Ransomville Road, Ransomville on Monday from 5 - 9 PM. Funeral
Services will be held Tuesday, June 1st at 11:00 AM in the funeral home,
with the Rev. Alexander Knowles officiating. Burial will follow in North
Ridge Cemetery, Church Rd., Town of Cambria. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY
14094 or to HART, Interfaith, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston, NY 14092. Please
visit www.HardisonFuneralHomes.com for on-line registry.
Malcolm Eugene ('Bose') Goodman: 1921-2012
Obituary of Malcolm Goodman Malcolm E. "Bose" Goodman, age 91 of Newfane
died Wednesday September 12, 2012 in the Odd Fellow & Rebekah Health
Facility in Lockport, after a lengthy illness. Bose was born March 3,
1921 in Lewiston, the son of the late Erwin and Florence (Schultz)
Goodman and was a lifelong resident of Newfane. A veteran of WW II, he
served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service from 1942 to his honorable
discharge as a Fireman 1 C in 1945. On October 19, 1946 Bose married
Betty Jane (Oliphant) Goodman at St. Peter Lutheran Church at North
Ridge. Betty Jane predeceased him on May 28, 2010. From 1957 to 1972
Bose owned and operated Goodman's Amoco in Newfane. He also co-managed
Betty Jane's Cottages with his wife. He was a member of St. Peter
Lutheran Church at North Ridge. He is survived by three sons, Douglas
Goodman of Port Townsend, WA, Stephen (Susan) Goodman and Gerald "Ed"
(Rebecca) Goodman, both of Newfane; his grandchildren, Sara (Cliff)
LaPort, Jennifer Edgar, Emily, Laura, and Ellen Goodman, Natalie
(Joshua) Verheyn, and Gloria (Bart) Langendorfer; his great
grandchildren, Lucas and Nicholas LaPort, Nyx Verheyn, and Duane
Langendorfer; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two
sisters, Ruth Reedy and Janet Schultz, and a brother, Gordon Goodman.
Friends may call at HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, 3648 Ransomville Road,
Ransomville on Wednesday, September 19, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Funeral Services will begin at 1:00 pm in the funeral home, the Rev.
Robert Hoffman officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in
North Ridge Cemetery, Church Rd. Town of Cambria.
Gerald Edward ("Ed") Goodman: 1954-2014
Newfane - Gerald E. "Ed" Goodman died suddenly
at his home on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the age of 59. Ed was born July
24, 1954 in Niagara Falls, NY, the son of the late Malcolm E. and Betty
Jane (Oliphant) Goodman. He was a 1972 graduate of Newfane High School
and had attended Niagara County Community College. He enlisted in the
U.S. Navy in October of 1972 and served until his Honorable Discharge in
July of 1975. Along with his brother, Stephen, Ed owned and operated
Betty Jane Cabins in Newfane. He had also worked at Lebrag-Garbel
Welding in Lockport. Ed was a life member of the
Motorcycle Club, a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Newfane,
and the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. He was appreciated for his
knowledge and lifelong passion for old machinery, particularly his
antique motorcycles. Ed was a lover of music, and especially enjoyed
playing his guitar. He also was an avid reader. He is survived by his
wife of 27 years, Rebecca A. (Hoffner) Goodman; his children, Jenifer A.
Edgar of Newfane, Ellen M. (Leo) Walker of Asheville, NC, Natalie J.
(Josh) Verheyn of Indiana, and Gloria (Bart) Langendorfer of
Ransomville; his grandchildren, Nyx Verheyn, Duane Langendorfer, and
Julius Walker; two brothers, Stephen (Susan) Goodman of Newfane and
Douglas Goodman of Port Townsend, WA; and several aunts, uncles and
cousins.Friends may call at HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, 3648 Ransomville
Road, Ransomville on Friday from 4 - 8 pm. Funeral Services will be held
Saturday, June 21, at 11:00 AM in the funeral home, with the Rev. David
Duke officiating. Burial will follow in North Ridge Cemetery, Church Rd.
Town of Cambria. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concordia
Lutheran Church, 3121 Beebe Rd., Newfane, NY 14108.