Family History & Genealogy in Niagara County, NY


Gad Pierce Historical Marker Unveiling Ceremony:

Friends of Local History installed a Historical Marker to mark the site of Gad Pierce's Tavern. The presentation happened on November 9, 2013, at the Niagara Falls main library.

Gad PIERCE II was the grandfather of Anna Augusta (PIERCE) OLIPHANT. Anna A. (PIERCE) OLIPHANT was the mother of R.E. Lee & Cora May OLIPHANT, and the grandmother of Ennis Carew OLIPHANT

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The 1921 Canadian Census is now available. Oliphant family census data is being added to the Census page



 This site contains information about the Goodman & Oliphant families of Niagara County. The site includes the history and genealogy of these two families and information about various related families.
The site is currently being updated with new information.

(click on Black Dots / Dates on chart below for Family Timelines)

The Family Origins

The Goodman family was originally from Germany. The original name was Godemann, but was changed to Goodman when the family migrated to the United States in the 19th Century.

The Oliphant family originated in Norway in the 9th Century, and migrated to what is now Scotland. Olifard was a common spelling of the name in early Scotland. The Oliphant family settled in various parts of Great Britain. One branch of the family migrated to New York State and Niagara County in the early 1800s. Some members of this branch are buried in Lewiston. This branch migrated to other parts of North America, Another branch migrated to New Amsterdam (now New York City) & Staten Island in the 17th Century. Descendants lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada, finally arriving in Niagara County in the early 1800s. Descendants of these Oliphants remained in Niagara County.

Early History of the Olifard / Oliphant Family in Scotland & England

Oliphants in Niagara County  

Goodman - Oliphant Family

Malcolm E. ( 'Bose' ) Goodman married Betty J. Oliphant in 1946,
uniting the Goodman & Oliphant families of Niagara County.



The marriage of Miss Betty Jane Oliphant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ennis Oliphant of Ransomville to Malcolm Goodman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Goodman of Ransomville, was solemnized Saturday afternoon in St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Ransomville.
The Rev. Carl Oldach officiated at the double-ring ceremony before an alter banked with baskets of gladioli. During the ceremony, Delbert Schultz, cousin of the groom, sang "O Promise Me" and "the Lord's Prayer," accompanied at the organ by Miss Jean Neumann.
The bride, who entered the church with her father, wore a gown of white net with fitted jersey bodice, three-quarter-length sleeves and finger-tip illusion veil caught with a headdress of rose buds. She carried a bouquet of white roses and baby's breath.
Miss Dora Bradley was the bride's only attendant. Her gown was of blue net with fitted bodice and shoulder length veil caught with a headdress of rosebuds. She carried a bouquet of yellow mums. Gordon Goodman was his brother's best man and ushers were Alton Schuler and Charles Oliphant, brother of the bride.
The bride's mother wore a turquoise blue dress with black accessories and a corsage of white gardenias. The groom's mother wore a black costume with white accessories and corsage of white gardenias.
A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents. After a short honeymoon trip, Mr. & Mrs. Goodman will reside at Bonds Lake.
Pre-nuptial events for the bride included: A kitchen shower given by Mrs. Leslie Masters, cash shower by the YPCS of Porter Center Methodist Church, variety shower by the Misses Dora and Esther Bradley and Miss Clarabelle Leaderhouse and a variety shower by Mrs. Gordon Goodman.

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal: Wednesday, October 30, 1946