Lancster Rural Cemetery
and the
Oliphant Family 

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Lancaster Rural Cemetery

"This is the oldest cemetery in the Town of Lancaster with the possible exception of some private family plots. Known originally as the “center burial place”, it is located along Cemetery Road between Broadway and Erie Street. “James P Clark, who arrived in the Cayuga Creek Settlement in 1808, donated a plot of land as a burial site for the new settlers. It was destined to become the Lancaster Rural Cemetery. " , In the spring of 1808, Captain William Blackmon's son became the first burial here, even though the cemetery was not incorporated until 1866. Until that time, James Clark kept a diary in which he recorded the burials. He maintained a list of the descedents’ name, date of death, age, cause of death (eg. “dropped dead in the street”), and even some interesting notes about some of the burials such as the fact that the person was a Revolutionary War veteran or had fought in the War of 1812. “In 1866, Alexander Hitchcock urged that a cemetery association be formed, more land purchased, and its upkeep guaranteed. At a meeting called in the Presbyterian Church, a committee was appointed and a fund established to which Mr. Hitchcock immediately donated $1,000. He also gave it its present name. ", The original portion of the cemetery is along Cemetery Road. It is distinguished by an old iron fence, a grid pattern of roads and a beautiful grove of large, mature trees. Among the oldest trees are sugar maples and red maples. Closer to Erie Street are many large Norway maples. Many of the large evergreen trees (Norway Spruce) were planted at the corners of family plots. In the late 1950’s the original cemetery was greatly increased in size with the purchase of land running south from the old cemetery to Broadway. This doubled the size of the cemetery and provided for thousands of additional gravesites. Burials are memorialized in a variety of ways. In the old section there are many beautiful monuments. These are also being placed in the new portion as well. In addition, the new area has sections designated for flat memorials. The only mausoleum is in the old section close to Cemetery Road. It was built for the family of the late New York State Senator, George Davis. Several years ago, the Lancaster Rural Cemetery built the large rectangular blocks, known as columbaria, near the Broadway entrance for cremated remains. Perhaps the most unusual grave site is that of the Bagley family. Their “mound-like” grave was used to bury four daughters who died within a few years of one another during the 1830's. The family, gave its name to Bagley Road (also known as Baglery Road), now known as Pavement Road. The remains of the girls have been removed from the mound grave. Other monuments in the oldest section belong to many of the families who first settled in Lancaster and who founded the community.

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Birth:  Feb. 17, 1788
Bucks County Pennsylvania, USA
Death:  Aug. 29, 1868
Aron Oliphant`s correct given name was Aaron. His gravestone in Springcreek Cemetery states his name as Aron.

Executor's Notice
for the Estate of
Aaron Oliphant
September 14, 1868
Canadian Champion
(Milton, ON), 17 Sep 1868, p. 3

Duncan Oliphant was Aaron's son.

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Catherine <i>Hendershot</i> Oliphant
Catharine Hendershot

by Len Hendershott

16 Highland Place, Lancaster, NY
Built 1818
Home of
Edward & Henrietta (Peacock) Oliphant


Charlotte Ruth Oliphant: 1907-2000
Hattie Bell Oliphant: 1908-1986
Norman Franklin Oliphant: 1916-1994
Dorothy Marie Oliphant: 1918-2012
Ruby Grace Oliphant: 1921-1989
John E. Oliphant: 1922-1922 (Stillborn)
Ethel Mae Oliphant: 1923-1994
Robert E. Oliphant: 1927-1928

(Probably Robert Edward Oliphant, but the Lancaster Rural Cemetery records list name as Robert Elmer Oliphant)

Another infant buried with the Oliphant family in Lancaster Rural Cemetery, Lancaster, NY:
John C. Oliphant: 1946-1946 (age 1 day)
(Parents unknown)
It's possible this Oliphant infant was related to a different Oliphant Family: William and Marie (Sagerman) Oliphant, originally from Iowa, but living in Lancaster, NY, where Marie Oliphant died.
See Sagerman-Oliphant information near bottom of this page.
If anyone knows who the parents were of this infant, please contact me. Thank you.
Doug Goodman: EMAIL:

Charlotte Ruth (Oliphant) Mildenberger

Hattie Bell (Oliphant) Carlson

Dorothy Mae (Oliphant) Haaf

Norman Franklin & Agnes Oliphant of Ohio

Norman Franklin Oliphant, son of Norman Edward Oliphant and Mary / Marie Olive (Goode) Oliphant, was born September 21, 1916 in PA, but his family moved to Lancaster, Erie County, NY, where his grandparents (Edward Oliphant & Henrietta (Peacock) Oliphant lived. He appears in the 1920, 1930, and 1940 US Census, living with his parents, in Lancaster, NY.
At some point after the 1940 Census, he moved out of New York State to Ohio. He appears in records of Ohio, including the obituary of his wife, Agnes Oliphant. Norman F. Oliphant returned to New York State sometime after his divorce from Agnes (Divorced on August 19, 1987: in Ashtabula County, OH). He is recorded as residing in Depew, Erie County, NY on January 1, 1998.

Obituary of
Agnes M. (Wood) Oliphant

Oliphant, Agnes M. Oliphant, nee Wood
The Ashtabula [Ohio] Star;
2 Jan 1995        
ASHTABULA -- Agnes M. Oliphant, 82, of East 26th Street, died Friday, Dec. 30, 1994, at Country Club Retirement Center.        
She was born Jan. 31, 1912, in East Trumbull, the daughter of Jerry and Ethel Bean Wood.  She was a lifetime area resident.
Mrs. Oliphant was employed at Industrial Rayon in Painesville and as a cook at several local restaurants.  She retired in 1965.
Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, flower gardening and crocheting.
Survivors include three sons, James W. White of Monroe Township, Lynn L. White of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Jack F. White of Ashtabula; four daughters, Evelyn Cinciarelli of Oceanside, Calif., Carol Stiles of North Kingsville, Sandra Newsome of Ashtabula and Edna Phillips of Muskogee, Okla.; one sister, Marjorie H. Chapin of Pierpont; one brother, Alton Wood, of Kelloggsville; 19 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Corneal N. White, her second husband, Norman Oliphant, a daughter, Betty Mae White, twin infant grandchildren,* Robert and Roberta, and two sisters, Mable Arnett and Wilma I. Hall.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jack W. Ross Funeral Home Inc., 526 Prospect Road, Ashtabula, with the Rev. Lawrence English of Pentecostal Holiness Church officiating.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 1 to 2 at the funeral home. *Submitter's Note:  Robert and Roberta were children of Corneal and Agnes, not grandchildren.  Their death certificates say they were born prematurely (7 1/2 months' gestation) on May 26, 1931, and that Roberta died that day and Robert on May 29th.

Monroe County Obituaries 1994

Divorce of
Norman F. & Agnes M. Oliphant:

Divorce of Norman Oliphant and Agnes M.
Norman Oliphant and Agnes M were married. They got divorced on August 19, 1987 in Ashtabula County, Ohio.

Divorce of Norman Oliphant and Agnes M Ohio Department of Health Ohio Divorce Index, 1959-2010. Record count: 2,016,754. Ohio Department of Health. Volume Number: 6017

Oliphant Family


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028604-86 (Peel Co)
, Norman Edward, m,
b. 15 Oct. 1886,
father – Edward OLIPHANT, farmer;
mother –Etta PEACOCK,
infm – Edward Peacock (as written),
Toronto Twp

Birth Registration Source

The Lancaster, NY
Oliphant Family

The Oliphant Family of Lancaster, Erie County, NY, began in Halton County (Region of Halton) and Peel County (Region of Peel), Ontario, Canada; starting with Edward and Henrietta (Peacock) Oliphant and their son, Norman Edward Oliphant.
The family migrated to the United States, with Norman Edward having his first two children born in New York State. Then Norman's family lived for at least a few years in Corry, Erie County, Pennsylvania, where the family had two additional children. The family eventually returned to New York State, and settled in Lancaster, Erie County, New York. The rest of the children were born in Lancaster.
One of the daughter's married and lived in Endicott, Broome County, NY.
One son moved to Ohio and married in Ashtubula County, Ohio.

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Henrietta Peacock

Henrietta (Peacock) Oliphant

Henrietta Oliphant (born Peacock) was born in 1866, to William Peacock and Annie (Anna) Margaret Peacock (born Smith). William was born on July 7 1825, in England, UK. Annie was born on December 3 1830, in Etobicoke, York Co., Ont., Canada.
Henrietta had 9 siblings:
Mary Ann (Peacock) McKenzy Sarah Jane (Peacock) Cullen
and 7 other siblings.
Henrietta married Edward Oliphant in 1885, at age 19.
Edward was born on June 14 1861.
Henrietta passed away in 1944, at age 78.
Source: Henrietta Peacock

Mary Olive (Goode)

Oliphant - Mary (Goode) Oliphant, of 16 Highland Pl., Lancaster, N.Y., March 4, 1960, wife of the late Norman Oliphant; mother of Mrs. Frank Mildenberger [Charlotte Ruth (Oliphant) Mildenberger], Mrs. Paul Carlson [Hattie Bell (Oliphant) Carlson], Norman [Norman Franklin Oliphant], Mrs. Elmer Haaf [Dorothy M. (Oliphant) Haaf], Mrs. Walter Buechi [Ruby Grace (Oliphant) Buechi], Mrs. Dwight Babcock [Ethel Mae (Oliphant) Babcock]; sister of Mrs. Fred Sisson and the late Mrs. George Morse. Also survived by 12 grand-children and four great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Seeger and Scherer Funeral Home, 5486 Broadway, Lancaster, NY Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends invited. Internment Lancaster Rural Cemetery.

Buffalo-Courier Express
Sunday, March 6, 1960
Page 12-B

 Hattie O. Carlson

Hattie O. Carlson & Paul S. Carlson
Riverhurst Cemetery
Endicott, Broome County, NY

Hattie Bell (Oliphant)

Reference to
Hattie Bell Oliphant
daughter of
Norman Edward Oliphant
Mary Olive (Goode) Oliphant
of Lancaster, NY

Wyoming County Times
July 17, 1930

Hattie Bell (Oliphant) Carlson later became a Registered Nurse in NY State

License No: B07204
Date of Licensure : 04/14/41

Binghamton Press
August 13, 1955
Page 3

Harold L. Oliphant
Oliphant-Tribol Family

Jennie A. (Tribol) Oliphant

The Binghamton Press
January 3, 1947

(Harold L. Oliphant was a son of Hattie Bell (Oliphant) Carlson, grandson of Norman E. & Mary O. Oliphant of Lancaster, NY)

The Binghamton Press
July 17, 1948

Jennie (Tribol) Oliphant
Harold L. Oliphant
July 17, 1948

The Binghamton Press
July 31, 1948

Charlotte Ruth


Charlotte "Ruth" (Oliphant)

Charlotte "Ruth" Mildenberger (nee Oliphant) Of Lancaster, May 1, 2000; beloved wife of the late Frank; dearest mother of Carol (late Leonard) Gorniak, Velma (Richard) Eicheldinger; sister of Dorothy (late Elmer) Haaf; survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; predeceased by brothers & sisters.
Visitation at EDWARD J. CICHON FUNERAL HOME, 4929 Broadway, Depew, Wednesday 2-4, 7-9PM.
Funeral home services on Thursday at 11:15AM. Relatives and friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to St. John's Lutheran Church, Lancaster.
Published in the BUFFALO NEWS on May 3, 2000

Ward 2, Lancaster,
Lancaster Town,
Erie County, New York,
United States

HEAD: Frank Mildenberger   
 born: NY / Age 35              
WIFE:  Ruth Mildenberger
 born: NY / Age 33
DAUGHTER: Carol Mildenberger
 born: NY / Age 12
DAUGHTER: Velma Mildenberger
 born: NY / Age 11

Dorothy M. (Oliphant) Haaf

Dorothy M. (Oliphant)

HAAF - Dorothy M. (nee Oliphant) Of Lancaster, November 7, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Elmer; devoted mother of Gary (Theresa) and Terry; loving grandmother of Eric (Susan), Corry and Jamison (Melody); great-grandmother of Eli and Ian; predeceased by sisters and brothers; survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation in the Cichon-Borgosz Funeral Home Inc., 4929 Broadway, Depew Saturday 1-2 PM where a funeral service will be held at 2 PM immediately following visitation. Relatives and friends are invited. Mrs. Haaf was a member of the Lancaster Womens Civic Club, The Ransom Road Community Baptist Church and Buffalo Stamp Club. Flowers gratefully declined.

Funeral Home
Cichon-Borgosz Funeral Home Inc.
4929 Broadway Depew, NY 14043
(716) 684-1736
 Published in the Buffalo News on Dec. 7, 2012

Oliphant-Peacock Family
of Ontario, Canada & Lancaster, N.Y., USA

The Oliphant-Peacock Family of Ontario, Canada and Lancaster, NY, USA is related to the Niagara County, NY, USA Oliphant Family through a common ancestor, Peter W. Oliphant (1762-1848) of PA, NY, USA & ON, Canada 

Canada & USA

 William Peacock

William Peacock
Birth:  Jul. 7, 1825
Death:  Sep. 27, 1905
Saint-Catharines Ontario, Canada
Burial: Rockway Cemetery Rockway, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Family links:   
Annie Margaret Smith Peacock
(1828 - 1905)

Sarah Jane Peacock Cullen
(1853 - 1901)
William Joseph Peacock
(1855 - 1930)
George Henry Peacock
(1858 - 1948)
 Edward Peacock
(1863 - 1949)
Henrietta Peacock Oliphant
(1866 - 1944)
Beatrice Peacock Hallett
(1869 - 1898)
Minnie Bell Peacock Coon
(1870 - 1931)

 Isaac Oliphant

Isaac Oliphant
Birth:  Mar. 8, 1824
Burlington Ontario, Canada
Death:  Apr. 9, 1894
Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Family links:
Aron Oliphant
(1788 - 1868)

Catherine Hendershot Oliphant
(1779 - 1848)

Catherine Cochrane Oliphant
(1823 - 1909)

Alfred James Oliphant
(1849 - 1882)

Eliza Jane Oliphant
(1851 - 1880)
Mary Amelia Oliphant Manley
(1854 - 1920)

   John Henry Alexander
(1809 - 1890)
Mary Ann Oliphant Peer
(1811 - 1887)

Peter Oliphant
(1813 - 1852)

Philip Triller Oliphant
(1816 - 1882)
Duncan Oliphant
(1818 - 1897)

James Oliphant
(1820 - 1901)

Isaac Oliphant
(1824 - 1894)
His Wife Catherine
died June 20, 1909, 81 years

Springcreek Cemetery Mississauga, Peel Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada

 Edward Oliphant

Edward Oliphant
Birth:  Jun. 14, 1861
Clarkson, Ontario, Canada
Death:  Dec. 24, 1940
Erie County, New York, USA

Family links:
Henrietta Peacock Oliphant
Birth:  1866
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Death:  Dec. 28, 1944
Lancaster, Erie County, New York,

Edward's Family links:
Isaac Oliphant
(1824 - 1894)
Catherine Cochrane Oliphant
(1823 - 1909)

Henrietta's Family links:
William Peacock
(1825 - 1905)
Annie Margaret Smith Peacock
(1828 - 1905)

Edward's & Henrietta's Child:
Norman Edward Oliphant
(1886 - 1952)

Lancaster Rural Cemetery
Lancaster Erie County,
New York, USA

Marie Olive & Norman Edward

Norman Edward Oliphant
Birth:  Oct. 15, 1886
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Death:  Jun. 7, 1952
Lancaster, Erie County, New York,

Family links:
Edward Oliphant
(1861 - 1940)
Henrietta Peacock Oliphant
(1866 - 1944)

Mary Olive Goode Oliphant
(1885 - 1960)

Mary Olive <i>Goode</i> Oliphant

Mary (Marie) Olive Goode

Birth: Oct. 11, 1885
Mount Morris, Livingston County,
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 1960
Lancaster, Erie County, New York, USA

Family links:
Norman Edward Oliphant
(1886 - 1952)

Norman's & Mary's Children:

Charlotte Ruth (Oliphant)
Hattie Bell (Oliphant)
Norman Franklin Oliphant
(1916-    )
Dorothy M (Oliphant)

Ruby Grace (Oliphant)
Ethel Mae (Oliphant)

Harold Oliphant
(Adopted 1927-    )
[Son of Hattie Bell Oliphant]

Norman & Mary's Burial:
Lancaster Rural Cemetery
Lancaster, Erie County, New York,

see Headstones & Cemetery
information for the children of
Norman E. & Mary (Goode)
below in this column



Clarkson, Missasauga,
County/Region of Peel,
Ontario, Canada

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Lancaster  Rural

Erie County,
New York, USA 

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Read More Dorothy M. Oliphant

Read More Elmer Haaf

Clarence Filmore

Erie County,
New York, USA 

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Read More Ruby Grace Oliphant

Read More Walter Peter Buechi


Broome County,
New York, USA

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Read More Hattie Bell Oliphant

Read More Paul S. Carlson

Greenlawn Memory Gardens

North Kingsville,
Ashtabula County,
Ohio, USA

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Unknown Gravesites:

Ethel Mae Oliphant

Dwight L. Babcock

Norman Franklin Oliphant

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Norman Franklin Mildenberger


MILDENBERGER, Franklin, of Lancaster, December 26; husband of Charlotte (Ruth) (Oliphant), father of Mrs. Carol Gomiak and Mrs. Richard (Velma) Eicheldinger, also survived by seven grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Funeral sendees were held at the Stutzman-Zurbrick Funeral Home Inc., 5615 Broadway. Interment - Lancaster Rural Cemetery.
December 1981

 Hattie O. Carlson

Hattie Bell (Oliphant) Carlson
Birth: 1908
Death: 1986
Riverhurst Cemetery
Endicott, Broome County,
New York, USA

Paul S. Carlson
Birth: 1898
 Death: 1981
Riverhurst Cemetery
Endicott, Broome County,
New York, USA

 Ruby G <I>Oliphant</I> Buechi

Ruby Grace (Oliphant) Buechi
Birth: 1921
Death: 1989
Clarence Filmore Cemetery
Clarence, Erie County,
New York, USA

Walter Peter Buechi
Birth: 1914
 Death: 1985
Clarence Filmore Cemetery
Clarence, Erie County,
New York, USA

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The Oliphant Family of Lancaster, NY

View image of original census here: 1920 US Census: Wayne, PA

View image of original census here: 1930 US Census: Lancaster, NY

View image of original census here: 1940 US Census: Lancaster, NY

Information about Norman Franklin Oliphant (son of Norman Edward Oliphant)