The Oliphant Family

Two different branches of the Oliphant family resided in Niagara County, NY:

The family of John Oliphant and the family of Peter S. Oliphant


Birth:  Mar. 7, 1771
City of Carlisle
Cumbria, England
Death:  Dec. 8, 1831
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Family links: 
  Richard Oliphant (1801 - 1862) 
Burial: Auburn Cemetery
Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA

PDF File of the Will of John Oliphant
John Oliphant
Born: March 7, 1771 Carlisle, County of Cumberland, England
Died: December 8, 1831 Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y., USA
Father of John Oliphant (1799-1874) of Niagara County, N.Y. (see below)
Portrait from:
"I was born March 7th, 1771, in the city of Carlisle, county of Cumberland, in the north of England."
" I arrived in London March 20th, 1789, aged eighteen
"... I thought it best to marry ; and having been long acquainted with Miss Ruth Thompson, I was married to her on the 6th of April, 1795, at St. Martin's Church, under
the most auspicious circumstances, and with the full consent and approbation ofour parents on both sides."
"About this time, I became a violent republican, and joined the London corresponding society. I became alarmed for
the country, and was not without fear for my own safety, which, together with other circumstances, induced me to turn my at tention to America. I accordingly left London, July 23d, and arrived at New York, September - 10th, and in Auburn October 11th, 1811."
"...  1831. He lived to December 8, of the same year."
"Dec. 8, 1831. was the day on which he ended his earthly course."
The following account of Mr. Oliphant, and of his death and burial, is taken, principally, from an obituary notice given of
him, the week following his death, in the Free Press, a weekly paper, published in Auburn.
Died, on the 8th inst., at his residence, in this village, Mr. John Oliphant, in the 61st year of his age. He emigrated to this country in 1811—in the year 1814, he was chosen a ruling elder, in the First Presbyterian Church, in Auburn ; and however humble, may have been the views which he entertained of his own efficiency, or usefulness, the Church will long remember him, as one of its most faithful officers—and the " sick and poor of the Lord's people,'' will recollect him, with gratitude, as one of their kindest friends.
The standard by which he measured him self, reached to the heavens ; and his piety partook more of that character which, we are apt to think, will be, alone, developed, in the mansions of the blessed ; than of that of ordinary Christians, in this world of temptation, and of sin. The writer of this notice, who esteemed it one of the greatest honours, to be called the friend of such a man, will not hazard a description of that character, lest he should fail in reaching the point of estimation, in which the deceased was held, by his Christian friends.
While lingering on the verge of life, and in, hourly, expectation of a sudden entrance into eternity, he wrote, at the request of friends, a short statement of the events of his life, connected, principally, with his Christian experience—noted some of his views, while waiting the certain call—and penned addresses, to his brethren of the Session, and of the Church; and to his impenitent neighbours. These, he wished might be read over his coffin ; and selected a member of the Session, to do it ; that the last service performed, with respect to his body on earth, might be used to glorify God, in evidencing the sure triumphs of faith; and in giving his final
warning to the impenitent.
Agreeably to his request, at the close of the exercises of the last Sabbath afternoon, which, out of respect to the memo
ry of the deceased were attended by the congregations of both of the Presbyterian Churches, in this village ; the individual whom he had selected, read, over his lifeless corpse, to an immense concourse of citizens, a part of what he had written —
And, although, an hour was thus occupied, the close attention of the audience showed, that their time flew unconsciously by. His words, and thoughts, and imagery, appeared borrowed from the converse of the " holy hill of Zion"—A holy awe, and reverence of God, and a sweet anticipation of the future rested on the hearts of God's
children ; while a conviction of the unerring truth of revelation, and a consciousness of the necessity of the sure triumphs of faith, rested upon all the hearers.
It was the opinion of Mr. Oliphant, that the custom of wearing mourning apparel, ought to go into disuse—He considered it, as leading many, to incur an expense, which they could not well afford ; and to spend that time, in preparing dresses, which ought to be, particularly, employed in reflecting on death, and on what is necessary to appear, with acceptance before the holy God. He looked upon black
clothing, rather, as an emblem of sorrow, than of affectionate remembrance ; and supposed, that we ought not to manifest any sorrow, for what the Lord does, in wisdom, and in righteousness—And he viewed the person, clad in mourning, as virtually saying, I cannot forget, nor forgive, my Maker for what he has, in his providence, done to me. From feelings like these, he, repeatedly, requested his
family, while living, and, particularly, on the last day of his life, not to mourn his death ; and not to wear any badges of
mourning, for him. With sentiments, like these, he, evidently, closed his address to his brethren, of the Session, as will be
seen in the following pages. With his request, his family, so far complied, as that they attended his funeral, in such clothing, as they were accustomed to wear, on ordinary occasions of public worship.
The depositing of the dead body, of this good man, in the grave, was a season of deep interest ; the great number of persons who attended, evinced the estimation in which he was held by his fellow citizens. The sermon delivered on the occasion, and which is published in this volume, was appropriate, and impressive ; the words, read from the manuscript of the deceased, were as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies—and the anxious countenances of the whole assembly, manifested, that the language, of every heart, was, " Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!"

1. John OLIPHANT (1799-1874) Born in London, England, arrived in Niagara County from central NY State. He was Chief of the Loan Office of the U.S. Treasury and resided in Lewiston, NY. John and three of his sisters are buried in Lewiston in the First Presbyterian (Lewiston) Cemetery. No members of this family remained in Niagara County.

See: Cemeteries, John OLIPHANT



Peter S. Oliphant
BORN: 1805 Herkimer County, N.Y. USA
DIED: 1902 Niagara County, N.Y. USA

2. Peter S. OLIPHANT (1805-1902) Born in Herkimer County, NY, migrated with his parents to Clarkson (now part of Mississauga), Peel County, ON, Canada. Peter S. OLIPHANT arrived in Lockport, Niagara County, NY in 1826. His brother, Hiram W. OLIPHANT also arrived about this time. They both briefly owned property in Lockport. Hiram sold his property and moved to Monroe County, NY. Peter S. OLIPHANT also sold his property in Lockport. Peter S. Oliphant lived in the Town of Cambria, Niagara County, NY with other members of his family. Peter was married 3 times, and had children by his first and third wives. The Niagara County Oliphant Families descend from Peter and one of those two wives Diana Fuller & Anna Augusta PIERCE). Peter S. OLIPHANT, his son, R.E. Lee OLIPHANT, and his grandson, Ennis C. OLIPHANT, are all buried in the same plot in North Ridge Cemetery, Niagara County, NY. Other OLIPHANT family members are also buried in this cemetery. Some family members are buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lockport, NY.

See: Cemeteries, Peter S. OLIPHANT


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The OLIPHANT family, according to traditional accounts, originated with a nobleman from Norway in the 9th century AD/CE.
see: OLIPHANT History in Scotland & England

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Viking Norway
9th - 11th Century
Donald OLIPARD or HOLIFARD arrived in Scotland in the 9th Century AD/CE. In the reign of Donald I. (Domnall mac Ailpín), King of Scotland (852-862), a noble Norwegian called Sir Donald (or Daniel) de Holifard or Olifard, was taken prisoner by the Scottish monarch.

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Northamptonshire, ENGLAND:
The OLIFARD (OLIPHANT) family was granted land in Northamptonshire, England, where they were living in 1147 AD/CE.
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12th -16th Century
The OLIFARD (OLIPHANT) family later left England and returned to Scotland.

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Staten Island, NEW AMSTERDAM:
Our Colonial ancestor, Duncan Oliphant (1673-1734) who was born in Perthshire, Scotland came to Staten Island, New Amsterdam around 1695 and married in 1708 Mary Garrison. They worshiped at the Old
Dutch Church on Staten Island and the church records show that some of their children were baptized at this church. THey appear on the Census of Staten Island, New York, 1706. Ducan Oliphant was constable for the North Precinct, Richmond County, Staten Island, New York in 1709.

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Colony / State of New Jersey, USA:
Duncan moved his family in 1721-24 to East Amwell, New Jersey, where he had purchased a large tract of land in Hopewell Township, Burlington County, New Jersey (now Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey) where he was chosen Freeholder of Amwell Township.
On January 22, 1725 William Lummox granted eleven acres of land to John Knowles and Duncan Oliphant in trust for an Anglican Church.
Organized under Crown Charter as St. Andrew's the first church on this site was built . Today nothing remains of the original St. Andrew's but a fragment of the graveyard which may be seen next to the Old Yorke Inn in the village of Ringoes. It is said that Duncan Oliphant was buried in this graveyard.

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Hunterdon County, NJ, USA
& Northampton County, PA, USA:

Ducan OLIPHANT dies in 1734 in New Jersey.
James OLIPHANT, son of Duncan & Mary OLIPHANT, was born in 1724 (on Staten Island or in New Jersey). He inherited part of his father's farm in NJ, but sold it and moved to Northampton County, PA. James & Jane (WORTMAN) OLIPHANT had a son, Peter OLIPHANT (1762-1846), who was born in PA.

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Northampton County, PA , USA
& Saratoga County, NY, USA:

The family of John & Jane OLIPHANT appear on the 1780 Tax records of Northampton County, PA. They probably went to Saratoga County, NY about 1785-6 with son Duncan.

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Saratoga County, NY, USA:
James OLIPHANT (1724-1816) was buried in 1816 in Briggs Cemetery, Ballston, Saratoga County, NY. Peter OLIPHANT (1762-1846) noved from PA to NY.

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Herkimer County, NY, USA
& Upper Canada:

Peter OLIPHANT (1762-1846) appears on the 1810 Census in Herkimer County, NY. One of his sons, Aron OLIPHANT, migrated to Upper Canada (now Ontario) about 1806. Peter Oliphant had a son named Peter S. OLIPHANT (1805-1902), born in Herkimer County, NY. Sometime between 1810 and 1812, the rest of the family also migrated to Canada, establishing a new home in what is now Mississauga, ON. 

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Niagara County, NY, USA
& Erie County, NY, USA:

Peter S. OLIPHANT (1805-1902) left Canada, and went to Niagara County, NY. His brother, Hiram W. OLIPHANT also left Canada, going first to Niagara County, then to Monroe County, NY. Edward OLIPHANT (1861-1940), a grandson of Peter S. OLIPHANT's brother, Aron, also left Canada, migrating to Lancaster, Erie County, NY.

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Peter S. OLIPHANT is the common ancestor of the OLIPHANT families of Niagara County, NY, USA
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