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OLIVERs of Farmacaffley, Ennislare, Ballyrea, Killynure, Brootally and elsewhere. This tree includes the five earliest generations of OLIVERs known to have resided in Co. Armagh who are directly connected to my family line.

Sharon Oddie Brown. July 27, 2017
Update August 1, 2017 A closer look at the 1738 Feb 6 deed resulted in Elizabeth Maria OLIVER being removed as a child of Benjamin OLIVER and added as a child of William OLIVER & Elizabeth HARDY. Also, Andrew OLIVER was added as a child of William OLIVER & Elizabeth HARDY.
Update August 5, 2017. Several additions incl: Isabella OLIVER (1802-1816); Andrew OLIVER d 1770 notes; Sarah OLIVER & Charles NORRIS.




·       The names that are shaded indicate my direct line.

·       In the same time frame that the William OLIVER & Elizabeth HARDY (who are at the start of this tree) had children baptised at 1st Armagh Presbyterian, there was also a Benjamin OLIVER who had a son William baptised: 1727 June 28th. I suspect that he was a brother of the William OLIVER who married Elizabeth HARDY. I have added him to the tree on the basis of a hunch. In addition, there was also a Thomas OLIVER who had a daughter, Rachel OLIVER baptised 1713 September 20th. Based on naming patterns, this is a less likely, but not impossible relation of the first generation in this tree.

·       Another possible relation is the Hugh OLIVER who married Jane PARKE 1707 Jan 6 at 1st Armagh Presbyterian, and in 1798 Dec 12 Hugh OLIVER had a son named David OLIVER christened at 1st Armagh Presbyterian. William OLIVER also had a son named David.

·       I am beginning to suspect that two brothers settled in the Parishes of Armagh & Lisnadill.

·       In the 2nd generation of this tree, the brothers David Joseph & William OLIVER are well recorded because of legal issues surrounding the mills at Laragh.

·       In the 3rd, 4th and 5th generations, the relationships are reasonably well nailed down, except where noted.


1 William OLIVER b: Bef 1700 d: Aft 1730 of Ballynahone, Co. Armagh NOTE: He may also have been "of Lislooney"

  + Elizabeth HARDY b: Abt 1700 of Drumadd, Parish of Armagh. d: Aft 1730 NOTE: the name of the townland that Elizabeth HARDY came from is not entirely clear in Eliza JACKSON’s notes, and it could be read as Drummuck, Parish of Creggan, except for the fact that the HARDY family are mentioned in other records relating to Drumadd in this time frame.

    2 Benjamin OLIVER b: in of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh d: 1770 in Ballinahonebeg, Co. Armagh. NOTE: There was a 1770 probate for a Benjamin OLIVER at Ballynahonebeg.

        3 Arthur OLIVER d: Abt 1798 in Ballinahonebeg, Co. Armagh

        3 Benjamin OLIVER d: 1850 of Lislooney, Parish of Tynan, Co. Armagh

            4 James OLIVER b: Abt 1800 d: Aft 1853

              + Letitia SIMPSON b: Abt 1805 d: Aft 1853

                5 Benjamin Robert OLIVER b: Aft 1831

            4 Isabella OLIVER (1802-1816) of Lislooney, Parish of Tynana, Co. Armagh. She died after a rapid decline” at age fourteen SOURCE: Belfast Newsletter 1816, April 16.

    2 David OLIVER b: 1725 of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh c: 31 Dec 1725 1st Armagh Presbyterian d: Feb 1806 of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh

      + Susannah WALKER m: Bef. 1764 d: Mar 1808 in Ballyrea, Co. Armagh

        3 Martha OLIVER b: in of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh  d: Aft 1845

          + Nathaniel LESLIE b: in of Drumaconver, Co. Armagh  m: 02 Sep 1803 in 1st Armagh Presbyterian, City of Armagh

            4 David LESLIE b: Aft 1803

              + Sarah MCCLELLAND NOTE: I do not have a marriage cert, but documents surrounding incidents surrounding conflict over the mills at Laragh make this marriage certain.

                5 John LESLIE b: Abt 1831

        3 Anne OLIVER b: in of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh d: in Probably Dundalk, Co. Louth 

          + Samuel ELGEE b: Abt. 1759 in of Rochvale, townland of Corcreeghy, parish of Kilmore, Co.Monaghan  m: 22 Apr 1801

            4 Margaret ELGEE b: Aft 1801

              + Richard SCARLETT d: in of Middletown, Co. Armagh m: 05 Apr 1837

        3 Benjamin OLIVER b: in of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh d: Bet. 1837 - 1840 of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh

        3 Joseph OLIVER b: b: Abt. 1764 in of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh d: 01 Nov 1837 in Tullymore, Co. Armagh

          + Catherine OSBORNE b: Abt 1791 d: 28 Oct 1866 m: Bet. 1826 - 1831

            4 John Elliot OLIVER b: Abt 1831 d: Abt 26 Jun 1850

          + Jane HAMILTON b: 1763 in Of Tullymore, Co. Armagh d: 13 Jul 1826 in Tullymore, Co. Armagh m: Abt. 1804

        3 William OLIVER b: Abt. 1764 in of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh d: 1844 in Laragh, Co. Monaghan

          + Mary Anne HYDE m: Abt. 1809

            4 William OLIVER b: Aft 1809

            4 Joseph OLIVER b: Aft 1809 d: 1883

              + Alice FEALY b: 1825 d: 1907 m: 1836

        3 Margaret OLIVER b: Abt. 1775 in of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh 

          + Patrick MCCLELLAND b: in of Ballybay, Co. Monaghan  m: 1807

            4 Samuel MCCLELLAND b: Mar 1803 Laragh

            4 Margaret MCCLELLAND b: May 1805 Laragh

            4 David MCCLELLAND b: Aug 1808 Laragh

            4 Susannah MCCLELLAND b: Aug 1808 Laragh

    2 Joseph OLIVER b: 11 Feb 1726/27 in of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh d: Bet. 1794 - 1796 in Ballynahonebeg, Co. Armagh

      + Jane OATS b: Apr 1728 d: 17 Feb 1786 m: 1764

        3 Elizabeth OLIVER b: Aft 1764 d: Aft 1815

          + John MATHEWS b: 1770 d: 25 Feb 1815

        3 Mary OLIVER b: Aft 1764 of Kennedies d: Aft 1806

          + John MACKAY b: in Of Ballyards  m: 31 Mar 1798 in First Armagh Presbyterian Church d: Aft 1806

            4 Jane MACKAY b: 1799 Kennedies

            4 Martha MACKAY b: 1800 Kennedies

            4 Joseph MACKAY b: 1801 Kennedies

        3 John OLIVER b: Aft 1764 d: Aft 1796

    2 Elizabeth Maria OLIVER b: 1728 c: 11 Apr 1728 d aft 1738 NOTE: She was mentioned as a life in a deed.

    2 Andrew OLIVER d. aft 1738 NOTE: He was mentioned as a life in a 1738 Feb 6 deed. Occupation: Chandler.

        3 Sarah OLIVER. WARNING: Her placement here is based only on a hunch. See 1750 Oct 22 marriage to Charles NORRIS.

    2 William OLIVER b: Abt. 1730 in of Ballyrea or Farmacaffley, Co. Armagh d: 1816 in of Ennislare, Co. Armagh d: 1816

      + Elizabeth STEEL b: in of Drummad, Co. Armagh  m: 27 Aug 1757 in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Church of Ireland, City of Armagh

        3 Jane OLIVER d: Aft 1801

          + John MCCULLAGH d: 28 Mar 1818 late of Kearney Hill, Co. Armagh (also of Lisnafeedy) m: Abt. 1801

            4 William MCCULLAGH b: Bef 1798

            4 Anne MCCULLAGH b: Bef 1798

              +  BLACK

            4 Margaret MCCULLAGH b: Bef 1798

            4 John MCCULLAGH b: Bef 1816 of Kearney Hill, Co. Armagh 

        3 Elizabeth OLIVER b: Abt 1760

          + William VANCE b: Abt 1767 from “Castle Cawfield”, Co. Tyrone  m: 01 May 1803 in First Presbyterian, City of Armagh NOTE: This is interesting because of other VANCE-OLIVER marriages in another line of OLIVERs.

        3 William OLIVER b: Abt 1765 of Ennislare d: 1854 in Brootally, Parish of Eglish, Co. Armagh

          + Janet MCCULLAGH d: Bet 1818 and 1828 She married before 1818. NOTE: Even though Eliza JACKSON née OLIVER wrote (sometime before 1900) that they had no children, it is possible that they had children. There is an entry in the St. Marks Registries of a William OLIVER and a Jane having a son James born April 14, 1812. This is an OLIVER birth that we have not been able to place.

          + Elizabeth BALLYNTINE b: Abt. 1805 in Bellaghy, Parish of Eglish, Co. Armagh  m: Bef. 1828 NOTE: This marriage has been placed here based on a hunch. It is a weak hunch since the relationship was not mentioned by Eliza JACKSON née OLIVER (not that she got all of it right).

            4 William OLIVER b: 27 Jul 1828 d: Aft 1892 NOTE: I am unsure about some of his relationships. It seems that he resided at Killynure, likely on the eastern border of the townland, not where the William OLIVER, son of Benjamin OLIVER and Elizabeth BRADFORD had lived. He also may have fathered children with a Margaret OLIVER of the townland of Enagh.

              + Mary Anne MALLON b: 1822 d: 24 Jan 1892 NOTE: She had a will.

                5 Benjamin OLIVER b: 21 Aug 1841 NOTE: He was born out of wedlock to a Catholic mother and a Protestant father.

                5 Sarah OLIVER b: 31 Aug 1844 NOTE: She was born out of wedlock to a Catholic mother and a Protestant father.

        3 Benjamin OLIVER b: Abt 1765 He may have been born at Farmacaffley, and then given a lease in Ennislare by his father. He relocated to Killynure sometime before his marriage which was about 1806. d: 1 Jul 1831 Killynure, Co. Armagh 

          + Elizabeth BRADFORD b: 1785 d: 12 Jul 1825

            4 William OLIVER b: Abt 1810 of Killynure, Co. Armagh d: 15 Oct 1873 Killynure, Co. Armagh

            4 Thomas OLIVER b: Abt 1813 of Killynure, Co. Armagh d: 4 May 1867 Killynure, Co. Armagh

            4 James OLIVER b: Bet 1815 and 1825 of Ennislare, Co. Armagh d: 1853 in Brootally, Parish of Eglish, Co. Armagh NOTE: Having him be the James OLIVER of Brootally is a hunch – based on deeds work. He was not mentioned in his father’s will, and could have died before 1825.

            4 Elizabeth OLIVER b: 10 Apr 1815 Probably Killinure, Co. Armagh d: 23 Oct 1903 Urker Lodge, Urker, Parish of Creggan, Co. Armagh NOTE: Although she was buried at Creggan, her gravemarker is at Creggan.

              + David JACKSON b: 4 Feb 1814 d: 11 Nov 1889

                5 John JACKSON b: 28 Nov 1839 d: 21 Jul 1886

                  + Kate Maria Jane WHITING b: 24 Sep 1854 d: Aft 1901                  

                5 Thomas JACKSON b: 4 Jun 1841 d: 21 Dec 1915

                  + Amelia Lydia DARE b: 2 Feb 1851 d: 10 Apr 1944

                5 Elizabeth JACKSON b: 29 Jan 1843 d: 17 Apr 1923

                  + Thompson BROWN b: 7 Apr 1837 d: 20 Oct 1915

                5 Mary JACKSON b: 23 Nov 1844 d: 9 Aug 1921

                  + William MENARY b: 16 Aug 1838 d: 7 Feb 1874                   

                5 Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON b: 8 Apr 1846 d: 29 Oct 1929

                  + Eliza Emily GILMORE b: 25 Apr 1846 d: 8 Mar 1938

                5 Sarah JACKSON b: 1 Apr 1848 d: 24 Jul 1942

                  + Eliezer GILMORE b: 1 Nov 1843 d: 7 Jan 1919

                5 James JACKSON b: 24 Oct 1850 d: 6 Jan 1925

                  + Elizabeth Sarah BROWNE b: 6 Feb 1847 d: Aft 1911

                5 Margaret JACKSON b: 3 Apr 1853 d: 27 Feb 1944

                  + Robert Hamilton REED b: 24 Oct 1847 d: 16 Sep 1881

                5 David JACKSON b: 16 Nov 1855 d: 27 Jul 1903

                  + Margaret Louisa WRIGHT b: 28 Dec 1868 d: 24 Feb 1945

                5 George William JACKSON b: 29 Aug 1858 d: 28 Nov 1859

            4 Andrew Bradford OLIVER b: 1818 d: 27 Nov 1877 in Aughrafin, Killylea, Parish of Tynan, Co. Armagh.

              + Mary Jane HAYES b: Abt 1819 d: Bef Mar 1843

                   5 Benjamin OLIVER b: 1842 d: 21 Sep 1905

                  + Grace ORR

              +Anne HANNA b: Abt. 1822 in of Terraskane, Parish of Eglish, Co. Armagh d: 29 Mar 1891 in Ballyscandle, Parish of Eglish, Co. Armagh m: 22 Mar 1843 in Eglish Parish, Co. Armagh

                   5 Barbara OLIVER b: Bet 1844 and 1876 Co. Armagh. d: Bef 1877. Died in infancy

                   5 Martha Eliza OLIVER b: Abt 1844 Co. Armagh d: 26 Nov 1872 Queensland, Australia.

                     + George NORRIS b: 1837

                   5 William H. OLIVER b: Bef 1848 d: 17 Apr 1867. NOTE: He is recorded on the family grave marker in Lislea, but based on the fact of an identical death date for a William Oliver, was buried at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served as William H. Oliver, Private, Company A, 1st Regiment, Kansas Infantry, Union. His death in April 18. 1867, would have been two years after the end of the Civil War. His rank as private would have been before 1865.

                   5 Mary Jane OLIVER b: 22 Apr 1848 Brootally, Parish of Derrynoose, Co. Armagh d: Abt 1848 Co. Armagh. Died in infancy – probably at Brootally.

                   5 Margaret OLIVER b: 1853 d: 14 Apr 1881

                   5 Andrew Coulter Bradford OLIVER b: 1859 d: 14 Jun 1899

            4 Henry OLIVER b: Bet 1818 and 1821 d: Bet 1818 and 1821 Elizas notes say he died as an infant.

            4 Mary Jane OLIVER b: 1821 d: 3 Oct 1875 Ballybay, Co. Monaghan (although she resided at Cavananore, Co. Louth)

        3 James OLIVER b: 1769 d: 31 Oct 1852

            4 John OLIVER b: Abt 1810 NOTE: He is a possibility as the John OLIVER who was the father of John OLIVER (1841-1909) husband of Margaret ROCK (abt 1837-1905) of Ballycrummy. DNA evidence indicates a close link, as do issues over inheritances.

        3 Frances OLIVER b: Bef 1770 d: Bef 14 Jan 1837 of Enagh, Parish of Lisnadill, Co. Armagh. She left a will, but we only have the probate outline. NOTE: There are other OLIVERs at Enagh in the years that follow, which could indicate that one of her brothers had a child or children that we have not yet found any documentation for.

        3 Andrew OLIVER b: Abt 1770 NOTE: He is placed here based on a hunch. A Rev William Quigley wrote to Maria Beattie in 2005 with some notes from Drumsallan Church, Parish of Eglish. In the marriage registers, he found: Andrew Oliver of Brookley [sic-  Broottally] married Anne Hanna of Tereskane [Rev. Quigley note: between Drumsallan and Armagh but in Eglish Parish] on 22 March 1804. The main thing that gives me pause about his placement here in the tree – and it is significant - is that he was not included in the grave marker for Benjamin OLIVER as other siblings are.

          + Anne HANNA b: Abt 1780





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