The Oliver Crest

The Oliver Crest

Our Oliver Clan

Family at Thanksgiving 2001

Not all of it course

Havelock, NC

Thanksgiving 2001


My sister and I are working on the genealogy for our (Oliver) family. We have only been able to make it back  (actually documented) to our great-grandfather William M(?) Oliver, b. August 10, 1824 (location unknown), d. September 28, 1871 in Hawkinsville, Pulaski, Georgia.

Family 'legend' says that he and two brothers (or possibly his father and two brothers) came to the U.S. during the great Potato Famine in Ireland, but, to date, we have not found evidence to either support or refute this information.

We have some indication that his father 's name may have been Samuel or James Oliver and that he had a brother named H(enry?)  E. Oliver. He was married twice. First to Wineford A(nne?) Baskin (our great grandmother), daughter of R.W. & T.M. Baskin and the second time to Sarah Horne of Hawkinsville, Georgia.


Our grandfather, Willard Welborn Oliver, was the only son of William M Oliver and Wineford A Baskin.  He had a half-brother, Henry Wimberly Oliver, and two sisters, Sarah Frances Oliver (Mrs John F. Hendley) and Temperance Orleana Oliver (Mrs Johnathan J. Jelks), all of Hawkinsville, Georgia. He was born in Pinehearst, Dooly, Georgia, on April 20, 1856, moved to Jackson County Florida in 1902, and died in Shady Grove, Jackson, Florida, on June 19,1930. He was married twice. First to Elizabeth E(?) Mobly, and then to Katie Mayo Anderson (our grandmother).

Katie Anderson was the daughter of John H(enry?) Anderson and Louisa Eva (Lou Eva) Norwood. She was born in Hawkinsville, Georgia, on March 27, 1875, and died in Shady Grove, Florida on November 8, 1950.

Our father, Hunter Merritt Oliver Sr, was the youngest of seventeen children (Elizabeth Mobly had 8 and Kate Anderson had 9). He was born in Shady Grove, Florida, on March 28, 1909, and died in Tallahassee, Leon, Florida, on February 5, 1994.

Our mother. Lavada Frances Trudie Mayo, was born on August 8, 1909, in Cherokee Community, Jackson, Florida, She was the third of seven children and the only daughter of John Milton Mayo and Bessie Charlotte Anne Lee. She died in Quincy, Gadsden, Florida on December 8, 1993.

Our parents were married on October 13, 1935, in Marianna, Jackson, Florida, and remained married to each other for the rest of their lives (over 58 years).

There were three of us children (four if you count the first which died shortly after birth). Gwindyl Marie Oliver (Mrs Paul P Peterson), Janice Juanita Oliver (Mrs William E Johnson), and me, Hunter M Oliver Jr. Since my sisters might get mad if I tell you how old they are, lets just say I'm the youngest and I was born on June 7, 1949 in Tallahassee, Leon, Florida. That's north Florida, not the yankee part!

I have been happily married for almost 30 years to the former Sarah Angeline Williams of Macon, Bibb, Georgia. Again, I'm not telling age. We have two daughters, Angelyn Kay Oliver and Christina Merritt Oliver (Mrs Harley Costley). We also have five grandchildren: William Sloan Lamb, Anthony Sky Lamb, Cheroki Sierra Lamb, Sarah Gabrielle Hosford and Andrew Caleb Wayne Hosford.

My oldest sister has one daughter, Rita LaNeral Peterson (Mrs Russel Roosa), one son, Marty James Peterson, and one step-son, David Wayne Peterson. She has seven grandchildren.

My other sister has one daughter, Janice Janene Johnson (Mrs Bruce W Wonsch). She has two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.


Though we are trying to collect data on the Oliver family in particular and associated families in general, we will not use any information, until it has been verified, been proven reliable and we have reasonable belief that it pertains to our family. We have some fragmented information on un-related/un-verified individuals which might help others in their searches.

So far we have information on over 400 family members with the most common surnames of Oliver, Mayo, Lee, Anderson, Jelks, Hendley , Norwood, and McCormick. I also have some information on my wife's family with the most common surnames being Williams, Benson, Evans and Renfroe. On both sides, the information is almost strictly for Georgia and Florida. The families may have migrated to these areas from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Indiana in the early 1800s.

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At this time, we are seeking information on William M. Oliver and/or Wineford A. Baskin and their ancestors/families. If you can help us or if we might be able to help you in your search, please e-mail either me, Hunter M Oliver Jr, or my sister, Gwindyl Peterson.