Biography of Thomas Oliver
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Oliver, Thomas, Madrid, was born in Northern Scotland, August 5, 1828, and was only five years of age when his parents came to this country. John, the father, took up a tract of land in Potsdam of 150 acres. On this farm he reared a family of six children and spent the balance of his days, dying June 15, 1858, at seventy four years of age. His wife, Isabelle Murdie, was also a native of Scotland, born in 1788, and died May 4, 1872. Our subject was the youngest of this family. He was educated in the common schools, and assisted his father on the farm until twenty two years of age. In 1850 he bought a farm of ninety two acres in Madrid, to which he has added until he now has in this one farm 322 acres. He has always conducted a dairy and now has over fifty head of cattle, besides other stock. He has added many very valuable improvements. All of the outbuildings are of his erection. He has always been a supporter of the Republican party. He married in 1853, Violet Rutherford, of Madrid, who bore him live children, two of whom are now living: John and Violet Jane. Mrs. Oliver died June 4, 1866, and he again married in December, 1868, Mary A., daughter of William Rutherford, of Madrid, They had one child, who died in infancy.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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