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Oliphant


Burkes-Landed-Gentry was brought to my attention recently, by some fellow genealogist on the Leith, Midlothian Web-site.

I have been doing the genealogy of my immediate line for some ten years now. I have not published any of it as I wanted to make sure there was no stone left unturned. It started with a family bible I received from my grandmother. The date of the first entry's are 1834. In addition, there were several letters of correspondence with a man named Samuel Grant Oliphant of the US.

I have come to realize our own line was somewhat of a mystery to all I have come in contact with, as they did not take the traditional route. According to my records, they left Leith in 1833 and came to Prince Edward Island. Both parents died shortly after arriving, and my gg grandfather George Treacher Oliphant was the youngest of five brothers. Two of his brother's died at Singapore India, in some war there. And the other two died at early ages, one at two yrs, and the other at nine. We narrowly existed as you can see. His oldest sister Jane married a George M. Morgan at Charlottetown PEI, and George Treacher was raised by them. This is why they were not listed in the censes records as Oliphant on PEI. Mr. Morgan gained employment in Newfoundland, and they all moved there, and were the only Oliphant's to ever live there.

My gg grandfather in one of his letters of correspondence mentions that two Lawyers came to Newfoundland,  and where trying to get him to prove his grandparents marriage. He said, I only know their name's, and that my grandfather was a Bulking master at Leith for thirty years before his death in 1801. His name was WILLIAM OLIPHANT. He said, if I knew my parents were going to die, I would have found out more about my grandparents. He also mentioned that his father and his Aunt were born at Gask & Ardblair, and that his Aunt was the only sister of WILLIAM. She never married nor had any children. Her name was Wilhelmina Oliphant, she died in 1847 at Montrose Scotland. They referred to her as an old maid.

At any rate, I have come to call my work "The Broken Branch," as even the Mormon church had no records of Newfoundland, and if not for the letters, and bible, this information would have been lost.

I am currently rapping up all the loose ends in Leith, and Edinburgh, and hope to have the full details of what exactly happened. If this or any of the family history might be of interest to you or your organization, I will be glad to share it, possibly for a future publication entry. In the mean time I am working on a book called "The Broken Branch." which will give a much more detailed history. I was only able to give you a synopsis in this form.

Sincerely
Anthony Oliphant


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