730 John Oliver Jane Waters
  770 Thomas Grant Ann Stanford (Staniford)
? - 1765 1708 -1765
630 Thomas Oliver
bp. 5 Nov 1727
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. ?

Elizabeth Grant

b. About 1730
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. After 1778
Probably Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
6 Nov 1749 Marriage Thomas Oliver and Elizabeth Grant in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  Elizabeth Oliver bp. 24 Jun 1750 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

William Girdler on 18 Jul 1769 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Two Children: William and Elizabeth
  Jane Oliver bp. 3 Jun 1753 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

1. Thomas Courtis 10 Dec 1778
2. William Goodwin, 31 May 1785 both in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Jane and William - One Child: Jane Goodwin
  Meriam Oliver bp. 30 Nov 1755 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts; d. 20 Jan 1828 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  Thomas Oliver bp. 28 Jan 1759 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d.
Ancestor Leaf 521 Mary Oliver bp.11 Nov 1764 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 24 Mar 1838 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Captain Arnold Martin on 29 Jul 1792 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Five Children: Arnold, Oliver, Thomas, Mary Oliver, and Martha Martin
What We Know


Very little information is available for this couple, starting with their identities and their parentage. A genealogy request was completed in September 2011 by NEHGS for the purpose of establishing the parentage of Elizabeth Grant, the wife of Thomas Oliver. Though this research, we learned that the timing is likely for her to have been the daughter of Thomas Grant and Ann Stanford, who married in Marblehead 26 Nov 1730, nineteen years before the marriage of Thomas Oliver and Elizabeth. Thomas and Ann had a son Thomas baptized in 1731 in Marblehead for whom there is a record. No record, however, exists for Elizabeth born about this time.

Elizabeth Oliver (along with Thomas Grant, whom we assume would be her brother) are mentioned in the probate materials of a shoreman Thomas Grant dated in 1778. This date is ten years after the death of Ann Stanford Grant on 19 Jan 1768. Ann's record lists her as the widow of Thomas Grant when she died. The probate of an estate, even though intestate, more than ten years after death, would have been unusual, so it is not clear whether this Thomas Grant was their father or another relation.

Of interest is the fact that another Thomas Grant, son of Francis Grant and Priscilla Hawkins, was born in about 1708. This Thomas Grant would have been baptized a few months before Ann Stanford, so they were of the same age. He married Mary Bowden in 1726, four years before 1730 when the other Thomas Grant married Ann Stanford. In examining the marriage records, an assumption could easily be made that Mary Bowden Grant died and that her husband married for a second time Ann Stanford (and some genealogies including a few at the LDS site list Thomas Grant, the son of Francis and Priscilla, with two wives). However, Thomas and Mary Bowden Grant had at least five children from 1729 to 1740. Since 1740 is ten years after the date of Thomas and Ann's marriage, we know that Mary Bowden Grant was still living at the time that Ann Stanford married a Thomas Grant. Thomas and Mary's son Thomas married Hannah Carrol (unless it was our Elizabeth's brother who married Hannah) in 1751, and they had a son




Elias Grant. Elias Grant's name as well as that of Nathaniel Bowden both appear on the probate material for the Thomas Grant, Shoreman, whose creditors include Thomas Grant Jr. and Elizabeth Oliver. That Elizabeth Grant is closely related to grants who came from the union of Francis Grant and Priscilla Hawkins must be assumed. Francis had a brother John Grant who married Elizabeth Beale. I was able to find a son John for them, but no other children. I believe it's possible they had a son Thomas, who may have been the father of our Elizabeth.

The text of the probate materials for Thomas Grant can be found in the section on Thomas Grant and Ann Stanford.

There were two Thomas Olivers born in Marblehead within a couple of years. The first was the son of John Oliver and Jane Waters baptized on 5 Nov 1727. The second was baptized on 26 Oct 1729 and was the son of John's brother David Oliver and his wife Hannah Stacy. Because their second child was named Jane and the first Thomas's mother was Jane, I have gone with the son of John and Thomas.

The couple had five children, three of whom we know for sure grew to adulthood and married. Their daughter Meriam died apparently never married in her eighties. No information can be found about son Thomas.

The eldest daughter Elizabeth married William Girdler, and the couple had two children, William and Elizabeth.

Their second child, daughter Jane, married first Thomas Courtis and then William Goodwin. No records of births to Jane and Thomas nor Jane and William could be found.

Our descendant, Mary Oliver, married Captain Arnold Martin and had five children.

Death records could be found for only two of the daughters, Meriam and Mary.





The marriage records of Thomas and Elizabeth's Children are in the next set:


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