52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #9 Frederick Oliver

This week, my ancestor of the week is Frederick Oliver.  Frederick was the father of George Oliver, my ancestor of the week on 20 July.

As mentioned in my post about George, Frederick came to Australia with his wife Susannah, and sons George and Ralph, in 1849.  They had sailed on the “Mary Shepherd”, which arrived at Port Phillip on 4 April 1849.  Frederick was a shoemaker, aged 24 years.  He went to Melbourne disengaged.

A search of the FreeBMD website found a marriage for Frederick Oliver in the September quarter 1846, in the Royston district, vol 6 page 831.  I applied for the marriage certificate from the General Register Office, Certificate Ordering Service. Frederick married Susannah Campkin on 2 July 1846 at Melbourn.  Frederick was a bachelor of full age, and Susannah was a spinster of full age.  He was a shoemaker, and his residence was Melbourn.  His father was Sylvester Oliver, butcher, and her father was Stephen Campkin, a shoe maker.  The witnesses were Joseph Oliver and Emma Farrow.

I had previously searched the Birth, death and marriage indexes on microfiche at my local library, for entries that were likely to belong to this family, and had found a death entry for Frederick Oliver in 1855.  He was listed as 30 years old, and his parents were Sylvester and Mary Ann (maiden name Unknown).   From this information, I applied for his death certificate.  The certificate shows he died 2 April 1855, at Church Street Richmond, from colonial fever.  He was a shoemaker, and had been in Victoria 5 years.   The death certificate shows he had been married at age 23 in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire to Susannah Campkin.  His children were George 8, Sylvester 3, and Agnes 2, and there were 2 sons and a daughter who were deceased.

A search of the 1841 England Census found Frederick Oliver, age 16, in Melbourn Cambridgeshire (Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 63; Book: 15; Civil Parish: Melbourne; County: Cambridgeshire; Enumeration District: 15; Folio: 4; Page: 2; Line: 13; GSU roll: 241222). In the household was Silvester Oliver, age 36, butcher, Mary Oliver, age 36, Frederick age 16, sh ap, Joseph age 14, Emily age 12, Henry age 9, Silvester age 7, Mary age 5, Sarah age 4 and Arthur age 1.

In my early years of researching at the State Library of Victoria, I searched the International Genealogical Index on microfilm, and found an entry for Frederick Oliver, christened 21 November 1824 at Melbourn, parents Silvester Oliver and Mary.  On searching for more information for Frederick for this post, I found that ancestry.com.au has an entry for Frederick, in the England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 data collection.  This entry not only gives the baptism date of 21 November 1824, but also has the birth date of 14 November 1824 (reference FHL Film number 990296 Item 3 p 113).   This information is also available on the FamilySearch website: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NK35-YTY

Since I also have the Parish Registers (transcriptions) for Melbourn on CD, I had a look for the entry for Frederick Oliver.  The entry on the CD also includes his father’s occupation:

1824 Nov 21 Oliver Frederick of Silvester & Mary otp butcher born 14 Nov 1824

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