Betty Elizabeth Oliver

Betty Elizabeth Oliver

Female 1836 - 1924  (87 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Gender Female 
    Born 26 April 1836  Berriedale, Latheron, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • “Oliver, Betty, antinuptial daughter of Alexander Oliver and Betty Gordon, in Berriedale was born 26th April and baptized 13th May”
    Baptism 13 May 1836  Latheron, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 6 June 1841  Achormlary, Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Achormlary, Parish of Dornay
      Name - Age - Occupation - Born in Sutherland

      Alex Oliver 25 Ag Lab Yes
      Betsy Oliver 5 Yes
      George Oliver 3 Yes
      James Oliver 2 months Yes
      Betsy Gordon 25 Yes
      Johan Gordon 21 F L Yes
      Ferdinand Gilchrist 13 M L Yes
      Margaret Sutherland 11 Yes
    Census 30 March 1851  Auchtormleney, Rogart, Sutherland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Parish of Rogart, Sutherland, Scotland
      Name - Relation - Age - Occupation - Where born.
      Auchtomleny or Auchtornleney

      Alexander Oliver Head Mar 36 Shepherd Caithness Berriedale
      Betsey Oliver Wife Mar 35 Sutherland Kildonan
      Betsey Oliver Daur Mar 15 Caithness Berriedale
      George Oliver Son U 13 Scholar Sutherland Kildonan
      James Oliver Son U 10 Scholar Sutherland Dornoch
      Jane Oliver Daur U 9 Scholar Sutherland Rogart
      Robert Oliver Son U 7 Sutherland Rogart
      William Oliver Son U 4 Sutherland Rogart
      Isabella Oliver Daur U 1 Sutherland Rogart
      Margaret Ross Servant U 18 House Servant Rossshire Dingwall
      William Tait Servant U 26 Servant (Shepherd) Tweedale Peebles
    Immigration 1861  [4
    • Death Certificate says Elizabeth had been in New Zealand 63 years
    Died 13 February 1924  Dalefield, Carterton, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Cause of Death: Senile Decay, Heart Failure 1 year 1 day
    Buried 14 February 1924  Clareville Cemetery, Carterton, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
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    Notes 
    • The 1851 Census indicates that Betsey Oliver, aged 15 is Married. But there is no husband shown for her in the household. Possibly confused with Betsey the mother on the line above who was also shown as “Mar”.
    Person ID I31  Roger | Ancestors of Roger
    Last Modified 3 April 2009 

    Father Alexander Oliver,   b. 25 December 1814,   d. 29 September 1879, Georgemas, Halkirk, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Elspat or Elizabeth “Betty” Gordon,   b. 7 January 1813, Kildonan, Sutherland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 December 1888, East Brora, Clyne, Sutherland, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Family ID F691  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Peter Mulvay,   b. 1840, Haddington, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 September 1919, Greenbank, Kulikup, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 4 February 1862  Tokomairiro, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Alternate Wedding about 1863  Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Death Certificate says she was 27 years old when she married Peter Mulvay in Hokitika
    Notes 
    • On the Intention to Marry Application dated 1st February 1862 in the District of Tokomairiro south of Dunedin, it shows Peter was a shepherd aged 22 and had resided in New Zealand for 2 months where as Elizabeth Oliver was aged 22 but a resident for only 3 weeks. It was a common practice for young couples in love to falsify their age to get married. I am not suggesting this is the case but as you will see form Peters Death Certificate, Peter died aged 76 in 1919 hence the birth date 1843. If Peter was married in 1862 at aged 22 he would have been born in 1840. When you examine Elizabeth Olivers records (she re married and became Riddle) her date of death was 1924 at aged 88. This would make her birth date 1836, quite a bit older than Peter Mulvay. Many would suggest both Peter possibly 19 and Elizabeth 19 increased their ages past 21 to enable them to marry. Either way as I mentioned earlier, date, ages, places and times can get mixed up or change along the way. I can only guess why!

      First marriage for Peter Mulvay
      Peter Mulvay and Elizabeth Oliver were married in the district of Tokomairiro south of Dunedin in New Zealand’s South Island on the 4th day of February 1862 and over the next 12 years produced nine (9) children. Unfortunately three (3) were stillborn.

      Sometime between 1874 and 1885 Peter and Elizabeth separated and then Divorced. If a seven (7) year separation was required before divorce as it was in Australia, this would explain the time span between Peters first and second marriage in 1886. [6]
    Children 
    +  1. Male Alexander Oliver Mulvay,   b. 23 April 1862, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 June 1934, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
       2. Male James Oliver Mulvay,   b. 1863, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
       3. Male George Gordon Mulvay,   b. 2 February 1864, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 November 1947, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
       4. Male Robert Oliver Mulvay,   b. after November 1864, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after November 1864, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 0 years)
       5. Male Robert Sutherland Mulvay,   b. 25 December 1866, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 November 1868, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +  6. Female Mary Mulvay or Mulvey,   b. 30 September 1868, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 April 1941  (Age 72 years)
       7. Female Betsy Jane Mulvay,   b. 17 December 1870, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
       8. Male James Oliver Mulvay,   b. 28 November 1872, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 April 1944, Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
       9. Male William Gordon Mulvay,   b. 18 October 1874, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 October 1874, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F15  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Mister Riddle 
    Family ID F13277  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Mulvey nee Gordon
    Mulvey nee Gordon
    Written on back by Mum - says "Mulvey nee Gordon". But this is incorrect, as Peter Mulvay married Elizabeth Betty Oliver - it was Betty’s mother who was a Gordon. But the existence of this photo in New Zealand points more to it being someone who was in New Zealand than it would be Elizabeth Gordon who died in Scotland.

    Documents
    Birth Entry for Betty Oliver
    Birth Entry for Betty Oliver
    Birth record for Betty Oliver from OPR of Latheron, Caithness, Scotland.

    “Oliver, Betty, antinuptial daughter of Alexander Oliver and Betty Gordon, in Berriedale was born 26th April and baptized 13th May”
    British Census of 1841 for Parish of Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland
    1841 British Census for Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland
    Census shows Alexander Oliver with his wife Betsy (Gordon) Oliver and children Betsy, George and James. Also in household is Betsy’s sister Johan.
    1851 British Census for Rogart, Sutherland, Scotland
    1851 British Census for Rogart, Sutherland, Scotland
    Census shows Alexander Oliver with his wife Betsey and children Betsey, George, James, Jane, Robert, William and Isabella. They also have 2 servants and a visitor. Daughter Betsey, aged 15 is indicated as “Mar” - married - but there’s no husband in the household, and no marriage record found for her in the period 1850-1852. It may have been an error with her mother Betsey on the line above who is also indicated as “Mar”.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2482] Birth Entry from Old Parish Register for Latheron, Caithness, Scotland.
    2. [S2485] British Census of 1841 for Parish of Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland.
    3. [S2484] British Census of 1851 for Rogart, Sutherland, Scotland.
    4. [S2478] Death Entry for Elizabeth Riddle née Oliver.
    5. [S2477] Descendant Chart showing 3 marriages of Peter Mulvay and his children, author Max Mulvay [mmulvay@portbouvardrealestate.com.au] and his aunt Roberta Rose née Mulvay - supplied by Siobhan Waters.
    6. [S2480] Article titled “The First Pioneer”, author Max Mulvay [mmulvay@portbouvardrealestate.com.au] and his aunt Roberta Rose née Mulvay - supplied by Siobhan Waters.


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