Hi. I'm not related to this family.This may be Oliver & son Levi in the 1880 Census:
1880 United States Federal Census about Levi G. Childers Name: Levi G. Childers Age: 6 Birth Year: abt 1874 Birthplace: California Home in 1880: Aulerry Valley, Fresno, California Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Son Marital Status: Single Father's Name: Oliver Childers Father's Birthplace: Indiana Mother's Name: Louisa Childers Mother's Birthplace: Illinois Household Members: Name Age Oliver Childers 49b. 1831 IN, fath b. KY, moth b. SC; farmer Louisa Childers 49 -wife- b. 1831 Ill, parents b. KY Richard Childers 32 -son- b. 1848 TX William Childers 31 -son- b. 1849 CA Sarah Childers 18 -dau- b. 1862 CA Izilla Childers 16 -dau- b. 1864 CA Charles L. Childers 14 -son- b. 1866 CA Cora Childers 12 -dau- b. 1868 CA Marion Childers 10 -son- b. 1870 CA Levi G. Childers 6-son- b. 1874 CA **
Here is a death record for Levi:
California Death Index, 1940-1997 about Levi Gilmore Childers Name: Levi Gilmore Childers Social Security #: 0 Sex: Male Birth Date: 25 May 1873 Birthplace: California Death Date: 16 Aug 1943 Death Place: Fresno Mother's Maiden Name: Lee Father's Surname: Childers
Here is a possible marriage for Oliver:
Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900 about Oliver Childers Name: Oliver Childers Gender: Male Spouse Name: Louisa Lee Marriage Date: Mar 11, 1852 Marriage County: Clark Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film # 1306059 - 1306062.
Here is the couple in 1900:
1900 United States Federal Census about Oliver Childers Name: Oliver Childers Age: 67 Birth Date: Sep 1832 Birthplace: Illinois Home in 1900: Township 10, Fresno, California Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Louisa Childers Marriage Year: 1852 Years Married: 48 Father's Birthplace: North Carolina Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina Household Members: Name Age Oliver Childers67b. Sep 1832 Ill, parents b. NC; miner Louisa Childers68 -wife- b. May 1832 Ill, par b. KY; nmarried 48 years; 10 children/9 surviving
Next door may be Oliver's brother, or a close relative:
Abraham Childers70b. Apr 1830 NC, par b. NC Bird Childers60 -wife- b. May 1840 CA, par b. CA; married 30 years; 0 children
The California Voter Registers has Oliver listed as born in Indiana.
I found a small obituary for Oliver: September 19, 1902 Location: California Paper: Evening News Article type: Historical Obituary- AGED PIONEER DIES - Oliver Childers, a pioneer settler of this State and the father of Oliver Childers, a pioneer settler of.. died at his home in Fresno on Thursday.The deceased was a native of Indiana and was 73 years old.
Here is an excerpt from the "History of Fresno County" by Paul E. Vandor which mentions Oliver- "In October of this same year the young couple journeyed to Fresno County, seeking a place to locate and establish a home. On October 23, 1860, after driving the team all day, Mrs. Phillips had become very tired and said : "This is as far as I am going," and that sentence was the determining act in fixing upon the place of their settlement, for at the time of writing this sketch, over fifty-eight years afterwards, this happy couple are still living in the same place. Mr. Phillips' initial purchase of land was eighty acres from Oliver Childers, which is part of the present Woodlawn Ranch,the Phillips' home place, and was the nucleus of his later extensive land-holdings."