Source of following: Historic Douglas County, Oregon published by Douglas County Historical Society, 1982 (1200 books printed) THOMAS DELVES OLLIVANT FAMILY page 238 (photo of Lucretia Bushnell Ollivant and Elijah Ollivant Sr.) The Thomas Delves Ollivant family came to America from Devonshire, England in the 1840's, settling first in Illinois and after a few years crossing the plains to Oregon. In England they were potters but became farmers and teamsters here. They reached Oregon City in 1852 after a difficult crossing during which most of their work cattle were lost in the Blue Mountains. Later a man on the way to the Jackson mines in what is now Jackson County told James Merveille Arrington already settled in the Happy Valley section that an English family in Oregon City thought they would like to settle in the Umpqua country but were without work oxen. He, in order to get neighbors, yoked up six head of his bulls (slang for oxen) and made the trip to Oregon City. Conducted by Arrington, the Ollivant family settled in lower Tenmile Valley. There on a knoll was built a stockade type fort, dwelling and farm yard combination. This stockade was a rallying point for the settlers during the Rogue River Indian war. From there a relief expedition went to help the beleagured Rice family but met the Indians near where the Nichols store now stands. It was almost a disaster as some of the Rogues were mounted on stolen Rice horses which were faster than horses ridden by the Tenmile and Olalla contingent. Only by the fire and fall back to the next point were they able to make a safe retreat. Thomas Delves Ollivant born May 3, 1816 in England and died 1876 married Charlotte Croxton born in England on September 6, 1814 and died 1887. Their children were: George Ollivant born 1837, Lavina Ollivant born 1839, Elijah Ollivant born 1842-1912, Frederick Ollivant 1845-1863, William Ollivant 1848, Thomas Milton Ollivant 1851, Emma R. Ollivant 1855-1948, Anna F. Ollivant 1857-1942. Of the three surviving sons of Thomas Delves Ollivant, Thomas Milton Ollivant, Eli-jah Ollivant (grandfather of Thomas Donald 'Don" Ollivant), and William Ollivant, the last two farmed as well as freighting for hire. Some of the trips were as far as Oregon City, the Jackson mines and Scottsburg where they met the ships coming up the Umpqua River. Thomas Milton for a time had a team of fancy Arabian horses which he used to pull the hearse in Roseburg. Elijah Ollivant born in England in 1842 married Thankful Lucretia Bushnell daughter of Horace and Lucinda Rice Bushnell. Their children were: Eugene H. Ollivant who married Elizabeth Northcraft, Charlotte Rose Ollivant who married Frank Hoover, Lucinda Viola Ollivant who married J. Lincoln Grimes, Thomas Edmund Ollivant who married Cora Frances Rose, Elijah Fredrick Ollivant whomarriedCarrie Coleman, Kate Matilda Ollivant who married Robert L. Chamberlin, Maude F. Ollivant who married George Garfield Bacon, George Elmer Ollivant who married Zerita Mckay, Earl Miles Ollivant who married Adda Steele.
This to was sent to me, hope you enjoy. As to someone famous I think what our Ggreatgrandparents did in coming from England to a new Land and then coming onto Oregon was pretty important and in our Family History they could be considered Famous.