Name: George William OLNEY
Given Name: George William
Birth: 15 Dec 1801 in Stillwater, , Saratoga, New York, USA
Death: 22 Mar 1871 in Blairstown, Benton, Iowa, USA
Burial: Fairfax Cemetery, Fairfax, Linn, Iowa, USA
Ancestral File #: 8PKC-61
Census: 1870 Florence Twp, Benton, Iowa, USA 1
From: Paulette Titus Campngrani@mchsi.com <mailto:Campngrani@mchsi.com>
Change Date: 24 Apr 2010 at 11:31:37
We do not have documentation of this connection, but I can tell you what we do know for a fact and why we have connected our George to Jesse.
First of all, everything I have seen on this George shows he is married to Betsy Waite and they had no children. I believe she may have been his first wife and died young. According to photographs and letters I have, George's wife, my ancestor, was Mary Jane unknown last name.
According to what I have, George was born 15 December 1801 in Stillwater, ST, SC, NY.
Mary Jane unknown b. 21 October 1808 in Canada. I don't know when or where they were married.
George died 22 March 1871 in Blairstown, Benton Co., IA and is buried in Fairfax Cemetery, Fairfax, Linn Co., Iowa. I have been to his grave. I don't know where Mary Jane is buried, but she died 2 December 1876. George is buried next to his daughter, Deborah Minerva Olney Primrose. She was born in Buffalo, NY, so they must have resided there for awhile.
George and Mary Jane had 6 children.
George Henry Olney b.
Hellen Aurelia Olney b. 19 Aug 1840
Deborah Minerva Olney b. 13 Oct 1842
Phebe Elizabeth Olney b. 15 Jun 1848
Emmily Jane Olney b. 27 Oct 1849 (twin)
Edwin John Olney b. 27 Oct 1849 (twin)
Hellen was married here in IA 29 Sep 1867 in Benton Co. I've seen the marriage record.
Phebe died at about the age of 18 and her sister Deborah had a daughter 5 years later whom she named for her. My mother was named Phebe for this Phebe who was her grandmother.
After Mary Jane died, George married Gelia Dunham and they had a daughter, Mary Georgette. Gelia (Julia) is buried with George. I thought it was unusual that he named his daughter with Gelia after his wife Mary Jane, but then, names were very important to him.
You see, this George, my ggg-grandfather, named his daughters Deborah Minerva, Aurelia, Phebe, and Elizabeth. The George listed in your website, son of Jesse and husband of Betsy Waite, had a mother named Deborah, grandmother named Elizabeth, great-grandmother named Phebe and sisters named Minerva, Elizabeth and Aurelia. OK, so Elizabeth is a common name. But Phebe, Minerva and Aurelia?!
You have Rensselaer with a son Edwin. George had a son Edwin. Perhaps Deborah Whitmore's father was named Edwin.
And Kirkland, DeKalb Co., IL is not so far from Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA. I just put Kirkland, IL and Cedar Rapids, IA on Mapquest and discovered they are a little less than 200 miles apart! George is buried just outside of Cedar Rapids a short distance.
The more I read about your George, the more I am convinced he is my George.
George owned property in Benton Co., and is on census records here. I have a few copies of documents, but nothing in front of me right now.
Father: Jesse OLNEY b: 1755 in No. Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Mother: Deborah WHITMORE b: ABT 1757 in Stillwater, Saratoga, New York, USA
Betsy WAITE b: ABT 1800
Mary Jane DUNHAM b: 21 Oct 1808 in ,,Canada
- George Henry OLNEY
- Helen Aurelia OLNEY b: 19 Aug 1840
- Deborah Minerva OLNEY b: 13 Oct 1841/1842 in Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
- Phebe Elizabeth OLNEY b: 15 Jun 1848
- Emmily Jane OLNEY b: 27 Oct 1849
- Edwin John OLNEY b: 27 Oct 1849 in New York, USA
Gelia (Julia) DUNHAM b: <1824> in New York, USA
- Mary Georgette OLNEY b: <1867> in Iowa, USA
- Title: 1870 Census
Text: FLORENCE TWP, BENTON, IA GEO W OLNEY 68 NY W farmer
FLORENCE TWP, BENTON, IA Gelia Olney 45 NY W
FLORENCE TWP, BENTON, IA Edwin J Olney 20 NY W
FLORENCE TWP, BENTON, IA Mary E Olney 4 IA W
Name: Family History Library
Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
Title: Ancestral File (R)
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998