W. C. OLIVER, farmer, Arp, Banks Co., Ga., son of Jackson and Mary(Maxwell) Oliver, was born in Elbert County GA., in 1836. His paternal grandparents, Dionysius and Jane (Jackson) Oliver, were natives of Virginia, who early in life settled in Elbert county. He was a captain in the patriot army and served through the revolutionary war. His brother built the first house in Petersburg, Elbert county, and his wife's family was related to that of "Stonewall Jackson". Mr. Oliver's father was born in Elbert county, was a farmer and a Methodist preacher; and in 1840 moved to what is now Banks county and settled on the farm where Mr. Oliver now lives. His maternal grandparents, William and Jane E. (Higginbotham) Maxwell, moved to what was then Franklin, now Banks, county, from Elbert county.

Mr. Oliver was raised on the farm and received limited education in the near-by country schools. In 1862 he enlisted in Company A, Capt. Chandler, Twenty-fourth Georgia regiment, but he was soon taken sick and returned home. After the war he taught school for some time, and then returned to farming, in which his success has met his most sanguine expectations. In addition to operating his farm of 225 acres he operates a ginnery and threshing machine and runs a grist and cotton seed mill. He is a progressive and excellent farmer and business man, and is highly esteemed by his neighbors.

Mr. Oliver was married in 1868 to Miss Mary E. (born in Franklin county, now Banks, in 1844), daughter of John and Elizabeth (Scott) Mackey. He was a prosperous farmer of Franklin (now Banks) county. Of the children born to them eight are living; Dewitt, Lovick, Lenora, Denver, Atticus, Nettie, Leila, and John Jackson. He is a Master Mason, and himself and wife are active members of the Methodist Church.


Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Volume I., Southern Historical Asociation, 1895


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