- David Oliver was born 15 Nov 1845 in Allegheny County, PA
Pittsburgh, the youngest son of Joseph and Letitia Murphy Oliver. When
he was about 17 years old he signed as a cabin boy with an Ohio River
packet and traveled to New Orleans. In 1866 he married Mary Cool and
shortly thereafter settled in Belpre, OH. He became a foreman of
construction on the Ohio River railroad bridge. He was accredited with
the saving of the lives of seven workman who fell into the river while
the bridge was being built. In later years he was known as a building
mover and contractor. He was known as the "Old Reliable" in this
connection and many large buildings of the tri-state area rest now on
foundations made by him. He was a champion trapshooter and trainer of
valuable bird dogs. He was a charter member of the Belpre Masonic and
Odd Fellows lodges, having formerly been a member of the Harmar Masonic
lodge at Marietta. He lived in Belpre nearly 60 years. He and his wife
had nine daughters: Sarah, Lyda, Letitia, Mamie, Ella, Daisy, Agnes,
Janet and Laura. David died 23 Sep 1931 in Parkersburg WV and is buried
at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens (formerly I.O.O.F. Cemetery).
- David Oliver and his hunting dogs
- David Oliver (second from left) and his hunt club at
- David Oliver, Belpre OH, building mover and contractor
Mary Cool Oliver, wife of David Oliver of Belpre, OH,
was born 17 April 1849, Pittsburgh PA. She was a daughter of Fredrick
and Eliza Owens Cool. Shortly after her marriage in 1866 they settled
in Belpre where she lived until her death there on 24 June 1922. They
were the parents of nine daughters: Sarah, Lyda, Letitia, Mamie, Ella,
Daisy, Agnes, Janet and Laura.
Oliver Daughters (01)
[L-R] Laura (m Floyd Anderson), Mamie (m Dr. John
Clark), Daisy (m Dr.
P.H. Glancy), Letitia (m William McCrory), Janet (m Perry Smith), Lyda
(m John Davidson), Ella (m William Heasley, John Kehoe) and Sarah (m
Peter McCualsky). [c 1900]
Oliver Daughters (02)
[L-R] Letitia Oliver McCrory and Lyda Oliver
Davidson, daughters of David and Mary Oliver of Belpre OH. [bef 1888]
[L-R] David Oliver, Daisy Oliver Glancy, Laura Oliver
Anderson, Mary Cool Oliver [bef 1922]
Home of David and Mary Oliver on Florence St., Belpre
OH (still standing in 2003). They later moved into a larger home across
David Oliver, Bud McCualsky (grandson) and Mary
Oliver, Florence St., Belpre, OH, circa 1920.
Daisy Oliver Glancy, daughter of David and Mary
of Belpre OH. She married Dr. P. H. Glancy and resided in Parkersburg
Stella Clark and Mamie Clark
Stella Clark and Mamie Oliver Clark (d/o David and
Oliver of Belpre OH). She married Dr. John W. Clark in 1892 in
Washington Co. OH and resided in Oak Hill OH and later Columbus OH,
where she died in 1909 at the age of 37. John W. Clark was chief
physician at the Ohio Penitentiary. There was a plaque placed at that
site in her memory due to her kindness to the prisoners.
Janet C. Oliver Smith
Janet C. Oliver Smith (1888-1983), a daughter of
and Mary Cool Oliver. She married Perry G. Smith in 1909. He died in
1946. She resided most of her life in Belpre and was a member of St.
Ambrose Catholic Church. She died in Parkersburg WV and is buried in
Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Parkersburg.
Contributed by Louis