--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@y..., "Gregory J. Kopchak" <greg@i...> wrote:
> Both Oliphant and Oliphant Furnace Pennsylvania were home to many immigrants
> from what is now Slovakia. In fact my grandfather lived in Oliphant Furnace
> Pennsylvania briefly in 1905.
> The two Oliphants in Pennsylvania could mean you were looking at the wrong
> If your Slovak immigrants arrived circa 1900-1905, Oliphant Furnace
> Pennsylvania may have been the actual location you should be looking in.
I had Final Destination street address and it was surname's brother-in-law
in Olyphant Lackawanna Co in NE PA.
Have a younger brother who still lives in Clarks Summit in nearby
Am familiar with Oliphant Furance located near Fairchance and south of
When I was researching Slavic surnames from Fayette Co in SW PA had an old map
that not only showed regular towns but also the railroad lines, coal mines,
' coal patch towns ', and coke oven locations by owner (company)
> You might also want to check the 1880 Census of Deersville, Ohio for an
> Oliphant connection.
> I picked up a 125 year old history book the other day, Goodrich's Pictorial
> History of the United States, and its original owner was H.A. Oliphant.
> In the back back of the book there is a hand written note that one of the
> signers of the Declaration of Independence was Irish. This would lead me to
> believe the Oliphants were connected to Ireland as it is the only note in
> the book referencing text. It could also be the answer to a homework
> question on a day when H.A. Oliphant couldn't find paper.
> The book is hand dated in the back October 31, 1878 along with the location
> Deersville Ohio.
> Greg Kopchak
> It's All Relative
Re : Surname Oliphant
Oliphant 1300 now Scotland> NJ>TN>MO>TX
Oliphant 1583 1898 SCT>ENG>Oswego,NY
Oliphant 1648 1841 NY>NJ>KY>IL
Oliphant 1650 now SCT>NJ>Greene>Rutherford>Dickson>DavidsonCo,TN
Oliphant 1650 now SCT>NJ>TN>MO>OK>KS
Oliphant 1685 1900 NJ>PA>MD>OH>IL>MO>CO
Oliphant 1700 now SCT>Ray,MO
Oliphant 1700 1900 Scotland, NF,Canada
more ... ENG and SCT but no Ireland listed
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob & Peg [mailto:rpmrazik@m...]
> Sent: Friday, September 28, 2001 6:56 PM
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@y...
> Subject: Re: [S-R] Re: Scranton, Pa
> Thank-you to all list members who responded to my query about
> I will be checking out the recommended PA county website and other
> I am not sure where my OLIPHANTS originated but Scotland seems right (just a
> hunch mind you). By the way my OLIPHANTS did end up in Indiana. They came
> from North Carolina but I don't know anything beyond that.
> Thank-you for your kind help and good luck with your search!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <frankur@a...>
> To: <SLOVAK-ROOTS@y...>
> Sent: Friday, September 28, 2001 9:55 AM
> Subject: [S-R] Re: Scranton, Pa
> > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@y..., "" <rpmrazik@m...> wrote:
> > > Frank,
> > > I am a little curious about the town Olyphant you refer to below. Is
> > > town in New Jersey or PA? The reason I am curious is it is one of the
> > > surnames I am researching only mine is spelled OLIPHANT. I don't believe
> > > this surname has any Slovak connection, yet I think information about
> > > town might help me with this line. When you have time, I would very much
> > > like to hear more about this town, if you are able to tell me anything
> > > this Olyphant town. Thank-you.
> > > Regards,
> > > Peggy
> > >
> > Luzerne County (Hazelton, Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke) and Lackawanna
> > County (Olyphant, Scranton, Carbondale) and a number of surrounding
> > counties were the center of the anthracite (hard) coal mining region
> > in NE PA.
> > Westmoreland County and Fayette County in PA around Pittsburgh
> > were the center of the bituminous (soft) coal mining region in SW PA.
> > There was almost a direct pipeline of emigrants from Upper-Hungary
> > (Slovakia) to these two PA coal mining regions.
> > Philadelphia port of entry was only 120 miles from the NE PA coal mining
> > Located 2 parental surnames who sailed from Antwerp Belgium in 1896
> > to Final Destination, a Olyphant Ind.
> > Spent 9 months trying unsuccessfully to locate this town.
> > After reviewing ship's manifest about a dozen times realized that
> > the handwriting had a check mark next to state abbreviation and what
> > I thought read Ind was actually Pa.
> > The only Olyphant is located in Luzerne County PA.
> > Reviewed the 1900/1910 U.S. Census microfilm enumerations for Luzerne
> County especially all the townships, line by line several times and could
> not locate the surnames.
> > Know they went back to Slovakia.
> > Whenever I review U.S. Social Security Death Index for surnames and read
> Luzerne County PA automatically assume a coal miner or a coal miner's
> daughter as in some songs.
> > http://www.intiques.com/sphg/sphg1.html
> > Am not into Gaelic genealogy, but Oliphant is an early (16th-17th c) Scot
> surname and I doubt any connection to coal mining.
> > If your surname had been of Welsh origin there might have been a
> connection ?
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