Dr. William Henry Oliver was born in December of 1824 in England. Dr. Oliver was married to Emma Georgina Ellis. Mrs. Oliver was born in Maidstone, England on the 11th of December 1827, the daughter of Alexander Ellis and the former Rebecca Woodhurst. While living in England, Dr. and Mrs. Oliver had 2 daughters, Edith and Emma.
The Oliver family immigrated to Canada in 1854 and settled in the Town of Simcoe, (Norfolk County) Ontario. According to the 1861 census, Edith was now 12 years old and Emma was now 11. The census also included a daughter Winnifred who was 6, a son Nathaniel Ellis who was 5, a daughter Florence who was 4 and a daughter Bertha who was 1 year old. Dr. Oliver’s name appears in the Mitchell and Co. Toronto City Directory in 1866 as being a medical student, residing at 41 Ann Street. Dr. Oliver graduated that same year from the Victoria College Medical School in Coburg, Ontario. Prior to his graduation another son, Edward was born in 1863.
Shortly after graduation from medical school, Dr. Oliver moved his family to Bothwell, Ontario. Dr. Oliver is listed in the Sutherlands Gazetteer Business Directory for 1870-1871 under the sub-title of Bothwell. According to the 1871 Census, his daughter Emma was a ‘school mistress’ in Bothwell.
In 1877, Dr. Oliver was licensed to practice medicine in Illinois. According to the 1880 Census, Dr. and Mrs. Oliver were living in LaSalle, Illinois, with their daughters, Winnifred and Bertha. And by 1900, the Oliver family was living on 103rd Street in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Oliver died on the 9th of November, 1904. Mrs. Oliver died on the 3rd of May 1922. Dr. and Mrs. Oliver were buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Chicago. Their daughters, Bertha, Edith, Florence and Emma are also buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery.
Dr. Oliver’s son, Nathaniel Ellis Oliver also became a physician and he practiced in Chicago, Illinois. His daughter Florence, became a pharmacist.