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James Oliver, Sr. was born on April 23rd, 1837 in Tazewell Co., Virginia.1   James Oliver, Sr.'s father was Jonathan Basham and his mother was Delilah Payne.  His paternal grandparents were John, Sr. Basham and Francis Susanna Unknown; his maternal grandfather was James Payne and his maternal grandmother is Ruth Unknown. He had four brothers and three sisters, named Mahlon, Oliver, Joseph P., Reece Calvin, Mary Jane (Polly), Delilah Louise and Elizabeth Ellen.  He was the second youngest of the eight children.  He died at the age of 67 on April 30th, 1904 in Clarksville, Johnson Co., Arkansas.1 

James Oliver, Sr.'s family with Lemira Jane Shelton

‌James Oliver, Sr. and Lemira Jane were married in a religious ceremony on April 4th, 1858 in Clarksville, Johnson Co., Arkansas.1   They had four sons and seven daughters, named William Jonathan, James Oliver, Sara Jane, John Mahlon, Martha Ann Elizabeth (Mattie), Cora, Minnie B., Delilah 'Dilla' (Twin), Hannah (Twin), Julia Ellen and Josephine.

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