Thomas Oliver

???? - 1815


Father of (among others) Lucy Tobin (q.v.), Mary Partridge, Penelope Cave, Anne Anderdon, and Harriet Haynes, father-in-law of Capt. Henry Haynes (q.v.). Born into an Antiguan slave-owning family, Lieutenant-governor in Massachusetts in the mid-1770s, proscribed in 1778 and his American property confiscated. He has an entry in the ODNB as 'colonial official.'

  1. Will of Thomas Oliver of Bristol [made in 1812] proved 04/01/1816. Under the will he left his house on Park Street Bristol to four of his daughters Frances Oliver, Lucy Tobin widow of Henry Hope Tobin, Harriet Watkins Oliver and Emily Freeman Oliver for as long as they remained unmarried, together with £2500 to each of his three unmarried daughters to make them equivalent to the settlement of £2500 each on their sisters on their marriages.


Gordon Goodwin, ‘Oliver, Thomas (1731/2–1815)’, rev. Philip Carter, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 17 March 2015]

PROB 11/1576/61

Further Information

(1) Elizabeth Vassall (2) Harriet Freeman
Lucy; Penelope; Anne; Harriet; Mary; Frances; Emily
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Estates (1)

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  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
- 1815 [EY] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Town house
Elmwood House [Built] 
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Elmwood House, Cambridge Mass., the house of successive Presidents of Harvard since 1971, was built by Thomas Oliver in...

Relationships (9)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Father → Daughter
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Father → Daughter
Father → Daughter
Father → Daughter
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
First Cousins

Addresses (3)

Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States
Elmwood House, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Park Street, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England