History of “Olliff Family History”

The compilation of this family history has been a result of many people generously sharing their research with the authors.  As with the compilation of most family histories, a core group of avid genealogists collect information from many cousins and make numerous trips to libraries, courthouses and cemeteries.  Once this group gathers their information, they exchange this information among each other and the amount of information known collectively becomes the source for the compilation of a family history.  Each researcher summarizes and compiles information on their part of the line and at this point, there are several short family histories that are loosely tied together by a common ancestor.  This is when one person usually becomes a focal point for organizing and compiling all the information that has been collected.

Martin T. Olliff, Jr. was that focal point in the 1960’s and he compiled everything that he had researched and gathered into a book that he published in 1971.  Martin’s book, “A History and Genealogy of a Portion of the Olliff Family” was 103 pages in length and included around 1,500 individuals.  In the early 1980’s, the authors of this book began the compilation process again not aware of Martin’s previous work.  In July of 1985, the authors had compiled around 500 Olliff individuals when they discovered Martin’s book on the Olliff family.  With the publication of this book, the authors have concluded another iteration of researching, gathering and compiling and have expanded the scope of the collective knowledge of our Olliff cousins to around 5,000 individuals plus another 1,500 individuals descending from Susannah (Olliff) Brooks.

The compilation of this family history has a history of its own.  During the 1960’s, Martin Olliff, Jr. was compiling his Olliff history which makes up a major portion of this book.  Also during that time period, it is known that Myrtle (Lackey) Ashley had a family bible which mentioned Susie Olliff’s marriage to Williamson Brooks and that she compiled a short family history containing descendants of Williamson and Susie Brooks (Myrtle died in 1969).  There probably are other earlier works concerning the Olliff family that the authors are not aware of.  The remainder of this chapter details the evolution of this book from the author’s perspective.  This history not only shows who was involved in this project but also shows how this group of Olliff cousins collectively pulled information together that resulted in the publication of this book.

Prior to 1978  My mother and her twin sister have for many years kept in contact with many of their cousins and have regularly exchanged family information and family history.  They had known for many years that their great grandfather, Williamson Brooks had married Susie Olliff but knew nothing about the Olliff line except for the descendants Williamson and Susie Brooks.  They had received this information from their father’s first cousin, Susie (Brooks) Danforth.  Susie’s information was published in two books in 1976, “Wimberley’s Legacy” by Willedell Schawe and “One Hundred Years in Wimberley” by Susie (Brooks) Danforth.


1978 - 1979  In 1978, my mother and I visited our cousin, Susie (Brooks) Danforth, who was about to celebrate her 102nd birthday in three months.  Susie lent us her manuscript which listed the marriage of Williamson Brooks to Susie Olliff.  Since this was a mother of one of my great grandfathers, no research was done on our Olliff line with the exception of Susannah (Olliff) Brooks.  The August, 1979 version of the “Brooks Family History” contained over 30 pages on the descendants of Williamson Brooks and Susannah (Olliff) Brooks.

1980 - 1981  During these two years, most our family research was focused on wrapping up our first book, “Casey Family History,” which was published in 1980.  Promoting this book and responding to queries was a major part of time spent on family research in 1981.  In September of 1980, I received from Opal (Ashley) Yundt what appears to be the source document that Susie (Brooks) Danforth used for her manuscript.  This was obviously an earlier version and was originally written by Opal’s mother, Myrtle (Lackey) Ashley.  The contents of this manuscript is impressive as lists numerous children who were born from 1780’s to the 1830’s together with most of their children.  I also received a Family Bible record showing exact birth and death dates of both Williamson Brooks and Susannah (Olliff) Brooks.  Additionally, hundreds of descendants of Susannah (Olliff) Brooks were compiled.

1982 - 1983  In March of 1982, my Brooks cousin, Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., who also authors the genealogical column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, sent a summary of a D. A. R. application using John Shears Olliff as the Revolutionary War veteran.  He also sent the address of Virginia Parker (not related) in Statesboro, Georgia who in turn sent the address of Camilla (Akins) Lanier, my first contact with a descendant of John Shears Olliff other than those descending from Susannah (Olliff) Brooks.  In December of 1982, the “Brooks Family History” was sent to the printers and resulted in the publication of our second book which contains around 1,500 descendants of Williamson Brooks and Susie (Olliff) Brooks.  Over 100 pages (approximately one third of the book) of this book contain descendants of Susannah (Olliff) Brooks.  This 382 page book contains around 4,500 individuals, all descendants of Williamson’s father, Jordan Brooks.  In March of 1983, Camilla (Akins) Lanier sent the authors five new direct ancestors of authors that were ancestors of John Shears Olliff and his wife, Johannah (Jackson) Olliff and several other Olliff descendants as well.  In April of 1983, the first draft of “Olliff Family History” was seven pages in length.

1984 - 1985  After the publication of “Brooks Family History,” many census records were transcribed for Olliff families and Camilla (Akins) Lanier gave me the name of another avid Olliff researcher, Dorothy Brannen.  By November of 1984, “Olliff Family History” had been expanded to twenty pages.  In December of 1984, I received my first packet of information from Dorothy Brannen.  With information obtained Dorothy and Camilla, additional census records and library research, the manuscript was expanded to 32 pages in December of 1984 and contained almost 500 individuals.  In July of 1985, while on a research trip, my parents and I stopped at the Huntsville, Alabama Public Library and hit the jackpot, a 1971 book on our Olliff line by Martin T. Olliff, Jr.  Fortunately, we got the opportunity to visit with Martin and share family history.  Martin’s book was 103 pages in length and contained around 1,500 individuals.  It was surprising that the great majority of our manuscript was not contained in his book.  On the personal side, I married Diane Marie Thede on March 2, 1985 in Dallas, Texas.


1986 - 1987  With respect to Olliff research, almost no progress was made during these two years.  All effort was put into preparing our next book, “Shelton, Wininger and Pace Families.”  On the personal side, Diane and I had our first son, Jordan Brooks Casey, who was born on May 20, 1987 in Dallas, Texas.  Jordan was named after his great great great great grandfather, Jordan Brooks who was the father-in-law of Susannah (Olliff) Brooks, the youngest direct ancestor of the authors born with the surname of Olliff.

1988   In 1988, my father and I published our third book, “Shelton, Wininger and Pace Families.”  This 864 page book contained 16,300 individuals.  After this book was completed, research was initiated again on our Olliff line.  In November of 1988, I received my first unsolicited letter from an active Olliff researcher, John M. Winskie.  John had seen my query that I had entered into the “Roots Celler” of the Genealogical Helper and sent in a considerable amount of information on our Olliff line.  John also provided addresses for two additional Olliff researchers, C. P. Olliff, Jr. and C. S. Miller.  With the permission of Martin T. Olliff, Jr., his book was to be incorporated into the author’s Olliff manuscript.  The manuscript was updated and included around one-half of Martin’s book and the format of the book was updated with desktop publishing.  The December of 1988 version included forty pages.  The laser printer output and new format saved around fifty percent over the previous manuscript (an equivalent to eighty pages of older format).

1989   This was probably the biggest year for expansion of the Olliff manuscript.  In May of 1989, Martin T. Olliff, Jr. sent me the name of another ardent Olliff researcher, Frances (Olliff) Frobos.  The next version of the manuscript included the entire Olliff book by Martin T. Olliff, Jr.  Also a significant amount of information was sent by John M. Winskie as well as more information from Dorothy Brannen, Frances Frobos and Martin T. Olliff, Jr..  The June of 1989 version of “Olliff Family History” grew to 67 pages and included 2,700 Olliff cousins (spouses and spouse’s parents are included).  The distribution of this version resulted in several more letters and additional information.  Frances Frobos sent a significant amount of information and Martin Olliff sent more of his files to be reviewed.  C. P. Olliff, Jr., John M. Winskie and C. S. Miller sent more information as well.  Also, I extracted many more census records and other information from books during several visits to genealogical libraries.  On the personal side, my second son, Bryan William Casey, was born on May 26, 1989 in Dallas, Texas and my family and I moved back to Austin, Texas in October of 1989.

1990 - 1991  Most of 1990 was spent updating and expanding my Bryan, Casey and Brooks lines (little time was spent on the Williamson Brooks line).  Most of 1990 was spent updating information already on hand and little correspondence was sent or received.  A great amount of time was spent on updating the Olliff manuscript during the first half of 1991.  More census records were added and were compiled as part of the manuscript.  Research of unrelated Olliff lines was started with many Olliff families living in Virginia from 1800 to 1900.  Information has been extracted from CDROMs from the LDS Ancestral File and Social Security Death Index File.  Also several marriages were extracted from Automated Archives CDROM discs.  In May of 1991, a family reunion of descendants of Joseph Olliff and Eliza (Graham) Olliff was held in the Manatee Springs State Park near Chiefland, Florida.  The Olliff manuscript was shown to several attending and resulted in several letters being sent to the authors including several descendants sent in by Mary (Olliff) Kovach.  On the personal side, my father, Harold Casey, died on January 8, 1991.  My father and I had compiled over 20,000 cousins together and we enjoyed thousands of hours researching our family history together.  I will greatly miss our “genealogy sessions” and research trips.  In November of 1991, it was discovered that Dorothy Brannen had died.  Dorothy was an avid supporter of the Olliff manuscript and had written several letters to the authors contributing information.  


1992  Most of the early part of 1992 was spent updating the Casey manuscript which was sent to Automated Archives for publication on CDROM disc in April of 1992.  After that, proofing and editing of the Olliff manuscript began in earnest so that the “Olliff Family History” could be published by Automated Archives.  Many other sections were added during this period of time:  Census Records;  Listing of Social Security Deaths;  Sketches on unrelated Olliff lines;  History of the Olliff Family History along with statistics were compiled on the Olliff line.  In June of 1992, the Olliff manuscript was sent to Automated Archives for publication on their CDROMs.  In July of 1992, an update letter was sent to all Olliff relatives that I had an address for (around fifty cousins).  The response to this letter was overwhelming.  I received well over 1,500 new cousins to be documented!  Additionally, I discovered that the Statesboro Regional Library had published an exhaustive series of books on census records, cemetery listings and newspaper abstracts on Bulloch County, Georgia which have yielded yet another 500 relatives.  I also discovered and received excerpts from several books that had many Olliff descendants:  “Everett/Everitt Family,” by Alvaretta K. Register; “Descendants of Silas E. Bowen,” by Bernard Dekle; “Aldermans in America,” by William Alderman Parke; “The Aspinwall Story,” by Willie Mae (Aspinwall) Youmans.  These books with many more census records added another 500 relatives in the last three months.  I wish to extend a special thanks to Smith C. Banks who is not a Olliff descendant but sent in his Olliff related relatives and sent addresses of many Olliff descendants which helped with the great response that I received.  I received information from the following relatives (in order of the book):  Annetta (Mathew) Albury; Martha (Olliff) Farrow; Janice (Olliff) Allen; Inman Foy, Jr., Anna (Oliff) Watkins, Graham K. Oliff, Faith (Barry) Johnson, Cecil B. Howard; Miriam (Mincey) Smith; Emma Lou (Bowen) Simpson; Virginia (Olliff) Cochran; Lucille (Brannen) DeLoach; Jackie (Bowen) Foy; Inman J. Olliff; Somers Miller; Eubie (Brannen) Anderson; Joe F. Olliff, Jr., James R. Lawson, Sr., Mildred (Dominy) Parrish; Ann (Cason) Franklin.  I also interviewed over the phone several Olliff descendants:  H. H. Olliff, Jr.; Sybol (Lanier) Olliff/Toole; Evelyn (Olliff) Gaskin; Michael Collins; Jincey (Kennedy) Olliff; Phillip Olliff.

It was decided in July of 1992, that the authors would publish the current “Olliff Family History” by the end of 1992.  It was determined that a softback book with minimal photographs and a limited quantity of donated copies to libraries would be feasible.  It was decided to present the option of expanding the scope and quality of book to our “Olliff” cousins by requesting contributions and pre-paid quantity orders (five or more books).  The response was very favorable.  Thanks to the response received, the book was made a high quality hardback book with three times the photographs originally planned.  The number of donated copies to libraries was tripled as well.  The scope of the book was expanded from 256 pages to 416 pages and would include census record listings, Social Security Death listings, other unrelated “Oliff” lines, history of the Olliff history compilation and statistical analysis of census records and Social Security Death records.


Major contributions were made by John M. Winskie, Martin T. Olliff, Jr., E. A. Olliff, Jr., Bernice (Brooks) Casey and Robert Brooks Casey.  These “Olliff” cousins were directly responsible for this book being made a quality hardback back with over thirty-five photographs and illustrations.  They also ensured that many copies would be donated to libraries and therefore be available to a wider audience allowing our heritage to be better preserved.  I would also like to thank those that placed orders for five or more copies.  This allowed a larger number of books to be printed than originally anticipated and therefore guaranteed more copies would be available for our “Olliff” cousins.  Those that placed orders include:  John M. Winskie, Martin T. Olliff, Jr., E. A. Olliff, Jr., Lucille Olson, Florence L. Olliff, Annetta Albury, Inman Foy, Jr., Freida K. Wilson, Frances Frobos, Charles R. Olliff, Graham K. Oliff and Joe F. Olliff.  Eubie B. Anderson, Jackie Wallace and Inman Foy, Jr. also made small donations to help with the project.  These contributions and orders not only helped with the economic burden of publishing our family history but also greatly relieves the storage required and number of books to be mailed separately.  Over 150 books were ordered prior to the book going to the printers and another 250 books were ordered which should provide ample quantity for several years.  Without strong pre-publication orders, only 300 copies would have been printed.

Social Security Deaths of the “Olliff/Oliff Family”

The following section is a summary of the deaths registered with the Social Security taken primarily between 1968 and 1988.  This information was extracted from CDROMs (Compact Disc Read Only Memory on a personal computer) which can be viewed at hundreds of LDS libraries across United States.  Most citizens of the United States applied for death benefits of their relatives with the Social Security Administration during this time period.  Of course, there are several other federal and military programs separate from Social Security and obviously not all citizens participated.  However, this summary probably represents in excess of fifty percent of all the deaths in United States during this twenty year period.  It should also be noted that Social Security started during the late 1930s and was not widely participated by everyone as it is today.  This means that the state of issuance for many participants represents where they lived in the 1940s and 1950s, not when the reached adulthood and applied for Social Security.  This is in contrast with today where infants are now required to obtain Social Security numbers.


This collection of information allows us to extract several facts about the Olliff/Oliff families.  First, four variations of the spelling were found:  Olliff (105), Oliff (73), Olliffe (20) and Olif (1).  Second, four geographic concentrations of these lines were established:  Deep South (98), Mid-Atlantic (57), Northern (34) and Western (10).  From this information, it has been concluded that most “Olliff” family members are descendants of John Shears Olliff.  Therefore, when an “Olliff” family is located in the Mid-Atlantic and Northern states, there is a reasonable chance of having a Georgia origin (John Shears Olliff descendant).  It can also be concluded that most “Oliff” family members are descendants of the Virginia Oliff line.  The known exception to this conclusion is in Florida where these “Oliff” family members are descendants of John Shears Olliff.  Almost all “Olliffe” family members are located in the Northern and Western states.  These “Olliffe” family members either represent a third line line or could be a spelling variation of the Virginia “Oliff” line but are not descendants of John Shears Olliff.


Social Security Deaths - Deep South (Related)

(State of issuance)   Olliff   Oliff   Olliffe    All

         Olif   Spellings

Alabama   3   0   0   3

Florida   17   3   0   20

Georgia   32   0   0   32

Louisiana   6   0   0   6

Texas   5   0   0   5

Total (Related)   63   3   0   66

Social Security Deaths - Deep South (Not Related)

Florida   1   2   1   4

Georgia   19   1   0   20

Louisiana   0   1   0   1

Texas   7   0   0   7

Total (Not Related)   27   4   1   32

Social Security Deaths - Deep South (All lines)

Total (Related)   63   3   0   66

Total (Not Related)   27   4   1   32

Total (All Lines)   90   7   1   98

Percent Related   70 %   43 %   0 %   67 %

Social Security Deaths - All Other States (Related)

(State of issuance)   Olliff   Oliff   Olliffe    All

         Olif   Spellings

California   1   0   0   1

Illinois   1   0   0   1

Pennsylvania   1   0   0   1

Total   3   0   0   3

Social Security Deaths - Mid-Atlantic States (Not Related)


Dist. of Col.   0   24   0   24

Maryland   0   7   0   7

North Carolina   1   0   0   1

Virginia   2   22   0   24

West Virginia   1   0   0   1

Total   4   53   0   57

Social Security Deaths - Northern States (Not Related)

Connecticut   0   0   1   1

Illinois   0   9   2   11

Indiana   0   0   1   1

Massachusetts   3   0   0   3

Michigan   1   0   2   3

New Jersey   0   1   0   1

New York   0   3   3   6

Ohio   0   0   1   1

Pennsylvania   0   0   5   5

Total   4   13   15   32

Social Security Deaths - Western States (Not Related)

California   1   0   1   2

Kansas   3   0   0   3

Montana   0   0   1   1

Unknown   0   0   1   1

Washington   0   0   2   2

Total   4   0   5   9

Social Security Deaths - All States (All lines)

Total (Related)   66   3   0   69

Total (Not Related)   39   70   21   130

Total (All Lines)   105   73   21   199

Percent Related   63 %   4 %   0 %   35 %

In the Deep South, over two thirds of all Olliff (and all spelling variations) family members have now been proven to be descendants of John Shears Olliff.  It is believed that the actual percentage would be ninety percent with the remaining ten percent being split between the Virginia “Oliff” line and other Olliff lines that have immigrated to United States.


It is now known that over one third of all Olliff family members (all spelling variations) are descendants of John Shears Olliff.  It is estimated that the actual number is probably around forty percent.  It is now known that over sixty percent of all “Olliff” family members are descendants of John Shears Olliff.  It is estimated that the actual percentage of “Olliff” surnamed persons descending from John Shears Olliff is around ninety percent.  This allows ten percent for spelling variations of the Virginia “Oliff” line and the Northern “Olliffe” line.  It is estimated that another forty percent of all Olliff family members (all spelling variations) are descendants of the early Virginia “Oliff” line.  It is believed that ten percent of the Northern “Olliffe” line are probably related to each other with the remaining ten percent being several different Olliff lines.  These estimates are strictly based on the author’s best guess and are obviously subject to different points of view.

The analysis of the Social Security deaths further established in the author’s mind that there is probably at least three fairly major lines of the Olliff families and that the spelling of the name usually indicates a connection to these three lines.  With the discovery of so many “Oliff” family members in the Mid-Atlantic area and the discovery that many “Oliff” family members lived in Virginia prior to 1850, the author has become convinced that there is a reasonable probability that the Georgia and Virginia lines may be connected prior to 1800.  With this newly acquired line of reasoning, it indeed makes sense to start contacting descendants of the Virginia “Oliff” line and concentrate research on early Virginia when trying to verify the heritage of John Shears Olliff.  This is in contrast with trying to establish a connection with the Olive family members that resided in Wake County, North Carolina around 1800.

Census Records (Prior to 1850) - Olliff Surname

Prior to 1850, only 32 census records were located in United States that had the Olliff surname listed (all spelling variations).  All families that were located in Georgia (six listed) are descendants of John Shears Olliff.  Virginia had twenty listed and probably represents a second major “Oliff” line.  The 1790 census of North Carolina shows four Oliff families but these are clearly one spelling variation of a well established Olive line.  Subsequent census records and published sketches on this line clearly show that this line used the name “Olive” almost exclusively except in the 1790 census.  This is not to say that there may be some chance that this line may be connected to the John Shears Olliff line.  This “Olive” line appears to have a Virginia origin and any connection to John Shears Olliff would have to come from Virginia sources.

Census Records (Olliff Surname - Related)


   1790   1800   1810   1820   1830   1840

Georgia (1776)   *   *   1   2   3

Census Records (Olliff Surname - Not Related)

   1790   1800   1810   1820   1830   1840

Indiana (1800)   **   *   *   0   0   1

New York (1776)   0   0   0   0   1   0

North Carolina (1776)   4   0   0   0   0   0

Virginia (1776)   *   *   3   5   5   7

Total   4   0   3   5   6   8

Census Records (States where no Olliff families were located)

   1790   1800   1810   1820   1830   1840

Alabama (1817)   **   **   **   0   0   0

Connecticut (1776)   0   0   0   0   0   0

Delaware (1776)   *   0   0   0   0   0

Dist. of Col. (1801)   **   **   *   0   0   0

Florida (1821)   **   **   **   **   0   0

Illinois (1809)   **   **   *   0   0   0

Iowa (1838)   **   **   **   **   **   0

Kentucky (1792)   **   *   0   0   0   0

Louisiana (1805)   **   **   0   0   0   0

Maine (1820)   **   **   **   0   0   0

Maryland (1776)   0   0   0   0   0   0

Massachusetts (1776)   0   *   0   0   0   0

Michigan (1805)   **   **   *   0   0   0

Mississippi (1798)   **   *   *   0   0   0

Missouri (1812)   **   **   **   *   0   0

New Hampshire (1776)   0   0   0   0   0   0

New Jersey (1776)   *   *   *   0   0   0

Ohio (1803)   **   **   *   *   0   0

Pennsylvania (1776)   0   0   0   0   0   0

Rhode Island (1776)   0   0   0   0   0   0

South Carolina (1776)   0   0   0   0   0   0

Tennessee (1796)   **   *   *   0   0   0


Vermont (1790)   0   0   0   0   0   0

Wisconsin (1836)   **   **   **   **   **   0

Census Records (Allied Lines - Related)

   1790   1800   1810   1820   1830   1840

Georgia (1776)   *   *   *   0   2   1

**  These states (or territories) did not exist during this census and therefore no census was taken for this state (territory).  In several cases, people were living in what later became these states but at that time were enumerated with their parent state or territory.

*   The vast majority of the census records for this state were destroyed by fire (or other loss) and few census records are extant in that state (or territory) to accurately determine the existance of any Olliff families in that state (or territory).

Census Records (Subsequent to 1850) - Olliff Surname

The census records compiled by the authors indicate that around fifty percent of all Olliff families are descendants of John Shears Olliff.  Later census records compiled by the authors indicate the percentage is much higher - primarily because the Virginia census records have not been compiled for 1920 and that other states have not been thoroughly compiled.  Additionally, Social Security records indicated many Olliff families in the District of Columbia (24), Maryland (7), Illinois (6), Pennsylvania (6) and several other states.  By 1910, many of these families could have been living in these states which have not been surveyed for census listings.  However, census records subsequent to 1850 indicate that between forty and fifty percent of the Olliff families are descendants of John Shears Olliff.  It also appears that between thirty and forty percent of the Olliff families are connected to the Virginia “Oliff” line.  The other Olliff lines appear to be around ten to fifteen percent of all Olliff lines.  However, since the states that were surveyed did not adequately represent these lines, the percentage is probably closer to twenty percent - specially for more recent census records.

These census records provide more information about the mixture of the Olliff lines that are present today in United States.  It is very obvious that almost all of the Olliff families in the Deep South up to 1920 are descendants of John Shears Olliff.  Most of the unrelated/unlinked Olliff families in Georgia are believed to be descendants of John Shears Olliff that have not been connected to date.  It is estimated that the percentage of related Olliff families (all spelling variations) in the Deep South could be as high as 95 percent.  This percentage is primarily influenced by the degree of migration of Virginian, Northern and Western Olliff families to the Deep South that has occured during the last century.  Again, the vast majority of the Virginia line use the spelling of “Oliff.”  Additionally, it is obvious that at least thirty or forty percent of the Olliff family (all spelling variations) are descendants of the Virginia “Oliff” line.  Almost no “Olliffe” families were located which indicates that this line immigrated to United States more recently than the Virginia and Georgia lines.  However, very few states where these lines settled were surveyed for census records after 1850.


Census Records (Olliff Surname - Related)

   1850   1860   1870   1880   1900   1910   1920

Alabama (1817)   0   0   0   0   1   0   2

Florida (1821)   0   1   1   0   2   5   5

Georgia (1776)   9   11   10   11   28   26   38

Louisiana (1805)   0   1   1   2   1   2   3

Texas (1845)   0   0   0   1   0   0   2

Total   9   13   12   14   32   33   50

Census Records (Olliff Surname - Not Related or Not Linked)

   1850   1860   1870   1880   1900   1910   1920

Colorado (1861)   **   **   0   2

Dakota Terr. (1858)   **   0   1   0

Georgia (1776)   0   0   1   1   2   2   4

Minnesota (1849)   0   0   1

Mississippi (1798)   0   0   1   0

New York (1776)   1   ?

Ohio (1803)   0   0   ?   1

Texas (1845)   0   0   0   0   3   4   6

Utah (1850)   0   1

Virginia (1776)   8   13   11   17   19   24

Total   9   14   15   21   24   30   10


Census Records (Olliff Surname - All Lines)

   1850   1860   1870   1880   1900   1910   1920

Related   9   13   12   14   32   33   50

Unrelated   9   14   15   21   24   30   10

Both   18   27   27   35   56   63   60

Georgia (Related)   50 %   41 %   37 %   31 %   50%   41%   63%

Other (Related)   0 %   7 %   7 %   9 %   7 %   11 %   20 %

Total (Related)   50 %   48 %   44 %   40 %   57 %   52 %   83 %

Virginia (Not Related)   45 %   48 %   41 %   49 %   34%   38%    ?

Other (Not Related)   5 %   4 %   15 %   11 %   9 %   10 %    17 %

Total (Not Related)   50 %   52 %   56 %   60 %   43 %   48 %    17 %

Census Records (States where no Olliff families were located)

   1850   1860   1870   1880   1900   1910   1920

Alaska (1867)   **   **   0   0

Arizona (1864)   **   **   0   0

Arkansas (1819)   0   0   0

California (1848)   0   0

Connecticut (1776)   0   0

Delaware (1776)   0   0

Dist. of Col. (1801)   0

Hawaii (1898)   **   **   **   **   ?

Idaho (1863)   **   **   0   0

Illinois (1809)   0

Indiana (1800)   0

Iowa (1838)   0

Kanasas (1854)   **   0

Kentucky (1792)   0   0

Maine (1820)   0

Maryland (1776)   0

Massachusetts (1776)   0

Michigan (1805)   0


Missouri (1812)   0   0

Montana (1864)   **   **   0

Nevada (1864)   **   **   0   0

New Hampshire (1776)   0

New Jersey (1776)   0

New Mexico (1848)   0   0

North Carolina (1776)   0   ?   0

Oklahoma (1890)   **   **   **   **   0

Oregon (1848)   0

Pennsylvania (1776)   0

Rhode Island (1776)   0

South Carolina (1776)   0   0   0   0

Tennessee (1796)   0   0   0

Vermont (1790)   0

Washington (1853)   **   0   0   0

West Virginia (1863)   **   **   ?

Wisconsin (1836)   0

Wyoming (1868)   **   **   0   0

**  These states did not exist during this census and therefore no census was taken for this state.  In several cases, people were living in what later became these states but at that time were enumerated with their parent state.

Census Records (Olliff Surname - Related)
(Breakdown by County)

   1790   1800   1810   1820   1830   1840


Bulloch   *   *   *   0   2   3

Wilkinson   *   *   *   1   0   0

Total   *   *   *   1   2   3

All States   0   0   0   1   2   3

Census Records (Allied lines - Related)
(Breakdown by County)

   1790   1800   1810   1820   1830   1840


Bulloch   *   *   *   0   1   0


Talbot   *   *   *   0   1   1

Total   *   *   *   0   2   1

All States   0   0   0   0   2   1

*  Census records for Georgia are not extant for the 1790, 1800 and 1810 enumerations.  It is believed that the Olliff family resided in Georgia as early as 1793 when John Shears Olliff received a land grant in Effingham County, Georgia.  Since John’s oldest son married in 1815 and his oldest daughter married in 1813, the earliest census record for his children would have been 1820.  Therefore, John Shears Olliff (or his widow) would have been the only Olliff family listed in the early Georgia census records.