I have been working at find my New York Oliver family for a while now, and keep hitting road blocks no matter what angle i approach it from.
I know my two ancestors, Francis Manly Oliver and his wife Jeannette Wells, moved from the Patchouge Long Island Area of New York some time in the 1840's to New Brunswick, NJ where the proceed to raise their rather large family.
Family legend suggests that these Olivers are descended from Thomas Oliver, or another Oliver, who came to Massachusetts from England in about 1620. (Not on the Mayflower, but pretty darned close to it)
I just seem to be having horrendous luck trying to suss out the connection, as I keep getting lost in NY. Any help, hints, would be greatly appreciated