Oliver Haswell James

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Oliver Haswell James
Born 24 November 1904
New York, United States
Died 22 December 1975 (age 71)
Somerville Hospital, 230 Highland Ave. Somerville, Massachusets, United States
Residence Watertown, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Ship fitter and pipe fitter
Spouse(s) Rachel Winch Edwards (1923-1929)
Children William Oliver James
Parent(s) John James and Ida Clarkson

What we think we know:

Biographical Sketch[note 1]

Oliver James was born on 14 Nov 1903 in the New York the youngest son of John James [note 2][certs 1][1][census 1][census 2], of Virginia, and Ida Clarkson, Notes), of New York. [census 3][census 4][census 5][census 6][note 3][note 4]Oliver had two siblings, John James (notes, and Alviest James(notes) [note 5]

The James family move from New York to Connecticut between ??? and ???, where they lived for ??? years. See Birth Discrepancy Chart

While in Connecticut, Oliver married Rachel Edwards (Rachel Winch Edwards on 23 Jun 1923, in Fairfield Connecticut. Rachel was born 28 Nov 1896, Church Street, Watertown, Massachusetts, United States to William Edwards and Florence Adelaide Whiton.

Oliver and Rachel had one son William Oliver James was born 29 Mar 1924 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. According to his son, William, Oliver never knew his son or lived with his wife. They lived separately until they were divorced in 5 Jun 1929. [court documents 1]

Life After the Divorce

According to the 1930 census, Oliver was living with his family in Sommerville, Middlesex County, Ma, with mother Ida, brother, John James, and sister Alviest James (name difficult to read).


Oliver died 22 Dec 1975 in Somerville Hispital 230 Highland Ave. Somerville, Ma.

His will and probate records mention:

When the will was executed, the estate passed to Amanda.


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What we would like to know

  • Where was Oliver actually born?
  • What is Oliver's actual date of birth?
  • Does he have any living relatives?


Birth Day Discrepancy Chart

Birth Record Date Birthplace Age Source Type Link Notes
William James' birth certificate between 25 Mar 1899 and 24 Mar 1900. New York 24 Secondary [Image]
1940 Federal Census between 2 Apr 1903 and 1 Apr 1904
The 1930 Federal Census between 2 Apr 1903 and 1 Apr 1904
The Death Certificate between 23 Dec 1902 and 22 Dec 1903
The Social Security Number Application born 14 Nov 1903 in Yonkers New York.
The 1905 State Census James claims that Oliver James was one year old in 1905.

Research Log

  1. FamilySearch.org
    1. first, last, bd. 1900-1905
    2. New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962 - https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1680842
      • oliver james bd 1901-1904, bp yonkers
  2. Ancestry.com
  3. myheritage.com

Primary Sources

State Certificates

  1. {{#lsth:File:Death Certificate - Oliver James.jpg|First Reference}}

Census Records

  1. {{#lsth:File:1905 New York Census including the James family.jpg|First Reference}}
  2. must update File:1910 Federal Census Including the James Family.jpg
  3. {{#lsth:File:New York State Census 1915 including James Family.jpg|First Reference}}
  4. {{#lsth:File:1910 Federal Census Including James Family.jpg|First Listing}}
  5. {{#lsth:File:1920 Census Including the James Family.jpg|Full Citation}}
  6. {{#lsth:File:Copy of 1940 Census influding the James Family.jpg|First Reference}}

Court Documents

Secondary Sources







  1. I believe all of the information presented about Oliver James to be correct and supported by thorough analysis of the evidence. However, several sources contain conflicting information. I have made an effort to be as transparent as possible as to which evidence was reviewed and how each conclusion was made. For more specific information about any of the conclusions drawn follow the links to the original source, and review the attached proofs for each claim. All proofs can be located Oliver's Proof page or by following the proof footnotes
  2. note needed
  3. Not much is known about Oliver's parents other than their names and approximate dates of birth.
  4. {{#lsth:Oliver Haswell James/Birth Discussion|Birth Discussion}}
  5. the name, sex, and date of birth of this individual varries and may not be correct. The name is very difficult to read on sources and may not be correct.


Appendices and Discussions


  1. For more information about the sources reviewed see [[File:Genealogical Proof Reportfor the Father of Oliver H. James (I10704).pdf|Genealogical Proof Report of the Father of Oliver H James]