|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1858|
|Death: ||Dec. 13, 1913|
Eliza Jane Oliver was the daughter of a Weslyan Reform Minister, John H. Oliver and his wife Sarah M. Haycox, all of them having been born in Cornwall, England. Her mother died when she was young, leaving her father with a household full of children, but he chose not to marry again.
While still very young (13 or 14), she met George Channing, who came from Curry Mallet in Somerset, England. Curry Mallet is a tiny place, 7 miles east of Taunton in the South Somerset District, close to or in the area of England called Cornwall. At this writing, it has a population of only 500 or so people. It is easy to understand why a girl so young would attach herself so quickly to a husband, considering the early death of her mother and the competition for the affections of her father. She was only one of 14 children.
George Channing emigrated to America and made arrangements for Eliza to follow him after he got settled. He arrived in New York on May 13, 1872 on the ship "City of Bristol." The following year, she arrived in New York on August 26, 1873 on the ship "Canada."
They married in Manhattan upon her arrival, sometime between August 26, 1873 and September 12, 1873. She was only 15 years old. The year is confirmed in the marriage Registers, Extracts from Manhattan (1869-1880) and Brooklyn (1895-1897) published by the Dept. of Health, Div. of Vital Stats, New York.
Three years later, Their first child was born in Trenton, New Jersey. By 1877 the family was in Pennsylvania where their second child was born, and by the end of 1878 they were in Lake Gulch, Gilpin County, Colorado, where 4 more children were born.
Their children were:
Sarah Jane, Feb 1875
Mary Helen (Ellen) "Mamie", Nov 17, 1877
Francis "Frank" John, Nov 7 or 8, 1878
George, Oct 10, 1880
Edna Mae, Jan 6, 1889
Mabel Eliza, Aug 6, 1894
Several of Eliza Jane's siblings also came over to the United States. Her sister, Emily, is found living in her household in the 1885 Colorado census, and is working as a seamstress. Brother Humphrey was a gold miner in Central City, CO by the year 1880. Brother William was also a miner in Central City in 1880 and a copper miner in 1900 and 1910 in Silver Bow, Montana.
Eliza Jane's husband was a laborer and may have done some mining, as well, since he lived in a mining vicinity. It was a hard life, and he was relatively young when he died in 1900, leaving Eliza Jane an even younger widow of 42 years, with five children in tow, the youngest of those (Mable) being only 6 years old.
Eliza outlived her husband by 13 years and never remarried. Instead, she lived with her children in Denver. The 1910 census finds her as head of household, with George, Jr. working as a gold miner. Mabel, the baby of the family, is also there. Eliza died on Dec 13, 1913. She was buried three days later, on Dec 16, 1913, in Riverside Cemetery. She was interred in the same plot as her daughter, Edna Mae Channing, who died when she was only 4 years old.
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George Channing (1849 - 1900)
Francis John Channing (1878 - 1941)*
George Channing (1880 - 1952)*
Edna May Channing (1889 - 1893)*
Mabel Eliza Channing Ziege (1894 - 1978)*
Created by: Silver Parnell
Record added: Oct 08, 2010
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