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Bulloch History – The Olliffs come to Bulloch County

The name Olliff has a long and storied role in the formation of early Bulloch County. According to many colonial records, the earliest Olliff may have been known (purposely or accidentally) been known by a slightly different (but similar sounding) name. For European immigrants, this situation often arose from a simple misspelling of the name made by whoever was writing the documents. One thing is certain: John Shears Olliff, the first Olliff born in America, was born in 1752 to John and Mary Shears Olliff in Duplin County, North Carolina. Most historians agree he died in either 1801 or 1802.

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