Fayette County Genealogy Project
FIDELEO HUGHES OLIPHANT, one of the prominent figures in the early iron industry of Pennsylvania, was a son of Col. John and Sarah (McGinnes) Oliphant, and was born in Georges township, January 4, 1800. He spent his life in Fayette county where he died on the Sunnie Brae farm, November 10, 1879. F. H. Oliphant owned and operated Franklin forge, and Fairchance, Sprinhill and Oliphant furnaces, at different periods, and was one of the leading and progressive "iron masters" of his day. He was frank but generous, decided, but honest. He was captain of the Fayette cavalry company for ten years, and when a Confederate raid was expected in 1863 he raised a company and marched to Grafton, W. Va. He was a consistent member of the Tent Presbyterian church and married Jane C., daughter of Samuel Duncan.