From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Olmsted Ancestry in England
The Genealogy of the Olmsted Family, by Henry King
Olmsted, et al., 1912, includes comments on a possible English
ancestry of the family to 1086. To include the nephews and nieces
of emigrant James OLMSTED, this listing begins with his parents,
the earliest proven OLMSTED ancestor.
James and Jane (Bristow) Olmsted
James OLMSTED - b. about 1550, Great Leighs, Essex;
bur. Dec. 2, 1595, England. Will dated May 20, 1592 and proved
Jan. 8, 1594/5. Son of James OLMSTED (b. about 1520) and
Alice. Married Aug. 12, 1576, Great Leighs, Essex.
Jane BRISTOW -
- Thomas - bap. Jun. 7, 1577. Married at Great Leighs on Feb.
4, 1599 Margaret SACHE.
- Richard - bap. Mar. 22, 1579, Great Leighs, Essex; bur. Nov.
16, 1641, recorded at Fairsted, Essex. Married Frances SLANY
(will proved Sep. 10, 1630, Fairsted, Essex). Children of Richard and Frances OLMSTED: Capt.
Richard emigrated to Hartford, and settled at Norwich, CT; Mary;
Dr. John married Elizabeth MARVIN, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth
and widow of Thomas GREGORY - settled first at Hartford, then
removed to Saybrook and Norwich, CT; Sarah; Rebecca married Thomas
NEWELL of Farmington, CT; and Joseph.
- James - bap. Dec. 4, 1580, Great
Leighs, Essex; d. Sep. 18, 1640, Hartford, CT.
- Elizabeth - bap. Sep. 2, 1582; bur. Dec. 19, 1582.
- Nicholas - bap. Nov. 24, 1583; d. 1627, Much Parndon, Essex.
Will dated May 19, 1627 and proved Mar. 7, 1627/8. Married in
1613 Mrs. Rachel GRAVES, widow of Thomas GRAVES of Stansted Abbot,
- Mabel - bap. July 16, 1587.
- Elizabeth - bap. Nov. 2, 1589.
- John - bap. Feb. 20, 1592/3. Married Apr. 25, 1623, at Fairsted,
- Mary - bap. Dec. 14, 1593.
- Thomas - bap. Dec. 15, 1593.
The Olmsted Family in America
James and Joyce (Cornish) Olmsted
James OLMSTED - bap. Dec. 4, 1580, Great Leighs, Essex;
d. Sep. 18, 1640, Hartford, CT. Son of James
OLMSTED and Jane BRISTOW. His name appears on Hartford's Founders Monument. From
The Family History of Judge Ellsworth D. Belden..., by
Stanley R. and Elvera Belden, 1980: "When James left his
home at Fairsted, he left in its burying place his wife and four
of their seven children. James Olmsted, together with two sons,
Nicholas and Nehemiah, two nephews, Richard and John, and a niece,
Rebecca, came to New England in the ship 'Lyon,' under Capt. PIERCE,
arrive at Boaston on the Lord's Day 16 September 1632, after a
voyage of twelve weeks from Braintree, England. There were 123
passengers, of whom 50 were children. They soon settled at Mount
Wollaston, now Quincy, near Boston, but in the course of a year,
they removed to New Town, now known as Cambridge, Massachusetts.
James was made a freeman 6 November 1632 and was chosen by a popular
vote 3 November 1634 to be the Constable." He removed to
Hartford, CT in the summer of 1634. In 1986, a memorial
conisting of a maple tree and granite marker was placed in the
Center Church Cemetery (Ancient Burying Ground), Hartford, CT
in honor of James OLMSTED and his brother Richard OLMSTED. Married
Oct. 26, 1605, Great Leighs, Essex, England.
Joyce CORNISH - bur. Apr. 21, 1621, Fairsted, Essex,
Children of James and Joyce Olmsted
- Faith - bap. Jan. 7, 1606, Fairsted, Essex, England; bur.
there Mar. 3, 1627.
- Frances - bap. Feb. 14, 1609, Fairsted, Essex, England; bur.
there the same day.
- Mabel - bap. Sep. 30, 1610, Fairsted, Essex, England; bur.
there Feb. 18, 1621.
- Nicholas - bap. Feb. 15, 1612, Fairsted,
Essex, England; d. Aug. 31, 1684, Hartford, CT.
- James - bap. Jan. 22, 1615; probably died young.
- Nehemiah - bap. Nov. 10, 1618, Fairsted, Essex, England;
d. Oct. 2, 1657, Fairfield, CT. Sgt. in 1657. Married Elizabeth
BURR, daughter of John BURR, Sr. Elizabeth married second Obadiah
GILBERT of Fairfield, CT, and third Nathaniel SEELEY. Nehemiah
and Elizabeth OLMSTED had one child.
- Mary - bap. Apr. 18, 1621, Fairsted, Essex, England; bur.
there Apr. 24, 1621.
Capt. Nicholas and Sarah (Loomis) Olmsted
Nicholas OLMSTED - bap. Feb. 15, 1612, Fairsted, Essex,
England; d. Aug. 31, 1684, Hartford, CT (will dated Aug. 20, 1683
and proved Nov. 25, 1684). Son of James OLMSTED
and Joyce CORNISH.
To Boston and Hartford with father. Served
in Pequot War. Surveyor of highways; 1646; townsman for North
side between 1653 and 1683; Corporal 1658; freeman 1669; deputy
to General Court 1672 and 1673. Served in King Philip's War and
made Capt. Aug. 26, 1675. Married second Mary, perhaps the widow
Mary LORD, but she was not the widow of Dr. Thomas LORD, who married
Gregory WOLTERTON as his third wife (see TAG 68:160-75). Nicholas married first on Sep. 28, 1640 at Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.
Sarah LOOMIS - b. 1617, Essex, England; d. 1667, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Daughter of Joseph LOOMIS and Mary WHITE.
Children of Nicholas and Sarah Olmsted
See Notable Cousins
for line to: Millard FILLMORE, Anne MORROW LINDBERGH, Frederick Law OLMSTED, and James Wolcott WADSWORTH
- Sarah - b. 1641, Hartford, CT; d. Nov. 7, 1709, East Haddam,
Middlesex Co., CT. Married 1661/2 Capt. George GATES (b. about 1634,
England; d. Nov. 12, 1724, East Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT) of Hartford
and East Haddam, CT. He was town clerk in Haddam, CT in 1698. Both
Sarah and George were buried in Cove Burial Ground, East Haddam,
CT. Children of Sarah and George GATES: Sgt. Samuel married
Esther HUNGERFORD; Thomas married Hannah BRAINERD; Joseph married
Elizabeth HUNGERFORD; John; Mary; George; Daniel; and Sarah
married Timothy FULLER.
- Elizabeth - b. Nov. 20, 1642, Hartford, Hartford
Co., CT; d. Oct. 12, 1681, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT. Married by
1665 Samuel BUTLER (b. 1639; d. Dec. 31, 1692), son of Richard BUTLER
and his first wife (unidentified). They lived at Haddam and Wethersfield, Hartford
Co., CT. Samuel's will, dated Dec. 30, 1692, names his children.
Children of Elizabeth and Samuel BUTLER: Samuel; Elizabeth; James;
Jonathan married first Mary EASTON, and second Elizabeth CADWELL, widow
of Jonathan EASTON (Mary, daughter of Jonathan and Mary, married
Richard EDWARDS, nephew of Rev. Timothy EDWARDS); George; Mary married
Ebenezer HOPKINS (son Ebenezer became great grandfather of Pres.
Millard FILLMORE); Dorothy; and Sarah.
- Mabel - b. about 1645, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Her
father's will, dated Aug. 20, 1683 and proved Nov. 25, 1684 names "son
Samuel BUTLER" and "daughter Mabel BUTLER." Married first Sgt. Daniel
BUTLER (d. Mar. 28, 1692), son of Richard BUTLER and Elizabeth BIGELOW;
and second at Windsor, Hartford Co., CT on Aug. 26, 1697 Michael
TAINTOR. Children of Mabel and Daniel BUTLER: Sarah married John
EASTON; Mabel married Ebenezer KELLOGG; Elizabeth married Daniel CLARK;
Mary; and Hannah married Israel NEWTON.
- Mary - b. Nov. 20, 1646, Hartford, CT; d. there before year
- Rebecca - b. Mar. 12, 1647/8, Hartford, CT. Married John
BIGELOW (b. Oct. 27, 1643), son of John BIGELOW and Mary WARREN. No known children.
- John - bap. Feb. 3, 1649/50, Hartford, CT. Died young.
- b. 1653, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d. Jan. 13, 1726, East Haddam,
Middlesex Co., CT; bur. there in Old Cove Burial Ground. Married Mary
LORD (b. May 1649, Saybrook, CT; d. Sep. 14, 1736), daughter of William
LORD and Dorothy, and granddaughter of Thomas LORD and Dorothy BIRD.
Children of Samuel and Mary OLMSTED: Samuel married Mary ROWLEY; John
married Susannah BRAINERD; Sarah married Jared CONE; and Elizabeth
married John CHURCH.
- b. 1654, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d. Oct. 5, 1726, East Haddam,
Middlesex Co., CT. Deacon. His grave marker reads: HERE LIETH THE BODY
OF DEC JOSEPH OLMSTEED WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER THE 5 ANNON DOM
1726 IN THE 73 YEAR OF HIS AGE. Married Elizabeth BUTLER (b. about
1651; d. Apr. 28, 1729), daughter of Richard BUTLER and Elizabeth
BIGELOW. Her grave marker reads: HERE LIES THE BODY OF ELISEABETH THE
WIFE OF DEACON JOSEPH OLMSTED WHO DIED APRIL 28 IN THE 78 OF HER AGE
1729. Children of Joseph and Elizabeth OLMSTED: Joseph married Hannah
MARSH; James married Mary BULL; Nicholas married Mary HOSMER; Elizabeth
married Joseph SKINNER; Richard married Deborah HOSMER; Nehemiah
married Clemence HOSMER; Rebecca died young; Hannah married Zachariah
SEYMOUR; and Rebecca married Jonathan HILLS.
- Thomas - b. Jun. 25, 1657, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d. 1741, West Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.
The Turner Family in America
For information on the immigrant family, refer to The Great
Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vols.
I-III, by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston, 1995).
Capt. Nathaniel and Margaret (Leachland)
Nathaniel TURNER - b. England; d. Jan. 1646, aboard
ship. Arrived in New England with the Winthrop fleet 1630 and
settled at Lynn, MA. He requested to be admitted as freeman on
Oct. 19, 1630 and was admitted Jul. 3, 1632. Constable 1632; representative
1634; deputy 1635. Having been a soldier in England, he became
an original member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
of Boston. Appointed Captain of the Saugus train band 1633, and
commanded it during the Pequot War 1636-1637. Moved to New Haven,
CT 1637 after his home at Lynn was destroyed by fire, where he
was an original signer of the New Haven Agreement and took the
oath of fidelity on Jul. 1, 1644. He became a member of the New
Haven First Congregational Church; assistant to the Governor 1639;
deputy in the Connecticut Assembly; and served on numerous committees
both in New Haven Colony and previously in Massachusetts Bay Colony.
On Sep. 1, 1640 Nathaniel was appointed Captain of all martial
affairs of the New Haven Colony. He was on the ill-fated "Lamberton's
Phantom Ship" which sailed from New Haven on a voyage to
Europe and was lost with all on board in Jan. 1646.
Margaret LEACHLAND - d. before Nov. 1662. As widow of
Capt. TURNER, she married Samuel VANGOODENHOUSEN about 1647. They
lived at New Haven, CT. (Some sources give Capt. TURNER's wife
name as Elizabeth, and some indicate her name is unknown.)
Children of Nathaniel and Margaret Turner
See Notable Cousins for line to: Ernest HEMINGWAY and Linus YALE
- Mary - d. Oct. 15, 1704, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. Married
1645 Thomas YALE (b. about 1616, Plas Grono, Wales; d. Mar. 27,
1683, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT), brother of David YALE, and
of Ann YALE (wife of Gov. Edward HOPKINS). David YALE was father
of Elihu (b. Apr. 5, 1648, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; d. Jul.
8, 1721), who married a daughter of Gov. HINMERS, and had three
daughters: Catharine married Dudley NORTH (son of Sir Dudley NORTH, merchant, economist,
and author); Ann married Lord James CAVENDISH; and Ursula. Elihu
was prosperous in the East Indies trade, became Governor of the
East India Company, and contributed (£500) for the founding
of Yale College. Thomas YALE was the son of Thomas YALE (d. 1619)
and Ann LLOYD (d. 1659), who married second Gov. Theophilus EATON
of Connecticut (Line 251 of Weis' Ancestral Lines of Sixty
Colonists). Children of Mary and Thomas YALE: John married
Rebecca; Capt. Thomas married first Rebecca GIFFORDS/GIBBARD,
second Sarah NASH, and third Mary BEACH; Mary married Joseph
IVES; Nathaniel married Ruth BISHOP; Martha died young; Abigail;
Hannah married Enos TALMADGE (ancestors of Ernest HEMINGWAY);
and Elizabeth married Joseph PARDEE.
- Rebecca - b. 1629, Lynn, MA; d. Jun.
14, 1731, New Haven, CT. Married Thomas MIX.
- Abigail - b. 1631; d. 1693. Married Sep. 2, 1651, New Haven,
CT John HUDSON.
- Nathaniel - b. 1633; d. Jan. 13, 1661/2. No issue.
- Hannah - bap. Nov. 17, 1639, New Haven, CT. Married on Dec.
5, 1667 at New Haven, CT to Samuel HOPKINS.
- Isaac - bap. Jun. 7, 1640, New Haven, CT; d. Mar. 27, 1699,
New Haven, CT. Married Aug. 19, 1668, New Haven, CT Mary TODD
(bap. Sep. 16, 164?; d. May 3, 1676), daughter of Christopher
TODD and Grace MIDDLEBROOK. Children of Isaac and Mary TURNER:
Isaac married Abigail; Nathaniel married Ruth BUCKINGHAM; Joseph
married Sarah HOTCHKISS; and Mary died young.
The Mix Family in America
The principal source of information about the MIX family is
Families of Ancient New Haven, by Donald L. Jacobus (1939).
Thomas and Rebecca (Turner) Mix
Thomas MIX - b. 1623, England; d. 1691, New Haven, New
Haven Co., CT. Son of Daniel MEEKES. Thomas MEEKES and Rebecca
TURNER were called before the court Jul. 3, 1649 "to answer
to their sinful miscarriage in matter of fornication, with sundry
lies added thereto by them both in a gross and heinous manner."
Married Jan. 19, 1649, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT.
Rebecca TURNER - b. 1629, Lynn, MA; d. Jun. 14, 1731,
New Haven, CT. Daughter of Capt. Nathaniel
TURNER and Margaret LEACHLAND.
Children of Thomas and Rebecca Mix
- John - b. 1649, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; d. Jan. 21,
1711/2, New Haven. CT. Married in 1675 at New Haven, New Haven
Co., CT Elizabeth WILMOT (bap. Sep. 23, 1649; d. Aug. 20-21,
1711), daughter of Benjamin WILMOT and Elizabeth. Children of John and Elizabeth MIX: John
married first Sarah THOMPSON, second Elizabeth BOOTH, and third
Esther MORRIS; Esther married Theophilus MUNSON; Elizabeth married
John ATWATER; Lt. Joseph married first Hannah BALL, and second
Rebecca; Stephen; Abigail married Thomas MILES; Mercy married
first Ebenezer ALLING, and second James TALMADGE.
- Nathaniel - b. Sep. 14, 1651, New Haven, CT; d. Oct. 14,
1725, New Haven, CT. Married May 2, 1678 married Mary PANTRY
(b. about 1654; d. Mar. 23, 1723/4), daughter of John PANTRY
and Hannah TUTTLE. Children of Nathaniel and Mary MIX: Mary; Rebecca married Matthew ROWE;
Hannah; Sarah; and Nathaniel married first Anna BUNNELL, and
second Rebecca LINES.
- Daniel - b. Sep. 8, 1653, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; d.
1720, Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT. Married on May 2, 1678
at Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT to Ruth ROCKWELL (b. Mar. 5,
1653/4, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT; d. 1739), daughter of John
ROCKWELL and Sarah ENSIGN. Children of Daniel and Ruth MIX: Thomas married Deborah ROYCE;
Lydia married Ebenezer HULL; Daniel married Lydia AVERY; Ruth;
Hannah married Theophilus JONES; and Theophilus married his first cousin Damaris
OLMSTED (b. May 28, 1699; d. Oct. 5, 1775), daughter of Hannah MIX and Thomas
- Thomas - b. Aug. 30, 1655, New Haven, CT. Married Jun. 30,
1677 Hannah FITCH, daughter of Rev. James and Abigail FITCH,
and granddaughter of Rev. Henry WHITFIELD. Resided at Norwich,
- Rebecca - b. Jan. 4, 1657, New Haven, CT; d. Oct. 17, 1734,
New Haven, CT. Married John YALE.
- Abigail - bap. Jan. 22, 1659, New Haven, CT. Married John
PANTRY. Their daughter Rebecca married Nathaniel JONES.
- bap. Dec. 15, 1661, New Haven, CT; d. Aug. 12, 1708, New Haven, CT.
Married first Hannah CHIDSEY (b. Jan. 9, 1663; d. Dec. 11, 1693),
daughter of John and Elizabeth; and second Mary BRADLEY (b. 1672),
daughter of Nathan and Hester. Children of Caleb and Hannah MIX: Thomas
had no children; Caleb married Rebecca THOMPSON; and Hannah married
Capt. Ebenezer BEECHER. Children of Caleb and Mary MIX: Thankful
married Caleb ALLING; Rachel married John COLLINS; Patience married
John ALLING; and Esther married Nathaniel HUBBELL.
- Samuel - b. Jan. 11, 1663, New Haven, CT; b. Apr. 10, 1730,
New Haven, CT. Married Jul. 26, 1699, New Haven, CT Rebecca PARDEE
(b. Apr. 18, 1666; d. Jun. 14, 1731), daughter of George PARDEE
and Katharine LANE. Children of Samuel and Rebecca MIX: Samuel married Abigail CUTLER;
George married Katharine TUTTLE; and Stephen had no children.
- Hannah - b. Jun. 30, 1666, New Haven,
CT; d. about 1698, Hartford, CT. Married Thomas
- Esther - b. Nov. 30, 1668, New Haven, CT; d. there 1670.
- Stephen - b. Nov. 1, 1672, New Haven, CT; d. Aug. 28, 1738,
Wethersfield, CT. Graduated Harvard 1690; ordained 1694; minister
at Wethersfield, CT. Married Dec. 1, 1696 Mary STODDARD, daughter
of Rev. Solomon STODDARD of Northampton, MA. Children of Stephen and Mary MIX: Christian;
Thomas and Hannah (Mix) Olmsted
Thomas OLMSTED - b. Jun. 25, 1657, Hartford, Hartford Co.,
CT; d. 1741, West Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. His will was dated May
23, 1735 and his estate inventoried at £111-09-08 on May 28,
1741. Son of Nicholas OLMSTED
and Sarah LOOMIS. Owned covenant Aug. 14, 1692, and admitted to full communion Jul. 14, 1696. Families of Early Hartford,
by Lucius Barbour, indicates that Thomas married second Martha BIGELOW,
without citing a source. However, such a marriage is not included in The Bigelow Family Genealogy,
and there is no Martha BIGELOW included who could have been the second
wife of Thomas OLMSTED. The will of Thomas OLMSTED names his three sons
and five daughters, but makes no mention of a wife. Married Hannah MIX
on Jun. 25, 1691 at Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.
Hannah MIX - b. Jun. 30, 1666, New Haven CT; bap. there Aug.
12, 1666. No documented death date has been found for Hannah, but if
Thomas OLMSTED had a second wife, it is possible that some of the
younger children were of his second marriage. Daughter of Thomas
MIX and Rebecca TURNER.
Children of Thomas and Hannah Olmsted
- Thomas - bap. Aug. 10, 1692, Hartford, Hartford Co.,
CT; bap. there Aug. 14, 1692; d. Aug. 18, 1759, Hartford, Hartford Co.,
CT. Married Feb. 21, 1715/6, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Ann WEBSTER
(bap. Dec. 3, 1682, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT), daughter of John
WEBSTER and Sarah MYGATT. Children of Thomas and Ann OLMSTED: Ann
married Samuel MOODY; Susanna married Nathaniel STEELE; and Moses.
- Stephen - b. Jan. 1, 1694, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT;
bap. there Jan. 6, 1694/5; d. Oct. 14, 1776. Married first Jun. 29,
1723, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Sarah MERRILL (b. Jan. 13, 1696/7,
Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d. before 1748), daughter of John MERRILL
and Sarah MARSH; and second about 1748 Hannah HULL, daughter of
Ebenezer HULL and Lydia MIX. Children of Stephen and Sarah OLMSTED:
Irene married John MERRILL; Sarah died young; Roger married Eunice
MARSH; Damaris; Stephen; Hannah married Stephen SEDGEWICK; Sarah died
young; Lois married Elijah ENSIGN; and Thomas married Rhoda SHEPARD.
Son of Stephen and Hannah: Gamaliel died young.
- Sarah - b. Jan. 1, 1695/6, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; bap. there Jan. 3, 1696/7. Married John KELLOGG.
- Rebecca - b. Oct. 10, 1697, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; bap. there Apr. 9, 1699; d. Oct. 5, 1726, CT.
- b. May 28, 1699, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; bap. there Nov. 14,
1700; d. Oct. 3, 1775. Married on Jan. 17, 1728/9 at Wallingford, New Haven
Co., CT to her first cousin Theophilus MIX (b. about 1697; d. Jul. 1, 1750), son of Daniel
MIX and Ruth ROCKWELL.
- Daniel - b. Sep. 28, 1701, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT;
bap. there Oct. 19, 1701; d. Nov. 30, 1781, West Hartford, Hartford
Co., CT. Married Jan. 27, 1729/30 Mary CADWELL (b. Dec. 18, 1708,
Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d. May 25, 1786, West Hartford, Hartford
Co., CT), daughter of Samuel CADWELL and Mary CLARK. Children of Daniel
and Mary OLMSTED: Daniel married first Anne CADWELL, and second Rachel
HUBBARD; Timothy married Eunice FLOWER; Roswell married first Elizabeth
STANLEY, and second Hannah (BIDWELL) FOOTE; Eliphaz died young; Mary
married Clark GIBBS; Lydia married Jonathan GILBERT; Sarah married
Stephen HOPKINS; and Abigail married Gideon BUTLER.
- Hannah - b. Jan. 26, 1703/4, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; bap. there Jan. 23, 1703/4; d. Oct. 7, 1762.
- Jerusha - b. Mar. 28, 1706, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; bap. there Mar. 31, 1706.