Person:James Olmstead (36)

m. Bef 1646/47
  1. James OlmsteadBef 1649 - Bef 1731
  2. John Olmstead1649 - Bef 1704
m. 1673
  1. Joseph Olmstead1676/77 -
  2. James Olmsted1676/77 -
  3. Nathan Olmstead1678 - Bef 1716
  4. Samuel Olmsted1683 -
  5. John Olmsted1692 - Bef 1748
Facts and Events
Name James Olmstead
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] Bef 1649 Hartford, Connecticut, United States[probably - supposedly older than brother John Olmstead]
Marriage 1673 Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United Statesto Phoebe Barlow
Military[2] [various ranks and service - see citation]
Other[3] 3 Oct 1695 Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesnamed in court record
Death[2] Bef 28 Apr 1731 Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
  1. Selleck, Charles M. (Charles Melbourne). Norwalk. (Norwalk, Connecticut: C.M. Selleck, 1896)
    267, 282.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Olmsted, Henry King (1824-1896), and George Kemp Ward (1848-1937). Genealogy of the Olmsted family in America: embracing the descendants of James and Richard Olmstead and covering a period of nearly three centuries, 1632-1912. (New York: A. T. DeLaMare, 1912.)

    (3954) (Capt.) JAMES OLMSTED, b. prob. Hartford, Conn.; d. before Apr. 28, 1731; m. May 1, 1673, Phebe Barlow; dau. of Thomas Barlow, of Fairfield, Conn.

    3956, James: b. Apr. 17, 1675; d. young; not mentioned in his father's will.
    3957, Joseph +.
    3958, Nathan +.
    3959, Samuel; b. May 13, 1683; d. young.
    3960, John +.

    Capt. James Olmsted was Town Clerk of Norwalk, Conn., for 29 years, from 1678 to 1707 and again in 1721. He was also Town Judge, and repeatedly a Deputy to the General Court at Hartford. In fact, he was one of Norwalk's most eminent and influential citizens. In 1671 he was chosen Selectman. In 1673 in " The Estates of Lands and Accommodations of ye Towne of Norwalk," James Olmsted is credited with L50.

    In 1680 he was made Lieut. From 1682 to 1685 he was again Selectman. On Jan. 16, 1694, he was chosen by the town to select a minister, and on Oct. 8, 1697, he was chosen " for to signifie unto the Reverend Elders at the time of ordination, the good agreement of the towne with the church in the ordayning of Rev. Mr. Steven Buckingham."

    On Jan. 4, 1702-03, we find the name of James Olmsted as Justice and Recorder, affixed to a document, in which the town of Norwalk lays claim to " several Islands lying adjacent to their township . . . namely Cockenoes Island known by the sayd name, and Mamachimons Island, and the Long Island, and Camfield's Island, known by sayd names, and all other Islands lying in or adjacent unto the towneshipp of Norwalk." In 1706, he was a member of a committee to seat the church, " the sayd committee to order and determine that matter according to their best discretion; they to have respect to age, quality, and the estates of persons in the publique list, and the towne to abide their determination." By vote of Dec. 11, 1723, the town of Norwalk granted to Capt. Samuel Hanford the right " to sit in ye pue with Captain Olmsted and Captain Piatt," evidently a privilege to be desired, as his seat in the church was one of honor.

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    Connecticut: Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013.) Originally published as: Colony of Connecticut, Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711, by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009. 179-180.
    [A Court of Assistants holden at Hartford, October 3d, 1695]
    James and John Olmstead heirs of Capt. Richard Olmstead, and Samuel Newell in the behalf of Rebeckah Newell Sister of Mr. John Olmstead, being dissatisfyed with the Settlement of the Estate of the Sd Mr. John Olmstead decd. made by the County Court at New London, made Application to this Court for relief. This Court haveing heard the Said Case, do find, that the Said John Olmstead decd. by his last Will & Testament left his whole estate to his wife for & dureing the term of her Nathurall Life, butt made no disposition of his real Estate (excepting only ten acres of Land to his Negro) to any person, and that therefore the Said real Estate excepting the ten acres of Land aforesaid (altho the Widdow, relict of the Sd Jno Olmstead hath made disposition thereof, by Will, which this Court do not allow nor approve) doth of right belong to the heirs of the Said Richard Olmstead, and Rebeckah Newell. Therefore this Court do Order that the Same be Setled upon them, accordingly. And this Court do direct the County Court at New London, to order a Settlement & division of the personall Estate of the Said John Olmstead decd according to Justice and Righteousness, and the Last Will of the Sd Widdow, and to take care that Samuel Lothrup be Satisfied & paid for his Assistance & helpfullnes to the Widdow, in her lifetime.