Person:Mary Olmsted (4)

Mary Olmsted
m. 12 Aug 1576
  1. Thomas Olmsted1577 -
  2. Richard Olmsted1578/9 - 1641
  3. James Olmstead1580 - bef 1640
  4. Elizabeth Olmsted1582 - 1582
  5. Nicholas Olmsted1583 - abt 1627/8
  6. Mary Olmsted1585 - 1594
  7. Mabel Olmsted1587 -
  8. Elizabeth Olmsted1589 -
  9. John Olmsted1592/3 -
  10. Mary Olmsted1593 - 1593
  11. Thomas Olmsted1593 - 1593
Facts and Events
Name Mary Olmsted
Gender Female
Birth[1] 15 Dec 1593 Great Leighs, Essex, England
Death[1] 15 Dec 1593 Great Leighs, Essex, England
  1. 1.0 1.1 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.), page xi.

    'Great Leighs Church Records
    James Olmsted and Jane Bristow, married 12th August, 1576. Baptized: ... Mary, 15th December, 1593; Thomas (twin), 15th December, 1593.'

    Assuming these were the children of James and Jane (Bristow) Olmsted (as appears to be the author's assumption), and that the baptism date of the next oldest child (John) was in Feb 1592/3 (as given by this author) and not 1591/2, these twins were likely very premature. The fact that Thomas was named the same as a living sibling, and the likelihood that the twins were premature suggest that the twins were stillborn. I have seen other parish registers (in Norway) where stillborn children were listed along with baptisms. If this is the case, the burial record for Mary Olmsted in Dec 1594 was for the older sibling Mary, meaning that both twins were named the same as living siblings. This is how I have chosen to interpret the data.