Person:Sarah Decker (15)

Sarah S Decker
  • F.  Jeffrey Decker (add)
  • M.  Emeline Perry (add)
m. Bef 1840
  1. Sarah S Decker1840 -
m. 19 Oct 1869
Facts and Events
Name Sarah S Decker
Married Name _____ Olmstead
Gender Female
Birth[1] 4 Dec 1840 Hudson, Columbia, New York, United States
Marriage 19 Oct 1869 New York City, New York, United Statesto Samuel Hawley Olmstead, M.D.
  1. Family Recorded, in 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.).

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    ... 6071, Samuel Hawley, Brooklyn, N. Y.; b. Aug. 9, 1838; d. Dec. 22, 1893; m. Oct. 19, 1869, Sarah F. Decker; b. Dec. 4, 1840, at Hudson, N. Y.; dau. of Jeffrey and Emeline (Perry) Decker.

    Dr. Hawley Olmsted grad. Yale Medical School 1861 ; was a Surgeon in the Civil War, New York Vols., and was mustered out with rank of Lieut. Col. In the year 1839, he was persuaded to remove from Wilton to New Haven and resuscitate the Hopkins Grammar School, an institution older than the College, to which it was chiefly tributary, but from various causes had greatly languished. Dr. Olmsted gave ten years of his life to this work, which he was wont to speak of as his best years. As a tribute to his success in this and other departments of letters and sound scholarship the Corporation of Yale College, in the year 1862, conferred upon him the honorary title of Doctor of Laws.

    "Although never seeking public office, he was often sought to fill positions where mature judgment was most needed, as also where an 'unswerving supreme fidelity to Truth and Right' was respected. He was a Member of the Legislature for Wilton in 1825, '26, '28, '29, and a Senator from New Haven in 1853. As Chairman of the Committee on Education in 1826 and '28, he presented reports on Common School Education which attracted no little attention at the time and which forty years have shown to be singularly prophetic.

    "He died while he was addressing at his own house the literary club, with which, for more than twenty years, he had been accustomed to meet weekly for the discussion of some great moral and practical questions. Said an eye-witness: ' He had just completed a most thorough, logical and, as his companions felt, richly beautiful argument. It was, indeed, the beautiful death of the Christian soldier with his armor on, the disciple going out of the earthly service to the "Well Done" of the Lord.'

    "He was a man of medium height, stoutly built, very erect, and dignified in his carriage, but courteous and affable in his address. He governed his school and won the lasting respect of his pupils to a remarkable degree with little apparent effort." — From "Anniversary of Wilton Cong. Ch.," p. 54.