Richard Olmsted (settler)

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Richard Olmsted
Deputy of the
General Court
of the
Colony of Connecticut
from Norwalk [1]
In office
May 1653 October 1653
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byNorwalk not represented in October 1653 session
In office
October 1654 May 1655
Preceded by Matthew Canfield,
Matthew Marvin Sr.
Succeeded by Matthew Canfield
In office
May 1658 October 1658
Servingwith Matthew Canfield
Preceded by Samuel Hales,
Isaac Moore
Succeeded by Nathaniel Richards,
Walter Hoyt
In office
October 1660 May 1661
Servingwith Samuel Hales
Preceded by Matthew Canfield,
Samuel Hales
Succeeded by Matthew Canfield,
Walter Hoyt
In office
May 1662 October 1662
Servingwith Matthew Canfield
Preceded by Walter Hoyt
Succeeded by Matthew Canfield,
John Gregory
In office
May 1663 May 1665
Preceded by Matthew Canfield,
John Gregory
Succeeded by John Gregory
In office
October 1665 October 1667
Servingwith Matthew Canfield
Preceded by Matthew Canfield,
John Gregory
Succeeded by John Gregory,
Walter Hoyt
In office
May 1668 October 1669
Preceded by John Gregory,
Walter Hoyt
Succeeded by John Gregory, John Douglas
In office
May 1671 October 1671
Servingwith Walter Hoyt
Preceded by Daniel Kellogg,
John Gregory
Succeeded by John Gregory,
John Bowton
In office
May 1679 October 1679
Servingwith John Gregory
Preceded by Mark Sension,
, John Platt
Succeeded by Daniel Kellogg,
John Bowton
Personal details
Born(1612-02-20)February 20, 1612
Harwich, England
DiedApril 20, 1687(1687-04-20) (aged 75)
Norwalk, Connecticut Colony
Resting place East Norwalk Historical Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut
Spouse(s)Frances Haugh, Magdelen Hill Smith (m. before 1670, widow of William Smith)
ChildrenJohn Olmstead, Richard Olmstead, Rebecca Olmstead, James Olmsted
Military service
RankCaptain
Battles/wars King Philip's War, Pequot War

Richard Olmsted (February 20, 1612 – April 20, 1687) was a founding settler of both Hartford and Norwalk, Connecticut. He served in the General Court of the Connecticut Colony in the sessions of May 1653, October 1654, May 1658, October 1660, May 1662, May and October 1663, May and October 1664, October 1665, May and October 1666, May 1667, May and October 1668, May 1669, May 1671, and May 1679.

Settler person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there

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Hartford, Connecticut Capital of Connecticut

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Norwalk, Connecticut City in Connecticut, United States

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Early life

Olmsted was born in Harwich, England in 1612. It has long been claimed that he came to Boston along with his uncle James Olmsted aboard the ship Lion in 1632, but there is no evidence to support this and he probably came somewhat later. [2] He lived in Mount Wollaston, Massachusetts Bay Colony (now Quincy) originally. Richard Olmstead is in the passenger list of the Lyon which sailed from Thames England June 22, 1632 and arrived at Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony in America September 16, 1632. He came with his Uncle James and his wife Joyce Cornish Olmstead, their children Nicholas, Nehemiah, and Richard's siblings John and Rebecca.

Harwich town in Essex, England

Harwich is a town in Essex, England and one of the Haven ports, located on the coast with the North Sea to the east. It is in the Tendring district. Nearby places include Felixstowe to the northeast, Ipswich to the northwest, Colchester to the southwest and Clacton-on-Sea to the south. It is the northernmost coastal town within Essex.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Boston Capital city of Massachusetts, United States

Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 694,583 in 2018, making it also the most populous city in New England. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County as well, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth most populous in the United States.

Settlement of Hartford

In 1636, he moved to Hartford, Connecticut with the congregation of Thomas Hooker, becoming one of its original settlers.

Thomas Hooker Puritan minister

Thomas Hooker was a prominent Puritan colonial leader, who founded the Colony of Connecticut after dissenting with Puritan leaders in Massachusetts. He was known as an outstanding speaker and an advocate of universal Christian suffrage.

In 1637, he was a soldier in the Pequot War. [3]

About 1647, he married but the name of his first wife is unknown. In about 1670, he married (2) Magdelan (maiden name unknown) Smith, widow of William Smith.

In 1646, he was a constable, and in 1649 he was a fence viewer. [3]

A Fence Viewer is a town or city official who administers fence laws by inspecting new fences and settles disputes arising from trespass by livestock that have escaped enclosure.

Settlement of Norwalk

Roger Ludlow purchased the land that would become Norwalk in 1640. Ludlow contracted with fourteen men for the original planting of Norwalk. In 1649, Olmsted, along with Nathaniel Ely became the first two settlers. [3]

Roger Ludlow English lawyer, founder and deputy governor of Connecticut Colony

Roger Ludlow (1590–1664) was an English lawyer, magistrate, military officer, and colonist. He was active in the founding of the Colony of Connecticut, and helped draft laws for it and the nearby Massachusetts Bay Colony. Under his and John Mason's direction, Boston's first fortification, later known as Castle William and then Fort Independence was built on Castle Island in Boston harbor. Frequently at odds with his peers, he eventually also founded Fairfield and Norwalk before leaving New England entirely.

Nathaniel Ely was a founding settler of Hartford and Norwalk, Connecticut. He served as a deputy of the General Court of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk in the October 1656 session.

In 1653, he was Deputy of Norwalk to the General Court at Hartford.

In 1656, appointed by the General Court, Leather seller, for Norwalk.

In 1657, he was chosen Townsman in Norwalk.

On May 19, 1659, he was appointed with three others to settle a land dispute between the towns of Stratford and Fairfield, with the Indians. On May 17, 1660, he was appointed Grand Juror for Norwalk.

In 1661, he along with John Banks and Joseph Judson were appointed by the General Court to survey the town boundary between Fairfield and Stratford.

From 1676 to 1676, he served in King Philip's War.

On October 4, 1660, he was appointed Deputy to the General Court at Hartford.

From 1669 to 1675, he was a Selectman in Norwalk.

He was chosen Deputy of Norwalk to the General Court a dozen times between 1660 and 1679.

In 1675, at a meeting of the Council he was appointed to sign bills for the payment of soldiers in King Philip's War.

He was Commissioner for Norwalk, with magisterial powers, from 1668 to 1677.

He is listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founders of Hartford in the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford, and he is also listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founders of Norwalk in the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery.

History of Hartford, Connecticut

The History of Hartford, Connecticut has occupied a central place in Connecticut's history from the state's origins to the present, as well as the greater history of the United States of America.

First Church of Christ and the Ancient Burying Ground church building in Connecticut, United States of America

The First Church of Christ and the Ancient Burying Ground is a historic church and cemetery at 60 Gold Street in Hartford, Connecticut. It is the oldest church congregation in Hartford, founded in 1636 by Thomas Hooker. The present building, the congregation's fourth, was built in 1807, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The adjacent cemetery, formally set apart in 1640, was the city's sole cemetery until 1803.

History of Norwalk, Connecticut

The history of Norwalk, Connecticut ranges from pre-contact cultures and Native Americans to the 21st century.

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Preceded by
Office established
Deputy of the General Court of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk
May 1653
Succeeded by
Norwalk not represented in October 1653 session
Preceded by
Matthew Canfield
Matthew Marvin Sr.
Deputy of the General Court of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk
October 1654
Succeeded by
Matthew Canfield
Preceded by
Samuel Hales
Isaac Moore
Deputy of the General Court of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk
May 1658
With: Matthew Canfield
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Richards
Walter Hoyt
Preceded by
Matthew Canfield
Samuel Hales
Deputy of the General Court of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk
October 1660
With: Samuel Hales
Succeeded by
Matthew Canfield
Walter Hoyt
Preceded by
Walter Hoyt
Deputy of the General Court of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk
May 1662
With: Matthew Canfield
Succeeded by
Matthew Canfield
John Gregory
Preceded by
Matthew Canfield
John Gregory
Deputy of the General Assembly of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk
May 1663, October 1663, May 1664, October 1664
With: John Gregory,
Matthew Canfield
Succeeded by
John Gregory
Preceded by
John Gregory
Matthew Canfield
Deputy of the General Assembly of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk
October 1665, May 1666, October 1666, May 1667
With: Matthew Canfield
Succeeded by
Walter Hoyt
John Gregory
Preceded by
Walter Hoyt
John Gregory
Deputy of the General Assembly of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk
May 1668, October 1668, May 1669
With: John Gregory,
Walter Hoyt
Succeeded by
John Gregory
John Douglas
Preceded by
Daniel Kellogg
John Gregory
Deputy of the General Assembly of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk
May 1671
With: Walter Hoyt
Succeeded by
John Gregory
John Bowton
Preceded by
Mark Sension
John Platt
Deputy of the General Assembly of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk
May 1679
With: John Gregory
Succeeded by
Daniel Kellogg
John Bowton