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Richard Olmstead

Richard Olmstead, son of Richard Olmstead and Frances Slaney, was born about 1610 and baptized on February 12, 1612 in Fairstead, Essex, England and died April 20, 1687 in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut.  

He was married twice.  His first wife's name is unknown. He married Magdalen widow of William Smith.

Other events in the life of Richard Olmstead:

Religion: Puritan

Emigration:  Arrived in Boston on September 16, 1632 aboard the Lyon with his uncle, James Olmstead, sister Rebecca and brother John.

Military:  Served as a soldier in the Pequot Indian War (1637) and King Phillips War (1675-1676).  Commissioned to rank of Captain for 6 years (1680).

Residences:  Arrived first in Boston and then moved within the year to present day Cambridge, Massachussets.  About 1634, he then moved into what was then the wilderness of Connecticut with Reverand Thomas Hooker and others where present day Harford, Connecticut was founded.   Named as one of the founders of Hartford in Founders Monument.  Richard Olmstead and Nathan Ely successfully petitioned the Connecticut colony court for the right to establish a town.  In 1651, Richard, family and friends founded Norwalk, Connecticut.  

Public Service:  Constable in Hartford, Connecticut in 1646.  Selectman and commissioner in Norwalk.  Served in multiple other capacities including deputy to the Connecticut legislature for sessions in 1653, 1654, 1658, 1660-1669, 1671 and 1679.

Magdalen Unknown

Magdalen Unknown was born in 1612 in England and died before 1687.

Children of Richard Olmstead and his first wife

James Olmstead  was born about 1645 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut and died April 28, 1731 in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

John Olmstead  was born in 1649 and christened on  December 30, 1649 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut and died December 22, 1704 in Hartford, Hartford County, ConnecticutHe married Mary Benedict on July 17, 1673 in Norwalk, Connecticut.  His second marriage was to Elizabeth Pardee widow of Thomas Gregory. 


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