Jabez Olmstead (c.1690 - 1752)

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Birthplace: Brookfield, Worcester, MA, USA
Death: Died in Ware, Worcester, MA, USA
Occupation: Saw Mill Owner & Grist Mill Owner.
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JABEZ OLMSTEAD was born 1690 in Ware River, Massachussetts, and died February 24, 1752 in Ware River, Massachussetts. He married THANKFUL BARNES 1712 in Brookfield, Worcester, Massachussetts.

Jabez is a Biblical name pronounced, "JAY - bez". Jabez means "sorrow" in Hebrew. This is the name of a character in the Old Testament who is blessed by God. Other scripts: יַעְבֵץ (Ancient Hebrew). This is a clue to Jabez' father's name, because if you look at his paternal lineage, you will see a pattern of fathers naming sons after Biblical men. Jabez' father will have a Biblical name.

Jabez was in Brookfield by 1713 and on August 13, 1714 received a grant of 80 acres and later of 81 acres. He owned in all, 350 acres which he sold on July 9, 1729. He moved to Ware where he was a first settler and built a mill at the falls.

     

Children of JABEZ OLMSTEAD and THANKFUL BARNES are:

i.   Thankful2 Olmstead, b. February 15, 1711/12. 

ii. Jeremiah Olmstead, b. January 06, 1714/15. iii. Isreal Olmstead, b. March 24, 1715/16. iv. Hannah Olmstead, b. April 22, 1718.

v.   Martha Olmstead, b. September 16, 1721. 

vi. Dorcus Olmstead, b. April 15, 1724. vii. Sarah Olmstead, b. May 24, 1726. viii. Silence Olmstead, b. January 30, 1727/28. ix. Abigail Olmstead, b. May 24, 1731.

x.   Prudence Olmstead, b. October 28, 1733. 

xi. Moses Olmstead, b. January 29, 1735/36.

We continue the article taken from the "History of Ware, Massachusetts, 1911, by Arthur Chase. We will conclude in the next issue. I have interjected some notes of my own in the text, in brackets, signed COH.


page 47-following of Chase


Judging from the numerous traditions that have survived even to the present day, we may be sure that Jabez Olmstead was indeed a man of importance. He was probably born in Connecticut about 1690. He was a soldier in Queen Anne's war from Deerfield, Massachusetts, in 1709. In 1712 he married Thankful, daughter of Thomas Barnes of Brookfield. Eleven children were born, part in Brookfield, part in Ware. A second wife, Martha, he married in later life.


In 1736, seven years after his removal from Brookfield to Ware, we find a petition of Jabez Omstead of Ware River praying for a grant of province land "in consideration for his good services in the late Wars against the French and Indians, and the Wounds he has received with the expense he has been at for the cure of them." It was ordered that 200 acres be granted him of the unappropriated lands, provided he returns a plot within twelve months for confirmation, and provided the petitioner, his heirs or assigns, " build on the premises within three years a house 18 feet square at the least, and 7 ft. stud, and break up or bring to English grass five acres, and fence the same." In 1738 Omstead prays for further time, "as through some disappointments he has not been able to lay out the same within the time limited." It was ordered +"that the time be extended 12 months from the present, and two years to fulfill the conditions of the grant." I (Chase) find no records to show that he ever located the grant.


In the Old French and Indian Wars (1744-49) Capt. Jabez Omstead was active, taking part in the expedition against Louisburg in 1745. He commanded the 10th Co. in Col. Samuel Willard's 4th Mass. Regiment. The fact that he held a commission disposes of the tradition that Jabez had Indian blood in his veins, none but white men holding commands in the Indian Wars,—at least on the British side.


That he was a "mighty hunter" is altogether probable, for much of his life was passed in the woods. It is doubtful whether he could read and write. He usually made his mark to legal documents, yet signatures purported to be his are in existence, and we know that commissioned officers ordinarily made reports under their own hand. [NOTE-The inventory of his estate lists books valued at 2 s. COH]

In 1742, Jeremiah and Israel Olmsted were signers of a petition to Gov. Shirley.


Page 63


On the settlement of a minister - In 1745, a committee was appointed, consisting of Jabez Olmsted and William Blackman to discuss with Mr. Read, Esq. to see what incoredgements he will grant toward the settlement of the gospel in this place, and give his advice where the meeting house should be.


Capt. Olmsted went to Boston at the expense of the Parish, and Mr. Read recommended a location. Nor was he backward in the matter of "incoredgements", for Jabez Olmsted and others were deeded, as trustees, the most eligible portion of the tract for the church support.


Page 131


           THE COLONIAL WARS AND THE REVOLUTION

FRENCH AND INDIAN WARS


The Town Records contain no references whatever to the French and Indian Wars. Information concerning the part in those contests taken by our early inhabitants is laboriously culled from Muster-Rolls and other papers preserved in the Mass. Archives. Such incomplete information as those ancient papers might give is difficult to get at, for they are indexed only by the names of the men that appear upon them, not by the towns from which the men came.


The French and Indian Wars extended altogether from 1689-1763, though with several intervals of peace. They were simply the American side of a hundred years' struggle for supremacy between the English and the French nations. The first two wars were fought before any white man had made his home between the Ware and Swift Rivers; but they were fearfully disastrous to our neighbors. Brookfield was wiped out in 1693. [NOTE - Roy says this was in 1675. COH] Deerfield was destroyed in 1704. Scarcely a town in the Connecticut Valley escaped pillage, burning and murder at the hands of the savage allies of the French. The third war, commonly referred to as "The Old French and Indian War " lasted from 1744-49, breaking out after a long interval of peace. During that period Ware was a Parish and Precinct, and was of little importance either socially or politically. It does not appear to have been called upon to furnish men for the army. But Jabez Omstead took part in the famous expedition against Louisburg on Cape Briton Island at the mouth of the St. Lawrence, which Sir William Peppered of Maine, with a force of a few thousand Yankee farmers and fishermen, set out to capture. The siege lasted 49 days, and the fort capitulated June 17, 1745. Jabez Omstead had been connected with the militia from the time he could carry a gun, and in the Louisburg expedition he had the rank of Captain, commanding the 10th Co. in Col. Samuel Willard's 4th Mass. regiment. His residence is given as Brookfield on the Muster Roll, indicating that, though he had lived for fifteen years in Ware River, his military relations were still with his former home.


No Precinct Meeting is recorded for the spring of 1745, the first one for the year being called for July 6. This was held at Capt. Jabez Omstead's house, and his bill for boarding ministers was allowed.


The fourth and last of these struggles 1754-63 was by far the greatest, and from its importance is often known as "The French and Indian War." It was to decide a question of supreme importance, namely, whether the English or the French should control the American Continent. The fighting line extended from the mouth of the St. Lawrence to the Mississippi River, through the great valleys of the Mississippi, the Ohio and the Hudson, along the shores of Lake Champlain, and even down the Connecticut Valley as far as Greenfield. This war involved the whole of the American Colonies, and in it George Washington won his spurs.


Hampshire County was thrown into a ferment by numerous attacks upon its outposts at Dutch Hoosac (now within New York), at Stockbridge, Pittsfield and Lenox. The frontier towns of New Hampshire suffered greatly, the enemy appearing as far south as the Massachusetts line.


Col. Israel Williams of Hatfield commanded the regiment from Hampshire County, to which Ware River sent a Company of 39 men. The Muster Roll may be seen in the Mass. Archives. (Vol. 95, p. 542)


"A Muster Roll of Capt. Jacob Cummins' Company for Col. Israel Williams Ridgement that went to ye relief of Fort William Henry when Besieged by the Enemy in Aug. 1757—Marched from Ware River so called.   Jacob Commins, Capt."  

(A list of 38 names and ranks are then listed. Israel Olmsted, Sergt. is third on the list.)


Ware River Parish, Jany. 5th, 1758.

 Errors Excepted

Jacob Cummings.


The roll was sworn to by the Captain before a Justice of the Peace of Worcester County on the date subscribed, Jan. 5, 1758.


The expedition was not a long one, the length of time for the greater part of the men being 15 days. The Company marched to Kenderhook, with the following exceptions: Moses Smith and Benj. Bartlett to Sheffield, Jonathan Olds to Greenwood, Judah Marsh to Blanford, Jotham Lyman, Francis Lull and John Lull to Westfield. The total pay-roll of the expedition footed £75,,2,,11.


Another old paper in the Archives is this: "1757, August 6. The following to an account of men victualled by Luke Bliss at the cost of the province, they being sent to the Relief of Fort William Henry when besieged."


A long list of men follows from Ware River and neighboring places, each charged with one meal. The paper has no further interest for us—unless for the extraordinary spelling of the names of the men.


Further information concerning those who bore a part in this war is fragmentary and incomplete, but it is clear that our townsmen bore their full share of the toils of the war.


Muster Roll dated 1756. Names of those who have served within two years last past: (include)

           Moses Omstead     
           Jabez Omstead

These and others are in Capt. Ingersoll's Company, and are taken from a list of the persons in the South Regiment in County of Hampshire under command of Col. Wm. Worthington, that have been employed in His Majesty's service within two years last past according to the return of the several captains.


A Muster-Roll of a Company of Foot in His Majesty's Service under the Command of Captain Andrew Dalrymple of Petersham in a Regiment raised by the province of the Massachusetts Bay, for the Reduction of Canada, whereof Jedidiah Preble Esq. is Colonel.


Expedition from March 30 to Nov. 30. Among the names are the following, given as from Ware River:

           Daniel Knowlton, Ensign, at £3,,10 per month. Term of service 8 mo. 16 days.  
           Moses Omstead, Private,            
           For 7 most. 19 da. @   £  1,,16 per mo.

A Return of men enlisted for His Majesty's Service for Total Reduction of Canada, 1760.

Endorsed as Ensign Tailor's return.

In the list is the name of Simeon Omstead, aged 18 years. Born at Wair River, though his residence is given as Dorchester, Canada.

Jabez Olmsted of Ware, Massachusetts

   Jabez is the progenitor of the third largest group of Olmste(a)ds. 
Jabez first appears in the frontier community of Deerfield on the Connecticut River in 1709. He first settled in Brookfield, MA in 1712, when he married Thankful Barnes, daughter of Thomas. He removed to Ware, MA, in 1729. He played an important part in the French and Indian Wars, first in Queen Anne’s War, and culminated his military career at the capture of the French Canadian fortress of Louisburg in 1745, where he served as a Captain in the Colonial army. 
    As the family expands, descendants tend to move north into Vermont and neighboring New Hampshire and New York. This pattern continues as the family continues to move northwest into northern New York and adjacent Canada following the normal westward migration as the general population expands and the areas of Ontario, northern Michigan, and Wisconsin are opened for settlement. By the end of the 1800s I believe that the majority of Olmste(a)ds in those areas are of the Jabez line.
   An active study group was formed by Carl Hommel, Joe Barber, and Doreen Dolleman. Carl’s Jabez of Ware Newsletter was first issued the fall of 1997 and has since appeared on a semi-annual basis; back issues can be found at www.jabezolmsted.com.

-------------------- "CAPT. JABEZ'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

Probate and Family Court, Hampshire Division, 33 King Street, Northhampto

n, Massachusetts 01060, Vol. 8: 26-27

In the Name of God Amen, I Jabez Omsted of Ware-River in the County of Ham

pshire and Province of Massachusetts Bay in in (sic) New England, bei

ng of lawful Age and Sound Mind, this Day calling to mind my own mortalit

y, do make this my last Will and Testament, revoking all former Will

s, or anything of that Nature or kind, by me heretofore made. And in t

he first place, I do commend my Spirit into the Hands of God who gave i

t, and my Body to a decent Burial, the rites of which to be performed in S

uch manner, as Shall be that to be best by my Eecutrix; and as to the Worl

dly with which God has blest me I do dispose of it in manner and form foll

owing.

(Imprimus?) After my Debts and funeral Changes are paid, I do give and beq

ueath unto my well beloved wife Martha, all my personal estate, of what na

ture or kind Soever, forever. Item I do give her the improvements of o

ne third part of my real estate during her natural Life, and I do also gi

ve her the improvements of my whole estate, till my Son Moses comes of age

.

Item. I do give and bequeath to my Son Moses all my real estate upon h

is paying the legassies hereafter mentioned.

Item. I do give and bequeath to my Son Jeremiah five Shillings lawful mon

ey to be paid by my Son Moses when he comes of age.

Item. I do give and bequeath to my Son Israel five Shillings lawful mon

ey to be paid by my Son Moses when he comes of age.

Item. I do give and bequeath to the Children of my Daughter Thankful Bro

wn deceased five Shillings lawful money to be paid by my Son Moses wh

en he comes of age.

Item. I do give and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Marsh five Shillings l

awful money to be paid by my Son Moses when he comes of age.

Item. I do give end (sic) bequeath to the child of my Daughter Hammond de

ceased five Shillings lawful money to be paid by my Son Moses when he com

es of age.

Item. I do give end (sic) bequeath to my Daughter Dorcas Wolcot five Poun

ds lawful money to be paid by my Son Moses when he comes of age.

Item. I do give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Marsh five Pounds lawf

ul money to be paid by my Son Moses when he comes of age.

Item. I do give and bequeath to my Daughter Abigail Smith five Pounds law

ful money to be paid by my Son Moses when he comes of age.

Item. I do give end (sic) bequeath to my Daughter Prudence five Pounds la

wful money to be paid by my Son Moses when he comes of age.

And I do constitute and appoint my well Beloved wife Martha Omstead Execut

rix of this my last Will and Testament. In witness of all which, I have h

ereunto Set my Hand and Seal this Twenty fourth of Feb. (anno Domini) Seve

nteen Hundred fifty two.

Signed Sealed and Publisshed (sic)

In Pressence (sic) of

Job Lane, John Downing (signed by Jabez with his mark)" -------------------- 1. JABEZ1 OLMSTEAD was born 1690 in Ware River, Massachussetts, and died February 24, 1751/52 in Ware River, Massachussetts. He married THANKFUL BARNES 1712 in Brookfield, Worcester, Massachussetts.

Notes for JABEZ OLMSTEAD: Jabez was in Brookfield by 1713 and on August 13, 1714 received a grant of 80 acres and later of 81 acres. He owned in all, 350 acres which he sold on July 9, 1729. He moved to Ware where he was a first settler and built a mill at the falls.

     

Children of JABEZ OLMSTEAD and THANKFUL BARNES are:

	i.	 	Thankful2 Olmstead, b. February 15, 1711/12.

2. ii. Jeremiah Olmstead, b. January 06, 1714/15.

	iii.	 	Isreal Olmstead, b. March 24, 1715/16.
	iv.	 	Hannah Olmstead, b. April 22, 1718.
	v.	 	Martha Olmstead, b. September 16, 1721.
	vi.	 	Dorcus Olmstead, b. April 15, 1724.
	vii.	 	Sarah Olmstead, b. May 24, 1726.
	viii.	 	Silence Olmstead, b. January 30, 1727/28.
	ix.	 	Abigail Olmstead, b. May 24, 1731.
	x.	 	Prudence Olmstead, b. October 28, 1733.
	xi.	 	Moses Olmstead, b. January 29, 1735/36.

-------------------- In 1713 Jabez and Thankful were granted 80 acres of land in Brookfield.

In 1729 they bought 500 acres of land now located in the town of Vare, Massachusetts.

b. circa 1690, d. 24 February 1752,

Jabez was born circa 1690 in Deerfield,, Hampshire county,, Massachusetts. He was the son of Moses Olmstead. He married Thankful Barnes in Brookfield, Worcster county, Massachusetts, in 1712. He married Martha Wright in Springfield,, Hampden county,, Massachysetts, on 2 February 1749. Jabez died on 24 February 1752.

Judging from the numerous traditions that have survived even to the present day, we may be sure that Jabez Olmstead was indeed a man of importance. He was probably born in Connecticut about 1690. He was a soldier in Queen Anne's war from Deerfield, Massachusetts, in 1709. In 1712 he married Thankful, daughter of Thomas Barnes of Brookfield. Eleven children were born, part in Brookfield, part in Ware. A second wife, Martha, he married in later life.

In 1736, seven years after his removal from Brookfield to Ware, we find a petition of Jabez Omstead of Ware River praying for a grant of province land "in consideration for his good services in the late Wars against the French and Indians, and the Wounds he has received with the expense he has been at for the cure of them." It was ordered that 200 acres be granted him of the unappropriated lands, provided he returns a plot within twelve months for confirmation, and provided the petitioner, his heirs or assigns, " build on the premises within three years a house 18 feet square at the least, and 7 ft. stud, and break up or bring to English grass five acres, and fence the same." In 1738 Omstead prays for further time, "as through some disappointments he has not been able to lay out the same within the time limited." It was ordered +"that the time be extended 12 months from the present, and two years to fulfill the conditions of the grant." No records to show that he ever located the grant.   
In the Old French and Indian Wars (1744-49) Capt. Jabez Omstead was active, taking part in the expedition against Louisburg in 1745. He commanded the 10th Co. in Col. Samuel Willard's 4th Mass. Regiment. The fact that he held a commission disposes of the tradition that Jabez had Indian blood in his veins, none but white men holding commands in the Indian Wars,—at least on the British side.
That he was a "mighty hunter" is altogether probable, for much of his life was passed in the woods. It is doubtful whether he could read and write. He usually made his mark to legal documents, yet signatures purported to be his are in existence, and we know that commissioned officers ordinarily made reports under their own hand. [NOTE-The inventory of his estate lists books valued at 2 s.]
The following anecdote is preserved by Mr. Hyde—" On the return of the army to Boston from Louisburg, he was invited with the officers to dine with Governor Shirley. The pudding he found to be too hot; and taking it from his mouth, and laying it upon the side of his plate, he said he would keep it to light his pipe with."  [NOTE - How many people can quote one of their ancestors of 250 years ago in ordinary conversation ?]

Saw and grist mills were established at the falls on Ware River soon after 1729 by Jabez Olmsted. These are believed to be the earliest mills within the territory.

Children of Jabez Olmstead and Thankful Barnes

Thankful Olmstead b. 15 Feb 1713

Jeremiah Olmstead+ b. 16 Jun 1714

Israel Olmstead+ b. 24 Mar 1716

Hannah Olmstead b. 22 Apr 1718

Martha Olmstead b. 16 Feb 1721, d. 3 Jan 1744

Dorcas Olmstead b. 15 Apr 1724

Sarah Olmstead b. 24 May 1726

Silence Olmstead b. 30 Nov 1728

Abigail Olmstead b. 24 Mar 1731

Prudence Olmstead b. 28 Oct 1733

Moses Olmstead+ b. 29 Jan 1736, d. 26 Sep 1795 _________________________________________________________________________

Download newsletters about Jabez Olmsted here: http://www.jabezolmsted.com/Jabez_WebPage.htm -------------------- Paternal Line of the Omstead (Olmstead; Olmsted; De Olmstede) Family between Martin De Olmstede (1220) and myself (Thomas Leonard Omstead).

Please Note: These Genealogy pages are always under construction and subject to revision. Robert and Marion Omstead of Wheatley, ON Canada did most of the research between Israel Olmstead (1790-1863) and the present. The pages that precede Israel Olmstead (1790-1863), such as this page, have been borrowed from other contributors on www.geni.com . These contributors are unknown to me and I cannot validate their accuracy. In fact, some dates don’t make sense to me. If you have corrections or contributions PLEASE send an email to me at: omstead@telus.net Thanks, Tom Omstead.

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JABEZ OLMSTEAD was born 1690 in Ware River, Massachussetts, and died February 24, 1751/52 in Ware River, Massachussetts. He married THANKFUL BARNES 1712 in Brookfield, Worcester, Massachussetts.

Jabez was in Brookfield by 1713 and on August 13, 1714 received a grant of 80 acres and later of 81 acres. He owned in all, 350 acres which he sold on July 9, 1729. He moved to Ware where he was a first settler and built a mill at the falls.

Children of JABEZ OLMSTEAD and THANKFUL BARNES are:

i. Thankful2 Olmstead, b. February 15, 1711/12. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Here is a site with many newsletters about Jabez Olmsted line:

[http://www.jabezolmsted.com/Jabez_WebPage.htm]

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Capt. Jabez Olmstead's Timeline

1690
1690
Brookfield, Worcester, MA, USA
1711
1711
Age 21
Brookfield, Worcester, MA, USA
1713
February 15, 1713
Age 23
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1715
January 6, 1715
Age 25
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1716
March 24, 1716
Age 26
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1718
April 22, 1718
Age 28
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1721
September 16, 1721
Age 31
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1724
April 15, 1724
Age 34
Brookfield, Worcester, MA, USA
1726
May 21, 1726
Age 36
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1728
October 30, 1728
Age 38
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA