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Alonzo Olmstead

Birthplace: Seymour, Jackson, Indiana
Death: Died in Litchfield, Meeker, Minnesota
Immediate Family:

Son of John Olmsted and Esther Olmsted
Husband of Catherine Olmstead and Rebecca Olmstead
Father of Louisa Victoria Smith; William Arthur Olmstead; Rachel "Allie" Alzora Matheny; Francis Edward Olmstead; James Alfred Olmstead and 6 others
Brother of Jedediah Olmstead; Sarah Ann Olmstead; Luther Olmstead; Elizabeth Olive Allie Olmstead; Amanda Gier Olmstead and 1 other

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About Alonzo Olmstead

Alonzo Olmstead served in the Civil War (Co. H. 27th Indiana Volunteers; co. A 33rd Reg. Indiana Inf.) at Gettysburg, Antietam, and with Sherman's March to the Sea. After the war, Alonzo returned to Indiana where he worked in the woods, bought lumber, and made barrel staves. He married Catherine Guyer, and a daughter, Louisa was born. Catherine died in 1868.

On September 12, 1869 Alonzo married Rebecca Welch, 1847 - 1937 , the third of eight children born to James Hillis Welch, and Rachel Ann Cruzan Welch, IN. Alonzo and Rebecca rode together on one horse to church and were married following the service. They were invited to a dinner, and Rebecca wanted to go, but Alonzo said that he was going home and she could do as she pleased; so she rode home with him (Alonzo). They lived in the Chestnut Ridge, and Crothersville areas about 10 years. In 1879 Alonzo and Rebecca, and children: Louisa, Rachel Alzora, William, and Francis Edward, and James Alfred traveled by covered wagon to settle in Meeker County MN. They had five more children: Dora, Charles, Earl, Ethel, and Tressie. Two babies had died in infancy.

Alonzo and Rebecca are buried in Ripley Cemetery, Litchfield, MN.


Taps for Last Litchfield Vet. of Civil War

Alonzo Olmstead Answers Final Call

Litchfields's last remaining veteran of he civil war of 1861-65 passed away last Thursday morning, March 2, 1933, at his home in this city at the age of 93 years 1 month and 24 days. Mr. Olmstead had gradually declined in health for a year or two, the last few months being confined to the house and bed. He was born in the state of Indiana January 8 1840. Shortly after the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in the Indiana regiment and served four years. He and his family came to Meeker county about 1880, and he had lived here almost continuously since that time, a period of more than fifty years, residing on a farm near Darwin, a part of the time.

Mrs. Olmstead survives him, also four sons and four daughters. The sons are Charles and Earl Olmstead of Blackduck, Minn., James Olmstead of Darwin and W. A. Olmstead of Litchfield. The daughters are Mrs. E. H. Porter of Ellsworth, Mrs. Clifford Matheney of Blackduck, Mrs. Victor G. Anderson of Darwin and Mrs. V. A. Akesonof Litchfield.

The funeral was held Saturday afternoon from the home and M. E. church. As a mark of respect business places in this city were closed from 3 to 3:30 p.m. during the last rites. The funeral took on a military aspect, with escort of Sons of Veterans and world war soldiers with the usual firing squad salute at the grave. Rev. James Burns gave an impressive and appropriate sermon. Interment was in Lake Reipley cemetery.

Litchfield Independent, Wed. Mar. 8, 1933

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 Rebecca Welch Olmstead (1847 - 1937)

 Earl Clyde Olmstead (1886 - 1980)*
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Burial: Litchfield Cemetery Litchfield Meeker County Minnesota, USA

Created by: Cyndi Speltz Gipp Record added: Jan 20, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 103836933


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Olmstead, Alonzo

Jackson County, 21, s, 5-7, Farmer

Promoted from Private. Wounded at Antietam. Veteran Volunteer, transferred to 70th Indiana Infantry transferred then consolidated with 33rd Indiana Infantry. Mustered out 7-21-65. Died at Litchfield Minnesota 3-2-1933. Buried at Litchfield Lake Ripley Cemetery


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Alonzo Olmstead's Timeline

January 8, 1840
Seymour, Jackson, Indiana
May 5, 1868
Age 28
Vernon, IN, USA
September 8, 1870
Age 30
Vernon, IN, USA
March 21, 1872
Age 32
February 17, 1874
Age 34
Vernon, IN, USA
November 18, 1875
Age 35
March 29, 1879
Age 39
January 15, 1881
Age 41
December 19, 1883
Age 43
Darwin, MN, USA