Capt. James Olmstead

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Capt. James Olmstead

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut Colony
Death: April 28, 1731 (84)
Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Richard Olmstead, of Norwalk and Elizabeth Whittingham Olmstead
Husband of Phoebe Olmstead
Father of James Olmsted; Joseph Olmsted; Nathan Olmsted; Samuel (Oscar) Olmsted; John Olmstead and 1 other
Brother of Lt. John Olmstead
Half brother of Lt. John Olmstead

Managed by: James Hutchison
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About Capt. James Olmstead

Richard Olmsted (1612-1687) and his family moved to Norwalk, CT in the earliest part of the 1650s. He was Deputy to the Connecticut General Court for 1653-1679 (most years), town judge/commissioner 1653-1687, Townsman in 1657, Selectman 1669-1675. He received a colonial grant of 60 acres in May of 1669 for his service. He was a sergeant on 21 May 1653 with a company of 65 men to train, a lieutenant on 19 May 1659, a soldier in King Philips War 1675-1676, muster master for Fairfield County in November of 1673, and was made a captain in 1680 with a 6-year commission. Richard Olmsted's (1612-1687) will was dated 05 September 1684 and he died at Norwalk, CT in 1687.

Son James Olmsted (1647-1731) married at Fairfield, CT in 1673 to Phebe Barlow (1651-1731) and they settled at Norwalk, CT and had 5 children there. James Olmsted (1647-1731) was a judge, a Selectman, and the Town Clerk (29 years, 1678-1707, 1721) at Norwalk, CT. He was a lieutenant in the Norwalk Train Band in 1680 and later a captian. He was the Norwalk, CT representative to General Court for 1691, 1692, 1693, and 1699. James Olmsted (1647-1731) was "one of Norwalk's most eminent and influencial citizens".


Captain James Olmsted was the Town Clerk for Norwalk for 29 years. He also held positions as Town Judge, Deputy to the General Court at Hartford, and was chosen Selectman in 1671. He was a very influential man in Norwalk.

More About James Olmsted: Military service: Captain. Occupation: Bet. 1678 - 1707, Town Clerk of Norwalk.

More About James Olmsted and Phebe Barlow: Marriage: May 01, 1673

Children of James Olmsted and Phebe Barlow are: +John Olmsted, b. 1700, Norwalk, CT, d. Bef. 1749. +Joseph Olmsted, b. March 10, 1675/76, Norwalk, CT, d. date unknown. James Olmsted, d. date unknown. Nathan Olmsted, d. date unknown. Samuel Olmsted, b. May 13, 1683, d. date unknown.

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Capt. James Olmstead's Timeline

April 17, 1647
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
April 17, 1675
Age 28
Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
March 10, 1676
Age 28
Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
April 27, 1678
Age 31
Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut Colony
May 13, 1683
Age 36
Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
August 14, 1692
Age 45
Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
Age 56
Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
April 28, 1731
Age 84
Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony