I'm trying to find out who the parents of Samuel Baldwin Olmstead are, he was living in Iowa by the time the first census was taken in 1838. My husband's great-grandmother was b:1839 her name was Clara S. Olmstead.
Samuel Baldwin Olmstead, lived "cross the river" in Clayton County, Iowa about the same time of the stone rebuilding of Fort Crawford 1829-1831 in Wisconsin. He was a "mover and shaker" of his time and was very active in the Democratic territorial/state civic affairs in the area (drafting the Iowa constitution, facilitating the building of federal military roads between forts, etc.) before moving on to Minnesota, where he was likewise involved.
The Palimpsest - 1843 page 363 by State Historical Society of Iowa, Division of the State Historical Society - Iowa - 1996
Page 363 is contained within the article "Come to the Turkey Valley" by William J. Petersen, pages 352 to 364.
The Boardman Settlement (Elkader) "Many of our most enterprising farmers are to be found here, with extensive farms, in a high state of cultivation. Mr. (Baldwin) Omstead has established at this place a large dairy farm from which he has realized a handsome profit during the past year. (1843) by finding a ready market for his butter and cheese at Fort Atkinson and the Indian Agency.
Is he mentioned in (Iowa State Gazetteer 1865 Clayton County) the first one ever published?
or in History of Clayton County, Iowa 1882
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