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Baldwin Olmstead
Posted by: Carol Date: February 20, 2002 at 15:53:48
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From: The Muster Roll, a biography of Ft. Ripley by Robert Baker

"One of the first new residents brought to this part of the country by the
establishment of Ft. Gaines (later Ft. Ripley) was S. B. Olmsted who took
up land on the east bank of the Mississippi and obtained a contract for
furnishing the Fort with meat and vegetables."

Samuel Baldwin Olmstead, a farmer and contractor of Belle Prairie and Ft.
Ripley, was of member of the territorial council in 1854 and 1855 and was
president of the council in the former year. He was born in Otsego Co, NY
in 1810; came to the Northwest in early manhood, and resided in Minnesota
and Iowa. He was engaged in government contracts about Ft. Ripley for a
time. He removed to Texas at the close of the Civil War, and settled on a
farm in Burnett Co., where he died 27 Jan. 1878.( From: Minnesota Place
Names published by the Mn Historical Society.)

There could be further mention of Olmsted in some of Anna Himrod's writings
about Crow Wing co. The above quote was in the Brainerd Dispatch, 6 Aug.
1958 and was credited to Anna Himrods mamuscripts on early Crow Wing Co.

S.B. Olmsted was listed along with David Olmsted, Timothy Olmsted and Page Olmsted as one of Minnesota's early explorers. There is a lot of information about his
homestead near Crow Wing and the nearby Ojibway and Sioux Indians in
Minnesota Land Concerns at
Ohio. Phineas Page Olmstead was married in
Clayton Ohio to Hannah Cummings Rowe in 1843. He was the son of Timothy
Olmsted married to Eunice Page, who was the son Nathan Olmstead married to
Sarah Smith and Millicent Goodrich, who was my ancestor. I have lots of
information on the Olmsteads going back from there, but I cannot place S.
Baldwin anywhere in the tree. Do you think he was a brother of David, Timothy
and Page?

David Olmsted was the first mayor of St. Paul. He was quite prominent in
Iowa before coming to Minnesota. He established a trading post in Long
Prairie where he traded with the Winnebago Indians. He was a member of the
council of the first territorial legislature in 1849 and 1850.He was the
editor of the Mn Democrat. He eventually moved back to Vermont where he
died 2 Feb. 1861.
Olmsted County in Minnesota was named for him.

Lucy HOWARD was born in Columbus, N.Y.[4th child of Hopkins and Huldah (STEVENS) HOWARD]; removed with her father's family to Erie county, Pa., in 1828; married Samuel Baldwin Olmstead of Crawford county, Pa; resided in Iowa and Minn. Her husband was prominent in public affairs, and assisted in the framing of the state constitutions of Iowa and Minnesota. In January, 1855, he was elected president of the Council (Senate) of Minnesota. He was also an Indian agent, and filled various other important official positions. They removed to Texas, and died in the vicinity of Lampasas
First there seems to be some confusion concerning Samuel and David. There
is a slight difference in the spelling of the name and according to the one
source I have the two are not related.

Timothy Olmsted b at Ridgefield, Conn., May 27,1767 d Mar 13, 1845 m1) Huldah Sanford b Aug 29,1770 d June 11,1817 dau of Timothy and Esther (Sherwood) Snaford of Redding, Conn.
Timothy md 2) 1818 Eunice (Page) Ufford d Oct 28, 1865 dau of Phineas and
Eunice (Larabee) Page, of Charlestown, N.H. and widow of Samuel Ufford. Mr
Olmsted moved to Fairfax Vt in 1810 and died in Shelton, VT. When Mr Olmsted
was ten years old the town was burned by the British. Three of his brothers
were engaged in the battle in which Gen. Wooster was killed.
Children: 1st mg
(4478) Timothy Sanford +
(4479) Smith +
(4480) Lucretia +
(4481) Clara +
(4482) Le Grand +
(4483) Alanson b Nov 11,1799 d Dec 5,1803
(4484) Nathan Alanson b Sep 27,1803 d Aug 27,1827
(4485) Peter Alanson +
(4486) Rufus Burnett +
(4487) Zalmon +
(4488) Isaac Tichenor +
Children 2nd mg
(4489) Phineas Page +
(4490) David +

We donít know if Samuel Balwin Olmstead was related to this family and forgotten on the list or if he was a stepson that took used the Olmstead name.( The second wife Eunice (LARABEE) Page was a widow of a man by the name of Samuel) or if it was all coincidence that he was was in NY, PA, Iowa, MN and Texas at the same time and same place.

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