Richard Olmstead was born 22 March 1579 in Great Leighs, Essex, England to James Olmstead (1551-1595) and Jane Bristow (1551-1595) and died 16 November 1641 Fairstead, Essex, England of unspecified causes. He married Frances Slany (1587-1630) 1605 in Fairstead, Essex, England.


James Olmstead, the brother of Richard Olmstead immigrated from England to America in 1632 on the ship Lyon with two sons and two nephews and one niece (ie: three children of Richard). They first went to Massachusetts Bay Colony and then went to help settle Connecticut where they are listed on Hartford Founders Monument.

Migration to America

James Olmstead (1580-1640), with his sons Nicholas and Nehemiah, nephews Richard and John and niece Rebecca (his brother Richard's children) sailed from Braintree, England in the ship 'Lion', under Captain Pierce, and arrived in Boston on Sunday, Sept 16, 1632. They settled first at Mount Wollaston, now Quincy, but within a short time went to Newtown, now Cambridge, MA. He was made freeman 6 Nov 1632, was 1st Constable chosen in 1634 and the following February one of the seven men to govern the town.

Marriage & Family

  1. Mary Olmstead (1610-)
  2. Richard Olmstead (1612-1687) - Migrated to America with his Uncle James
  3. John Olmstead (1616-1686) - Migrated to America with his Uncle James
  4. Sara Olmstead (1620-)
  5. Rebecca Olmstead (1624-1698) - Migrated to America with his Uncle James
  6. Joseph Olmstead (1627-1628)


Offspring of Richard Olmstead and Frances Slany (1587-1630)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Olmstead (1610-)
Richard Olmstead (1612-1687) 21 February 1612 Fairstead, Essex, England 20 April 1687 Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut Elizabeth Marvin (1614-)
John Olmstead (1616-1686) 1616 Fairstead, Essex, England 2 August 1686 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Mary Marvin (1628-1713)
Sara Olmstead (1620-)
Rebecca Olmstead (1624-1698) 1624 Fairstead, Essex, England 24 February 1698 Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Thomas Newell (1611-1689)
Joseph Olmstead (1627-1628)




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