Richard Olmstead is the immigrant ancestor in my Olmstead line. He was born in 1612 in Fairsted, Essex, England and was baptized on February 20th of that year. In 1632 he sailed from London to Boston with his uncle, James Olmstead, his brother and sister, and members of his uncle's family on the ship Lyon. Richard settled in Cambridge and in 1636 moved to Hartford as one of its first settlers and original proprietors. He is listed on the Founders Monument located in the Ancient Burying Ground adjacent to Center Church in Hartford.
Richard Olmstead was one of the signers of the agreement for planting Norwalk in June of 1650. He was a settler of Norwalk, Connecticut and in 1651 owned home lot XV. He continued his military service in Norwalk as Sergeant, Lieutenant, and, finally, Captain of the Norwalk Train Band. He was muster master for Fairfield County in November 1673 and served as a Commissioner for Norwalk from 1678 to 1685. He died early in 1687 in Norwalk.
I am descended from my eleventh great-grandfather through his son James. Recently I received my membership certificate from The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century as a descendant of Richard Olmstead.