Thursday, March 31, 2016

Charles O'Hara Middlebrook (1794 - 1831)

Charles O'Hara Middlebrook, my fourth great-grandfather, was born March 20, 1794 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, the youngest child of Samuel and Mary (Middlebrook) Middlebrook. He was baptized in the Congregational Church on May 18, 1794.  He married Sarah "Sally" Monroe in the same church in 1820. Sally was born in 1793 in New York to Joseph and Rebecca (Gilbert) Monroe.

According to Register of the Middlebrook Family, Descendants of Joseph Middlebrook of Fairfield, Connecticut, Charles was a member of the 2nd Troop of the 4th Regiment of Cavalry, Connecticut Militia in 1816 and in 1820 was a Corporal in the 2nd Company, 3rd Regiment of Horse Artillery. I have not found the military records.

Charles owned property in Wilton and in Ohio.  He owned a store at the intersection of Drum Hill Road and Ridgefield Road in Wilton, not far from where I have a home now.  According to his will he owned property in Ohio.  Notices in the Huron Reflector newspaper of Norwalk, Ohio in 1834 and 1836 indicate that the property was in Sherman Township, Huron County as well as the town of Cannon in what was the Connecticut Western Reserve.

Charles signed a will on April 5, 1831.  He died shortly after on June 1, 1831 in Wilton at the age of 37 leaving a wife and five children under the age of ten.  He was buried in Hillside Cemetery in Wilton

Children of Charles O'Hara and Sarah (Monroe) Middlebrook:

  1. Mary Hoyt Middlebrook, b. September 8, 1821, d. December 12, 1905; m. Henry Sylvester Flower
  2. Samuel Middlebrook, b. October 24, 1822, d. March 10, 1908; m. Artemesia Olmstead
  3. Charles Middlebrook, b. June 18, 1824, d. January 13, 1888; m. Ellen Murphy
  4. James Monroe Middlebrook, b. January 22, 1826, d. June 20, 1866; m. Emily Olmstead (sister of Artemesia)
  5. Sarah Middlebrook, b. February 28, 1830, d. October 15, 1899; m. Orsamus T. Sexton
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Lorenzo Dow Olmstead and Julia Ann Lee

Lorenzo Dow Olmstead, my fourth great-grandfather, was born February 29, 1808, the oldest child of Alden and Sarah Wilson Olmstead.  He married Julia Ann Lee on December 5, 1829 in Farmers Mills, Putnam, New York.  They were married in the Baptist Church by Reverend N. Robinson. Julia was born ca 1812 in Dutchess County, New York to Obadiah and Rebecca (Austin) Lee.

According to his obituary, Lorenzo was a cattle dealer, buying and auctioning them off.  He was elected to a number of offices such as tax collector and constable, and he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was living in Wilton, Connecticut by about 1843 where he stayed until some time between 1860 and 1870.  By 1870 he was living in Ridgefield, Connecticut and he was in Weston, Connecticut by 1880.

Lorenzo signed a will July 7, 1887 shortly after Julia died on June 17 of that year.  He died at his home in Norwalk, Connecticut on August 17, 1895.  He was buried on August 19, 1895.


Both Lorenzo and Julia Olmstead are buried
at Hillside Cemetery in Wilton.

Children of Lorenzo Dow Olmstead and Julia Ann Lee Olmstead:
  1. Charles Olmstead, b. November 15, 1830, d. May 17, 1833
  2. Artemesia Olmstead, b. March 30, 1834, NY, d. August 4, 1864, CT; m. Samuel Middlebrook
  3. Emily Olmstead, b. February 22, 1837, NY, d. February 14, 1911, CT; m. (1) James Monroe Middlebrook (brother of Samuel Middlebrook) (2) John E. Morris
  4. Stephen Decatur Olmstead, b. August 12, 1839, NY, d. August 22, 1883, m. Martha Morenus
  5. Sarah Jane "Jennie" Olmstead, b. June 23, 1841, CT, m. Seth Francis Mills
  6. Lorenzo Vail Olmstead, b. February 1, 1848, CT, d. June 8, 1924, CT; m. (1) Lavinia Bennett, (2) Hilda Smith Stearns
  7. Mary Faustina Olmstead, b. June 11, 1854, d. November 23, 1861, CT
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