Jabez Omsted Chart
Contributed by Dave Mason
There has been, and will continue for many years, confusion over the first three generations of the Captain Jabez Olmsted’s family. Dave Mason created the chart and information below as a help to other descendants who are confused over the wives of two of Capt. Jabez’s grandsons, Israel (#1-3-8) and Gideon (#1-11-1) who married Cooley sisters; the other children in the families are not extended in this chart.
Awhile ago I received an e-mail from Family Search (the LDS website) about an Omstead ancestor of mine, Gideon Omsted. The e-mail indicated that new info was found about Gideon’s wife Elizabeth Cooley who had re-married to Joshua Fairchild.
I knew this was wrong as Gideon Omsted had married Elizabeth’s sister, Abigail Cooley. It was actually Gideon’s cousin Israel Omsted who married Elizabeth.
And after moving to Canada, Elizabeth (Cooley) Omsted apparently divorced Israel to marry Joshua. In my research I found numerous (many, many) family trees on the internet with this error and commonly calling him Gideon Israel or Israel Gideon. It seems that people saw that both Gideon and Israel’s birth years were 1757 and evidently assumed it was the same person. However, they are first cousins as their fathers were brothers.
This led me on the research that created the limited table below of the direct Omsted families. This table is pretty rudimentary but I did find original vital records to verify the dates and places. My goal was to have a ready reference if similar questions arose in the future. This table may be useful to others who are researching the family. I have corrected the data of Family Search but as that website is open to anyone, it may once again become polluted by someone who hasn’t done their research.
Another item of note was that the surname spelling in the majority of the documents did not have the “l” or “a”; that came at a later time in the family line. And for that matter, my ancestors never adopted the “l” in the surname but did use the “a” starting with Gideon’s children, including my third great-grandfather Jacob Omstead and my second great-grandfather Nelson Gideon Omstead. I know that the family name has been standardized to Olmsted or Olmstead by others and I only mention this because in doing internet searches it may require using multiple spellings, especially on WikiTree. WikiTree doesn’t always bring up alternate spellings of a surname when it is the second letter that is missing or added.
Dave Mason, 25 November 2018
|#||Name||Birth Date||Death Date||Notes|
|1||Jabez Omsted||1690||24 Feb 1752||m. 1712, Thankful Barnes|
|1-1||Thankful Omsted||15 Feb 1713||6 Oct 1743||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|1-2||Jeremiah Omsted||6 Jan 1715||2 Apr 1790||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|1-3||Israel Omsted||24 Mar 1716||1806||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|1-4||Hannah Omsted||22 Apr 1718||20 Oct 1793||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|1-5||Martha Omsted||16 Sep 1721||3 Jan 1744||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|1-6||Dorcas Omsted||15 Apr 1724||1752||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|1-7||Sarah Omsted||24 May 1726||1748||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|1-8||Silence Omsted||30 Nov 1728||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|1-9||Abigail Omsted||24 Mar 1731||5 Feb 1833||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|1-10||Prudence Omsted||28 Oct 1733||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|1-11||Moses Omsted||29 Jan 1736||26 Sep 1795||b. Brookfield, Mass|
|Jabez’s 2nd marriage||m. 2 Feb 1749, Martha Wright|
|1-3||Israel Omsted||m. 12 May 1737, Sarah Bannister|
|1-3-1||Dorothy Omsted||15 Dec 1737|
|1-3-2||Thankful Omsted||7 Oct 1739|
|1-3-3||Simeon Omsted||27 Sep 1741||b. Ware, Mass|
|1-3-4||Timothy Omsted||19 Nov 1743||20 Nov 1812||b. Ware, Mass|
|Israel’s 2nd marriage||m. 25 Nov 1756, Anna Safford|
|1-3-8||Israel Omsted||5 Sep 1757||bpt. 4 Jun 1758||b. Warwick, Mass; bpt. Hardwick, Mass.|
|1-3-9||Charles Omsted||26 Apr 1760||b. Warwick, Mass.|
|1-3-10||Sarah Omsted||8 Apr 1761||b. Warwick, Mass.|
|1-3-11||Jonathan Omsted||15 Apr 1762||b. Warwick, Mass.|
|1-3-12||Ebenezer Omsted||29 Apr 1763||b. Warwick, Mass.|
|1-3-13||Mary Omsted||29 Mar 1765||b. Warwick, Mass.|
|1-11||Moses Omsted|| m. 1754, Abigail Elwell
res. 1771, Pittsford, VT
|1-11-1||Gideon Omsted||1757||1779, Hoosick, NY|
|1-11-3||Jabez Omsted||1 Jun 1760||28 Dec 1813||b. Hardwick, Mass.|
|1-11-4||Moses Omsted||25 Jun 1762||b. Hardwick, Mass.|
|1-11-7||Benjamin Omsted||1771||13 Apr 1852|
|1-3-8||Israel Omsted|| m. c. 1777, Elizabeth Cooley, Pittsford, VT
to Canada, c. 1793
|1-3-8-1||Harvey Omsted||10 Feb 1794||1 Mar 1879||to Sennett, Cayuga Co., NY|
|1-11-1||Gideon Omsted|| m. c. 1781, Abigail Cooley, Pittsford, VT
to Canada, c. 1792
|1-11-1-3||Jacob Omsted||Jan 1786||31 Mar 1866|
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