Biography of William H. Olmstead
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Olmstead, William H., Potsdam, was born on a farm in Potsdam, October 12, 1825. Lester, father of our subject, was a native of Vermont and came to St. Lawrence county when about twenty four years of age. He was born December 9, 1795. When he came to Northern New York he took up a tract of fifty acres in Potsdam, which he afterwards increased by a purchase of forty acres more. Lester Olmstead died on this farm August 31, 1818. The mother of our subject, Freelove Benson, was also a native of Benson, Vt. They were the parents of ten children, five now living: Polly, wife of Freeman McAllister of Potsdam; Allen, a farmer of Potsdam, who owns the old homestead; Almeda, widow of C. A., Richards of Ogdensburg; Rufus, of Oklahoma; and William H. The early life of our subject was spent on his father's farm. He was educated in the common schools and after reaching his majority he worked for eight years on different farms, and in 1853 bought a farm of 125 acres, on which he has built a beautiful residence and reared his family. He has since purchased about forty acres, which he has added, and now conducts a dairy farm. He married, January 2, 1840, Susan J., daughter of Spalding and Doreas (Permenter) Waterman, and they have six living children : M. Lester, who owns a farm in Pierrepont; George W., who conduts his father's farm; William H., a shipping clerk in a button factory in Springfield, Mass.; Albert C., a maker of sewing machine needles in Springfield; Mandana L., wife of Lewis D. Partridge of Potsdam; and Rhoda A., wife of Moses M. Emery of Orange, Mass. Mr. Olmstead is one of the representative farmers of this town.

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