Biography of Milton Olmsted
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Olmsted, Milton, was born in Avoca March 18, 1843. John Olmsted, his father, was born in Connecticut, February 23, 1800. In childhood he came with his parents to Montgomery county, N. Y., and when twenty one years of age came with his brother James to Avoca, Steuben county, and settled on the farm now owned by his son, which was then a wilderness. He bought land and cleared the farm on which he spent the remainder of his life, and on what has since been known far and wide as Olmsted Hill. He afterwards purchased two different farms in the same locality which has since been owned by his sons. He married Amanda Edwards, formerly of Montgomery county, but who came to Avoca with her people some years later than the Olmsteds. She died in 1863, after which he married Luciuda Van Wie, widow of the late John Van Wie of Howard. She died in 1881. He lived to the aftvanced age of eighty eight years, and died July 6, 1888. The result of the former marriage was ten children, of which Milton, the subject of this sketch, was the eighth. Three died in childhood; the remainder grew to manhood and womanhood, and six are still living. Milton Olmsted received the education and common school training common to farmers' sons of that time, after which he engaged in farming which business he has followed all his life. In 1868 he was married and went to Schuyler county, where he resided until 1886. when he returned to Avoca and came into possession of the homestead farm and cared for his invalid father until the latter died two years later. He married Esther S., daughter of Isaac W. Fero of Beaver Dams, Schuyler county, and grandfather of the late Chester Knowlton of Hornby. (Both pioneers of Hornby, Steuben county, the former assisting his parents to locate and clear land in what was at that time Hornby, but now Orange Schuyler county). The fruits of this marriage were two daughters: Alida T. and Iva Viola. The oldest (Alida) is now a nurse in the hospital at the Soldiers' Home at Bath. The youngest is with her parents at their home on Olmsted Hill. Mr. Olmsted is a member of the Grange and a Knight of the Maccabees and politically is a Prohibitionist.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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