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I've "rescued" a group of old photographs belonging to the OLMSTEAD Family
of Illinois and Iowa. Based on limited research I was able to gather some
information regarding this family and have included that information along
with detail of each of the photographs below:
1. Alanson OLMSTEAD, taken at Mrs. E. F. Houser's Studio in Sterling,
IL, 1870's, man in his 50's, note "Grandpa"
Alanson Grover OLMSTEAD b. 27 Mar 1818 in Schnectady, NY to parents Elijah
M. OLMSTEAD (b. 21 Oct 1782 in CT) and Jerusha GROVER (b. about 1792 in NY).
Alanson married Margaret Ann KNAPP (b. 4 May 1820 in Glenville, NY) sometime
around 1840 in NY and together they had 7 children including, Charles Henry;
Ira J. Thomas; George L.; Clara L.; Mary; Emeline Emma; and Esther Knapp
OLMSTEAD between 1847 and the 1860's in NY and IL. Alanson died in
Milledgeville, IL about 1887.
1870 census of Wysox Township, IL:
Alonzo OLMSTEAD, age 52, a Farmer, born NY
Margaret OLMSTEAD, age 51, Keeping House, born NY
Ira OLMSTEAD, age 21, Works on Farm, born NY
George OLMSTEAD, age 13, Works on Farm, born IL
Clara OLMSTEAD, age 8, born IL
Mary OLMSTEAD, age 6, born IL
1880 census of Wysox, IL:
Alanson OLMSTED, age 62, born NY, a Farmer, parents born CT/MA
Margaret OLMSTED, wife, age 60, born NY, Keeping House, parents born NY
George OLMSTED, son, age 22, born IL, a Laborer
Clara OLMSTED, dau, age 18, born IL, at Home
Mary OLMSTED, dau, age 16, born IL, at School
2. Ella & Forrest OLMSTEAD, taken at the Houser Studio in Sterling, IL,
1880's, girl about 11 years with boy about 4 years
Forrest Froy or Fay OLMSTEAD b. 14 Mar 1881 in Carroll Co. IL to parents
Charles Henry OLMSTEAD (b. Jan 1847 in NY) and Etta SCOVILLE (b. 12 Apr 1850
in IL). Forrest married Gertrude Amelia BARTHEL (b. 17 May 1884 in Carroll
Co. IL) on 28 Dec 1905 in Carroll Co. IL and together they had at least 3
children including, William Barthel; Robert Scoville; and Charles Dana
OLMSTEAD born between 1907 and 1913. Forrest died 5 Feb 1963.
Ella OLMSTEAD b. 23 Jul 1871 in Milledgeville, IL, married W. A. COOPER on
12 Jun 1892 in Carroll Co. IL.
1910 census of Lima Township, IL:
Forest OLMSTEAD, age 29, married 5 years, born IL, parents born NY/IL, a
Gertrude OLMSTEAD, wife, age 25, married 5 years, 2 children/2 living, born
IL, parents born Germany
William OLMSTEAD, son, age 3, born IL
Robert OLMSTEAD, son, age 1 year + 10 months, born IL
3. Chet & Ester Knapp WOODNIG, taken at the Moran Studio in Red Oak,
IA, 1880's or 1890's, couple in their 40's or 50's, note "Uncle and Aunt"
and "Chas OLMSTEAD'S sister"
Esther Knapp OLMSTEAD, daughter of Alanson Grover OLMSTEAD and Margaret Ann
KNAPP married Chauncey S. WOODIN (b. 1835 in CT) on 3 Jul 1864 in Carroll
Co. IL. Esther died prior to 1925 in IA.
4. Gertrude OLMSTEAD, taken at the Sunderland Studio in Milledgeville,
IL, 1890's or early 1900's, woman in her teens or 20's, note "Bill's Mother"
5. Etta, Charles, and Forest Fay OLMSTEAD, taken at Mrs. F. Houser's
Studio in Sterling, IL, 1880's, couple in their 30's or 40's, boy about 6
1880 census of Genesee, IL:
Charles OLMSTED, age 33, born NY, a Farmer, parents born NY
Ettie OLMSTED, wife, age 30, born IL, Keeping House, parents born NY
Ella OLMSTED, dau, age 8, born IA, at School
1910 census of Sterling, IL:
Chas OLMSTEAD, age 62, married 42 years, born NY, parents born NY, Own
Ettie OLMSTEAD, wife, age 59, married 42 years, 2 children/2 living, born
IL, parents born NY
Ella COOPER, dau, age 38, a widow, 1 child/1 living, born IA, a Dry Goods
Arthur COOPER, son, age 16, born IL, parents born IL/IA, a Telephone Office
1920 census of Sterling, IL:
Charles H. OLMSTEAD, age 72, born NY, parents born NY
Etta A. OLMSTEAD, wife, age 69, born IL, parent sborn NY
Ella E. COOPER, dau, age 48, a widow, born IA, a Retail Dry Goods Retail
Store Dept Manager
6. Forest Fay OLMSTEAD, taken at Mrs. F. Houser's Studio in Sterling,
IL, 1880's, boy about 3 years
7. Ella OLMSTEAD, taken at Mrs. F. Houser's Studio in Sterling, IL,
1870's or 1880's, girl about 8 years
8. Forest OLMSTED, taken at a studio in Sterling, IL, dated 1889, age 8
9. Emeline OLMSTEAD MACKENZIE, Ella OLMSTEAD COOPER, Etta SCOVILLE
OLMSTEAD, and Sue OLMSTEAD, taken at the Austin Studio, no location, 1900's,
woman in their 30's to 70's
Emeline Emma OLMSTEAD was daughter of Alanson Grover OLMSTEAD (b. 27 Mar
1818 in Schenectady, NY) and Margaret Ann KNAPP (b. 4 May 1820 in Glenville,
NY). Emeline married C. Columbus BIGBEE (b. 1839 in Knox Co, OH) on 11 Jul
1866 in Carroll Co. IL. Emeline died sometime before 1925 in IA.
I believe that this is the same family each of you has included in your
Rootsweb Family Tree you've posted on the internet. I am hoping to find
someone from the family so that this wonderful group of photographs can be
returned to the care of family. Please contact me regarding the photographs
and this family at your earliest convenience.