Americans and Canadians seem to be constantly on the move. Just keeping up with the change of addresses of family members can be a challenge. At the same time I have received mentions over the years of third, fourth, fifth and maybe more generations who have resided in the same house. I invite submissions for this page; please include a short genealogical review and a digital picture for us to include here.
1855 – Albert Olmstead
Glen, Montgomery County, New York
Olmsteads were among early settlers of Montgomery County in the Mohawk Valley of New York. Albert (1807-1879) and Hannah (VanSchaick) established their farm in the Town of Glen on a gentle hillside and built their home in 1855. Here they raised ten children including their son William VanShaick (1854-1934) who married Regina Keck in 1885. Their son William Regenia (1893-1986) and his wife Laura VanWie (Hanson) Olmstead were the third generation to occupy the home. They had three daughters who married and lived in the area, the youngest of who is Betty Jean. Betty and her husband Ralph MacLachian, now retired from teaching and General Electric, moved to the family homestead in 198x. The old barns are gone and the farm land is now rented out. Betty and Ralph are pleased to have a New York State Historical Marker beside the winding drive leading to their home from Olmstead Road where much of the interior has been preserved and enhanced by many family heirloom antiques appropriate to the era of the home.
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