Surname Saturday | ORMSBY/ORMSBEE

My Ormsby ancestry in America dates to the late 1630’s when Richard Ormsby came from England and settled in Maine. The family name was often times spelled Ormsbee. Richard made his way to Massachusetts.

His descendant, Isaac, was born in Rhode Island. He served in the Revolutionary War and was with General George Washington at the defeat of General Cornwallis at Yorktown. In 1796, he walked to Greenfield, NY to purchase land. After the purchase, he walked back to Barrington, RI, then returned, on foot, to Greenfield with his wife, Patience (Chase), and their four children. He and Patience are buried in the Ormsbee family burying ground on the site of the Ormsbee farm near Porters Corners near Greenfield.

One of their children was Russell Ormsbee. He was instrumental in documenting his family’s history. Early in life, he developed the habit of making family records and preserving them. He inspired his descendants to do the same. He was also quite a traveler for those days. His diary mentions trips to Vermont, Rhode Island, New York City, Boston and Michigan.

Another of Isaac and Patience’s children was Nancy. She married my third great grandfather John Earl Harris. They settled in Greenfield after their 1820 marriage, before leaving for Indiana in 1837. Later, they moved to Cato, Manitowoc Co., WI. Both Nancy and John Earl are buried in Cato Heights Cemetery in Cato.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | June 21 – June 27, 2009

On June 24, 1675, William Salisbury and his son John are the first colonists killed in King Philips War. Four days earlier, William had killed an indian warrior who entered his home at Kickemuit, MA. The indians killed William and John in retribution. William is my 8th great grandfather.

Isaac Ormsbee – Born June 21, 1763 in Warren, Bristol Co., Colony of Rhode Island. He married Patience Chase on February 8, 1789 in Warren, Bristol Co. Isaac died on October 13, 1848 in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY and is buried in the Ormsbee Cemetery on the Ormsbee Farm near Porters Corners, Saratoga Co., NY. He is my 4th great grandfather.

Elizabeth Fuhrman – Born June 22, 1874 in Marshfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. She married John Hau on June 12, 1900 in Johnsburg, Fond du Lac Co. Elizabeth died on May 27, 1964 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co. and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Fond du Lac. She is my great grandmother.

Henry Lawrence Heim and Vera N. Gage – Married on June 21, 1916 in Jackson, Jackson Co., MI. They are my wife’s great grandparents.

Richard Kemball – Died June 22, 1675 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was born on April 10, 1595 in Rattlesden, Suffolk, England. Richard Married Ursula Scott on October 23, 1615 in Rattlesden. He is my wife’s 10th great grandfather.

President Stephen Grover Cleveland – Died on June 24, 1908 and is buried in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Mercer Co., NJ. He was born on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, Mercer Co. Grover married Frances Clara Folsom on June 2, 1886 in the White House, Washington, District of Columbia. He is my 6th cousin, 3 times removed.

John Hau – Died June 25, 1966 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI. He was born on August 25, 1874 in St. Joe, Marshfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co. John married Elizabeth Fuhrman on June 12, 1900 In Johnsburg, Fond du Lac Co. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Fond du Lac. John is my great grandfather.

Raymond Christian Hau – Died June 27, 2003 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI. He was born on February 29, 1908 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI. Raymond married Florence Rose Heller on October 10, 1933 in Fond du Lac. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Fond du lac. Raymond is my grandfather.