Family Matters | LYSANDER ORMSBY

Lysander Ormsby was born in Massachusetts and lived there until April of 1837, when resolving to see something of the great West, he started out and made his way by team to Albany, NY, the nearest point to the Erie Canal, and then by canal to Buffalo.

After arriving in Buffalo, Lysander had to wait two weeks for the ice to break up. He hired a team to Dunkirk and then took a steamer for Toledo, OH, which was just a small village. From there he made his way to Blissfield, MI via the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad, which had just been completed to Adrian. The train cars were pulled by horses over wooden rails.

Lysander spent his first summer in Blissfield and then moved to nearby Summerfield Township, where he purchased thirty-five acres of timber land and put up a log house. He had married Olive Burnham in 1840, and a substantial frame dwelling took the place of the log cabin. They later moved to Deerfield where he worked as a clerk in a general store. Two years later, he bought a stave mill and then opened a grocery store.

After 1877, Lysander devoted his time and attention to the duties of his office. He was appointed Notary Public in 1855, and continued to receive the appointment every four years after that for many years.  He served as postmaster for a period of ten years and was Village Attorney for some time.

Born:  July 5, 1855 in Westhampton, Hampshire Co., MA
Married:  Olive Clerinda Burnham on February 27, 1840, Mary Ellen Masters on February 24, 1887
Died:  January 23, 1911 in Deerfield, Lenawee Co., MI and is buried in the Deerfield Twp. Cemetery

Relation:  5th cousin, 4 times removed

**Much of this content was taken from An Index of Pioneers from Massachusetts to the West. The photo courtesy of http://www.ormsby.org.