- William M. Fowler
Olmsted, Gideon (12 February 1749–08 February 1845), seaman and privateersman, was born in East Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Jonathan Olmsted and Hannah Meakins, farmers. Little is known of his early life. Olmsted went to sea sometime in 1770 and soon became captain of a small vessel trading from Connecticut to the West Indies. At the outbreak of the Revolution, Olmsted, along with several brothers and cousins, joined the East Hartford militia company and marched to Boston to take part in the siege. With the British evacuation of Boston in March 1776 Olmsted returned home. In the spring of 1777 he married Mabel Roberts; they had no children. In July he purchased the sloop ...