[Portrait and Biographical Album of De Kalb County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers (Chicago), 1885, p311]
Caleb Olmstead, a retired farmer, residing at Genoa, is a pioneer settler in De Kalb County, whither he came in 1846, and bought 80 acres of land on section 16, in the township of Genoa. He was born Oct. 3, 1810, in Davenport, Delaware Co., N. Y., his parents, Anson and Charity (Wilbur) Olmstead, being also natives of the same State, in which they married and settled. John, Hiram, Caleb, William, Drias, Walter, Catherine, Thene, Melinda, Lydia A. and Electra are the names of their children.
Mr. Olmstead was a resident of his native county until his removal to Genoa Township, where he was been the proprietor of various tracts of land variously located. He removed to the village of Genoa in February, 1877, and has since participated very little in the cares of active business life. Politically he is a Republican.
His marriage to Samantha Wager occurred Oct. 9, 1831, in Delaware Co., N. Y., and they have been the parents of 11 children, Andrew H., Albert A., Sophronia, Chester, Lester S., Caroline, Mary H., Henry N., Emmeline, Ella, and Emmer. Chester and Ella are deceased. Mrs. Olmstead was born May 2, 1814, in Delaware Co., N. Y., and is the daughter of Cornelius and Mehitable (Bates) Wager. The biographical notes of Andrew H., Albert A. and Henry Olmstead may be found elsewhere in this volume.
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