I know virtually nothing about my 4th great-grandfather. Until earlier this year, I didn't even have his name. A very helpful volunteer for FindAGrave, Tom C., helped by adding information from the Oakwood Cemetery burial record books. Simply gold, such treasure to find another name in the family line. This ORMSBEE line has been quite a brick wall for me for years, but now I have a few crumbs of clues.
Arnold ORMSBEE seems to have been married to a Hannah - but this is not yet proven. I'm not certain where he was born, nor when he was married, but I do know he and his wife had at least two sons, as well as several daughters (unknown names):
- Jacob [ancestor], b.21 Jun 1806, Pompey, Onondaga, NY; m. Sabra TOWERS about 1824, 5 children.
- Stephen Decatur, b. 13 Jan 1816, Pompey, Onondaga, NY; m. Martha Durston; 3 children
I found Arnold on the 1810 Census for Manlius, as follows:
As you can see here (referring to blank forms) there are,
Males: 2-under 10 yrs, 1-10 to 16, 1-26 to 45
i.e., Arnold, plus 2 little boys (Jacob 4, plus unknown son), and 1 roughly teen son unknown
Females: 3-under 10, 1 16-26 yrs
i.e., Arnold's wife (age seems rather low - she would have married extremely young?), plus 3 little daughters unknown to me
Here he is in the 1820 Census, again for Manlius:
As you can see there are, in the Arnold Ormsbee household:
Males: 1-under 10 yrs, 1-10 to 16, 1-16 to 18, 1-45 and up
i.e., Arnold, and 3 sons, under 18 yrs of age (Jacob 14, Stephen 4, & an unknown older brother)
Females: 1-under 10, 1-10 to 16, 1 from 26-45
i.e, Arnold's wife, and 2 daughters under 16 yrs of age, unknown to me
And there was 1 person "engaged in Manufacturing"
Hmmm. I thought Arnold was a farmer for some lost-to-me reason. I clearly need to check out more records and newspapers to find out what "manufacturing" he might have been working at in Manlius.
Arnold disappears after 1820 as a head of household. An Isaac (I.F.A. Ormsbee) is listed on the 1830 Census and he may be an older brother. I haven't researched him as yet.
Both Stephen Decatur and his older brother, Jacob, worked as carpenters in the area. One might wonder if their father, Arnold, also was skilled with carpentry or some similar work. Interestingly, Stephen named his only son James Arnold Ormsbee, carrying on the same name. I have discussed Jacob ORMSBEE in a previous blog post: click here.
Although both Stephen and his family, and Jacob and his family, are buried in Oakwood Cemetery in different plots and sections, I have not found burials of Arnold, nor other Ormsby/Ormsbee sons or daughters whom I can identify as having Arnold as a father. Challenging.
If you have any information or details - or suggestions - please do contact me via calewis at telus dot net or by Comments below. I love to hear any ideas you may have. And if you also have these Ormsbee's in your family, I'd love to see you.