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Samuel Ormsby

Lysander Ormsby

Lysander Ormsby

1815 - 1911


Father: Samuel Ormsby
Mother: Rachel Day
Date of Birth: July 5, 1815
Place of Birth: Westhampton, Hampshire Co., MA
First Marriage: Feb. 27, 1840, Olive Clerinda Burnham
Second Marriage: Feb. 24, 1887, Mary Ellen Masters, Erie, Monroe Co., MI
Date of Death: Jan 23, 1911
Place of Death: Deerfield, MI
Place of Burial: Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield MI

First Spouse: Olive Clerinda Burnham
Father: Calvin Burnham
Mother: Lucinda Bliss
Date of Birth: Dec 9, 1821
Place of Birth: Montagure, Franklin, MA
Date of Death: July 28, 1884
Place of Death: Summerfield Twp, Petersburg, MI
Place of Burial: Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield MI

Second Spouse: Mary Ellen Masters (Photo)
Father: William Masters
Mother: Mary Ann Porter
Date of Birth: 1860
Place of Birth: Monroe Co., MI
Date of Death: 1925
Place of Death: Deerfield, MI
Place of Burial: Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield MI

Children: (Group Photos)

  1. Eliza C. Ormsby, born Jan 25, 1841, Summerville, MI
  2. Edwin Samuel Ormsby, born April 17, 1842, Summerville, MI
  3. Alvin Lysander Ormsby, born June 5, 1847, Summerville, MI
  4. Harriet (Hattie A.) A. (B.) Ormsby, born July 22, 1851
  5. Lilla Cordelia Ormsby, born April 20, 1857, Deerfield, MI
  6. Ella (Etta) B. Ormsby, born Nov 30, 1863

Additional Facts:

Telegram sent to Mary Ellen (Masters) Ormsby from Grandson Alvin Scott Ormsby upon the death of his Grandfather.

The Weary Traveler or What I Say in My dream

Other Documents from the Lysander Ormsby Line.

"Southeastern Michigan Pioneer Families Especially Lenawee County and New York Origins" compiled by Helen Lewis has a write up about a Lysander Ormsby b. 1815, married 1st to Olive C. (Burnham) and 2nd to Mary E. (Masters), who had a son named Edwin S. Ormsby (no age given). It says this family lived in Blissfield Twp., Lenawee Co, MI and in Somefield Twp., Monroe Co., MI.

Fom the book: Southeastern Michigan Pioneer Families Especially Lenawee County And New York Origins compiled by Helen F. Lewis and published 1994 by Kinship, Rhinebeck, NY:

Note most of the Southeastern MI Pioneers book was obtained from the book: Portrait & Biographical Album of Lenawee County Michigan, Chapman Brothers, 1888, Chicago, IL and census records.

Ormsby, Lysander, son of Samuel, born 5 July 1815, Westhampton, Hampshire Co., Mass., came first to Blissfield Twp., Lenawee Co., MI in April 1837. Before 1840, he moved to Somerfield Twp., Monroe Co., MI. He married there on 27 Feb. 1840 to Olive C. (Burnham), daughter of Calvin. In 1852 they moved to Deerfield, Lenawee Co., MI.

1. ELIZA C. (d. age 24);
2. EDWIN S. (to Emmetburg, Iowa);
3. ALVIN C. (New York City);
4. HATTIE A. (d. age 6);
5. CHARLES G. BLIVEN (Emmetsburg, IA);
6. ETTA B. (m. William Federman; d. Mar. 1884, Deerfield).

Olive C. died 28 July 1884; and Lysander married again to Mary E. (Masters), daughter of William of Monroe Co., MI.

Burnham, Calvin and wife Lucinda (Bliss), had lived in Franklin Co., Mass., and moved to Summerfield Twp., Monroe Co., MI by 1840. Daughter Olive C. born 29 Dec. 1821, Montague, Franklin Co., Mass. (m. Lysander Ormsby in Monroe Co., MI).

Deerfield Ray article: The first church was built in Monroe, in 1790, and Rev. Antoine A. Gillott was its pastor, and Calvin Burnham, late of Summerfield, Monroe county, taught the first English school. Monroe is now a fine and healthy city, and contains about 6,000 inhabitants.

Lysander Ormsby was a member of the Tracy Lodge No. 167, F. & A. M. (Masonic Lodge)

Database: Massachusetts Pioneers to the West Index
An Index of Pioneers from Massachusetts to the West Pioneers From Massachusetts.
Burnham, Olive C., b. Montague, 1821; m. 1840 Lysander Ormsby of Mich. Lenawee Port., 306.
Ormsby, Lysander, b. Westhampton, 1815; set. Mich., 1837. Lenawee Port., 306.

Michigan 1870 Census, Deerfield Township

Ormsby, Lysander, 54, M, W, Notory Public, MA
      , Olice C., 49, F, W, Keeping House, MA
      , Alvin L., 23, M, W, Bond Agent, Mich
      , Lilie C., 12, F, W, at home, Mich
      , Ellen B.,  6, F, W, Mich

1973 Contennial publication, The Deerfield Album", speaks of Lysander Ormsby, born Westhampton Co., Jass. on July 5, 1815. He came to the area in 1837, settling first at Summerfield Township, about 1 1/2 miles east of Deerfield, and later moved into the village. He operated a stave mill and general store. In 1840, he married Olive C. Burnham. Together they had 6 children: Eliza, Edwin, Alvin, Hattie, Lilly (Bliven) and Etta (Federman).

The following are buried at Deerfield Cemetery:

Lysnader Ormsby 1815 - 1911
Olive C. Ormsby 1821 - 1884 wife (b. Dec 29, 1821, d. July 25, 1844)
Mary Ellen Ormsby 1860 - 1925
Eliza C. Ormsby 1841 - 1867
Hattie B. Ormsby 1851 - 1857 (b July 22, 1851, d. Aug 5, 1857)
Etta B. Fedderman 1863 - 1884 ( dau L & OC Ormsby, b Nov 30, 1863, d. Apr 25, 1884)

Newspaper Clippings from small notebook

Scrap of envelope found in the Stave Mill ledger. Postmark on the back is Deerfield Mich Jan 8, year unknown.
"Unless the village wants to pay a good price for it it is not to be loaned to them under any considerations.
Mary E. ormsby"

An Index of Pioneers from Massachusetts to the West
page 55
ORMSBY, Lysander, b. Westhampton, 1815; set. Mich., 1837. Lenawee Port., 306.

page 18
BURNHAM, Olive C., b. Montague, 1821; m. 1840 Lysander Ormsby of Mich. Lenawee Port., 306.

Lysander Ormsby was born in Westhampton Co., Mass., July 5, 1815. He resided in his native state until April, 1837, when resolving to see something of the great West, he started out, making his way by team to Albany, the nearest point to the Erie Canal, and thence by canal to Buffalo. At this point he was obliged to wait two weeks for the ice to break up, and then hiring a team to Dunkirk, he there took a steamer for Toledo, which was then a small village. Thence he made his way to Blissfield, this county, via the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad, which had just been completed to Adrian; the cars were drawn by horses over wooden rails. He spent his first summer following in Blissfield and then removed to Summerfield township, on and one-half miles from Deerfield, where he purchased, thirty-five acres of timber land and put up a log house. He had married in the meantime and a substantial frame dwelling took the place of the log cabin. They later moved into Deerfield and he engaged as clerk in the general store of Jason Hemenway, two years later he bought a stave mill and later opened a grocery store, which he operated a few years by himself and then associated with him Charles F. Bliven as partner. After 1877 he devoted his time and attention o the duties of his office. He had been appointed Notary Public in 1855, and received the appointment each four years after that for many years. He served as postmaster for a period of ten years and was Village Attorney for some time. In Feb., 1840, he married Miss Olive C. Burnahm, and her union with our subject resulted in the birth of six children, Eliza, Edwin, Alvin, Hattie, Lilly who married Charles F. Bliven, Etta who married William Federman. Religiously he is a believer in Spiritualism.

The Times=Journal
Deerfield, Michigan, Friday, Jan 27, 1911


Lysander Ormsby

As the oak, which has withstood the storms of multiplied years, bows finally before the blast, so, in the course of nature, lies down to his rest one whose three score years of residence in Deerfield, and nearly five score years of life, have rendered him an honored and familiar figure in the village and vicinity.
Lysander Ormsby was born July 5, 1816, in West Hampton, Mass., and settled in Summerfield township, Monroe county, Mich., in 1837. More than sixty years ago he became a resident of Deerfield, of which village he remained a continuous citizen to the time of his death, which took place Monday morning, January 23, 1911, at the family home on Raisin street, where he had resided fiftythree years and was aged 95 years, 6 months and 18 days. February 27, 1840, he was married to Miss Olive Burnham, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Burnham, of Summerfield township, Monroe county. Her death occurred July 28, 1884. Of this union there were six children: Eliza C., who died in September, 1867; Edwin S., now a resident of Los Angeles, Cal.; Alvin L., who died March 18, 1890; Harriet A., whose death took place Jan. 1, 1857; Lilly C., wife of Frank Bliven of Santa Cruz; and Etta B., deceased wife of William Federman, she dying April 23, 1884.
February 24, 1887, Mr. Ormsby was married to Miss Mary Ellen Masters, of Whiteford, Monroe county, Mich., who survives him.
During his long residence in Deerfield, Lysander Ormsby had ever been a conspicuous citizen, laboring continuously for the material and moral upbuilding of the community. As manufacturer, merchant, postmaster, lawyer and conveyancer, he was well known through the wide sphere of his endeavor and honored and respected by all. A man of large intellectual attainments and logical conclusions, he was the author of various pamphlets on subjects that engaged his interest, and a thorough master of historical and biblical knowledge. Though "old and full of days" he retained the vigor and luster of his keen and polished intellect to the last. On the day before his death, he requested a reading from the scripture, and gave a concise interpretation of its meaning. He died in the full faith of rest and happiness of the spirit world. Thus passes a citizen of this community whom all, from childhood to age, delighted to honor. He rests from his labors and his works follow him.
The funeral, which took place at the Presbyterian church, Jan. 25th, Rev. Shipley, Unitarian clergyman of Detroit, officiating, was in charge of the Masonic fraternity, of which he was a long time member, Past Master F.E. Stearns in charge of order ceremonies, in the presence of a large and sympathetic attendance.

Card of Thanks

Mrs. Ormsby extends thanks to those who assisted her during the illness and death of Mr. Ormsby. The flowers that were received and the presence of the choir were greatly appreciated.

Resolutions of Respect

Death has again entered our Order and has taken from our midst our brother, Lysander Ormsby. We feel keenly the sorrow that has come to us as a lodge and we therefore submit the following resolutions:
Resolved, That in the death of our brother, Lysander Ormsby, Tracy Lodge, No. 167 F. & M., has lost a worthy member, eminent for his steadfast friendship and brotherly love.
Resolved, That as a testimonial of our esteem and respect for our departed brother the Charter and Greater Lights be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days.
Resolved, That as a further mark of respect these resolutions be printed in the Times=Journal and a copy handed to the widow of our deceased brother.
Respectfully submitted,
Committee on Resolutions
V. B. Cannon,
W. F. Weisinger
Webster Bliss

William Henry Masters

Birth: 1836 in Camridgeshire, England
Death: 1 May 1894 in Samaria, Monroe County, Michigan
Burial: Lambertville Cemetery, Dean Rd, Lambertville, MI
Note: Undertaker at death was Clarence Janney. Funeral service by Rev Baugh, Minister
Marriage 1 Mary Ann Porter b: 1844 in England
Married: 1859 in New York


1. Mary Ellen Masters b: 1861 in New York?, NY
2. Elizabeth Ann Masters b: 1864 in Canada
3. Emma Louisa Masters b: 1 Jan 1866 in Rochester, NY
4. Genny Masters b: May 1869 in Bedford Twnshp, Monroe, MI
5. Susan Masters b: 1872 in Bedford Twnshp, Monroe, MI
6. William Henry Masters Jr. b: 8 Mar 1874 in Bedford Twnshp, Monroe, MI
7. Julia Edith Masters b: May 1876 in Bedford Twnshp, Monroe, MI
8. Charles Edward Masters b: Sep 1880 in Bedford Twp, Monroe, MI


1.Title: Descendents of William Masters, Author: Sue Porter Moon

Ormsby Family Tree