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Ormsbee Family

from Greenfield Glimpses

(1976 by Clayton Brown:  published by the Greenfield Town Board)


Isaac Ormsbee (1763-1848) Revolutionary War veteran from Rhode Island, had been with General George Washington at the surrender of General Cornwallis.  He walked to Greenfield from Rhode Island in 1796, walked back and returned with his wife Patience Chase and their four children.  Later, there were eight more children born to this couple.  Isaac applied for a Revolutionary War pension in 1819 and was awarded such pension.


Ira Ormsbee (1792-1851), son of Isaac and Patience, was a veteran of the War of 1812.


Russell M. Ormsbee (1808-1892, son of Isaac and Patience, married first Amy Williams; married second Chloe Payne Williams.  There were three children from each of these wives. “He traveled extensively and kept a detailed diary, copies of which are now housed at the Saratoga County Historian’s Office.”


Waterman Lilly Ormsbee (1809-1883) became an engraver and founded the Continental Bank Note Company in New York:  his designs were used on U.S. paper money at about the time of the Civil War.


Horace Greeley Ormsbee (1855-1940), son of Russell M. Ormsbee and his second wife Margaret Hammond Ormsbee, married Katherine Reynolds in 1878.  They had three sons: Clarence Mason Ormsbee (b. 1883), Guy Greeley Ormsbee (b. 1885) and Roy Horace Ormsbee (b. 1887).


Clarence M. Ormsbee married Anna Grey of Corinth in 1914.  At age nine years, Clarence lost an arm in a buzz-saw accident: the arm was buried in the Ormsbee Cemetery with a marker: “the arm of Clarence Ormsbee, May 2 1892.”


Guy Greeley Ormsbee married Alahna Jones in 1917 and had a son Russel M. Ormsbee.


Roy Horace Ormsbee (1887-1961) married Bessie McKnight in 1911. She died in 1967.  There were two children:  Mildred May and Frances Margaret who married Hilliard Young in 1936.