Henry OLIN was born approximately 1719, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. East Greenwich is one of the oldest towns in Rhode Island, legally established in 1677. The first OLIN known to settle in the area was his father John OLIN. There is an Olin Family Society, also on Facebook [closed group], and their society's 'webcards' genealogy with various OLIN family tree lines, which I have not investigated as thoroughly as I need to. And there are several books published about this very early settler, available through Internet Archive.
Henry apparently had 4 wives (sequentially, of course), with a total of 16 children. The records are not clear as to which wife was the mother of which children, specifically the mother of our direct descendant, his son, Caleb, b. in 1753.
One can see several breaks in the children's births which may indicate the death of a wife, and a subsequent marriage: (a) after #2, John's birth; (b) after #7, Henry's birth; (c) after #8, Sibil's birth. The birth years are not listed for daughters Susannah and Rebecca, who are listed in published works as born between son Pelig's birth and son Caleb's birth.
Henry's children by his various wives :
- Justin, b. 17 Jul 1739; d. 7 Jul 1821, Liecester, VT
- John, (3rd), b. 17 Sep 1741; d. 24 Sep 1831, Shaftsbury, VT
- Pelig Olin, b. 20 May 1746; d. Cambridge NY [son]
- Susannah, b.?
- Rebecca, b. ?
- **Caleb [ancestor], b.8 Dec 1753, Old Warwick, RI; m. 15 Jan 1775 to Freelove Mitchell; 11 children
- Henry, b. abt 1754, d. young
- Sibil, b. abt 1758 [dau]
- Paris, b. 1765, d. bef 1780 [son]
- Hannah, b. 1767
- Sarah, b. 1770
- Ezra, b. 1772
- Phoebe, b. 1774
- Henry, b. 1776
- Nancy, b. 1779
- Joseph, b. 1781
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