Elizabeth Martha Olmsted
Elizabeth Martha Allen was born in Caledonia, New York, December 31, 1825. Her ancestral stock was from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Her father, Oliver Allen, belonged to the family of Ethan Allen. She was educated carefully and liberally. She was a child of strong mental powers and inquiring mind. Her poetic trend was apparent in childhood, and in her youth she wrote poems of much merit. She married, in February, 1853, John R. Olmsted, of Le Roy, New York, and she resided in that town thereafter. The Olmsleds descended from the first settlers of Hartford, Connecticut, and pioneers of the Genesee valley.
Olmsted contributed to the New York City Independent and other papers. During the Civil War, she wrote many spirited war lyrics, among which was the once well-known "Our Boys Going to the War" and "The Clarion." Her poem, "The Upas," first appeared in the "Independent" of January 16, 1862. She published a number of excellent sonnets. Her productions were characterized by moral tone, fine diction and polish.
She died February 7, 1910, and was buried at Machpelah Cemetery, Le Roy.
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