Hello Orcutt researchers. Here's a puzzle for you:
In the 1850-1880 census records, a William W(eston) Orcutt appears in Vernon, Tolland County, CT. Who are his parents?
Additional background to help you:
1. William was born about 1815, either in CT or MA (census records are split).
2. The middle name "Weston" first appears in 1880 when he's living next to his son, Alonzo. Given the unusual middle name, I'm suspecting his mother may be a Weston.
3. In 1850, a Sarah Willis (age 65) is living with them and a Samuel Willis appears next door. I'm thinking that William's wife, Mary Ann, may have been Mary Ann Willis.
4. There's a chance that William appears in 1840 in East Windsor, Hartford County, CT listed under the name William W. Olcott. The name matches, as does the age. No certainty with this link, though. Given that Vernon is formed as part of East Windsor, it may be a match, though. He appears after a Joseph Orcutt and before some other Olcotts that are clearly Olcotts, not Orcutts.
5. You may speculate that William is an Olcott and not an Orcutt, but as with other Olcott/Orcutt confusion, these errors are usually cleared up in future census reports. In this case, it's the Orcutt name that survives.
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