I hope this helps make some family connections since this Olds family was split up in the early 20th century. They experienced difficult times, including the early death of the mother, young children sent to an orphanage, and the death of their young man on French soil at the end of World War I (WWI).
The following is a family background outline I compiled in response to an ancestry.com query on siblings Lancelot M. OLDS, Myriel (Muriel) I. OLDS, and Levi H. OLDS. I request that if you find this useful, please attribute my name (Virginia Treacy-Thomas) to any information you post or cite, including information on the MILLER and PERIN families in association with the OLDS family. My main research is the OLDS family line; I don’t have any additional information on the MILLER and PERIN families. To my knowledge, there is not a current document that has compiled these records in concerning this branch of the OLDS family. If I have provided erroneous information, please correct for everyone’s future knowledge.
Lancelot OLDS, b. January 21, 1895, Iowa; Myriel (Muriel) I. Olds, b. 1902, Iowa; and Levi Olds, b. 1905, Iowa, were the children of Samuel C. Olds (b. April 1863, Illinois) and Sadie (Sarah) MILLER (b. July 1863, in Olive, Clinton County, Iowa). Lancelot is listed with his parents, S.C. Olds and Sadie Olds, brother Samuel V. OLDs (b. November 13, 1890), and sisters Verbina (b. about 1892-1893) and Ledice OLDS (b. about 1897) in the 1900 Federal census in Iowa, Woodbury County, Little Sioux or Smithland township.
In the 1905 Iowa state census (Woodbury County, Sioux City, Iowa), Lancelot is listed with his parents and siblings Sam V. OLDS, Verba OLDS, Ludice OLDS, Myriel OLDS, and Hartzell OLDS. This is state census is crucial to identifying this family because it is the only record (thus far found) that lists Samuel and Sadie Olds family intact.
By 1910, Samuel OLDS is a widow in Turner County, South Dakota with daughter Verbena S. OLDS, born about 1893, and son Lancelot OLDS. However, Myriel and Levi are not with their widowed father, nor are the other younger children. Both Myriel and Levi are wards in the orphanage “Mothers’ Jewels Home,” located in York County, Nebraska.
In the 1920 census, Levi Olds is back living with his father Samuel C. OLDS in Pleasant Valley, Haakon County, South Dakota. Myriel Olds is living as a ward in Wessington Springs, Jerauld County, South Dakota with Albert and Cornelia Griffith (Note: Neighboring family H. Lloyd MILLER and wife Blanche are listed on same page as the GRIFFITH family. Hiram Lloyd MILLER is not an uncle through Myriel’s mother side, the Miller family). I have no additional information on Myriel OLDS. Lancelot OLDS was not listed in the 1920 census, since he died in 1918 in WWI.
Lancelot OLDS registered for the WWI draft in Murray County, Minnesota. He is listed as missing (Missing In Action) on a tablet at the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery in Romagne, France, as part of the 60th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division (ID) in the Meuse-Argonne Offense of WWI. His exact death date is not known, but the US Army’s 5th ID had a great number of casualties in France in October 1918, and early November, 1918. Lancelot OLDS’ death date is listed as October 14, 1918, because that is when General Pershing dedicated the Meuse-Argonne cemetery. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=ol...http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=ol...;
My thanks to Find-a-Grave’s contributor, “soilsister” for providing information for Lancelot Olds and the other fallen soldiers at the American Meuse-Argonne Cemetery (Find-a-Grave,” link above).
Samuel C. OLDS, b. April 1863, of Cherry Grove township and York township, Carroll County, Illinois, was the son of Levi OLDS and Harriet HALL (b. 1832, Pennsylvania).
Levi OLDS, father of Samuel C. OLDS, was born about 1832 in Michigan (1880 census, York township, Carroll County, Illinois: Levi OLDS household). Levi OLDS married Harriet HALL on March 9, 1856, in Carroll County, Illinois. I do not have concrete ties to Levi OLDS’ (b. abt. 1832) parentage, but here are some observations for future research. Levi may have belonged to the following OLDS family:
Levi’s father may have been Moses S. OLDS, whose second wife was Olive JENKINS. Moses OLDS (b. 1790, NY) married Olive JENKINS Jan. 22, 1818. Note that Levi OLDS named his daughter Olive (born 1859). In the 1900 census, Levi listed his father as from Canada, and his mother from Illinois. In 1880 census, he listed both parents as from Vermont. In 1860, Moses listed his own birthplace as New York. In 1850, he listed it as Pennsylvania. Further verification is needed regarding the parentage of Levi Olds, born 1832.
Sadie S. MILLER, wife of Samuel C. OLDS, was born July 1863, in Olive, Clinton County, Iowa, was the daughter of Thomas W. MILLER, b. May 8, 1830, in Livingston, New York (son of Phillip and Chloe MILLER), and Mary A. PERIN, born September 25, 1837, in Clinton County, Iowa (daughter of Noble PERIN and Sarah NIXON). Thomas and Mary married January 1, 1861, in Clinton County, Iowa. Sadie (“Sarah”) MILLER is listed in the 1870 census with this family.