From the Gideon Olin family. "The first one of the family in this country was a boy of Welsh birth who filled the responsible position of "powder monkey" on board a man-of-war and was landed in Boston Harbor, where he deserted at the first opportunity and migrated to Rhode Island. This account was taken from the John Olin Family History. The book goes on to state that he must have been an extraordinary boy to have taken the steps that he did without friends, very little experience and of course, the risk of capture by the ship's crew. For this reason, I would believe that it was an act of desperation and therefore the risk was worth the freedom. As for his physical characteristics, he is portrayed as both tall and of medium stature, well-proportioned and red-haired.