Saturday, November 3, 2012

Christopher Osgood of Marlborough and Ipswich *

Family connections
Writing this blog really brings home the name family connections as it relates to the interwoven lives of my early ancestors.  Christopher Osgood was married twice, his first wife was buried in England, his second wife buried him in New England.  This second wife, Margery Fowler became the wife of another ancestor, Thomas Rowell. Although I am not related to her in anyway, that I know of, she was married to two of my ancestors. She was to marry twice more in her lifetime. I have two Mary Osgoods in my family, one the daughter of Christoper and one the daughter of William of Salisbury.  There was also a third man named Osgood in New England, John Osgood.  Many people try to connect these three men as family but there is no proof of any relationship. Given the lack of potential partners and the need to be married, it shouldn't come as any surprise that there were so many interconnections.  It makes for an interesting family tree.

engish origins
Christopher Osgood was born in Marlborough, England.  Marlborough is said to be the legendary burial place of Merlin the magician from the King Arthur story.  In 1642 the town paid a heavy price for backing Parliament over King Charles, the town was sacked by the King's soldiers and many buildings burnt.  If Christopher left family behind when he left for Massachusetts they may have be greatly affected by those events.
St. Mary's Marlborough
Christoper was born probably by 1607.  This date is based on his marriage to  his first wife, Mary Everett.  They were married on 21 April 1632 in St. Mary's church in Marlborough. It was not to be a long marriage. Mary gave birth to their only child, a daughter, on 17 March 1632/3 and she was buried on 22 April 1633.  As with most widowed men with small children, Christopher wasted no time in finding a new wife.  He married Margery Fowler a little more than three months later on 28 July 1633. They were also married at St. Mary's.
Margery was baptized at St. Mary's on 25 March 1615.  She was the daughter of Phillip and Mary Fowler of Marlborough.  Phillip was a cloth worker by trade. On the 24th of March 1633/4, Phillip, and his wife Mary along  their children, including Margery and Christopher Osgood boarded, at Southampton, the sailing ship the Mary and John and left England forever.

ipswich
The Osgoods and the Fowlers established their new lives at Ipswich, a plantation, barely established in 1633 by John Winthrop Jr. son of the Governor John Sr. So in effect they traded a life in a bustling, busy English market town for the wilderness of Massachusetts. The first town meeting and division of land occurred in August of 1634, no mention either Christopher or Phillip. At the town meeting of 5 Jan 1634/5 both men received their first lot of land consisting of 4 acres of marsh and meadow lying northward of town. A few weeks later, on the 26th of Jan. both men were given an additional 6 acres for them and their heirs forever. Christopher continued to receive land as the divisions continued.
Map showing location of Ipswich borrowed
from the website Henry Bennett of Ipswich
In January of 1642 and in 1650 Christopher was selected as a juryman.  The early settlers seemed to drag every minor offense into court, charges of trespass, slander, defamation, fines for this and that. They were a very litigious bunch   In 1645 he was on the grand jury, and again in 1648.
Christopher wrote his will on 18 April 1650.  He was probably a fairly young man by today's standards.  If he was born in 1607 then he would have been only 43.  His will was not probated until October of that year. Did he have some lingering illness, we will never know.  He left behind his wife Margery, daughter Mary by his first wife and Abigail, Christopher, Elizabeth and Deborah. In his will he gave daughter Mary ten pounds, daughters Abigail, Elizabeth and Deborah got five.  Christopher was to receive the bulk of the estate with Margery as the executor and administrator of said estate.  On 10 October 1650 Margery petitioned the court on the matter of her late husbands will.  This petition was heard by the General Court in Boston in December. This court found that there was not enough value in the estate to pay the legacies left so they adjusted what each daughter was to receive   Mary's share was reduced to 8 pounds and her half sisters were to receive 4 pounds each.

Children of Christoper Osgood

1.  Mary bapt. 17 March 1632/3 Marlborough, England m. John Lovejoy of Andover 1 Jan 1651
2.  Abigail born about 1636 m. 1657 horeborn Wilson
3. Christopher b. about 1638 m. 4 times Hannah Belknap, Hannah Barker, Sarah Reddington, Sarah Unknown his will was dated 27 July 1722
4.  Elizabeth b. about 1640, named in her fathers will of 1650 but not her mothers of 1673, never married and no children
5.  Deborah b. about 1643 m. 1663 John Russ

My family descent from Christoper Osgood

Christoper Osgood - Mary Everett
Mary Osgood - John Lovejoy
Ann Lovejoy - Jonathan Blanchard
Benjamin Blanchard -Mary Abbott
Benjamin Blanchard  - Keziah Hastings
Jonathan Blanchard and Hannah Chadwick
James Blanchard and Phebe Carter
Chloe Blanchard - Samuel Thornton
John Thornton- Jennie Clover Rowell




Sources:
Charles Robert Anderson, The Great Migration Immigrants to New England 1634-1635
The Ancient Records of the town of Ipswich