Who was Thomas Osborne/Osburne of Nantucket?

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Margaret (Margery) Fowler, b. 1615, daughter of Philip and Mary Fowler, 1634 immigrants on the Mary & John to Ipswich Massachusetts, had four husbands, as follows:

Christopher Osgood, m. 28 Jul 1633 England, died 1650, Ipswich

Thomas Rowell, m. 24 Feb 1651 Ipswich, MA, died 1662 Andover, MA

Thomas Coleman, m. July 1670, (?location), died by 1 Aug. 1682 (date of administration) - settler of Newbury, MA, removed to Nantucket, MA

Thomas Osborne/Osburne, married by 25 Oct 1682, Nantucket

I am having difficulty finding sources for the Rev. Thomas Osborne who married the widow Margaret Coleman. He is not the man of the same name who lived in New Haven and removed to Easthampton, Long Island, and is listed in The Great Migration Directory.

Thomas Osborne is mentioned in relation to his marriage as the fourth husband of Margaret Fowler, in The Great Migration series, under entries for her father Philip Fowler, her husband Christopher Osgood, and her husband Thomas Coleman - with no further information but the marriage date of 1682. Thomas Osburne is mentioned in the will of Deacon Ralph Mousall of Charlestown, died 1657.

He is not mentioned as an immigrant, in The Great Migration series or Directory, so he must have arrived in New England after 1640, and before 1657 when he is mentioned in the will Deacon Mousall.

Aside from the letter he wrote reproduced in NEHGR Vol 16:25-26, I am not finding Thomas Osburne -- where he originated, when he arrived in New England, when he died, his previous marriages if any, etc.

Help, please?

WikiTree profile: Thomas Osborne
in Genealogy Help by April Dauenhauer G2G6 Pilot (127k points)
edited by April Dauenhauer

I'm not sure.  But thought I'd mention, in case you didn't know about it, this site I came across several years ago, which is pretty nice with regard to Thomas Coleman (who is my 9th great-grandfather):  https://minerdescent.com/2010/05/20/thomas-coleman/

It doesn't help you figure out Thomas Osborne, though . . .  ;)

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This guy??

OSBORN, THOMAS, Charlestown 1644, freem. 10 May 1648, by  w. Hannah had Sarah, b. 29 Mar. 1647; Thomas, 26 June 1649; Mary, 11 Mar. 1652; ano. ch. 30 Apr. 1654; and Martha, 8 Oct. 1656; beside John, bapt. 19 Feb. 1660. He liv. on Malden side, there had w. Sarah, who in Oct. 1651, stood up manfully, with her sisterhood, in defence of Rev. Mr. Matthews against the Gen. Court. In Feb. 1662, he and his w. were rec. into the ch. of Charlestown, by dismiss. from M. but prob. he had a hankering for heresy, as he next yr. united with Gould, as a Bapt. having embraced the opinions of that sect. as early as 1658, tho. their ch. was not formed until May 1665. See Budington, 56; Frothingham, 126, 166-170; and Hutch. Coll. 399. Oft. the name is Ozban in rec. of Middlesex. <Savage, James. ''A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV.'' (Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862) Vol. 3 p. 317>

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
selected by April Dauenhauer
Looks like we may have a winner here!  ;)

Million thanks Anne!  Although Savage doesn't mention his removal to Nantucket, second marriage or death, I'm sure this is right person. Thanks, now the dates/locations are clear.

Darlene, your link answered specific questions I had about Thomas Coleman and Margaret Fowler -- great help, and love the map too!

Thank you, both of you, for lending me your brains:)


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