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Margaret (Fowler) Osborne (bef. 1615 - aft. 1682)

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Margaret (Margery) Osborne formerly Fowler aka Osgood, Rowell, Coleman
Born before in Marlborough, County Wiltshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in St. Mary's, Marlborough, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Wife of — married after in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusettsmap [uncertain]
Wife of — married [location unknown]
Wife of — married before in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Massachusettsmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 21 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 2 Jan 2019
12:26: Chris Hoyt edited the Birth Date and Status Indicators for Margaret (Fowler) Osborne (bef.1615-aft.1682). (Revert birth back to before March (not in May) as per GM) [Thank Chris for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Categories: Mary and John sailed Abt Mar 26 1634 | Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Margery (Fowler) Osborne migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Margery Fowler, daughter of Philip Fowler and Mary, was baptized at St Peter and St Paul in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, 25 March 1615.[1][2][3] Mary Winsley, as mother of Margery, is only a possibility. Is there proof that she was Philip's wife and the mother of his children? B-404 17:29, 16 June 2014 (EDT)

Margaret (Fowler) Osgood and her husband Christopher Osgood, and his daughter Mary from his first marriage (nearly a year old infant), came as passengers in the same vessel as her parents, on the Mary and John, sailing from Southampton, listed 24 March 1633-4, and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts.[4][3][1]

Married (1)
Margery Fowler married first Christopher Osgood (his second marriage), on 28 July 1633, at St. Mary, Marlborough, Wiltshire[5]. He was the son of Christopher of Marlborough and grandson of Christopher of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. [p11][1]

Children of Margaret & Christopher Osgood.
  • Abigail Osgood, b say 1636; m. “Shove Willson” at Ipswich 9 Sep. 1657[6]. Shoreborne Wilson, son of William,was born about 1637. Abigail Wilson was to receive £5 from the estate of her mother, then Margery Colman of Nantucket by deed dated 27 May 1673, it to be paid one year after her mother's decease.[p13][1]
  • Christopher Osgood, b in Ipswich 1643[1]; m. (1) Salem 6 Dec 1663 Hannah Belknap[7]; (2) Andover 27 May 1680 Hannah Barker[8]; (3) Topsfield 21 Dec 1687 Sarah Reddington[9]; (4) by 1692 Sarah _____. He had sixteen children. He removed to Andover in 1665[1]
  • Elizabeth Osgood, b ___; was mentioned in her father's will dated 19 April 1650, but not living 24 Feb 1650/1 the last of the year, when her mother remarried.[1]
  • Deborah Osgood, b. ___[1]; married John Ross 28 Aug 1663 in Andover.[8]
  • Thomas Osgood, b. 1650 or 1651 (probably posthumous, as not mentioned in father’s will); m. Andover 22 May 1674, Susanna Lord[8].

Married (2)
Margery Fowler married her second husband less than a year after the death of Christopher Osgood. She entered into a marriage covenant with Thomas Rowell, a carpenter of Salisbury, dated 24 Feb 1651.[4][10] The original covenant is on file in Essex Registry of Probate:[1] Margery had petitioned the court for financial relief for herself and her children after Christopher Osgood died, and the court granted small changes in the will, so that money left for when the children attained their majority would be available immediately instead.

Know all men by these presents, yt I, Thomas Rowell of Salisbury, doe hereby covenant & make this agremt concerning Margere Ossgood, ye widdow of Christopher Ossgood of Ipswich, whoome, God willing, I intend to make my Lawfull wife & now being in perfect healthe, sense & memory, doe bind my selfe to the premisses following: Videly: As I take her to be my loving wife, soe I freely take her issue, being two sonnes & two daughters, as my one to endeavor to bring them upp, as a ffather ought to doe: & ffurther more I bind myselfe that the said Margere shall quiettly enjoy & posesse the halfe of my estate, which I shall be posessed withall when it shall please God to change my life, besides the part of portion of goods which I shall have with her, paying to the said issue there severall portons mentioned in there ffathers will, according to the appointed times, out of the said estate ,which I shall enjoy with her : In wittnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand this 24th of ffebruary 1650. [p15, 16][1][10]

Thomas Rowell died in Andover 8 May 1662, his will was dated 24 Feb., 1650/1. Margaret administered his estate, 15 July 1670. At that time, with the consent of her current husband Thomas Coleman of Nantucket, she deeded to her son Christopher Osgood of Andover, joiner, “all that my parcel of upland lying and being on the north & west side of Shawshin River within the bounds of Andover” about 100 acres, except 15 acres and 2 ½ acres of meadow land which she kept for herself to use.[4]

Child of Thomas and Margaret Fowler Osgood Rowell:
  • Jacob Rowell, b. 1660; m. 1st Mary Younglove, 29 April 1690[11]; who d. April 1691; m. 2nd Elizabeth Wardell [Wardwell], 21 Sept. 1691[6], by whom he had two daughters. Moved to Elizabethtown, NJ. (p. 17)[1]

Married (3)
Widow Margaret Fowler Osgood Rowell, married third, prior to 1670, her fellow townsman Thomas Coleman or Coultman, as his third wife[12]. He was born in 1602, came from Marlborough, Wiltshire, England in the James, which arrived at Boston, 3 June 1635, and settled in Newbury, Mass the same year. He was one of the partners or purchasers of one twentieth part of the island of Nantucket in 1659. Thomas Coleman died in Nantucket before 1682.[1]

27 May 1673, Margery Coleman of Nantucket, and formerly of Andover, granted her son Thomas Ossgood of Newury “libety to take into his possession my dwelling house barn, outhouses, yards, garden, orchard and the land about it or belonging thereunto both upland & meadow wherein I lately dwelled in my former husband Thomas Rowell his time which house & land in now in the occupation of Christopher Ossgood … provided always that the said Thomas Ossgood shall pay or cause to be paid unto my son Jacob Rowell the full sum of twenty-nine pounds ten shillings when he comes to age of twenty-one years, according to the order of court, and also five pounds apiece to my two daughters, Abigail Wilson and Deborh Russ”[4]

8 June 1675, “Margery Coleman late wife of Thomas Rowell of Andover, deceased, having let unto my son Christopher Ossgood of Andover my house and land for twelve years, for which he is to pay unto me the said Marger fifteen pounds when the said twelve years is expired.” Christopher was to give Thomas the fifteen pounds and Thomas was to use it to pay part of the twenty-nine pounds he owed his half brother Jacob Rowell. She also gave to her son Jacob Rowell a feather bed and bolster, “which I left in my son-in-law John Lovejoy his hands, and an iron pot I left with daughter Russ, also a basin and little pewter platter I have in my own keeping”[4]

Married (4)
Widow Margaret Fowler Osgood Rowell Coleman, married for her fourth husband, Thomas Osborne a widower[13] . He was admitted a member of the first Congregational Church in Charlestown 7th 10th mo 1644 was one of the founders of a Baptist Church there 1665 and a licensed preacher of that denomination was fined and imprisoned for his belief and fled from persecution to Nantucket, where Margery Coleman took him for her fourth husband. In a letter by Osborne to George Little of Newbury, dated Nantucket Island, 25 of the 8 month 1682:

“This is farther to let you understand I have married to one Margery Colman, a widdow on the island Nantucket where I now am. I believe God hath profided for me & given me a meet help, a very loving wife, one in charity & walking, ..., & a true lover of the pepell & church of the Lord,...”[14]

She died after October 1682, the date of the above letter. Death dates of July 28, 1633 and August 30, 1659 previously listed above are incorrect, as proven by the fact that she was still marrying after those dates.

OSBORN, Margery, wid., Nov. 20, 1701, a. abt 87 y. (p. 512) [8] [Note: unconfirmed if this death record is the correct Margery Osborne. CH]

Research Notes

Notes for Marriage to Thomas Rowell:

At the time of the prenuptial agreement, Margaret (Fowler) Osgood would have been living in Ipswich, and it is likely she was married there. The prenup date of "24 Feb 1650" was from the Julian calendar, as the switch to Gregorian calendar dating for the New England colonies was 1752. The date on which Margaret's first husband Christopher died, April 19, 1650, is the same in both Julian and Gregorian dating, the date of her prenup, 24 Feb 1650, was actually 24 Feb 1651 according to their Gregorian calendar.
Margaret's step-daughter, Mary Osgood, born to Christopher Osgood and his first wife, married John Lovejoy on 1 Jan 1651,[15] about two months before Margaret married Thomas Rowell, her second husband. Mary Osgood was almost eighteen years old.
The four children that Margaret (Fowler) (Osborn) brought in 1651 to her marriage with Thomas Rowell were Abigail, born say 1636, Christopher, born say 1638, Deborah, born say 1643, and Thomas, born 1650 or 1651, a posthumous child (not in his father's will). These four Osgood children, Abigail, Christopher, Deborah and Thomas, were the two sons and two daughters that Thomas Rowell promised to bring up with love as if they were his own children, in the prenuptial agreement.

Notes for 3rd husband, Thomas Coleman

Thomas Coleman was baptized in Ramsbury, Wilshire, 14 Nov 1600.[16] Thomas Coleman married for his first wife, Susanna Rawlins {recorded as Susan Raulnes] on 24 Nov 1623 at Wooten Rivers, Wiltshire.[16] By the time he left for New England in 1635, he was "of Marlborough, Wiltshire".[17]
Speculation: Marlborough, in Wiltshire, England, was a small town, probably about 2,000 to 3,000 people[18][19] when Thomas Coleman and Christopher and Margery Osgood lived there, and Margery probably knew her third husband Thomas in England.
Coleman, Thomas, h. Susanna, h. Mary (wid. Edmund Johnson), h. Margery (wid. Thomas Rowell, formerly wid. Christopher Osgood, d. Peter (sic) Fowler, ––– ––, 1682. PR38 (p. 215) [20]
ROWLEY, Margery [dup. Rowell] wid. Thomas, formerly wid. Christopher Osgood, d. of Peter (sic) Fowler, and Thomas Coleman, of Newbury ___. PR38 [21]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Stickney, Matthew Adams. The Fowler Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler of Ipswich, Mass. Ten Generations: 1590-1882. Salem: Mass.: Salem Press, 1883. (pp 11-19)
  2. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 Jun 2014), Margery Fowler, 25 Mar 1615; citing St Peter and St Paul, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 97839, 97840.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration 1634-1635, C-F, citing Philip Fowler
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Anderson, Robert Charles. "Christopher Osgood" The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-35. Vol. 5 M-P p 318-322. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007. (Online at AmericanAncestors. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.
  5. “A Contribution to the History of the Family of Osgood.”The New England Historical & Genealogical Register. Vol 20 p27. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1866
  6. 6.0 6.1 Vital Records of Ipswich Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Volume II – Marriages and Deaths. Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1910.
  7. Vital Records of Salem Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Vol. III – Marriages. Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1924.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Vital Records Of Andover Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. Vol. II Marriages and Deaths. Topsfield, Mass.: The Topsfield Historical Society, 1912.
  9. Vital Records Of Topsfield, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. Topsfield, Mass.: The Topsfield Historical Society, 1903.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury, by Mary Lovering Holman, (1938), pp 213
  11. Vital Records of Ipswich Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Volume II – Marriages and Deaths. Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1910.
  12. From Vital Records of Nantucket Massachusetts to the Year 1850. Vol IV – Marriages (H-Z). Boston: NEHGS, 1927. p. 340. Text = “Margery [dup. Rowell], wid. Thomas, formerly wid. Christopher Osgood, d. Peter Fowler, and Thomas Coleman of Newbury, ____,* P.R.38.”
  13. From Vital Records of Nantucket Massachusetts to the Year 1850. Vol IV – Marriages (H-Z). Boston: NEHGS, 1927. p 345. Text = Margery, wid. Thomas of Newbury, formerly w. Thomas Rowley, "was a widow Osgood," and Rev. Thomas Asburn, —, 1682,* P.R.38.
  14. “Letter From Thomas Osburne to George Little, 1682.” NEHGR 16:25
  15. Early Vital Records of Massachusetts, From 1600 to 1850, Ipswich Marriages from page 324
  16. 16.0 16.1 Tillotson, Tilliison, and Tillitson: Descendants of John Tillotson, Immigrant to the American colonies from West Riding, Yorkshire, England ETC, TAG 75:167
  17. Great Migration 1634-1635, C-F, Thomas Coleman, pp 157
  18. Wiltshire Council - population schedule
  19. The History of Marlborough
  20. Vital Records of Nantucket Massachusetts to the Year 1850. Vol V – Deaths. Boston: NEHGS, 1927. (p215)
  21. Vital Records of Nantucket Massachusetts to the Year 1850. Vol IV – Marriages (H-Z). Boston: NEHGS, 1927. (p. 340)

See Also

  • Great Migration 1634-1635, C-F. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume II, C-F, by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn, Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001. citing "Philip Fowler"
  • Great Migration 1634-1635, C-F. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume II, C-F, by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn, Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001. Thomas Coleman, pp 157
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.) The Coleman Family, NEHGR Vol 11 (1857), page 347
  • Descendants of George Abbott Title: Descendants of George Abbott, of Rowley, Mass. : of his joint descendants with George Abbott, sr., of Andover, Mass., of the descendants of Daniel Abbott, of Providence, R.I., of some of the descendants of Capt. Thomas Abbott, of Andover, Mass., of George Abbott, of Norwalk Ct., of Robert Abbott, of Branford Ct., with brief notes of many others of the name, original settlers in the United States Author: Lemuel Abijah Abbott ,Boston: Abbott, 1906.

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On 22 Aug 2015 at 23:41 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Chris, Charlene, Brad, and David, please see the new G2G question on the identity of Thomas Coleman and his wives, Help sort out two Thomas Coleman and five wives.

Your collaboration on this is needed. Margery is on a profile for Thomas Coleman that combines the Thomas Colemans - the one who died in Hadley, and the one who died in Nantucket (which was her husband). It is a merge mess, and your help is needed to separate the two Thomas profiles and get her on the right one. Please help.

On 24 Jul 2015 at 03:46 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Margaret Fowler is in my husband's direct line, and the number of managers was getting crowded, so I removed a few people (still on the Trusted List) who are not on the Changes tab as contributors and have not been active at WikiTree.

This is a lovely profile and thanks to all who have made it so!

On 30 Dec 2014 at 22:30 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

Margery Fowler had 4 husbands, the last being Thomas Osborne

On 30 Dec 2014 at 02:53 GMT Brad Lovejoy (11) wrote:

Fowler-194 and Fowler-3769 do not represent the same person because: Osgood and Osborne

On 16 Jun 2014 at 23:01 GMT Anne B wrote:

Okaaay. Not worth arguing over.

On 16 Jun 2014 at 22:43 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

It's a redundancy of the profile heading.

On 16 Jun 2014 at 22:36 GMT Anne B wrote:

Or more properly why did you remove it? I know where it went.

On 16 Jun 2014 at 22:34 GMT Anne B wrote:

Chris I was just getting ready to fix the title, I should have add other last names. Where did it go?

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