Thomas Osborne

Thomas Osborne (abt. 1595 - aft. 1677)

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Thomas Osborne aka Osborn, Osbourne, Osbourn
Born about in Parish of Ashford, county Kent, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Ashford, Kent, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk County, New Yorkmap
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Thomas Osborne of New Haven, Connecticut and East Hampton, Long Island

Spelling of the Name

Although the name is spelled variously, both Jacobus and Anderson use the "Osborne" spelling, and the "Osborne" spelling is used in the Ashford Parish records.[1][2]


There were two Thomas Osbornes, about the same age, who were cousins, in the Parish of Ashford.[1] We have no proof which was the immigrant to Connecticut, but Donald Lines Jacobus studied the family in England, using parish records and wills.[1] He concluded that the immigrant was probably the son of Jeremy Osborne, because the second son of the immigrant was named Jeremy (for his father) and the third was named Richard (for his brother) and John (perhaps for his uncle).[1] It is less likely that he was the son of John Osborne, as his fourth son was named John.

Thomas Osborne was probably born in "say" 1595 at Ashford, Kent, England.[1] His cousin was baptized April 4, 1595. This Thomas Osborne was probably the son of Jeremy Osborne and his first wife, Joan Wybourne.[1]


Thomas probably married November 18, 1621 at Ashley, Kent, England to Mary Goatley, parentage unknown.[1] Their marriage record reads, "1621/2 Jan. 18 Thomas Osborne and Mary Goatly both of this parish."[1] However, the "Jan" is deleted. The entry before this is dated Nov. 5, and the following is dated Jan. 15.[1] Donald Jacobus believes that November 18, 1621 was intended.[1] However, the January 18, 1622 date is commonly used.

The birth record for their son, Joseph reads, "son of Thomas Osborne and Mary his wife."[1] That was the last record of the family in England.[1]


  1. Thomas Osborne bpt 1622 Nov 24
  2. Jeremiah/Jeremy Osborne bpt 1624/5 Mar 20; mar Mary Unknown
  3. Richard Osborne bpt 1627 Jul. 15, d 1628/9 Jan 20
  4. John Osborne bpt 1631 Jul. 31
  5. Stephen Osborne bpt 1633/4 Feb 24; mar Sarah Stanborough
  6. Joseph Osborne bpt 1636 Dec. 4 at Kent
  7. Rebecca Osborne bpt 23 Oct 1642 at New Haven
  8. Increase Osborne bpt 5 Feb 1642/3 at New Haven
  9. Benjamin Osborne bpt 3 Jan 1646/7 at East Hampton

Property and Positions

Thomas was a tanner by trade.[1] After the birth of son, Joseph, in Kent in 1636, the family disappears from the records in England.[1] They immigrated and first settled at New Haven, Connecticut.

Thomas Osborne, in the 1640 List of Estates for the Colony of New Haven, was granted one of the proprietary shares at Mr. Fowler's Quarter, 300 acres for a family of six.[2]

He settled at East Hampton by 1651. In 1653, Thomas Osborne, Sr. served as the Constable for East Hampton, New York (p 224).[3]

Death and Legacy

Thomas died after 2 November 1677 at East Hampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.[1] On 2 November 1677, Thomas gave his house and homelot to his son, Benjamin, and this is the last record of him. Jacobus believes he did not live much longer.[1]


  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 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Jacobus, Donald Lines, "Ancestry of Thomas Osborne of New Haven, Conn. and East Hampton, Long Island." The American Genealogist, NEHGS (Vol. 12 1935-36 Pages 248-255).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Anderson, Robert Charles, (April-June 2004) "New Haven Proprietors (cont.)." Great Migration Newsletter, V.1-20. NEHGS (Vol 13, No 2, Page 14).
  3. Hedges, Henry Parsons, (1897) A History of the Town of East Hampton, NY, Including an Address Given at the Celebration of the Bicentennial, 1849. Sag-Harbor: J.H. Hunt, (Pages 7, 224).

See also:

  • The American Genealogist. Vols. 11-12 Page 255
  • Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Connecticut State Library
  • Cook, Richard W., "The Thomas Osborn Family," The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Genealogical Society of New Jersey, Vol. 47, No 1, Whole No 175, Jan 1972
  • Cory, Charles Henry, "Lineal ancestors of Captain James Cory and his descendants: genealogical, historical and biographical." Online publication - Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. NOTE "Compiled from various genealogies and histories for private distribution among interested parties and libraries with no pecuniary solicitions [sic] whatever." 1989 microform edition is of v.1 only.
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines, Families of Ancient New Haven, American Ancestors - New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vol. VI Page 1323.
  • McCoy, Geraldine Thorpe, Our Osborn heritage: Being the descendants of Thomas Osborn (1594-1688) ... G.T. McCoy (2000) (Pages 11, 14, 20).
  • Osborn, Donald Lee, "Y-DNA - Matches - Family Group 4 Probable Descendants of Thomas Osborne and Mary Goatley of Ashford, County Kent, England,"
  • Osborne Origins accessed January 7, 2015
  • Transcripts of the Parish Registers of Ashford, Kent, in the Diocesan Registry at Canterbury
  • Watson, Estelle Clark, Some Smiths, Osborns, and Allied Families of New England and Ohio. Guide Press, Inc. Stokie, 1964.

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On 21 Dec 2013 Tom Bredehoft wrote:

The above biography is a direct quote from a variety of internet sources, it's authour should be recognized.

On 21 Mar 2013 Harry Maltby wrote:

Combination of Ancestry of Thomas Osborne of New Haven, Conn by Jacobus, Donald Lines; The Thomas Osborn Family

by Cook, Richard W. and East Hapton History Including Genealogies of Eary Families by Rattray, Jeannett Edwards. “After 1636 Thomas Osborn's family disappears from the Ashford records. Brother Richard Osborn in his 1646 will names his own children and those of his other brother Joseph, but makes no mention of Thomas or his children, probably because they had removed to America. Thomas and Richard Osborn arrived in Boston on 26 Jun 1637. They and the entire New Haven Colony stayed in Boston until the spring of 1638 when they continued on to the area where they founded the town of New Haven, Connecticut. The entire trip is described in the book "The colony of New Haven" by Edward E. Atwater. The book describes life in England at the time, why they wanted to come to American, the trip aboard ship, and the way the land in New Haven was divided up. The History of New Haven County, edited by J. L. Rockey, (1892) tells that the party of fifty men and another 200 women and children were part of the company of the Reverend John Davenport arriving on the Hector and her consort. The company was composed of men of wealth, education and influence. Almost immediately upon arrival there was civil and religious conflict with the current residents of Massachusetts. In the spring of 1638 the company moved on to settle the colony of New Haven. The History of New Haven Colony, by Edward R. Lambert (1838) indicates that Planter Thomas Osborn was responsible for six persons and had an estate valued at 300 pounds. Richard Osborn was responsible for three persons and had an estate valued at 10 pounds. About 1639 he moved to New Haven, Connecticut. He was an early but not original signer of the Covenant at New Haven. He was the Colony tanner in 1643. He moved to East Hampton, New York by 1651. In 1660 he deeded his house and tanyard in New Haven to his son Jeremiah Osborn, tanner, of New Haven. In 1677 Thomas gave his house and home lot in East Hampton to his son Benjamin. He probably lived with this son until his death. Of his children, the first six were baptised at Christ Church in Ashford Parish, Co. Kent, England, the last three in New Haven, Connecticut. He died after 1677, when his will is dated, and before 1686, when his son Thomas is called Senior. It is possible that Thomas died during a visit to New Haven rather than at his home in East Hampton.” East Hampton History by Jeanette Edwards Rattray (East Hampton, L. I.) “The first Osborn in East Hampton was Thomas of Ashford in Kent who owned land in Hingham Mass before 1635, moved to Windsor, Conn by 1637, and was one of the early settlers of New Haven, Conn in 1639. Thomas came to East Hampton in 1650 to 1651. Early American Osborns were tanners; Thomas 1, trained in that trade by his father in England, was given liberty to cut trees on the common in New Haven for his tanning…Arthur Herbert Osborn of Princeton, NJ, who has with Dr. Donald Lines Jacobus, traced his ancestry to Ashford, Kent, England as far back as 1540, says that Thomas Osborn 1, with his brother Richard, was one of the original settlers of the Colony of New Haven in 1638 coming there from Boston under the leadership of the Rev. John Davenport with a group of thirty or forty. He says that Thomas 1 was the son of John Osborn who in turn was the son of another Thomas Osborn, both of the latter born and buried in Ashford, Kent; and that he came to this country about 1634, removing to E.H. about 1648”

On 21 Mar 2013 Harry Maltby wrote:


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On 17 Dec 2018 at 19:49 GMT Heather Husted wrote:

There's a 2015 article in TAG on his wife's ancestry.

Mahler, Leslie. (2015, Jan/Apr). "The English Ancestry of Mary Goatley, Wife of Thomas Osborne of New Haven, Connecticut." The American Genealogist, volume 87, number 3, pages 179-188

On 20 May 2018 at 20:48 GMT James Gardiner wrote:

Osborne-5105 and Osborne-335 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate.

On 15 Mar 2015 at 22:53 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

There is a merge pending on Jeremiah Osborn. I have hesitated to put it through because I'm not sure what the proper spelling for his last name should be -- Osborn vs. Osborne.

Could one of the Profile Managers here take a look and expedite the merge?


On 11 Jul 2014 at 18:59 GMT Sheila (Reichelt) Mahler wrote:

Thomas Osborne was married to Mary Goatley on 18 Jan 1621/22 in Ashford, Kent, England. This is from the Transcripts of the Parish Register of Ashford,, Kent, in the Diocesan.

New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Author: Clarence Almon Torrey - Osborn, Thomas and Mary Goatly 18 Jan 1621.

On 21 Apr 2014 at 21:10 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Osborne-2379 and Osborne-335 appear to represent the same person because: Dates, parents, spouse match.

On 27 Mar 2014 at 11:42 GMT John Akard III wrote:

I found a web site that contains 20 generations of Osborn/Osborne/Osbourne families. Thomas Osborne-335 and Mary Goatley-2 are at URL:

Click on the underlined text to go there. At the bottom of the page is a set of controls like you see on a VHS or DVD player. Single right goes one page forward, double right to end of document. Single left goes back one page. Thomas & Mary are in the 6th generation. From information listed here, I took management of the two Increase Osbornes and merged them. I deleted Elizabeth Wilmeth as Thomas' first wife. He would have been 3 if he had married her before her death. Will the other managers please go to this site and see that Stephen was born in 1633/34 and Josiah is not listed.

On 12 Feb 2014 at 16:11 GMT Betty Tindle wrote:

Good morning! This profile has been identified by an Arborist as a possibld duplicate with Osborne-335. Please review the two profiles by clicking on the link on the bottom left corner of this profile. If they are the same please merge them, if more information is needed, please create a match. Have a great day!

On 12 Feb 2014 at 16:11 GMT Betty Tindle wrote:

Good morning! This profile has been identified by an Arborist as a possibld duplicate with Osborne-1064. Please review the two profiles by clicking on the link on the bottom left corner of this profile. If they are the same please merge them, if more information is needed, please create a match. Have a great day!

On 2 Feb 2014 at 14:29 GMT John Akard III wrote:

I found an interesting site at

This shows baptisms, marriages, burials and wills in Ashford, Kent Co., England from the 16th century. There might be something their that we need.

On 2 Feb 2014 at 14:25 GMT John Akard III wrote: shows a Josiah born 1729 son of Enoch and Jane (Hash) Osborne shows Josiah Osborne 1699-1754 Son of Ephraim OSBORNE and Elizabeth Osborne.

Osborne-1322 shows Josiah Osborne 1724 Son of Jonathan Osbourne and Gretta (Hollman) Osborne

Osborne-2255 shows Josiah Osborne before 1775-1845 and son of George Osborne.

I searched many sites. I could not fine a reference to Josiah Osborne as son of Thomas and Mary that was born within the range of their marriage. Does anyone have a good citation for Josiah that holds up?

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