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Christopher Osgood (1606 - aft. 1650)

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Christopher Osgood
Born in Newton Tony, Wiltshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in St Mary's, Marlboro, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married in St. Mary's, Marlborough, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Christopher Osgood was born in the tiny village of Newton Tony, Wiltshire, England. He was baptized at St. Andrew's on 17 April 1606, the son of Thomas and Margaret Skeat Osgood. [1][2]

He married twice. His first wife was Mary Everatt of Marlborough, Wiltshire, England.[3]She died shortly after giving birth to their only child, Mary, who was baptized at St. Mary's Marlborough on 17 March 1632/3. Three months later Christopher married Margery Fowler.[4][5]

Christopher Osgood, Immigrant

Although Christopher Osgood married at the parish church of St. Mary's, Marlborough, Wiltshire, in 1632, he was not from that parish. Records uncovered by Jane Fletcher Fiske, FASG and published in 2009 show that he was baptized at Newton Tony, Wiltshire, England, on 17 April 1606, son of Thomas and Margaret (Skeat) Osgood.[4]

New Evidence on Ancestors of Christopher Osgood II

In 1866 Osgood Field published notes on the Osgood family in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. In 1894 Ira Osgood and Eben Putnam expanded Field's work in a Genealogy of the Descendants of John Christopher and William Osgood. In 1940 John Insley Coddington summarized what was known at that time, in TAG. No new research has appeared until the TAG article by Jane Fletcher Fiske, FASG, published 2009. [4] This profile of Christopher Osgood, and his ancestors, now reflect the new discoveries. Dellinger-332
Please see The American Genealogist Vol. 83, pages 51-58 (2008-2009), page 51 - 58, New Light on the English Background of the Osgoods of Essex county, Massachusetts, by Jane Fletcher Fiske, FASG, pages 51 through 58, for the discovery of evidence regarding the ancestors of Christopher Osgood II, immigrant to Ipswich Massachusetts in 1634. (The eight pages cannot be reproduced on WikiTree because of copyright issues.)
Fiske goes on to show that the father of Christopher Osgood II, Thomas Osgood, was born about 1570, probably at Newton Tony, Wiltshire, and was buried there on 16 June 1634.[4] He married there on 13 July 1595, Margaret Sckett [Skeat], who was buried 1 May 1 May 1616.[4]


(1) Mary Everatt on 21 April 1632 St. Mary, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. She was buried there on 22 April 1633.[6]

(2) Margery Fowler, d/o Phillip Fowler, on 28 July 1633, at St. Mary, Marlborough, Wiltshire[6]. She married (2) Thomas Rowell soon after 24 Feb 1650/1 the date of their pre-nup agreement. She married (3) Thomas Coleman, and (4) by 1682 Thomas Osborne.


Christopher Osgood, having taken the Oaths of Supremacy & Allegiance came to the New World aboard the ship Mary & John of London, on a list date 24 March 1633/4 sailing from Southampton for New England, with Robert Sayres as master.[7]

Christopher Osgood of Marlborough, England emigrated to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1633 with his second wife, Margaret Fowler. He settled on four acres of land, the center of which lies today at the intersection of Central, Hammett, and Manning Streets. Christopher had one child by his first wife, Mary Everatt. The child was named Mary and was born in England in 1633. Through his second wife he had five children born in America; Abigail, born 1636; Elizabeth, born 1638; Deborah, born 1640; Christopher, born 1643; and Thomas, born 1651. When Christopher died in 1650, the sons were taken in by the Family of John Osgood in Andover. This is another indication that these Osgoods were related. Christopher Osgood, the son, became a contributing member to the Town of Andover. He was a Captain in the Militia and was a Representative. His grandson, Ezekiel, settled the Town of Blue Hill, Maine, where he was deeded one-half of the Town. Many Osgoods still reside on the Blue Hill Peninsula.

The other son, Thomas, is not known after 1694. It is presumed that he migrated to South Carolina with his Family. There was a group that left from Dorchester, Massachusetts, about this time.

Christopher Osgood, with his wife Margaret Fowler, and her parents, Phillip and Mary Fowler, sailed together on the Mary & John, were among the earliest settlers of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and obtained adjoining land grants. [8]

On 24 March 1633/4 Christopher and Margery, Mary Osgood, Margery's parents, and family, set sail aboard the Mary and John bound for New England.[9]

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Christopher was a brick-maker by trade. He was made a freeman on 6 May 1635, and he must have been a solid member of his church, a requirement for Freemanship.[9] He received a houselot and multiple plots of land over the course of his life. He served on the petit jury and the grand jury. Just as he was entering the prime of his life, he died. Christopher wrote his will on 19 April 1650 and it was proved in October of that same year.[9] All of his children were under age, his son Christopher Jr. was to inherit the bulk of his estate. His daughter Mary was to get 10 pounds on the day of her marriage, the younger daughters only five pounds each.

Christopher, a brick-maker, signed the freeman’s oath 6 May 1635. A resident of Ipswich, Massachusetts, he served on juries in 1642, 1645, 1648 and 1650. He received town grants of land in Ipswich, and also sold land.

Death & Will

Christopher Osgood died at Ipswich, Massachusetts, between 19 April 1650 - the date of his will, and 10 October 1650 - the date his will was proved. In it he left “my eldest daughter Mary Osgood ten pounds … at her day of marriage” ; to “my other three daughters, Abigail, Elizabeth and Deborah five pounds to each of them … at or upon their respective days of marriage” to “my son Christopher Osgood … my house & lands … at the age of two and twenty years”; “my beloved wife Margery Osgood shall be the sole executrix of this my will & to enjoy the profit & benefit of my estate during the minority of my children”. He requested Mr. John Norton “& my father Phillip Fowler to be overseers.” Apparently the estate of Christopher did not stretch to meet all the bequests he made, for Margery petitioned the court 15 Oct 1650, to help order and manage the estate, as closely to Christopher’s will as possible, and that herself and children may be most comfortably provided for. She refers to herself as "Margery Osgood, widow, of Ipswich", showing that Ipswich was the home of Christopher when he died. The court altered the legacies, oldest daughter to receive 8 pounds, instead of ten; second daughter to receive 4 pounds instead of five; and that the son Christopher pay his two youngest sisters 4 pounds each on their marriage.

Children of Christopher Osgood

By 1st wife Mary Everatt:

By second wife Margery Fowler:

  • Abigail Osgood, b say 1636; m. at Ipswich 9 Sep. 1657 Shoreborne Wilson
  • Christopher Osgood, b say 1638; m. (1) Salem 6 Dec 1663 Hannah Belknap; (2) Andover 27 May 1680 Hannah Barker; (3) Topsfield 21 Dec 1687 Sarah Reddington; (4) by 1692 Sarah _____
  • Elizabeth Osgood, b. say 1640; in father’s will of 19 April 1640, but not in mother’s will of 27 May 1673.
  • Deborah Osgood, b. say 1643; m. Andover 28 Aug 1663 John Russ.
  • Thomas Osgood, b. 1650 or 1651 (probably posthumous, as not mentioned in father’s will); m. Andover 22 May 1674, Susanna Lord.


  1. FreeReg. "basic search." Database. FreeReg. ( : accessed 30 January 2016); entry for marriage of Thomas and Margaret Sikett, 13 July 1595, St. Andrews, Newton, Tony
  2. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 January 2016), Christofer Osgood, 17 Apr 1606; citing NEWTON TONEY,WILTSHIRE,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,279,336.
  3. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 January 2016), Christopher Osgood and Mary Everatt, 1632; citing Saint Mary, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, reference 2:12RLDN7; FHL microfilm 950,274.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Jane Fletcher Fiske, "New Light On The English Background Of The Osgoods of Essex County, Massachusetts," The American Genealogist, 83 (2008-2009) 51-58, digital image, American Ancestors ( : accessed 30 January 2016).
  5. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 January 2016), Christopher Osgood and Margery Towller, 1633; citing Saint Mary, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, reference 2:12RLF43; FHL microfilm 950,274.[ Margery's surname was Fowler]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 “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
  7. Drake, Samuel G. Result of Some Researches Among the British Archives for Information Relative to the Founders of New England: Made in the Years 1858, 1859, and 1860. p 70. Boston: The New Eng. Hist. and Gen. Register, 1860
  8. A genealogy of the descendants of John, Christopher and William Osgood, page 255 - 256
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration 1634-1635. Vol V, M-P, 318, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007), digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 30 January 2016), 321.
  • Anderson, Robert Charles, Great Migration 1634-1635, M-P. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-35, Vol. 5 M-P p 318-322, entry for Christopher Osgood

See Also:

  • 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)
  • Abbott, Lemuel Abijah,. 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. Boston: Abbott, 1906.

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On 19 Apr 2016 at 02:00 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Due to copyright considerations, I have removed the posted images of the articles by Joan Fletcher Fiske, FASG, from WikiTree.

Please see your local library or for reference to the pages on Christopher Osgood.

On 4 Apr 2016 at 03:36 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Osgood-44 is a duplicate of Osgood-38, yes.

Before the merge, we need a Leader to move the PPP designation from Osgood-44 to Osgood-38 so the final ID# is the lowest #.

Any Leader -- help please:)

On 4 Apr 2016 at 03:34 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

I approved the merge with Osgood-38 but we need a Leader to move the PPP designation from Osgood-44 to Osgood-38 before the merge so the lower ID# can be the final ID.

Any Leader? Help please:)

On 26 Mar 2016 at 18:18 GMT Brad Lovejoy (11) wrote:

Osgood-44 and Osgood-38 appear to represent the same person because: Appear to be same person

On 5 Aug 2015 at 23:57 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Profile Managers and interested members: (UPDATED)

See all eight pages of Christopher Osgood's Ancestors by Joan Fletcher Fiske, FASG] in this Free Page at or your local library. Images previously posted to WikiTree have been removed due to copyright considerations.

Fletcher shows with primary sources that Thomas Osgood is Christopher the immigrant's father, and that Christopher's purported father, Christopher Osgood-45 is actually his grandfather.

Profiles have been added for Thomas Osgood and for his wife, but not connected - waiting for collaboration.

Please collaborate and help establish the correct ancestors for Christopher Osgood. Please the article by Fiske. Thank you.

On 2 Aug 2015 at 22:31 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Profile Managers and interested members:

New information still turns up as dedicated genealogists sift the parish records, etc. of England.

Jane Fletcher Fiske, FASG, stumbled upon the baptism record for Christopher Osgood II and recognized the name of a well known immigrant. She published her subsequent findings in TAG (see source this profile).

Multnomah county library in Portland, OR sent me a copy of her eight page article, (see page 53 uploaded this profile).

Found Part II, published separately, in TAG vol 83, No. 2, (pub July 2009) pages 141 - 155, will be requested from MCL 8/3/15 first thing.

If you have access to a large city library, you may be able to read the whole article, or I will forward the attachments I was sent upon request.

On 25 Jul 2015 at 12:25 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

Need source for added information???

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