OSGOOD FAMILY HISTORY  


OSGOOD COAT OF ARMS

 
 
 
 This is the Osgood Coat of Arms from England although I have seen different versions of it. The story goes that Benjamin Osgood, Esq., one of the Captains of the Blue Regiment of trained bands in the city of London bore this coat of arms. It was said that these arms were granted to Benjamin, by King James Stuart, First, of England and Scotland, as a coat of augmentation and concession given in the case of military merit here.

 
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  THE OSGOOD SONG

On June 6, 1888 about eighty Osgoods gathered on Osgood Hill in North Andover. Mrs. A. H. Eddy, a granddaughter of Samuel Osgood, the first Postmaster General, offered the follwing hym, which all joined in singing to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne."   O dear old hills of Andover! Beloved from childhood's day, Where nestle still the lovely homes Of dear ones passed away. Your children gather from afar To clasp each other's hands, Warm with the same ancestral blood They brought from other lands. What memories gather round this spot, All the great and good, Who walked these woodland paths of yore, And for the right have stood! Their spirits haunt yore shadowed nooks, They meet with us to-day, And welcome give and blessing leave To cheer us on our way.   



  ORIGINS OF THE SURNAME "OSGOOD"   The Derivation of the Name of Osgood

    The name Osgood is of Saxon or Norse origin and in derivation. The syllable "Os" meaning, in Anglo-Saxon, "God". The other syllable (good) meaning simply "good". The name is found in several forms (most before the Norman Conquests), such as Osgod, Osgot, Osgotus, Osegod, Ossgood and Osgood.  

Early References of the Name "Osgood"

    It is said that "Hardicanute died as he stood at his drink in the house of Osgod Clapa at Lambeth," at a marriage feast there in 1042.

    "Two Saxon monks, Osgod and Alrik, deputed by the abbot of Waltham, demanded and obtaineed permission to transport the remains of the benefactor (Harold) to their church" after the battle of Hastings in which William the Conqueror obtained his decisive victory in 1066.

    A number of Osgoods are mentioned in the Domesday Book as holding lands in a number of counties, and in Wiltshire, Osgot was a "tenant in capite," that is, he held his lands direct from the King ans probably a person of consequence.

    From this point on, the family mostly in found in Hampshire and Wiltshire. In 1295 Robertus Osegod was returned a burgess from Chippenham in Wilts.

    Note: The Osgoods for a century or two before the emigration of John Osgood belonged to the yeomanry (i.e., farmers), a class which has been called ‘the backbone of England', but it is one which did not make much noise in the world and history and deeds of its individual members are not often recorded in the annals of the time.  

Osgood Migration to America  

    There are several different variations of the story on how the Osgoods came to America. Previously, the accepted view was that there were three Osgood brothers, William, Christopher and John, who came to America, settling in different regions and each created a related yet distinct Osgood branch to the Osgood family history. Under this view, all Osgoods in America are rather closely related. This view was traced back to Christopher Osgood (born about 1543 in England) who had a son also named Christopher Osgood (born 1569 in Wherwell England, died Oct. 30, 1612 in St. Thomas, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England) who married Elizabeth Brockwell (born 1573 in Wiltshire, died June 18, 1612 in Wherwell) on Oct. 30, 1599. Christopher and Elizabeth had the three brothers William, Christopher (born May 25, 1607) and John (born July 23, 1595) and also a daughter, Mary.

    The more accepted view now is that William, Christopher and John all did travel to America but that their relation was probably that of cousins and NOT siblings. I believe that this has become the more accepted view because there really in no mention of these individuals being siblings in ancient english records, because each of the individuals migrated at seperate times with seperate families and because each of their settlement locations and settlement histories in America is quite distinct.  

John Osgood  

    John was born in England and may have came over to the U.S. before Sarah Booth came on April 11, 1638 sailing on the "Confidence" with their four children from Horrell, England. John was listed as a yoeman in Newbury in 1638. One of the original settlers of Hampton, NH. He resided in Newbury in 1648, moved to Andover, was a deputy there in 1651, a Sergeant in the militia in 1648.  He died Oct. 24, 1651 in his 54th year. He signed his will on April 2, 1650, probated Nov. 25, 1651.  Heirs were his wife Sarah (who died April 8, 1667) and children Stephen, Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah Clements and her daughter Bakah; servant Caleb Johnson, and 18 schillings were given to the Church of Newbury for a cushion on which the minister could lay his book. The rest of John's estate was left to his son John and wife Sarah whom he also directed to be executors of the will.

    John's son Stephen was born about 1636 in Mass., took oath of freeman at Andover, 19 May 1669, married Mary Hooker and had children Stephen, Hooker, Stephen #2, Joseph and Mary, died of small pox in 1690. Stephen's son Hooker Osgood was born Aug. 24, 1748 in Lancaster, Mass. Hooker had son named David Osgood (born Oct, 8, 1698) who lived in Sterling, Mass. David's son named David (born Aoril 21, 1734) moved to Rutland, Vermont. This David's son, again named David, moved to Eaton, Madison County, New York and this is where our branch of the Osgoods in New York starts. Finally, this David's son, known as David R. and also from New York, was the father of George Clark Osgood, my grandfather's grandfather.