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Capt. Richard Osborn ~ Cousins sharing
Posted by: Ardith Newbold (ID *****6987) Date: February 24, 2003 at 22:07:33
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I finally connected my 1924 Mary Elizabeth Osborn line back to this Richard Osborn! YEA!

A dear friend shared this information with me. I thought some of you might be interested. I wonder if anyone has made connections to Osborn's in England or early settlers in New England.

<< I can, however, fill in some blanks from information which I have been able to gather. One tidbit, although somewhat pejorative, relates to his coming to America.

Savage states that Richard was one of the first settlers of Hingham , MA. This is confirmed by a historic document listing the " first proprietors in Hingham who drew their House-lots from the cove on the northside of the road to Fort hill." (New England historical Genealogy Register vol.2 pg 250).

An article in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record states that he came to America aboard the ship Hopewell in 1634. But, the Hopewell's voyage to the Americas in 1634 had as its destination, not the Massachusetts colony, but Barbados and he was aboard not as a settler but a convict. A note to an article in vol. 83, pg. 61 of the NEHGR states that " ...Capt. Richard Osborn ...sailed from London Feb. 1634, aged 22, aboard the ship Hopewell bound for Barbados (Hotten's Original Lists, p. 39)....".

The source which, to me, confirms that he was a convict is a list from 1634, reproduced in NEHGR vol. 14 pgs. 347and 348, showing that on 17 Feb 1634, 150 men, mostly in their twenties but ranging in age from 13 to 46, were ordered "transported to the Barbadoes" on the Hopewell. There were no women or children aboard, only 150 men.

How he came to be a convict is not know. It could have been as simple as getting caught stealing a loaf of bread. In any event, we do know that somehow Richard gained his freedom and managed to make the voyage from Barbados to Massachusetts. Further, we know that he rose to the status of a "proprietor" in Hingham and was entitled to a home-lot in town. The rest is fairly well documented.

It was no happy event to find that one of my ancestors was a convict. But the entire story has the smell of adventure and also has a "rags to riches" theme. Richard Osborn became a respected officer in the militia, fought in the Pequot Wars, was rewarded with extensive land holdings in Westchester and by his death in 1684 was a highly respected member of his community.>>

My Osborn line follows:
His children:
1. Hannah Osborn, m. John Baldwin of Milford
2. Priscilla Osborn
3. Elizabeth Osborn
4. **David Osborn, m. Abigail Pinckney
5. Hannah Osborn
6. Sarah Osborn
7. Mary Osborn
8. Capt. John Osborn m. Sarah Bennett (Fairfield Trailband)

David and Abigail's children:
1. Abigail Osborn, b. 1671
2. Sarah Osborn
3. **Justice Richard Osborn, b. East Chester, NY
m. Sarah Andrews; removed to Ridgefield 1713.

Richard and Sarah's children
1. **David Osborn, b. 1700, m. Rachel Keeler
2. Abigail Osborn
3. John Osborn
4. Joseph Osborn
5. Samuel Osborn
6. Jonathan Osborn
7. Sarah Osborn
8. Hezekiah Osborn
9. Jeremiah Osborn
10. Daniel Osborn

David and Rachel settled at Starr's Plain, Danbury, CT,
Their children:
1. Richard Osborn
2. David Osborn
3. Elizabeth Osborn
4. Moses Osborn
5. Lot Osborn
6. Aaron Osborn
7 **James Osborn, b. 1733 Ridgefield, m. Elizabeth Mead
8. Sarah Osborn
9. Rachel Osborn

James and Elizabeth's children
1. Israel Osborn
2. Elizabeth Osborn
3. Infant Osborn
4. Hannah Osborn
5. David Osborn
6.**Lewis Osborn, b. 1768, m. Mary Northrop
7. Richard Osborn
8. Sarah Osborn
9. Rachel Osborn

Lewis and Mary's children:
1. **Orrin Osborn, b. 1799, m. Sarah (Crocker) Pitman
2. Almon Osborn
3. Lewis Osborn
4. Elias Osborn
5. Russell Osborn
6. Lucy Osborn
7. Hannah Osborn
8. Levi Osborn
9. Sarah Osborn
10. Edson Osborn
11. Eli Osborn
12 Henry Osborn

Orrin and Sarah's children:
1. **Mary Elizabeth Osborn, b. 1824, Poughkeepsie, Dutches, NY
2. Henry Peck Osborn

Mary Elizabeth Osborn m. John Gregory and settled in Southport, CT. They are my great, great grandparents!

Thank you to all the folks who have helped me sort this out. I could not have done it without you!


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