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Re: Rashfield, Joseph 1700 Talbot Co, MD
Posted by: John A. Ozment Date: July 12, 2000 at 06:11:02
In Reply to: Rashfield, Joseph 1700 Talbot Co, MD by Tom Wright of 261

John A. Ozment
2096 Sarasota Lane, Hayward, CA 94545-4216;
(510) 783-9370

Dear Tom Wright:

Joseph Rashfield in the printed records of the Old Bailey, available on microfilm from LDS, was part of a clothing fencing racket, and was deported to MD.

I, also, remember seeing a reference in P.W. Coldham to Jacob Rashfield being deported to VA, and another reference to him, elsewhere, having later entered Maryland.

Joseph Rashfield (1706-1751+), was born in London. He and his brother, Jacob, were sons of Fairfax Rashfield and Alice. Check The family seems to have come to London from Bedfordshire. Additionally, there was a Joseph Rashfield (b. 1707) from Bedfordshire, a son of George and Elizabeth.

Joseph Rashfield was mentioned in Bruff probate records of 1730 in Talbot Co., MD, where he was proscribed to complete the term of his service, 1727-1734, to the family (including Rachel Bruff), which operated an inn or tavern (“There’s a Tavern in the Town”), located on the northern bank of the St. Michael’s or Miles River ferry (now a bridge) landing.

Joseph Rashfield was mentioned in the 9/1749 will of Richard Bennett of Talbot Co., MD, along with Thomas and John Osment, sons of the deceased John Osment. Joseph was mentioned again in 1751 in conjunction with another man’s estate. He was not mentioned on the 1778 census. I have found neither testate nor intestate probate for him. I have not found any male progeny. A friend who went to London checked the directory there, but she found no Rashfields, she stated.

Additionally, on the Web, I found the following two items:
Kent’s Directory, 1794
London, Westminster & Borough of Southwark
Rashfield C. & Son, Brush-makers & Turners, 60, Cannon-str.
Scotland: Rashfield Primary School, Rashfield, Dunoon, PA23 8QT 01369 840252 5-11

Additionally, I could offer the following elaboration.

Next door to the Bruffs in the 1733 Talbot Co., MD, tax list was a tailor (see 1733 will of Samuel Wise), John Osman/Osment (chr. 1684 - by 9/1749), who also had been reprieved upon condition of transportation (I’m still seeking the actual court record) from Southwark (actually of Portsmouth -- no Osmans in Southwark) to Barbados in Feb. 1701, for seven years. John Osman of St. Thomas ŕ Becket Parish, Portsmouth, son of John and Elinor (probably the daughter of Edward Thomas -- the only Elinor of three who was younger than future husband John), had a brother Richard -- whose Hampshire marriage record had him as Richard Ozment. While John Osment was not on the 1713 Barbados census, he was a witness in 1713 to a prior land transaction in Talbot Co., MD. (P.W. Coldham indicated the Barbados to Maryland route was common. ) His daughter, Elinor Gibson, widowed (by 1734, land records) mother of George and Lydia, would have been born about 1709-12. His first son, Richard Osment, would have been born in 1718 or 1719 (1733 - 15 = 1718). (There was only one taxable male, 16 and above, in the Osment household in 1733.) Other sons would include Edward Osmond (m. 1749, Hannah Hurst, in Ann Arundel Co.), Thomas Osment (m. 1749, Priscilla Dobson, Talbot Co.; d. 1758) and “old” John (1726-1822). Richard Osment’s older son, Richard Ozment (d. 1817), would have been born in 1737 or 1738. Richard Ozment (1737-1817) was a witness (21-22 years old) to the will of Hannah Edge in 1/1759. Richard Ozment’s first sons (same birth order as in 1817 will), Samuel (ca. 1756 or 57 - 1819) and Richard Junior (ca. 1758 or 59 - 1830+), were 18 or older when enumerated in the 2/1778 Caroline Co., MD, census. Richard Ozment would have married Rachel in 1755 or 1756. (Rachel appeared in land sales in 1786, prior to moving to Guilford Co., NC, purchasing in 1787. Rachel’s son John, 1763-1842+, had a son Eli, b. 1786, NC, 64-1850, TN) Richard and Rachel’s youngest son, Thomas Ozment (1780-10/1849, aet 79, d. of T.B.), named a son Joseph Rashfield Ozment (per 1817 will). Joseph R. Ozment appears on the Georgia census index for either 1830 or 1840. Richard Osment (1718-1751+) and George Gibson (m. 1750 to Frances Dehorty), along with Thomas Osment, were kin on the 1751 inventory of John Osment (which included tailors implements). John was married to Cornelia (ca. 1690, VA - by 1740, MD), a daughter of Robert Morton (1653-1721). Robert had served an apprenticeship 1683-87 in VA (Coldham), and later bought land in MD in 1700. John Osment remarried to Mary Floyd in 1740. Charles Floyd lived next to Osment and Bruff in 1733. Charles Floyd registered cattle marks in Kent Co., MD, in 1701. Most likely, Mary Floyd was the widow of Charles. “Old John” had a son named John Osman (1756-1824), who removed to Montgomery Co., NY, after his service in the Revolution; and, he, in turn, had a son named John. The John Ozment of the 1790 MD census was John Osman (b. 1739; 54-1793, deponent for Land Commissioners). It appears that Richard Osment (1718-1751+) had at least two sons, Richard Ozment (1737-1817) and John Ozment (1739-1793+). Richard Ozment (1737-1817) was referred to as Richard Osmond, Jr., in three 1757 inventory debt lists, including that of William Alexander (along with his brother Thomas Osmond). In 1776 Talbot Co. land records there was a John Osman who was married to a Mary. The Ozment men were in the Maryland Militia (F.E. Wright's book) in the Revolution, including Ensign Richard Ozment. Thomas, who died in 1758, had served in the 1748 militia, prior to wedding Quakeress Dobson.

I hope this helps. Please, let me know what else you may find.

How are you tied in to the Ozment tree?
Richard and Rachel Ozment --
Samuel (1757-1819);
Richard, Jr. (1759-1830+);
John (1763-1842+);
James (1767-1850+);
Thomas (1770-1849)?


John Ozment

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