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Richard Osborn(e) was born
about 1612 in London. It is not known who his parents
THE STORY AS I KNOW IT
Richard arrived in New England in 1635. His first
residence was in Hingham Mass, (just south of Boston on the
coast). from The Great Migration Begins Immigrants to New
England 1620-1633. GM2:5:pages 314-317.
Richard Osborn is part of the
names of first proprietors in Hingham. They drew their house lots
Sept. 18, 1635. He was #20 of 29, and his lot was from the cove on
the north side of the road to Fort Hill” History of Hingham,
Vol 1, page 202. It is a bit hard to tell with today's
guess is it would have been on Beal St. to South St. The
was taken from Rev. Peter Hobarts Journal, who also arrived
in 1635. and was from recorded in the new England Historical and
Genealogical Register, Vol2, page 250, July 1848 in an article
Settlers of Hingham Community” by Andrew H. Ward Esq
A Richard Osborn sailed from London in
"Hopewell", Captain Thomas Wood, on Feb 17, 1634/35 bound
for Barbardos. Ships, Captains and Passengers by John Camden
Hotten Colham pg 124-125 also has Richard on
that ship and adds his age as 22. Hence the birth year above.
What we need to know is, was that one way that young Englishmen went
from London to New England by way of Barbados. I have read accounts
of the Ark and the Dove who went London, Barbardos, and then St.
Mary's Maryland. So I can accept the idea he left London bound
for Barbardos and arrived in New England later that year.
By 1639 Richard Osborn was a resident of New Haven
Connecticut. He was present at the Battle of Mistick Fort in
1637 as Captain Osborn, and later was referred to as "the
hero of the Pequot War." For this service he received two land
grants. There seems to be a record in the Westchester
County NY Appeals Court Records dated June 12, 1677. I
need to confirm that record and see if it gives details on the land
granted to Capt Osborn. It is noted in Genealogy and
History of the state of Connecticut, Vol. 3, page 1375.
A helpful librarian at the Whitney Library in New Haven,
gave me a map “New Haven in 1641. The present day downtown streets
are already in place, along with the green in the center. Just to
the west of George St, there was a stream called West Creek. Just
south of State Street was a stream called East Creek. The two
met at the south west corner of the town. Through out the map, the
names of residents are placed where their lots or house was
On the west bank of West Creek was a block divided in to lots.
Richard Osborn had one of the 14 lots listed.
From a Rootsweb file by Brooke family re Richard Osborn, He
was one of the original free planters of New Haven. He signed
the fundamental agreement at the church on June 4, 1639., shared in
the division of land in 1643 and took the oath of fidelity before
Gov. Eaton on July 1, 1644. He held pew #4 in the church from
Records of the Colony and Plantation of New-Haven, from
1638-1649 by Charles Jeremy Hoadly. In fact Richard
Osborne was mentioned a number of times in the old records. In
1643 he is listed as one of the Planters with having received 8
acres in the first land division, and later another 8 acres.
He also head 2 acres of meadow. He paid 5 shillings 2 pence
tax. page 92
on Page 326, he purchased another 8 acres of West Meadow from
Mr. Evance. I don't have the date, but it would have
been around 1646/7. and on page 449 "Matthew
Moethrop passeth over to Richard Osborne his house,
home lott and barne, Jan 27, 1648." I'm not sure what
passeth over meant - sold or exchanged or willed?
During these years, the court was the center of the community.
All interactions seemed to go through the local court. Richard
Osborne appears many times in the court records: being in
attendance, directed to help find a cow, making a charge that the
watchman was asleep on the job – but he coulnd't prove it.
According to The Families of Old Fairfield (Conn), page 455 Richard
Osborn sold his property in New Haven in April and May of 1652
and moved to or had already moved to Fairfield by that time. Fairfield
Ct, Conn is on the Long Island Sound just west of
Richard Osborn's first wife
is sadly unknown. All his known children were of this first
wife. I believe he married about 1640, probably in New Haven, but I
can find no documentation online. Maybe on site something
could be found. Their children are included in deed in
wrote Oct. 27, 1682 and in his will dated Dec. 19, 1684.. Both
are noted in History and Genealogy The Families of Old Fairfield,
page 455. The children are listed below, the order is
not known. The deed and will are quoted further down.
There could also have been children who died before 1682.
We know that in the 1643 tax assessment there were 3 in his
family. The children we know of are
1. Hannah - not listed by name in the deed and not at
all in the will. "eldest daughter". She married John
Baldwin in 1663.
2. Perscilla, married Cornelius Seeley by
3. Sarah - she is listed in the will and in 1682 had
7 children. She married John Peat by 1662, and John
4. David listed in the will as was his son, Richard.
He married Abigail Pinkney.
5. Mary listed in the will
with 3 children. She married Thomas Bedient.
6. Elizabeth - there may have been 2 Elizabeths.
According to Families of Fairfield, daughter Elizabeth
was born in 1650 and died in 1651. But there was also
"daughter Elizabeth" in the deed.
7. John married Sarah Bennett about 1673.
The marriages and wedding dates are given in Families of
Fairfield, but I don't know their source, but there are court
records of Fairfield naming children.
On 26 May 1674 he gave land in Fairfield to his dau. Priscilla,
wife of Cornelius Seeley;
On 27 October 1682, being of Westchester, he gave his Fairfield
lands to his son John, who was to pay L1 apiece to the eldest
daughter's five children, L2 apiece to dau. Priscilla's two
sons and L1 apiece to her two daughters, L1 apiece to daughter
Sarah's seven children, L1 apiece to daughter Mary's
three children, and to dau. Elizabeth, L50. [Fairfield
Richard settled in Westchester NY by 1682, and died there about
About 1675 his daughter Mary wed Thomas Bedient. Richard
Osborn was widowed about this time and by 1677 he had wed
Thomas's mother, Mary Barnard Bedient Townsend.
She had been widowed twice, the last time in 1675. It was
recorded that on Nov. 25, 1678 Thomas
Bedient received a gift of land in Fairfield from his
father-in-law, Capt. Richard
Osborn .Interesting relationship, but father-in-law
covers it pretty well.
It is believed that Mary Bedient Townsend Osburne died in
1684 resulting in a distribution of lands she had inherited from her
first two husbands. There were two court documents by Richard
Osburne in Westchester Co NY noted in Wills of
Early Residents of Westchester Co. NY 1664-1784. On Dec. 4,
1684 numbered as 717, "Richard Osburne makes over all his
lands, etc., to Thomas Bedient of Woodbury, Conn and
Mordecay Bedient of Westchester. 'All said lands
being formerly held and possessed by Mordecay Bedient,
deceased, and Mary his wife, (afterwards called Mary
Townsend) and Roger Townsend.' Excepting a certain
piece of land and meadow on Dormonds Island. And he is 'to have a
home and maintenance according to his Quality.' And they are to keep
for him a good horse, saddle and bridle, and he is to have two
barrels of cider, yearly, and the use of one acre of land. They are
to pay 50 pounds to Abigail Bedient daughter of Thomas
Bedient and furnish 2 good cows to Elizabeth Osburne,
daughter of said Richard Osburne."
Richard Osborn died by April 22, 1685. Families of Old Fairfield gives
a summary of Capt Richard Osborne's will dated Dec. 19,
1684 in Westchester NY: grandchild, Richard, son of David
of Eastchester: children: property in Fairfield County: legacies to
Bridget wife of neighbor Justice John Palmer and her
dau. Bridget Palmer: Cap. John Pell of Westchester
County and son John Osborn, of Fairfield,
Exec'rs: Thomas Bedient a witness
"On April 22 1685, Mordecai Bedient conveyed to
brother Thomas Bedient all rights to estate of Richard
Osborn late deceased or Mary his wife. Thomas
agreed to pay to his own daughter Abigail, 50 pounds and
give cows to Osborn's daughter Elizabeth." On July 26,
1686, "John Bedient of Westchester conveyed to Thomas
Bedient lands formerly possessed by Mordecai Bedient
dec'd and by Mary his wife and Roger Townsend,
lately in the tenure of Richard Osborn." From History
and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield Vol I, compiled
by Donald Lines Jacobus.
From Wills of Early Residents of Westchester County New York
1664-1784 #726 we learn that Thomas Bedient sold
land situated on Betts Neck in 1686 to Jasper Smith.
Was this the land noted above? Betts Neck could not be located on
the available Westchester maps.
RESEARCH QUESTIONS - lots
If you know the answer please CONTACT US
1. Where was Richard
born and who were his parents.
2. Why did he
3. What was
his first wife's name?
4. Where is he
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