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liam, Asahel, Abel, Sarah, Manassah, Lemuel and
Joshua.

(V) William, tifth child and third son of Joshua
and Ruth ( Divall) Osgood, was born August 20,
173J, and died February 5, 1801, in Cabot, Ver-
mont. He resided successively in Barre, JNIassachu-
setts; Claremont, Xew Hampshire, and Cabot, Ver-
mont. He married, June 3, 1756, Hepsibah Dunton,
who died October 31, 1809. Their fifteen children
were: William, Thomas, Levi, Abijah, Mary, Sarah,
Amasa, Joshua (died young), Joshua, David, Solo-
mon W., John. Samson, Hepsibeth and Anna.

(VI) William (2), eldest child of William (i)
and Hepsibah (Dunton) Osgood, was born in. Ca-
bot, Vermont. June 17, 1760, and resided in New-
port, New Hampshire, where he died October 4,
1823. His settlement in Newport was on wild land,
which he cleared and made a productive farm. He
married Priscilla Stone, of Claremont, New Hamp-
shire, who died February 22, 1802, and they had
Susannah. William, James, Lemuel, Priscilla, Mat-
thew and Lydia.

(VH) William (3), eldest son and second child
of William (2) and Priscilla (Stone) Osgood, was
born February 26, 1784, and died February 25,
1866, aged eighty-two years. He resided at Clare-
mont. He married Susannah Field, of Claremont,
Avho died in 1827. Their children were : William,
Lois, Joseph W., Lucia, Charles, j\Iatthias and
Lyman P.

(VHI) William (4), eldest child of William (3)
and Susannah (Field) Osgood, was born in Clare-
mont, in 1809, and died in West Lebanon, October
4, 1859. He was a farmer and miller. He married
Eliza Kenney, of Vershire, Vermont, who died July
9, 1863. Their children were : William H., Martha,
I\L'iry J., Eliza and Julia.

(Second Family.)
(I) William Osgood, who was born
OSGOOD in England in 1609, accompanied John
Osgood to New England, sailing in
the ship "Confidence" from Southampton, April 11,
1638, and locating in Newbury, Massachusetts. He
was the youngest of three immigrants, the others
being Christopher and John, and they were un-
doubtedly brothers. William Osgood 'was a carpen-
ter and a millwright. In 1640 he settled at
the falls on the Powow river, near its junction
with the Merrimack, and taking advantage of
the excellent water-power he erected the first
mills in Salisbury, Massachusetts, which for many
years were known as Osgood's mills. He was
granted land on each side of the Powow river, ex-
tending half a mile back from the Merrimack and
emliracing a large part of the locality now known
as the Salisbury and Amesbury mills. He also ac-
quired other real estate, including his homestead
of six acres on Round Hill, Salisbury. His death
■occurred at Salisbury in the year 1700. The maiden
surname of his wife is unknown, but her Christian
name was Elizabeth, and the following tradition
relative to her family name may be considered by
some as throwing a ray of light upon tlie matter.
"After the death of Elizabeth, when the emigrant
had become aged, there was a husking in the log
liouse where William lived. In the evening, as the
young people became merry, cracking their jokes
over the red ears of corn, their merriment awakened
in the aged emigrant's mind recollections of his
earlier years. The old man, who was in a part of
the room by himself, in response to their hilarity,
broke out in a sort of musical speech : 'My wife
was Betty Cleer and I loved her before I see her.' "
William and Elizabeth Osgood had seven children,



namely: Elizabeth, Joanna, John, William, Mary,
Joseph and Sarah.

(II) John, third child and eldest son of William
and Elizabeth Osgood, was born in Salisbury, Mas-
sachusetts, August 8, 1647, and died there Novem-
ber 7, 1683. He took the oath of fidelity, with his
brother William, December 8, 1677. He married,
November 5, 1668, Mary Stevens, daughter of John
and Katherine Stevens, of Salisbury. She was
bron in 1647. His widow married, August 26, 1685,
Nathaniel Whittier. John and Mary (Stevens)
Osgood were the parents of six children: Mary,
Joseph, William, John, Timothy and Hannah.

(III) William (2), third child and second soi^
of John and Mary (Stevens) Osgood, was born in
Salisbury, July 30, 1673, and his death occurred in
1752. He was a farmer, had a large landed estate
and was a substantial and influential citizen. His
descendants, especially, have niJiintained the reputa-
tion acquired by their ancestor. He married Han-
nah Colby, daughter of John and Frances (Hoyt)
Colby, of Amesbury, and was the father of nin'
children, namely: Timothy, Judith, Joseph, Mary
Daniel, Mehitable, Hannah. Abigail and William.

(IV) Joseph, second son and child of William
and Hannah (Colby) Osgood, was born in Salis-
l)ury, June 28, 1698, and died December 24, 1781.
September 15, 1719, he married Apphia Pillsbury,
who was born j\Iay 8, 1700, daughter of William,
Jr., and INIary (Kenney) Pillsbury, of Newbury,
Massachusetts. The twelve children of Joseph and
Apphia (Pillsbury) Osgood were: J\Iary, Henry,
Hannah, Reuben, Joseph and Benjamin (twins),
the former of whom died young; another Joseph,
who died at the age of four years; Apphia (died
young), Ruth, Apphia and Joseph (twins), and
OHver.

(V) Reuben, second son and fourth chud of
Joseph and Apphia (Pillsbury) Osgood, was born
in Salisbury, November 21, 1726, and his death
occurred in Epping, New Hampshire, (where he
settled in 1756), January 30, 1795- On July 18,
1748, he married (first) Mary Brown, of Salisbury,
who died in 1753. For his second wife he married.
August 5, 1754, INIary True, also of Salisbury, and
her death occurred in 1803. He was the father of
eight children. Those of his first union were:

' Samuel, born in March, 1749: Joseph. April 18,
1751 ; and a daughter who died in infancy. The
five children by his second marriage were: True,
liorn April 30. 1755; Reuben, October 20, 1756;
William, in 1758: Betsey, INIarch 27, 1760. married
in 1772 Ebenezer Page, of Peacham. Walden and
Danville, Vermont, and had four children; and
Mary True. February 15, 1765, married Abraham
Brown, of Salisbury.

(VI) Joseph, son of Reuben and Mary (Brown)
Osgood, of Epping, and brother of Samuel and
Reuben.' was born April 18. 1751. and ^^i^d April 7.
1809. He married Anna Renlet, of Epping. New
Hampshire, who died Mav 19, 1818. They had
seven children: Daniel, True, Rachel, Molly, Jona-
than, Anna and Joseph.

(VII) Daniel, son of Joseph and Anna Osgood,
of Epping, was born December 15. 1773. and died
July II, 1856. He married Betsey Osgood, daughter
of Reuben (2) by his first wife and a sister of
Nancv. Polly and Dudley. Daniel and Betsey Os-
good had nine children: Melinda. Greenleaf, Wil-
liam C, John Hazen, Nancy, Lucinda, Joseph, Ju-
lia Ann and Asa C.

(VIII) William C. son of Daniel and Betsey
Osgood, was born in Gilmanton. New Hampshire,
November 14, 1812, died in Pittsfield, New Hamp-



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shire, July 26, 1869, and is buried in Floral Park
cemetery in that town. He married, 1814, Mary C.
Dow, died February 25, 1871. They had children:
Adelaide M., born March 8, 1840, died September
28, 1865; Henry W., Edwin S. and Frank D. Os-
good.

(X) Henry W., second child and eldest son of
William C. and Mary C. (Dow) Osgood, was born
in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, October 9, 1842, and
has been prominently identified with the social and
business life of that town for more than thirty-
five years. He was educated at Pittsfield Academy,
where he attended about one year, and Gilmanton
A.cademy, where he was a student about three
vears, and where among his classmates were
'rhomas Coggswell and J. B. Peasley. After leav-
ing school he took up photography and made the
first dry plate in Pittsfield, it is still in his pos-
session. His collection of photographic plates and
views is large and exceedingly interesting. In con-
nection with his work in this direction he has made
frequent trips to Mount Belknap and Catamount
and many other places of interest in the mountain-
ous regions, and also in Pittsfield, Gilmanton and
elsewhere. He is a lover of nature and an artist by
every personal trait. In connection with photo-
graphic work Mr. Osgood is proprietor of a large
furniture store and business in Pittsfield, having
been engaged in that line since 1875. Although
business matters occupy much of his time he never-
theless takes a commendable interest in the welfare
of his native town, and its institutions." He served
nine years as member of the school board, and
now is treasurer of the board of trustees of Pitts-
field Academy. He also was one of the first board
of trustees of Floral Park cemetery, its first su-
perintendent, and has been clerk of the board since
it was organized. He is a member of the Congre-
gational Church of Pittsfield, and served several
terms as its warden and twenty-five years as li-
brarian of its Sunday school. He was the first
member to be initiated after the resuscitation and
reorganization of Suncook Lodge, No. 10, Independ-
ent Order of Odd Fellows, Pittsfield, New Hamp-
shire, a member of Corinthian Lodge of Free and
Accepted Masons, its secretary sixteen years, tyler
. several years, master four years, and also one of the
original members and first trustees of the Masonic
Hall Association of Pittsfield.

From the time he was a boy in school, under
the instruction of Principal Sawyer of Pittsfield,
Mr. Osgood has taken a deep interest in the study
of birds and has become an ornithologist of consid-
erable reputation in his locality. This old-time in-
terest never has abated and he frequently lectures
on ornithological subjects before high school stu-
dents and grange meetings. He also is a taxider-
mist o'f unusual skill and has done much work in
that direction. He find rest and recreation in hunt-
ing and fishing, his favorite pastime, and casts a
fly with the most expert fishermen ; for many years
he has been an enthusiastic follower of "Dog, Gun
and Rod."

On October 9, 1866, Mr. Osgood married Frances
H. Tilton, who was born August 4, 1844, daughter
of Levi and Theodate (True) Tilton, of Hampton
Falls, New Hampshire. Mr. Tilton was born
April 5, 1809, and died March 14, 1899. His wife,
Theodate (True) Tilton, was born August 7, 1806,
Jied January 7, 1853, daughter of Nathaniel and
Mary (James) True. Mr. and Mrs. Tilton's chil-
dren were : Frances H., wife of Henry W. Os-
good, and Aroline C, born July 17. 1846, a public
school teacher and a member of Mr. Osgood's fam-



ily. Mr. and Mrs. Osgood have had two children :
Marion Adelaide, born August 18, 1867, died No-
vember II, 1875, ^"d Annie True, born May 5,
1869.



The Osgoods of old Tamworth, New
OSGOOD Hampshire, like nearly all others of

the surname in the state, are de-
scended from the same ancestral head and date
back in New .England to the earliest times of the
colonies. The year in which the first representa-
tive in Tamworth of the Osgood family to which-
this sketch relates came there is not known, al-
though some of its descendants are still in that
town and others are scattered throughout New
Hampshire and other of the New England states.

(i) Samuel Osgood was born in Tamworth in-
1821, hence at least one generation of the family
before him lived in that town. He was brought
up on a farm, but at the age of fifteen years left
home and went to Nashua, New Hampshire, en-
gaged in business there several years and then-
took up his residence in Laconia, where he died in
1877. His wife was Elizabeth (Hyde) Osgood,
also a native of Tamworth and by whom he had six
children : Frank J., now living in Laconia. George
H., born 1844, enlisted in Company K, One Hun-
dredth and Eleventh Pennsylvania Volunteer In-
fantry, killed July 25, 1864, in battle at Kenesaw
Mountain Georgia. Katie J., born 1846, married Fred-
erick Breeman ; lives in Laconia. Clara H., born
1849, married Frank Fourtebatt, of St. Paul, J\Iin-
nesota, superintendent of the Northern Pacific car-
shops in that city. Ada M., born 1850, married
George B. Merrill, of Lynn, Massachusetts; two
children, Hollis F. and Harry Merrill. Anna, born
1856, married Albert W. Wilcox, and has one child,
Gertrude Wilcox.

(II) Frank Jacob, eldest child and son of Sam-
uel and Elizabeth (Hyde) Osgood, was born in,
Laconia, New Hampshire, January 3, 1841. and
after leaving school began working as a newsboy
and was the first boy of the town to do that kind
of work. When about seventeen years old he left
home and went west, and was a news and train
boy on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul rail-
way. After a short time in the northwest he came-
back east as far as northwestern Pennsylvania and
became landlord of a hotel, continuing in that oc-
cupation until the beginning of the late Civil war.
In 1861 Mr. Osgood enlisted in Company K, One-
Hundred and Eleventh Pennsylvania Volunteer In-
fantry, and on the organization of the company was
elected and commissioned first lieutenant. He was
promoted captain July 14, 1862, and a little later
was promoted to the regimental staff with the rank
and commission of major. Still later he was
promoted lieutenant-colenel and held that rank at
the time of muster out in 1865. After the war
Colonel Osgood returned to Laconia and has since
lived in that city. He is a member of John L. Per-
ley Post, No. yj, G. A. R., a Republican in politics
and was brought up under the influence of the Con-
gregational Church. He married. January 10, 1871,
Emma, daughter of Otis and Emma (Robbins)
Benian, and has two children : Anna Charlotte,,
born November 29, 1872, and Lottie IMa}-, August 5,.
1879, died November, 1892.



The known history of this family ex-
FOWLER tends backward more than three hun-
dred years from the present time. It
was founded very early in the new colony of Mas-
sachusetts, and has many worthy descendants scat-



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tered over the United States at the present time.
In days when men were taking surnames, those of
many were indicated by their occupations. Among
these was the bird hunter, or fowler.

(I) PhiUp Fowler, a cloth worker, was early
found in Ipswich, ]\Iassachusetts. He was born
somewhere between 1591 and 1598, and took the
oath at South Hampton, March 24, 1634. He
crossed the Atlantic in the ship "Mary and John,"
and was made a freeman at Ipswich, Massachu-
setts, September 3, 1634. He continued to reside
in that town, and died June 24, 1679. His grand-
son, Philip Fowler, was appointed administrator of
his estate. He married (first), Mary, believed to
have been a sister of Samuel Winsley. She died
August 30, 1659, in Ipswich, and he was married
February 27 following to Mary, widow of George
Norton. His children were : Margaret, Mary,
Samuel, Hester, Joseph and Thomas. (Mention of
Joseph and Thomas and descendants forms part
of this article).

(II) Samuel, eldest son and third child of
Philip and Mary Fowler, was born about 1618, in
England, and came to this country, presumably
with his father. He resided in Portsmouth and
Salisbury, and was the shipwright. The fact that
Samuel Winsley called him cousin makes it appar-
ent that that was the maiden name of his mother.
He resided in Salisbury in 1668 and 1680, and in
1669 purchased Louis Hulett's country right in
Salisbury. It is probable that he belonged to the
Society of Friends. He was brought before the
court in April, 1675. for "Breach of the Sabbath
in traveling." He died in January, 171 1, in
Salisbury. The name of his first wife has
not been discovered. He was married after
1673 to widow Margaret (Norman) Morgan. His
children were : William, ^larv, Sarah and Sam-
uel.

(III) Samuel (2), youngest son of Samuel (i)
Fowler, was born probably, in Salisbury, and died
in that town December 24, 1737. His will had
been made almost ten years previously, and was
proven six days after his death. He was married
December 5th, 1684, in Salisbury to Hannah, daugh-
ter of Ezekiel and Hannah (Martin) Worthen. She
was born April 21. 1663. in Salisbury and survived
her husband. Their children were : Samuel, Han-
nah. Susanna, Jacob, Mar}-, Sarah, Ham, Ezekiel,
Robert, Abraham, Thomas, Lydia and Judith.

(IV) Jacob, second son and fourth child of
Samuel (2) and Hannah (Worthen) Fowler, was
born December 10, 1690. in Salisbury and resided
in South Hampton, New Hampshire, where he died
December 20, 1752. It is probable that he was
among those who found themselves in New Hamp-
sirc after the establishment of the Province line, in
1741, took some territory from Salisbury. His will
was proved December 27, 1752, just one week after
his death. Jle was married May 3, 1716, to Mary
Jones, daughter of Joseph and granddaughter of
Robert Jones, of Amesbury.

(V) Abner, eldest son of Jacob and Mary
(Jones) Fowler, was born in South Hampton.
1757, and died in Hill, April 30, 1S33. He resided
in Northfield, removed in 1809 to Sanbornton, and in
1822 to Hill, and lived north of Hill village. He
served long in the war for independence, and his
name appears in various places in the New Hamp-
shire rolls of the Revolution. He was a private in
Captain Thomas Simpson's ranging company of
Colonel Johnson's regiment at Coos, enlisting Octo-
ber I, 1776, and serving two months and one day,
for two pounds per month pay. Abner Fowler, of



Canterbury, -was a member of Captain Simeon Stev-
en's company of Colonel Stickney's regiment of
Continental soldiers, enlisting in 1777. His name
is also on the muster roll of the first company.
Captain James Gray's of the Third New Hamp-
shire Regiment, (jolonel Alexander Scammel's,
which regiment was raised by the state of New
Hampshire for the continental service. He _ was-
mustered in June 3, 1777, and discharged April 15,.
1780. He served as a private until May i, I779>-
when he was promoted to corporal. During his
absence in tlie army his family, like many other
families, had no bread winner, and received part o£
their necessary supplies from the town. His wife,.
IMary Fowler, signed the following receipt dated
February 4, 1780: "The account of articles sup-
plyd by the Select Men for Canterbury to the farii-
ily of Abner Fowler, a soldier in the service of said
town in the Continental army — Total £74 9. 6."
Among the articles enumerated are salt at £15 per
barrel; r3-e at £8 per bushel, and corn at £ — per
bushel, in the depreciated currency of that time.
He married \lary Mason.

(VI) Abraham, son of Abner and Mary (^la-
son) Fowler, was born in Sanbornton, New Hamp-
shire, December 12, 1792, and died in Hill, October
20, 1852. He removed to Hill, probably at the same
time his father died, and was a farmer, and kept
a tavern north of town. He married Nancy Hodg-
don, born June 15, 1798, daughter of Israel and
Comfort (Sanborn) Hodgdon, of Northfield. She
died June 2, 1885, aged eighty-seven years. Their
children were : Isaiah, David. Mary Ann, Comfort
S.. Israel H., Abner and Nancy Jane.

(VII) David, second son and child of Abra-
ham and Nancy (Hodgdon) Fowler, was born iiT
Sanbornton, October 2, 1S18. and died July 11,^
18S7. He was educated in the common schools
and at Plymouth and Franklin Academies. He
was a farmer, and occasionally engaged in lumber-
ing. He always resided on the homestead and
owned about one hundred and fifty acres of land.
He was a member of the Methodist Church of
Bristol. He was a Whig, and later a member of the
"Know Nothing" party, of which he was a leader,,
and by which he was elected representative in 1855.
Secret meetings were held at his house. When the-
Republican party rose, he joined it, and was a Re-
publican the remainder of his life. He married
(first), Charlotte Dearborn, who was born in
Northfield, April 12, 1818, and died in Hill. April
t8. 1S44. She was the daughter of Shubael and
Nancy (Dearborn) Dearborn, of Northfield. She
was employed at Peabody & Daniel's Paper Mills-
for many years before her marriage. He married'
(second), Abra Ann Dearborn, sister of his first
Avife, who was born April 28, 1823, and died in Hill,
November 24 i860; (third), Caroline H. Norton,
who was born in Cabott, Vermont. November 12,.
1830, daughter of Moses H. and Temperance
(Warner) Norton, of Cabott, Vermont. The chil-
dren by the last wife were: Charles A. (died
young)': Minnie G., married Oden B. Eaton, and'
lives in Lakeport : Fred A., mentioned below ; An-
gelo H., graduated from the Franklin high school'
with the class of 1894, later attended the Water-
bury and Green Mountain Seminaries, and resides-
with his mother and brother on the homestead.

(VIII) Dr. Fred Abram Fowler, third child
and second son of David and Caroline H. (Nor-
ton) Fowler, was born in Hill, September 2, 1869-.
He obtained his literary education in the common-
schools and from a private tutor, and in 1897 ma-
triculated at the University of Vermont, where he



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took the medical course, graduating with the class
of 1899. He began the practice of his profession
at Hill, and has a liberal patronage. He is a leading
representative and was town clerk four years. He
is a member of Union Lodge No. 79, Ancient Free
and Accepted Masons, of Bristol, and of Saint Omar
Chapter, No. 22, Royal Arch Masons, of Franklin ;
also of Cardigan Lodge, No. 79, Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, of Bristol, and St. Andrews
Chapter, No. 21, Knights of Pythias, of Franklin
Falls. He is a past master of Pemigewasset Grange
No. 103, Patrons of Husbandry, of Hill, and is a
member of Lake and Valley Pomona Lodge of
Bristol. In 1906 he was elected a member of the
New Hampshire house of representatives.

(II) Joseph, second son and fifth child of Philip
and Mary (Winsley) Fowler, was born in England
about 1622, and in 1634 came to this country with
his parents in the ship "Mary and John." They
settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where Joseph
grew up and married. His wife was Martha Kim-
ball, daughter of Richard and Ursula (Scott) Kim-
ball. Richard Kimball was the ancestor of nearly
all those bearing the name of Kimball in this coun-
try. His wife, Ursula Scott, was the daughter of
Martha Scott, widow of Hon. John Scott, of
Scott's Hall, county of Kent, England, and daugh-
ter of Sir George Northup. The Scotts and the
Kimballs came over in the same ship. To Joseph
nnd Ursula (Scott) Kimball were born four chil-
(h-cn : Joseph, born about 1647. married Elizabeth
Ilutton. -Phillip, whose sketch follows. John, mar-
ried ((first), Sarah : (second), Hannah

Scott. Mary, married John Briers, of Gloucester.
Joseph Fowler was killed by the Indians near
Dcerfield, Massachusetts, May 19, 1676, on his re-
turn from the fight at the Falls.

(III) Philip (2), second son and child of Jo-
.scph and Martha (Kimball) Fowler, was born in
f^qS, probably on October 8. though one record
gives the date as December 25. He was adopted
by his grandfather, Philip (i) Fowler, of Ipswich,
Massachusetts, who brought him up and taught
liim his trade of cloth worker. On January 20.
1672-73, Philip (2) Fowler married at Beverly.
Massachusetts, Elizabeth Herrick, daughter of
Jfcnry and Edith (Larkin) Herrick, and grand-
daughter of Sir William Herrick. Henry Herrick,
her father, was born at Bean Manor, England, in
1604. Philip (2) and Elizabeth (Herrick) Fowler
had nine children: Philip (died young); Eliza-
beth, born February tt, 1677-78. Martha (died
young). Joseph, married Sarah Bartlett and three
other wifcs. John, married Mercy Jacob. Benia-
niin, married Mary Briar and others. Mary, mar-
ried John Treadwell. ]\Iartha, married Lieutenant
John March. Philip, whose sketch follows.
I'bilip (2) Fowler, died November 16, 1715. leaving
a widow.

(IV) Philip (3), fifth son and ninth and young-
est child of Philip (2) and Elizabeth (Herrick)
Fowler, was born in October. 1691, at Ipswich, Mas-
sachusetts. He married there. July 5, 1716. Sus-
anna Jacob, daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Sy-
monds) Jacob, who was born about 1695. They
liad sixteen children : Elizabeth, Philip, Jacob, Sus-
anna, Samuel, Martha, Judith, Samuel, Mary.
Mary, Symonds. whose sketch follows. Lucy, Ebe-
nezer, Benjamin, Ebenezer and Lucy. Of these
rliildren, the two Samuels, the first Mary, both Lu-
cys. Ebenezer and Benjamin (twins) and the sec-
ond Ebenezer, all died in infancy, leaving eight
who grew up and married. Philip (3) Fowler
carried on the tanning business until he sold out



and moved to Newmarket, New Hampshire, in
ALay, 1743, living there till his death, May 16, 1767.
His widow survived him six years.

(V) Symonds, fifth son and eleventh child of



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