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Major Surnames from LI History
The following sections
were sent by Roy Leggitt who's full
Osborn(e) genealogy can be found on his web page http://www.angelfire.com/tx/royc/
His East Hampton File, also on this site, contains a lot of Osborne surname information but for the complete file please visit his site listed above.
Roy is a descendent of Thomas Osborn(1), Benjamin(2), Benjamin(3), Samuel(4), etc. - E-mail Osborn firstname.lastname@example.org
Early American Osborns were tanners; Thomas 1, trained in that trade by his father in England, was given liberty to cut trees on the common in New Haven for his tanning. In 1660 Thomas 1 deeded to his son Jeremiah his house and tanyard in New Haven. Deacon Abraham Osborn 6 (1776 - 1855) grandfather of the late Burnett Mulford Osborne who lived on the property now that of Maidstone Arms, said that Thomas 1 and 2, Joseph 3 and his three sons Joseph 4, Jeremiah 4, and Thomas 4, Lewis 5 and Abraham 6, all tanners, worked for six generations at that trade on the hill where he resided; also for generations the family and descendants of Daniel 3 and his son Deacon Daniel 4 so wrought.
A beautifully carved chest, said to have been brought from England by the first Thomas Osborne, was given to the John Howard Payne memorial house "Home, Sweet Home," by the late B. M. Osborne.
It is interesting to note that Thomas and John Osborn were promoters for East Hampton of an agreement between the offshore whaling companies of East Hampton and Southampton, in January 1667. Descendants of John 2, John M. and Oliver S. Osborn of Wainscott, were among the last of the offshore whalemen here - Oliver S. Osborn headed the crew that captured the last right whale off Wainscott in 1907.
According to East Hampton History, 1953, page 490, Thomas 1 was baptized April 4, 1594/5 in Ashford, County Kent, England and died in either East Hampton or New Haven between 1677, when he made his will, and 1686, when his son Thomas is called Senior. He is thought to be the son of Jeremy and Joan Wybourne Osborne (due to cousins being named Thomas, there is some doubt) and is known to be the grandson of Thomas and Wilmeth Osborne.
THE OSBORN FAMILY
Thomas Osborn, Sr., was father of Thomas, Jr. 2, John 2 and Benjamin 2, and conveyed to the latter in 1687 all his lands in East Hampton, see T. R. Vol. I, pp. 84, 300, 406. From Savage's Gen. Dictionary and otherwise we know that this Thomas 1 had in New Haven a son Jeremiah and other children, and a brother Richard, the tanner there. The tradition that he returned to New Haven and died there is consistent with the deed and all the known facts. The Thomas 2 dying in 1712 at age 90, was son of Thomas 1. The Joseph, Jr. 3 was son of Thomas 2 dying in 1743 at age 83, and by will proved Sept. 9, 1746, devised to his son Joseph 4 the old Deacon Osborn homestead, to his son Jeremiah 4 the house on the corner bought of Capt. Thos. Wheeler, and to his son Thomas 4, the Pudding Hill lot. Four generations of the family are traced and located on three homesteads, at so late a date and so clearly as to leave little if doubt so far. The same will names his brother Daniel 3.
Whose pulses long have ceased to beat."
He said that Thomas 1, Thomas 2, Joseph 3 and his three sons Joseph 4, Jeremiah 4, and Thomas 4, Lewis 5 and Abraham 6, all tanners, worked for six generations at that trade on the hill where he resided, now the residence of his grandsons William A. and Burnet M. Osborn. For generations the family and descendants of Daniel 3 and his son Deacon Daniel 4 so wrought. Judge Thomas A. relates that the family have tradition that they are of Norman origin, and came with William the Conqueror. He had an account of the family Coat of Arms which writing from memory, is not given. Believing that what we do and not what our ancestors have done will be our true measure I have made no inquiry in that direction. Dea. Joseph 4, grandfather of Dea. Abraham 6 was a man of strong convictions and in the Revolution a resolute patriot. During the Revolutionary war, on his way to church, he was ordered by a British officer to appear forthwith with his team and cart, at an appointed place to do service for the British army. The Deacon inquired by what authority the officer commanded him and was answered "by the authority of the King." "What King do you serve?" asked the Deacon. The answer was "King George the Third." The Deacon replied "My King is greater than your King. I serve King Jesus. He commands me to go to meeting and I shall go." With this the old hero marched on to the church. To such a man titles and coats of arms are baubles. Having known the strong personality and power of Dea. Abraham, his grandson, I can better conceive the master manner of his grandsire.
Thomas Osborn and his brother Richard [b. 1598] came to America in 1637 aboard the ship "Hector" which was commissioned by the New Haven Colony by a Mr. John Davenport and Mr. Theophilus Eaton. You will find Richard's name on the Passenger List on the Olive Tree Website