Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Just a friendly reminder that there are still two months  left to send your submissions in for the Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge  The deadline is a week before Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 16th. If you find one long before that deadline you can post it on your blog now, but don't forget to send me the link to it before November 16th!
These are the Challenge rules:

1. Find a poem by a  poet, famous or obscure, about the region
one of your ancestors lived in. It can be about an historical event, a
legend, a person, or even about some place (like a river)or a local
animal. It can even be a poem you or one of your ancestors have written.
0r, if you prefer, post the lyrics of a song or a link to a video of someone
performing the song.

2. Post the poem or song to your blog (remembering to cite the source
where you found it.). If you wish to enter an older post, you may as long
as it has not appeared here in an earlier Poetry Challenge.

 3.Tell us how the subject of the poem or song relates to your ancestor's
home or life, or the area of the country where they lived.

4.Submit your post's link here to me by midnight Thursday, November 16th
and I'll publish all links to the entries on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd!

If  you submit a humorous poem or song that will be entered under the
"Willy Puckerbrush" division. Willy was the late geneablogger Terry
Thornton's alias for some humorous posts and comments.

Monday, September 25, 2017


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I found the images of a transcription of Christopher Osgood's will over at It places some conditions on the money he left his daughters as regards to their marriages, And  a week after it was filed his widow Margery petitioned the court to be given a larger part of the estate than Christopher had left her, which lessened the amounts given the daughters.:

Essex County, MA: Early Probate Records, 1635-1681.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.

Essex County, MA: Early Probate Records, 1635-1681.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.

I  Christopher Osgood of Ipswich being weake in body but of perfect understandinge & memory
doe Comitt my soule into the hands of my redeemer, & Concerning that little Estate the Lord
hath lent mee this is my last will & testament, first I give unto my eldest daughter Mary Osgood
to be paid her or her asignes on the day of her marriage, and to my other three Daughters Abigal
Elisabeth & Deborah, five pounds to each of them to be paid to them and every them at or upon
their respective dayes of marriage. And to my Sonne Christopher Osgood I doe give my house and
lands to have & enjoy the same at the age of two & twentie yeares, And my will is that my beloved
wife Margery Osgood shalbe the sole executrix of this my will & to enjoy the pffit & benefitt of my
estate duringe the minority of my Children as abovesaid. And lastlyI doe request & desire Mr
John Norton & my father Phillip fflower to be overseers that this my will be performed according
to the true intent thereof. in witness heereof I have subscribed my hand the nineteenth day of Aprill 1650.

I doe also desire our respected Major to a Joyne with Mr Norton & my ffather.
Christopher Osgood
Witness Nathaneel Mather,  Joseph Rowlandson, Daniell Rolfe.

memorandum which was forgooten m will is that my eldest Daughter marry not without the advice of my wife & the Consent of my overseers,  & that my younger Daughters marry not without the Consent of their mother & the advice of the overseers if it may be had, and that their severall portions be paid unto them when they shall attaine the age of twenty yeares if they be not marryed before that age.
Christopher Osgood
Proved 10:8:1650, by Daniell Rolfe. Copy of will, Ipswich Deeds, vol.1, leaf 76.

Petitition of Margery Osgood, widow, of Ipswich for a greater portion of the estate of her husband,  than by will is given  her. Oct. 16, 1650, ordered that the business concerning the estate be referred to Mr.Samuel Symonds, Maj Denison and Mr. John Norton, and to put an issure there-
unto, keeping as near to the willas may be. Mass. Bay Colony Records, vol 3, page 217.

Samuel Symonds, John Norton, and Daniel Denison having considered the case, make the following alterations in the will: the eldest daughter instead of 10l. mentioned in the will, to have 8li.;the second daughter instead of 5li., to have 4li.; the eldest son to have the house and  land and pay the two younger when they shall be eighteen years, 4li. each. Ipswich Deeds vol.1, leaf 104.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Well, this is embarrassing!

While researching for this blogpost I discovered that my ancestor Mary (Osgood) Lovejoy's mother was not Margery Fowler but Mary Everett. The details are in this short biography for my 10x great grandfather Christopher Osgood by William Richard Cutter:

Christopher Osgood, immigrant ancestor, born in England about 1600, came to America in the ship "Mary and John", sailing March 24 1633-4. He settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts. It is thought that his parents were Christopher and Elizabeth (Brockwell) Osgood, married October 30, 1599, at St. Thomas parish, Wiltshire. The widow Elizabeth died June 18, 1612, and it is likely that Christopher was raised by some relatives. There is probably some relationship between Christopher and the two other Osgood pioneers, John Osgood of Newbury, and William Osgood of Salisbury, Massachusetts. Christopher was a brick maker by trade. He was a proprietor of Ipswich in 1634, and was admitted a freeman May 6, 1635. He died in 1650. His will, dated April 19, 1650, proved October 10, 1650, bequeathed to wife Margery, son Christopher, daughters Mary, Abigail, Elizabeth and Deborah; father-in-law Philip Fowler, an overseer; wife executrix. Christopher 'Osgood married (first) at St. Mary's parish, Marl borough, England, April 21, 1623, Mary Everett, who was buried there April 3, 1633. He married (second) at St. Mary's, July 28, 1633, Margery, daughter of Philip and Mary (Winslow) Fowler. She was baptized May 25, 1615, at Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. She married (second) Thomas Rowell, one of the original proprietors of Salisbury in 1639. She married (third) Thomas Coleman, before 1670; he died at Nantucket, Massachusetts, and she married (fourth) Thomas Osborn, of Nantucket. While residing at Nantucket she deeded May 27, 1673, to her son Thomas Osgood, of Newbury, Massachusetts, the house and land where she dwelt in the time of her former husband, Thomas Rowell, now in possession of Christopher Osgood; he to pay certain sums to her son Jacob Rowell and her daughters, Abigail Wilson and Deborah Ross or Russ. She made anotner deed, tantamount to a will. June 8, 1765. to Thomas Osgood. Margery came over with her parents, Philip and Mary Fowler, in the same ship with her husband. Child of Christopher and Mary Osgood, born in England: i. Mary, born 1633; married, June i, 1651, John Lovejoy. Children of Christopher and Margery: 2. Abigail, born 1636; married April 9, 1657, Sherburne (Shoreborn) Wilson. 3. Elizabeth, born about 1638. 4. Deborah, born about 1640; married, August 28. 1663, John Ross. 5. Christopher, mentioned below. 6. Thomas, born 1651.

Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 4  Lewis historical publishing Company, New York, New York 1908

So I need to correct my database and my family trees. I will leavr my  earlier blogposts on Philip Fowler up in hopes they will help other researchers.

To be continued...

Saturday, September 16, 2017


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017


The other document included in Matthew Adams Stickney's book The Fowler Family is this agreement in which my ancestor Philip FowlerSr. makes his grandson Philip Fowler Jr his heir. Philip Jr.'s parents were Joseph Fowler and Martha Kimball(daughter of my 10x great grandfather Richard Kimball: .

In 1668 after having given trades to his children, and living to see them all settled in life, he selected from among his grandchildren to take care of him in his old age, Philip his namesake, as appears by the following deed of gift, the original of which is on file in the Clerk of Courts, Bk. 36: 18.

"This present writing wittnesseth, that I, Philip Ffowler of Ipswich, in the county of Essex, clothworker, for and in considderation of that naturall affection I doe beare unto my Grandchild Phillip ffowler, as also in considderation of his being with me, and doeing my busines for me, as formerly, I doe by these presents freely give and grant, and by these fully confirme, unto him the sayd Phillip, my Grandchild, all that my now dwelling house and lands I stand now possesst off, after my decease (exsepting what by agreement with my wife upon mariage, wch is put in writing and recorded), for him, the sayd Phillip, my Grandchild, Imediatly after my decease. To have Sc to hould, and quietly and peaceably to enioy, unto him & his heires & assignes forever, all that my sayd houses and lands, with all and every, the apptenances & prevaledges, thereunto belonging, exsept as aforesayd, what is granted to my wife, dureing her naturall life, and after her decease, the whole to be and remaine unto him the sayd Phillip, my Grandchild, his heires and assignes, for ever, provided still, that if by the providence of God, I shall be forct for nesasary subsitance to sell any pt. thereof, wch in such case I reserve liberty to doe, provided, if he the sayd Phillip, dye without isue, then to returne unto his Brother Joseph, & if Joseph dye without isue, then to be & remaine his brother John, provided alwayes, that if my Grandchild Phillip, leaves a wife behind him when he dye, then she shall enioy it dureing her naturall life, & then to be & returne, as above exprest. In wittnes whereof, I the sayd Phillip Ffowler, have sett to my hand and seale, dated the 23 of December, Anno Dom. 1668. Signed Sealed & dl in the presence of us,

the marke of
Richard Kimball
John Severance
Robfrt Lord

Philip (his mark) FFowler
(the marks of with a green seal)

Acknowledged before me Apr. 29, 1670. Daniel Denison. Recorded May the 6th, 1670." Essex Deeds, Bk. 3: 152.


The Fowler Family: a Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler, of Ipswich, Mass: Ten Generations: 1590-1882 Salem Press, Salem, Ma. 1883

I found the inventory of the estateon Googlebooks in The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: 1675-1681 (Google eBook) VOL III:

 Estate Of Philip Fowler, Sr., Of Ipswich.

Administration upon the estate of Philip Fowler, intestate, was granted Sept. 30, 1679, unto his grandchild, Philip Fowler.

Ipswich Quarterly Court Records, vol. 5, page 347.

Inventory of the estate of Phillip Fowler, Sr., taken July 21, 1679, by Phillip Fowler, Jr., Simon Stace and Nicolas Wallis: 4 ould Cotts & an ould cloke, H1. 15s.; A parsell of ould clothes, Hi.; some ould stockens, 2 Caps, payer of gartars, 5s.; A payer of ould gloves and an ould hate, 2s.; two payer of drawers, two old shirts, 15s.; two caps, two bands & three ould hankercher and also two ould neckclothes, 4s.; total, 31i . Is. Debt due to the estate, 17s. 6d.

Attested in Ipswich court Sept. 30,1679, by Phillip Fowler, administrator of the estate of Phillip Fowler, Sr.


The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: 1675-1681 (Google eBook) VOL III
Essex Institute Salem, Ma 1920

Monday, September 11, 2017


((The majority of this post was first published on 11Sep 2008. I've
changed the ending to reflect that bin Laden was found.))

Sept 11th 2001
I was on my way to work at the Borders bookstore which opened
at 9:00. As usual I was listening to WBZ AM, the Boston news radio
station, and I was somewhere on Rte 37 in Braintree when the news
bulletin came about the first plane hitting the South Tower of the
World Trade Center in New York. At first I thought it was some
terrible accident as I listened to the report. I remember at one traffic
stop the light turned green and the first car in line didn't move right
away. Nobody honked their horn at the driver. They were all listening
to the news.

I was running a few minutes late already and so I was just pulling into
a parking space when news came at 9:02 of the second crash. Now I
and the rest of America knew the first crash had not been a mistake.
We were under attack. I went into the store and punched in, then
knocked on the Cash Office door. Linda, the office manager
at the time, was listening to the radio. Given that there had been a
previous attack on the Twin Towers by terrorists we realized this must
be another by the same group or another like it. We talked about it for
a few minutes but the store was about to open and I needed to be out
on the sales floor.

It was a surreal day. Linda would relay the news to the staff about the
collapse of the Towers and the other two planes crashing into the
Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania. We heard that the planes had
come from our own Logan Airport and had many New Englanders
aboard them, which made it even harder to hear. One of the passengers
lived in my town of Abington. Work went on as it did for so many
other Americans that day even though our minds and hearts weren't
into doing our jobs.

That night when I got home the networks kept showing the same
images over and over of the planes crashing, the Towers falling and
of the people running ahead of the looming cloud. I was angry at
whoever had done this to so many innocent people, and I wanted
them caught and punished for it.

Today, it's a different world. September 11th changed it forever.

We no longer wait now for Osama bin Laden to be caught and punished.
Justice has been done.

But we still mourn, and we will never forget.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


As I said in an earlier post my 11 th great grandfather Phillip Fowler died intestate, but there are several other documents which contain information about his estate.  Matthew Adams Stickney's book The Fowler Family has transcripts of them. The first involves a marriage contract.

When first wife Mary died, he eventually remarried. His  next wife was a widow, Mary Norton. However before  they married a marriage contract was drawn up which laid out what the second Mary Fowler was to inherit in the event of Phillip's death; 

"Know all men by these presents, that I, Phillip Fowler of Ipswich, in the county of Essex, clothworker, for & in consideration of a contract of marriage with Mary Norton, widdow, doe grant unto her as followeth, viz: that if it please the Lord the mariage intended be compleated, and she the sayd Mary my intended wife do survive, I doe covenant & grant unto her, that she shall injoye all my house and lands, with the appurtenances & privilidges thereunto belonging, untill my sonn Phillip (provided I make him my heir), shall come of age, and when he comes of age, I do grant unto her, that she shall possess and enjoy the chamber over the hall, with the table forme & cabbin beds, as alsoe the garretts & halfe the orchyard, and halfe the grasse of the close, & my six acres of land upon the hill, and the inward cellar to her owne proper use & behoofe, and alsoe liberty to make use of the lower roome for her necessary ocasions, with free liberty to make use of the well in the cellar to fetch watter, & all these to enjoye during the tyme of her naturall life, and then to return unto my children, or who of them, I shall dispose them unto, and further doe grant her liberty of barne roome to lay in her corne, and two load of hay, with roome in the cowe house for to sett two cowes, & grasse for to make two loads of hay a yeare, for the tyme of her life, as aforesayd. In wittness whereof, I have hereunto sett my hand & seale, the 27th of February, 1659.
Signed, sealed and delivered, in the presence of us,

William Norton

Daniell Davison (with a marke).
Robert Lord.
Phillip  Fowler(with a marke & seale).

Phillip Fowler acknowledged this wrighting, tobe his act & deed, before me. Daniell Denison. February 27th; 1659.


The Fowler Family: a Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler, of Ipswich, Mass: Ten Generations: 1590-1882 Salem Press, Salem, Ma. 1883

This is the first marriage contract I've found for any of my ancestors.

To be continued...


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Monday, September 04, 2017


Looking at the women who married my male  Lovejoy ancestors begins with the parents of my 9x great grandmother Mary (Osgood) Lovejoy. She was the daughter of  Christopher Osgood and Margaret Fowler, and the grandaughter of immigrant ancestor Philip Fowler, who I'll discuss first.

Lucky for me I found  Matthew Adams Stickney's book The Fowler Family.. There's 11 pages on Philip but I'll only post a bit ofit here, starting with page 1:

1 Philip Fowler, one of the founders of New England, was probably born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, about 1590. He embarked with his family, in the " Mary and John," of London, Robert Sayres, master, and while lying in the river Thames, they " were made stay of untill further order" from the Council, 28 Feb., 1633-4, owing to misrepresentation of the colonies, by its enemies, which had then reached England, and the master was required, among other things, to give a bond of £100, that the service of the Church of England should be said daily on board, and attended by the passengers, also that they should take the "Oathes of Allegiance and Supremacie," which were taken by the passengers, the 24th of March, 1633-4, when they were allowed to proceed oi their voyage, and arrived in New England, in May, 1634.

He received a grant of land in Ipswich, Essex ( ounty, Mass., the same year, on which he settled, and where he resided until his death. It is still occupied by one of his descendants, bearing the family name.

In 1634 (3 Sept.) he took the Freeman's Oath.

In 1634-5 (5 Jan.) it was, by the town of Ipswich, "Given and granted unto John Webster, and unto Mathias Currin (Curwen), and unto Philip Fowler, and unto William Moody, and unto Thomas Dorman, and unto Christopher Osgood, and unto Joseph Medcalf, to each of them, four acres of meadow and marsh ground as it will arise in 20 poles or rods, by the land side, unto them, their heirs or assigns, lying northward of the Town, the marsh is not limited unto them."


The Fowler Family: a Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler, of Ipswich, Mass: Ten Generations: 1590-1882 Salem Press, Salem, Ma. 1883

Stickney goes on to list all of Philip Fowler's dealings in Ipswich and the surrounding towns. I'll discuss two documents in my next post. But for now, here is the list of the children of Philip and his first wife Mary:

The children of Philip and Mary (winsley?) Fowler, were:—

2. Margaret, bapt. 25 May, 1615; m. Christopher Osgood and others.

3. Mary, b. ;m. William Chandler.

i. Samuel, b. In deposition 1618; m. ;2d. Wid. Margaret Morgan.

5. Hester, b. ;m. Jathnell Bird; Robert Collins.

6. Joseph, b. probably about 1629; m. Martha Kimball.

7. Thomas, b. in deposition 1636; m. Hannah Jordan.


Philip didn't leave a will but there are several documents about his estate and those will be discussed in the next post.

To be continued

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