- In March 1656, the first recorded Andover town meeting was held in his home, the home his father left him. He was first a sergeant in the milita, 1658, 1661, then a lieutenant, 1666, 1675, 1677, 1689, fainlly a captain, 1683. He was a selectman, 1670-73, 1677, 1680-82, and representative in 1668-69, 1689 and 1690. He was an innholder in 1689.
Savage says: JOHN, Andover, s. of the reced. b. in Eng. oft. a selectman, was capt. and rep. 1666, 9, 89, and 90, with high popularity, as he had been imprison. by Andros. He m. at Haverhill, 15 Nov. 1653, Mary, d. of Robert Clement, had John, b. 3 Sept. 1654; Mary, 27 Nov. 1656; Timothy, 10 Aug. 1659; Lydia, 12 Aug. 1661; Peter, 30 Aug. 1663; Samuel, 10 Mar. 1665; Sarah, 7 Apr. 1667; Mehitable, 4 Mar. 1671; Hannah, 30 May 1674; Sarah, 4 Nov. 1667; Ebenezer, 4 Oct. 1678; Clement, 12 Oct. 1680, d. soon. He d. 21 Aug. 1993, no doubt in some degree from the torment inflict. on his w. by accusa. of witchcraft in the damnable delusion of 1692, tho. [] she saved her life by confess. of impossib. guilt. See Abbot, Calef, and Hutchinson, II. 31. Charming page is that in 1 Mass. Hist. Coll. VII. 241, wh. gives her indictm. the gift of it being, that she "a covenant with the devil did make, and signed the devil's book, and took the devil to be her God, and consented to serve and worship him, and was bapt. by the devil, and renounc. her former Christian bapt. and promised to be the devil's, both body and soul forever, and to serve him." I rejoice, that, aft. the evaporation of the infernal spirit, she had energy eno. to acknowledge, 19 Oct. 1692, bef. the venerab. Increase Mather (not Cotton M. as in Geneal. Reg. XIII. 118, told) the falsehood of her confess. for surely most of the charges in that indict. would be better laid against the judges in the oyer and terminer. They served, if they did not worship the devil, and took him to be their God, whether they signed his book or not. Had that book been brot. into Court, as it ought to have been, or the governm. call. on to show at least, what means they had used to get the precious rec. to the open view of the jury, the name of William Stoughton, and more than one of his assoc. judges, I doubt not, as clear. as that of Mary Osgood, would have flared in the sapphire blaze. Hard is it to decide, whether prisoners or judges were under stronger delusion. Sarah d. 22 Apr. 1667; Hannah d. 3 Aug. 1674. Lydia m. 20 Jan. 1680, James Frye; Mary m. 8 July 1680, John, Aslett. Clement d. 18 Nov. 1680.
Prob. born in Wherwill, Hampshire, Engand.
Essex County, Massachusetts, Probate Index, 1638-1840
File #: 20215
Name: Capt. John Osgood
File Date: 01 Dec 1693
Type: intestate [2, 3, 4]