Notes for William Osgood: came to this country in company with the family of his brother John, in the ship Confidence. The Confidence sailed from Southampton, England, on April 11, 1638.
was a proprietor in Salisbury 1640
William Osgood and the other part-owners of the old mill at Salisbury were brought to task for failing to pay the town its share of lumber agreed upon in return for allowing the mill to be built on Salisbury land. Osgood had to sue the heirs of the other owners, including "Susan Whitrige, administratrix of Anthony Colbye," to recover boards for Salisbury, which he did at court September Term, 1682. Among the depositions establishing the number of boards due were several describing immigration into Essex County, such as that of John Pressy "aged about forty-four years, testified that the first summer he came into this country, in 1651 . . . I do well remember that the saw mill at Salisbury was one thing that was accounted a rare thing and I did go to see it and I did see it going and sawing boards that very summer."
The first settlers quickly recognized the importance of the Powow River 1641 the Town granted William Osgood 50 acres on condition he build a Saw Mill The 50 acres ran from the mouth of Back River to the head of the rapids in the upper millyard This area was known as Osgood's Landing The saw Mill was operational by the fall of 1642 While not the first in New England, it was one of the earliest, & became center of activity
More About William Osgood: Occupation 1: Part owner - saw mill.58, 59, 60 Occupation 2: Millwright and carpenter.61 Residence: Abt. 1638, Salisbury, Mass.
More About William Osgood and Elizabeth Clere: Marriage: 1632, Salisbury, Mass.
Children of William Osgood and Elizabeth Clere are: