Osmond Dutch

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  • Name  Osmond Dutch  [1, 2
    Born  1584  Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Dec 1684  Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I15184  alger
    Last Modified  6 Apr 2012 

    Father  Robert Dutch,   b. Abt 1565-1570, , , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1606 
    Mother  Unknown,   b. Abt 1564, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  1583  [3
    Family ID  F9853  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Margaret Haywell,   b. 1592,   d. Bef 1627 
    Married  Abt 1620 
    Children 
     1. Robert Dutch,   b. 1621-1623, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1686-1687, Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Margaret Dutch,   b. 1624, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1629, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Dutch,   b. 1 Dec 1627,   d. Bef 7 Jan 1629, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  9 Dec 2009 
    Family ID  F8167  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Grace Pratte,   b. 1607, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1694, Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  20 Mar 1629  Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Grace Dutch,   b. Bef 6 Dec 1629, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1632, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Dutch,   b. 1631, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 9 Feb 1632, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Grace Dutch,   b. 1632, , , , America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1703
     4. Susanna Dutch,   b. 1633, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 11 Nov 1633, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William Dutch,   b. Abt 21 Sep 1635, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 16 Jul 1636, Bridport, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Esther Dutch,   b. Abt 1639, , , , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1721, Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Samuel Dutch,   b. Abt 1645,   d. Jul 1693
     8. Hezekiah Dutch,   b. 29 Mar 1647, Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1730
     9. Mary Dutch,   b. 22 Oct 1652, Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1680, Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Alice Dutch,   b. Abt 1637, , , , America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 4 May 1704, Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  9 Dec 2009 
    Family ID  F4601  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Although we know that Osmund Dutch or Douche came from Bridport, a coastal town in Dorset, England, we do not yet know of his ancestry. His first wife died while they were still living in Bridport and he remarried there.

      Apparently the first home of Osmund Dutch was in Newport, Rhode Island, where he was admitted as an inhabitant in March, 1638/9. His stay there was short, and by July, 1639, he had gone to Cape Ann, Massachusetts. There he formed a fishing partnership with Thomas Millward of Noodle's Island and decided to send for his family.

      In Boston, Massachusetts he employed lawyer Thomas Lechford to write to his wife in Bridport and to send her documents necessary for the disposal of their English property (a copy of the letter is included in the Davis book).

      When his family arrived, Osmund Dutch settled them in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. He served as selectman in 1650, was a member of a trial jury in 1655, and in 1658 contributed to the salary of the parson, Rev. Mr. Millett. In 1674 he signed a petition against allowing a tavern near the meeting house.

      Osmund Dutch was involved in several court cases, including a suit by Nathaniel Pitman in 1641 for price of a raft that Dutch had purchased on the condition that it would "swim," which it didn't. He won a case in 1662 against John French for holding back some cloth and for spoiling a coat and suit. Apparently there were several suits involving John Meagher, a shoreman, with verdicts for either side.

      His widow, Grace Dutch, and his son, Robert Dutch, were appointed administrators of his estate on 31 Mar 1685. An inventory taken on 11 Dec 1684, evaluated the estate at 83 pounds, 10s. The principal items in his estate were the homestead and five acres at Eastern Point.

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      The following is from the Shiels reference:

      CiD"They settled in Gloucester in a place known as Dutch's slough. There are no deeds but he did mortgage all property for 50 pounds in 1663. In 1678 he gave his son-in-law, Samuel Elwell, two acres of marsh at Stark Naught Harbor. There was a disput in 1641 over a raft that Osmund refused to pay because it wouldn't 'swim'. He served as selectman in 1650, on a jury trial in 1655 and helped pay the salary of the parson in 1658. In 1662 he was fined for resisting payment of a fine for his neglect of military training."

      His wife Grace and his son Robert were administrators of his estate. It's value on March 31, 1685 was only (pounds) 83:10:0. "Grace was extremely poor and petitioned the court to sell land." [see Petition found at the Massachusetts Archives, 16:382:383, dated 21st July 1685.]C/iD
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      Sources:
      * Section on Osmund Dutch and family by Walter Goodwin Davis in "The Ancestry of Phoebe Tilton 1775-1847" (The Anthoensen Press, Portland, Maine, 1947), starting at page 87, which Robert Charles Anderson calls "the best account of the Dutch family" (The The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 2, Page 1286.)

      * Family group sheet received from Mary Roe Porter, Provo, Utah, citing the following source: "Pioneers of Mass.," by Pope, Pg. 147.

      * Information obtained from Joan Say, Orem, Utah, citing the following sources:
      Mass. 18 P. 147 - "Ancesters of Ipswich Families," by Hemmetts, Pp. 135-144
      B 15 A190 P. 187
      Mass. 12 C O
      Mass. G 5 - History of Gloucester

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: alger@alum.mit.edu

  • Sources 
    1. [S89] Web sites - electronic file cabinet, GEDCOM of rshdsh database from rootsweb.com - 14 Aug 2004 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S214] Alger files - Porter, Mary Roe, Mary Roe Porter, Family group record for Joseph Elwell and Mary Dutch - undated (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S50] Family Search Ancestral File - V 4.19, Mormon Church, Pedigree chart for Hezekiah Elwell - AFN=NHR2-FL - 17 Jan 2005 (Reliability: 3).


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