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Subject: Re: [SALEM-WITCH-L] Fw: Mary Clements Osgood
Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 09:12:46 EDT

I am also related to Mary CLEMENT Osgood, and below is some of the
information that I have on her ordeal. If you would like more, Barbara, I
would be very happy to e-mail it to you. Hope that this helps. Joanne

Robert Clements was twice licensed by the Norfolk County Court to
sell wine in Hampton and Haverhill, a privilege in those days only extended
to the better class of citizens. As marriage by a magistrate was the only
legal form in the early days of the Massachusetts colonies, he doubtless
performed many a ceremony besides that which united his daughter Mary to
Capt. John Osgood of Andover. (She was also arrested for witchcraft Sept. 8,
1692 - see "Devil Discovered" by Enders Robinson - page 27, She also had a
daughter named Constance (see page 333, same book)

Mary, b. 1637, deposed in 1695, aged 58 years, m. John OSGOOD. (Mary
was born in England in 1637, and died in Andover, MA Oct. 27, 1710. She
married Nov. 15, 1653, in Haverhill, MA John Osgood, born in England in 1632,
died Andover, MA Aug. 21, 1693, son of John and Sarah Osgood. (His parents;
John Osgood, with his wife Sarah and son Job, came on the ship the
"Confidence" in 1639. He was one of the first settlers of Andover; one of
the founders of the church there and the first representative to the General
Court from the town. In his will in 1658, he left the family homestead to
his son John Osgood, Jr. and a bequest of Twenty shillings to his daughter,
Sarah Clements. (p 38)
When Robert Clements came to New England in 1642,
Mary who was only five years old, was left in England, probably with
relatives. Previous to 1652, she was living at Coventry with a Mrs. BIDDLE
in Hay Lane. She must have joined her family in New England in 1652-3, as
her marriage was in Nov. 1653, the ceremony being preformed by her father.
John Osgood, Jr, husband of Mary Clement, was a man
of prominence in Andover, MASS, For thirty years he was in military service,
and in 1683 he was a Captain of a "troop of horse." His name always appears
second in any list of public of church officers at Andover. He had a
considerable estate in lands and was a man of future. Mary Clements is
mentioned as "a remarkabley pious and good woman," and yet in 1692, she was
accused of witchcraft. It is perhaps indicative of the height to which the
witchcraft delusion rose that so prominent a woman could be found among the
accused. Evidently the accusations were often caused by jealousy. It is
quite probable that her commitment was signed by Dudley Bradstreet, her
husband's friend.

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