The Ogbourne Chronicles
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|A reference to a Symon Ogborne, aged about 20 of Hardwicke, Gloucestershire is found in "Men & Armour for the County of Gloucester" in 1608. This record was compiled on the King's instructions to identify the men available and fit to fight in a war with France.|
17th century Tombstones in Elmstone Hardwicke churchyard
Two daughters were born to a Symon Ogborne and christened in the Gloucester City church of St Mary Lode in the 1620s:
Anne OGBURNE C: 10 Jan 1622. Father: Simon OGBURNE
Susanna OGBORNE C: 15 Mar 1628. Father: Symon OGBORNE
The registers for for St Mary de Lode parish actually commence from 1675, and the Bishop’s transcripts have therefore been searched for the above entries. 1619, half of 1621, 1627, and 1630 - 1636 are missing.
An excerpt from 'AS I WAS TOLD' by Rubyn Reynolds Ogburn 1958 - Chapter IV dealing with the 'EARLY OGBOURNES' which includes much information about Symon can be downloaded in text file form (37k) Click whilst holding down shift key
See also information on Symon Ogbourne in the book by Fielding and Patricia Ogburn dated 1980
Samuel and John Ogborne - New Jersey - 1684 established themselves in New Jersey and raised families. These two men who may have been related represent the beginning of lines of Ogbourne/Ogburns in the USA from whom many are descended. Extensive details of Samuel and John and their descendants are set out in a document prepared at the turn of the present century entitled "The Ogbornes of Monmouth County" a large part of which is reproduced in this web site (See links below). No reference to Samuel or John has been so far found in ship's passenger lists to America.
November 2008: Newly found information :On 20th April 1684 Samuel Ogbourne weaver was tried in London for being involved in unlawful religious worship, to which he pleaded guilty along with various others. He was fined £6.13.4 (a tidy sum in those days) and was committed to the New Prison at Clerkenwell to remain there until the fine was paid. Could this be the same Samuel Ogbourne who settled in New Jersey (and from whom many present day Ogbournes and Ogburns in the USA are descended) in the same year ? For more information on this case
There is the possibility that John is the same John Ogborne of Cecil Co. who on 24 Setember 1677 sold his right to 50 acres of land due to him for time of service spent (part of a grant to promote settlement of Maryland) [Maryland Patents liber 17, Folio 321]
Or is the William Ogborne of Baltimore Co. related ? He was transported to Maryland in 1663 along with 19 other servants by Tho. Thurston. and was assigned 100 acres on the Bush River on the west side of Chesapeake Bay on 29 June 1672? It seems strange that a name which was and is so uncommon in England crops up as often in the new world. Others could have been encouraged to follow the example of other family members.
Samuel married Jane Curtis, [note made Nov 08 no marriage record has been found, but Samuel & Jane were living in NJ as man and wife] an English Quaker emigrant, in 1684 and Jane's Quaker origins are well documented. Image of Quaker birth register (extract) 1661 -1663 (24k)
This original Quaker record of Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire (Village Views) shows her birth on 11 February 1661, and the two sisters who accompanied her to New Jersey. The Northamptonshire area was the cradle of Quakerism in England from its origins in the 1640s.
"The Ogbornes of Monmouth County" sets out a view that 'the Ogborns were formerly very wealthy potters, in Wales, and drifted from there into England, from whence they were driven, being Quakers, by the persecution of those good people and that they settled in New Jersey in 1684." However there is no supporting evidence for this account, (Quaker records are well preserved in the UK, but show no trace of Samuel or John and their families.
Origins near London ?
However research shows the following possible connections with families living in what is now the western outer suburbs of London, England.
June 15 1625 Samuel Ogborne married Dorothie Pope at Hillingdon, Middlesex.
Children of the above christened:
February 13 1625 John Ogborne married Ellin Smythe at Uxbridge, Middlesex
Children of the above christened:
John 4 July 1627
(The above entries are in the Church of England registers)
Ogbornes had been living in the Uxbridge area for some time, the marriage of Barnard Ogborn and Cyceley Legeard being recorded in Uxbridge in 1546, and a number of others into the early 18th century. Barnard’s will records that he lived at a house called the ‘Oystredge Feather’ in Uxbridge.
No records of Samuel or John’s marriages are to be found in that area, but more research needs to be undertaken to confirm that there are no deaths in infancy recorded there to eliminate that possibility.
In New Jersey Samuel died in 1694, and John in 1719/20. Samuel's age is credible to the above mentioned Christening in 1633 making him 61 when he died, though John at 95 years of age is less credible. [but maybe the John in NJ isn't the John born in 1627, but perhaps the son of Samuel ?, since it seems likely that they may have come to NJ together] No other occurrences of the name Samuel Ogbourne or similar have been found in records in the UK, and whilst short of a proven connection the above appears to be the strongest clue to the origins of the Samuel and maybe John Ogbourne who settled in New Jersey in the 1680s. (See seperate information about Samuel's involvement in court case in London in 1684)
The Ogbournes of Monmouth County
A detailed narative of John Ogbourne and Samuel Ogborne and their descendants was published at the turn of the century, and is reproduced here John Ogborne and descendants (9k) and Samuel Ogborne & descendants (22k)
Staten Island connection?
On the other hand conflicting reports of Samuel's arrival In New Jersey exist - another account says "Samuel Ogborne of Burlington is the ancestor of this particular branch of the family. The names of his sons, Samuel and William Ogborne, appear in the records of Gravesend, Staten Island at the time of their moving there where William bought the lands of Captain Richard Stillwell in 1681, and sold his land to Daniel Lake in 1683, and moved to Achter Kol at Elizabeth Town in East Jersey."
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