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This is the Web home for the Osgood family whose ancestors sailed to San Francisco during the Gold Rush and settled in Santa Cruz in the 1930's.

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[Parkman Osgood] PARKMAN OSGOOD was born and raised in the Bronx but, as a young man, headed to California where his father (William Parkman Osgood) was born and his grandfather was a 49er. He was named for his first cousin, Francis Parkman, a prominent historian (below) but adopted his father's first name and was known as Bill. He worked for gold mining companies all over Northern California, Idaho and Alaska. He was a pilot, served in the Army Air Corps, and worked in an Oakland shipyard. He married Catherine Parker (below) and they settled in Santa Cruz where his mother had been living since the late 1930s. They built a house made of adobe bricks and had two sons. He worked as a car salesman and then stockbroker. Bill had two cars that won awards in car shows including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. He passed away in 1990.

[Catherine Osgood] CATHERINE (PARKER) OSGOOD was an artist and mother who lived in Santa Cruz, California for nearly 60 years. She passed away in 2009. Click here to learn more about her art and travels.

S. Osgood] EDWARD S. OSGOOD (1823-1898) came to San Francisco from Boston by ship around Cape Horn in 1849. He resided near the northwest corner of California and Powell streets and later near the southeast corner of Pine and Leavenworth. He was employed by Mark Brumagim & Co. (banking) at 100 Montgomery Street. His brother-in-law was Jonathan Hunt, the San Francisco tax collector in the 1850s. Edward graduated from Amherst College in 1844. His first son (William Parkman Osgood) was born in San Francisco, and his grandson is Parkman Osgood (above).

[Samuel Osgood] Colonel SAMUEL OSGOOD (1748-1813) served in the Washington Cabinet along with Jefferson, Hamilton, Knox and Randolph. He allowed his personal residence in New York City to be used by President Washington as the first executive mansion. Osgood led a local company of minutemen into the Battle of Lexington and Concord and rose to the rank of Colonel. He was Speaker of the New York State Assembly and became the first president of City Bank of New York (now called Citibank). Osgood was appointed Chief Naval Officer for the Port of New York by President Thomas Jefferson. This portrait has been in the President's Room of the U.S. Capitol since the Lincoln presidency. He is Parkman Osgood's first cousin (four generations removed).

[James R. Osgood] JAMES RIPLEY OSGOOD (1836-1892) founded the publishing firm James R. Osgood and Company and published for Walt Whitman, Henry James and Bret Harte. He was the advance agent for Charles Dickens' U.S. tour in 1867. He was also Samuel L. Clemens' publisher, and among other books, published the first edition of "The Prince and the Pauper" in 1881. Osgood traveled with Clemens (Mark Twain) down the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans by riverboat. In 1883 Osgood published the book that resulted from that trip, Twain's "Life on the Mississippi." It is said to be the first book composed on a typewriter. He spent his last years in London where he was buried. He is Parkman Osgood's first cousin (two generations removed).

[Cottingworth Farm, Wherwell UK] JOHN OSGOOD (1595-1651) was our first ancestor in America. He and his family lived in this house, which is still standing, on Cottingworth Farm in Wherwell, England. John brought his wife and children to America on the ship Confidence in June 1638. They were the first settlers of Andover, Massachusetts. Their home was at the junction of Osgood and Court streets in what is now North Andover. He came to own over 600 acres of land. All of the above Osgoods are descendants of his. Samuel Osgood is his great-great-great grandson. Edward is his great-great-great-great-great-grandson. Parkman Osgood is his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson.

Osgood Pond in North Andover, Massachusetts:

[Osgood Pond, North Andover, Mass]


[Francis Parkman] FRANCIS PARKMAN (1823-1893) is considered the nation's leading historian of his day. He explored the American West before the Gold Rush. He lived with and wrote about native Americans all across the continent. A three-cent stamp was issued with his portrait by the U.S. Postal Service in 1967. He is Parkman Osgood's first cousin (three generations removed).

[George S. Parker] GEORGE S. PARKER (1863-1937) founded the Parker Pen Company in 1892. Parker Pens have traditionally been used by the president and other officials during ceremonies for signing bills and treaties. He is Catherine (Parker) Osgood's granduncle.

[Napoléon's return from Moscow] GOTTFRIED ERNST GÜHNE was part of Napoléon’s army and marched to Moscow and back in 1812. Only six-percent of Napoléon’s soldiers returned. He was awarded the Médaille de Sainte-Héléne. He is Parkman Osgood’s great-great-grandfather (on his mother’s side of the family).


Mr. Dick Osgood of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire is compiling a new Osgood Genealogy to bring forward the one published in 1894.


Osgood Family Crests