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Rev. John  Owsley

Rev. John Owsley

Male 1630 - 1687  (57 years)

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  • Name John Owsley 
    Title Rev. 
    Born 1630 
    Christened 12 Dec 1630  Shepton Beauchamp, Somersetshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Birth 1635  [1
    Church Affiliation Church of England 
    Divines
    Divines
    How beautiful upon the mountains
    are the feet of him who brings good news,
    who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
    who publishes salvation,
    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
    Residence Whittlebury, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 8 Nov 1652  Stogursey, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Vicar of Stoke-Coursey parish. Owsley was installed here during the interregnum. When Charles II (1630-1685) was restored in 1660, Owsley was sent to Glooston in Leicester. 
    Residence 15 Mar 1660  Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Rector, Glooston Church. 
    Died 25 Dec 1687  Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 27 Dec 1687  Glooston Church, Glooston, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Rev. John Owsley
    Rev. John Owsley
    Glooston Church
    Glooston Church
    Glooston Church
    Person ID I1711  Dickinson
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2014 

    Father John Owsley,   b. 1581, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. c. 1651, Trull, Taunton, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Edith Edwards,   b. 18 May 1595, Winshire, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1663, Trull, Taunton, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 1623  Leystone, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0538  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dorothea Poyntz,   b. Abt 1631, Benefield, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1705, Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married 1659  [2, 4
    • The marriage date reported by Burke is erroneous.

    • Hallaton, Leicestershire, Jan. 2nd, 1796.

      Major William Ouseley,

      Sir:

      The letter you was pleased to honor me with Dec. 24th (inst.) was greatly to my surprise. The name Owsley, I grant, is very rare from my own inquiries, but whether I am of the same family with yourself I will not pretend to say. At your request I send you some particulars relating to my family, humbly requesting that you will be as explicit as possible respecting yours, in order to lead us as to the discovery of this new alliance.

      I was born at Glooston, in the County of Leicester, and there registered. My father's Christian name was John, my grandfather's name William, and great grandfather's John Owsley, all rectors of Glooston, the aforesaid parish, and there interred. My family consists of two sons and two daughters. My eldest son is a clergyman (John Owsley, B. A., rector of Blaston); the other son, Charles Owsley, a surgeon, settled in Hallaton. My great grandfather, John Owsley, had six sons and four daughters. Sons, Newdigate, Thomas, Charles, William, John and Poyntz. Daughters, Sarah, Edith, Mary and Dorothea.

      Newdigate Owsley was a Russian merchant and Paymaster General in Queen Anne's reign.

      Thomas married and died in Jamaica. [This is an error. Thomas referred to may, and probably did, marry in Jamaica, but died in Virginia in the year 1700.]

      Charles died in the army in the place of Captain.

      William and John both died at college.

      Poyntz married a Miss Mary David, of the County Leicester.

      John Owsley, my great grandfather, married Dorothea Poyntz, and the Right Honorable Stephen Poyntz, father of the present Dowager Lady, was my trustee during my minority. The afore named Owsleys are all dead but myself.

      Respecting my arms, it differs from yours in some measure, which, I presume, was changed through the aforesaid Newdigate Owsley's position in the army. The seal with which I seal this letter was given me by his son, John Owsley, who spent most of his time in Italy and other foreign parts.

      Charles Owsley, the youngest son of the aforesaid Newdigate, was educated at Cambridge; has been dead many years; is interred at Lowlaton [Low Leyton?] church, Essex; where there is a monument of marble erected to his father's memory. Thereon are the arms.

      The family house upon Epping Forest, near Lowlaton, but not now in the family, cannot be described within the compass of a letter.

      The explanation of my arms is as follows; The chief lion erect, holding three holly leaves, or holly branch, between his paws.

      At the receipt of this may I presume to request of you the satisfactory particulars, and by what means you obtained my name and place of abode?

      Sir, I have the honor to be,

      Your obedient humble servant,

      John Owsley. [3]
    Children 
     1. Sarah Owsley,   b. 8 Mar 1651, Whittlebury, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. John Owsley,   b. 6 Mar 1654, Stogursey, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. College Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     3. William Owsley,   b. 9 Apr 1656, Stogursey, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. College Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +4. Thomas Owsley, I,   b. 1658, Stogursey, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1700, Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Newdigate Owsley,   b. 1660, Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1714, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)  [Birth]
    +6. Edith Owsley,   b. 14 Dec 1662, Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Aug 1714, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     7. Poyntz Owsley,   b. 11 Apr 1667, Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Dec 1731, Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [Birth]
     8. Charles Owsley,   b. 03 Sep 1669, Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Military Service Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     9. Mary Owsley,   b. 01 Nov 1671, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Dorothea Owsley,   b. 23 Dec 1673, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F0531  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 12 Dec 1630 - Shepton Beauchamp, Somersetshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Whittlebury, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Vicar of Stoke-Coursey parish. Owsley was installed here during the interregnum. When Charles II (1630-1685) was restored in 1660, Owsley was sent to Glooston in Leicester. - 8 Nov 1652 - Stogursey, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Rector, Glooston Church. - 15 Mar 1660 - Glooston, Leicester, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Dec 1687 - Glooston, Leicester, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Genealogical Facts of the Owsley Family in England and America, Harry Bryan Owsley, (Chicago: Wisconsin Historical Society, 1890), 50 .

    2. [S336378] A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Enjoying Territorial Possessions or High Official Rank; but Univested with Heritable Honors, Burke, John, (London, U.K.: 1837), vol. 3, 674.

    3. [S3] Genealogical Facts of the Owsley Family in England and America, Harry Bryan Owsley, (Chicago: Wisconsin Historical Society, 1890), 31-32.

    4. [S057357] Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 18th ed., Townsend, Peter and Montgomery-Massingbred, Hugh, ed., (London: Burke's Peerage 1965-1972), Vol. 1, 582.