Biography of Luther P. Osgood
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Luther P. Osgood was born Sept. 20, 1818, at Wendall, Franklin Co., Mass. He is the son of Luther and Lucy Osgood, who were born, reared and married in Massachusetts. His grandfather, Josiah Osgood, was an officer of the Revolutionary war, and his father served in the war of 1812. The latter moved to Verona., Oneida Co., N. Y., in 1824, where he followed farming until his death, in 1850, at the age of seventy years. His widow died in 1856, aged eighty one years. The homestead in Verona is now owned by a grandson, Beman Osgood. Luther P. Osgood, our subject, was reared a farmer and has always followed that avocation, though in early life he was, for a short time, engages in clerking in the mercantile trade, and later was owner and operator of a saw mill in the State of New York. April 29, 1840, he was united in marriage with Catharine Toll, who was born in Verona, Oneida Co., N. Y., April 14, 1821, and commenced married life in that town. In 1847 he moved to Volney, Oswego County, living there until he came to Brookfield Township, where he has resided since, his homestead property covering the old pioneer farm of Mr. Godard, settled on in 1834. The original purchase was 320 acres. He also had a cash capital of $1,200. He now owns a valuable farm of 480 acres. his residence and farm buildings denoting thrift and enterprise. Of the eleven children bern to Mr. and Mrs. Osgood, eight are now living - Lucy M., married George Marsh, Jr., a clerk in the War Department at Washington, D. C., for the past twenty years; Simon T., of the firm of Gage & Co., Marseilles, Ill.; Susan, wife of Lieutenant Henry Upton, of Pierce County. Neb., who was a member of the One Hundred and Fourth Illinois Infantry; Catharine M.. wife of Charles M. Carpenter, of Morris, Ill.; Frances, wife of Marshall N. Armstrong, attorney at law, at Ottawa. this county; Henry D., Luther P., Jr.. and Charles D., living at home. Those deceased are-Beman, died in Oswego County, N. Y., aged ten months; Willard, died in Illinois, aged four years, and Florence died in Illinois. aged two years and six months. In early days Mr. Osgood was a Whig, but on the organization of the Republicans, identified himself with that party. Mr. Osgood has been a resident of this county for many years, and has always taken an active interest in all that pertains to the public good, and has won the confidence and esteem of a wide circle of acquaintances. He and his wife are members of the Baptist church, of Seneca.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886