Douglas Farm in Stephentown about 1898. During the period of time that the homestead was owned by Harriet Hubbard Osgood and General Osgood, and their children, it was referred to as "Snug Harbor" in the letters and pictures that Linda has. It was changed back to "Douglas House" and the farm "Glen Douglas" by the current owners in honor of the founders. It has remained in the family since 1765. It was an original grant from King George of England to William Douglas in 1765 of 1000 acres, originally all in Massachusetts. Now it is only 450 acres and part is in Massachusetts and part in New York.
Douglas Home, "Snug Harbor" in 1898
Harriet Mary Hubbard (left) on the front porch of the Douglas House in the late 1800's. On right, Gen. Henry Brown Osgood on the porch of the Douglas House, about 1897. Harriet was the daughter of Captain Richard S. Hubbard and Emaline Douglas, hence the continuation of the douglas line and ownership of the farm in Stephentown.
General Henry B. Osgood with wife, Harriet Hubbard Osgood, their daughter Harriet and her husband, Paul McClendenin and unknown man.
Edwin Putnam Osgood (on left) (Linda's great grandfather), and Henry D. Osgood (on right)were the sons of General Henry Brown Osgood and Harriet Mary Hubbard.
Edwin Putnam Osgood, Emma "Kemmie" Osgood, and Henry Douglas Osgood, all children of General Henry Brown Osgood and Harriet Mary Hubbard.
Harriet Hubbard Osgood (right), daughters Harriet (center) and Kemmie (left). Daughter Harriet married Paul Clendenin.
Paul Clendenin (on left) going for a swin, possibly in the Kinderhook Creek, Stephentown. In picture on right, Harriet Osgood Clendenin poses with a Shaker man at Hancock, Mass. both photos circa 1897.
Harriet O. Clendenin on Douglas property. Linda states that it looks like one of the old colonial road paths. The modern day photo on the right looks like it could have been taken in the same place.
Edwin Putnam aka: "Teddy" or "E.P." Osgood and Elizabeth "Bessie" Clendenin courted in 1899 at the Douglas Farm. They were married for 60 years and had 5 children. Elizabeth was the daughter of Paul Clendenin and his first wife, Susan Dunn. After Susan's death, he married twice more, last to Harriet Osgood. Harriet's brother, Edwin Putnam "Teddy" married the grown daughter of Paul and Susan Clendenin, Elizabeth "Bessie" in 1901. Photo on right was obviously taken in later years. Teddy died in 1962 and Bessie died in 1960.
On the back of this photo it just says "Hancock, Mass." Wonderful picture of a turn of the century picnic, Victorian style.
Haying on the Douglas Farm and surveying the property in a horse and buggy.
This was taken inside a barn on the Douglas property.
Edwin Osgood Cogan b. 1903 d. 1983, was the son of Emma Elizabeth Osgood and Bernard Cogan; Emma Elizabeth was the daughter of Edwin Putnam Osgood.
Our generous contributor, Linda Mesinar and her second cousin, Isabel Cogan Krebs, daughter of Edwin Osgood Cogan, pictured above.
Isabel's line goes: Edwin Osgood Cogan & Helen Aubrey, Emma "Kemmie" Osgood & Bernard Cogan, Harriet Mary Hubbard, Emeline Amelia Douglas, William Douglas.
Linda's line goes: Helen Calista Kolstrup, Emma Elizabeth Osgood, Edwin Putnam Osgood, Harriet Mary Hubbard, Emeline Amelia Douglas, William Douglas.
On the left is Linda's husband David with Isabel Cogan Krebs; on the right is Linda with Isabel's husband, Neil, taken in the barn on the Douglas property.
On the left is the red barn, which is located on the property and on left, the present day Douglas Home from the back, with the red barn in the background. The barn is original from 1825.
The Douglas Pond
The Douglas Home, from the front, as it appears today.
Linda says, " On this property, originally was a log cabin built on the cellar that still exists. The log cabin burned down, then the single story colonial was built. Then a second story was added to it and in the 1960's, there was another fire, although it didn't burn down, the damage was sufficient enough to have to have the home torn down. The next home - a ranch style was built and then the current residents Isabel Cogan Krebs & Neil Krebs added a second story and restored the colonial look."
Linda Mesinar let me know that there was going to be an Osgood/Douglas reunion during the week of October 9, 2006 and as good fortune would have it, my husband and I had planned to be in the Stephentown area during the same time. Linda graciously invited us to attend a tour of the property, and it turned into so much more. We met so many nice people and were treated as though we were family. It was a wonderful experience and so nice to see the descendents of some of the first settlers of Stephentown, continue to appreciate their ancestors and celebrate their contributions.
Thank you Linda, Isabel, Emma and everyone else we met for the warmth with which we were greeted.
Linda took us on a tour of the cellar, which is mentioned above and that was very interesting, especially knowing that it was original to the property. The current home is beautiful and filled with family mementos. The colonial feel to the house reminded me of my years of living in the area. Family pride abounds in this home.