For Oseville or Doseville, as it stands in Leland's list; named from Osseville in Normandy. Roger de Oseville is found in the Norman Exchequer Rolls of 1189-93 )—probably the same Roger mentioned in the grant of the Earldom of Sadberge to Hugh Pudsey, Bishop of Durham, by Coeur de Lion, as holding half a knight's fee at the former date. Margaret de Osenvill of Lincolnshire, and Sewall de Oseuill and his uncle Alexander in Essex, are both found at about the same time in the Rotuli Curiae Regis. Joan de Osevilla, the widow of William de Rugdon, occurs as a benefactress in the chartulary of Lacock Abbey. Ralph de Osulvilla held in Bedfordshire 1130 (Rot. Pip.) and another Ralph is mentioned in 1200 in Northamptonshire.—Rotuli Curiae Regis. At the close of the same century, Walter Doseville held Hothorp, in the latter county, of the fee of St. Edmund, and married Margaret, the eldest of the four sisters and co-heirs of William de Kirkby, who brought him Stoke Mandeville, in Leicestershire, Oakley Parva, &c, in Northamptonshire, and Munden in Hertfordshire. His son John had succeeded him in 1316, but presumably left no heir, as his son-in-law Edward Trussell was in possession in 1330. Yet the name remained. Henry de Oseville, in 1322, "was, in consideration of his continuance with the King, exonerated from contributing to the fine imposed upon the knights and esquires of the counties of Essex and Hertford."—Palgrave's Parl. Writs. He served as knight of the shire for Herts in the second parliament held by Edward III. Robert de Oseville, of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, received a summons for military service in 1322, and another to attend the great Council at Westminster in 1324.—Ibid. In Oxfordshire the family had been seated during the previous century; for Sewall de Osseville, in the time of Henry III., held two knight's fees in Wendlebury (Testa de Nevill), and was a benefactor to the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem.—(Mom. Anglicanum.)

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