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Squire Osborn

Male Bef 1766 - Abt 1807  (41 years)

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  • Name Squire Osborn 
    Born Bef 1766  [1
    Gender Male 
    1797 Tax List Russell County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Served 25 May 1781  Revolutionary War: Enlisted in Capt. Brevard's Co., Col. Abram Shepard's 10th Reg. Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Misc. 1787  Russell County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Died Abt 1807  Drowned at confluence of Big Sandy and Ohio Rivers Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I1386  Our Genealogy
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2011 

    Family Elizabeth Alley,   b. BET. 1765 - 1775, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1792 
     1. Hannah Osborn,   b. Abt 1792, Russell County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860  (Age ~ 67 years)
     2. Sarah Osborn,   b. 1793, Scott (Russell) County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1833, Franklin County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     3. James Thomas Osborn,   b. 15 Sep 1797, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1858, Franklin County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Edy Osborn,   b. Abt 1798, Russell County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, Callaway County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     5. Jane "Ginsey" Osborn,   b. Abt 1801, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1859, Probably Franklin County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F520  Group Sheet

  • Notes 

      Note: First figure after name refers to number of tithables over 21.Second figure after name refers to number of tithables age
      16 and under age 21.


      Osborn, James 1
      Osborn, James 1
      Osborn, Squire 1
      Osborn, Stephen 1
      Osborn, Thomas 1
      Osborn, William 1

      Squire Osborn was probably born in Rowan Co., North Carolina, and died atthe confluence of the Big Sandy and Ohio River. It is thought that thathe was a nephew of Thomas Osborn because of his will settlement.

      Squire Osborn served in Capt. Brevard's co., Col. Abram Shepherd's 10thReg. He enlisted25 May 1781 and was discharged 25 April 1782. (N.C.State Records, Clark's Vol. XVI). He appeared first in Russell Co., VArecords 7 July 1787 (LOB 1-28] and was last recorded there in 1804, whennamed for jury duty.

      Bio. of William R. Osburn-1122
      History of Franklin County, Indiana, Indianapolis, B.F. Bowen & Co.,Inc., 1915. Page 872. (transcript)
      [See the bio. of George R. Osburn-1113]
      [See the bio. of William H. Osborn]
      [See the bio. of Joseph J. Harvey]

      The Osburn family, worthily represented in Franklin county at thepresent
      time by William R. Osburn, was one of the very first families to locate in
      Franklin county. In fact, the first members of the family located here in
      1799, a year before Indiana was made a territory, fourteen years before
      Franklin county was organized and seventeen years before Indiana was
      admitted to the union. During this long period of one hundred and sixteen
      years succeeding generations of the family have been active participantsin
      every phase of development of the county. A complete history of theOsburn
      family and its connection with the various interests of the county wouldbe,
      in a large measure, the history of Franklin county. In fact, the comingof
      this family to this county antedates, the county organization many years,
      the Osburns having been among the earliest and most prominent settlers of
      this section.
      William R. Osburn, son of George Riley and Martha F. (Sutfin) Osburn,was
      born in Butler township, November 26, 1867. His father was born in thesame
      township, September 26, 1828, and his mother was a native of the same
      township, the date of her birth being March 26, 1842. William R. Osburnis
      the only one of the nine children born to his parents who is now living.
      George R. Osburn was educated in the public schools of his hometownship
      and remained at home until the opening of the Civil War. He enlisted
      January 1, 1862, in Company B, Fifty-second Regiment Indiana Volunteer
      Infantry, and served until he was finally discharged from the service
      September 10, 1865, at Montgomery, Alabama. Among many other battles in
      which he was engaged, he participated in the engagement at Fort Donaldson,
      Nashville and Mobile. George R. Osburn was married in 1866 and the year
      following moved to Denver township, Richland county, Illinois, where he
      lived until 1901. He then returned to the old homestead in Brookville
      township, Franklin county, Indiana, and lived there until his death in1909.
      His wife had preceded him to the grave several years, her death having
      occurred in Illinois in 1901.
      William R. Osburn moved with his parents to Illinois before he was ayear
      old and lived in Illinois until 1901. In that year he returned to this
      county with his father and settled down on the old homestead of twohundred
      and sixteen acres which he now owns. He has engaged in general farmingand
      stock raising with such success as to entitle him to the name of a
      progressive farmer.
      Mr. Osburn was married in 1894 to Susie Willhite, who was born in
      Illinois, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Willhite, both of whom are
      Mr. Osburn always has given his hearty support to the Republican party
      and has always taken an intelligent interest in political affairs,although
      he has never aspired to office. His wife is a member of the Methodistchurch
      and Mr. Osburn contributes to the support of this denomination. He is a
      Mason, a member of the Royal Arch degree, holding membership atBrookville.
      He is also an Odd Fellow. Mr. Osburn is a man well worthy of the high
      esteem in which he is held throughout the community and is a sterling
      representative of a family which has always been active in promoting the
      best interests of Franklin county.
      In view of the fact that the Osburn familv is one of the oldestfamilies
      of the county, it seems particularly fitting that the followinggenealogical
      history of the family be here included, this history of the family notonly
      being interesting from a personal standpoint but also valuable as throwing
      an interesting light on the early history of the county.
      The paternal grandsire of the Osburn generation whose descendants
      settled in Franklin county, Indiana, was one of the first men in Kentucky,
      and was accidentally drowned in the Ohio river near the mouth of the Big
      Sandy, about 1796. This pioneer was of English nativity, his mother and
      father came from Wales and England and resided in Scott county, Virginia.
      Wishing to seek a home in the West, the father was bringing his family
      to Kentucky when he lost his life by his canoe upsetting. His widow and
      only son, James T. Osburn, Jr., who was aged ten years, continued westward
      to the town of Boonsboro, Kentucky, where they remained one year,returning
      to Virginia in 1797.
      In the spring of 1798, this young man and his mother came west thesecond
      time, traveling overland on horseback, his four sisters accompanying them.
      They started from Abington, Virginia, on the banks of the Clinch river,and
      finally after enduring many hardships reached Fort Washington, later on
      named Cincinnati, going from there to Boonsboro, Kentucky, a portion ofthis
      lonesome and wearisome journey being only a blazed trail, and thewilderness
      of timber through which they journeyed being inhabited by wanderingIndians.
      In the summer of 1799 these pioneers along with other emigrants came to
      the wilds of Indiana territory, and located temporarily on a tract of land
      near Metamora. The territorial lands had not at that early day beenthrown
      open for entry or even taken as a homestead until September of 1804.
      Something over one hundred years ago, this part of Indiana was not
      generally settled; there was plenty of land and only small colonies and
      settlements. It was fashionable to get married early in life, have large
      families and populate the country, for then a home could be secured almost
      for the asking and at not to exceed one dollar and twenty-five cents per
      In the autumn of 1809, James T. Osburn, Jr., who had passed histwentieth
      birthday anniversary, along with seven other young men of the West Fork
      community decided their happiness would be increased by committingmatrimony
      by wholesale and creating a little excitement and fresh material for the
      gossips to digest.
      Therefore, by a special agreement, the young men took their sweethearts
      horseback behind them and struck the trail leading to Big Cedar creek, to
      the home of Elder DeWeese, where they had their hearts and hands welded in
      matrimony. This itinerant preacher did not make any charge for hisservices
      because the Good Book suggested that mankind multiply and replenish.
      This pioneer and his faithful wife set up housekeeping near the site of
      St. Mary's church at Haymond, Indiana, and during his lifetime, was
      prominently connected in the affairs of his community and county. He wasa
      typical Virginian and prided himself on assisting the needy and distressed
      and demonstrating his hospitality. He considered a good name preferableto
      riches, yet he is said to have possessed both.
      The result of James T. Osburn's venture and matrimonial union waseleven
      children, six sons and five daughters.
      Just here will state for the Osburn descendants (who are numerous) that
      Captain James T. Osburn was a militia captain under General Noble.
      It is related that Capt. James T. Osburn, who was a crack shot with a
      rifle, killed four black bears while going to a neighbor's cabin a fewmiles
      from Haymond. This frontiersman, while out hunting for deer one antumn,
      killed one of the largest timber rattlesnakes ever seen in Franklincounty.
      It measured twenty-four inches in circumference and had twenty-fourrattles,
      hence it could give warning if disturbed; he was an athlete and expert
      wrestler, and often mingled with the Indians and shot with a bow and arrow
      and with his trusty rifle at a mark.
      Mrs. Jane Harvey, wife of Squire Harvey and eldest daughter of Capt.
      James T. Osburn and wife, furnished many thrilling incidents of hergirlhood
      days. She related that her father when he went out on a hunting tour tobe
      absent several days, carried punk and flint to start a fire, for matcheshad
      not been invented; a large needle, and thread made of catgut, plenty of
      powder, bullets and patching for his gun, a hunting knife, hand-axe,
      corn-pone bread, salt and pepper, and a turkey caller which composed his
      outfit. On one occasion, when he had his hunting dog along and hadwounded
      a fine buck that had taken refuge in a hole of water in Pipe creek the dog
      swam to the deer and it ripped the dog open, its entrails protruding.After
      dispatching the deer, Mr. Osburn turned his attention to his onlycompanion,
      the dog, sewed up the wound and the dog lived three years. Mrs. Harveytold
      how in early days, about 1829, the settlers put bells on the stock running
      at large. They had a herd of cattle in the woods; the wolves got afterthe
      cattle and they headed for home, the howling of the wolves and bells
      clanging on frightened cattle made a medley of sounds most discordant tothe
      ear. The wolves killed one of the best heifers and devoured the animal.
      Captain Osburn with the help of neighbors erected a wolf trap and nextnight
      had the satisfaction of finding three full-grown wolves in the pen. Mrs.
      Harvey accompanied her father to the trap.
      One special incident related by Mrs. Jane Harvey may he of importanceto
      those interested in the early history of Franklin county regarding the
      Indians. Many of the pioneer trappers and hunters of the Whitewater
      found it was policy to keep on friendly terms with the red men. In theyear
      1833 when Mrs. Harvey was twelve years old, she accompanied her father and
      mother to the last camp of about forty Indians located on Indian creek in
      Metamora township, preparatory to their removal to a reservation. It was
      their farewell pow-wow and the Indians were loath to leave such finehunting
      Our readers will pardon us for giving incidents of pioneer people, but,
      as many enjoy reminiscences of this character, will relate a few more
      historical facts relating to the Osburn ancestors and their descendants.
      Everybody about St. Marys of the Rock and in the Pipe creek country knows
      Squire Osburn as the genial, honorable and generally hospitable farmer,
      who is the last son of the original Osburn family. He carries the earmarks
      as, regards sociability of his father and the Virginians of ancestralfame.
      George Riley Osburn, whose death occurred November 20, 1909, was a
      soldier during the Rebellion. He enlisted on January 1, 1862, in CompanyB,
      Fifty-second Indiana infantry, and fought for the Stars and Stripes andthe
      preservation of our Union.
      As stated previously in this narrative, George Riley Osburn, the fifth
      child of his father's family of eleven, remained at the old homestead near
      St. Mary's and farmed and taught school until 1867, when he and his wifeand
      family removed to Richland county, Illinois. He was the owner of three
      hundred acres of fine black soil, but sickness and the death of his wifeand
      six children discouraged him to remain in a malarial country, hence Mr.
      Osborn sold out and he and his remaining son, William, returned toFranklin
      county where it was more healthful.
      If our readers will be patient, will digress and give a briefhistorical
      account of the naming of Cincinnati and how it came about. The emigration
      westward from eastern and middle states in 1787 was very great. The
      commander at Fort Harmer, at the mouth of the Muskingum, reported four
      thousand five hundred persons as haying passed that post between February
      and June of 1788.
      In January, 1788, Matthias Denman, of New Jersey, took an activeinterest
      in the "Simms Purchase," and located among other tracts the sections upon
      which Cincinnati has been built. Mr. Filson, who had been a schoolmaster,
      was appointed to name the town and he named it Losantiville, which
      interpreted means: ville, the town; anti, against or opposite to; as, the
      mouth; and L, for Licking river opposite.
      Fort Washington was established after Fort Vincennes was erected during
      the earlier part of the troublesome Indian wars under General St. Clairand
      General Anthony Wayne, and the town proper was called by the name
      Losantiville. As stated, in 1799, its name was changed by Governor St.
      Clair to Cincinnati and was the headquarters of the military and capitolof
      the Northwest territory.
      During the stampede from New Jersey, Virginia and the southern statesby
      emigrants seeking homes in the northwest along the Ohio river to Kentucky
      and what was then called Indiana territory, there were thousands whosettled
      in this state. Among these many settlers was the Osburn family. The wife
      of Capt. James T. Osburn, Ruth Nelson, was an own cousin of President
      William Henry Harrison.
      To return to the Osburn genealogy, we have tried to give a scattering
      history, dating back to the Revolutionary War, from the fact that Captain
      Osburn's father and his father's brother were both veterans of the War for
      Ruth (Nelson) Osburn died March 20, 1857. Captain James T. Osburn's
      death occurred April 5, 1859, in his seventy-third year.
      It has been one hundred and fourteen years since the ancestral Osburn
      family emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana, and one hundred andtwenty-seven
      years since Captain Osburn's father, who could not swim, fell out of his
      canoe and was drowned.
      Squire Osborn, now in his seventy-sixth year, and Mrs. Mary Schakel,his
      aged sister, aged eighty-one years, are the only survivors of this
      historical family.

      P58 - Court at William Robenson's July 7, 1787, examination of SquireOsborn on suspicion of feloniously stealing a bay mare, property of JohnKendrick, prosecuted by John Kendrick. Present: Andrew Cowan, SamuelRitchie, Thomas Carter, John Thompson. Pleaded not guilty. Squire Osbornordered to be tried at the next court held in Richmond. Remanded to gaol.
      P59 - John Kendrick, Thomas White, William Crockett, Ambrose Fletcher,Richard Crunk to appear in Richmond to give evidence in the case againstSquire Osborn.
      P122 - Commonwealth vs Squire Osborn, presentment of the grand jury forprofane swearing. Def found guilty

      Russell Co., VA, 1794 TaxList, (noted 4 November 2005)
      James Osborn (1)
      James Osborn (1)
      Jonathan Osborn (1)
      Squire Osborn (1)
      Stephen Osborn (3).

  • Sources 
    1. [S2027] 1787 Personal Property Tax List, transcribed by Jeffrey C. Weaver, Second District, WM 21+ WM 16-21 Blacks 16+ Blacks under 16 Horses Cattle, Alley, Thomas 1 - - - 4 3, Alley, James 1 - - - 5 19, Alley, John 1 - - - 2 -, Alley, Samuel 1 - - - 6 3, Alley, James, Jun. 1 - - - 5 2, Crunk, Richard - 1 - - - -, Crunk, John W. 1 - - - 1 2.

    2. [S2042] 1797 Tax List, Submitted by Michael A. Dye, LOWER DISTRICT, ROBERT TATE'S LIST, Osborn, James, (Moc) (1), Osborn, James (C.W.) (2), Osborn, John (1), Osborn, Jonathan (1), Osborn, Squire (1), Osborn, Stephen (3).

    3. [S1662] Secondary source, http://www.geocities.com/oceanbreez.geo/OSBORNE/osborn_dar_records.htm, noted 12 October 2003, DAR Patriot Index - Vol II, Page 159 - New Ancestor List (date unknown), [Page] 159, OSBORN, Squire: b. ca. 1765, d. p. 1797; m. Elizabeth ALLEY; Pvt., NC..

    4. [S3100] Russell County, Virginia Law Order Book 1 (1786 - 1791), Abstracted By Rhonda Robertson.

    5. [S2027] 1787 Personal Property Tax List, transcribed by Jeffrey C. Weaver.

    6. [S1318] Biography of William R. Osburn, History of Franklin County, Indiana, ((Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen & Co., Inc., 1915). Page 872. Noted 4 November 2005), says died 1796, but also says that James T., son of Squire, was 10 years old, which would have been about 1807 - plus, younger children weren't born yet.

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