- 1.James OSBORN-2000 ;Died: 14 Dec 1821 Russell Co.,VA Marr: [4,5,6] Mary WHITTAKER-2001
2.Thomas OSBORN-2487 ;Died: 1790 Russell Co.,VA Marr:  Minnie-26
3.Stephen OSBORN-2488 ;Died: 1820 Scott Co.,VA Marr: [10,11] Comfort LANGHAM-2490
4.William OSBORN-2458 ;Born: 1763 Rowan Co.,NC ;Died: 1841 Warrick Co.,IN Marr: [14,15] Marr: 13 Aug 1828 Spencer Co.,IN Susannah FEAGLEY-2470 [1790 SC Census], [1810 KY Census], [1840 IN Census], [1830 IN Census] [Researchers: Joe Osborn ]
[Researchers: Joe Osborn ]
1.Rowan Co., NC Deed Bk 6, p474
2.Ltrs of Adm. for est. of Caleb Osborn; Rowan Co., NC Pls+Qtr Ses Bk 2,p275
3.Indicated by probate records of Caleb's son Thomas in Russell Co., VA
4."Early Osbornes and Alleys", Rita Sutton
5.Will of James Osborn-2000; Russell Co., VA Will Bk 3, p51
6.Bio. of David S. Osborn-1998
7.Probate records of James Osborn-2000; Russell Co., VA
8.James Fraley's Rev. War pension papers
9.Thomas Osborn-2487 probate records; Russell Co., VA
10.Will of John Langham-2662; Tryon Co., NC Wills 1765-1779
11.Will of Stephen Osborn-2488; Scott Co., VA Will Bk 1, p176
12.William Richmond vs. Heirs of Stephen Osborn-2488; Scott Co., VA MB 3-101
13.William Osborn-2458 Rev. War pension papers
14.Will of William Osborn-2458; Warrick Co., IN Will Bk A, p30
15.Spencer Co., IN Marr.
Blair - In your research, did you find Ephraim to be a brother of Caleb? And do you show Jonathan Osborn to be their father?
Do you have the names of Jonathan's other children?
I am said to be a descendant of Caleb Osborn through his son, Stephen, and his son, James. James had at least two sons, Stephen and John Richmond Osborn, who's histories I have.
John Richmond is my g-g-grandfather. He died an accidental death in Hickory Co. MO in 1846. His brother, Stephen also died in MO and is buried in a cemetery not far from where his brother was killed. I know little of their father except that Godspeed's history of several Missouri counties states that Stephen and John's father was named James, and that he was born in Virginia but early on moved to Kentucky.
It is my belief that said James Osborn married Matilda Richmond, daughter of John Richmond.
I am anxious to find others who have reached similar conclusions, perhaps with some documentation.
SRC: Barbara RAMSEY email@example.com
I've recently been trying to check up on the Osborn(e)s as a Kinship means of identifying some of the Penningtons who lived in NW North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. The so-called Pennington "Research" Association has done about the same thing to these Pennington ancestors as the Osborn(e) searchers seem to be doing to yours. Plop an ancestor here in this lineage, term any person who sent you the information a reference, (then you send it back to him to be referenced in turn), quote a purchased CD full of the same sources. It's pathetic, but you will never win with these people, and I think you need to give up. They're the real losers beause they will never find their true ancestry.
I think I have found the source for the Jonathan-Gretta Holman business. The book: Scofield, Flossie, "One line of descent, Thomas Alley, Jacob Need and allied lines." Neodesha, Kan.: unknown, 1973, 73 pgs. She states on page 21 "According to unverified information from Mrs. H. R. Saffell and Maud Elias's "My Father's People" the parents of ephraim Osborne are Jonathan Osborne and Gretta Holman." She goes on to quote some of the stuff being debated here.
There is quite a wonderful book by an excellent historian, Robert W. Ramsay. In "Carolina Cradle, Settlement of the Northwest Carolina Frontier 1747-1762." Dr. Ramsay gives gives naps of localities and cites the documents he used to prepare the book. It is important to recognize when settlement began, Rowan County encompassed virtually all of northwestern North Carolina. The Rowan page of the US GenWeb says, "is an area roughly stretching north from the southeast corner of Randolph County to the Virginia border and west following a line roughly outlined by the southern borders of Randolph and Rowan counties into the eastern counties of Tennessee." There is a map. The URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncrowan/ro-oldrowan.htm
"Carolina Cradle" addresses that portion of the original Rowan County which lies between the Yadkin and Cataba Rivers. Dr. Ramsay states that "Caleb (and possibly Ephraim Osborne, kinsmen of Alexander Osborne migrated to the Yadkin Valley from Elizabeth Town, Essex County, NJ." He gives as a reference for this "New Jersey Wills, XXX, 346." Alexander was a Colonel in the militia, and a public servant in Anson County, and Rowan. Ramsay does not mention Jonathan, however. I looked up the Osborne names in NJ Calendar of Wills and found several records for Caleb Osbornes and one for Edward: "Date: 10 Jul 1711
Location: Elizabeth Town, N. J. will of. Brother Jams, Joshua, son of Caleb Osborn, Samuel, son of Thomas Bancraf; the heirs of the real and personal estate. Executors--Efrem Osborn, Jams Osborn and Johnathan Lynly. Witnesses--William Looker, John Looker, John Radley. Proved June 14, 1714. Lib. 1, p. 476, and Essex Wills On the same sheet: Draft of an indenture, by which Benjamin Bunhill of Elizabeth Town binds himself, with the consent of his mother Abegell Bunhill, as apprentice to Anthony Ollife and wife; not dated. Page: 348" There's lots here to follow up on, and I've gained clues for my own research.
I found an internet biography of an Alexander descendent:
Bio. of James W. Osborne-2598. There are other Osbornes here too. This biography states that Alexander died in 1777 and "he was buried at Centre Church in the county of Iredell, only a short distance from his home."
The 1759 tax list gives Osborne names: Alexr. OSBORN & Negroes Tom, Will & Dinah, Metthew OSBORN, Sam's. OSBORN
John OSBORN, William OSBORN, Ephrim OSBORN, Jospeh OSBORN
Caleb OSBORN. The same list records Benejah and Levy/Levi Pennington. I think Benejah's descendants are those who ended in that area which became Ashe County. Levi may be the Quaker settler of Guilford County, although there are Levis found in the Benejah families as well. I have a page on Levi:
And there is a Pennington NC Land page by Alice Sanders which mentions Enoch Osborn in 1778.
The Osborn(e) and Pennington families were later connected in SE Kentucky counties. Two or three Pennington lineages presently come out of these families, but possibly are actually connected.
I am not an Osborn(e) researcher -- I am not even a researcher of the Pennington lineages connected with the Osborn(e)s (I don't think!) but many of my American Crossroads discussion list at Rootsweb are. I also have my American Crossroads website at Rootsweb: http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~amxroads/
We seek to address the research difficulties you are encountering with people who don't know how to research, but who nevertheless want to disseminate erroneous information.
I have many families of interest who lived in SW Virginia and NW North Carolina, and they are mixed in with these families as well. The Alleys are possibly Dutch Alling, Ailing, and I have an Alley Watts mentioned in my Revolutionary War ancestor's -- John Watts -- I want to
find. My maternal Smiths, Watts and Marcums/Markhams are mixed in with my paternal McDaniels and Penningtons.
Good Luck with your research, Joe. Forget the negative others.
I think the discrepancy in Ramsay's citation may be that he was working with the original records, while you're working from the books. OR, possibly, if he was working from a book, he may have been using some different edition. In my own case, I used ancestry.com's "NJ Calendar of Wills." Their stuff is often distorted because of they way they choose to format and present information, but I found some early wills that you do not include. I was interested in Ramsay's statement that they came from Elizabeth, NJ, as I am looking up other families there. Like you, I did not find anything on 346. However, I did find Caleb Osborne listed as 347(!) and others at 348(!), although the libers and folios are different. What was important to me is that they were at Elizabeth and had Caleb and Ephraim mentioned, although I didn’t find anything that mentioned Alexander.
Also while searching for Elizabeth information, I found a few early deeds and some were under Arsborn. With so many variant surname spellings and abbreviated given names encountered in early Colonial records, it is hard to determine proper identity when one is using search engines.
Page: 347 Name: Caleb Osborne Date: 22 Oct 1711 Location: Elizabeth Town Administration on the estate of, granted to John and Edward Osborne. Lib. 1, p. 328 Page: 347
Name: Edward Osborne Date: 10 Jul 1711 Location: Elizabeth Town, N. J. will of. Brother Jams, Joshua, son of Caleb Osborn, Samuel, son of Thomas Bancraf; the heirs of the real and personal estate. Executors--Efrem Osborn, Jams Osborn and Johnathan Lynly. Witnesses--William Looker, John Looker, John Radley. Proved June 14, 1714. Lib. 1, p. 476, and Essex Wills On the same sheet: Draft of an indenture, by which Benjamin Bunhill of Elizabeth Town binds himself, with the consent of his mother Abegell Bunhill, as apprentice to Anthony Ollife and wife; not dated. Page: 348
Name: James Osborne Date: 05 Oct 1716 Location: Elizabeth Town, Essex Co. yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Nephews--Josiah and John Osborn. Home farm adjoining Joseph Bounel, a lot of 6 acres next to John Osborn, meadow in Elizabeth Town. Personal property. The wife and nephew John Osborn executors. Benjamin Bounel, John Winans, John Winans junior witnesses. Proved October 17, 1716.
Lib. A, p. 39 Page: 348 Name: Jonathan Osborne Date: 28 Sep 1713 Location: Cape May Co. cordwainer; will of. Wife Mary. Sons--Bezelial, Nathan, Ananias; daughters Abiah, Ruth. Worldly estate. The wife executrix. Witnesses--Henry Young, Charles Robinson and George Taylor. Proved May 11, 1714. Lib. 1, p. 449 1713 Oct. 23. Inventory of the estate (£100.10.-, all personal); made by John Taylor and Benjamin Hand. Page: 348
Name: Stephen Osborne Date: 12 Jul 1694 Location: Elizabeth Town will of. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 287 1698 July 1. Inventory of the estate (£14, all personal); made by William --- (names eaten out). Essex Wills Page: 348
Name: Caleb Osburne Date: 19 Nov 1716 Location: Elizabeth Town yeoman. Administration on the estate of, granted to John Osburne of the same place. Lib. A, p. 47
On pages 56 and 57 Ramsay states that John Nisbet/Nesbet may have accompanied Alexander Osborne to Pennsylvania, (citing the Taylor Papers, which refer to Lancaster County, and the Nisbet Papers), and relates that John Nisbet's son John married Alexander Osborne's daughter. I read that one of the Osbornes was a fur trader. (Can't find where it was now.) If this is so, then it would tend to go along with a Lancaster County stop, and might explain a lot about his Kinship associations, and might also connect these Osbornes to other Osbornes to be found in the Delaware, northern Maryland, etc., locales. NJ people often floated down the Delaware River to these areas. The Scotch-Irish were heavily settled in Lancaster County before they started moving on, as were other traders, who located along the Susquehanna River. (Including Abraham Pennington, the Cecil County Indian trader who moved first to Monocacy in Frederick County and then across the Potomac in Orange/Frederick County Virginia.
It is difficult to track these families because they used the same given names through generation after generation. Well, maybe that's one of those plusses, too! Maybe we can work on these together to sort out who's who. I have more information I'm developing.
Thanks againn for your work, I have posted all but the last Volume or two of the Calander of NJ Wills on this Fourm I had to split them up into different posts to do so. You can click on my name then review my postings.
According to the “Genealogies of NJ Famlies” Taken from the Genealogical Mag OF NJ
The Thomas Osborn Family
Complied by Richard Cook
Caleb Osborn b abt 1664 is the son of John Osborn and Mariam
Other Children are
New Jersey Archives
Abstracts of Wills
Edited by William Nelson
Osborne, Caleb of Elizabeth Town Administration on the Estate of.
Grants to John and Edward Osborne Lib I Pg 328
1711, July 10 Osborne Edward of Elizabeth Town N.J.: Will of.
Brother James, Joshua, son of Caleb Osborn, Samuel, Son of Thomas Bancraf; The Heirs of the real and personal estate. Executors, Efrem Osborn, James Osborn and Johnathan Lynly. Witness William Looker, John Looker, John Ladley.
Proved June 14, 1714 Lib I Pg 476 and Essex Wills
1716, Nov 19 Osburne, Caleb of Elizabeth Town, Yeoman Administration on the Estate of.
Granted to John Osburne of the same place.
As you can see this Caleb died and his brother Edward also died soon after Caleb
Caleb and Unknown Had
Caleb and Jane Shaw had
Caleb b abt 1704
New Jersey Archives
First Series Vol 30
Abstract of Wills Vol 2
Calander of New Jersey Wills
Edited by A. Van Doren Honeyman
Pg 95 ( Caleb Osborn Jr and Jno Osborn )
1748 Sept. 6 Clark Jonathan of the Borough of Elizabeth Essex Co. Cordwinder
Children Mathias, Sarah, David, and Jonathan Clark, all under age. Executors Brothers and friends John Potter, Weaver and John Clark, cordwinder Witness Jonathan Allen, Caleb Osborn Jr, Jno. Osborn. Poved Oct 14, 1748
This Suggest that Caleb Osborn Sr is still there
It has been suggested that it is Caleb Osborn Sr who is the one in Rowan County
New Jersey Archives
Series 1 Vol 32
Calander of New Jersey Wills
Vol 3 1751-1760
Edited by A Va Doren Honeyman
Somerville, NJ 1924
1760, Feb 12 Osborn Samuel of the Borough of Elizabeth, Essex Co.
Sons; Samuel, and Michael. Grandsons Cooper Osborn and Adonijah Osborn ( under age). Lot at the Papermill Damn, a meadow called Osborn's Land, Land on the eastside of the West Branch of Rahway River, Between Thomas Baylie, the hiway, the river and the Jury line. Executors, son Michael, and James Carpenter. Wit Daniel Ogden jr., Caleb Osborn, Thomas Taylor. Proved Feb 19, 1760 Lib G pg 142
1761, Aug 13 Inventory made by Caleb Osborn and John Osborn.
Here you have Caleb Osborn Sr in Essex County doing inventory on his Brother Samuel’s Estate. Caleb Osborn of Rowan County was there by 1756, I find it hard to believe that Caleb would travel that Distance, over 400 miles to inventory this Estate.
From North Carolina Genealogy Vol XIV no 4 Winter 1968
British Records NC State Archivbes Box z.5.1769
Report of the Provost D Guard March 145 1781
Morgan Osborn, Caleb Osborn, confined by Major Desfurd, Prisoners of War, Taken at the Yatkin River.
Rebels confined in the provost 21 March 1781 Morgan Osborne, Caleb Osborne, Roan Militia, Recomed for Parole, Taken at their house.
As you can see that Caleb was arrested in 1781, by the British, for being in the Militia, if he was the Caleb Sr in the Essex County B 1704 he would be about 77 years old in 1781.
New Jersey Archives
First Series Vol 38
Calendar of New Jersey Wills
Vol 9 1796-1800
Edited by Elmer T. Hutchinson
Newark NJ 1944
1797, Nov 2 Osborn Caleb Sr of Elizabeth Twsp., Essex Co Int.
Adm'rs Caleb Osborn Jr and David Lyon Jr. Fellowbondsmen John Spinning and Josiah Congar; all of said Co.
1797 Nov 3 Renunciation of Esther Osborn, Witness Andrew Wilson and Jonathan Townley Lib 36 P 504
1797 Nov 3 Inventory by Andrew Wilson and Jonathan Townley File 8968-8975G
1799, Feb 11 Osborn Caleb of Elizabeth Twsp., Essex Co Int
Adm'x Susanna Osborn, Fellowbondsmen, Abner Osborn and John Jewell; all of said Co. Lib 38 Pg261
1799 Feb 12 Inventory by Abner Osborn and Josiah Woodruff File 9550-9553G
There is no record of the death of Caleb Osborn who was b in 1704 so Mr Cook says he died before 1779, this is the first year of the surviving Ratables for NJ , so Caleb did not show up in it
So the death of the Death of the Caleb in 1797 must be the Caleb Jr of the earlier records, and his son died in 1799.
I think if Caleb came from a family which earlier had relocated to this country, he probably came from this Thomas Osborn family, but not from these Calebs in the Calander of NJ Wills.
Alexander seems to be of a different breed than Caleb, and or Ephraim, of who is said is a Fur Trader.
Currently my project is going through all the Rev War Pensions, of all the surnames in thw 1778 Rowan County Tax list, who served from NC, Looking for clues. Perhaps a daughter married one.
This may prove more than I can handle.
The Mathew Osborn Line of Delaware is in Rowan County also, they settled in what is now Gulliford County NC
It seems that many, many famlies came from Lancaster County PA and surrounding areas, or at least stoped there for a short time.
Now I am hopeing for some connections, through DNA testing, that will lead us in some direction to look. As it is, the best I can hope for is to do surveys here and there.