||Jonathan Osborne resided in the Southern Colonies in North America before 1776.|
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Apparently, Will Daniel, an attorney of Huntington, West Virginia, hired a professional genealogist to discover the ancestry of Enoch Osborne. Enoch is said to be the son of Jonathan Osborne and Greta Hollman of Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia. The problem is that Osborne family researcher, William Boyd, searched for many years for the source of Will Daniel's information and could find nothing. Meanwhile, the information has disseminated throughout published works and the internet, citing the research of Will Daniel (if there is citation). Caution must be used, as Boyd states that "no supportable conclusion can be reached as to their validity." Further, Boyd could find no records supporting the existence of the James Osborne who is said to have married Ann Carter.(Billups-130 16:18, 18 January 2015 (EST))Jonathan is said to have been born c. 1697 at Warwickshire, England, the son of James Osborne and Ann Carter. This birth date is a guess, based on the 1720 immigration date.
Jonathan Osborn is said to have immigrated to Virginia c, 1720 and to have married c, 1722 in James City, Jamestown, Virginia to Greta Hollman/Holman, said to be born c. 1701 at Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia, and to have died in 1796 at Montgomery County, Virginia. Jonathan is said to have died October 6, 1761 at James City, Williamsburg, Virginia, aged 62-63. This information is often repeated, however no documents or evidence have ever been found.
From the book: The Hannah Family of West Virginia, Chapter 31 "The Osborne Family"
A recent book entitled Osborne Family History by Judy Kelley, 1995, relates some of the earlier history and activities of the Osbornes, but we have not verified any of the records related in the book. This book states that the name is an old English one, predating the Norman conquest of England in 1066. However, there is also a Norman name, Osbern. There are many other variations of spelling such as Osbourn(e), Osburn, Osband, etc. Our connection to the Osborne family comes from the marriage of Aritta Osborne to Richard F. Woolsey in Pulaski County. Although Aritta was no doubt born in western Virginia where the Osborne family had lived since the late 1700s, it is in Pulaski County, Kentucky where she met and married Richard Woolsey. Wood Osborne, father of Aritta, first shows as a taxpayer in Pulaski County in 1847 when he paid taxes on property on Pittman Creek, a short distance from the Clifty Creek home of the Woolsey family. The marriage two years later of Aritta and Richard F. produced several children including Nancy Jane Woolsey who married Joseph Hannah (see chapter 8). According to Kelley's book, Osborne Family History, our American Osborne family can be traced back to James Osborn, born about 1674 in England. He married Anne Carter and they lived in Warwickshire. James and his son, Jonathon, born 28 March 1697, are said to have come to America, date not given. Jonathon married Gretta Holman at James City, Virginia in about 1721. Their offspring included Ephraim, born August 21, 1723 at James City, Virginia. During the next several generations the Osborne families moved westward. Various families lived in Rowan, Yadkin, and Surrey counties in North Carolina. Then some moved into the western parts of Virginia to Montgomery County and on west to Grayson and Scott counties. Ephraim, son of Jonathon and Gretta, married Elizabeth Howard and they had Solomon, a name that occurs many times in the records of the Osborne family. This Solomon married Nancy Davidson and they had James. Solomon was killed by Indians while on a hunting trip (see below) before his son, James was born. The widow Nancy then married Jonathon Wood, and when James had a son, he named him Wood Osborne to honor his stepfather, Jonathon Wood. Wood Osborne married Catherine Livingston (see below) and they had a daughter, Aritta, who, as we learned earlier, gave birth to Nancy Jane Woolsey. Thus we have the complete lineage from 1674 to the present according to Osborne Family History by Kelley. The death of Solomon Osborne about 1764 at only age 22 years is related in the book Early Osbornes and Alleys by Rita Sutton as follows: Enoch Osborn and brothers, Solomon and Ephraim, went into what is now Watauga Co., N. C. on a hunting trip, deer being plentiful in that section. Getting wet by a shower of rain and wet bushes, they struck camp for the night and lay down to sleep, hanging their clothes by the fire to dry. The Indians surprised them by shooting into camp, and killing Solomon Osborn. An Indian chased Enoch some distance and lost him in the darkness. Ephraim, after fleeing from camp, crept back in the darkness to his horse, which had been fastened with a hickory bark halter, to a tree, loosed him and rode home. Enoch returned home without shoes and in his night clothing.
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|Biographical sketch of Jonathan Osborne|
Jonathan was born about 1697. Jonathan Osborne ... He passed away about 1797.
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