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Marriages between Osburn & Christian Families

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Location: Wayne, (West) Virginia, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Osburn Christian Osborne
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This free space page is designed to parse out the multiple marriages between the Osburn family and Christian family in Wayne County, (West) Virginia, between 1850-1870.

The need for clarity became evident while reading the secondary source, "Descendants of Allen Christian" (based on "Christian Family Chronicles") which records multiple Osburn women marrying four different Christian brothers:[1]

  • Mary "Polly" Osburn (1835-1897, daughter of Thomas Osburn & Millie Dean) married Silas/Sylas Christian (1837-1924) on 09 February 1857 in Wayne County, (West) Virginia.[1]

Without primary sources, it seemed suspicious to the me (Diane Kenaston) that three brothers all married a "Mary Osburn" and a fourth brother married a "Rebecca Osburn."

So I began researching the Osburns and Christians in the 1870 census and discovered that the two families lived very close to each other in Wayne County, West Virginia. The households that included Osburns or Christians in Wayne County are copied below from the 1860 and 1870 Census. (I occasionally included other surnames when I thought I recognized them from other research.)

The rest of this free space mysteries page will hopefully help to clarify when and how they intermarried. My hope is that as I link each person to their appropriate WikiTree identity, patterns may emerge and gaps in the research be identified.



COLOR: WHITE (unless otherwise noted)

BIRTHPLACE: VIRGINIA or WEST VIRGINIA (unless otherwise noted)

Census page 3

Household #19

James W Merricks Male 48
Eliza Merricks Female 48
William F Merricks Male 21
James M Merricks Male 18
Polencia H Merricks Female 15
Theadore Merricks, male 12
Virginia Merricks female 9
Edward Christian male 23

Household #20

Spencer Christian Male 69
Elizibeth Christian Female 58 (b. North Carolina)
Anthony Christian Male 18

Census page 17 Household #108

James A Christian Male 28
Hester A Christian Female 25
Mary E Christian Female 5
Joseph A Christian Male 3
Rick [Ruth?] A Christian Female 6months

Census page 20

Household #129

John T Osburn , Male age 36, farming
Louisa Osburn, Female age 21, keeping house
Florence Osburn, Female age 8
Rubie Osburn, Female age 1
Mary J. Crabtree, female age 17, domestic servant
Susan Crabtree, female age 15
Nancy K. Crabtree, female age 11

Census page 21

Household #132

Silas Christian, male age 30, farmer
Polly Christian, female age 35, keeping house
Albert Christian, male age 11, farm hand
James L. Christian, male age 10
Louisa F Christian, female age 7
Joanah Christian, female age 1

Household #133

Alexander Christian Male 62
Elizabeth Christian Female 54

Household #137

Andrvill Christian Male 32, farmer
Mary J Christian Female 21, keeping house
Freelin Christian Male 2
Not named Christian Female 1month

Household #138

Leander Osborn male 45, farmhand

(household continues on next page)

Census page 22

Household #138 (Continued)

Elizabeth Osburn Female 45, keeping house
Payton Osburn Male 23, farmhand
Gates Osburn Male 16, farmhand
Elizabeth Osburn Female 13

Household #139

Walter Osburn Male 29, farming
Martha Osburn Female 23, keeping house
Farro Osburn Male 3
Drusilla Osburn Female 1

Household #140

Millie Osburn Female 60
Sarah Osburn Female 23
Drucilla Osburn female 20
Joannah Osburn Female 18
Elizabeth Osburn Female 16
John Dean Male 11

Household #142

Henry Christian Male 35
Rebecca Christian Female 32
John Christian Male 11
Andervill Christian Male 10
Alexander Christian Male 1

Household #143

Anderson Christian Male 25
Mary Christian Female 25,
Labon Christian Male 4
Laura Workman, female 16, house keeper, born in England

Household #144

Johnathan Dean Male 62
Catheran Dean Female 51
Thomas Dean Male 9

Household #146

Leander Osburn Male 28
Caroline Osburn Female 25
Charles Osburn Male 7
Chilton Osburn Male 5
Abigail Osborn Female 2



COLOR: WHITE (unless otherwise noted)

BIRTHPLACE: VIRGINIA (unless otherwise noted)

1860 Census page 22

Household #164

Wm J Christian Male 30, farm laborer
Mary Christian Female 24
Belvina Christian Female 4
Benjamin F Christian Male 2

Household #165

Thomas Christian Male 20, farm laborer
Elizabeth Christian Female 20
Mary C Christian Female 3months

1860 Census Page 34

Household #239

Newton Christian Male 27, Farmer
Martha Christian Female 37

Household #240

Elizabeth J Christian Female 15, Domestic
Sarah F Christian Female 8
Mary A Christian Female 7
Missouria Christian Female 5
Viola Christian Female 3
James T Christian Male 9months

Household #241

Mary Christian Female 53, farmer
Perry Christian Male 23, farm laborer
Nancy A Christian Female 20, domestic
Allen Christian Male 17, farm laborer
Isaac Christian Male 14
George W Christian Male 12

1860 Census Page 40

Household #281

Andrew Christian Male 44, farmer
Nancy Christian Female 72
Clabourn Christian Male 17
Lucy Newton Female 19, domestic

1860 Census page 47

Household #331

Spencer Christian Male 58 (born North Carolina), farmer
Elizabeth Christian Female 47
James A Christian Male 18
Edward Christian Male 13
Harrison Christian Male 11
Anthony Christian Male 8
John H Christian Male 5

1860 Census page 131

Household #866, Dwelling #869

John Osburn Male 39, farmer
Nelly Osburn Female 34
Ella Osburn Female 14
John S Osburn Male 11
Cynthia Osburn Female 9
Prudence Osburn Female 6
Mary J Osburn Female 3
Margarett Osburn Female 10months

1860 Census page 139

Household #925 (Dwelling #932)

Abigil Workman Female 38, farmer
Leamder Osburn Male 18, farmer
Mary Osburn Female 16
Stephen Workman Male 10
John Workman Male 8
Laura Workman Female 5
Amos Workman Male 1

1860 Census page 140

Household #928

Thomas Osburn Male 53, farmer
Milly Osburn Female 50
Walter Osburn Male 19
Sarah Osburn Female 13
Druzilla Osburn Female 10
Susannah Osburn Female 8
Elizabeth Osburn Female 6

Household #929

John Osburn Male 27, farmer
Henry Christian Male 23, farmer
Rebeca Christian Female 22
John Christian Male 2
Anderville Christian Male 4months

Household #930

Alexander Christian Male 52, farmer
Elizabeth Christian Female 44
Anderville Christian Male 20
Margarett Christian Female 17
Anderson Christian Male 15

Household #931

Silas Christian Male 22, farmer
Mary Christian Female 20
Albert Christian Male 10months

Household #932

Leander Osburn Male 34, farmer
Elizabeth Osburn Female 30
Payton Osburn Male 12
Mary J Osburn Female 9
Yates Osburn Male 7
Elizabeth Osburn Female 3

Household #934 (Dwelling #941)

Adam Allen, male 24, farmer
Missouria Allen, male 24, Other Race (indecipherable?)

1860 Census page 141

Household #940 (Dwelling #947)

Samuel Osburn Male 30, farmer
Sarah J Osburn Male 24 Other Race
Mariah J Osburn Female 5
Albert Osburn Male 1

1860 Census page 142

Household #947 (Dwelling #954)

Susannah Osburn Female 45, farmer
Joseph Osburn Male 16, farmer
Henry Osburn Male 15
Robert Osburn Male 12
Laffayette Osburn Male 7
Susannah Osburn Female 4
Mack Osburn Male 2

1860 Census page 145

Household #963 (Dwelling #970)

Edmund Osburn Male 41
Isabelle J Osburn Female 31
Walter Osburn Male 20
Cynthia A Osburn Female 17
Martha A Osburn Female 15


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 “Descendants of Allen Christian,” email to Diane Kenaston from Jim Christian, 6 January 2002, with the note “There are numerous sources for this information in the notes of this file, but it seems that Christian Family Chronicles and a genealogy file (GEDCOM maybe) on www.sixranch.com are the two most extensive.” [note 2017: that web address is no longer in existence]. See Christian Family Chronicles, vol. viii, July 1982, p.611
  2. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DTK7-QR6?cc=1438024&wc=92KM-FM6%3A518656501%2C519035301%2C518799501 : 22 May 2014), West Virginia > Wayne > Butler > image 21 of 50; citing NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. "United States Census, 1860," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GBS6-XNK?cc=1473181&wc=7QK5-T8F%3A1589436503%2C1589424766%2C1589422206 : 24 March 2017), Virginia > Wayne > Not Stated > image 34 of 168; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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