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Rose Osbourne-Kent, England

Site visitor Richard sent the following…

I am interested if you have any information on Rose Osbourne, who married Victor Hilary Vidler probably around 1918 in Kent England. I am interested in her because I am trying to find the living relations to Sophia Bowles who was born in 1822 in Horsmonden, Kent, England. I have been able to somewhat trace her lineage forward, but I hit a dead end when I come to Rose Osbourne Vidler. I am not a descendent of them but I own a sampler that was made by Sophie Bowles in 1835 when she was 13 years old, and am interested in finding out more about her life. Somehow the sampler ended up being passed down to my family in the US and I am curious how my mother ended up with it.

If you can help, please let me know by clicking the “Contact Us” link on the left and I will put you in touch with Richard.

Osborne Diaries Available

I received the following email from a site visitor named John.

I want to offer diaries from four members of the Osborne family (father William) who lived in Fulton, N.Y. in the 1800s. There are diaries from 1869, 1890, 1882, 1883, 1899 and 1897. Free to whoever wants these treasures!

If you are interested, shoot me a message via the Contact Us link on the left.  If they are still available, I will put you in contact with John.

Osbornes Missouri and Kentucky

From the website mailbag…

“My grandfather was sol Osborn his father was Grover Cleveland Osborn and his father was William Jessie Osborne He was married to Bythie sword Osborn then moved to Mo from Ky William father was George Osborne born North Carolina I want to know if these family line come from Cherokee Indian line if so does an know where George is at”

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Winnie Osborne

A website visitor, Frieda, is looking for information on Winnie Osborn.  If you can help, please click the "Contact Us" link and send me a note.  I'll be glad to put you in contact with Frieda.  Here is what she writes…

 "My gr granny was Winnie Oborn(e) b. about 1876 in MO. I was always told she was full blood Cherokee but have no proof. I KNOW she had a brother named Dave and a sister named Jane who were older than she was by a few years. I have searched everywhere and not found them with parents. All were in AR in 1900 and later. Winnie d. bet. 1910-1915.  Any ideas on how to find more on her would be greatly appreciated."


McLellan Osborne and Louise Daniels

A site visitor, Darcy B., is looking for information trgatding a McLellan Osborne.  Here is the note I received…

"McClellan Osborne is my g-g-grandfather. The info I have shows he married Louise Daniels. I show 2 children, although there are believed to be more; Jodie Osborne and Ken Osborne, both coal miners, married to sisters Georgia and Zettie in Kanawha county W. VA. Both died there. Does anyone have any further info on McClellan?"

If you can offer any help, please use the Contact link at the top of the page and I will put you in contact with Darcy. 

Thomas Osborne and Elizabeth Goates

Evelyn H. of Boise, ID, is looking for information on Osbornes that settled in Idaho.  Names include Thomas Osborne, Elizabeth Goates, and Mary Catherine Osborne Lowder.

 If anyone has any information for her, please use the "Contact" link at the top of the page and send me a note.  I will put you in contact with Evelyn.

My Genealogy Trek

Genealogy was once a topic I thought I would never approach.  Then, in the early 1990's, I was assigned a genealogy research project as part of a sociology class in college.  From that point on, my mind was changed!
What was it that changed genealogy from a dry topic to something exciting? Beginning to learn where I came from! As I look back, it was a pretty simple project. I only needed to draw up my family tree to my great grandparents. I got all of the information I needed from my parents and my grandmother's family Bible.

When I got out of college, I took a job right outside of Fort Wayne, Indiana. In talking to one of my co-workers, I learned about the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. It has one of the largest genealogical collections in the public sector. I began to visit on a regular basis, searching census record after census record. I began to get more detail about my family tree. But, I also began to create more mysteries and missing puzzle pieces as my research continued. I would end up hitting a wall and then get burned out trying to find the missing piece. I'd give up on my research for a while… but I'd always come back. And, being refreshed, I'd usually find a new trail to chase.

All I have to go on in some cases, as is true with any genealogy, are census records. I'm from West Virginia and a number of courthouse records were lost or destroyed during the Civil War era. Through a lot of census piece-mealing, I was able to trace my ancestry back to Solomon Osborne. You'll find information about him here on the website, along with links to Solomon's Secret. Solomon was known for marrying a Cherokee indian and taking her off the Trail of Tears. In his day, it was kept a secret, as native Americans were not looked on highly. Today, many of the Osbornes from Clay county, WV, proudly embrace their Indian heritage.

My latest quest is to find the birth and/or death certificate of my great-grandfather David A. Osborne. He died when my grandfather was only 11 or 12. So far, I've found his marriage certificate. And, the census records tell me he died sometime between 1900 and 1910. Beyond that, I'm not sure. He could have been in one of four different counties, two of which I've already checked to no avail. My dad and I think we have located the graveyard where David was buried, but there's no marked stone. All my dad can remember is sitting in the car as a child while my grandfather would walk up the hill to this graveyard. I'm hoping to spend sometime this summer in the Archives at the Cultural Center in Charleston, WV. We'll see what new puzzle piece or mystery comes from it!

Osborne Graves – Bluefield, WV

A list of Osborne's buried near Bluefield, WV.


Maple Hill Cemetery in Bluefield, Va.

Osborne, Anne Grey 6/12/1840—9/12/1928 -&- Martha Burke 9/15/1868-11/21/1931 -&-
Wiley Jones 9/10/1874—4/15/1957 -& Alice Derne 1886—1916 -&- Tempe
Joyner 5/1/1874—12/15/1971 -&- Andrew Joyner Eppes 1855—1918 -&-
Thomas Atkinson 2/28/1870—5/10/1946 -&-Louise Derne 1884—1928 -&-
Nelly Grey 5/12/1875—1/16/1923 & Nita Grey 3/12/1877—11/30/1961 -&-
Caroline Winder 5/30/1881—1/5/1949 ****ALL ON THE SAME STONE**
Osborne, Beverly Ann 11/25/1950—5/23/1954 d/o T. G. & Louise
Osborne, Billy Eugene 7/11/1929—8/24/1930 s/o Mr. & Mrs. R. L.
Osborne, James Dale 1942—4/6/2004 (s/o Herman Andrew & Fat Ramsey Osborne)
Osborne, James M. 2/25/1905–11/7/1951 -&- Bessie T. 1/10/1908–12/22/1969
Osborne, James Sampson 3/5/1879—-1/3/1951 (Mercer DR—s/o Madison L. & Sallie French Osborne)
Osborne, James William 10/11/1944—2/13/1947 s/o T. G. & Louise
Osborne, Katie Carico 2/1/1907—3/7/1999 w/o William Love
Osborne, Mary Elizabeth 5/21/1879—10/11/1946 w/o J. S.
Osborne, Minnie Sawyers 7/8/1878—11/8/1937 (w/o William Wesley Osborne)
Osborne, Robert Lee 1891—1973
Osborne, Rosa E. 5/5/1877—2/20/1953
Osborne, Samuel K. 2/12/1874—7/21/1946
Osborne, Theodore G. Sr. 3/19/1912-10/27/1981 -&- Louise Wirtz No Dates
Osborne, William Wesley 7/3/1863—8/27/1947 (Mercer DR s/o William & Nancy Austin Osborne—h/o Ida Perdue)
Osborne, William E. 12/23/1910 d. — -&- Kathleen B. 3/25/1921—12/3/2003
(d/o Edgar & Dorthy Hawley Burnz)
Osborne, William Love 10/26/1902—7/30/1957
Osburn, John Henry Jr. 12/7/1913–4/22/1964 W. Va. Tec% HQ Co. 1 Armored Div. WW II
-&- Barbara V. 5/12/1902—3/28/1990

Osborne Graves at Grandview Cemetery in Bluefield, Va.

Osborne, Audrey 11/16/1911—-12/5/1987
Osborne, Bessie R. 12/11/1895—-8/31/1965
Osborne, Bobby Joe 4/9/1960—–3/8/2005 & Brenda Osborne Howery 1954———
Osborne, Charlie E. 1904—1963 & Clercie V. 1905—–1963
Osborne, Harry A. 1937—-2002 & Margaret A. 1939——–
Osborne, Harvey Green 4/22/1935—-10/19/1997
Osborne, Sherman A. 1934——– & Lavia F. 1935——-

Hope this helps someone

Dr. William Egbert Osborne

I am a great-great grandaughter of Dr. William Egbert Osborne, who lived much of his life in Curdsville, Buckingham County, VA. He died across the county line into Albemarle County, specifically in Scottsville. I don't know when or where he was born, but it would have been around 1800. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia in 1826. He died of typhoid fever in 1894; I have found several dates, either in Feb. or Aug. Despite years of family research, no one has been able to locate his parents, birth date or birth place. The best guess is that he is kin to Thomas Osborne, also of Buckingham Co., but that may not be so. He may have had a brother who went west (Neb. or Kansas?) right after the War Between the States and who may have also been named Thomas. He married Anne "Nannie" Eppes. dtr. of Willie Jones Eppes (descendents of John Wayles Eppes) 12 Jun 1866, at The Grove, in Halifax Co., NC. They had 8 children, including my great grandfather William Egbert Osborne.

Please contact me if you have any ideas about Dr. William Egbert Osborne.

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Where to Research

Where is the best place to find information? Well, in today's information age, you'll find lots of data in lots of places. My recommendation, start with the reputable sources.

If you want to do online research, check out websites such as or Both have a lot of basic resources to help you get started for free. If you want the detailed information, you'll have to pony up some cash though and subscribe to their sites. Another great place for information that is becoming more and more available… state and local government offices. Many larger cities now have online research tools that let you look up information. For example, one phenomenal tool available via West Virginia's Archives department is the ability to look up birth, death, and marriage certificates online. It is a project that is monumental in size and they are continually adding additional years of data to each county. Their website is found at

By far, the more cumbersome method, but still the one with most information available… libraries! Many local libraries offer local genealogies. Some, such as the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, offer a much larger research base.

Finally, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormon Church) houses extensive genealogy records in their library in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have a website which will allow you to do a lot of research as well. It can be found at

These are just the beginning of a list of tools you can use in your own family hunt. Now get out there and start digging!