Notes on the Cox Family

Part One
Contributed by
Dan & Judy Harvey
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Dan is a descendent of Jesse Cox

John A. Cox and Lurany Osburn's children were: 1) James Henderson Cox (married Minerva Hill, and both are buried in the old Coffee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery as are several of their children).
2) Jesse Cox (my husband's direct ancestor, married Mary Ann "Polly" Hill. Mary Ann or Polly is buried in the old Coffee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery along with her daughter, Lurany and son John A. Cox. Jesse married second Margaret M. Craig/Craige. Jesse died in 1893 and is buried next to his second wife in the Waskom Cemetery in Grassy Fork Twp, Jackson, Indiana (located outside of Tampico).
3) Nancy Catherine Cox (married first Andrew Hays and second James P. Vance both of Jennings Co., IN). Catharine died between 1860 and 1868, but we don't know where she is buried.
4) John Anderson Cox (married first Martha J. Blankenship; second Nancy Alzora Cox - see info below)
5) Sarah E. Cox (married first Richard McCasland and second Moses W. Bridges. Both she and Moses are buried next to each other in Cana Methodist Church Cemetery in Cana, Jennings County, Indiana).
The John A. Cox who was the Civil War soldier that is buried in the old Coffee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery was the son of Jesse Cox and Mary Ann (Polly) Hill (grandparents of this younger John were John Cox and Lurany Osburn and Allen Hill and Elizabeth McCrory/McCrary) . The info posted online for the old Coffee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery shows the following: Cox John A.--Civil War Comp. C-10th Indiana Cav. no dates listed in most canvases. 1969 canvas says born 1812 died August 6, 1844. wife: Cox, Martha J. see listing below. There is a John Cox that married a Martha Peoples in Jennings County on 9/24/1834.
We believe this information is erroneous and is attached to the wrong John A. Cox. Jesse's son, the one who served in the 10th Indiana Cavalry, Company C., was born January 15, 1847 in Jennings County, Indiana. He died September 29, 1876 at the age of 29, and as far as I know now he never married, but that's not absolute at this moment. We hope to purchase his military papers soon so we can learn more about him. I don't know who the John Cox was that married Martha J. Peoples, but there were other Cox people who lived in Bigger Twp., Jennings Co., IN and it is possible that John belonged to them.
The Martha J. Cox who is buried in the old Coffee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery we THINK was the wife of young John A. Cox's uncle, John Anderson Cox (confusing, huh). John Anderson Cox (the uncle) married Martha J. Blankenship October 8, 1857 in Jennings County, Indiana, and this Martha died September 1, 1861 in Jennings County. John Anderson Cox then married Nancy Alzora James March 15, 1863 in Jackson County, Indiana. John Anderson Cox died April 15, 1914 and is buried in the Crothersville Cemetery in Crothersville, Jackson County, Indiana. His second wife, Nancy, is buried next to him I believe. John and Nancy's son, James A. Cox, was a lawyer and then a judge in Jackson County, Indiana and is featured in Jackson County's historical book.
Here is census info for John Anderson Cox, the uncle of the Civil War John A. (Allen?) Cox so you can see our documentation to prove the above information.
In 1860, Martha and John Cox lived in Vernon Twp., Retreat P.O., Jackson County, IN, p. 787, census enumerated 11 July 1860, line 6, dwelling #1014, family #980: COX, John A., 27, male, day laborer, $100 personal property, born in Indiana. Martha, age 19, female, born in Indiana, and they had no children. Living next to them was John J. Dixon, age 28, and wife Jane, age 26, and Marion Needham, 23, male, day laborer, $100 personal property, b. IN and wife Lydia P., age 16. Jesse Cox and John Cox (brothers) lived in the same township in 1860, but in different P.O.s. Jesse's PO was Seymour.
In 1870 John and Nancy Cox lived in Vernon Twp., Seymour P.O., Jackson County, Indiana. They are found on p. 14 of that census, line 11, dwelling #112, family #113: COX, John A., age 36, white, male, saw miller, $250, born in Indiana. Nancy, age 27, female, white, born in Indiana. Katie, age 6, female, white, born in Indiana. Frank, age 2, male, white, born in Indiana. Matteson, James (last name is hard to read), age 19, male, white, farm hand, born in Indiana. Their neighbors were Elizabeth Powell and her children (widow?) and David Bun--- and his wife Minerva, ages 33 and 21 respectively.
Hope this will help steer other Cox kinfolk to my husband, Dan!

John A. Cox (John Allen Cox), a Civil War veteran, was the son of Jesse Cox and Mary "Polly" Ann (Hill) Cox. He was also the brother to Thomas Oscar Cox, who died in Tulare, South Dakota in 1923. Thomas Cox was the direct ancestor of Dan Harvey (information provided by wife Judy Harvey - [email protected] )

John A. Cox' mother, Mary "Polly" Ann Hill, was a member of the Hill family which was quite prominent in Jennings Co., IN. Thomas Hill, Senior was a Revolutionary War veteran and first pastor of the Coffee Creek Baptist Church, near Paris Crossing, Indiana. His son, Elder Thomas Hill, Junior became the next pastor. Polly's parents were Allen Hill (son of Thomas Hill, Senior and Elizabeth (McCrory) Hill.

Jesse Cox was raised at the breast of an African American woman. When Jesse was 8 yrs old (1833), he moved with his parents to Jennings County, Indiana. He was second in a family of seven children. He was born and raised on a farm and farmed until 1860, when he moved to Kansas in the Spring of 1860. However, he returned to Indiana the fall of 1860. He owned 155 acres in Indiana, and it's said that he was truly a man of enterprise.

Jesse was a Republican (although he was born a Democrat), and he was also a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows organization (IOOF). In the book cited (about Jennings County?), it talks about Jesse's saw mills. He was a big man, over 300 lbs., when he died.

In the 1850 Jennings County, Indiana census, Jesse is listed as a farmer, his real estate was worth $1,600 and it also stated he was born in Kentucky. His neighbors were John Osburn, age 77; Elizabeth, age 72 (his grandparents?); and Polly, age 25 and all were born in Kentucky.

James H. Cox, a Civil War veteran,had a wife named Minerva (last name not known) according to the 1850 Jennings Co., IN federal census . They had three children listed: Thomas M. Cox (b. abt 1845), John M. Cox (b. abt 1847) and William N. Cox (born about 1850). Sounds like they had several more children who died young.

The Leurany E. Cox tombstone belongs to the 9-year-old daughter of Jesse Cox and Mary "Polly" Ann Hill, and Leurany was the sister to Thomas Oscar Cox, my husband's direct ancestor. She stepped on a needle when they were quilting (don't know who "they" are) and consequently died of lockjaw.

Lucy B. Cox, daughter of Thomas Oscar Cox, married Alexander Alphonzo Harvey in Sylvia, Reno, Kansas. Alexander's family was from the Jackson Co., IN area (Salt Creek, etc.).


Part Two

Found on the following off the following URL:


John Osburn/Osborn/Osbourne


Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 OSBURN was born October 11, 1773 in North Carolina, and died September 06, 1863 in Jennings County, Indiana. He married (1) NANCY ROBERTSON April 26, 1798. She was born January 01, 1780 in North Carolina, and died July 13, 1825 in Grant County, Kentucky. He married (2) ELIZABETH FORTNER May 27, 1827 in Owen County, Kentucky. Nancy is buried on a farm in Grant County, Kentucky.

Children of John Osburn and Nancy Robertson are:
2. i. JESSE2 OSBURN, b. November 09, 1800; d. March 27, 1882, Grant County, Kentucky.

ii. SALLY OSBURN, b. November 03, 1802; d. September 07, 1883, Clinton, Indiana; m. BAALAM LETT, September 18, 1819, Owen County, Kentucky; b. February 01, 1798 Sally is buried in Hills Cemetery in Clinton, Indiana.

iii. LUVINA OSBURN, b. December 09, 1805; d. Jennings County, Indiana; m. JOHN COX, July 18, 1822, Owen County, Kentucky.

iv. REBECCA OSBURN, b. July 13, 1808, Kentucky; m. HENRY COBB, December 12, 1823, Owen County, Kentucky.

v. CATHERINE OSBURN, b. May 28, 1811, Kentucky; m. ANDREW BENNETT.

vi. ELIZABETH OSBURN, b. December 22, 1813, Kentucky; d. March 18, 1844, Jennings County, Indiana; m. (1) LEVEN MALCOM; m. (2) SIMEON ROBINSON; m. (3) HENRY W. DIXON.

3. vii. NANCY OSBURN, b. August 08, 1816, Kentucky; d. December 05, 1895, Jennings County, Indiana.

viii. POLLY OSBURN, b. July 25, 1820; m. (1) JOHN COX, March 08, 1852, Jennings County, Indiana; m. (2) MOSES WILSON, Aft. 1852.

Generation No. 2

2. JESSE2 OSBURN (JOHN1) was born November 09, 1800, and died March 27, 1882 in Grant County, Kentucky. He married (1) ANNA MCGIBNEY February 14, 1820 in Owen County, Kentucky. He married (2) ELIZABETH O'BANNION August 14, 1825 in Owen County, Kentucky. She was born January 28, 1805, and died September 06, 1864 in Grant County, Kentucky. Jesse is buried on the Osborn Farm in Grant County, Kentucky, on a hill overlooking one of the lovely Eagle Valleys. Elizabeth is buried in Old Vine Run Cemetery in Grant County, Kentucky.

Child of Jesse Osburn and Anna McGibney is:
i. JOHN A.3 OSBURN, b. about. 1821; m. SALLY JUMP, September 26, 1850, Grant County, Kentucky.

Children of  Jesse Osburn and Elizabeth O'Banion are:
ii. WASHINGTON3 OSBURN, b. June 12, 1825; d. April 10, 1905; m. ARMELDA THOMPSON, December 28, 1848, Grant County, Kentucky; b. March 03, 1831; d. May 17, 1895. Washington and Armelda are buried in Carter Cemetery, Grant County, Kentucky.

iii. JEPTHA A. OSBURN, b. October 15, 1827; d. May 24, 1873, Mussel Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery, Owen County, Kentucky; m. SARAH A. SEBREE, December 12, 1856.

iv. MARY A. OSBURN, b. 1830, Grant County, Kentucky.

v. NANCY OSBURN, b. 1831, Grant County, Kentucky; d. April 1832, Grant County, Kentucky. Nancy is buried in Grant County on the Osborne Farm.

4. vi. SARAH ANGELINE OSBURN, b. 1836, Grant County, Kentucky; d. June 1921, Grant County, Kentucky.

vii. DAVID L. OSBURN, b. 1838, Grant County, Kentucky; m. ELIZABETH SKIRVIN, October 06, 1861, Grant County, Kentucky.

viii. LORNA OSBURN, b. 1839; d. 1841. She is buried on the Osborne Farm in Grant County, Kentucky.

5. ix. THOMAS JEFFERSON OSBURN, b. September 07, 1841, Grant County, Kentucky; d. June 20, 1914, Grant County, Kentucky.

x. WILLIAM B. OSBURN, b. 1847.

xi. BERNETTA E. OSBURN, b. March 1850.

3. NANCY2 OSBURN (JOHN1) was born August 08, 1816 in Kentucky, and died December 05, 1895 in Jennings County, Indiana. She married WILLIAMSON DIXON January 01, 1836 in Jennings County, Indiana. He died March 21, 1886.

Child of Nancy Osburn and Williamson Dixon is:

Generation No. 3

4. SARAH ANGELINE3 OSBURN (JESSE2, JOHN1) was born 1836 in Grant County, Kentucky, and died June 1921 in Grant County, Kentucky. She married ALFONSO T. BENNETT October 12, 1853 in Grant County, Kentucky, son of REUBEN BENNETT and MARY HAMILTON. He was born June 11, 1820 in Grant County, Kentucky, and died December 02, 1863 in Grant County, Kentucky. Alfonso and Sarah are buried in Vine Run Cemetery in Grant County, Kentucky.

Children of Sarah Osburn and Alfonso Bennett are:
7. i. MAUDE HUNTER4 BENNETT, b. August 02, 1854, Grant County, Kentucky; d. April 11, 1933, Grant County, Kentucky.

ii. MARY ELIZABETH BENNETT, b. 1855, Grant County, Kentucky; m. (1) JAMES BRASHEAR; m. (2) SQUIRE ODER, 1871. She is buried in Vine Run Cemetery, Grant County, Kentucky.

iii. FLORENCE BENNETT, b. March 16, 1857, Grant County, Kentucky; d. November 21, 1933, Henry County, Kentucky; m. GEORGE M. D. ELLISTON, October 14, 1875, Grant County, Kentucky; b. 1847; d. 1917, They are buried in Sulphur Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky.

iv. AMERICA JANE BENNETT, b. July 06, 1862, Grant County, Kentucky; d. December 29, 1867, Grant County, Kentucky. She is buried in Vine Run Cemetery, Grant County, Kentucky

5. THOMAS JEFFERSON3 OSBURN (JESSE2, JOHN1) was born September 07, 1841 in Grant County, Kentucky, and died June 20, 1914 in Grant County, Kentucky. He married ELIZABETH M. POLAND October 11, 1870. She was born September 18, 1845, and died March 13, 1889.

Child of Thomas Osburn and Elizabeth Poland is:
i. MINNIE M.4 OSBURN, b. May 26, 1884; m. (1) LESTER ISAACS; b. 1881; d. May 1936; m. (2) CHARLES WEBSTER; b. 1882; d. 1958. Lester Isaacs is buried in Vine Run Cemetery, Grant County, Kentucky. Charles Webster is buried in Jonesville Cemetery.


Child of William Dixon and Demiah James is:

Generation No. 4

7. MAUDE HUNTER4 BENNETT (SARAH ANGELINE3 OSBURN, JESSE2, JOHN1) was born August 02, 1854 in Grant County, Kentucky, and died April 11, 1933 in Grant County, Kentucky. She married (1) CHARLES ODER October 05, 1871 in Grant County, Kentucky. She married (2) ROBERT ANDERSON CARLTON September 16, 1880 in Owen County, Kentucky, son of GEORGE CARLTON and MALINDA BROMLEY. He was born December 06, 1851 in Owen County, Kentucky, and died March 31, 1924 in Grant County, Kentucky. Robert and Maude are buried in Vine Run Cemetery, Grant County, Kentucky..

Children of Maude Bennett and Robert Carlton are:
i. ARCH THOMAS5 CARLTON, b. May 04, 1883, Grant County, Kentucky; d. January 13, 1937, Kenton County, Kentucky; m. MARTHA HAMBRICK. He is buried in Highland Cemetery, Kenton County, Ky.

ii. FRED ANDERSON CARLTON, b. October 06, 1884, Grant County, Kentucky; d. February 04, 1960, Kenton County, Kentucky; m. (1) EVA MAE PRICE; m. (2) ANNA COOPER, February 09, 1938, Kenton County, Kentucky. Fred and Anna are buried in Highland Cemetery, Kenton County, Kentucky.

iii. CLAUDE LEWIS CARLTON, b. March 21, 1889, Grant County, Kentucky; d. June 26, 1952, Boone County, Kentucky; m. ETHEL MYRA STEWART. Claude and Ethel are buried in Highland Cemetery, Kenton County, Kentucky.

iv. HALLIE MAE CARLTON, b. April 15, 1892, Grant County, Kentucky; d. October 1908, Grant County, Kentucky. She is buried in Vine Run Cemetery, Grant County, Kentucky.

9. v. SALLIE VIOLET CARLTON, b. March 30, 1896, Grant County, Kentucky; d. October 10, 1964, Kenton County, Kentucky.


Child of Harmon Dixon and Stella Taylor is:
i. MILDRED5 DIXON, b. October 04, 1906, Hope Indiana; m. DOLPH O. HARROD, May 10, 1936.


Generation No. 5

9. SALLIE VIOLET5 CARLTON (MAUDE HUNTER4 BENNETT, SARAH ANGELINE3 OSBURN, JESSE2, JOHN1) was born March 30, 1896 in Grant County, Kentucky, and died October 10, 1964 in Kenton County, Kentucky. She married WILLIAM KIRTLEY GREEN November 02, 1916 in Kenton County, Kentucky, son of EDGAR GREEN and SARAH BEACH. He was born November 23, 1889 in Grant County, Kentucky, and died September 09, 1974 in Kenton County, Kentucky. They are buried in Independence Cemetery, Kenton County, Kentucky.

Children of Sallie Carlton and William Green are:
i. WILLENA MAE6 GREEN, b. January 08, 1919, Grant County, Kentucky; d. May 25, 1967, Campbell County, Kentucky; m. HOWARD McKINNEY, 1946, Kenton County, Kentucky She is buried in Independence Cemetery, Kenton County, Kentucky.

ii. BONNEDA FAYE GREEN, b. March 08, 1920, Grant County, Kentucky.

iii. ROBERT WARREN GREEN, b. July 30, 1921, Canton, Lewis County, Missouri; d. November 16, 1986, Kenton County, Kentucky; m. MARGARET LOUISE MCKENNEY, April 06, 1944, Kenton County, Kentucky.

Burial: Forrest Lawn Memorial, Erlanger, Kenton County, Kentucky

iv. BRAUDIS LEE GREEN, b. August 08, 1922, Canton, Lewis County, Missouri; d. October 10, 1943, Naples, Italy. He is buried in Independence, Kenton County, Kentucky.

v. EDGAR KIRTLEY GREEN, b. October 04, 1923, Canton, Lewis County, Missouri; d. July 19, 1999, Kenton County, Kentucky; m. MAXINE GENEVA MORGAN, October 23, 1947, Kenton County, Kentucky. Edgar is buried in Forrest Lawn Memorial, Erlanger, Kenton County, Kentucky.

vi. ANNA DELPHINA GREEN, b. August 08, 1926, Grant County, Kentucky; d. April 08, 1946, Birmingham, Alabama; m. JAMES PHILLIP FORD, October 10, 1945, Kenton County, Kentucky. She is buried in Independence, Kenton County, Kentucky

vii. BILLY GREEN, b. May 24, 1931, Kenton County, Kentucky; m. VELMA BERNICE CRUEY, October 23, 1951.

10. viii. BARBARA RAE GREEN, b. April 18, 1935, Kenton County, Kentucky.


Researched by Barb Wilson
Submitted August 2001.






Mildred Dixon Harrod
Flat Rock, Indiana
February 25, 1968

Dear Alice,

With great pleasure I have been reading the will of Henry Wilson Sr. of Prince William County, Virginia and the notes on Jeremiah. I sent for Jeremiah's pension record several years ago. You are the first of my correspondents who has been able to give me anything at all on Jeremiah's parents. Therefore I am unable to answer you concerning Sarah, wife of Henry Sr. or any of Jeremiah's brothers.

Mrs. Mary Lee Mahin, of Keene, Kentucky, is a descendant of Jeremiah and has 18 original letters of Catherine Wilson Walker (my great-great-grandmother) written to her brother, Benjamin Wilson at Mortonsville, Kentucky between 1849 and 1860. These letters seem to have been kept as receipts for money sent to Catherine in Indiana. Money which she had her brother, Benjamin, invest for her. I have copies of these letters but none of the original ones.

Jeremiah Wilson is on tax list of Woodford County, Kentucky from 1791 to 1814 on a film.  Here is the listing of Jeremiah's children:

1. Archibald (Archie) probably born 1780 or 1782 before Wilsons came to Kentucky March 1802.
2. John Thomas probably born 1785-1791. March 1811 or 1812. Died before September 1825.
3. William never married. Will probated 1840.
4. James born about 1790.
5. David born about 1789. Ma. 1899.
6. Isaac born about 1800-1805. Married 1834.
7. Catherine, called Aunt Kitty, the quilt maker. Mildred's great-great-grandmother.
8. Evaline (Lina) born 1797. Died 1881. The ancestor of the correspondent in Louisville. She married Edward Burris Atkins in 1820.
10. Elizabeth married John Gill, February 1810. Born 1790.
11. Martha (Patsy) lived in Mortonsville next door to her sister Evaline an in sight of her brother Benjamin. Martha married William Schooler.
12. Benjamin born February 1, 1805. About 1830 married Eliza Davis.

From Mrs. Steel at Louisville--Jeremiah Wilson was granted a tract of land near Paris in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1790 for his Revolutionary War service and he brought his family to Kentucky in that year. However the Indians were so dangerous that he sold his land in Bourbon County and bought land in Woodford County near Mortonsville in order that his family might have the protection of Gen. Scott and his garrison. Jeremiah, an educated man, was a surveyor. Gen. Scott has a very high regard for Rhoda Wilson and often introduced his Washington friends to her, much to her embarrassment, for as she said, "One could not be fashionable in the backwood Indian county." When there were reports of Indians around, Gen. Scott would send his big slave "Isaiah" to protect Rhoda and her young children, for Jeremiah being a surveyor was often away from home".

There is lots of information on the children of the above children of Jeremiah, grandchildren, etc. compiled by Mrs. Mahin. She is one of the few descendants of Jeremiah who lives in the Mortonsville area.  Mrs. Steele, at Louisville, said she has seen the stone of Jeremiah in the old cemetery I visited.

I have a newspaper clipping of Catherine Walker's death which reads:

Died on Monday, June 20, 1881, Catherine Walker, aged 86 years, 6 months and 26 days, at the residence of her son-in-law, Thomas J. James, near Lovett. (This is Jennings County, Indiana.) The deceased maiden name was Wilson. She was born in Woodford County, Kentucky, November 24, 1794, and was married to John H. Walker on the 4th of June, 1811. They came to Jennings County, Indiana in April 1818. She joined the Baptist Church at Vernon in 1819, and was a member of it for 62 years. During her last illness she said, "I will never get well." Her daughter asked is she was willing to die, and her reply was, "Oh, yes, I want to go and be at rest with the loved ones gone before." She leaves five children; one son and four daughters; twenty-two grandchildren and forty-four great grandchildren to mourn her loss. She was a kind and generous mother to her children, and spent her life industriously and worked to within four weeks of her death. She was generally known as Aunt Kitty Walker. Her children say"farewell Mother till we meet on the golden shore."

She died at the home of her daughter, Savannah Ellen Walker James. I have a picture of Catherine and one of her daughter, Savannah. Catherine's husband, John Walker was clerk of Jennings County for twenty years and died in 1847. John was a soldier in the War of 1812 and Catherine got a pension. I also have a black silk shoulder shawl and cap which belonged to Catherine Walker, and a shuttle of Savannah's which was probably used on a big loom.

Thanks heaps for the will which I am returning and all the other hints and notes.



Submitted by Barbara Wilson.
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Mildred Dixon Harrod
Flat Rock, Indiana
December 2, 1969


Dear Mrs. Cora Beldon,

This past Sunday I took a trip to Crothersville and Seymour in order to find some of the Cox family who are descended from John and Nancy Osborn. My Dad's cousin, Florence Wetzel, in Seymour referred me to Samson Mitchell at Crothersville, stating he knew everybody in that area. I had a pleasant chat with him in which he gave me several names and referred me to Mrs. Lewis, the school teacher. For many years I have been interested in genealogy but always come to a blank on the Osburn side, as I have been told some of the Osborn girls married men from Howard County. This seems to be an error, because I find John and Lurena (Osborn) are mention in the Jackson County history as moving from Owen County, Kentucky to Jennings County, Indiana.

In case you are not familiar with the Jackson County history I will quote the article under Grassy? Fork township - "Jesse Cox was born in 1825 in Owen County, Kentucky and in 1833 he moved with his parents to Jennings County, Indiana. He is the second of a family of seven born to John and Lurana (Osborn) Cox. The Coxes came originally from Virginia and the Osborns from North Carolina. Jesse was born and raised on a farm and followed farming in Jennings County until the spring of 1860 when he moved to Kansas. He, however returned in the fall of the same year. February 12, 1846, he was married to Polly A. Hill, daughter of Allen and Elisabeth Hill of Jennings County. She died in 1862. To them were born five children: John A. (deceased), Lurena (deceased), James M, Levin, and Thomas O. John A. was a soldier three years in the Tenth Indiana Cavalry. In 1862 Jesse was again married to Margaret Cregg, daughter of William Cregg of Jennings County. She was born in 1842. To them have been born eight children: Martha (deceased) Manderson, May, Charlotte, Vestine, Earnest, Rily and Bertha. He is a member of the IOOF and of the Baptist Church. He is a Republican in politics and, as he says, he was born a Democrat and was reared at the breast of a Negro woman, but was first a Whig and then a Republican; he is now engaged in the manufacture of barrel heading and lumber sawing at Tempiee. He produces about 300,000 heading annually, and about 50,000 feet of lumber. He also owns about 155 acres of land. He is truly a man of enterprise." This history was published in 1866. I have a reprint of 1969.

Hettie says you are the daughter of May, who was the daughter of Jesse Cox. That would therefore be the granddaughter of Jesse Cox, the great-granddaughter of Lurena Osborn Cox, and the great-great-granddaughter of John Osborn and his wife Nancy Robertson.

I have a letter dated August 30, 1908 from Catherine Cox, postmarked Crothersville, to Weir Dixon at Hope. Weir was my grandfather. Who was this Catherine Cox? Part of her letter reads "We are all pretty well. Father looks a little thinner, I think, but is well for his years." Enclosed in this letter is Osburn information, part of which I did not know previously.

It would be wonderful if I could get in touch with some of the LETT family and see this Bible and get a photostatic copy made. I have made one trip to Owen County, Kentucky several years ago and found that John Osborn sold land there in the spring of 1827. He bought land in Jennings county, Indiana the fall of the same year.

Here is the listing - John Osborn was born October 11, 1773; died September 6, 1863; married Nancy Robertson April 26, 1798. His first wife having died July 13, 1825, he married Elisabeth Foster May 17, 1827. His children are as follows

Jesse Osborn born November 9, 1800
Sally Osborn born November 3, 1802 - married Behlan Lett
Lurania Osborn born December 9, 1805 - married John Cox
Rebecca Osborn born July 13, 1808 - married Henry Cobb
Catherine Osborn born May 28, 1811 - married Andrew Bennett
Elisabeth Osborn born December 22, 1813 - married Leven Malcolm and Simeon Robinson
Nancy Osborn born August 8, 1816 - married Williamson Dixon
Polly Osborn born July 25, 1820 - married John Cox and ? Wilson.

Nancy Osborn Dixon was my great-grandmother. She died December 5, 1895 at Old Paris, Jennings County, Indiana. Her husband, Williamson Dixon, was a tailor. He died March 21, 1886.

You are the first actual descendant of John and Nancy Osborn that I have been able to contact for thirty years, when I first became interested in family history. I sure need your help with names, dates, places and interesting stories of the families. I belong to the DAR at Columbus through Jeremiah Wilson of Woodford County, Kentucky, through my grandmother Dixon, who was a JAMES of Jennings County. Another of my hopes is to get in contact with a descendant of the other sisters of Lurania and Nancy Osborn.

An old letter dated June 10, 1883 to my grandfather, Dixon, from Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, addressed him as "Dear Cousin" and is signed Wm. S. Bennett. Part of the letter reads, "Can you tell me anything about Jesse Cox or John as I have lost tack of them. You wrote me once that Aunt Rebecca Cobb was sick. That is all the news I have heard from that part of the country since I was there.

Do you know where any of the Osborns are buried? I have never been able to find John Osborn's grave. I have been told his second wife died at the home of Nancy Osborn Dixon in Old Paris. I imagine that most of John Osborn's girls were married in Owen County, Kentucky before the families came to Jennings County in 1827. Nancy Osborn and Williamson Dixon were married in Jennings County January 14, 1836.

The only son of John Osborn, namely Jesse, must have lived and died in Owen County, Kentucky. He was a slave owner and being afraid during the Civil War came to stay at the home of his sister, Nancy Dixon, at Old Paris, Jennings County.

Marriage Book A, Page 24, Owen County, Kentucky, give John Osborn and Elizabeth Fortner (Foster) May 27, 1827, Page 20, Jesse Osburn and Elizabeth O'Banion, August 14, 1825.

In the last Kentucky Ancestors booklet I have an inquiry about the Osborns. Did not have all the information above when I sent that. I want to find out the parents of John Osborn (1773-1863).

This is lengthy, but wanted you to know some of my information.



Thomas A. Perry
Owenton, Kentucky


December 1, 1969


Mrs. Dolph O. Harrod
Route 1
Flat Rock, Indiana 47234

Dear Mrs. Harrod:

I have your letter of November 29 and am mailing under separate cover the Owen County Sesqui-Centennial Souvenir Program, which include the reproduction of the 1883 Atlas of the county.

I have very little information on the early Osborn family, which name is spelled in several ways. Apparently, a Samuel Cobb, together with men named Clifton, Perkins and Osborn, took up land claims near what is now Lusby's Mill about 1795.

Owen County records show the marriage of John Osborn and Elizabeth Fortner, and the marriage of Jesse Osborn and Elizabeth O'Banion August 14, 1825. The first marriage of John Osborn does not appear in either Owen or Franklin Counties. Scott County was formed in 1792, Franklin County in 1794, and Pendleton County in 1798.

The 1819 tax list for Owen County shows John, Eli, Joab and Richard Osborn. The name of John and Nancy Osborn, husband and wife, appear on the early rolls of the Mountain Island Baptist Church, which was located close to New Columbus, now Owen County. This church was formed in 1802 or possibly 1801. Cobb, Clifton, Perkins and Osborn are supposed to have come from South Carolina.

I understand that many pioneers from near Lusby's Mill are buried in the Mussel Shoals Cemetery near Lusby's Mill. I have no records from this cemetery.

The 1800 Kentucky tax rolls show a John Orsborn in Fleming County, a John Osborn in Bullitt County, and a John Osburn in Scott County. Other Osburns in Scott County in 1800 were Bennet, James, Leavey, Richard and Thomas.

I hope some of the above may be of some use to you. There was also a John Osburne in Mason County in 1800.

                                                                 Yours truly,

                                                                  T. A. Perry

Submitted by Barbara Wilson.
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Thomas A. Perry
Owenton, Kentucky


December 6, 1969


Mrs. Dolph O. Harrod
Route 1
Flat Rock, Indiana 47234

Dear Mrs. Harrod:

I have your letter of the 5th, and would appreciate it if you would furnish any information you have on the Osborne family to me for the files of Owen County Historical Society; also any other associated Owen County families.

I understand that the Scott County records show that Richard Osburn was in that county by 1800. However, I have not made a personal inspection of those records. What relation he may have been to John Osborne, I do not know, but he was evidently one of the earliest Osbornes in the area.

The Owen County records show the marriage of John Cox and Lavina Osburn on July 18, 1822 by Rev. Cornelius Duvall, who was a Baptist minister who served several churches in this area. John and Elizabeth were married by Wm. Cobb, Justice of the Peace. Jesse Osburn and Elizabeth O'Banion were married by Jesse Fears.

In checking records of adjacent counties, I would suggest Scott County first, with respect to the Osburn family. I might also suggest that you read the first portion of the "History of the Cobb Family" in the public library in Owenton. I don't think there were any intermarriages, but it shows some research into the place of South Carolina from which the Cobbs were believed to have come.

Owen County and Grant County are full of Osbornes. Grant is just east of Owen County. I do not know about other counties.

                                                                 Yours truly,

                                                                  T. A. Perry

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Mildred Dixon Harrod
Flat Rock, Indiana
May 3, 1970

Dear Barbara,

You are literally an answer to one of my prayers. Seems I have been working on my many lines in genealogy for so long, with so little reward. I had hoped some time to find some descendant of my Osborne lin e in Kentucky, and now I find you.

Do you know the names of John Osborn and his wife, Nancy Robertson, before you saw my my query in The Kentucky Ancestors? The name of this first wife was a real "find" a few months ago when I found an old letter written to my grandfather, Wm. T. Weir Dixon, at Hope Indiana, from a cousin, Catherine Cox, postmarked, Crothersville, Indiana. The letter is dated August 30, 1908. She wrote "Enclosed you will find a copy of the old record taken from the Bible owned by your Aunt Sally Lett. If you do not have a copy I am sure you will be glad to have it as we are." This record did not contain the wife of Jesse Osborn. All it told about him was that he was born November 9, 1800. I had the marriage record of Jesse from my own research.

Another old letter to my grandfather from Navoo, Hancock County, Illinois, from Wm. S. Bennett (a cousin to my grandfather), speaks of Aunt Rebecca Cobb and Jesse Cobb and John Cox.

Just recently I have made contact with some of the Dixons in Kansas and California, who are descended from Henry Dixon and Alse (Alcey/Alsey) (pronounced Ail-See), Wilson, my great-great-grandparents.

Your Wilson name is interesting as I have two Wilson lines, namely, Alse Wilson who married Henry Dixon in Greenbrier County, West Virginia in 1794, and Jeremiah Wilson, a Revolutionary War soldier who lived in Woodford County, Kentucky. He was born in Virginia and married Rhoda Sutten. My Osborn line is:

John Osborn and Nancy Robertson
Nancy Osborn and Williamson W. Dixon
William T. Weir Dixon and Demiah James
Harmon Dixon and Stella Taylor
Mildred Dixon and Dolph O. Harrod.

I was born October 4, 1906 at Hope, Indiana; married May 10, 1936. We have two children, Patricia and John.

Since I started this I have been trying to find my correspondence with a lawyer at Owenton who is interested in genealogy. He told me the names of John and Nancy Osborn was on some church book. I've found the letter. "The minutes of the Mountain Island Baptist are in the Rare Book Room at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I have not seen them, but understand that they show that John and Nancy were received into that church by letter in January 1807."

Sometime I wish you would help me with some research at Covington on my husband's GATES family who settled there from Pennsylvania about 1837. Dolph's great-grandparents were Jacob and Ann Hester Gates. Their son, Daniel, may have gone to Cincinnati before coming to Bartholomew County, Indiana in 1850-60's.


                                                                  Mildred Dixon Harrod

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Mildred Dixon Harrod
Flat Rock, Indiana

May 3, 1970

Dear Barbara,

These letters on genealogy get quite complicated as we go along, answering questions, looking up new information, etc. Getting together to talk over the material each has collected seems to be the best way, but time, distance, energy, etc. enter into getting together as we would often like.

In my letter written to Mrs. Cora Beldon you will find the answers to several of your questions. I believe the Catherine Cox who wrote the letter to my grandfather, Weir Dixon, married in later life and left no children; a nephew getting her possessions.

As to the Wilsons, Mrs. B. R. Addenbreeke of Seal Beach, California,  has helped me with Jeremiah Wilson family background, even send me a copy of the will of Jeremiah's father, Henry Sr. in Prince William County, Virginia. She is descended (6th generation) from Henry Wilson, brother of Jeremiah. This Henry Wilson went to Nelson County, Kentucky with his father-in-law, Richard Milton and was there in 1830. His daughter, Margaret, married William Cleveland; on the record she joined the DAR in 1923. In some letter she says there were four Henry Wilsons in Kentucky at an early date.

I wonder if your Alfonso T. Bennett was a relative of Andrew Bennett who married Catherine Osborn, born May 28, 1811, sister of Jesse Osborn.

Deed Book B, Page 431, February 12, 1827 - John Osburn deeds 50 acres to John Cobb; $248; on Eagle Creek.  Deed Book A, Page 11, April 15, 1819 - Moses L. Moses of N.Y. deeds to Thomas Cobb and John Osburn of Owen County, trustees, one acre for the use of the Baptist Church called Mussel Shoals Church.

My family seemed to know only a few facts about Jesse Osburn. One was that he stayed in Kentucky when the rest of the family came to Indiana, and secondly, that he was a slave owner and being afraid during the Civil War he came to the home of my great-grandparents, Williamson and Nancy Osborn Dixon at Old Paris, Jennings County, Indiana. After the war he went back to Kentucky. There is also a story about an officer in Morgan's Raiders from Kentucky who may have been an Osborn and would not let the soldiers blunder the home and belongings of Williamson Dixon. Williamson was a tailor and I have two of his old account books before the Civil War.

The 1830 census for Montgomery Twp., Jennings County, Indiana, gives John Osborne as age 50 and under 60; 1 female same age; and one female, 5 and under 10. His youngest daughter, Nancy, my great-grandmother was born August 8, 1816 in Owen County. This girl could have been of the second marriage, but  I never heard of her. However, in 1840 census, John is 60-70; wife 60-70; and female 20-30.

In 1880 census, Montgomery Twp., Jennings County, Indiana, Nancy Osborn Dixon says she is 64 and that her mother and father were born in North Carolina.

I don't know where I got this since I have never located their graves, but I have that John Osborn was born October 11, 1773 and died September 6, 1863. Surely he is buried in Jennings County. The second wife, Elizabeth Foster or Fortner died at the home of Nancy Dixon, according to my Dad's cousin, who lived to be 93. This Lillie Perry Brown's mother was a daughter of William and Nancy Dixon.

I wonder if our John Osborn could be the son of or grandson of Samuel Cobb and Peak Cobb who came from South Carolina to Owen County, Kentucky in 1795. Samuel was born in 1750, died 1800 - and Peak was born 1760 and died in 1803. Their children were John, William, Daniel, Elisha, Asa, and Thomas. The latter came to Indiana bout 1817. I found this at Owenton, Ky.

I believe your records from Grant County, Kentucky of Jesse Osborn prove our searching may not have to include Scott County and other border counties around Owen.



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Mildred Dixon Harrod
Flat Rock, Indiana

June 11, 1970

Dear Barbara,

Seems like yesterday was too busy to get letters written so will try today. Thanks so much for entertaining me. You were a gracious hostess. Some of my most valued friends are those I have made through genealogy research for them or myself.

There were many Osborns in Indiana in the early 1830's with these marriages in Morgan County: Richard Osborn and Delilah Chammes(?), June 29, 1830 and Matilda Osborn and Jacob Skaggs, March 17, 1835.

I will tell you a little of the GATES family. Jacob Gates and wife, Ann Hester, daughter of John and Ursula Hester, came from Pennsylvania, county unknown, to Covington, Kentucky about 1837 when their son, Daniel, was 11 years of age. He was born in Pennsylvania December 16, 1826. They may have moved to Cincinnati some years later, where Daniel enlisted in the 4th Regiment of Volunteers for the Mexican War. September 21, 1849, Daniel married Nancy Griffin, probably in Cincinnati. They came to Bartholomew County, Indiana and located at Columbus, date unknown. Daniel's second marriage in Bartholomew County to Mrs. Mary Cecilia Aspy Markland on February 7, 1867, was blessed with two daughters, the second being Dolph's mother, Sarah Monta Gates, born December 16, 1872. Some place I have the other children of Jacob Gates. One son settled in Brown County, Indiana and I think one or more children went to Illinois.

Greetings to your husband and sons and Tom's mother.




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Mildred Dixon Harrod
Flat Rock, Indiana

September 16, 1970


Dear Barbara,

Will take time to tell you I am among the living. I have gone to Vernon, Jennings County, several times and am finding out a lot about the Cox family and also Elizabeth Osborn, first married to Leven Malcolm; second married to Simeon Moore Robinson; and thirdly to Henry W. Dixon January 24, 1843. This last marriage was not in the Bible record of the Osborn family. Henry Dixon was a brother to my great-grandfather, Williamson Dixon, the tailor at Old Paris. When my great-uncle, Harmon Dixon, first told me about the Dixon family he mentioned that Henry Dixon married a sister to Nancy Osborn, wife of Williamson Dixon. This is the first time I have been able to verify this. I also have the Bible listings of Henry Dixon and find Elizabeth died March 18, 1844. Uncle Harmon said she died with tuberculosis. I believe I have found that she had one child by Robinson, named James, who died before August 1844. Her two children by Malcolm were Zarelda and John Leven Malcolm. Monday at Indianapolis found John Leven Malcolm in 1850 census for Montgomery Twp., Jennings County, Indiana, age 16, a harness maker, living in the home of Uriah Stribling, a saddler. I could not find him in 1860 or 1870 census. I did not find Zeralda any place.

From deeds in Jennings County, I believe that John Cox died in 1856 and maybe his wife, Lurania, was dead then. I have sent family sheets to Jackson County to a descendant of Jesse Cox, son of John and Lurania, but have not gotten them back.




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Mildred Dixon Harrod
Flat Rock, Indiana

October 7, 1970


Dear Barbara,

Since I did not get to take any kind of trip last Sunday on my birthday, I decided to go to Jackson County, Indiana on Monday. I had never visited the court house at Brownstown seeking info on the Jesse Cox family, who resided at Tampice. Jesse was the son of John Cox and Lurana Osborn. I found some of the Cox family graves. Close to the cemetery was the home of Cora Beldon, a granddaughter of Jesse Cox.

In a newspaper clipping, 1886, of the 50th wedding celebration of Williamson and Nancy Osborn Dixon was the name of J. L. Malcomb of Tennessee. That would be the son of Elizabeth Osborn and Leven Malcolm. I have never found out anything about his sister, Zerelda Malcomb.

Whenever you folks find out that you can come, just give me a call the night before. I've got to study a lesson to give at a church meeting tomorrow, so I will quit for now.




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Barbara Wilson to Mildred Dixon Harrod
March 15, 1971

Dear Mildred,

We have had such a miserable winter here and my "Family Tree' was snowed under. We couldn't make our tripes to the court houses. We set three dates before we finally got to Scott County, but we made it today and found some interesting facts. They are as follows:

I. The marriage records before 1837 were burnt, so our hope of finding marriage records there are hopeless.

II. John Osborne of Scott County, Kentucky died April 1817. He had no will; the administrators were John Williams, George Wood and Thomas Duly. I still feel that this man is our John's father. There were only two deeds recorded for this man as far as we know because the deeds start in 1807. So many Scott County records are incomplete due to that fire. The deeds in the early deed books are reconstructed and so much is burned away. Anyway, here are the deeds of John Osburn.

1. John Osburn to Penn, Book A, Page 93, John Osburn, administrator, gives up claim to this land and mill to Penn. April 6, 1812.
2. Thomas Foster to John Osburn, Book A, Page 94, Thomas Foster of Kentucky sells land in Scott County on waters of Dry Run to John Osburn.
3. October 6, 1802, Will Book A, Page 212, John Osburn to Neale: Then received of Daniel Neale, Administrator of the estate of Spencer Neale, deceased, my wife full part of personal estate of said decedent, she being his widow and relic. Witnessed my hand this date above written. Signed John Osburn.
4. January 27, 1800, Will Book A, Page 82, Heirs of Spencer Neale: Minor Neale, Elizabeth Neale and Daniel Neale are orphans and not of lawful age. Executor is Daniel Neale. (Possibly a brother of Spencer Neale, in 1802 Daniel Neale is appointed guardian of these children. In 1803, Daniel has died and the court is appointing new guardians. In 1807, Will Book A, Page 339, Guardian Settlement: Executors are finishing up estate and placing said Negro girl, belonging to Neale orphans, went to John Osburn to live for the children's board. Also rent from a small plantation on the waters of Licking for the same purpose.

Mildred, do you remember in the first letter you sent me you stated that there were other Osburns in Scott County? Bennett Osburn died about 1843 or 1844 in Scott County. James Osburn died about 1804. Thomas Osburn died in 1803, as James Osburn was appointed administrator of his property. Also bound with him were Richard and William Tinor. Samuel Osburn died about 1804. These wills and transactions are in Will Book A.

There was also another Thomas Osburn because he purchased land from and sold land to several other parties after 1804. Then Benjamin Osburn shows up buying and selling from 1821 and he is a brother of Bennett Osburn according to Bennett Osburn's pension abstract. The other Osburns of these early dates are : Riller, Levi and Chimmy/Clemmey. (It was difficult to read.) Also, to my great surprise we found Jesse Osburn with five deeds in his name:

1. Deed Book B, 463, Wm. Story and wife Mary to Jesse Osburn April 11, 1827 for $380.
2. Deed Book C, 97, Jesse Osburn from Wm. Story and Mary of Georgetown, Kentucky, A Lot.
3. Deed Book C, 54, Jesse Osburn and wife Margaret from John Whitney and wife, Sarah Ann, lot in Georgetown, 1819 was the only date given, $800.
4. Deed Book C, 280, Jesse Osburn and Margaret to Edgecomb P. Suggett of Scott County for $800 land in Georgetown on Main Street, January 28, 1820. Same date Margaret relinquishes her right of dower.
5. Deed Book E, 1330, Indenture between Jesse Osburn and wife Peggy of Fayette County, Indiana to Elizah Hawkins of Scott County for $575. Land was on Hamilton Street in George. Also, Elizah Hawkins was the County Clerk at the Court House, February 5, 1822.

The Census of 1820, Fayette County, Indiana, Jess Osburn is listed as head of house and has 8 males and 4 females living with him. I imagine that the four females are his wife and three girls. Mildred, would you check and see if Jesse Osburn has any deeds in Fayette County. Also marriages for Sally and Bahlam Lett, Catherine and Andrew Bennett, and possibly Minor Neale and Daniel Neale. Jesse came back to Owen County, Kentucky in 1825 and married and was not here in 1830 Census. He first shows up in 1840, so its possible that he and Elizabeth were in Fayette County, Indiana. If he is there, four of his children would have been born there (children of Elizabeth's and maybe some of Margaret's). I now feel that the John A. Osborn that went to California or Nevada was Jesse and Margaret's son. He married Sally Jump September 26, 1850 in Grant County, Kentucky.

Information on Osborn's in Grant County, Kentucky.

Washington B. Osborn - son of Jessie and Elizabeth Osborn, born June 12, 1826 in Kentucky, died April 10, 1905; married December 26, 1848 in Grant County, Kentucky, Armitia Thompson, born March 3, 1831, died May 17, 1895. Washington and Armitia are buried in Carter Cemetery in Grant County, Kentucky.

In the Grant County Sesqui-Centennial Souvenir Program, 1827-1970, the following article was printed about "Home Guards On Duty", in which I found where Washington Osborn was arrested for no other reason that he had owned slaves. Many other well respected men of the community were arrested and sent to Federal prison for no reason either, except they too owned slaves. They would be picked up at their homes without any form of court proceedings, kept in the courthouse until they could be taken to Morgan, and there put on the L&N train for Louisville. Some were sent to Camp Chase, a Federal prison, others were transported West to Iowa and not allowed to return home to their families. There were two men of Dry Ridge, Kentucky mentioned (1) Elder William Conrad, a religious man, and it is said that he spent his time in prison preaching to the other prisoners and giving comfort and hope to all, (2) Washington Osborn. Some of his letters have been preserved and give us a picture of these sad times. He was taken to Louisville first and in a few week he and many of the other men from this county were sent to Iowa to do work.

Barex No. 1 - August 1864, Louisville, Kentucky.
Dear Wife,
Don't be uneasy for me for we have a very good room and get plenty to eat. The officers and soldiers are not hard on us at all. We can go to the front door and look out as much as we please. I am not here by myself we have from forty to sixty here at a time...J. S. Conrad and I. N. Conrad are with me. Try and take care of the tobacco and things the best you can for it will be very high this year. 
Wash Osborn.

Middletown, Iowa, September 10, 1864.
Dear Wife,
I have not received a letter from you since I came to Iowa but I saw a letter that came from J. S. Conrad's wife, which stated that my baby died the day after I had to leave home. It also stated that old Miss Osborn was dead which I reckon is mother.   Wash Osborn.

Papers of Otha Steger:
I have found Elizabeth (O'Bannion) Osborn, wife of Jessie Osborn's burial place. She was buried in Vine Run Cemetery at Folsom, Kentucky. Born January 28, 1805 - Died: September 6, 1864.

I think this is pretty good evidence that Wash Osborn is their son.

Records Of Scott County Court House, Georgetown, Ky., Index to Osburn Deeds.

1. John Osburn to Penn, Book A, Page 93
2. John Osburn from Thomas Foster, Book A, Page 94.
3. Riller Osburn, James Osburn, Climmey Osburn to Jacob Baxter, Book A2, Pages 226-227.
4. Thomas and Mary Osburn to Joseph Elgin, Book A2, page 398.
5. Benjamin Osburn from Emmison, Book A2, Page 316.
6. Thomas Osburn to Alex. Ecklers, Book B, Page 282.
7. Thomas Osburn from John Applegate and Ann (wife), Book B, Page 281.
8. Jesse Osburn from Wm. and Mary Story, Book B, Page 463.
9. Jesse Osburn to Edgecomb Suggett, Book C, Page 280
10. Jesse Osburn from John and Sarah Ann Whitney, Book C, Page 54.
11. Benj. Osburn from Robert and Kitty McHatten, Book C, page 521.
12. Jesse Osburn from William and Mary Story, Book C, Page 97.
13. Jesse Osburn to Elizah Hawkins, Book E, Page 255.
14. Benj. Osburn to Robert Snell, Book E, Page 255.
15. Ben Osburn from Ash Emmison, Book E, Page 257.
16. Benj. Osburn from Cumberland and Elizabeth Snell, Book E, Page 253.
17. Ben. Osburn from Joseph Elgin, Book F. Page 94.
18. Benj. Osburn from Robert McHatten, Book F, Page 234.
19. Ben Osburn from John and Sally Printy, Book F, Page 228.

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1. John Osburn, administrator gives up claim to this land and mill to Penn, April 6, 1812.
2. Thomas Foster of Kentucky sold land in Scott County on the water of Dry Run to John Osburn, April 6, 1912.
3. Indenture of August 16, 1811 between Riller, James and Clemmey Osburn sells land to John Baxter.
4. Thomas and Mary Osburn to Joseph Elgin on the waters of McConnels Run, September 29, 1812.
5. November 23, 1811, Benj. Osburn to Emmison.
6. Thomas Osburn to Alexander Eckles, plot of ground.
7. Thomas Osburn from John Applegate and wife Ann, September 21, 1815, in said town.
8. Wm. Story and Mary to Jesse Osburn, April 11, 1817 for $380. (Must have been in Georgetown.)
9. Jesse Osburn and Margaret to Edgecomb P. Suggett of Scott County for $800 land in Georgetown on Main Street, January 28, 1820. Same date, Margaret relinquished her right of dower.
10. Jesse and Margaret from John Whitney and wife Sarah Ann, a lot in Georgetown For $800, date, 1819.
11. Benj. Osburn from Robert McHatten and wife Kitty, ____ 27, 1821.
12. Jesse Osburn from Wm. and Mary Story of Georgetown, Lot ?, 1819.
13. February 5, 1822, Indenture Jesse Osburn and wife Peggy of Fayette County, Indiana to Elizah Hawkins of Scott County for $575. Land on Hamilton Street.
14. Benjamin Osburn to Robert Snell, water on Dry Run, part of Wm. Lytle survey. (Cumberland Snell signs deed also.)  September 7, 1822.
15, Ash Emmison to Ben Osburn, September 7, 1821. This deed is all gone.
16. Cumberland Snell and wife ELizabeth to Benj. Osburn on water of Dry Run, 1822.
17. William and Joseph Elgin to Ben Osburn Water of Dry Run, 1823.
18. June 8, 1824, Robert McHatton from Benj. Osburn.
19. June 8, 1824, John Prunty and Sally to Ben Osburn on waters of Dry Run.

Wills of Scott County,  Kentucky - Will Book A.
1. Thomas Osburn, Book A, 156, "Adm. Bond", May 23, 1803.
2. Thomas Osburn, Appt., Page 159. This was the inventory.
3. Thomas Osburn, Sett., Page 243, value of property, $261.96.
4. John Osburn to Neal, Page 212, October 6, 1802.  Then received of Daniel Neale, administrator of estate of Spencer Neale, deceased, to my wife full part of personal estate of said decedent, she being his widow and relict. Witness my hand this date above written.  Signed, John Osburn.
5. Page 82, Heirs of Spencer Neale, Minor Neale, Elizabeth Neale, and Daniel Neale are orphans and not of lawful age. Executor is Daniel Neale, January 27, 1800.  Page 178, Daniel Neale is appointed guardian of Spencer Neale's orphans, 1802.  Page 238, September 1803, Daniel Neale has died and new guardians are being appointed.  Page 180, 1806, Schooling.  Page 331, Neale names.  Page 339, 1807 Guardians Settlement. Executors are finishing up estate and placing said Negro girl belonging to Neale orphans that went to John Osburn to live for the children's board. Also rent from a small plantation on the waters of Licking for same purpose.
6. James Osburn, deceased. Adm. Bond Page 225. Wm. Ward, Appt. 1804.
7. James Osburn, estate listed, Page 230-231. Those listed who bought part of the estate, Thomas Osburn and Levi Osburn.
8. Settlement, Page 394. Estate of Samuel Osburn, deceased. 1804.

II. Will Book B, Page 397.
1. John Osburn, deceased, Administrator appointed, April 1817. Adm. were John Williams, George Wood and Thomas Duly.
2. Page 410, orders to record about estate of John Osburn.

III. Will Book H, Page 293.
Bennet Osborn, deceased, widow Rebecca. Other heirs were: A. M. Osburn, M. B. Mothershead, Joseph Osburn, Lec. B. Osburn, Eph. R. Osburn, T. M. Sengzo, Thomas Osburn, James Branhorn, and J. Gray.    Page 404, Administrator was Moses B. Mothershead.

Mildred, I think that is all I have for now. I sure hope this information proves profitable for us. Take care of yourself.

                                                                    Love from Kentucky,

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Mildred Dixon Harrod
Flat Rock, Indiana

March 31, 1971


Dear Barbara,

I've put off writing you after your phone call and letter until I could get to the library to check the deed records of Fayette County, Indiana.

I can't believe that Jesse Osborn who was in Fayette County was the Jesse, the son of John, Jesse being born in 1820. He, Jesse of Fayette County, may have been a brother of John Osborn, who came to Jennings County in 1827. Our Jesse would have been only 20 in 1820, with no family and probably not wealthy enough to have bought the lots and land in Fayette County, Indiana. This Jesse in Fayette County had as his wife, Peggy or Margaret, and they went on to Fountain County, Indiana as early as 1826.

Do you have Washington B. Osborn listed as a son of Jesse and Elizabeth. I would like to read all of his Civil War letters. I had never read or heard of citizens being taken and sent to prison for owning slaves. Therefore, the story of Jesse spending some time with Nancy Dixon at Old Paris in Jennings County during the Civil War is probably true.

I agree that the grave of Nancy Robertson Osborn is probably in the cemetery at Mussel Shoals or in that neighborhood. I think we will have to hunt in Franklin, Gallatin, and Pendleton Counties for our Osborns. Surely John Osborn bought land or had a land grant when coming to Kentucky as early or earlier than 1800.

That John Osborn in Scott County, Kentucky had married the widow of Spencer Neale before October 6, 1802. It seems funny to me that the new husband always collected what was due his wife from her deceased husband's estate. I found such a transaction concerning money due Elizabeth Osborn Malcolm Robinson Dixon from the Robinson estate, collected by her last husband, Henry Dixon, in Jennings County.

Catherine Osborn and Andrew Bennett applied for a license in Jennings County, Indiana, March 15, 1828. No return.

Baalam Lett was born February 1, 1798 and Sally Osborn was born November 3, 1802, so they must have been married in Kentucky. Mr. Perry, the lawyer at Owenton, Kentucky did not find Baalam Lett's marriage.

I am "getting no where fast" in the answers to my letter, most all the people stating that I know more than they do. Will be looking forward to seeing you.




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Mildred Dixon Harrod
Flat Rock, Indiana

August 24, 1976



Dear Barbara,

Another year is passing rapidly and still I never have had the honor of your presence in my home. As I get older the friends I have made in genealogy seem very precious to me. Just last week a woman from Kansas stopped here. I had helped her with two families in this neighborhood and had even sent her a Bible that had belonged to an ancestor. Dolph and I visited in her home when on that long trip in the fall of 1968.

The three sheets enclosed are from the Bible of John Osburn, our ancestor. For many long years I had hoped to locate this Bible, with no luck. A few months ago I began corresponding with Ann Nichols of Greentown, Indiana, a descendant of John Osburn on the LETT side. She, her mother and aunt came one day in June. We had a lovely time. I also took them back to John and some help on the Lett family. Well - just about a week ago this Ann sent me a big envelope with pages from the Bible. I had told her that the info I had was supposed to have come from that Bible, and I always felt that it was in that part of Indiana, since several of John Osburn's girls went there. She said she found the Bible on her mother's back porch in the midst of a bunch of old encyclopedias her mother was about to toss out. Will wonders never cease.

This summer I have done a lot of work in the garden, weed pulling and cutting and then some freezing and canning. Dolph does the grass cutting. The grandchildren have been here. I also had company overnight from Arizona in June. Helped them on the Dixon line and took them to Jennings County for a day to show where the Dixons settled and some old houses.

We have a museum at Hope and I am on the Board of Directors. I have given them several articles, loaned them others, and have more to give. I want to make a display of Spanish-American articles from the Philippines where Dad served almost three years, also one of the old Hope Normal School which he attended before 1898.

Since my brother, Lewis, died unexpectedly last October I have dwelt on old age more than ever. He was 64. My older brother, Ernest Paul, just 60 in April is in the Indiana Masonic Home at Franklin. He had been in an Indianapolis hospital from the middle of last August until June 7.

Dolph has been talking of a family gathering for relatives in this area and many from Illinois around the 10th of September in celebration of his 75th birthday. He has written to Illinois to ask how many can come.

Will ring off and hope to hear from you.



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