Sylvester W. Osburn Family
Sylvester W. Osburn Family

Sylvester W. Osburn, the son of William and Sally, was born Abt. 1819 in Tennessee. He married (1) Sally Abt. 1842 in Tennessee. She was born Abt. 1820 in Tennessee. He married (2) Elizabeth Reimer 15 June 1853 in Massac County, Illinois. She was born Abt. 1832 in Tennessee.
Sylvester and Sally had these children

  • Brison H. Osburn, born August 1841; died Bet. 1900 - 1910
    married Mary H. Osburn
  • William G. Osburn, born Abt. 1845
  • John Osburn, born Abt. 1846
  • Catherine Eliza Osburn, born Abt. 1849

Sylvester and Elizabeth had these children

  • John Osburn, born Abt. 1854
  • Sylvester Osburn, born February 1860

Sylvester and family are found on these census records

1850 Illinois Union County West Part of District 2 Page 150B
13 August 1850 Dwelling 76 Family 76 xxx M432/130
S.W. Osborne 31 Farmer TN
Sally 30 xxx TN
R.H. 07 xxx TN
W.G. 05 xxx TN
John 04 xxx TN
Eliza 01 xxx TN

1860 Illinois Massac County Metropolis Page 954
28 July 1860 Lines 21-28 Dwelling 1231 Family 1231 M653/209
Sylvester Osburn 42 Butcher ---/$20 TN
Elizabeth 28 Keeping House xxx TN
Brison 19 Assistant Butcher xxx TN
William 15 Assistant Butcher xxx TN
John 14 xxx xxx TN
Catherine 11 xxx xxx TN
John 07 xxx xxx IL
Sylvester 6/12 xxx xxx IL

I have not been able to locate this family, after the 1860 census except for Brison H. who married his cousin Mary H., the daughter of Daniel S. Osburn in Union County in March or 1872. If anyone knows where this family wandered off to, please contact me.

Brison H. Osburn, the son of Sylvester and Sally Osburn, was born August 1841 in Tennessee, and died Bet. 1900 - 1910 in White County, Arkansas. He married Mary H. Osburn 31 March 1872 in Union County, Illinois, daughter of Daniel Osburn and Mary Shepherd. She was born 20 September 1851 in Union County, Illinois, and died Bet. 1920 - 1930 in White County, Arkansas.
Their children are

  • John W. Osburn, born 04 January 1874; died 04 January 1954
  • Bessie Osburn, born 11 February 1885; died 26 March 1961
  • Bertha J. Osburn, born 31 December 1890; died 15 April 1966;
    married Doc Leach
  • 5 unnamed children who did not live

Brison and family has been found on these census. In 1900 they apprently in the process of moving when the census taker came around, so they were enumerated twice with slight differences in the birth date information given.

1900 Arkansas White County Gray Township Supervisors District 2 Enumeration District 149 Page 145B
19 June 1900 Lines 75-79 Dwelling 191 Family 192 xxx xxx T623/80
Brison H. Osburn xxx 58 Aug 1841 Shoemaker TN/TN/TN
Mary H. wife 48 Sep 1852 xxx IL/TN/TN
John W. son 27 Jun 1873 Farmer IL/TN/IL
Bessie dau 13 Sep 1886 xxx AR/IL/TN
Bertha dau 11 Jan 1889 xxx AR/IL/TN

1900 Arkansas White County Searcy 4th Ward Supervisors District 2 Enumeration District 148 Page 169B
15 June 1900 Lines 72-76 East Euter Street Dwelling 325 Family 364 xxx xxx T623/80
Brison H. Osburn xxx 58 Aug 1841 Shoemaker TN/TN/TN
Mary H. wife 48 Sep 1851 xxx IL/TN/TN
John W. son 27 Jun 1872 Farmer IL/TN/IL
Bessie dau 14 Feb 1886 xxx AR/IL/TN
Bertha dau 09 Dec 1890 xxx AR/IL/TN

1910 Arkansas White County Big Creek Supervisors District 2 Enumeration District 153 Page 55B
26 May 1910 Lines 66-69 Settlement Road Dwelling 3 Family 3 xxx T624/67
John W. Osborne xxx 37 Farmer/General Farm IL/TN/IL
Mary H. mother 57 xxx IL/TN/TN
Bessie L. sister 24 xxx AR/TN/IL
Harrison B. uncle 50 Farm Labor/General Farm IL/TN/TN
Mary is widowed, she has given birth to 8 children with 3 living. Harrison B. is a widower livng with this family.

1920 Arkansas White County Albion Township Supervisors District 2 Enumeration District 152 Page 180A
20 January 1920 Lines 28-31 Dwelling 50 Family 51 xxx xxx T625/84
John W. Osburn xxx 47 Farmer/General Farm IL/TN/IL
Mary H. mother 67 xxx IL/TN/AL
Bessie sister 33 Farm Laborer/Home Farm AR/TN/IL
Bertha sister 29 Farm Laborer/Home Farm AR/TN/IL

1930 Arkansas Clay County Oak Bluff Township Supervisors District 3 Enumeration District 26 Page 216B
25 April 1930 Lines 60-61 Dwelling 278 Family 291 xxx xxx T626/68
John H. Osburn xxx 57 Farmer/General Farm IL/TN/IL
Bessie sister 44 xxx AR/TN/IL

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