Osborne Family
of Navarro County, Texas


Biography Index


Photo 1907 At Frost, Navarro Co., Texas

James Campbell Osborne - Baptist Minister and Elder at the Prairie Grove Baptist Church, Emmett, Navarro Co., TX Texas - b. 16 Oct 1829 - d. 28 Sep 1922

His brother Edwin Augustus (Gus) Young Osborne - visiting from Charlotte, NC, Episcopal Priest wearing his some sort of medals - b. 06 May 1837 - d. 12 Oct 1926

Their brother "Uncle Patty" Osborne Patrick Henry Osborn - b. 04 Sep 1843 - d. unknown



Excerpts from "the original that is bound in red calf leather with inscription in gold lettering, bearing a photograph of the writer, autographed." The above is in the handwriting of Mary Windor Bryan Osborne. A copy of this manuscript was given to the J. L. Halbert Camp No. 359, SCV for their records as two members of the family were members of Company I, 4th Texas Inf. Hood's Brigade from Navarro County. Commander Stubbs was given permission to submit a copy to the Corsicana Library and here by S. W. (Dub) and Sandra Osborne.
I have extracted what I consider pertinent to Navarro County. If this is your family and you would like more information about the complete manuscript please contact Dub & Sandra Osborne at [email protected]  (88 pages, plus military records and correspondence's pertaining to Edwin A. Osborne. Wonderful stories of early childhood, war, education and Priesthood and siblings) Of special interest from A History of First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, NC: Rev. E. A. Osborne was among the honorary pallbearers for Mrs. "Stonewall" (Mary) Jackson in Charlotte, NC. She died Thursday, March 25, 1915. Her funeral took place on Friday, March 26th at the First Presbyterian Church at 5 o'clock. On Saturday, March 27th at 11 o'clock a Memorial Service was held in First Presbyterian Church. This meeting was presided over by Rev. E. A. Osborne, Chaplain of the Mecklenburg Camp of Confederate Veterans. 

Writings of Edwin Augustus Young Osborne, 1914
My Father's Family
   Alexander Osborne, my father's grand-father, was an educated man of high standing. He was born in New Jersey, in Monmouth County, I think, about 1709 A.D. He came to Rowan County N.C. in, or about 1754 A.D., and seems to have lived in Salisbury, though he owned lands near what is now Davidson College, and I think lived there the latter part of his life, and died there in 1776 - both he and his wife.
Alexander Osborne, colonel of militia, 1768
   He was colonel of militia under Governor Tryon, and for some twenty-five years was Chairman of the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Rowan County, of which Adlai, his son, was Clerk. (View Headstone Photo).
Agnes McWhortor Osborne
   The wife of Alexander Osborne was Agnes McWhortor (or McWhirtor, as the name was originally spelled.) She was a daughter of Hugh McWhortor, whose father was, as I am informed, Alexander McWhortor, of Armough, Ireland, came to the United States about 1730 A.D., and settled at New Castle, Delaware. His wife was Joan. The said Agnes Osborne was a sister of the Rev. Alexander McWhortor who was the founder of Queens College (Note: Queens Museum) at Charlotte, N. C. Her sister married Ephraim Brevard, one of the signers of the "so-called" Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. I say 'so-called", because I sincerely believe that Capt. Samuel Ashe's theory of that occurrence is thoroughly consistent and correct.
I honor those brave men for what ever they did, and they need no honor for what they did not do... (View Headstone Photo)
Children of Col. Alexander Osborne are as follows:
1. Adlai Osborne, born July 4, 1744, was graduated from Princeton university 1768. (View Headstone Photo(.  Married June 30, 1771, Margaret Lloyd daughter of Gen. Thos. Lloyd of Hillsboro, North Carolina. Died 1814. His first (only) wife, Margaret Lloyd, was born June 23, 1754, and died Sept. 23, 1830. (View Headstone Photo) (Note: MS. a bit confused in arrangement. Think this is right); 2. Rebecca Osborne, married Nathaniel Ewing; 3. Mary Osborne, married John Nosbit; 4. Joan Osborne, married Moses Winslow; 5. Margaret Osborne, married John Robinson...
Children of Col. Adlai Osborne
1. Mary Lloyd Osborne b. Sept. 6, 1774. Married first to John Sharpe. Married second to John Young. It is said that the Hon. John Sharpe William was descended from the first marriage. The late John Augustus Young of Charlotte was a son by the second marriage.
2. Margaret McWhorter, born Osborne b. April 7, 1776. Married Robert Davidson of Macklenburg County NC, a wealthy farmer. Both lived to an old age, died without children, and are buried in their family graveyard. (Note: 15 mi. from Charlotte, Beattys Ford Road, near the Catawba River)
3. Thomas Alexander Osborne b. Feb. 14, 1778. He was a teacher, spent many years in East Tennessee, and if married, I never heard of the fact. He died comparatively young.
4. Edwin Jay Osborne b. March 1, 1780. He was a lawyer. Married Miss Harriet walker of Wilmington, NC, lived in Alabama, and died young. He was the father of the Hon. James Walker Osborne of Charlotte, also the father of Mrs. Harriet C. Moore, wife of Alexander Duncan Moore of Wilmington, and of Egbert Osborne late of Tennessee, and I think another daughter who married a Mr. Frank, of New York City (Note: Julie and Charlotte, who m. a Holman. J.O.)
5. Adlai Laurens Osborne b. October 19, 1782.
6. Spruce McCay Osborne b. Dec. 14, 1784. Graduated from Chapel Hill (Note: the University) and was an M.D. Was killed at the Massacre of Fort Mimms, Alabama (Note: 18113) He was a surgeon in the U.S. Army.
7. Ephriam Brevard Osborne b. Feb. 20, 1786. Married Nancy Smith of VA, and died in Texas May 23, 1876, buried in Hill County Texas.
8. Nancy Cecelia Osborne b. April 21, 1788, married J. Smith Byers, a farmer of Iredell County, NC.
9. Eliza Tabitha Osborne b. Feb 7, 1790. Married Alexander Hogan. They left no issue.
10. Panthia Lemir_ b. Dec. 1, 1793. She married David C. Houston. They lived and died in Maringo Co., AL, had several children - a son whose name was Adlai, - a daughter, Lottie, who married Holman.
11. Franklin Washington Osborne b. Jan 1, 1795. Died in AL. Left no children so far as I have ever been informed...
   My father [Ephriam Brevard Osborne] was a physician. I think he studied medicine in Charleston, SC though I know but little of his early history. I had often heard him speak of the home at "Belmont" (the old red house near Davidson) which was standing when I came to this state... 
   He was in the Indian War in Alabama and was in Fort Mimms in the Massacre, and was mentioned in the account of that terrible catastrophe as Lieutenant Osborne, and was one of the very few to escape. I have heard him describe the occurrences. He said that when all hopes of making any successful defense against the Indians, "we quickly filled the Fort through the open gate, which could not be closed on account of mud which had been washed against it by rain of the night before, he or someone else, seized an axe and cut away a few of the pickets which enclosed the Fort, in the rear next to the river, and picking up a little girl who was crying with fright, he lashed her on his back, fled through the opening, swam the river, and made his escape with the child. He carried his precious burden some distance till he found a place of safety, and left her in the hands of kind people who took care of her. She grew to womanhood, and I think married and reared a family.
   This story I have heard my father tell when I was a boy too young to inquire into the particulars of her name and history.
   My father was also in the U.S. Army at the Battle of New Orleans. I have heard him tell of the breast-works of cotton bales and of the dense fog that enveloped the whole earth so that a man could hardly be seen fifty yards away.
   Orders were given for the men to hold their fire until the enemy was plainly visible and within good range, and of the dreadful havoc and confusion that ensued when the enemy received the first volley on that fateful morning, in January.
   My father and mother were married in the year of 1818, in Alabama. They spent the first few years in Maringo County in, or near, Huntsville. Afterwards, they moved to Lawrence County seat, Moulton, where I was born, and where he practiced medicine for a number of years.
   In 1847 my father started with his family for Western Texas, but for some reason, he landed at Pine Bluffs, Arkansas, and settled in Jefferson County, where he continued until 1855, when he again started for Texas...
      It was in the year 1855 when my father sold his small possessions in Arkansas and moved to Texas. It was early in the year when we arrived in Hill County, Texas, near the eastern boundary of the county, on the west side of Richland Creek. We traveled by private conveyance camping out on the way and sleeping in tents. The weather was fine all the way and the journey was pleasant. When we arrived at our destination, we set up our tents and lived in them until temporary structures could be erected, which was hastily done and we were sheltered for the time. Much was to be done and the time was short for we must open a farm and be prepared to plant it in the spring which opened early in that part of the country. The land was rich open prairie and the sod must be turned in time to plant. This was done and a small field was planted that spring, but the summer was dry and little was made that year...It was a fine section of the country where we settled in Texas. The soil was rich, and very soon a good class of settlers began to come in; and in a few short years there was a good community built up...
   My father was a Presbyterian. He had led a restless, roving life, and at times was given to dissipation.
   For many years before his death he was content to live a quiet life and was a constant reader of the Holy Scriptures and a firm believer in the Gospel. He was considered a good physician and was fond of literature and spent a great deal of time in reading. He was also fond of gardening and horticulture. Wherever he lived he planted fruit trees and a garden until he came to Texas. He was then nearly seventy years of age and showed no tendency to carry on that line of industry any longer.
   My father was a man of fine physical appearance and build; - his height about five feet ten inches, broad square shoulders, large bones, and weighing about 165 pounds. He was almost a blond, with fine blue-gray eyes, light hair, broad forehead, a Roman noes, fine manly voice and cultured mind. He wrote a bold well-formed hand and kept his accounts well.
   His death was a gentle falling asleep, without pain, and in the hope of salvation. A plain marble slab marks his resting place on the west side of White Rock Creek, in Hill County, Texas, near Salem Church. [just across the western border of Navarro County]
   My mother, Nancy Smith, daughter of John Smith of Westmoreland County, Virginia, was born Oct. 15, 1801. I find a record which says she was born in Amhurst County. Her father's people came from Bavaria, Germany, to New York, in the early history of that state.
   There were several brothers, I think five, all of whom perished by the Indians, except her Grandfather, whose name was Abraham. He, or at least his son, John, came to Virginia at an early period and settled. John Smith, my mother's father, married a Miss Whitehead of Virginia and they had born to them a large family...
   Her appearance as she was in early life before middle age is indelibly impressed upon my memory. She was about medium size, a fair, or bright brunette, with a rich suite of black hair, lithe figure, soft, dark - almost black eyes, a straight nose and smooth skin. Her figure was erect and her movements quick but graceful, and her voice soft and gentle and never loud - though sometimes she spoke in positive tones. This was rare, but the more impressive on that account. She often sang hymns, and I well remember some of those hymns and their tunes, and the melodious voice that sung them. She was pious and devoted to her children, and gave up her life to their care absolutely.
   Rising early and working late in discharging her domestic duties, to make them comfortable and happy, and always with a perfectly contented and cheerful spirit. Her health was good as a rule. She ate but little, and cared nothing for excitement, though she loved horseback riding and sat a horse beautifully. She continued this exercise until she was about seventy years old, and was fond of a spirited horse when she was young.
Children of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Osborne
Edwin A. list the children of his parents and dedicates part of their histories later on. I am inserting the Navarro County family members history in the list to save space. Stubbs
1. John Adlai Osborne b. Oct. 2, 1819, died in infancy.
2. Spruce Pickens Osborne b. July 9, 1821, died in infancy
3. Franklin Henry Washington Osborne b. Feb. 1823, died Sept. 5, 1846.
4. Mary Lloyd Osborne b. June 27, 1826, died about 1840 or 41 or 42.
5. James Campbell Osborne b. Dec. 26, 1829, lives near Frost, Texas (Navarro County)
   James was a Baptist Minister in Emmett, TX. He is the Great Grandfather of S. W. "Dub" Osborne. Dub was a WWII Veteran and member of the Terry's Texas Rangers Camp 1937, SCV
6. William Houge St.Pierre Osborne b. 1831. Died in the town of Greenville, Texas Sept. 1911.
7. Permelia Ware, born 1833. Married Richard B. Smith her cousin, who was a son of Abraham Smith. She died in Texas about 1906.
8. Ephriam Lee Davidson Osborne b. Dec. 4, 1834. Died in Bradley Co. AR, June 30, 1858.
9. Edwin Augustus Young Osborne b. May 6, 1837 (Note: died Oct. 12, 1926) (Note: the author of this autobiography, J.O)
10. Thomas Alexander Osborne b. Dec. 4, 1839. Died in the Southern Army...Feb. 22, 1862. (A noble, generous and lovely young man and a brave soldier) (Note: called Sandy, J.O.)
   He was commonly called Sandy. I have not mentioned him before, and have not much to say of him now though I would gladly linger long and tenderly on over incident of his quiet and innocent life. He was some four years younger than myself - a very quite, unobtrusive nature, and yet very brave, truthful and independent. He suffered with malaria while we were in Arkansas, and also with a severe spell of pneumonia which impaired his constitution and retarded his growth. His complexion and hair were those of a fair brunet with delicate features, straight nose and dark brown eyes. My daughter, Mary Lloyd Clarkson reminds me of him constantly, both in features and expression, and somewhat in disposition.
   When I left him in Texas to come to North Carolina he was 19 years of age, but was a mere boy in size and appearance. When I next saw him he was a soldier in Virginia, CSA, a member of (Capt. Winkler's) company of the 4th Regt. of Texas Volunteers. This was in July, 1861. He had grown somewhat taller, but his face was as sweet and fresh as a 16 year old boy, and his voice seemed much the same as when I left him in Texas. He and my brother Patrick (below) were together in the same tent with other young men whom I knew before I left Texas.
   I can never forget my anguish for those two dear boys, my younger brothers, in their gray uniforms, which were entirely too large, and with arms as Confederate soldiers, all to heavy for them. Of course I was proud of them, but I thought of their delicate faces and of the terrible dangers, hardships and suffering they would have to endure, and of the anxiety of our aged mother at home in Texas.
   I was then captain of a splendid corps of Irdell County, NC and wanted my two brothers to be transferred to my company, so that I might look after them and help them. But the dear fellows preferred to stay with their companies and their captain who seemed to be much attached to them. So I had to leave them. This was the summer of 1861.
   I did not see them again until winter in camp at or near Manassas Junction, VA, and they were and both well and had become used to soldier and camp life and seemed happy. But soon the measles, that scourge of the Southern army, broke out and they were its victims. Patrick gave way completely and was sent home. Sandy was able to continue in the army but was never well again. The Texas regiments were sent to the eastern part of Virginia, and I heard no more of my brother until February, 1862, when I received a letter telling me that my brother Sandy was very ill in camp near Dumfries, VA. I procured a short furlough and went at once to him. I found him a complete wreck - pneumonia in both lungs, what would now be called tuberculosis, unable to get out of his tent and evidently in a rapid decline and near his end. I stayed with him as long as my furlough would permit and then left him, hoping to return soon. But before I could come back his spirit had flown and his body was buried. Alas: Such a war.
   I have rarely, if ever, known a lovelier character than my brother Sandy's. His figure at 19 was below the average height and his face and gentle voice, with very bright eyes which kindled and scintillated in conversation. He was impulsive, brave, thoroughly truthful, and generous almost to a fault. Without having made a public profession of religion so far as I am aware, I think he was a Christian in character, sentiment and conduct. His generous and affectionate disposition endeared him to the family at home, and made him popular with friends.
11. Patrick Henry Osborne b. Sept. 4, 1843. Lives with brother James near Frost, Texas.
   He was some six years younger than myself. As a child he was bright, intelligent and active, but somewhat irritable and discontented. Still, he was affectionate, and I was devotedly fond of him, and we were thrown together until he was 12 or 14 years old. After that I was away from home a great deal at work or at school, and saw little of him. Still my love for him was warm and devoted, and continues so until this day. My brother Patrick showed no disposition to be pious as he was growing up, but his morals were good, though fond of company that was somewhat rollicking in habits.
   He married young, and settled down to make a living for his family and seemed to have been doing fairly well, until there came into the community a band of fanatics professing entire sanctification, or holiness. He, being ignorant and not instructed in the Gospel, was taken in by them. They professed to have all things in common, so my brother broke up his establishment, sold what he had, and went off with them taking his wife and little children with him. Soon the company broke up and everything was lost and my brother stranded with a young and helpless family. He struggled hard to meet the situation, but the reaction was terrible, and for many years he was at sea, and wandered far before he found his proper barring. Meanwhile, his wife died, and the children grew up and found occupations in different parts of the West, and he finally drifted back to Hill county and has been with our older brother, James, near Emmett. (Frost, Texas being the post office) He will be 71 years of age September 1914, and seems to be of some assistance to my brother James where he is making his home.
12. Elbert Knox Polk Osborne b. Aug 3, 1845. Died in Birmingham, AL May 23, 1896. Buried in my lot in Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, NC. He was a remarkably intelligent and prominent man, but all his life of feeble constitution.


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