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Rueben Osborne

Death: Died in Tonbridge, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Cause of death: Accidental Explosion at the Gun Powder Mill
Immediate Family:

Husband of Charlotte Osborne
Father of Charlotte Emline Nye

Occupation: Common Laborer
Managed by: John H. Nye
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Rueben Osborne's Timeline

February 11, 1817
Age 28
Leigh, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Family records in possession of authors show Charlotte was born at Tunbridge Wells, but the 1851 Census of Tonbridge (enumeration district 2B, p.17) and the Birth Certificate of Osborne Nye (Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1854, #2692) both show she was born in Leigh.

Age 45
Tonbridge, Kent, England, United Kingdom

This is recorded many years later by his grandson, Ephraim Nye, who wrote:

On Saturday, June 3rd [1882], with a pleasant goodbye to all, I started for the powder mills near Leigh and found Aunt Amelia, Mother’s sister, in a hop garden tending hops. She was at the time about 67 years of age. As I told her who I was surprise and gladness seemed manifest in her countenance, then she turned away and taking up her apron wiped away a silent tear. She then asked me home and to the house where her Father and Mother lived at the time her Father was blown up and killed by these same powder mills in 1834.

Aunt’s oldest son George Ford conducted me around and through the powder mills. Showed me where Grandfather Osborne was picked up when killed by the explosion of the corning house.

Family Record of Ephraim Hesmer Nye,

available from the Harold B. Lee Library
at Brigham Young University (call no. MSS 358)