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David Osbourn, II

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Greenbriar, West Virginia, USA
Death: June 12, 1893 (86)
Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Place of Burial: Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of David Osbourn and Mary Harrah
Husband of Lena Osborn; Cynthia Osborn and Philinda Standley
Father of Thomas Jefferson Osborn; Elizabeth Hammer; David Osborn, III; Rebecca Ann Thorn; Harriet Jane Davis and 8 others

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About David Osbourn, II

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Thomas C.D. Howell Company (1852)

History of Bear Lake Pioneers p 172-173

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Thomas C.D. Howell Company (1852) Age at Departure: 45

Perpetual Emigrating Fund


The Deseret News, 1 July 1893, page 24

"OSBORN - At Montpelier Idaho June 1893 of old age David Osborn Sr. He was born in Greenbrier county, Va., March 31 1807. His father died when he was but 18 months old. While he was very small his mother removed to Kentucky and when brother Osborn arrived at the age of 13 they removed to the state of Indiana. He had to labor for the support of his mother but by perseverance and hard study he managed to obtain a fair education, and after he was 18 years of age followed school teaching until the year 1828.

He then married Cynthia Butler, by whom he had ten children, five sons and five daughters.

He embraced the gospel in the year 1835 and gathered with the saints in Daviess county, Mo. He passed through the persecutions and mobbing of the Saints in that state, and in the fall of 1838 was taken prisoner by the notorious Ned Gillam and his posse, who were on their way to far west to join General Lucas. Gillam, who styled himself the Delaware Chief, and his men, had their faces painted.

After subjecting him to all manner of insult and abuse for ten days they turned him loose, and he lost no time in making his way home. On reaching there, to his surprise, his home was deserted. His wife and five little children had been driven out into the woods. He found them about ten miles from home, camped under a large tree, which afforded them the only shelter they had from the elements. His wife was nursing a sick child on her lap as she sat on a log. The child afterwards died from the exposure it received through the action of those fiends in human form, the Missouri mob.

When the Saints were expelled from Missouri he settled in Illinois, near Nauvoo, and on the expulsion from Illinois he stopped at Council Bluffs until the spring of 1852, when he started for Utah.

On the long and tedious march, which occupied three months, he buried his wife, leaving him the entire care of his family, some of whom were quite small.

He settled in East Weber, Weber county, Utah, were he remained until the spring of 1860, when he removed to Cache Valley, settling in Hyrum. It was he who suggested the name of Hyrum for the settlement to Elder Ezra T. Benson when the place was first organized.

This has been Brother Osborn's home ever since, except at intervals, when he has spent a few months with his children in Bear Lake valley, Idaho. It was on one of these visits, on the 11th inst., that he was taken with something like paralysis and only lived three days. He suffered no pain but passed away in a sweet sleep.

He has lost five wives from first to last, having survived them all. Grandfather Osborn, as he is commonly called, leaves a numerous posterity. He had ten children, sixty-two grandchildren, seventy four great grandchildren and five great treat grandchildren, making a total of 151. He died as he had lived, a faithful Latter-day Saint.

The funeral services were held on the 15th. inst., in the Montpelier meeting house. Discourses were delivered by Elders W. Budge and Wm L. Rich. The remains were followed to the cemetery by a large cortege. His children who are living were all present."

Photo of David Osborn with his surviving children, about 1892, provided by Laura Anderson, Sept. 2006.

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David Osbourn, II's Timeline

March 31, 1807
Greenbriar, West Virginia, USA
February 20, 1829
Age 21
Greene County, Indiana, United States
Age 23
August 31, 1833
Age 26
Greene County, Indiana, United States
August 31, 1833
Age 26
Grant Township, Greene, Indiana, USA
April 19, 1838
Age 31
Caldwell County, Missouri, United States
October 15, 1842
Age 35
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
Age 34
February 8, 1844
Age 36
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA