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Ephraim Osbourne

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia
Death: Died in Independence, Grayson County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Bridle Creek, Grayson County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Osborne
Father of Jonathan Osborne; Captain Enoch Osborne; Robert James Osborne, I; Zachariah Osborne; Solomon Osborne and 15 others

Occupation: Fur Trader, Fur trader in Yadkin
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About Ephraim Osbourne

http://www.angelfire.com/va3/rmosborne/htmg09.htm informative website

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of PRIVATE. DAR Ancestor #: A084430

children of Ehraim and Elizabeth:

  • Name: Ephriam OSBORNE
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 21 AUG 1723 in Williamsburg, James City, Va.
  • Death: 1796 in Grayson, Va., Independence


A note on NGS by Carole Spencer on 6/24/94 gave the birthdate for Ephraim as Aug. 1, 1723.

Notes from Lucille Muncy Carter indicate that Ephraim Osborn, Sr., and his wife Elizabeth Howard are buried at the Old Fort Farm about 6 miles southeast of present day Independence ,Va. Death dates are both for 1796 (?).

Father: Jonathan OSBORNE b: 28 MAR 1697 in Warwickshire, England

Mother: Gretta HOLLMAN b: 1701

Marriage 1 Elizabeth HOWARD b: 1726

Married: 1749 in Yadkin Co., North Carolina


  • 1. Solomon OSBORN*
  • 2. Jonathan OSBORN
  • 3. Eleanor OSBORN
  • 4. Nancy OSBORN
  • 5. Stephen OSBORN
  • 6. Robert OSBORN
  • 7. John OSBORN*
  • 8. Thomas OSBORN
  • 9. Enoch (Capt.) OSBORNE b: 1750 in Yadkin Valley, Va.
  • 10. Jr. Osborn EPHRAIM b: 14 SEP 1752 in North Carolina

Two of Ephraim's sons (John and Solomon)are rumored to have married Daniel Boone's youngest sister, Hannah's daughters:

Richard PENNINGTON was born about 1752 in PA and died on 21 Dec 1813 in Sparta, White County, TN. He appears in the roster of Capt. Osborne's militia of 1780. Richard PENNINGTON married Hannah BOONE on 5 May 1777 in Salisbury, Rowan County, NC. Hannah BOONE was born 24 Aug. 1746 in Berks County, PA. She was the daughter of Squire BOONE and Sarah MORGAN, youngest sister of the famous Daniel BOONE. Hannah had been married to John STEWART before he was killed while on an expedition with a Daniel BOONE party. They had four daughters before he died: *Sarah b. 1765 (m. John OSBORN), *Mary b. 1766 (m. Solomon OSBORN), Rachel b. 1768 (m. James KING), and Ann b.25 Feb. 1770 (m. James LEWIS). Hannah died 7 Apr 1828 in Tompkinsville, Monroe County, KY and was buried in Monroe County, KY, Old Mulkey Cemetery.

Spent time in Rowan, NC before moving to New River, VA in 1766. Some say he came from PA, others from Elizabeth, NJ (Clinker Lots).


from https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/11402009

Ephraim Osborne, the patriarch of the Osborne families in the New River valley and three of his sons, Enoch, Jonathan, and Robert along with Ephraim's brother Stephen were members of the Herbert company. This family came to the New River valley very early (1765 or 6) from the Yadkin River valley (i.e. the "Jersey Settlement" in Rowan Co., NC).

Before North Carolina, their origin is more obscure, but Rita Sutton says that family legends place them as from New Jersey. Their naming pattern is quite consistent with the New Jersey Osborne family that originated in Connecticut and before that in England, but the connection to this family has not been established. It is possible that they instead are more recent immigrants from England or Scotland or Ireland who migrated to North Carolina from Pennsylvania (Charles Osborne hypothesis). It is now believed that the supposed connection to a Jonathan Osborne and a Greta Holman is a genealogical hoax played on a customer by a "professional" genealogist sometime before World War II, and propagated like wild-fire via the internet. In fact we know the names of the parties involved in the hoax.

Osborne's fort was on New River near the mouth of Saddle Creek. This is located a mile or two west of Independence, Grayson County, Virginia and is marked by a small monument to the cemetery that used to be there. If you take the bridge a few hundred yards west of this marker you are in North Carolina. This fort was one of two built along New River in today's Grayson County for protection from Indians and Tories during the Revolution. The other was built downstream (to the NE) at Cox's place.

The Osborne's religious affiliation was changeable gravitating from Presbyterianism to the Baptists and later to the Methodists.

The Jersey Settlement has an interesting origin [which is discussed HERE].

The most authoritative genealogy (IMO) on the internet for the Osborne family is Osborne Origins by Lee Osborne.

References: (1) Wiley Winton Osborne - His Ancestors and Descendants by Carol Osborne Hackett and Myrtle Greer Johnson (thanks Emily). (2) Early Osborne Alley Families On Clinch & New River by Rita Kennedy Sutton.

Unlike many members of Herbert's company, the Osbornes appear to have been consistent Whigs during the Revolution. Enoch was a Captain on the Whig side in the Revolution. The pension applications of Jonathan Osborne, David Cox and John Osborne son of Robert, indicate this as well. The one question mark is how enthusiastic they would be in the attack on the Cherokee, to which their family later was tied to in marriage (the lack of enthusiasm of the New River men was noted by the commanders of the attacks on the Cherokee in 1777, and Robert Osborne refused to take the oath of allegiance in 1777). Other questions along this line remain as well as it appears that the mixed race Cherokees they were associated with later on fought on the Whig side as well.

Osborne Fort Cemetery, Grayson Co., Va.


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Ephraim Osbourne's Timeline

August 21, 1723
Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia
Age 17
Rowan County, Province of North Carolina, Colonial America
Age 18
Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, United States
Age 19
Pulaski, Pulaski County, Virginia, United States
Age 23
Rowan County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Age 24
Age 26
Virginia, United States
Age 27
Augusta County, Province of Virginia, Colonial America
September 14, 1752
Age 29
Yadkin County, Province of North Carolina