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Joseph Osburn

Birthdate: (71)
Death: circa 1845 (67-75)
Harrison Co., (W)VA
Place of Burial: Lewis County, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary "Polly" Grim and Rhoda Romine
Father of Wilson Osburn

Managed by: John William Grimm
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About Joseph Osburn

Using the following records, our many greats grandfather Joseph Osburn's birth is estimated to be from 1771 to 1774.

Joseph Osburn and Rhoda Romine were married September 22, 1796 in Frederick County, Virginia ~Virginia Historic Marriage Register: Frederick County [VA] Marriages, 1738-1850 by John Vogt and T. William Kethley, Jr.; 1984; Iberian Publishing Co.; Pgs 200, 448

An 1805 Harrison County land record indicates that Joseph and Rhoda settled near Jacob and Nancy Romine at Romine's Mills in Harrison County. ~ Harrison County Deed Book "Joseph Osburn of Philadelphia, a house carpenter" purchasing land on the Hughes River.

1810 Federal Census Harrison, Virginia Joseph Osbern 3 males under age 10 1 male 10 but under 16 years 1 male 26 but under 45 years 1 female 10 but under 16 years 1 female 16 but under 26 years

1820 Federal Census Harrison, Virginia Osburn, Joseph 1 free white males under age 10 2 free white males age 10-16 1 free white males age 16-26 1 free white males age 45 and up 1 free white females age 16-26 1 free white females age 45 and up

Joseph and Rhoda bought 61 3/4 acres on the right-hand fork of Gnatty Creek in today's Barbour County on April 22, 1822.

1830 Federal Census Western District of Virginia East Division of Harrison County Page 325, District 35 Osben, Joseph 1 male of 15 and under 20 1 male of 20 and under 30 1 male of 50 and under 60 1 male of 90 and under 100 1 female of 50 and under 60 On the same census are the households of Osben, Archbold 2 males and 1 female under 5 1 male of 30 and under 40 1 female of 20 and under 30 Osben, Joseph 1 male under 5 1 male of 20 and under 30 1 female of 10 and under 15 1 female of 15 and under 20

1840 Federal Census Harrison, Virginia Joseph Osborne 1 male 60 and under 70 1 female 60 and under 70 ~Also listed in separate households are the families of Jacob Osborne age 20 but under 30, Joseph Osborne, Jr age 30 but under 40, John Ward age 40 but under 50 (husband of daughter Nancy)

Rhoda and Joseph are named on a deed dated in November 1841.

Children born to Joseph and Rhoda are ~ Margaret, Archibald, Nancy, Joseph, Aquilla, Wilson, and Jacob.

Rhoda died sometime after the November 1841 deed, before Joseph married his 2nd wife.

Lewis County. Grantee Joseph Osburn [son?] Acres 30 Description Leading creek Year 1842 B No 2 Page 61 ~Dyer's Index to Land Grants in West Virginia; Volume 2; Charleston: Moses W Donnally, Printer 1896

Joseph married Mary "Polly" Grimm Bright the 20th of August 1842 in Gnatty Creek, Harrison County, Virginia. Polly was the daughter of John Grim and Elizabeth Hart. She was born about 1794, and died about 1850. "Polly had been abandoned with nine children in 1830 by her first husband, Jacob C. Bright. Jacob ran off with Susannah Trimble about that time." ~Ancestors of Munza & deVaux Families

Barbour County was created March 3, 1843. "The territory now embraced in Barbour County formed a part of Virginia from the first settlement about 1607 till 1863, when it became a portion of West Virginia... It became a separate county in 1843. The territory east of the Valley River was taken from Randolph, that west was taken from Harrison and Lewis." ~The History of Barbour County, West Virginia, From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement... By H.U. Maxwell; The Acme Publishing Company, Morgantown, W.Va. 1899

A will for Joseph Osbern, Sr., recorded June 8, 1845 in Harrison County (Will Book 6, Page 38), leaves everything to "my wife, Mary Osbern....but if she marries, it will descend to my stepson, Amos Bright." Amos was about 10 years old and Joseph close to 70 when he married Mary. Amos died at age 22 in 1852.

Joseph died sometime after the June 8, 1845 Will, and before October 2, 1846 when his heirs sell his property.

A deed written October 2, 1846 in Barbour County (Deed Book 2, Page 147) shows Joseph's heirs as widow Mary (Grimm Bright), Jacob Osburn, Archibald Osburn, Aquilla Osburn, Joseph Osburn, Wilson Osburn, John Ward and his wife Nancy nee Osburn. The deed is for 61 3/4 acres being sold by Joseph's heirs to Abram White. It states that the tract of land, conveyed to Joseph on April 22, 1822, was on the right-hand fork of Gnatty Creek. Another Barbour County deed, dated October 2, 1846, shows Joseph's heirs selling 8 acres and 82 1/2 rods on the right-hand fork of Gnatty Creek to Moses Arnold. See Ancestors of Munza & deVaux Families

Joseph is most likely buried in Walnut Fork Cemetery in Lewis County. The inscription on the tombstone of son Joseph reads: s/o Joseph and Rhoda (Romine) Osburn, an indicator they are buried elsewhere in the cemetery. This Cemetery was also known as "Bethel" - the Bethel United Brethern Church once stood beside the Cemetery. There are many unmarked graves and several graves with sandstone markers so eroded over time they are no longer legible.

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Joseph Osburn's Timeline

Age 36
Virginia, United States
Age 71
Harrison Co., (W)VA
Lewis County, West Virginia, United States