Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Osborns of Kent

The Osborn(e) family name has many roots going back to Ireland, Scotland, and England.  My Osborn ancestors came from Ashford, Kent, England.  

My 2nd great grandmother, Lydia Osborn-Fuller (1845-1918), was born in Waterville, Maine to Timothy Osborn (1805-1898) & Lydia Burrill (1806-1854) of Winslow, Maine.

(ca.  1890)

(ca. 1880)

Lydia Osborn married Charles Samuel Fuller (1835-1878), son to Samuel Bean Fuller and Saran Ann Osborn.  Sarah Ann was Lydia's cousin, since Timothy (Lydia's father) was son to sea captain Isaac Osborn, brother to Sarah's father, Ephraim Osborn (whose wife was Lydia Wyman of Bowdoinham).

Ephraim, Isaac, and their father, Jedediah Osborn, were all East Hampton, Long Island veterans of the Revolutionary War.  Ephraim & Isaac (brothers who were also my 4th great grandfathers) moved to Winslow Maine and each married the Wyman sisters, and eventually settled in Fairfield, Maine (which was then deemed 'wilderness'), and lived farmers' lives. 

More on Ephraim's story and progeny can be found here.

More on Isaac's story and progeny can be found here.

Their father, Jedediah Osborn (1721-1786), my 5th great grandfather, was the eldest of 11 children born to Josiah Osborn (1697-1754) & Sarah Flint (1700-1758) of East Hampton.  Jedediah was a miller, and inherited the mill from his father.  Jedediah married Deborah Miller.  Jedediah's brother, Jonathan the sea captain, married Mary Miller, Deborah's sister.

Josiah Osborn (1697-1754), my 6th great grandfather, was born to Ephraim Osborn (1666-1744) and Elizabeth Miller (1666-1743), also of East Hampton.  This Ephraim was the first of six Ephraims in his direct line.  Ephraim the Sixth died in 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Ephraim's parents were John Osborne from Ashford, Kent, England and Miriam Hand of East Hampton.  John came from Kent with his parents, Thomas Osborne & Mary Goatley, and settled in New York.  There are no ship records for them that I can locate at present, but there does appear to be a Thomas Osborn of correct age listed as a settler of Jamestown, having landed there in 1620 on the Francis Bonadventure.  Thomas's line has been well traced for at least five generations, and everyone was from Ashford.  The furthest back that this line has been traced by genealogists is to John Osborne, born 1468 in Ashford.  I'm definitely curious if I'm related to rocker Ozzy Osbourne.  I'm hoping "Who Do You Think You Are" does a feature on him one day.  If his origins are also Kent, then it's most definite.

Another Thomas Osborne in my line (my 11th great grandfather) had a mother named Jane Broughton, who was descended from the DeVeres of Hedingham Castle.

Osborn Origins is a site that traces many of the seemingly infinite Osborn lines.


  1. I've been able to trace back from John, and Miriam Hand - in the Male line - to "Osbyrn" of Ashford, born 1185, d:1255.
    Going forward from Osbyrn, Henry "the French", 1216-1272, Richard 1250 (Kent, England), and William (Lord Wm.) 1276-1336. John, 1300-1360 (possibly Thomas?)is noted as being from Sittingbourne. Is that close by to Ashford? The family does seem to move around a little - primarily in Kent.nyassany@aol dot com.

  2. Hello Cousin,

    I too descend from Thomas Osborne and Mary Goatley. My understanding is that Thomas and Mary were Puritans and wanted to avoid having their 5 sons at the time engage in any religious wars, so they took a ship named "Hector" to Boston around 1637 and then helped settle New Haven Ct. the following year or so. Supposedly, some genealogists found that Thomas and Mary listed in initial deeds from New Haven. Additionally, Thomas and Mary then decided to settle on Long Island at East Hampton. Thomas was constable there and a tanner by trade.

    Also, from what I've found on the internet, Thomas' ancestors are as follow:
    --14. Jeremiah Osborne m. Joan Wyborne 
    --15. Thomas Osborne m. Elizabeth Wilmeth
    --16. Richard Osborne II m. Jane Broughton (great great grandfather/grandmother to first Duke of Leeds who lead coupe against James II who abdicated)
    --17. Richard Osborne I m. Elizabeth Flydane/ or Flydene 
    --18. John Osborne m. Wilhelmina Sale
    --19. Peter Osborne m. Eme Osborne?