William Ballard Osborne


Brief Life History of William Ballard

When William Ballard Osborne was born in 1804, in Grayson, Virginia, United States, his father, Jonathan Osborne, was 32 and his mother, Martha Gray, was 19. He married Dorcas Wheatley on 29 August 1849, in Scott, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Scott, Virginia, United States for about 10 years and Wise, Virginia, United States in 1860. He died in 1865, in Wise, Wise, Virginia, United States, at the age of 61.

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William Ballard Osborne
Dorcas Wheatley
Marriage: 29 August 1849
Nancy V Osborne
Alexander Osborne
William Osborn
Mary Osborne
Paul Osborne
Nancy B. Osborn
James Osborn
Elizabeth Osborne
Jemina Osborne
Isaac Ike Wheatley Osborn
Lucinda Osborn
Stephen Osborne
Sarah Osborne

Sources (22)

  • William Osborn, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Family Data Collection - Births about William Ballard Osborne
  • William Osborn, "Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 August 1849Scott, Virginia, United States
  • Children (13)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 0

    Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.

    1812 · Monumental Church Built

    Age 8

    The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

    Age 17

    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

    Name Meaning

    English: from the Middle English personal name Osbern, partly from late Old English Ōsbern, an Anglicized form of Old Norse Ásbiǫrn (from áss ‘god’ + biǫrn ‘bear’), but more usually from Norman use of the cognate ancient Germanic Ōsbern. Osbern was often treated as an alternative form of Osbert. For pet forms see Hoskin and Opie . The surname has also been established in Ireland (Waterford, Tipperary) since the mid 16th century.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Brief Quote about William

    From Emory's Early Settlers of Wise Co: William Osborne lived on the south side of Guest River near the mouth, at a place called "Jay Bird" in 1859.

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