Laura Jane Wilber

Brief Life History of Laura Jane

When Laura Jane Wilber was born on 7 July 1860, in Paris Township, Edgar, Illinois, United States, her father, Nathan O Wilber, was 41 and her mother, Jemima A Robertson, was 31. She married Stephen Orton Osburn on 21 April 1887, in Charleston, Coles, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Illinois, United States in 1870. She died on 12 July 1935, in Oakland, Coles, Illinois, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, East Oakland Township, Coles, Illinois, United States.

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Stephen Orton Osburn
Laura Jane Wilber
Marriage: 21 April 1887
Alta Mae Osburn
Cecil Osborn
Bernice Osborn
Elizabeth Osborn
Charles Osborn
Freda Bernice Osborn

Sources (18)

  • East Oakland Twp, Coles, Illinois 1930 Census
  • Laura Jane Osburn, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Marriage

World Events (8)

1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Derbyshire): nickname from Middle English wilde ‘wild’ + bor ‘boar’, perhaps for a man with a fierce temper.

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

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Laura Jane Osburn [Laura Jane Wilbur] Birth Date: 7 Jul 1860 Birth Place: Paris, Ill Death Date: 12 Jul 1935 Death Place: Oakland, Coles, Illinois Burial Date: 14 Jul 1935 Burial Place: East Oakland, …

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