Eli OSBORN-878

Marr: [2,3]

Sarah HAWKINS-3696


  1. Joseph OSBORN-8118 ;Born: ca 1812 KY[1]
    Marr: [1] Corilla-8122
    [1850 Fountain Co., IN Census]
  2. Rebecca OSBORN-8119 ;Died: bef 1850 res. Fountain Co,IN[1]
    Marr: 10 Jul 1834 Fountain Co.,IN[3] Anderson CROWDER-8123
    [Fountain Co., IN Marriage Records]
  3. Richard OSBORN-8120 ;Born: ca 1821 KY[8]
    Marr: 17 Oct 1839 Fountain Co.,IN[3] Rosetta PARKHURST-8124
    [Fountain Co., IN Marriage Records], [1840 IN Census], [1860 Fountain Co., IN Census], [1850 White Co., IN Census]
  4. Maria OSBORN-8121 ;Died: bef 1850 res. Fountain Co,IN[1]
    Marr: 27 Jun 1841 Fountain Co.,IN[3] Hugh ENDSLEY-8125
    [Fountain Co., IN Marriage Records]

Marr: 28 Jan 1848 Fountain Co.,IN

Matilda SUMMERS-3697

Commentary on Eli Osborn and his family

The first record of Eli Osborn is in 1810 census of Pendleton Co., KY where his is listed in the 26-45 age group. In fact Eli was much younger than this as the 1850 Fountain Co., IN census and the pension papers of Eli's second wife Matilda show that Eli was born in 1793 in SC. So he was only about 17 years old in 1810. Eli first appears in the tax rolls in 1814 in Pendleton Co., KY, again indicating he was born about 1793.

In 1819 Eli begins to appear in the Owen Co., KY tax records. Owen Co. was created in 1819 and Eli evidently lived in the part of Pendleton Co. that became part of Owen Co. in 1819. Eli's name appears close to that of Richard Osburn, which is one of the reasons why it is believed that Eli is a son of Richard Osburn. Eli is gone from the 1821 Owen Co tax rolls and deed records in Fayette Co., IN show that he had moved there along with his father-in-law, Joseph Hawkins. Eli was a frequent mover though and was back in the Grant and Owen Co. area by 1824 when he again appears in the Owen Co. tax rolls. 1829 is the last year Eli is listed in the Owen Co. tax rolls and in 1830 Eli is listed in the Grant Co. census. After that Eli seems to be gone from Kentucky. By 1837 he is living in Fountain Co., IN as a Fayette Co., IN deed by heirs of Joseph Hawkins Sr. shows that Eli and his wife Sarah were living in Fountain Co. Eli doesn't appear in the census in 1840, but in 1850 is found in Cain Township with his second wife Matilda, who was widow of Joseph Hawkins Jr. They were living on land Matilda had inherited from her husband. Deed records show this was in a section of land on the southern border of Cain Township with Jackson Township.

Eli was married by the 1810 Pendleton Co., KY census. No marriage record has been found. Probably Eli was married to Sarah Hawkins in Scott Co., KY, whose marriage records were destroyed by fire in 1837. Eli's father Richard Osburn lived in Scott Co. in the part that became part of Owen Co. in 1819.

The 1830 Grant Co., KY census shows that Eli and Sarah had a number of children. Unfortunately, Eli died without leaving any direct record of who his children were. However, Fountain Co., IN marriage records show the marriages of a number of Osborns to people whose families lived in the northern portion of Jackson Township, not far from where Eli lived in 1850. One of these was a Richard Osborn who was married in 1839 to Rosetta Parkhurst. In 1850 Richard and Rosetta were living in White Co., IN. According to the pension papers of Eli's second wife Matilda, Eli died while on a visit to White Co. Undoubtedly Richard Osborn who married Rosetta Hawkins was a son of Eli's. All of the other Osborns marrying members of Jackson Township families are also presumably Eli's children. While there were a number of Osborn families living in Fountain Co. at the time, they lived in other parts of Fountain Co. and all of these other Osborn families left records indicating who the children were.


  1. 1850 Fountain Co., IN Census
  2. Fayette Co., IN Deed Bk H, p492; Sale of land by heirs of Joseph Hawkins
  3. Fountain Co., IN Marr.
  4. Children presumed from living in the same vicinity in Fountain Co., IN
  5. Eli Osborn-878 War of 1812 Pension papers
  6. Eli Osborn-878 marr. 2nd on 1/28/1848 to Matilda Hawkins
  7. Fayette Co., IN Deed Book H/492 names some of the heirs of Joseph Hawkins
  8. 1850 White Co., IN Census
  9. Matilda (Summers-3697) Evans death cert.
  10. Eli Osborn-878 War of 1812 Pension Papers
  11. Fayette Co., IN Deed Book H/492

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