Osborne family roots date back to 1665 |

(Author’s note: Many years have gone into my research into the Osborne family who came to and settled in Halifax County. Many records of the Osbornes have not survived in Virginia. )

Thomas Osborne of Henrico County was born around 1665. He married Martha Jones around 1689 in Henrico County.

In 1707 he witnessed the will of his mother-in-law, Mary Repps Jones Skerme. She was born around 1633 in Charles City County and married Thomas Jones around 1655 in Henrico County. Thomas Jones died and Mary married Captain Edward Skerme around 1671 in Henrico County.

Skerme was named with people who were connected to Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon’s Rebellion in Virginia. Skerme died around the same time Berkley was hanging Bacon’s supporters.

Did he participate in Bacon’s rebellion? Skerme was the only Skerme to come to Virginia. This name, Skerme, is descended in the Osborne family who came to Halifax County. Those who came to Halifax are the only Osbornes bearing the name Skerme.

Thomas Osborne died in 1733 in Henrico County. He and his wife Martha Jones had children Elizabeth, Cisley, Thoma, Martha, Mary and Edward Osborne.

In Amelia County, a chancery case was brought against the estate of Thomas Osborne in 1744 and ended in 1750. William Harris and his wife, Martha Osborne, were the plaintiffs. The defendants were Thomas and Edward Osborne. They were their father’s executors in 1733.

Martha O. Harris had received from her grandfather’s will a walnut chest and chest that belonged to her aunt, Elizabeth Osborne. Martha would receive her grandmother’s gold ring. Martha had to transport the executors to court to receive the items left to her by her grandfather.

Edward Osborne, the son of Thomas Osborne and Martha Jones, was born around 1708 and married Frances Hancock around 1735 in Henrico. Frances was the daughter of Samuel Hancock, who died in Chesterfield County in 1760. In Samuel Hancock’s will, he named his daughter, Frances Osborne and his two children, Martha Waddell and Samuel Osborne.

In Chesterfield County, on August 3, 1753, Edward Osborne, Jr. obtained 100 acres of land from his father Edward Osborne Sr.

On April 8, 1762, Edward Osborne, of Dale Parish, Chesterfield County, sold to Thomas Franklin 100 acres of land on Swift Creek, bounded by Watkins (formerly Cobs land). The deed stated that the land had been given to Edward Osborne Jr. by his father, Edward Osborne.

A judgment dated 1762 found in the Halifax courthouse indicated that Edward Osborne had asked Peter Wood of Halifax County to move him and his family from Chesterfield County to Halifax County. To move his household possessions, money was lent by Wood to Edward Osborne. The money was paid for the ferry and a diet for Edward Osborne, and a diet for his brother.

A judgment given in the Halifax courthouse against Edward Osborne dated 1769. The merchants were in Chesterfield County and Peter Johnson was named in the judgment.

In Prince Edward County in 1769, in Thomas Osborne v Edward Osborne in the parish of Patrick, there was a debt of 500 pounds. Peter Johnson was the guarantor. An oath by Noel Waddell said Edward Osborne declaims said lawsuit and ordered that it be dismissed.

Noel Waddell married Martha Osborne, daughter of Edward Osborne and Frances Hancock. They moved to Halifax County and owned land on Toby Creek and sold it to a certain William Harris. Noel and Martha Waddell moved to Pittsylvania County. Noel Waddell died there in 1807 and left Martha his widow.

Did Edward Osborne and Frances his wife die at Noel Waddell, their son-in-law and their daughter, Martha Osborne, either in Halifax County or Pittsylvania County?

According to Halifax County court order records, 1769 is the last time Edward Osborne is listed.

Samuel Hancock, a carpenter, named another daughter, Mary Hancock Cobbs in his 1760 will in Chesterfield County. He left her a servant, named Abby, and when Mary died she went to her daughter, Elizabeth Cobbs.

Mary Hancock married John Cobbs around 1730. Their children were John Cobbs Jr., Ambrose, Elizabeth, Hannah and Samuel. Samuel, their son, moved to Amelia County. Samuel Cobbs was a carpenter and joiner who had apprentices in Amelia County. By chancery case, he left Amelia County and headed west.

The 1762 census of Chesterfield County shows John Cobbs Sr., John Cobbs Jr., Samuel Cobbs and William Osborne and Abby, who was left to Mary Hancock by her father, Samuel Hancock. Abby was with Elizabeth Cobbs, who married a Mr. Booth and moved to Amelia County. Abby went to see Mary Cobb’s daughter, Elizabeth, after Mary died.

William Osborne may have lived with his uncle John Cobbs, learning to be a carpenter, or with Samuel Cobbs, who was also a carpenter. Found in a chancery case at Chesterfield and Amelia.

By 1767 William Osborne had left Chesterfield County and moved to Prince Edward County, and was building a large warehouse, large frame house, county house, and large dwelling house for Robert Donald & Company. Mackness Rowlett Sr. gave a deposition and said “William Osborne did considerable carpentry work between 1767 and 1771.” In 1771, William Osborne had moved to Halifax County, Virginia.

On April 16, 1769, William Osborne sold his interest in 200 acres in Prince Edward County to Frances Drinkard.

In 1769, in Prince Edward County, William Osborne sued Noel Waddell. That same year, John Childress filed a lawsuit against Noel Waddell. John Childress had married an Osborne. It is believed that this is when Edward Osborne died and was living with the Waddells.

William Osborne was born around 1745 and died in Halifax County in 1799, and was married to Elizabeth. Their children were Thomas A Osborne, born in 1783; William Osborne; Elizabeth; Frances; Kathy; and John.

A judgment was found in Halifax County for William Osborne dated 1769 from Robert Donald & Company while in Prince Edward County.

Skerme Osborne was born around 1747 and is still with William and Samuel Osborne. It is believed that they were all brothers who came to Halifax County and died there.

Skerme Osborne was a carpenter and furniture maker in Halifax County, Virginia. He married his first wife, Martha Arnold, and they had John H. Osborne, Mary, Edward, and Frances. Skerme Osborne married Lucy Fleming and their children were Burwell, Parky and Joannah. Joannah was probably named after Joannah Hancock, the wife of Samuel Hancock, who would have been her grandmother. Skerme Osborne I died in Halifax County in 1812.

Samuel Osborne, born in 1742, lived in Prince Edward County with his wife, Elizabeth Goode and 10 in his household. He bought and sold land in Prince Edward County. In 1785, by personal property tax list, Samuel Osborne had in his household Francis Drinkard and William Ames living with him. They were between 16 and 21 years old.

Samuel Osborne’s children were Samuel Osborne Jr.; George Osborne, carpenter, living in the county of Buckingham; Martha, who married Nathaniel Irby; Nancy Osborne; John Branch Osborne; Guillaume Skerme; Mary Osborne and Elizabeth.

Samuel Osborne’s first wife may have been a branch.

Samuel purchased 99 1/2 acres of land on Little Roanoke in Charlotte County just before his death in 1815.

Samuel Osborne sold his land on Sailor Creek in Prince Edward and moved to Halifax County buying land on Miry Creek adjoining the property of Skerme Osborne and William Osborne.

The 99 1/2 acres in Charlotte County came from the Joseph Davis family and after the death of Samuel Osborne in 1812, his widow, Elizabeth, and Skerme II and John Branch Osborne sold the 99 1/2 acres back to the Davis family.

In Samuel Osborne’s will were Francis Drinkard and William Drinkard. They were witnesses and Francis Drinkard is related to the Samuel Osborne family.

Skerme Osborne II, the son of Samuel Osborne, was listed with his father on the Charlotte County personal property tax list. Skerme Osborne was born around 1797 and died in Halifax County in 1888. Skerme was married in Charlotte County on December 1, 1819. Agness Woodson Morton of Prince Edward County was the daughter of Stephen Morton. Skerme and Agness moved to Halifax County and lived 2 1/2 miles from the Halifax courthouse. Their children were William Branch Osborne, Matilda, Wyatt Silas Osborne, Eliza Jr., Mary E., Samuel H. Osborne, James Allen Osborne, and John S. Osborne.

The Skerme Osborne family got to know the soldiers from the North just after the war ended in 1865. They came to Halifax County and took over the property from Skerme and his family.

Two of Skerme’s sons married John Guthrie’s two daughters. Guthrie lived in New Ferry, Halifax County. Guthrie, Mason, served in the War of 1812 and was born in King and Queen County. The witnesses in his pension papers were Wyatt Silas Osborne, born in 1826 and William Branch Osborne, born in 1822. They were named as the sons-in-law of John Guthrie.

Skerme Osborne II’s home is located on Grubby Road along with Osborne Cemetery, which later became Garnett Martin Place.