Biography of John Osborne
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JOHN OSBORN, son of William and Elizabeth (Madge) Osborn, was born October 14, 1846, in Devonshire, England. He was educated at Kingsteignton, Devonshire, England, and learned engineering in the mammoth tanneries of William Vickery & Sons at Newton Abbott. On October 29, 1865, Mr. Osborn was married with Elizabeth, daughter of William and Mary (Coysh) Lethbridge. She was born January 27, 1848. They have had twelve children: William born March 7, 1866, died May 22, 1866; William T., born December 25, 1867, died September 8, 1868; John, born March 18, 1869, died January 1, 1870; William, born May 6, 1870, died July 27, 1870; Mary E. (Mrs. E. G. Whitley), born October 6, 1871; William L., born December 6, 1872, married Miss Birdie May Decker, of Owego; Jane L., born August 31, 1874; Pauline A., born March 12, 1876; Rebekah E., born February 11. 1878; Thomas C., born May 16, 1879, died same day; Thomas B., born June 11, 1881, died August 13, 1881; Blanche R. born June 9, 1882, died March 15, 1892. In 1871 Mr. Osborn came to America. His first work in business here was engineering in the Waverly paper mills, where he was employed seven years by W. W. Shepard. He and his family went back to England, spending about eighteen months at his old home, returning to this country in June, 1880. For four years he was then employed by Cooley & Hemstreet, tanners. For the past twelve years Mr. Osborn has been the engineer in the furniture manufactory of Hall & Lyon at Waverly. He is an earnest Odd Fellow and has passed all the chairs in the lodge at Waverly. Mr. Osborn has also held other responsible offices in the fraternity and has been representative to the grand lodge of the state.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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