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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Robert G. Osborne, one of the leading citizens of the county of Independence, was born in Haywood County, North Carolina, November 27, 1853, and is a son of Enoch M., and N. E. (Howell) Osborne, also natives of Haywood County, North Carolina. Enoch M. Osborne died in Independence County, Ark., in 1876, at the age of sixty-one years; his widow is now residing in Asheville, N. C., having returned to her native State after her husband’s death, for the purpose of educating her children. They removed in 1855 from North Carolina and bought 550 acres of land in Independence County, Ark., which they cleared and cultivated. Enoch M. Osborne was a man of great enterprise and ability, and was a very successful farmer. He and wife were members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and of their family of eight children, seven are now living, viz.: Robert G.; William H., a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, now located at Jonesboro, Tenn.; Thomas S., a lawyer of Ft. Smith, Ark.; James H., a merchant of Asheville, N. C.; Fannie, wife of Thomas Drummond, land agent at Greenville, Tenn.; Joseph C. died October 21, 1888, at the age of twenty years, while attending college at Asheville, N. C.; Mary A. with her mother, and John M. also at college. Robert G., the eldest child, received his education in Independence County, Ark., and after the death of his father continued farming on the old homestead, which he now owns. He also owns 193 acres in White River Township, 160 in Black River Township, as well as town property in Sulphur Rock, all of which has become his through close application and enterprise, that have won for him so much success in his chosen occupation of farming. In 1880 Mr. Osborne married Amanda E. McPhearson, a daughter of Joseph McPhearson, now deceased. She was born in Alabama in 1860. Of the five children born to their marriage three are living, viz.: Fannie, Morgan and Maudie, the last two twins. Adolphus and Willie are deceased. Politically, Mr. Osborne is a Democrat, as was also his father. The family is of English descent, and is widely known and highly respected in Independence County.

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This family biography is one of 158 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Independence County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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