Friday, June 4, 2010

Francis N. Osborn

Birth:       Nov. 19, 1870
                McDonough County, Illinois

Death:     Aug. 15, 1872
                McDonough County, Illinois

The stone is inscribed: "son of E. & L.; d. Aug 15, 1872, age [unreadable]." 

Francis Osborn was an infant son of Elijah Osborn and Lucinda Driskell who were married December 29, 1862 in McDonough County, Illinois.  The baby's date of birth & death were obtained through gedcom records available at

Elijah Osborn was born Oct 16, 1841 in Illinois and died in Lebanon, Linn Co, Oregon in Sep. 1901. Lucinda Driskell Osborn was born Sep. 24, 1844 in Bethel Township, McDonough Co., Illinois and died in Lebanon, Linn Co., Oregon in 1918.

Documented siblings of Francis Osborn: (children were born in McDonough County unless otherwise stated) Nellie Filena, Nov 29, 1863; Parthena A., Mar 27, 1866; Roena Evaline, May 8, 1868; Teressa Emaline, Jan 9, 1873 in Nebraska; Homer M., Dec 4, 1875, in Illinois; Lulu E., Dec 11, 1878, in Crowley, Kansas; and Charles A., Aug 27, 1881 in Missouri.

The existence of this grave is documented by Duane Lester's, "Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois, Volume II, Bethel-Industry."  With difficulty, the stone was located in March 2008 as pictured above.  The stone is leaning against the base of a large tree.  The foil overlay/gently rub method was employed to read the face of this weathered old stone.

Biographical information comes from census records, vital statistics, and marriage records from and the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.

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