Jonathan Osborne

Birth
England
Death 6 Oct 1761 (aged 64)
Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 143299961 · View Source
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STOP THE MYTH
SEE BELOW
"Jonathan Osbourne" and "Greta Holman" were invented by a genealogist. The siblings whose parents / origins are not identified are: Ephraim, Caleb, Enoch, Solomon, and Jonathan.

Do not confuse with the family of Capt. Enoch Osborne

From http://www.angelfire.com/va3/rmosborne/htmg09.htm

Note: "For many years, the story has been circulated that a James Osborn, of Warwick Co, England,came to the colonies, bringing son Jonathan, and that this Jonathan was the father of Ephraim Osborn. This story originated in 1945 when the late Will H Daniel, of Huntington, W VA employed a researcher to trace his lineage.”

There are no public records to support any Osborne lineages beyond Ephraim  Osborne that I am aware of.  The Osbornes of Jamestown, are, I think fiction.  The earliest I would be confident of claiming records for would be in Rowan  Co., NC.

from https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/11402009

ephraim Osborne, the patriarch of the Osborne families in the New River valley and three of his sons, Enoch, Jonathan, and Robert along with Ephraim's brother Stephen were members of the Herbert company.
This family came to the New River valley very early (1765 or 6) from the Yadkin River valley (i.e. the "Jersey Settlement" in Rowan Co., NC).

Before North Carolina, their origin is more obscure, but Rita Sutton says that family legends place them as from New Jersey.
Their naming pattern is quite consistent with the New Jersey Osborne family that originated in Connecticut and before that in England [see John Osborne] but the connection to this family has not been established.
It is possible that they instead are more recent immigrants from England or Scotland or Ireland who migrated to North Carolina from Pennsylvania (Charles Osborne hypothesis). It is now believed that the supposed connection to a Jonathan Osborne and a Greta Holman is a genealogical hoax played on a customer by a "professional" genealogist sometime before World War II, and propagated like wild-fire via the internet.
In fact we know the names of the parties involved in the hoax.

Jonathan Osborne

Birth
27 MAR 1697

Location
England, Warwickshire

Death
6 OCT 1761
Location
VA, Williamsburg

Marriage ca 1722 Va to Gretta Holman

MYTH
Current information indicates that in the 1930s, Will Daniels, an attorney at law, hired a 'professional' genealogist from Pittsburg, PA to find the parents of Ephraim Osborne of Grayson Cty Va

FRAUD STARTS A MYTH
The genealogist MADE up Jonathan Osborne married to Greta Holman, TWO REAL PEOPLE NOT CONNECTED TO DANIELS' FAMILY.

He evidently figured since someone hired him they didn't have time or ability to do the research on their own.

At any rate, Will Daniels finally discovered he had been hoodwinked, but not before he had spread this stuff all over New River Valley and beyond.

The FRAUDSTER did some research on the Hashes which is still causing problems with that family history too.

When reputable people tried to obtain more information they could find no records.
An investigation of the professional revealed that he was prone to invent something to satisfy his clients.

THE REAL TRUTH
There is a Gretta Holman and a Jonathan Osborne who were married in Jamestown.
THEY DID HAVE KIDS.
THEY DID NOT HAVE A CHILD EPHRAIM OF GRAYSON CTY VA NOR ANY OF HIS KNOWN SIBLINGS.

The descendants of Gretta and Jonathan say they absolutely are not connected to Grayson Cty Va Osbornes.

PLEASE HELP US TO STOP THIS MYTH.

IF YOU COME FROM JONATHAN'S LINE PLEASE HAVE YOUR DNA DONE SO WE CAN PUT THIS TO BED.

PLS CONTACT ME WITH INFO ON JONATHAN


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  • Created by: Carole Conrad
  • Added: 3 Mar 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 143299961
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