Anne Osborn’s family are from an area midway between Truro and St Austell in Cornwall. Her father Joseph was born in Grampound and mother Jenifer (Jane) Harris in St Stephen in Brannel. Anne was the eighth child of Joseph and Jenifer. For generations, these families lived within a five-mile radius of these communities. Records show that Richard Osborn b. 1590 St Dennis and his wife Joan are the most probable earliest members found of the Osborn Family.

Her father Joseph was born in Grampound  in 1814 to Joseph Osborn and his wife Mary Hore. Jenifer Harris born 1820 St Stephen in Brannel to George Harris and Mary Best. Both Joseph’s were master carpenters and joiners with their own yard in Grampound. Jenifer was farm servant (one of eight) working for William Truscott at Trencreeke farm Creed.

They were married in the Creed parish church 29 Oct 1842. Jane (Jenifer) died in Grampound October 1863 age 44, from scarlet fever after childbirth. Joseph re-married in 1870 in St Columb Cornwall. His second wife Mary Pennallegan was born 1832 Philleigh, Cornwall.

The 1871 census shows that Joseph and Mary were still living in Grampound with the three youngest children. In 1881 they were living at 24 Workhouse Lane, St Austell with son Joseph. They were running a boarding house as 11 other men are listed on the census at this address as boarders. Joseph and Mary are both listed at this address in 1891. Joseph died at this address aged 80, a carpenter and joiner, December 1895.


Probate of Will. (Under £100.) 20 June 1811
OSBORN, Benjamin of St Stephen in Brannel, yeoman. Bequests:
– to daughter Mary, wife of Alexander Cockins 20 shillings
– to son William Osborn 20 shillings
– to daughter Ann, wife of James Snell 20 shillings
– to son Thomas Osborn 20 shillings
– to son Joseph Osborn 20 shillings
– to son John Osborn the residue of the estate
Executors: John Osborn, son of deceased
Witnesses: signatures of George Pinch, Jane Cornish

Benjamin was the great grandfather of Anne Osborn.


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