In researching my Osborn Genealogy of have compiled the following information:
– Richard Andrew – b.1931
Grandfather – Clarence Andrew – b.1906 Carterville, Jasper Co., MO
Great-Grandfather – Zedie Leroy – b.1885 Springfield, Green Co., MO
2x Great-Grandfather – Andrew Marion – b.1850 Jasper Co., MO
3x Great-Grandfather – William Wiley – b.1809 SC
4x Great-Grandfather – William – bc.1780 VA
you can see, my family history is tied to
At first glance the Alexander Cemetery was a treasure trove for me containing 4 of my direct ancestors and at least 19 addition blood related relatives (10 Osborn & 9 Alexander). As you might expect, I was thrilled with this discovery. Not only was excited at the thought of further research but immediately resolved to make a personal visit as soon as I could as I live less that a 2 hour drive away.
several people, including Renessa Lewis and John Schehrer,
have done considerable research into the
Early in the spring of 2007 I made my first visit to the cemetery with a pick-up truck full of lawn mowers, weed-eaters, chainsaws, shovels, rakes and other implements of destruction. Now, I’d seen the pictures beforehand but I was not expecting what I found.
turning onto the gravel road off of
There in large letters was “HARMON” and above that in smaller letters, “Adeline” and “Charles”. From my research I knew that one of the family names in the cemetery was Harmon so I knew I was in the right place. I had Renessa’s map so I knew that this tombstone should be at the extreme south-east corner of the cemetery but as I looked from north to west I could see no more that 4 of 5 other headstones. It was like walking through a thickly brushed wood and coming upon a tombstone.
After speaking to the owner of the house adjacent to the cemetery, who is married to the daughter of the land owner, I had a better look around. I quickly realized that I could hardly make a dent in the undergrowth all by myself in one afternoon so I set my self to clearing the family plot of my 2x Great-Uncle James Osborn which was so overgrown that you couldn’t see the headstones while standing right next to the plot.
After 4 gruelingly hot hours and many, many ticks bites I was done but it was obvious that it would take and army, or maybe just a large, extended family to set this place right. I again spoke with the owner of the house about returning in the late winter or very early spring while everything was dead and cleaning up. He said he would continue to do his best to keep at least a clear path through the cemetery.
was to that end that I have undertaken the task of figuring out who all these
people are and why they are buried in what seems to be a family cemetery. As of today there are 86 people thought to be
buried in the