Benjamin Franklin Osburn (1832 - 1919)


Mary Torr Osburn (1846 - aft. 1920)


Benjamin Franklin Osburn was the second child of Harmon and Eliza Packard Osburn.  He was “born October 29, 1834 in Ohio. He was educated in the common schools and Asbury University, from which he, graduated in the early sixties. He paid his way through college by teaching. After graduation he bought and moved to a farm of 160 acres four miles east of Indianapolis just south of which was founded the town of Irvington. In 1865 he married Mary Torr. On this farm he built a rude log house in which they lived for many years. They celebrated their golden wedding in 1915 in the new house built of boulders which had been gathered from the farm. A remarkably fine residence taking the place of the log cabin first built. He was a very earnest worker in the Roberts' Parks M. E. Church, Indianapolis. Afterward he moved his membership to Irvington, where he was founder of the first M. E. Church and first superintendent of the Sunday School. He died at the age of eighty-four and was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.  Died  June 26, 1919 at Colorado Springs, Colorado.   The children are: Don Eugene of Imperial, Cal., Gertrude, afterwards, Mrs. A. D. Wilson; Carl C. of Jasper, Tennessee; Grace M., Springfield, Illinois."  (Source:  Edward Walker Osburn, Children of Harmon Osburn and Eliza Packard Osburn.)


Mabel Meredith Osburn's (Benjamin Franklin Osburn's niece) transcribed reminiscences, recorded prior to 1982:  "The children all went later to college, when they left the farm and went to Greencastle, Indiana, there was a college (Asbury University, now DePauw University) there , and they went to college at that time.  And the oldest brother (Benjamin) at the age of eighty could still read his Latin and Greek. "


The Benjamin Osburn household is found in the U. S. Census for Marion County, Indiana:  1870 & 1880  1900 & 1910

Benjamin's wife, Mary Torr, was the daughter of James and Leah Torr.  She was born in February, 1846.  The family is found on the U. S. Census for Putnam County, Madison Township, Indiana, in the years 1850, 1860, 1870 (by which time Mary Torr had married Benjamin Osburn, and was no longer in her parents' household), and 1880.  She is found on the U. S. Census for Imperial County, California in 1920, living in the D. Eugene Osburn household (her eldest child), widow, age 73 years.

Benjamin and Mary Torr Osburn had five children, four of whom lived to adulthood.  Go to:  Descendants of Benjamin Franklin Osburn and Mary Torr Osburn.

              i.   DON EUGENE OSBURN, b. September 06, 1866, Indiana; d. October 06, 1951, Yolo County, California.  Married (1)  Alma Lawson (m. Feb. 5, 1895, Cape Palmas , Liberia Africa; d. Oct. 22, 1908, Byculla Bombay India, about one month after having given birth to daughter Alma Grace Osburn); (2) Aletheia Hamilton (b. Dec. 30, 1863 in Chicago, Illinois; m. abt. 1911 in San Diego, California; d. January 16, 1941 in Imperial County, California.  She was the daughter of John Marshall Hamilton, Governor of Illinois from 1883 to 1885, and Helen Williams Hamilton.)


              ii.   GERTRUDE OSBURN, b. Abt. 1868; m. A. D. WILSON.  Picture


             iii.   KATTIE OSBURN, b. Abt. 1870.  Kattie does not appear on subsequent census records, and is presumed to have died prior to 1880.


             iv.   CARL C. OSBURN, b. January 1872; d. Aft. 1930; m. ROSE E. LARSH,** June 28, 1909.  Picture


             v.   GRACE M. OSBURN, b. Abt. 1877.  Picture


**  I believe that Rose Larsh was the daughter of Charles and Margaret Larsh.   If I'm correct, then the U. S. Census for Osawatomie City, Miami County, Kansas in 1900 documents that she was born in April, 1888 in Kansas.  Her parents were born in Indiana.  Rose Osburn, age 22, born in Kansas, is listed on the 1910 census for Marion County, Indiana, living in the Benjamin F. Osburn household,

Pictures of Benjamin Franklin Osburn and Mary Torr Osburn, and the Osburn home, are courtesy of Melvin Praiswater, grandson of Benjamin Franklin and Mary Torr Osburn.