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Thomas H. Osbourn Family papers

Abstract

Title:
Thomas H. Osbourn Family papers
Author/Creator:
Osbourn, Thomas H., Family
Collection number:
2006-150
Size:
82 items
Bulk dates:
1915-1940
Inclusive dates:
1840-1949
Collection Area:
State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

The Papers of the Thomas H. Osbourn Family consist mainly of tax documents for the Prince George's County, Maryland, properties held by various members of the family in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The correspondence includes a letter of recommendation from Benjamin Hallowell, who was president of the Maryland Agricultural College in 1859.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Thomas H. Osbourn Family papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1389
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Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Thomas H. Osbourn was born in Maryland in 1820 and died in 1883. As a youth he attended the Alexandria Boarding School in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1853 he was elected sheriff in Prince George's County and was a member of the Whig party. Osbourn was a tobacco farmer in Prince George's County, Maryland, for many years. He owned property south of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Croom, and also south of Brandywine, near the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad line. The tax records of his heirs indicate property names of Pt. Timberleigh and Linwood. He and his wife, Eliza Ann (1824-1902?), had at least twelve children. Three daughters, Eugenia, M. Louise, and Anna died within a few days of each other in November 1861. Another daughter, Mary (1846-1922), married John Wallace (1856-1896). Their daughter Edith (1884-1977) married Murray Metz. Eliza Ann, Thomas's wife, inherited his Prince George's properties at his death. Following her death about 1902, their daughter, Mary, and grand-daughter Edith, inherited the remaining properties.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers of the Thomas H. Osbourn Family consist mainly of tax documents dating from 1865 to 1949 for the Prince George's County, Maryland, properties held by various members of the family. The correspondence includes a letter of recommendation from Benjamin Hallowell, dated 1840, who was president of the Maryland Agricultural College in 1859.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Joan Riggin, an Osbourn family descendant, donated the Papers of the Thomas H. Osbourn Family to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Terry Ann Sayler, August 2006

Processing note:

The materials have been placed in acid-free folders and stored in an acid-free box. The map is filed in a mapcase.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine, August 2006.

Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized into three series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1840, 1857 (3 items)

Thomas H. Osbourn attended the Alexandria Boarding School in Alexandria, Virginia from 1839 to 1840. An 1840 letter of recommendation for Osbourn from Benjamin Hallowell, the school's director, describes the course of study Osbourn followed, his strengths and his character. Hallowell concluded that Osbourn was a youth of "excellent natural ability and of undeviating moral correctness." Benjamin Hallowell (1799-1877) later served as president of the Maryland Agricultural College in 1859.

The other correspondence in this series concerns a shipment of tobacco to Baltimore on the steamer Patuxent in 1857.

Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
To Thomas H. Osbourn -- From Benjamin Hallowell, 1840 series 1box 1folder 1
To Thomas H. Osbourn -- From [?] re: Patuxent, 1857 series 1box 1folder 2

Series 2: Financial Documents, 1865-1949 (78 items)

The heirs of Eliza Ann Osbourn, the wife of Thomas H. Osbourn, inherited land in Prince George's County, south of Upper Marlboro. Tax records from 1902 to 1949 described the acres as Linwood. Other tax records listed a property called Pt. Timberleigh.

Also included are an 1865 tax record belonging to John H. Chew and one from 1915 signed by Lizzie Van Ness Duvall. Both owned property near that held by the Osbourn family.

Arrangement is alphabetical by individual name and then chronological within.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Chew, John H., 1865 series 2box 1folder 3
Duvall, Lizzie Van Ness, 1915 series 2box 1folder 4
Metz, Edith W., 1916-1927, 1932-1934, 1936-1941, 1948-1949 series 2box 1folder 5
Osbourn, Eliza Ann, 1883, 1890 series 2box 1folder 6
Osbourn, Eliza A., Heirs, 1902, 1904, 1910-1911, 1915, 1917, 1919-1921, 1924, 1926, 1932-1934, 1936-1941 series 2box 1folder 7
Wallace, Mary M., 1902, 1904, 1907 series 2box 1folder 8

Series 3: Map, undated (1 item)

The undated map depicts Thomas H. Osbourn's land in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Map -- Thomas H. Osbourn's land in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (Oversize), undated series 3box 1folder 9

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