Osborne was born ca. 1833, the son of Ezekiel and likely Charity Thomas. In the 1850 Anson County Census, he was listed as 14 years old and living at the house of Kindred and Patience Oneal. In the census, two other Thomas's followed the name of Osburn and also lived at the house of Kindred Oneal. Zina Thomas was listed as 25 years old and her probable daughter Malina was listed as 1 year old. In the 1855 listing of the sale of the estate of Kindred Oneal, one of the buyers was Zina Hartsell. Who was she?

Dated 20 Dec 1858, younger brother Lewis sold to Osborne his interest in the "Ezekiel Land". Adjoining Richardson Creek and lands of Benjamin Thomas and Reddon Staton, three tracts totaling 133 acres were conveyed. Osborne married Juliana Whitley on 2 Nov 1859. The children of Osborne and Juliana are:

A. Ervin T. Thomas b. 25 Oct 1859 d. 2 May 1937, married on 14 Sep 1884 to Louisa Moser. From sketches, he married second Wincie Guin b. 24 Jun 1874 d. 18 Jun 1933 bur. Beulah Church, daughter of Levi Guin and Mary Collins. At his death, Ervin lived in Lanes Creek Township. Children are (A) Henry Bunyan Thomas b. 1893 d. 1925, married Viola Mullis; (B) Ollie Thomas b. 1898 d. 1976, married 21 Dec 1914 Jesse M. Pigg b. 1884, the son of W. B. and H. C.; (C) Paul Thomas b. 1907 d. 20 Jul 1990, married Gladys Davis.

B. Amanda Thomas b. d. young.

On 25 Apr 1862, just one day before enlisting for service, Osborne wrote his Last Will and Testament. He mentioned his wife and set aside sixty-five acres solely for his children. If his wife should die or remarry, he stipulated that all the land should be divided between the children.

Enlisting in CSA Co. A, 48 Reg. NC, Osborne was attached to General Robert Ransom's Brigade, where he took part in the capture of Harper's Ferry and the great battle at Antietam. On 13 Dec 1862, Osborne Thomas was killed among the heavy fighting at Marys Hill near Fredricksburg, VA.

Dated 21 Feb 1866, Juliana Whitley Thomas married to Jordan W. Collins. They removed to the southern part of Union County. In Oct 1872, the court ordered the partition of one hundred and ten remaining acres of Ezekiel Thomas land. Jordan and wife Juliana received 66 acres on the north side of Richardson Creek just above Henry Baucom's mill. The heirs of Osborne, viz. Ervin and Amanda received 66 acres on the north side of the first lot.


The Last Will and Testament of Osborne Thomas


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