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From: Betty Ann <>
Subject: Re: [IRELAND] query re: OSBORNE surname - Irish Provinces - TheBook of Irish Families Great & Small
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 22:14:06 -0700
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Hi Jean

All that I know about my direct lineage ancestor, Moses Osborne is as

In 1823, when Moses P. Osborne applied for land in Canada, he stated
that he settled in New Brunswick, Canada in 1819, and that he was a
single man who was born in County Donegal, Ireland in about 1794.

I also believe Moses Osborne came to Canada with at least one
sibling, sister Mary, who settled in the same area in 1819, was born
in County Donegal in 1796 and married William Taylor in Canada in 1829.

While I have found records indicating Osborne families lived in at
least three Donegal locations during the appropriate 1780-1820 time
frame, I have not been able to find anything that would suggest which
family that our Moses and Mary may have descended from.

Possible familial locations include:
1. Braade Upper, Glencolumbkille,
2. Stranalore
3. Letterkenny

Family lore suggests that Moses Osborne came from/through Cork - no
indication as to city or county. A very real consideration might be
that, three generations later, the more familiar name of Cork could
have been mistaken for Carrick which is in the Glencolumbkille area.
There are also vague, third and forth hand, familial suggestions of
possible McAlward and Doherty family connections, but absolutely
nothing tangible.

I certainly would appreciate any/all assistance/suggestions that
anyone on this list might be able to offer.

Thanks for your interest

Betty ANn

On 7-Jan-09, at 9:33 PM, Jean R. wrote:

Hi Betty Ann - Not to answer your specific question, but according to
surname search engine at ("Irish Times"
during the Primary Valuation (1848-64), there were 193 OSBORNE
19 Osbourne, 4 Osburn, 2 Osburne, and 2 Usborne households. OSBORNE
spelling was found in many Irish counties, but the majority of those
households were found in Co. Down 18, Co. Derry 17, Co. Tyrone 16,
Co. Meath
13, Co. Donegal 12, Co. Waterford 12, Co Kilkenny 10, down from
there. (If
you believe there is a Scots-Irish component to your FH, you may be
at the Ulster/Northern Ireland region.) Do you have a second
surname, such
as wife's maiden ("nee") surname, in a marriage that took place in
If so, could provide more clues. Be sure and explore various
websites for
information on your surnames of interest, too, via a "google" search..

What years do you believe they lived in Ireland? In the year 1890,
were 12 Osborne births recorded in the Province of Ulster, 5 in
Leinster, 5
in Munster and only one in Connacht (Connaught), per the Matheson
which is also found at

Where and when did you find the family definitely living elsewhere?
Vigorous research there may provide the name of a county or townland or
village in some document, such as a death notice. Perhaps a living
can shed more light - family lore, prior research, a notation or record.
Given names were often repeated in earlier and later generations. An
unusual first or middle name of a son could reflect mother's maiden
Children with both first and second given names were usually from
well-educated, better-off families, oftentimes Protestant.

Below is a list of the counties found in the Irish Provinces:


LEINSTER: Cos. Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois (Leix/Queen's
Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly (King's Co.), Westmeath, Wexford and

MUNSTER: Cos. Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.

ULSTER: Divided in two sections --
(1) Northern Ireland with Cos. Antrim, Armagh, Derry/Londonderry,
Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.
(2) Republic of Ireland with Cos. Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan.

CONNAUGHT: Cos. Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Betty Ann" <>
To: "Ireland Mailing List" <>; "Donegal Mailing
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 9:47 PM
Subject: [IRELAND] The Book of Irish Families Great & Small
> I have heard that this book is a good resource tool.
> Could sks with access to a copy of this book, The Book
> of Irish Families Great & Small by Michael C. O'Laughlin,
> please look to see if there are any Osborne families
> listed in it?
> I am not sure what the author's criteria might be for an
> Irish Family. I suspect that my Osborne ancestors were
> Scots-Irish, and may only have been in Ireland for a
> couple of generations.

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