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OSBORN, JOHN LYLE (1808–1889). John Lyle (Loyle) Osborn, soldier in the Texas Revolution, was born in Tennessee on January 31, 1808, the eldest son of Leah (Stark) and Benjamin Osborn. In 1832 he built a log house for his orphaned brothers and sisters on the Osborn headright on Wilbarger Creek near Elgin. The Osborn house, located on a road crossing, became a stopping place for travelers on the road from Webberville to Elgin. According to William Physick Zuber, Osborn first belonged to Col. James Walker Fannin's command. He was in the advance guard under Capt. Albert Clinton Horton when it was cut off from Fannin's army and thus escaped the Goliad Massacre. He joined Capt. Moseley Baker's company and was detailed with others as a teamster on baggage guard during the battle of San Jacinto. He also served as a volunteer in Capt. James Smithqv's company of cavalry. His discharge papers were signed at Matagorda by Joseph W. E. Wallace. Osborn was slightly crippled from birth. He married Hannah Hadden, who died within two months of their marriage. He never remarried and made his home with his brother, Claiborn Osborn, and his brother's family in the log house on Wilbarger Creek, which was still standing in 1970. He died in Bastrop County on February 15, 1889, and was buried in the Manor Cemetery east of Webberville.

DeWitt Clinton Baker, comp, A Texas Scrap-Book (New York: Barnes, 1875; rpt. 1887; facsimile rpt., Austin: Steck, 1935). Pension Claims, Republic of Texas, Texas State Archives, Austin.
Verna J. McKenna

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