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Verna J. McKenna

OSBORN, THOMAS (1812–1883). Thomas Osborn, soldier in the Texas Revolution, was born on October 12, 1812, in Giles County, Tennessee, the second son of Leah (Stark) and Benjamin Osborn. He moved to Texas with his family in 1825. His participation in the battles of the revolution began on June 26, 1832, with the battle of Velasco, at which he served in Capt. Henry Stevenson Brown's company of eighty men. In October 1835 Osborn was one of the 300 volunteers in the siege of Bexar, and on October 28, 1835, he was with a volunteer detachment of ninety men from Capt. T. F. L. Parrott's company at the battle of Concepción, where he was badly wounded. In the Goliad campaign of 1836 Osborn and his brother John Lyle Osborn were members of Capt. Albert Clinton Horton's company in an advance group that was cut off from Col. James W. Fannin's besieged army. Osborn was not in the battle of San Jacinto, having been detailed to guard Texas families during the Runaway Scrape. He received both bounty and donation warrants for his service in battles for Texas independence. In 1841 he married Mary Augustine McCulloch, and the couple had ten children. Osborn died on May 16, 1883, in Red Rock, Bastrop County, and was buried there.

DeWitt Clinton Baker, comp., A Texas Scrap-Book (New York: Barnes, 1875; rpt. 1887; facsimile rpt., Austin: Steck, 1935). Charles Adams Gulick, Jr., Harriet Smither, et al., eds., The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (6 vols., Austin: Texas State Library, 1920–27; rpt., Austin: Pemberton Press, 1968).

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Handbook of Texas Online, Verna J. McKenna, "OSBORN, THOMAS," accessed June 06, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fos05.

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