The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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his death she married John Young of Iredell county, and General John Young of Charlotte, is their son.

        Margaret McWhorter married Robert Davidson; died without children.

        Thomas Alexander graduated at Chapel Hill, in 1798; studied medicine; went to South America, and died fighting in one of their wars.

        Edwin Jay Osborne graduated at Chapel Hill in 1798; studied law; settled in Wilmington, North Carolina, married Harriet Walker; by this marriage left three daughters and one son: Harriet (Mrs. Alexander Duncan Moore), Mrs. Julia Frank, Mrs. Charlotte Holman, James W. Osborne.

        Spruce McCoy Osborne graduated at Chapel Hill in 1805; studied medicine; entered the army as surgeon; was killed at the massacre of Fort Mimms.

        Ephraim Brevard Osborne studied medicine; married in Alabama; settled in Texas; left a large family; one of whom, Colonel Edwin Osborne, distinguished himself in our late war; another is Ezekiel Knox Polk Osborne an attorney at Charlotte, N. C., and a third is Frank J. Osborne a civil engineer.

        Col. Osborne has taken orders and is now an Episcopal minister, settled in North Carolina; he married Fanny Moore, his cousin, in the second degree, a daughter of Harriet and Alexander Duncan Moore, of Wilmington, North Carolina; they have five children.

        Nancy Cecilia Osborne married Mr. Byers of Iredell county; left a large family.

        Eliza Tabitha married Mr. Alexander Hogan; left no children.

        Panthea L. Osborn married Colonel Houston; lived in Alabama; has one descendant, Thomas Houston, twenty-one years of age; studying for the Methodist ministry at the Vanderbilt University, Tennessee.

        Franklin Washington Osborne studied medicine; died in Mobile, Alabama, a victim of yellow fever, whilst devoted to his practice.

        We have met among the memoirs, published at the time of the death of Hon. James W. Osborne, one of the most distinguished members of this family, whose memory is still warmly cherished, an obituary notice so just and so full, that we here insert it. It is from the pen of General D. H. Hill.

        "The nations of the earth, the most distinguished in history for prowess in the field, wisdom in legislation, progress in science and art, purity of taste in polite literature, and refinement in the social circle, are precisely those which have most cherished the memory of their heroes statesmen, scholars and patriots. It has been well said that the land which erects no monuments to its illustrious dead, will soon cease to produce men worthy of a place in history. To neglect departed greatness is to degrade living eminence.

        "The Bible, with its wonderful adaptation to the wants of our race, sanctions cherishing tender recollections of the saints of the Lord. 'The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.' 'The memory of the just is blessed.' Here we have a prophecy and a command, both involving a high obligation and a glorious privilege--to keep fresh and green in the minds of men the memory of those who died in the full hope of a blessed immortality. And thus the friends of the late Hon. J. W. Osborne, feel that in attempting a tribute to his exalted worth, they are discharging a sad but gracious duty. It is meet that we should revere the memory of a man of mighty intellect, of profound scholarship, and of matchless eloquence, who brought all his rare and varied gifts and accomplishments and laid them as an humble offering at the foot of the Cross. There remains nothing now of his manly person and noble mein, of his vast learning and attainments, but

        'The knell, the shroud, the coffin and the grave, The deep, damp vault; the darkness and the worm.'

        "His simple faith in Christ was worth a thousand-fold more than all his talents and acquirements,
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