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From: "Bob Osborne" <>
Subject: Re: [OSBORNE] Spelling
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 1999 14:08:24 +0100
And... don't leave out ORSBAND, which is how various parish vicars (Church
of England Priests) spelt my family name in the 17-1800's.
Subject: [OSBORNE] Spelling
> Yesterday I went to the National Archives in D.C. While I was there I
> some searching for the Revolutionary War service record of my ancestor
> Osburn (b. Derry County Ireland 1742, m. Susanna Garvin; settled in
> Westmoreland County, PA). If anything beyond the cover page is there, I
> didn't find it; the Revolutionary War records are very fragmented.
> What I would like to share with the list is the reminder I received
> concerning variant spellings. We all know that there are many variant
> spellings of any name, esp. as far back as the 18th century, but in the
> War service index microfilm, I found a larger variety than usual:
> ORSBUN, ORSBURN, ORSBOURN, ORSBORNE, OSBARN, OSBEN, OSBERN,OSBON, OSBOND,
> OSBONE, as well as the more familiar OSBORN, OSBORNE, OSBURN, OSBURNE,
> OSBOURN, and OSBOURNE. Some of these (OSBARN and OSBEN, for example)
> new to me. The names were all written in beautiful script, and it was not
> the case that I couldn't read them; every one of these was intended to be
> correct (insofar as the concept of correct spelling existed) spelling. I
> wrote all this down, but did NOT scroll the microfilm as far as OZ, where
> there were many more, according to the cross-index (I'd found the index
> for my ancestor anyway).
> Just a reminder that our missing ancestors may be hidden behind some weird
> spellings. I've found one or two of my OSBURNs listed in 19th-century
> notations as OSBUN.
> Susan Osburn
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