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Thomas H. Osbourn Family papers

 Collection 0235-MDHC
The Thomas H. Osbourn Family papers consist mainly of tax documents for the Prince George's County, Maryland, properties held by various members of the family in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The correspondence includes a letter of recommendation from Benjamin Hallowell, who was president of the Maryland Agricultural College in 1859.

Dates

  • 1840-1949
  • Majority of material found within 1915-1940

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

82 Items

Scope and Content of Collection

The Thomas H. Osbourn Family papers consist mainly of tax documents dating from 1865 to 1949 for the Prince George's County, Maryland, properties held by various members of the family. The correspondence includes a letter of recommendation from Benjamin Hallowell, dated 1840, who was president of the Maryland Agricultural College in 1859.

Family History

Thomas H. Osbourn was born in Maryland in 1820 and died in 1883. As a youth he attended the Alexandria Boarding School in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1853 he was elected sheriff in Prince George's County and was a member of the Whig party. Osbourn was a tobacco farmer in Prince George's County, Maryland, for many years. He owned property south of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Croom, and also south of Brandywine, near the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad line. The tax records of his heirs indicate property names of Pt. Timberleigh and Linwood. He and his wife, Eliza Ann (1824-1902?), had at least twelve children. Three daughters, Eugenia, M. Louise, and Anna died within a few days of each other in November 1861. Another daughter, Mary (1846-1922), married John Wallace (1856-1896). Their daughter Edith (1884-1977) married Murray Metz. Eliza Ann, Thomas's wife, inherited his Prince George's properties at his death. Following her death about 1902, their daughter, Mary, and grand-daughter Edith, inherited the remaining properties.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into three series:
Series 1
Correspondence
Series 2
Financial Documents
Series 3
Map

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Joan Riggin, an Osbourn family descendant, donated the Papers of the Thomas H. Osbourn Family to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2006.

Related Material

  1. Out of the Past: Prince Georgeans and Their Land. (Riverdale, Md. : Prince George's County Historical Society, 1976). (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Stacks KFM1799.P69V36)
  2. Stones and Bones: cemetery records of Prince George's County. (Bowie, MD.: Prince George's County Genealogical Society, 1984). (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Folio F187.P9S86 1984) St. Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery in Croom, Maryland, contains gravestones of Thomas H. Osbourn, several of his children, and his grand-daughter, Edith Metz Wallace.

Processing Information

The materials have been placed in acid-free folders and stored in an acid-free box. The map is filed in a mapcase.
Title
Guide to the Thomas H. Osbourn Family Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Terry Ann Sayler.
Date
2006-08-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212