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Friday 1 February 2013

Arthur William and William Herbert - Infant Sons of James and Jane Osborne

Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries.
Monument to Arthur William and William Herbert Osborne, infant sons of James and Jane Osborne, All Saints Churchyard, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire.
"In sweet remembrance of Arthur William infant son of James and Jane Osborne who died March 15th 1865 aged seven months - In hope of a joyful resurrection - Also William Herbert Osborne."
Arthur William Osborne was born in the August of 1864 to James Osborne, a baker, and his wife Jane Mary Charman.
William Herbert was born and died in 1872.
James Osborne had married Jane Mary Charman in Maidenhead in 1856.  They first child Henry James was born in 1858, closely followed by Louisa in 1859, Alice Mary in 1860, Georgina Emily in 1862, Florence Alexandra in 1864, Charles in 1866, John Aubry in 1868, Sarah Jane in 1870 and Frederick George in 1873.
It must have been devastating for James and Jane to have lost two children in infancy.
Sadly in 1875 James was to pass away, leaving Jane with no means of support and several children to look after.  It seems that by 1881 the family had been split up.
In 1881 Henry James is working as a baker for Hannah Mitchell in Chobham, Surrey.  Georgina Emily is living with her sister Louisa and her husband James Sendamore in Shorditch, London.  Florence Alexandra is working as a barmaid at The Ship Public House in Southwark, London.  Later on 23rd April 1883, she marries Edwin Watson.  Charles aged just 15 is a solicitor's clerk, boarding at 17 Dame Street in Islington, London with Charles and Jane Cawley. John Aubry Osborne is a scholar at Royal British Orphan Asylum in Slough Berkshire.  Sarah Jane, now known as Jane is lodging with the McCormick family in Avlerstoke, Hampshire.  Lastly 8 year old Frederick is boarding with the Clayton family in Maidenhead.
I am unable to locate Jane on the 1881 Census, however she remarries on 20th February 1888 to Charles Twyman in Peckham, London.  Her son-in-law Edwin Watson and daughter Florence Watson were witnesses.  Jane was widowed again and remarried on 17th October 1904 to John Roberts.  Jane's son Frederick George was a witness.
So sad that this family were cast to the four winds after James Osborne's death.  I hope that they managed to find some happiness in their lives.



  1. Always nice photos and an interesting post. I also hope that the rest of the family were able to find some happiness.

  2. I am so excited to have found this entry, thank you! I have been doing some family research and was stuck at Louisa Elizabeth Osborne, my great great grandmother. So happy to find out her parents and siblings names and hear more about the sad story of how the family was broken up. Your site is amazing! Thanks again,
    Linda Jewers


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