George OSBORNE (1805–1876)
His wife Mrs Jane OSBORNE, née Gilbert (1797–1867)
St Mary Magdalen section: Row 5a, Grave 57½
IN MEMORY OF
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WHO DIED NOV. 13, 1867
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCT. 24, 1876
AGED 70 YEARS
J + O
G + O
George Osborne was born at Newport on the Isle of Wight in c.1805 and is likely to be the child of that name, son of Edward and Elizabeth Osborne, who was baptised there on 2 June 1805.
Jane Gilbert was born at Longworth, Berkshire in 1797 and baptised there on 16 March. She was the daughter of William Gilbert and his wife Elizabeth, who had six other children baptised at that church: William (1787), James (1790), Thomas (1792), Mary (1794), Martha (1799), and Elizabeth (1800).
On 27 July 1830 at St Mary Magdalen Church, George Osborne (25) married Jane Gilbert (33): they were both then living in that parish. They had the following children:
- Thomas Gilbert Osborne (born at Beaumont Buildings, Oxford in 1831 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 20 July)
- Elizabeth Osborne (born at Southmoor, Longworth in 1832 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 14 October)
- George Osborne junior I (born at Beaumont Buildings, Oxford in 1834 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 31 March); died aged 1 year 11 months and buried in that churchyard on 13 December 1835
- Jane Osborne (born at Beaumont Buildings, Oxford in 1835 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 23 August); died aged 11 months and buried in that churchyard on 21 August 1836
- George Osborne junior II (born at Beaumont Buildings, Oxford in 1838 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church in April)
- William Osborne (born in Berkshire, probably at Southmoor, in 1839 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 4 October); died aged 11 years and buried in that churchyard on 24 November 1850.
The couple lived in Beaumont Buildings in Oxford after their wedding, and by 1831 George was a college servant.
At the time of the 1841 census George was living at Beaumont Buildings with his wife Jane and their four surviving children Thomas (10), Elizabeth (9), the second child named George (3), and William (1).
Their youngest son died at the age of 11 in November 1850, and at the time of the 1851 census George (47) was living at 8 Beaumont Buildings in St Mary Magdalen parish with his wife Jane (50) and their three surviving children: Thomas (19), who was an apprentice chemist; Elizabeth (18); and George junior (13), who was still at school. Gardner's Directory for 1852 shows that George Osborne was by then a servant of Trinity College.
Their eldest son Thomas Gilbert Osborne died in London in 1854 when he was 23.
By the time of the 1861 census George (57) had moved into a Trinity College house at 58 Broad Street with his wife Jane (60), their daughter Elizabeth (24), and their Oxford-born niece Jane Hedges (17). Elizabeth (28) and George (23) are hard to find.
Left: These two pink cottages are now college rooms and no longer have doors to the street. Originally built in about 1680, they were largely rebuilt in 1970. The Osbornes lived at 58 Broad Street, the one on the left
Their daughter Elizabeth was married at Christmas 1861:
- On 25 December 1861 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, Elizabeth Osborne married Henry Robinson, a clerk of Cowley and the son of the gardener John Robinson.
Mrs Osborne died in 1867:
† Mrs Jane Osborne née Gilbert died at 58 Broad Street at the age of 70 on 13 November 1867 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 17 November (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
At the time of the 1871 census, George Osborne was living at 58 Broad Street with his son George (22), described as his assistant, and their servant.
George Osborne died in 1876:
† George Osborne died at 58 Broad Street at the age of 72 on 24 October 1876 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 27 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
His effects came to under £100. His son George Osborne junior was his executor.
The two surviving children of George and Jane Osborne
- Elizabeth Osborne, Mrs Robinson (born 1832) was living in New Road in 1871 with her husband Henry Robinson, who was Clerk to the Canal Company, and their first four daughters. By 1881 she was living at the Canal Office in Bulwarks Alley with Henry, now described as Secretary to the Canal Company, and their six daughters Alice (18), Isabella (13), Edith (11), Mabel (9), Rose (8), and Dora (5), plus a servant. They were all still there in 1891. In 1901 they were there with four of their daughters. Mrs Elizabeth Robinson died at the age of 70 in 1903.
- George Osborne junior (born 1838) appears to be the George Osborne, described as a gentleman and the son of George Osborne, gentleman, who married Clara Ann Simms, the daughter of the cordwainer John Simms, at St Mary Magdalen Church in Oxford on 18 November 1876. If this is correct, then in 1881 George (42) was a hosier, living at 49 & 50 East Street, Brighton with his wife Clara (35); living with them was George's his niece Florence Osborne (17), who was born in Middlesex in 1863/4: it is hard to see whose child she was. They both disappear from the census after 1881.