Sunday, January 30, 2011

Backward Glance - Russell Scott Osborn

Russell Scott Osborn is my 3rd great grandfather. He was born on July 3, 1833, in Margaretville, Delaware County, New York. His parents are Hiram and Laura (Scott) Osborn. He died on May 20, 1912, in Stockton, Rooks County, Kansas.
Russell married Sabrina Letticia McKinley, daughter of William Vale and Ruth (Carl) McKinley on March 26, 1857, in Henry County, Illinois. Sabrina was born on October 23, 1836, in Ohio.  Sabrina died on October 18, 1898, in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. Russell and Sabrina had eleven children. Russell married Mary Parmer in 1904.

During the Civil War, Russell served from Illinois in the Union Army, enlisting on two separate occasions. He wrote letters home regularly, and kept a detailed diary.

Among his occupations are itinerant preacher, horticulturist, stonemason, and farmer. He served as Kansas Secretary of State from 1892-1894.

In August of 1872, Russell settled his family near Bull City (now Alton), Osborne County, Kansas. After constructing a sod house for his family, initially, he built the Stone House (pictured above). He was also instrumental in the building of the Ash Rock Church near Alton. Both of these structures are still standing and in good condition, lovingly preserved by family and friends.

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