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Osbornes from Merriott to Guernsey, mid-1800s
The farms of the Channel Islands were known to recruit seasonal workers from the English mainland. With the experience Merriott people had in agriculture and market gardening, and difficulty in finding sufficient work locally, some people may have worked on Guernsey or Jersey for a few months of the year. Others settled permanently on the islands – this group are easier to trace.
Living at Half Way House, Banques Road, St Sampson, at the time of the 1881 census. John listed as a Carter; Mary as a Grocer.
This couple married in Merriott on 10 September 1844. John was the son of John Osborne & Elizabeth Lawrence; Elizabeth was the daughter of Robert Pattemore & Eliza Trask. Several of Elizabeth’s brothers also emigrated to Guernsey. See: Pattemore to Guernsey
- Samuel born 2 June 1845, Merriott, died 4 Oct 1846, Merriott
- Samuel born 8 June 1847, Merriott, married Thirza ?, born about 1848 in England. Samuel & Thirza & six children living at Banques Road, St Sampson, Guernsey at the time of the 1881 census. Samuel listed as a Stonebreaker.
- Sampson born about 1850, Guernsey. Returned to Merriott, was present for the 1871 census of Merriott, & married Jane Brooks Eason ( born 16 Dec 1852, Merriott) on 5 Sept 1871. Children Susan (1873) and Henry (1875) born St Sampsons, Guernsey. Sampson is listed as a Stonebreaker in the 1881 census; he & family living at Victoria Terrace No 12, St Sampson, Guernsey.
- Alfred born about 1854, Guernsey. Living with parents in the 1881 census at the Half Way House, Banques Road, St Sampson; working as a Stonebreaker.
Living at Victoria Terrace No 2, St Sampson, Guernsey, at the time of the 1881 census. Henry listed as a stone breaker. Henry was born 14 March 1842, son of Agnes OSBORNE. Henry married Grace BROWN (born about 1848, Haselbury, Somerset) at Haselbury sometime before 1869. Their first two children were born in Merriott; the next five in “England”; the eighth, Alfred Joseph OSBORNE, on Guernsey on 29 Nov 1881.
Alfred Joseph OSBORNE married Mabel Alberta McCLEAN. Mabel was the daughter of Charles McCLEAN born about 1849 at St Helier, Jersey, and Sarah WEBB, born
about 1853 at St Peter Port, Guernsey.
Sarah WEBB was the daughter of George WEBB, born about 1818, and Sarah OSBORNE, baptised 18 Oct 1812 in Merriott!! See: Webb
My relationship calculator tells me Sarah OSBORNE was the half-aunt of John OSBORNE mentioned in (1) above. Sarah (bapt 1812) was the daughter of another John OSBORNE (bapt 1765) via his second marriage, while John (1820) was the grandson of John OSBORNE (bapt 1765) via his first marriage. Quite probably their both being on Guernsey for the 1881 census was a coincidence!
Samuel OSBORNE, (baptised 4 May 1834, Merriott) married his cousin Susan LAWRENCE (born 11 July 1838, Merriott) at St Peter Port, Guernsey, on 30 Nov 1856. Samuel & Susan OSBORNE then emigrated to New South Wales, Australia, arriving in Sydney on the “Fitzjames” on 28th July 1858. See: Osbornes to New South Wales
Samuel was the son of William OSBORNE (bapt 6 March 1808, Merriott, date & place of burial unknown) and Temperance GREENHAM (bapt 15 May 1809, Merriott, buried 15 Aug 1841, Merriott). Immigration records show Samuel declared both parents were dead. We wonder if William OSBORNE died in the Channel Islands.
Susan LAWRENCE was the daughter of Luke LAWRENCE and Sarah OSBORNE (Sarah being sister to William OSBORNE mentioned above). Luke & Sarah LAWRENCE also emigrated to New South Wales, Australia. See: Lawrence to Australia
Both Luke & Sarah are listed on the 1841 & 1851 censuses for Merriott. They had fifteen children, of whom three were named Luke and four were named Samuel.
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