My gggparents were Thomas Green and Mary Ann Osborn. Thomas Green (1826-1858?) was the son of John Green (ca. 1798-1872) and Nancy Littlepage. Mary Ann Osborn may have been also called Mattie and / Pollie. Who are her parents? The first documented record of her is the 1850 federal census of Limestone Co, TX.
Thomas Green, 24, farmer, AL
Mary A., 20, AL
Nancy L., 4; James, 2 , TX
Mary E., 4/12, TX
This would indicate she born about 1830 in AL. The first dau was Nancy Elmyra was born in Tyler Co, Tx on June 19, 1847, so it is likely that Mary and Thomas were married there about a year earlier in 1846. Thomas is on the Tyler Co. tax rolls in 1847 and 1848, and then on Limestone Co. tax rolls in 1849 and 1850 and then Freestone Co. in 1852 and 1853. [Freestone Co is created in 1850 from Limestone Co].
Most of the Greens go to Hill Co, TX in the mid 1850s and it is likely that Tom and Mary go as well. Nancy Elmyra Green married Reuben Albert Harris in Hill Co on Oct., 11, 1865. Mary Elizabeth Green married J. Evan Sheffield in Hill Co on 20 Feb 1868. An old document I have says that Nancy was 13 when her mother died which would be about 1860. It also says that the father died first, so before 1860. There is a tombstone in Woodbury Cemetery in Hill Co with the inscription "Thomas Green / Died April 1858 / Aged 30 years". The document mentioned above spells her maiden name as Asburn and says she had an uncle named Jim Asburn. Deed books in Hill County courthouse, have a transaction between Nancy E. Harris and James Levi Osborn and wife E.A. Osborn for 50 acres for $50 that was signed 15 Jan 1868.
In the 1870 Hill County federal census, on page 43, Pct. #4, enumerated Aug 29, 1870, house #309 is James Osborn, age 37, farmer, b. AL, wife Elizabeth, age 25, born TX, and children John, 16; Henry, 14; James, 12; Annie, 3; Betty, 2; and Samuel, 1. Then right next door at house #310 is Harris, Robert [should be Reuben], age 29, farmer, born MS; with wife Nancy E., age 24, born TX; with children: James W, age 4; and John J., age 1. Also an Annie Forearm?, age ½. I don't know who she is. I suspect this James Osborn may be Nancy's uncle and Mary's brother.
Mary Elizabeth Green Sheffield's death certificate lists her mother's name as Pollie Ann Osburn. Nancy E. Green Harris' says Mary Osburne.
1. Nancy E. and Reuben Harris moved to Hamilton Co in 1878 and stayed there, although they "moved" to Mills Co when it was created from Hamilton in 1887.
2. James L. Green m. Emma C. Walker about 1872 prob. Hill Co. and wound up in Scurry Co, Tx by 1900 and was still alive there in 1820.
3. Mary Elizabeth Green and J. Evans Sheffield went to Ok Indian Terr. by 1888 and left about 1892 and were in Mills Co by 1893 where they stayed. My ggrandparents.
4. Sarah Ann Green m. Joel P. Halbert abt. 1871, prob. in Hill Co.
5. Martha Jane Green m. Reubin F. Watts and they were in Palo Pinto Co, Tx in 1880.
Any help with determining the parents of Mary Ann Osborn or any other connections re these folks would be greatly appreciated.
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