Mary Almira Osburn

Mary Almira Osburn
birth: 28 July 1843 in Rush County, Indiana to Harmon and Elizabeth “Eliza” Jane Packard Osburn
death: 29 June 1918 in Jacksonville, Florida
burial: West View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

marriage: 28 July 1863 in Rush County, Indiana
Lewis Gould Adkinson
birth: 8 September 1839 in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana to Samuel Thomas and Jane McHenry Adkinson
death: 19 January 1906 in Atlanta, Georgia
burial: West View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Children of Mary Almira Osburn and Lewis Gould Adkinson:

  • Isabel Adkinson (1865-1940) married Edwin Grant Conklin
  • Fannie Adkinson (1868-1942) married Edmund Crooker Ziegler
  • Albert Reed Adkinson (1871-1917) married Carlotta Opal Willett
  • Jennie May Adkinson (1877-1921) married Otha Thomas Usleman
  • Rufus Harmon Adkinson (1879-1902) Did not marry.
  • Laura Adkinson, dates unknown, died in infancy.
  • Arthur Edwin Adkinson, dates unknown, died in infancy.

Ancestor here lived in:

  • 1839-1863: Rush County
  • 1861-1887: Southeastern Indiana, various locations accompanying her husband, who was a Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and President of Moores Hill College (1882-1887)
  • 1888-1900: New Orleans, Louisiana,
  • 1901-1906: Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1906-1918: Jacksonville, Florida

Other Information:

Her biography appears in: Willard FE and Livermore MA. American Women. Fifteen Hundred Biographies with over 1,400 Portraits. New York: Mast, Crowell and Kirkpatrick, 1897, Volume 1, page 8. “She began her married life as a pastor’s wife in Laurel, Indiana. Removing to Madison, she was four times elected president of the Madison district association of the M. E. Church. Since 1873 she has actively engaged in temperance work, and is now (1897) a superintendent of the “Women’s Christian Temperance Union” in the State of Louisiana. .” Her brother, Edward W. Osburn wrote: “Mary was a very loyal and efficient helpmate to her husband. She was always prominent in church and social circles, and an untiring worker in the W. C. T. U. She was President of the New Orleans, La., W. C. T. U. during her residence there and from 1909-1917 was the efficient President of the Jacksonville, Florida, W. C. T. U.” After the death of her husband, she lived in Jacksonville Florida until her death in 1918.

Submitted by:
Alexander Blair Smith

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