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Source: 
History of Warren Co., Ohio
containing
A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Schools, Churches,
Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early
Settlers and Prominent Men; History of The North-
West Territory; History of Ohio; Map of
Warren County; Constitution of the
United States, Miscellaneous
Matters, Etc., Etc. 
- Illustrated -
Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co.,
1882

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JOHN OSBORN (deceased) was born in Lebanon, Warren Co., Ohio, in 1805; his father, John Osborn, came to Lebanon in 1796, and settled on a farm adjoining the eastern corporation of Lebanon, where he, in 1808, built a house, which is still standing and which is yet considered a good residence.  He was with Daniel Boone when that famous Indiana hunter discovered Mammouth Cave in Kentucky to which state Mr. Osborn had moved from Virginia when very young.  Our subject's mother, Mary (Clark) Osborn, was a daughter of Rev. Daniel Clark, a pioneer Baptist preacher, who preached in Lebanon about the year 1800.  Our subject remained on the farm until 14 years of age, in the meantime obtaining a limited education by attending the Lebanon schools during the winter months.  After leaving the farm, he learned and worked at pottery-making several years, after which he conducted a manufactory of that ware for several years more.  At the death of his father, he purchased the interests of the other heirs in the estate and moved to the old farm, which his estate still owns and which he farmed until he retired and moved to Lebanon.  He traveled through the West from 1828 to 1854, and also spent eight years in Springfield, Ohio, where he worked at his trade.  In 1827, he married Miss Amy Ann Hackney, daughter of Obadiah Hackney, a prominent plow manufacturer of Lebanon.  She died in 1855, after having borne him eleven children, four of whom still survive.  In 1856, he was again married, to Mrs. Emeline (Dee) Grow, by whom he had no children.  Mr. Osborn died in Lebanon Dec. 26, 1881.  He was a careful, frugal and economical man, and had at his death amassed a considerable fortune.  He was a zealous member of the M. E. Church in which he was for many years and up to the time of his death an officer.  His widow and a grandchild are the only members of his family living in Lebanon.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 768
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JOHN N. OSWALD, furniture dealer and undertaker, Lebanon, whose portrait appears on another page, was born in Hohenzollern, Sigmaringen, Prussia, May 12, 1826, and came to America May 12, 18532, landing in New York; he is the son of Peter and Apolonia (Wetz) Oswald, natives of hte above place.  The family originally came from Switzerland, but lived for three generations in Prussia.  Our subject is one of a family of two children, both boys.  The father died in September, 1831, aged 44 years, and the mother died in October, 1845, aged 47 years.  Our subject received all his education in the old country, and, for nine years, traveled through Germany, spending seven years in Vienna.  He learned furniture-making in his native country, having served an apprenticeship with the dealer who did the work for the royal family.  After coming to this country, he worked for a furniture firm in New York, and in 1854, came to Cincinnati, where he remained a short time.  He then moved to Fosters, Warren Co., Ohio, where he lived about nine years and then came to Lebanon, where he commenced the furniture business in which he has since continued.  He was married, May 9, 1866, to Miss Fredricka Bobe, daughter of Philip and Mariah (Weisenbacher) Bobe, natives of Wurtemberg, Germany.  They have had five children, two boys and three girls, viz., Maurice H., Louisa F., Marietta, Lena and Lorenz, all now living.  In 1868, Mr. Oswald commenced the business of undertaker, and has since then buried 1,700 people, mostly citizens of "Old Warren."  He was the first in the county to introduce the new styles of caskets and the processes of preserving bodies.  He has conducted his business with much success, and, by his untiring energy is constantly increasing his extensive establishment.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 768

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