Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ann Osborne McOmber's Ancestry - A Sample

Otis & Rosetta Stangland McOmber

         The exact date of publication for the obituary above could not be ascertained from the online copy as it was poorly scanned and cropped, but this portion reveals some of the family connections which were hinted to in the Army Pension for Charles McOmber. This obituary for Ann’s step-mother, Chloe Campbell Otis Osborne shows Ann’s brothers, sisters, half-siblings and step-siblings, all rooted in Ohio and Cuba, New York.

          The obituary reveals that Ann’s father was Levi Osborne, her mother’s name not being revealed but it is noted that Levi was a widower at the time of his marriage to Chloe Campbell Otis. Chloe and Levi were wed at Marcellus, Onondaga, New York, where all of the children were born. It would then be inferred that Ann’s birth mother died in that area and is buried in the same locale. Chloe was also a widow at the time she married Levi Osborne. According to the obituary, she was previously married to Windsor Otis, a native of Massachusetts who was born on July 6, 1790. A Genealogical Memoir of the Family of Richard Otis by Horatio Nelson Otis states that Windsor Otis died sometime in 1815 in Ohio. His place of death is highly unlikely as Levi and Chloe’s children were born in Onondaga County, New York.

            Chloe and Windsor Otis’s children are as follows:


1.)    Aremisia Otis, born approximately 1811, married Dr. Enos Palmer on October 28, 1825 at Barre, Orleans, New York. She later married to Unknown Sears and lived in Cuba, Allegany, New York.

2.)    Desdemona Otis, born approximately 1813, did not marry and lived in the Cuba, Allegany, New York area.

3.)    Calvin Nicholas Otis, born June 23, 1814 at Spafford, Onondaga, New York, was engaged in the architecture business, became extremely wealthy while living in Buffalo, Erie, New York. Designed numerous churches across the country and designed the courthouse for Cayuga County, New York. During the Civil War, he was appointed Major with the 100th New York Volunteer Infantry where he rose through the ranks to Colonel and finally to Brevet Brigadier General in March of 1865. When he retired from his career as an architect, he returned to Cuba, Allegany, New York where he died on January 22, 1883. He is buried at the Cuba Cemetery in that location.

Levi Osborne and Unknown’s children are as follows:

1.)    Ann Osborne, born approximately 1817 at Onondaga County, New York. Married Van Rensselaer McOmber approximately 1833/4 at Orleans County, New York. Separated from Van Rensselaer McOmber between 1850 and 1855, removed to Hudson, Summit, Ohio from Carlton, Orleans, New York. Remained in that area until her death on November 8, 1874 at Warren, Trumbull, Ohio, and the death was recorded as Ann M. Comber.

2.)    Dr. Levi D. Osborne, born August 16, 1820 at Marcellus, Onondaga, New York, attended Lake Erie Medical College, practiced medicine at Willoughby, Lake, Ohio and Warsaw, Wyoming, New York before settling at Hudson, Summit, Ohio. Married Mary Eleanor Johnson on August 22, 1848. He was a respected physician and died September 17, 1902 at Hudson, Summit, Ohio and was buried in Markillie Cemetery in that same locale.

3.)    Mary Oborne, born approximately 1821, married W. P. Stevens of Cuba, Allegany, New York, lived in that area until her death at an unknown date.


Levi Osborne and Chloe Campbell Otis’s children are as follows:


1.)    Olive F. Osborne, born May 26, 1823 at Marcellus, Onondaga, New York, married Edwin W. Park on December 28, 1843 and lived at Cuba, Allegany, New York for most of her life. She was a member of the Christ Church in that vicinity and had her children baptized through the church. Her husband, E. W. Park was a very wealthy and respected farmer/grocer in Allegany County. She died March 9, 1894 at Cuba, Allegany, New York and was buried March 22, 1894 through the Christ Church at that vicinity. Burial was likely in the Cuba Cemetery. Her children were:

a.       George Park born approximately 1845.

b.      Emma Park born approximately 1847, married Unknown Palmer.

c.       William Nehemiah Park born approximately 1855, married Katherine Hazin, died February 5, 1924 at Cuba, Allegany, New York.

2.)    Windsor Otis Osborne, born approximately 1825 and married Ellen J. Unknown, employed as a druggist at Cuba, Allegany, New York for most of his life. Engaged in the business with his half-sister Artemisia Otis Palmer who worked with her husband prior to his death. W. Otis remained in the Cuba area and died at an unknown date.

3.)    Philena Osborne, born July 3, 1827, married Edwin G. Benedict who was the son of noted fur trader Levi Benedict who started a business in Schenectady, New York before settling in Hudson, Summit, Ohio. Edwin died September 1, 1868 at Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio and is buried at Lake View Cemetery in that vicinity. His early passing left his brother S. H. Benedict to care for the business which was later run by S. H.’s son George W. Benedict. Philena died May 1, 1909 at Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio and was buried on May 3, 1909 at Lake View Cemetery in that vicinity.

The full copy can be read here - The McOmbers of Orleans County

Ann Osborne McOmber & Van Rensselaer McOmber

New information relating to the ancestory of Ann Osborne McOmber can be found here: The McOmber Family of Orleans County