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Joseph OBORN
Husband:  Joseph OBORN
Birth:  6 Jul 1791, Huntingdon Co., PA
Death:  6 Aug 1850, Isthmus of Panama
Brother:  Daniel OBORN, b. 30 Jun 1794, Huntingdon Co., PA
Father possiblyJames OBURN
Wife:  Mary SMITH
Birth:  ca. 7 Mar 1789, PA
Death:  7 Apr 1880
Children born in Perry Co., OH:
1.  William OBORN, b. 1825/6
2.  Joseph OBORN, b. 1828/9
3.  Jane OBORN, b. 1830/1
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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1820

3.  1840

4.  1850

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #20 of 36):  Marion P.O., Richland Twp., Marion Co., OH, Roll M653_1006, p. 391B, PN 58, 421/410, enumerated 23 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Benjamin Waddel 31 M   Farmer 13,000 1,000 Ohio
Jane        " 29 F         Do
George      "  8 M         Do
Joseph      "  4 M         Do
Mary Oborn 71 F         Penn
Tena Newberry 35 F         Ohio

6.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #25 of 28):  Waldo P.O., Richland Twp., Marion Co., OH, Roll 1240 (Book 1), p. 176A, PN 27, 208/213,enumerated 22 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Obern William 44 M W Farmer 10320 6120 Ohio  
_____ Mary J 33 F W Keeping House     Do  
_____ Albert 11 M W       Do  
_____ Benjamin  9 M W       Do  
_____ Elmer  7 M W       Do  
_____ Jane  5 F W       Do  
_____ Ida C  3 F W       Do  
_____ John 8/12 M W       Do Oct
_____ Joseph 41 M W Farmer  8000 7000 Do  
Smith Robert M 28 M W Farm Laborer     Do  
Obern Mary 81 F W       Pennsylvania  

7.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 26 indexed "O Born"):  Richland Twp., Marion Co., OH, Roll 1046, p. 135C, PN 7, SD 5, ED 96, enumerated 5 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 13 21 24 25 26
58 59 Oborn William W M 54     /   Farmer   OH PA PA
    _____ Jane M W F 43 Wife   /   Keeping house   OH VA PA
    [William & Jane's nine children]
    _____ Joseph W M 51 Bro /     Farmer   OH PA PA
    _____ Mary W F 91 Mother     / Living with Son   PA PA PA
Mary had just died in April.

.  Birthdate calculated using Ben Buckner's Birthdate Calculator.
Name Deathdate Age at Death Result
Joseph OBORN 6 Aug 1850 0d 6m 59y 6 Jul 1791
Mary (SMITH) OBORN 7 Apr 1880 0d 1m 91y 7 Mar 1789
(Calculated birthdates should always be prefaced with "ca." you can't be certain the person who calculated their age did it correctly.)

 .  U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. The Official Land Patent Records Office.
Date Cert. No. Land Office Patented By Acres Aliquot Sec.Twp.Rng Meridian State County*
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*The county is not given on the original certificate, which describes the location of the land solely in terms of Aliquot, Section, Township, and Range.  The county names must have been added to the database at some later time, probably when the certificate data were computerized.

.  J. Wilbur Jacoby.  1907.  History of Marion County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens.  Biographical Publ. Co., Chicago, IL (Broderbund CD-450; also online at Heritage Pursuit; boldface added):
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p. 119 Joseph Oborn also built a cabin near King's Mills but did not bring his family until the following year [1821], when his brother Daniel also came...
p. ? ALBERT OBORN, a representative and influential farmer of
Richland township, residing upon a fine farm of 178 acres located in section 18, was born December 31, 1858, on the farm where he now resides.  He is a son of William and Mary Jane (Emery) Oborn and a grandson of Joseph and Mary (Smith) Oborn.

Joseph Oborn and his wife who were born in Pennsylvania, were respectively, of Scotch and Irish descent.  Upon coming to Ohio, they first settled in Perry County, removing later, in 1835, to Richland township, Marion County, where Joseph Oborn entered land the farm that our subject now owns.  After a short residence here, they returned to Perry County for one year and then came back to Marion County, making the trip in wagons, often finding it necessary to cut their way through the timber.  Joseph Oborn erected a log house, began clearing the land, and with his wife battled with all kinds of hardships to make a living and raise their family.  Upon the discovery of gold in California, he joined the fortune-seekers in their journey to the far West.  His search for the precious metal not proving successful, he started home in the summer by way of the Isthmus of Panama.  He was taken sick while crossing the isthmus, died on the 6th of August, 1850, aged 59 years and 6 months and buried there.  By those who remember him, Joseph Oborn is said to have been a good scholar, with an extensive knowledge of surveying and trigonometry by which he could figure eclipses of the sun and moon.  He excelled in writing and penmanship.  For many years he was school examiner in Richland township: before he would issue a certificate to teacher, the applicant had to satisfy him that he could make a pen out of a quill and write a good, legible hand.  His wife Mary survived him many years, dying April 7, 1880, aged 91 years and one month, and being buried in the Marion Cemetery.

William Oborn was born in Perry County, Ohio, and was the eldest of a family of three children in the parental family, the others being Joseph, and Jane, who married Benjamin Waddel. William accompanied his parents to Marion County in childhood and thereafter lived on the homestead in Richland township, which he helped to clear and put under cultivation, enduring, many hardships in the first years of his residence here.  He married Mary Jane Emery and to them nine children were born, namely Albert; Benjamin, deceased; Elmer; Mary Jane, who married Samuel Beringer; Ida C., who married Wesley King; John; Ella, who married Ambrose Myers; Roscoe; and William.  The father of our subject died on the home place November 10, 1883; our subject's mother, died January 27, 1898.

Albert Oborn was reared and has always lived on his present farm, having bought the land from his father's estate.  The farm, which is situated on the banks of the Whetstone River, is called "River View Farm" and is one of the best improved and most highly cultivated properties in its section of the county. ,The house which Mr. Oborn and his family occupy was erected by his father.

Mr. Oborn was married October 19, 1889 to Cora Reber, a daughter of Felix and Harriet (Brobst) ReberFelix Reber, who was born, reared and educated in Fairfield County, Ohio, was connected with the well-known Reber and Peters families of Pickaway and Fairfield counties, Ohio.

Felix Reber came to Marion County in 1871 and bought and located on a farm of 320 acres, the greater of which is still owned by his son Frank.  Mr. Reber died March 11, 1887, and his widow died November 10,1905, aged 73 years.  Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Reber; Samuel; Sarah, who married George W. King; Ida, who married James Hill; Frank; Eugene, who died September 15, 1897; Cora, the wife of our subject; and Nellie (Holverstott). 

Mr. and Mrs. Oborn are the parents of three children: Harold R., Eugene W. and Gertrude.  Mr. Oborn is a Republican and ran for county commissioner when the county was Democratic by a majority of over 900, and came within about 100 votes of being elected, which gives evidence of his popularity and good standing among his friends and fellow citizens.  He was a director of the Marion County Agricultural Society for six years and president of the Fair Board two years.  He is at present President of the School Board, of which he has been a member for a number of years.  He is Secretary and Treasurer of the Marion County Mutual Fire Insurance Company.  He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and has served as class leader and at different times as superintendent of the Sunday-school since the death of his father, who held that office for many years prior to his death.  Mr. Oborn's portrait accompanies this sketch.

Land records show Joseph was in Marion County by 1821 and, on a previous page, the author, himself, shows Joseph to have arrived in 1821, not 1835.

.  Birthdate calculated using Ben Buckner's Birthdate Calculator.
Name Deathdate Age at Death Result
Joseph OBORN 6 Aug 1850 0d 6m 59y 6 Jul 1791
Mary (SMITH) OBORN 7 Apr 1880 0d 1m 91y 7 Mar 1789
(Calculated birthdates should always be prefaced with "ca." you can't be certain the person who calculated their age did it correctly.)

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