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William OSBORN(E) (1893-1899)

Name: William OSBORN(E)1,2
Sex: Male
Father: William OSBORN(E) (1866-1931)
Mother: Frances Jane Haydon TAPP (1870-1939)

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 19 Jun 1893 Crediton , Devon, England1
Death 17 Jan 1899 (age 6)1
Cause: drowning
THE EVENING POST Wednesday 18th January 1899 William and Esther were playing in the garden at 1.00pm. At 1.30pm miller James Rowe looked out of his window and saw Esther floating in the water of the Mill Stream. As he took her from the water the body of her brother rose to the surface. Both children were drowned.


Exonian's Two Children Drowned

A sad double fatality occurred yesterday at Cullompton near the Town Mills, when two children, a sister and brother, aged six and four years respectively, were drowned. Mr Rowe, miller, by chance discovered the body of the female child in the water and hastened quickly and took it out, when to his great surprise the body of the younger child rose to the surface. He called his wife and son to his assistance. Mrs Rowe did what she could to restore animation, whilst the son fetched Dr Alleyne, who speedily arrived and tried every means to save their lives but to no avail. The father is named Osmond, and is in the employ of Mr Shere, timber merchant, and his wife and family have only been in the town living about a week, formerly residing at Exeter. How the children got to the mill-stream is not known. Great sympathy is felt for the parents.

THE EVENING POST Thursday 19th January 1899


Inquest On The Two Victims

Mr Alfred Barrow (deputy-coroner) held an inquest at the Town Hall, Cullompton, yesterday, touching the death of William Osborn, aged 6, and Esther Osborn, aged 4. William Henry Osborn, father, said he was a labourer. He last saw the children alive on Monday. The girl started for school on that day. The deceased previously attended school at Exeter, as William only came to reside at Cullompton on Tuesday last. Frances Jane Haydon Osborn said the children were out in the garden at one pm, and she never saw them alive after. She heard of what had happened and went to the bank of the river, but could not go to where the children were. James Rowe said he was a miller. He came out from dinner at 1.30 and looked out of the window and saw the little girl in the water. He went out and took the girl up, and immediately the body of the little boy rose to the surface. He also took this out and sent for a doctor and the police, who soon arrived. Mr E F M Alleyne said he was called about 1.50 pm. He went at once to see the children and found them quite dead. He should think they died from drowning. A verdict of "Accidentally drowned" was returned. The Coroner said he was quite sure the jury had sympathy for the parents as he himself had, as well as the whole parish. The jury spoke strongly, recommending the owner of the property to see that some protection should be placed at once, especially at the bridge across the water.
Burial 22 Jan 18991


1"Mary Long's Osborne Family Details" (email attachment Osborn-Francis info Aug 08).
2"Nick Heard". This GEDCOM is predominantly the work of Nick Heard, but it incorporates the collaborated work of many other family historians. You are welcome to use the information herein but please acknowledge the source. Every effort has been made to ensure the data is accurate, but any use you make of it is entirely at your own risk. (c) Nick Heard 2009