1860's George Ransom Osborn CDV Photo: Remington Arms Co., Ilion NY
On reverse: "George Osborn" is handwritten in old pencil script. Photo type: Original vintage Victorian CDV Carte de Visite Photograph. Photographer: P. Orendorf, Ilion, New York, Herkimer NY. (thought to be photographer Peter Orendorf, who was later a broom maker in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York)
We believe this photo to be of George Ransom Osborn, a manufacturing entrepreneur who eventually settled in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut. In 1860-65 he spent 6 years during the Civil War working at Eliphalet Remington's own "Remington Arms Company" in Ilion, Herkimer County, New York. He is the only George Osborn in census and genealogy records in Ilion at this time. Remington Arms supplied a vast amount of Union guns and rifles for the American Civil War.
In 1864-66 the US government taxed photography to help pay for the American Civil war. Revenue stamps were placed on the back of photos, and cancelled by the photographer. This CDV has a hand cancelled 2 cent playing cards revenue stamp, hand cancelled by the photographer with his initials PO written in dip pen ink on Feb. 24, 1865. This was the day this photo was taken.
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
George Ransom Osborn was born in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, on Sep 4, 1831 to Elihu Osborn and Esther Strong Osborn. He married Clarissa Williams Osborn and had 2 children. George Ransom later married Sarah Boorman Osborn. He passed away in 1899.
George R. Osborn
Father: Elihu Osborn 1797-1859, born in Woodbridge, New Haven County, Connecticut, in 1797 to Elisha Osborn and Elizabeth Peck Osborn. He married Esther Strong Osborn 1800-1899, and had 6 children. He passed away on 23 Oct 1859 in New Haven, Connecticut. Esther passed away on 15 Mar 1889, also in New Haven, Connecticut.
George's 2 Spouses:
1. Clarissa Williams Osborn 1833-1876
2. Sarah Boorman Osborn born 1833
Frederick Elihu Osborn 1862-1899
Howard Mason Osborn 1865-1899
Biography of George R. Osborn from Commemorative Biographical Record of Fairfield County, Connecticut, Chicago, J.H. Beers & Co., 1899, Page 729: "GEORGE R. OSBORN. Notwithstanding the prevalent idea that American business men are absorbed in the struggle for the "almighty dollar," it is a recognized fact that they are of a high type of citizenship. The subject of this sketch, a well-known manufacturer of hardware at Bridgeport, is a representative of the best element in business life, his fine presence and sympathetic manner lending a courtly grace even to a chance greeting, while his well-stored mind makes his conversation of rare interest. His fluent and choice language makes one wish that he had tested their abilities in some line of effort which would have developed oratorical power. If he has a "hobby" it is mineralogy, in which he has made extensive research, but he shows a wide and accurate knowledge of general topics, especially history, religion and politics. Mr. Osborn belongs to an old and highly esteemed family. His grandfather, Elisha Osborn was born and reared in the town of Ridgefield, Fairfield County Connecticut, and became an extensive dealer in horses, collecting thousands annually from all parts of New England and selling them in New Haven, where they were shipped to the West Indies. This well-known citizen passed his last years in Woodbridge, Connecticut, his death occurring in 1788. His wife, Elizabeth Peck Osborn, was a native of New Haven County, and a member of a prominent family of this State. They had eight children: Elansen Osborn, a shoe dealer at De Witt, near Syracuse, N.Y.; Merritt Osborn, a draftsman of marked talent, who made a specialty of designs in wood work; Elihu Osborn, our subject's father; Elizur Osborn, a merchant, who died in early manhood; and Amelia Osborn, Clara Osborn, Lucinda Osborn and Maria Osborn. Elihu Osborn, the father of our subject, was born in Woodbridge, and during his youth learned the comb maker's trade at Bethel with P.T. Barnum. For some years he was engaged in that business at Seymour, Conn., and later he manufactured builders' hardware at New Haven, where he died in 1860. He married Esther Strong Osborn, who was born in Southbury, Conn., a daughter of Noah Strong. She was of English descent, and her ancestors were early settlers in this State. Six children were born of this union: (1) Maria Osborn died in infancy. (2) George R. Osborn, our subject, is mentioned more fully below. (3) Charles M. Osborn, who served in the navy during the Civil war, died in 1875. (4) Frederick B. Osborn was in the navy previous to the Civil war, making a trip to the Mediterranean Sea during his term of service; he also served on the "USS Niagara" at the time the Atlantic cable was laid, and helped in that enterprise; when the war of the Rebellion broke out he organized a company and went into active service, taking part in thirty battles, including one of the engagements at Bull Run; he escaped injury and returned home in safety, but in June, 1865, he was killed on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, while in the employ of that road. (5) Eugene F. Osborn was drowned in New Haven in 1848. (6) Miss Esther M. Osborn resides in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Our subject was born September 4, 1831 in New Haven county, Conn., and his education was mainly obtained in the schools of Woodbridge, although he also attended school in New Haven for a short time. At the early age of ten years he was thrown upon his own resources, and after serving an apprenticeship in the business of manufacturing firearms he worked at his trade nearly thirty years in different places, spending about three years in Kansas. He also made some profitable deals in real estate, especially during the period preceding the Civil war. About 1860 he returned to the East, locating at Ilion, N.Y., where he spent six years working as a contractor in manufacturing guns at the Remington armory. He then went to Chicopee Falls, Mass., to make a sewing machine for the Lamb Knitting Machine Co., and in 1866 he engaged in the manufacture of birdcages there, being the first to make the bright metal cages now so popular. After a few years he sold out his interests there to two parties; in 1867 he removed to Bridgeport with his machinery, and continued in the same line of business for a time. Later he organized the Osborn Manufacturing Company, and opened an establishment in Bleecker Street, New York, which is still in operation, although he is not now connected with it. After twelve years with that concern he engaged in the manufacture of surgical instruments on Elizabeth Street, New York, and afterward he remodeled the plant and began manufacturing art hardware. In the spring of 1889 he removed to Bridgeport, where he built a large brick factory, and he has since made a specialty of fine metallic articles of an ornamental nature, or combining use and ornament. His embossed metalic goods show the highest artistic skill and taste, and among the hundreds of articles to be seen in his shops are album easels, of five different designs, bowl easels, cup and saucer easels, cushion easels, fan easels, frame easels, plan and plate easels, panel easels, picture and photo easels, panel easels, shell and white-wire easels of all kinds, cup and saucer hangers, cup, saucer and plate hangers, plac hangers, series plate hangers, photo hangers, bouquet holders, lamp screen holders, photo holders in ten designs, banner stands, banner rods, nut pix, nut crax and glass medallions. He has offices in New York and Chicago, and his different goods are in demand in all parts of the country, such dealers as Marshall Field & Co., of Chicago, sending large orders. In 1861 Mr. Osborn married Miss Clarissa Williams Osborn of Syracuse, N.Y., who died in 1876, and in 1878 he formed a second matrimonial union, this time with Miss Sarah Boorman Osborn, a native of Sherman, N.Y. By his first marriage he had two children: Frederick E. Osborn (deceased), and Howard M. Osborn., who is general agent for his father's business. Socially, the family is prominent, and Mr. Osborne is connected with the Masonic Fraternity and the Knights of Honor. Politically, he is a stanch Republican, and he has alway taken keen interest in the issues of the day, having been especially active in the stirring times in Kansas before the Civil war. While in New York he was always interested in municipal affairs, and since his removal to Bridgeport he has given careful attention to local affairs, his fellow-townsmen showing their appreciation of his ability and public spirit by electing him in 1896 as elderman from the Eighth district."
This is a beautiful and rare Osborn family piece with much history, and hand signed. George wears fashionable Civil war era mutton chops, and sits in studio portrait setting. He appears to have been tall and lanky. It was found in Dearborn, Wayne County Michigan.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
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