Feature Friday posts will feature relevant information from a chosen online resource. This month, the database is Google Books
Google Books is a great resource for browsing for relevant family information. As I was doing some exploration for item relevant to Blount County. There are so many great items, that it is hard to choose just one for this post.
One such book is that by Charles Osborn – Journal of That Faithful Servant of Christ, Charles Osborn, Containing an Account of Many of His Travels and Labors in the Work of the Ministry, and His Trials and Exercises in the Service of the Lord, and in the Defense of the Truth, As It Is in Jesus. Cincinnati: Printed by A. Pugh, 1854.
Osborn was a Quaker born in a county dear to me, Guilford County, North Carolina (I was raised here) and as Quakers were, was an abolitionist and the publisher of the first anti-slavery newspaper in the country, The Philanthropist. You can read more about his background at the Online Encyclopedia of Ohio History.
In this text, a publication of his diaries, it is apparent that he travelled quite a bit. In his journal, he describes events from his ministry travels. Published in 1854, the version that Google digitized was an item in Harvard’s collection. The book is 472 pages long and the entire PDF file can be downloaded for free. As part of his travels, Osborn visited Blount County to attend meetings of the Quakers. Among the many names mentioned in his text, those people that he mentions from his visit to Blount County are:
- Barachiah Macy
- Hugh Maxwell
- Thomas Marshall
- Zorobabel Patty
- Daniel Bonine
- William Williams
It makes for interesting reading. You can find the full-text here.