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Near Bickmore in Clay County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Solomon Osborne

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
1. Solomon Osborne Marker
Inscription.  Solomon Osborne was born circa 1814 on a Cherokee reservation in North Carolina. Served as guard on the “Trail of Tears,” and fell in love with Seaberry (Martha Arms), daughter of Chief Running Bear (Robert Arms). They escaped and were married in Tazewell County, Virginia. Later moved to current Wyoming and Clay counties. He died circa 1884 and was the first interment in the Holcomb Cemetery.
 
Erected 2005 by Descendants of Seaberry & Solomon Osborne and West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
 
Location. 38° 21.628′ N, 81° 7.593′ W. Marker is near Bickmore, West Virginia, in Clay County. Marker is on West Virginia Route 16 just south of Jess Reedy Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bickmore WV 25019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jones Brothers Memorial Bridge (approx. 5 miles away); Clay County / Nicholas County (approx. 6½ miles away); Clay (approx. 7.3 miles away); Benjamin L. Stephenson
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By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
2. Solomon Osborne Marker
(approx. 7.3 miles away); William C. Markle (approx. 8.7 miles away); Seaberry Arms Osborne (approx. 9.1 miles away); North and South (approx. 9.3 miles away); Pioneer School (approx. 10.9 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Descendants of Josiah Osborne. Excerpt:
In 1838, U.S. troops were pushing the Cherokees from their ancestral lands in the hills of western North Carolina. They were to be relocated to Oklahoma to make room for white settlers. By then, Solomon and Seaberry, were fleeing north, choosing the northern Cherokee hunting ground over the dusty West. (In all, about 1,000 Cherokees escaped the Trail of Tears. Today, their descendants are known as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, which is headquartered in Cherokee, N.C.)

Solomon and Seaberry, who took the white name Martha Arms, first settled in Tazewell, Va., where their cabin still stands and is on the National Historic Register. But the constant fear of being found out by the government and its anti-Indian policies kept them on the move. They next settled in what is now Wyoming County WV, then Nicholas County WV, where Seaberry died in 1866.

Solomon and Seaberry (listed as Martha) appear in
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the 1860 Nicholas County VA (WV) census. Solomon is listed as a widower in the 1870 Nicholas County WV census.

Solomon married Susan Moore about 1870. Susan was born in VA about 1842. The family is listed in the 1880 Clay County WV census. Solomon died in Clay County in 1880.

All Solomon’s children were given English sounding names as the family continued to try to conceal its past. After all, Solomon could remember the days when anyone who was half Indian was not allowed to own property or vote.
(Submitted on August 18, 2019.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on August 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   2. submitted on August 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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