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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Belva in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Seaberry Arms Osborne

Seaberry Arms Osborne Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
1. Seaberry Arms Osborne Marker
Inscription.  Nearby is grave of Seaberry Osborne (circa, 1815-66), daughter of Chief Running Bear. She married Solomon Osborne in Cherokee, N.C. and in 1838 fled to escape “Trail of Tears.” The Native American pioneers found sanctuary in the mountains and land in Nicholas and Clay counties. Prior to her death, she instructed Solomon to bury her along Twenty Mile Creek and keep the grave site secret forever.
Erected 2003 by Descendants of Seaberry & Solomon Osborne and West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. 38° 14.319′ N, 81° 11.429′ W. Marker is near Belva, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Dixie Highway (West Virginia Route 16) just north of Twenty Mile Creek Road (Route 16/3), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belva WV 26656, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clay County / Nicholas County (approx. 3 miles away); Gauley Bridge War Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Battles For The Bridges (approx. 5.3 miles away); Gauley Bridge (approx. 5.3 miles away); Camp Reynolds (approx. 6.3 miles away); Christopher Q. Tompkins / Gauley Mount (approx. 7.1 miles away); Montgomery (approx. 8 miles away); Christopher H. Payne (approx. 8.1 miles away).
More about this marker. Some lists place this marker in Nicholas County.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .  RE: Osborne Indian Blood. Excerpt:
Solomon’s first wife, Seaberry Arms was the daughter of Chief Running Bear Arms, a full blooded Cherokee. After their marriage, they lived in the mountains of North Carolina where it borders Tennessee, along the Ocunaloftee River, until the year 1837. In the beginning of a very dark and trying time for the Cherokee people, the government intended to move all Eastern Indian bands to reservations in the West.

Solomon Osborne avoided this march by moving his family north before removal.They traveled over three states and remained fugitives on the run.They suffered many hardships and disappointments as they traveled on their own trail of tears.They settled for a short while
Seaberry Arms Osborne Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
2. Seaberry Arms Osborne Marker
in Tazewell Co.,VA where Solomon built a cabin on Thompson Mountain which is on the south side of Clinch Mountain near Broadford, VA. This is the same area where several of Solomon’s brothers also settled after coming out of NC to VA.The cabin still stands on Thompson Mountain and has been designated a historical home of VA.Solomon gave the cabin to a brother and moved onto Wyoming County VA, now WV, where he and his family were listed in the 1850 census.

The heritage of this family is now presented in a drama titled “Solomon’s Secret” in Clay Co., WV each year. Almost all the members of the cast and crew are descendants of the Osborne family.

Ref. “How the Osbornes came to West Virginia,” by The Solomon and Seaberry Osborne Family of Clay County, West Virginia
(Submitted on August 18, 2019.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,349 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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