My Family Trees for Rapley and Osborne

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****Help Needed Please See Rapley Below****

Osborne Family Tree
This tree goes back to Thomas Osborne 1705.
I have discovered an issue regarding the spelling of the name. The family had three different spellings even two sisters spelt their name differently; Osborne or Osbourne. The third spelling I found on a birth certificate was Osborn. I have continued the tree with the most common version.

Rapley Family Tree
This tree goes back to Edward Rapley 1595.

HELP NEEDED PLEASE:- There is a Rapley DNA project on where there seems to be no family connection between the project members. We need more Male Rapley's from a different branches of the tree to join the project.

Please click on the link below to view the Rapley DNA project.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Thanks Clive

The Tragic Link between the Rapleys and Osbornes

My Grandfather Herbert Rapley met my Grandmother Minnie Osborne while he was working as a chauffeur. Her family owned a Public House (Pub) in Fairwarp Sussex called the Foresters Arms. They married and Herbert took over the Pub in Fairwarp from his in-laws.

They had two children, my father and my aunt. Unfortunately shortly after my aunt was born Minnie got an infection in one of her breasts. (something that could be treated easily today with a course of antibiotics!) The infection quickly spread and she died. My Grandfather Herbert was devastated. To make matters worse the Osbornes blamed him. He was left with two small children, one just a baby. His grief over the death of his wife, and the attitude of his in-laws pushed him over the edge. He was found one day at the bottom of a well which was behind the public house.

The Osborne and Rapley families lived far apart for those days and Herbert’s brother took in my father and his sister took in my aunt. My father was not happy because his Uncle was very strict and he suffered being beaten with a strap several times.

Contact with his maternal relations was sporadic at best. When one day he was allowed to visit his maternal grandparents on his own they kept him and never sent him back. They subsequently adopted him and brought him up as an Osborne. He did not see his sister again for many years as contact between the Osborne family and the Rapley family was severed. Because he was only six when they were parted he was not aware he had a sister until he was in his mid teens.

The bridge between the Osbornes and the Rapleys was never mended. As children my sister, brother and me had nothing to do with the Rapley side of the family. Due to my Fathers Grandparents dying before we were born and most of his aunts and uncles dying young we had nothing to do with the Osbornes either.

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Minnie Osborne
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Herbert Rapley
Due to this tragedy it has made tracing the family more difficult than it would normally have been. If you happen to recognise any of the names on the Family trees I would be very grateful if you would contact me with any information you may have. Conversely if the trees help you out with your research I would be happy to email you a copy (they are in .GED format), or if you need more information then please contact me.

It is interesting and sad what you find out when researching your family tree. I found my Grandfathers grave only a few years ago. He is buried alone in a churchyard in Cobham. She is with her family in Fairwarp. The pretty girl sitting in the centre of the photograph below, Ansley, was dead shortly after it was taken, The baby on Alice Osborne’s knee in the family photograph, I found a small untended grave under a bush in a cold deserted village graveyard. For Alice and William to out live so many of their children is hard for many of us to imagine now days (check the Osborne tree). Working on a family tree brings you closer to your ancestors and for me makes them real people rather than just distant and half remembered names.
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Osborne Girls Around 1910
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Osborne Family Mid-Late 1890s