The Usborne Family
Descendants of Thomas Usborne of Goudhurst 
in Kent, England who died in 1548


February 2004 home page:
Usbornes in ART.
April 2004 home page:
Their country houses
May/June 2004 home page:
Early photographs
Cousins in U.S.A
On this site you will find 700 unique pages, 
one for each known related Usborne 
(and some who are not)

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WW2 Russian agent in the family.

Imprisoned for manslaughter in 1838.

Committed suicide in 1856 in Maidstone jail.

Tragic family. baby exhumed (b.1837).

Won a Nobel Peace Prize (2007).

The diaries of a gentleman of leisure;1843-1867

Letter from Ian Fleming to Richard Usborne sold for $13,000

How a poor sailor was killed in a storm on Henry's transatlantic liner (1859).

Wrote passionate love poems to a married woman (1906).

Died on the Titanic in 1912

Had a bastard son by the “illiterate wife of a sergeant” stationed in Quebec in 1803

Fell out of the sky watched by members of the war cabinet in 1916.

Was a pioneer of the game of Bridge in 1895.

Made a fortune exporting corn from Ireland throughout the famine years (1846)

Shot an African elephant for sport in 1956.

Left England on police advice in the wake of a murder case.

Could not sell his house because it was haunted (1847)

Accused his bishop of "continuous, unreasonable and unaccountable persecution".

Bore a child in the workhouse in 1858

Died in the workhouse circa 1860.

Designed a mosaic dome for an Art Deco masterpiece in Honolulu. (1930’s)

Was featured in Vanity Fair in 1893 as a "Spy cartoon".

Lost family and fortune through friendship with the outlawed Loomis gang (1890)

The priest annulled his marriage after 52 days and told him not to be so naive next time

Spent the night up a 64,000 volt electricity pylon.

Went bankrupt for £1.5m in the crash of 1847

Was described by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as "among the great psychic researchers"

Was shot through the gut in an accident with a pistol.

Lost his job when a letter mocking the war effort was forwarded to the police.

Wrote the last published letter in latin to the Times.

Was offered a life peerage.

Fought a desperate engagement with a french frigate killing 40 enemy (1815)

Made a living as an undertaker.

Invented a “fall of shot” indicator extensively used in the First World War.

Broke an enemy code at Bletchley Park.

Was killed in naval action near Leningrad by the Bolshevics.

Shot himself in a Yorkshire churchyard.

Feared that pythons in Tanzania were the spirits of visiting ancestors.

Spent twenty years locked in a mental asylum.

Targeted by “animal rights”

Won a BAFTA award for best film by new director. (2000)

Was ejected from his living at Benendon, Kent for non-conformity. (1662)

Regularly rode her bicycle under an open umbrella. (1920)

Bought a mansion house called Thunder Hall in 1758 but never lived in it.

Was a “bitch and a snob” (1900)

Fought in the Burmese War in 1852.

Owned a ruined castle with a resident hermit in 1876.

Was a prosperous Bullion Merchant in 1835

Could not write his own name in 1617.

Changed his name from Osborne to Usborne when his father disinherited him.

Changed their names from Usborne to Osborne.

Married fiancee’s sister noticing the elegance of her ankles on Atlantic crossing

Built a good log house in Illinois, raising six children in true pioneer style (1845).

Was described in his will as “peruquemaker” in 1782.

Her domineering father picked her up by the neck, trying to make her taller.

Was a redneck who was so hungry he could eat the ASS off a rag doll (1947).

A one man band creating noisy soundscapes reflecting the modern condition.

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