The Ogbourne Chronicles
Historical & Genealogical Information relating to the names of
Ogbourne, Ogburn, Ogborne & Ogborn
and the earlier forms of OCHEBURNE & OKEBOURNE
In England, the USA and elswhere
|No coat of arms is registered
in Ogb**rn* name(s) with the College of Heralds, but the coat of arms shown left of Okebourne appears
in Burke's General Armory. The person for whom this coat was prepared
is not known, but the inclusion of the globe would have fitted Adam
de Okeburne who in 1320 was "one of a number of men going beyond the
sea, on the King's service" (Calendar of Patent Rolls 1321 - 1327)
|Some other topics in this website:
Participants in World War 1
As we approach the anniversary of the commencement of the 1st World War, we salute those Ogbournes/Ogborns/Ogburns who took part. There have been many books on this subject, but none illustrates the awfulness of the conflict better than the recently published Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 by Max Hastings (The book also explains more understandably than most how this war developed from a distant asassination in the Balkans.)
Amongst those who gave their lives we salute:
Harry Ogbourne, of Wargrave, Berkshire who died aged 26 on 20th May 1918 in Flanders from wounds suffered in an enemy air raid. Harry was a member of the 1st Life Guards.
Listing of War Medals awarded to Ogb*rn* British Army Personnel in WW1 1914-18
Early Settlers in America
Information which has recently become available of a court case in London On 20th April 1684 where Samuel Ogbourne weaver was convicted in London for being involved in unlawful religious worship, lead us to suggest that the Samual Ogbourne who settled in New Jersey later that year was one and the same man. We also consider it likely that Samual was the son born on March 12 1633 to Samuel Ogborne and Dorothie Pope at Hillingdon, Middlesex.
For more information on this case | More information of Samual and his descendants in the USA
|In early records In England:|
John Ogbourne, clerk, was a burgess of Wilton, Wiltshire from 1461 to his death in 1474; he was prior of St. John's when he set out for Rome and was captured and held in prison overseas.
In the court of Chancery: John Ogbourne (Okebourn), Prior of St John's Wilton owed Sir Thomas Bishop priest 13s 4d but the prior is now taken prisoner by yonde see [beyond the sea - i.e. in a foreign country] in going toward Rome. And the said Richard Bishop had commenced an action of debt before the Mayor and Bailiffs of Wilton and "the said mayor being favourable unto the said Sir Thomas and judge of that court would condemn him in the said sum. [No mercy there for an Ogbourne in dire straits !]
William de Okebourn was pardoned by King Edward III on 12 October 1346, dated at Calais, of all homicides, felonies, robberies etc." (Calendar of Patent Rolls 1345-1348)
The Battle of Crecy was fought in France, 26th August 1346, and it seems likely that William took part in that battle, and earlier skirmishes in France leading up to it.
A more detailed list from the UK Public Record Office for the years 1228 to 1485 is available, which include many commands to early Ogbournes requiring them to undertake duties on behalf of the sovereign in those times.
The House of Ogburn
A thriving organisation exists in the USA of African American Ogburns, formed in 1946. A bi-annual reunion is held, the next one is due in 2012, scheduled for Labor Day Weekend
Read more on The House of Ogburn webpages
African American Ogburns
David Oggi Ogburn, grandson of Rev T Ogburn
has received further recognition of his life's work in The History Makers website
The Village of Ogbourne St. George, Wiltshire, England
A website has been established by residents of Ogbourne St George with a wealth of information on the village and area. Well worth a visit !
The Baliwick of Ogbourne
The manor of Ogbourne St. Andrew was given for the wardrobe of the monks of Bec (in Normandy) in 1107-33 by Brian FitzCount and Maud of Wallingford; a second charter of a date between 1122 and 1147 refers to the grant of both Ogbourne St. George and Ogbourne St. Andrew; and a confirmation of the grant of both manors and their churches was given by Maud in her widowhood, between 1150 and 1154.The appropriation of both churches was granted by Hubert Walter in 1189-93, when he was Bishop of Salisbury; and in 1208 Bishop Herbert Poore erected the churches of both Ogbournes with the churches of Wantage and Hungerford and the chapel of Shalbourne into a prebend of Salisbury.
Read more about this
Elizabeth Ogborne convicted to be transported to Australia
The newly available access to records of the Old Bailey Criminal Court are throwing up interesting material - see 1902 conviction of John Ogbourne to 3 years penal servitude for assaulting a police officer. Also had twenty-six convictions for being drunk and disorderly. Editors comment: "No relation of mine to the best of my knowledge ! "
For more information on this and other Ogborn*s convicted to transportation see attached page
The Somerset Ogborne/Ogbourne Ploughmen It seems that between the two World wars a family of ploughmen named Ogbourne were the most proficient in Somerset and miles around in ploughing competitions, where few could match their proficiency in achieving a straight furrow. Further details
New! Paul Newman has recorded a version of "The Somerset Ploughman" by Di Franklin. Click here to hear "The Somerset Ploughman"
Where is our surname most often found ?
A useful insight into this is provide from a study of Surname
Profiles in the UK which can be found by visiting this link. We
are grateful for the authors of this study for the map below showing
that in 1881 Ogbournes were most often found in an approximate area
between Bristol and Reading. The study also indicates that the frequency
with which the name occurs is between 2 and 3 per million - Truly a rare breed!
Similar information is available for other variations of the name such as Ogburn, Ogborne and for more recent years.
Editor: John Ogbourne
originally of Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire,
now of Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England
Site Last Updated on
Homepage commenced 15 February 1996
Counter began registering 30th March 1996