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CAPTAIN ENOCH OSBORNE SR. AND HIS THREE BROTHERS, SOLOMON, EPHRAIM, AND JONATHAN CAME TO GRAYSON COUNTY, SETTLING ON THE NEW RIVER, IN WHAT IS NOW GRAYSON COUNTY, VA., BETWEEN COX'S CHAPEL AND BRIDLE CREEK, INDICATIONS ARE THAT THEY MOVED WITH THE COX FAMILY WHO WERE NEIGHBORS ALONG THE YADKIN RIVER IN ROWAN COUNTY, NC.  FOR MANY YEARS, THIS AREA NEAR COX CHAPEL AND BRIDLE CREEK WAS KNOW AS "OSBORNE SETTLEMENT".  A FORT WAS BUILT ON THE FARM NEAR WHAT LATER BECAME THE ANCELLA POST OFFICE.  INDIAN ATTACKS WERE COMMON IN THE EARLY SETTLEMENTS IN THOSE DAYS, AND PREPARATIONS FOR DEFENSE WAS NECESSARY. 

ENOCH OSBORNE AND HIS WIFE, THE FORMER JANE HASH, WERE PROFESSORS OF RELIGION AND AIDED IN PLANTING THE STANDARD OF CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION OVER A LAND RECENTLY INHABITED BY NATIVE AMERICANS.   AN INCIDENT OCCURRED WITH THE OSBORNE BROTHERS BEFORE THEY MOVED THEIR FAMILIES TO THE AREA.  ENOCH AND HIS BROTHERS SOLOMON AND EPHRAIM (THE EPHRAIM IN THIS STORY MAY HAVE BEEN ENOCH AND SOLOMON'S FATHER, NOT BROTHER.) WENT INTO PRESENT DAY WATAUGA COUNTY, NC, ON A HUNTING TRIP.  (DEER WERE PLENTIFUL IN THIS AREA.)  THEY WERE ALL SOAKED BY AN UNEXPECTED RAIN, AND HUNG THEIR WET CLOTHES BY THE CAMP FIRE, LAYING DOWN TO SLEEP.  INDIANS SURPRISED THEM, SHOOTING AND KILLING SOLOMON.  AN INDIAN CHASED ENOCH SOME DISTANCE IN THE DARK BEFORE ENOCH ELUDED HIM.  EPHRAIM, AFTER FLEEING CAMP, FOLLOWED THE INDIANS THE NEXT DAY AND  CAREFULLY CREPT INTO THEIR CAMP THE NEXT EVENING, FREEING HIS MARE THAT WAS HITCHED WITH A HICKORY BARK HALTER TO A TREE, AND RODE HOME.  ENOCH RETURNED HOME WITHOUT HIS SHOES, AND STILL IN HIS NIGHT CLOTHES.  ENOCH AND EPHRAIM LATER RETURNED AND RECOVERED THE BODY OF THEIR BROTHER, SOLOMON. 

IT IS SAID THAT ENOCH AND JANE'S HOME WAS A RESTING PLACE FOR WEARY TRAVELING PREACHERS.  BISHOP FRANCIS ASBURY (FATHER OF THE MEDTHODIST CHURCH  IN EARLY AMERICA) STAYED WITH THEM, RESTED AND TOOK REFRESHMENTS AS HE MADE HIS MINISTERIAL TOUR THROUGH THE NEWLY SETTLED COUNTRY, PREACHING THE GOSPEL. (I HAVE RESEARCHED BISHOP ASBURY'S DIARIES AS REPRINTED IN THE NORTH CAROLINA ROOM OF THE HAYWOOD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY.  HE, IN FACT, DOES RECALL FONDLY STAYING WITH ENOCH AND JANE, CALLING THEM A PIOUS COUPLE.  ENOCH AND JANE DID MUCH TO FOSTER THE BEGINNINGS OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN GRAYSON COUNTY.)

IN "A HISTORY OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHWESTERN NORTH CAROLINA", BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES ARE GIVEN OF SOME OF GRAYSON COUNTY'S PROMINENT CITIZENS.  JOSHUA COX MARRIED RUTH OSBORN, AND SETTLED ON BRIDLE CREEK. JOSHUA WAS A GOOD CITIZEN AND DID MUCH TOWARD ADVANCING THE BEST INTERESTS OF HIS NEIGHBORHOOD.  THEY RAISED 4 SONS AND 3 DAUGHTERS.  THEIR DAUGHTER, HANNAH, MARRIED SOLOMON OSBORNE, GRANDSON OF ENOCH OSBORNE, SR.  THEIR SON, ENOCH COX OSBORNE, WAS MY GREATGRANDFATHER, WHO SERVED IN THE CIVIL WAR.  HE MARRIED VANDALIA HASH (DILLIE), DAUGHTER OF ZEBIDEE HASH.  DILLIE'S MOTHER DIED WHEN SHE WAS VERY YOUNG, AND ZEBIDEE REMARRIED. ENOCH COX OSBORNE AND DILLIE'S SON HARDEN (NAMED AFTER HANNAH COX'S BROTHER HARDEN) WAS MY GRANDFATHER.  HE MARRIED ADDIE LEE GRIFFIN (DOLLIE).  HARDEN MOVED HIS FAMILY FROM GRAYSON COUNTY VA., TO HIGH POINT, NC, ABOUT 1925.

MY FATHER, FIELDS PUGH, SOON FOLLOWED HIS SWEETHEART, DELTA OSBORNE, DAUGHTER OF HARDEN AND DOLLIE, TO HIGH POINT.  THEY WERE MARRIED IN 1927.  MY FATHER LATER PURCHASED THE PUGH FARM IN GRAYSON COUNTY.  HE SOLD IT TO HIS BROTHER WALKER, EVENTUALLY.  HE KEPT A CABIN THAT WAS UP THE BRANCH FROM THE MAIN HOUSE.  I HAVE EXTREMELY FOND MEMORIES OF THAT CABIN, AND THE GOOD TIMES I HAD THERE WHEN I WAS A BOY.  ALMA HALSEY, A NEIGHBOR LIVING CLOSE TO THE PUGH FARM ON FOX CREEK, WROTE A GOSSIP COLUMN FOR THE INDEPENDENCE NEWSPAPER. WHEN MY MOTHER AND FATHER WOULD STAY IN THE CABIN, SHE WOULD WRITE "THE PUGH'S SPENT THE WEEKEND IN THEIR MOUNTAIN RETREAT, BROOKSIDE."  ALMA GAVE THE CABIN THAT NAME FOR HER COLUMN.  WE ALL GOT A GOOD LAUGH FROM ALMA'S COLUMN.  DADDY LATER SOLD THE CABIN TO HIS BROTHER WALKER.  WALKER, IN TURN SOLD IT TO MY UNCLE DALTON ORR, WHO MARRIED MY MOTHER'S SISTER, EFFIE.  THE CABIN BURNED TO THE GROUND IN THE 1970'S.  AUNT NEECIE, UNCLE WALKER'S WIFE, STILL LIVES ON THE FARM, ALONG WITH HER YOUNGEST SON, SAM. (NAMED AFTER WALKER AND FIELDS' BROTHER SAM)

GRAYSON COUNTY IS RICH WITH THE HISTORY OF OUR FAMILY.  ONE CANNOT MENTION THE ORIGINAL SETTLERS OF GRAYSON COUNTY WITH MENTIONING SOME OF OUR ANCESTORS.  WE ARE RELATED TO MANY THROUGH SEVERAL DIFFERENT LINES. I HAVE SO MANY GOOD MEMORIES OF HUNTING AND FISHING WITH MY FATHER, UNCLES, AND COUSINS WHEN I WAS YOUNG.  TO SAY THAT I LOVE GRAYSON COUNTY WOULD BE A GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT.  IF I HAD TO LIVE MY LIFE OVER, THAT IS WHERE I WOULD BE.  I HOPE YOU WILL ALL DISCOVER THE AREA, AND LEARN TO LOVE IT AS I DO.

Danny Pugh