The line of the
Osborne family is difficult to trace during this period as very few records give
continuity of descent. Edward Osborne is a shadowy figure who appears in the
1705 Poll Book of Cuckfield (SRS. Vol.2). His father obtained a settlement order
to move from Cuckfield to Lindfield in 1666 and son Edward was born the
following year, the eldest of three children. He appears to have married Ellene
in due course and probably had three or more children.