Singer, Actress and Doll Designer
Who is Marie Osmond?
Marie Osmond is an American singer, actress, and doll designer. One of nine children born to George Viril Osmond and Olive May Davis, she is the only daughter in the show business family known as the Osmonds. As a solo country artist, Marie Osmond reached #1 on the Billboard Country Chart in 1973 for both her debut single and album Paper Roses. In the late 1970s, Marie Osmond teamed up with her brother Donny Osmond for a musical variety show known as the Donny & Marie show. In 1998 the two would team up again to host a talk show also called Donnie & Marie.
In addition to her immediate family, Marie Osmond's family tree includes fellow singers Avril Lavigne and Shirley Temple. Family connections to other celebrities include Clint Eastwood, Dick Van Dyke, Lucille Ball, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Damon, Anthony Perkins, and Sigourney Weaver. Presidential kin include Franklin Pierce, Rutherford B. Hayes, Millard Fillmore, Benjamin Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, and a number of others.
Middle Duffryn Colliery Disaster
The Middle Duffryn Colliery was a coal mine located in Aberdare, Glamorganshire, Wales. In May 1852, an explosion within the mine killed close to 60 miners. Nine others were said to have survived the explosion only to be killed when a wooden platform on which they were trying to escape collapsed sending the men to their deaths at the bottom of the pit. One of the miners killed that day was David Jenkins, 3rd great-grandfather of Marie Osmond.
Hero of Tippecanoe
Major General Joseph Bartholomew was the 4th great-grandfather of Marie Osmond. He was a general in the Indiana Militia and served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Black Hawk War.
In 1811 he took part in the famous Battle of Tippecanoe near present day Lafayette, Indiana. The battle was between the Indiana Militia under the command of Governor William Henry Harrison, and Native American warriors under the command of the Shawnee leader Tecumseh.
With a rank of Colonel at the time, Joseph Bartholomew was wounded early in the battle when he took a rifle ball in the arm breaking both bones. Although wounded, Col. Joseph Bartholomew remained with his command and continued to direct and encourage the troops until the close of the battle. As a reward for his services in this battle, he was promoted to the rank of Major General.
Although William Henry Harrison would become known as the Hero of Tippecanoe, Col. Joseph Bartholomew and Col. Luke Decker would be singled out by the U.S. House of Representative when a resolution was adopted thanking the two for their “distinguished valor, heroism, and bravery displayed by them” in the battle. The county of Bartholomew in Indiana would be named after Joseph Bartholomew.
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