|About OSMANs and Others
Osman is a name of differing origins; an English origin surname, and an Arabic origin given
I started researching my family in July 1990. It has been an exciting journey. I wish to thank
everyone who has helped. Without you this wouldn't be possible. My first mentor was my father's
first cousin, Norman Conrad MILLER, Jr., (1931-1999), son of Norman Conrad MILLER, Sr., and
Laura OSMAN. This website is dedicated to his memory.
Israel OSMAN, son of John OSMAN and Susanna ENGEL/ENGLE, is my 2nd great-grandfather. I used
as a starting point and am in the process of adding as many connections and interconnections as
possible. Anything that I'm uncertain about will be mentioned under the 'notes' section of the
Israel's wife, Sarah REITZ, is the daughter of Gottfried/Godfrey REITZ and Catherine THOMAS.
is a lot of information on-line about the REITZes. Sarah's great-grandfather, Michael REITZ,
Michael's father, Johan George REITZ (from Germany), are American Patriots established by DAR
(National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution).
Having this site is a dream come true. I'm very happy to have this opportunity to share my
research. Sometimes I make errors that need correcting. Due to this and additions, I suggest
visit often. The information can change daily. I'll be transcribing obituaries, notes, and
obtaining headstone photos to and from Find A Grave.com, etc., as they are received and as time
Let me know of any additions, corrections, misspellings, etc. Your friendly criticism is
and will be appreciated. Please send me photos and obituaries. I will use your name as a source
and/or contributor to anything you are willing to share. Unless noted, the research is mine.
are others that have taken my notes and copied them word for word without using me as the
That also goes for original copies of photos that are in my possession. Please have the
state where you got them.
For those of you who remember the cowboy movie star, Tom Mix, he is included here under the
Thomas Hezekiah Mix (1880-1940).
Please sign my guest book. Thank you for visiting!
Beverly OSMAN MORRIS
430 Edgewood Drive
Rio Vista, CA 94571-9790
23 Apr 2005
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THE STORY TELLERS... (Unknown Author)
We are the chosen. My feelings are that in each family there is one who seems called
to find the ancestors; to put flesh on their bones and make them live again; to tell
the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing
genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead, breathing life into all who
have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as
it were, by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us... Tell our story. So we do. In finding
them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now? I have lost
count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family? You
would be proud of us. How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow
there was love there for me? I cannot say.
I go beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I
do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference
and saying I can't let this happen.
The bones here are bones of my bones and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing
something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.
How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and
losses, their never giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a
deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us that we might be born
who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing
each fact of their existence because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe
called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next
generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family story
That is why I do my family genealogy and that is what calls those young and old to
step up and put flesh on their bones.