Lloyd Osbourne
American diplomat
Lloyd Osbourne
Samuel Lloyd Osbourne was an American author and the stepson of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson with whom he would co-author three books and provide input and ideas on others.
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  • 1947
    Age 78
    Yvonne and Samuel arrived in New York on May 22, 1947, the same day that he died in California.
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  • 1941
    Age 72
    In 1941, Osbourne returned alone to the U.S. when America entered the war.
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  • 1936
    Age 67
    Osbourne spent the period of 1936 in the South of France with Yvonne Payerne, forty years his junior, by whom he had another son Samuel (born in Nice, 1936 and died in Los Angeles in 2006) when he was 68 years old.
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  • 1896
    Age 27
    On April 9, 1896, Osbourne married Katherine Durham in Honolulu and was divorced in 1914. Their children were Alan (b. 1897) and Louis (b. 1900). In 1916 they remarried on condition that there should be no more children, and later divorced again.
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  • 1894
    Age 25
    In 1894 Osbourne was appointed vice consul to represent the United States in Samoa.
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  • 1890
    Age 21
    in 1890 Lloyd Osbourne, his mother and Stevenson sailed from Sydney, Australia, into the central Pacific on the steam ship the Janet Nicoll.
    More Details Hide Details Lloyd Osbourne and Stevenson used a plate camera to photograph Pacific Islanders and passengers and crew of the Janet Nicoll. A passenger on the Janet Nicoll was Jack Buckland, whom Lloyd Osbourne and Stevenson used as a character in The Wrecker (1892). In 1890 the family settled in Samoa, where Stevenson died four years later on December 3.
  • 1888
    Age 19
    In June 1888, Stevenson chartered a yacht and set sail with his new family from San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean, visiting important island groups.
    More Details Hide Details They stopped for an extended stay in the Hawaiian Islands where Stevenson became good friends with King Kalākaua.
  • 1880
    Age 11
    He became deeply attached to her and in 1880 they were married when Lloyd was just 12 years old.
    More Details Hide Details As a boy, Lloyd and his stepfather painted a map of an imaginary island, and this was the inspiration for Stevenson's classic Treasure Island. Although he would study engineering at the University of Edinburgh Osbourne desired to become a writer, an idea that was encouraged by his stepfather.
  • 1868
    There was a rumour that Sam had been killed by a grizzly bear, but he returned to the family safe in 1868.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter Lloyd was born. Samuel continued philandering and Fanny returned to Indianapolis. The couple were reconciled again in 1869, and lived in Oakland where a second son, Hervey, was born. Fanny took up painting and gardening. However, her husband's behaviour did not improve, and Fanny finally left him in 1875 and moved with her three children to Europe. They lived in Antwerp for three months, and then in order to allow Fanny to study art, moved to Paris where Fanny and Isobel both enrolled in the Académie Julian. Hervey was sick with scrofulous tuberculosis, died on 5 April 1876, and was buried in a temporary grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery. While in Paris, Lloyd's mother met and befriended the author, Robert Louis Stevenson.
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