In regards to this fellow and his "mother" I have always wondered that since he was born ca. 1790/92/94 in the now Grayson Co., VA area and his supposed "father" was a Wm. Osborn(e) who died before his mother's marriage to the Wm. Trent of VA/TN in 1796; James would have been appox. "what?"; roughly, 14 to 20 yrs. old when his family moved from Grayson Co., VA to what is now Hawkins/Hancock Co.'s in TN. AS old family stories say that they moved some time between the yrs. of 1808 & 1810..... SO James would have been "certainly" old enough to have known either the family of his Osborn(e) father and/or the family of his Burton mother, maybe both, SO WHY can't they be found in the records???
He certainly would have been 18 to 22 yrs. old when he fought in the War of 1812 as a James BURTON, so DID he know the BURTON family and thus knew that his mother was a maiden surname BURTON and that was why he chose to enlist as a BURTON and NOT AS either an Osborn(e) or a Trent???
Tho after the WAR, at some point in time James did change his surname to TRENT, also a WHY????