Re: William and Elizabeth, NC-TN
I think that your William and Elizabeth Osment are the same couple who are mentioned in this McMinn Co., TN record:
17 Feb 1849 - William Davis and wife Polly formerly Hellems, William Osment and wife Elizabeth formerly Hellems, Thomas Hellems, Madison Carney and wife Martha Jane formerly Hellems, of Bradley Co., to Eli Hellems; their part as heirs of John Hellems, dec’d. Deed Bk K, page. 80. [Source: McMinn County, Tennessee Deeds and Other Data 1820-1880by Reba Bayless Boyer]
I could not find William and Elizabeth Osment in McMinn Co. or Polk Co. in 1850, so I believe that they are the same William and Elizabeth Osment who turn up in Bradley Co., TN in 1850. Right now, I think John Hellems (Helms) is the father of these heirs. I descend from William and Polly Davis.
Have you made any progress?