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Hosmer, William S.

WILLIAM S. HOSMER, farmer, P.O. Meadville, was born December 12, 1816, in Avon, Livingston Co., N.Y., and is a son of William T. and Amanda (Pierson) Hosmer, who were descendants, of Thomas Hosmer and Abraham Pierson, both natives of England, who immigrated to America in 1635 and 1639 respectively. They were pioneers in Massachusetts and figured largely among the early settlers of New England. They belonged to that noble race that fought their country’s battles in the Revolution and in the War of 1812. Our subject’s grandfather, Timothy Hosmer, has left as a trophy, a finely carved sword of cut steel with silver hilt, which he wore in the war of the Revolution, and also a curiously wrought chair. Timothy was a pioneer of Avon, New York State. His son William T. has left this record of him:
"I shall only refer back to the part he took in the Revolution. He entered the service as surgeon to Meigs’ regiment in the Connecticut line, and continued in the service, I believe, until the close of the Revolution. After peace, he continued the practice of physic in Farmington, Conn., until he took up his residence in Avon, March, 1793. My father with four others purchased the township of Avon for two shillings and eight pence per acre. He removed from Farmington in February, 1793, and arrived at Avon in the fore part of March following, and Genesee River was then the western boundary of civilization in America in this latitude, if we except the settlements made by the French among the Indians. At the organization of the county of Ontario, my father was appointed one of the Judges, and as the office of first Judge became vacant he was appointed chief, or first Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and continued in office until that age of his life by which he was constitutionally disqualified." In the year 1800, at the age of twenty- one, our subject’s father traversed on foot the country lying between the Genesee and Niagara Rivers in pursuit of fur, and in 1806 engaged in carrying the mail from Canandaigua to Buffalo and Lewiston on Niagara River. At that time the back of a horse was all that was required to carry the mail over the route that now needs railroads to carry it. After the prime of his life spent in such pursuits as keeping public house, farming, mercantile business, running stages, and carrying mail, he settled in the township of Vernon, this county in the spring of 1837, and there he remained till he died. His family consisted of two sons: John P. and William S., a former rector of the Episcopal Church of Meadville, died March 1, 1842, leaving one son— Burr G. William T. Hosmer died in 1869, his widow following in 1872. Our subject resides on the old homestead, three and a half miles west of Meadville, in the pleasant valley of the Cussewago. It is well cultivated and furnished with modern improvements. Mr. Hosmer married, on December 28, 1841, Jane, daughter of Thomas Bemus, of Chautauqua, N.Y. This union has been blessed with five children, of whom four survive: Eliza B., John P., Amanda (Mrs. P. Kreuzpointner), Martha B. (Mrs. Sanderson) and Sarah A. (Mrs. Frank J. Young, who died leaving one child— Sarah H.) Our subject is now living in the enjoyment of the fruits of his life labors, and is one of the leading citizens of his township. He has always been interested in education, having in early life acted as teacher and School Director. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church; also of the Grange.


 

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