Family Card - Person Sheet
Family Card - Person Sheet

NameJames HOSMER 222
Bapt Date8 Dec 1605
Bapt PlaceHawkhurst, Kent, England
Death Date7 Feb 1685[/6?]
Death PlaceConcord, Massachusetts
Freeman Date17 May 1637
Immigr Date9 Apr 1635
Immigr Place“Elizabeth”
Occupationclothier (when in England)
FlagsImmigrant
FatherStephen HOSMER (bp. 1570-1632)
MotherDorothy SELDEN (~1582-1640)
Misc. Notes
The sketch of James Hosmer’s life by Anderson222 is now the most authoritative and it supersedes all previous accounts, providing additional details of Hosmer’s estate. “Savage gives this immigrant a son John born in 1639 [Savage 2: 466], but this conflicts with the known baptism of daughter Mary, and there is no other evidence that James Hosmer had a son of this name [Hosmer Gen 13-14].”890

Hotten891 records the passage of James Hosmer and family in the “Elizabeth” from London under William Stagg.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem “Hamatreya” (1846) begins with a recitation of James Hosmer’s name among the names of the other founders of Concord:

Bulkeley, Hunt, Willard, Hosmer, Meriam, Flint,
Possessed the land which rendered to their toil
Hay, corn, roots, hemp, flax, apples, wool and wood.
Each of these landlords walked amidst his farm,
Saying “’T is mine, my children’s and my name’s.
How sweet the west wind sounds in my own trees!
How graceful climb those shadows on my hill!
I fancy these pure waters and the flags
Know me, as does my dog: we sympathize;
And I affirm, my actions smack of the soil.”
Where are these men? Asleep beneath their ground:
And strangers, fond as they, their furrows plough.
Earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys
Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs;
Who steer the plough, but cannot steer their feet
Clear of the grave.
Spouses
Birth PlaceEngland
Immigr Date9 Apr 1635
Immigr Place“Elizabeth”
Misc. Notes
According to Anderson,892 “she probably died aboard ship or soon after arrival in New England, as she is seen in no further records.”
Marr Dateby about 1633222
ChildrenMary (~1633-)
 Ann (~1635-)
Burial Date11 May 1641
Burial PlaceConcord, Massachusetts
Marr Dateby about 1637222
ChildrenJames (~1637-)
 Mary (1640-1642)
Death Date3 Mar 1664/5
Death PlaceConcord, Massachusetts
Marr Dateby 1642
ChildrenStephen (1642-)
 Hannah (1644-)
 Mary (1646-1719)
Last Modified 21 Apr 2013Created 1 Dec 2017 using Reunion for Macintosh
New England genealogy files of Robert J. O’Hara, automatically output by Reunion for Macintosh. For additional genealogical data in other formats, including specialized lists of immigrant ancestors and notable kin, please visit my main genealogy page: http://rjohara.net/gen/ For information about many of the localities mentioned here please visit NewEnglandTowns.org: http://newenglandtowns.org