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James Hosmer

Birthplace: Hawkhurst, Kent, England
Death: Died in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Stephen Hosmer; Stephen Hosmer; Stephen Hosmer; Dorothy Hosmer; Dorothy [Hosmer] and 1 other
Husband of Ann Hosmer; Mary Hosmer and Alice Ellen Hosmer
Father of Marie Hosmer; Ann Hosmer; James Hosmer; Mary Hosmer; Mary Hosmer and 3 others
Brother of Thomas Hosmer; Stephen Hosmer; William Hosmer; Mary Hosmer; Anne Hosmer and 1 other

Occupation: Clothier In Hawkhurst, Kent, England, England{geni:about_me} Emigrated to the British colony of Massachusetts in April, 1635, CLOTHIER
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Immediate Family

About James Hosmer


ORIGIN: Hawkhurst, Kent.

MIGRATION: 1635 on the Elizabeth (on 9 April 1635, "James Hosmer," clothier, aged 28, with "wife & 2 children," "Ann Hosmer," aged 27, "Marie Hosmer," aged 2, and "Ann Hossmer," aged 3 months, and "maidservants Marie Donnard," aged 24, and "Marie Martin," aged 19, with a certificate of conformity "from the minister of Hauckust in Kent," were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the Elizabeth [Hotten 53-54]).


REMOVES: Concord 1637.

OCCUPATION: Clothier (in England) [Hotten 54].

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Concord church prior to 17 May 1637 implied by freemanship.

FREEMAN: 17 May 1637 (as "James Osmer") [MBCR 1:373].

ESTATE: On 4 January 1635/6, "it is further ordered that James Hosmer shall have 2 acres there [by the Pine Swamp] provided he buy a house in the town or else to return again to the town" [CaTR 15]. By 1639 "James Hosmer" had sold this parcel to Edward Winship [CaBOP 56].

On 1 March 1683[/4?], James Hosmer of Concord, in return for maintenance, deeded to "my only son Stephen Hosmer the housing and land & moveable estate that I am possessed of ... lying & being in the town of Concord, to him and his heirs [at my] decease forever; and I give as legacy out of my said estate to my daughter Mary Smith and her children the sum of eight pounds in two years after my decease country pay; also I give to my three grandchildren my son James deceased's children, to say, Sarah, Mary & Thomas Hosmer the sum of twenty shillings apiece ...; also I give to my daughter Hannah Heward deceased her four children the sum of twenty shillings apiece," the transfer of estate to take place "at my decease"; acknowledged by the witnesses on 19 November 1686 [MPR 10:23].

BIRTH: Baptized Hawkhurst, Kent, 8 December 1605, son of Stephen Hosmer and his wife Dorothy Selden [Hosmer Gen 6-9].

DEATH: Concord 7 February 1685[/6?] [CoVR 28].

MARRIAGE: (1) By about 1633 Ann _____. She sailed for New England with her husband and two daughters in 1635 [Hotten 54], but she probably died aboard ship or soon after arrival in New England, as she is seen in no further records.

(2) By about 1637 Mary _____. She was buried at Concord on 11 May 1641 [NEHGR 4:272; CoVR 2].

(3) By 1642 Alice _____. She died at Concord on 3 March 1664/5 [CoVR 11]. (In this record, the decedent's name is given as "Elinne," almost certainly a misreading of "Alice" in the original [CoVR 11; Hosmer Gen 16]).


With first wife

i MARY HOSMER, b. about 1633 (aged 2 on 9 April 1635 [Hotten 54]); sailed for New England in 1635, but apparently died soon thereafter, as no further record of her has been found.

ii ANN HOSMER, b. about 1635 (aged 3 months on 9 April 1635 [Hotten 54]); sailed for New England in 1635, but apparently died soon thereafter, as no further record of her has been found.

With second wife

iii JAMES HOSMER, b. say 1637; m. Concord 13 October 1658 Sarah White [CoVR 8].

iv MARY HOSMER, b. Concord 10 January 1639[/40?] [NEHGR 4:272; CoVR 2], and d. there 18 August 1642 [NEHGR 4:272].

With third wife

v STEPHEN HOSMER, b. Concord 27 November 1642 [NEHGR 4:272; CoVR 2]; m. Concord 24 May 1667 Abigail Wood [CoVR 13].

vi HANNAH HOSMER, b. Concord 16 August 1644 [CoVR 4]; m. Concord 26 October 1665 Joseph Hayward [CoVR 12].

vii MARY HOSMER, b. Concord 14 April 16[46] [CoVR 5]; m. Concord 19 January 1663[/4] Thomas Smith [CoVR 11].

ASSOCIATIONS: James Hosmer was brother of THOMAS HOSMER {1633, Cambridge} [GMB 2:1002-5]. Through their mother, Dorothy (Selden) Hosmer, these two brothers were uncles of THOMAS SELDEN {1639, Hartford} [Hosmer Gen 9].

COMMENTS: The record of freemanship for James Hosmer occurs in a part of the list for that date which is not structured, and we gain no information from this record with regard to the church into which he was admitted. Since no record of James Hosmer is found in Cambridge after 1636, we assume that he had moved to Concord by 1637, and that he was admitted to Concord church. There is some uncertainty, however, in this conclusion.

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].

In the early vital records of Concord as submitted to the county in 1644 is the following record, in its proper alphabetic place: "Stephen the son of James Posmore was born the 13 (9) 1642 [13 November 1642]" [NEHGR 4:273; CoVR 2]. No other record for this surname is found in early New England, and this is undoubtedly a duplication of the birth record for Stephen Hosmer, incorrect in both the spelling of the surname and the day of the birth, and typical of the many errors found in this county copy of the early Middlesex and Suffolk vital records.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1928 George Leonard Hosmer published a comprehensive and careful account of this immigrant and his descendants [Hosmer Genealogy: Descendants of James Hosmer Who Emigrated to America in 1635 and Settled in Concord, Mass.].

Name: James Hosmer

Sex: M

Birth: ABT. 1607 in Hawkhurst, Kent, England 1

Death: 1685 in Concord, Middlesex, MA 2

Death: 7 FEB 1684/85 in Concord, Middlesex, MA 3

Emigration: 1635 Aboard the Elizabeth from London to Boston 4

Occupation: Clothier 3


From: Guide to the Early Settlers of America, Surnames, G-H, Page 268:

HOSMER:--James Hosmer, Concord, came in the Elizabeth from London 1635, aged 28; with wife Ann, 27; daughters, Mary, 2, and Ann, 3 mos.; and 2 maid servants. He was of Hawkhurst Co., Kent; had here James, born 1637; John 1639; another daughter Mary 1641, died 1642, and the wife called Mary had died 1641. Soon he had another wife in records called Alice, by whom were born Stephen, 1642; Hannah 1644; and Mary 1646; and 3rd wife Mary; though in another place this wife is named Ellen. She died 1665. H was freman 1637, and died 1685.

From Pioneers of Massachusetts, Surnames G-H, Page 241:


James, clothier, ae. 28, came in the Elizabeth April 9, 1634, with wife Ann, ae. 27, ch. Marie, ae. 2 years, and Ann, ae. 3 mos., and servants Marie Dounard, ae. 24, and Marie Martin, ae. 19. Settled at Cambridge; sold land before 1638; rem. to Concord. Frm. May 17, 1637. Wife Mary bur. 11 (3) 1641; second wife Alice; ch. Mary b. 1639, d. 1642, Stephen b. 27 (9) 1642, Hannah, b. 16 (6) 1644, Mary b. 14 (2) 16--. James, Jr., was slain in the engagement with the Indians at Sudbury 21 (2) 1676. His wife 'Elinne' d. 3 March 1664-5. James H. Sen. d. Feb. 7, 1685.

Emigrated to the British colony of Massachusetts in April, 1635
There are sites that go back into England several generations before this James.

Came in the Elizabeth from London, 1635, aged 28, with wife Ann, 27, and daughters Mary, 2; and Ann, 3 mos. and two maid servants. He was of Hawkhurst, in county Kent.

Born in the New World were

James (our line), b. 1637

John, 1639

Mary, 10 Jan. 1641, wh. d. 18 Aug. 1642, and the w. call. Mary, had d. 11 May 1641.

2nd wife Alice, children:

Stephen, 27 Nov. 1642

Hannah, 1644

Mary, 1646

3rd wife Mary (also called Ellen?) d. 3 Mar. 1665.

He was made a freeman 17 May 1657, and d. 7 Feb. 1685.

from History and Genealogy of the Descendants of Clement Corbin ... :

James Hosmer the first, father of the above, was b. in 1607. and m. Anna . who was b. in 1608. He came from London in the ship Elizabeth, in 1635. Their English home was in Hawkhurst. in Kent County. They brought with them two servants and two daughters: Mary, aged 2 years, and Ann, 3 months. He was one of the founders of Concord, and had b. there: James. 1637: John, 1639; and others. He was a freeman, May 17. 1637, and d. Feb. 7, 1685. He was a man of influence. Anna, his wife. d. May 11, 1641.

James Hosmer was a clothier in England, prior to moving to the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

James Hosmer arrived in the "Elizabeth" sailing 9 Apr 1635, age 28, with his wife Ann Hosmer age 27, and children Marie, 2 years, and Ann, 3 months. Also maid-servants, Marie Dounard, 24, and Marie Martin, 19.

James Homer (1) son of Stephen and Dorothy (Selden) Hosmer, was baptized in Hawkhurst, Kent, England, Dec. 6, 1605. He sailed from London, Apr. 9, 1635, with his wife Ann (2), two daughters, Marie (3) and Ann (4), and two maidservants. He landed at Cambridge (Newtowne), Mass. His wife and two children probably died the first winter. Soon after he went to Concord, Mass., took up land, and remained in Concord the rest of his life. The next two children, James (6) and Mary (7) were children of James and his wife Mary (5). Mary, the wife, was buried 11° (3‘’) 1641. The.other three children, Stephen (9), Hannah (10), and Mary (11) are recorded as children of James and Alice (8). Alice died Mar. 3, 1664/5. James (1) died in Concord, Feb. 7, 1685.

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James Hosmer's Timeline

February 12, 1576
Ticehurst, Sussex, England
December 6, 1605
Hawkhurst, Kent, England
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