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  • Abigail Hosmer (1642 - 1717)
    Stephen Hosmer married Abigail Wood at Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony on 24 May 1667. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, 1909. Page 1608.** Reference: Famil...
  • Agnes Hosmer (1546 - bef.1614)
    James and Agnes Hosmer lived in Ticehurst, Kent, England. For further information on the family of James Hosmer, see The Great Migration 1634-1635, by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston 2003), Vol. III,...
  • Alice Hosmer (bef.1622 - 1665)
    James Hosmer married (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...
  • Ann Hosmer (c.1608 - 1641)
    James Hosmer 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 Eng...
  • Ann Hosmer (1635 - 1635)
    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.

About the Hosmer surname

The exact origin of the Hosmer/Osmer name is lost in history. It is, however, an extremely old name. There are two schools of thought regarding the name's first appearance on the Continent. Accourding to one source, the name originated in Northern Germany around the year 547 A.D., in the political division, the Duchy of Sleswick. This land was the home of the Angles. In 547 A.D,. the Anglian chiedtain Ida led his countrymen in an invasion of England. These fierce Teutonic warriors crossed the North Sea in forty small vessels and landed in a region between the Tweed and the Frith of Forth (the east coast of Northern England and Southern Scotland). Accompanying Ida on this historic enterprise, were his twelve sons. One of these sons was named Osmer. It is interesting to note that Ida, later appointed king by his fellow chieftains, claimed an ancestral link to the legendary Anglo-Saxton chieftain, Woden (3rd century A.D.).

A second source advanced the theory that the name originated in Bavaria. According to this authority, the name appeared in Bavaria as, Ujsmer. It is said that those who bore the patronym were members of a now extinct branch of Bavarian nobility. Before the name died out in Bavaria, some individuals of the Usmer clan emigrated to England, where the Bavarian family name evolved to the English surname, Hosmer. Identity of the individuals, the location of their first settlement and the exact date of this emigration are lost in the mists of time.

Both theories point to a Germanic origin. Tis is possible that both theories are correct and that they point to a dual penetration of the name into England, separated by both time and location.

Official records of the period clearly show that the Osmaer name (along with its various equvalents) existed in Devonshire and Dorsetshire, England as early as the 11th century. According to one source, America's Hosmers are directly descended from "an ancient Dorsetshire family". There is no documentation for this assertion, but it sound quire plausible, given the historical occurrences of the name. Genealogically speaking, our knowledge of the Hosmer family goes back only as far as the middle 1500s. These early Hosmer ancestors lived in Eastern Sussex, England. How long the family had lived in Sussex is unknown, but it could have been for a considerable period of time.