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THE NEBRASKA AND MIDWEST
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, JULY-OCTOBER,
Edited by RAYMOND E.
Nebraska Historical Library, Lincoln, Nebraska
MOSHER, NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND,
AND SOME OF HIS DESCENDANTS
MOSHER, is called "of Newport" in the
record of the purchase of a tract of land later known as Westerly,
June 29, 1660. This is the earliest known record of
him.(a) It is generally believed that he was the son of
Hugh Mosher of Falmouth, Maine, who arrived at Boston on the
"Jane", June 12, 1632, and whose estate was probated in 1666. This
older man left two sons, James and John, both of whom later
settled on Long Island. It is also claimed that Hugh Mosher of
Newport was a nephew of the older man. The Mosher family had not
lived long in England, perhaps 50 or 60 years. Most of them seem
to have lived in London, where they were silk weavers and
merchants. The only certain clew (sic) as to his relatives is when
he named Jeremiah2 Clarke (Jeremiah1) one of
the overseers in his will, October 12, 1709, calling him his
kinsman. John2 Stanton (Robert) was named the other
overseer and although he had married as his first wife, Mary
Harndell, younger half sister of Hugh Mosher's first wife, and as
his second wife Mrs. Mary Cranston, widow of John1
Cranston, and older sister of Jeremiah2 Clarke, Stanton
was not called a kinsman. Although Clarke was descended through
both his father and his mother from families well known in
England, no relationship with the Mosher family has been found.
The purchase of land at Westerly, Rhode Island, seems to have been
purely a matter of speculation as few of the men concerned
(a) This genealogy, prepared by the
editor, several years ago, has recently been revised and
(b) On June 29, 1660, William Vaughan, Robert Stanton,
John Fairfield, Hugh Moshur, James Longbottom, all of Newport, R.
I., purchased the tract of land afterwards known as Westerly from
T. Socho (or Sosoa), a Narraganset Indian, who claimed ownership.
The witnesses to this deed were Jeremy Clarke, Latham
went there to live.(b) Several of them were
relatives of Jeremiah Clarke, either by blood or by marriage, and
some of them married into that family later.
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In 1663 Hugh Mosher was called upon to testify in
court, at which time he stated that he was about thirty years of
age.(c) On May 4, 1664, he was admitted as a freeman to
the colony.(d) It was at about this time that he
married Rebecca Maxon, daughter of Richard1 Maxon,
blacksmith. Her father had been killed by the Indians, while she
and her brother John Maxon were still infants and her mother had
later married John Harndell.(e) On July 8, 1668,
calling himself "of Portsmouth", he bought a part of Thomas
Lawton's farm near Hunting Swamp, obligating himself and his heirs
to maintain a good fence on the line between himself and Thomas
Lawton.(c) On August 24, 1676, he was a member of the
court martial held at Newport for the trial of certain Indians
charged with being engaged in King Phillip's designs, at which
time he was called Ensign Hugh Mosher. Several of these Indians
were sentenced to be executed.(c) He had evidently
prospered, for in 1680 his taxes were 1 pound, 4 shillings, 1
penny. When the first Baptist Church was organized at Dartmouth,
Massachusetts, in 1684, he was ordained as its
pastor.(c) This church soon embraced people living in
Dartmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton. His wife
Henry Clark (of a different family), George Webb
and George Gardiner. - Collections of Rhode Island Historical
Society. III, pp. 242-3.
On March 22, 1660/1, Articles of Agreement had been
drawn UP between those interested in the enterprise, and among the
seventy-six signers Hugh Mosher heads the list. it was specified
that the following should each have a full share: William Vaughn,
Robert Stanton, Hugh Mosher, John Fairfield, James Longbottom,
Shubal Painter. - Ibid, III, pp. 250-2
On July 29, 1661, this land was divided into 19
shares, Hugh Mosher receiving a whole share. The cost of one share
was 5 pounds, to be paid in wheat at 6 shillings a bushel, Indian
corn at 4 shillings, etc. - Ibid, III, pp. 254-5, 257.
On Aug. 19, 1661. William Vaughan, John Coggeshall,
Hugh Moshur, Caleb Car, ---- Crandall, ----- ----- and James
Barker were made the committee of trustees. - Ibid, III, p.
On Aug. 27, 1661, the company petitioned the Court of
Commissioners of R. I. that their title be confirmed, the petition
being signed by William Vahan, John Coggeshall, John Crandal, Hugh
Mosieur, James Barker, Caleb Carr, James Rogers, Joseph Tarry and
John Cranston. - Ibid, III, pp. 241-2.
On Sept. 15, 1661. house lots were drawn by 65 men,
Hugh Moshur receiving No. 26. - Ibid, III. pp. 252-3.
On Mar. 1, 1662, the cost per share was raised to 8
pounds and the rate at which produce would be taken in pay
lowered. - Ibid, III, p. 260.
See also Records of Colony of Rhode Island
(Bartlett), I, pp. 449-51.
It would seem that the above meetings were all held at
Newport and that few of those named ever lived at Westerly.
This land speculation, set out in considerable detail,
is not much like the later activities of Hugh Mosher of Rhode
Island. Besides the other speculators were much older men. This
has caused the editor to take into account the fact that all these
records, above mentioned, may have referred to Hugh Mosher of
Falmouth, Maine, who might have lived at Newport, R. I., a part of
the time. The older man speculated in more than one tract of land
in Maine and he seems to have owned land on Long Island at the
time of his death. Austin, Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode
Island, says that John' Maxon (Richard), brother of Hugh
Mosher's wife, married Mary, daughter of Hugh Mosher of Falmouth,
Maine, and also intimates that John Maxon's wife's mother lived in
his family. On the other hand, Noyes-Libby-Davis, Genealogical
Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, do not credit Hugh
Mosher of Falmouth with a son Hugh, since he is not mentioned
either in the will or the settlement of the estate.
(c) Austin, Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode
(d) Bartlett, John R., Records of Colony of Rhode
Island, II, p. 38.
(e) Will of John Harndell, Mss., Newport (R. I.)
Rebecca died between January 28, 1689/90, and November 7,
1691,(f) and he afterwards married a second wife named
Sarah. Hugh Mosher died in 1713, at the age of 80 years, probably
in the latter part of the year, as his will was admitted to
probate December 7. The inventory of his estate was 290 pounds, 17
shillings, 2 pence. Among the items in the inventory were books
including a Bible valued at 6 pounds.(c) On May 28,
1713, he had deeded a tract of 40 acres of land to his daughter
Rebecca, wife of John Kirby.(g) Hugh Mosher was a
farmer, a blacksmith and a Baptist minister. He seems to have
lived most of his life on his farm, which lay partly in Portsmouth
and partly in Newport. In some records however he calls himself
"of Dartmouth." The dates of birth of the last three children
listed are somewhat uncertain. There may have been other children
who died in childhood.
Children of Hugh1 and Rebecca (Maxon)
i. Nicholas, b.
abt. 1666; d. Aug. 14, 1747; m. Aug. 14, 1687, Elizabeth ----, who
survived him; 10
lived at Dartmouth and Tiverton; called Capt. Nicholas
ii. John, b. abt. 1668; m.
Mar. 5, 1692, Experience, dau. of Richard and Patience Kirby; 7
2. iii. Joseph.
iv. Mary, b. abt. 1672; m.
Joseph Rathbone, May 19, 1691; 10 children; lived at New
and Exeter, R. I.
v. James, b. abt. 1675; twice
married; 10 children; lived at New Shoreham, R. I., New London,
vi. Daniel, b. say abt. 1678;
d. 1751; lived at Dartmouth, Mass.; 11 children.
vii. Rebecca, m. between 1691 and 1713,
viii. Hannah, m. before 1713, -----
MOSHER (Hugh1) was born about
1670, probably in Portsmouth or in Newport, Rhode Island, as his
father's land was on the line, a part being in either town. He
married probably in 1694 or 1695 Lydia, daughter
Philip2 and Mary (Cooke) Taber and great grand-daughter
of both Francis Cooke and Richard Warren of the Mayflower, born at
Dartmouth, Massachusetts, September 28, 1673. He was a mason and a
farmer and lived at Dartmouth. He died probably early in 1754 as
his will, although made on November 15, 1743, was offered for
probate on March 23, 1754. He was about 83 years of age. His widow
Lydia then past 80 years of age survived him.(h)
(f) "Hugh Mosher of portsmouth . . .
Black Smith . . . for . . . two hundred and thirty pounds in mony
. . . payd by henry Brightman of parts mouth . . . have given . .
. Land . . . in the township of portsmouth . . . and part In
newport bounds . . . thirty Eight Acres . . . Rebeckah Mosher the
wife of mee . . . consent . . . twenty eight Day of January . . .
One thousand six hundred Eighty nine." This is signed by Hugh
Mosher and the mark of Rebeckah Mosher. - Rhode Island Land
Evidences, I, pp. 223-4.
On Nov. 7, 1691, Hugh Mosher sold to Joseph Braman for
36 sh. "half my share belonging to the purchasers of
Westquadnoid." No wife signed the deed with him showing that his
first wife had died and he had not yet married a second wife.
Rebecca and John Mosher, his daughter and son signed as witnesses
(g) Proprietary Records of Dartmouth, quoted in
Kirby Family, p. 238.
(h) Austin, Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode
island. Mayflower Descendant, XVI, pp. 230-1; XXX, pp.
Dartmouth Vital Records.
Children of Joseph and Lydia (Taber)
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i. Rebekah, b. Dec. 28,
1695; d. before 1743; m. Daniel Tripp; 7 children.
3 ii. Philip, b. Dec. 20, 1697.
iii. Jonathan, b. Mar. 13, 1699; m.
Jan. 7, 1719/20 Isabel Potter; 7 children.
iv. Joseph, b. June 23, 1701; d.
between 1723 and 1743.
v. James, b. Dec. 14, 1704; m. Dec.
25, 1729, Sarah, dau. of Benjamin Devol; 6 or more children.
vi. Ruth, b. Sept. 17, 1707; m.
William, son of Jonathan and Martha Tripp, b. at Little Compton,
vii. Benjamin, b. Feb. 22, 1708/9; d. before
Nov. 15, 1743; wife Sarah; removed to Dutchess Co., N. Y.,
only surviving child, Rebecca, married John Hoag, Jr., Jan. 11,
viii. William, b. July 29, 1713; d. before Nov.
ix. Lydia, b. June 11,
1717(i); m. abt. 1737 Timothy Devol; 10 children;
removed to Nine Partners,
Co., N. Y., abt. 1759.
Hugh1) was born at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, December
20, 1697. He married, probably in 1719, Abigail, daughter of
Jonathan and Martha (Brownell), Tripp,(j) born at
Little Compton, May 8, 1701. He was a cooper and lived at
Dartmouth. The last record of Abigail is on March 30, 1747 when
she signed a deed with her husband. She died before January 20,
1759, when the intentions of his marriage to Mrs. Eleanor
Huddlestone, widow of Isaac, were announced. He signed a deed with
his wife after which there is no further record of
Children of Philip3 and Abigail (Tripp)
b. Mar. 20, 1720; according to tradition married Sarah Rogers.
ii. Caleb, b. Sept 8,
1721; d. Dutchess Co., N. Y., 1793; m. 1743, Little Compton, R.
6 surviving children.
iii. Maxon, b. Jan. 13,
1722/3; twice married; moved to Dutchess Co., N. Y.
iv. Philip, b. May 8,
1724; m. Sept. 27, 1750, Sarah, dau. of Edward Burgess of Little
Compton, R. I.;
children; removed to Newport, Nova Scotia, July 1760.
v. Martha, b. Oct. 16,
1727; d. young.
vi. Abigail, b. Sept. 4,
4. vii. Benjamin, b. Apr. 21, 1735.
viii. Lydia, b. July 27, 1738.
ix. Martha, b. Dec. 28,
1745; d. young.
Joseph2 Hugh1 ) was born at Dartmouth,
Massachusetts, April 21, 1735. He married, at Little Compton, May
25, 1755, Phebe Brownell. He was a cooper. Between 1768 and 1775
he removed to the Town of Charlotte (now Washington), Dutchess
County, New York, where he died November 19,
(i) Bible records of Timothy Devol.
Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record, XV, p. 35.
(j) Bible records of Philip Mosher-New England
Historical and Genealogical Record. LXXXVII, p. 395.
(k) Mayflower Descendant, XXX, p. 24.
Dartmouth Vital Records.
(l) Bible records of Richard Mosher ; son of Benjamin
and Phebe, in possession (1934) of Mrs. Cora Lovelace, Clinton
Corners, N. Y., a granddaughter of Richard.
Children of Benjamin and Phebe (Brownell)
i. Philip (twin), b.
June 7, 1755.
ii. Thomas (twin), b. June 7, 1755;
d. Oct. 1804; m. June 25, 1778, Hannah Haight.
iii. Desire (or Keziah), b. Mar. 12,
1757; m. ------ Brown; a son, David Brown, b. Mar. 12, 1804
1805), m. Mary Brownell.
iv. Richard, b. May 4, 1759; d. Dec.
1828; m. July 10, 1783, Phebe Husted.
v. Phebe, b. May 19, 1761; m. 1st,
Sept. 25, 1782, David Haight; m. 2nd, Feb. 1, 1838, Jeddiah Irish,
third wife. (n)
vi. Stephen, b. July 22, 1763; d.
Dec. 1820; m. Sept. 1782, Susanna Wilbor.
vii. Lydia, b. Mar. 9, 1765; m. Dec. 24, 1789,
viii. James, b. Nov. 3, 1766.
ix. Jonathan, b. Apr. 18, 1768;
probably died young; not listed by family in 1856.
(m) Bible records of Richard
Chart of Mosher Family, drawn about 1856 by Harry
Talmadge, Dutchess Co., N. Y.. a neighbor of Thomas B. Mosher,
Richard's son. Chart owned (1934) by Mrs. Harry Young, Bellemead,
Dartmouth Vital Records.
(n) Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record,
XXII, p. 17.
TABER, who was an early settler at
Watertown, was made a freeman by the General Court of
Massachusetts, May 14, 1634.(a) He owned five lots of
land in the town. By 1639 he had married Lydia, daughter of John
Masters.(b) He was living at Yarmouth, March 5, 1639,
when he was on the committee to make the first division of
planting land and on June 4, 1639, he was made a freeman of
Plymouth Colony in which Yarmouth was located. In 1639/40 he was
deputy from Yarmouth. Later he lived on Martha's Vineyard for some
time and from there moved to New London, Connecticut, March 1651.
Later he moved to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where he was made a
freeman in 1656. He served on the jury several times. On January
31, 1664, he called himself "of Newport", when selling a house at
Portsmouth. On June 10, 1669, then "of Providence" aged 64 years,
he testified at an inquest. His wife Jane, 64 years of age, also
testified. On February 24, 1672, his deposition was read at a
trial in court, indicating that he had moved away.(c)
It is said that he spent the last years of his life at Tiverton,
but no proof has been seen.
Children of Philip1 and Lydia (Masters)
i. John, bpt. Nov. 8, 1640,
Barnstable; perhaps died young.
ii. Lydia, living in 1718; m. Apr. 16,
1664, Pardon Tillinghast (1622-1718).
iii. Joseph, bpt. Feb. 1646; living at
Tiverton 1698 to 1713; farmer and
(a) In preparing this genealogy the
editor used as a basis the material in Austin, Genealogical
Dictionary of Rhode Island.
(b) Bond, Henry, Early Settlers of Watertown,
Massachusetts, p. 956.
Records (pub. 1894), Vol. 1, p. 5 of Land
New England Historical and Genealogical
Register, II, p. 180; III, p. 92; IX, p. 282.
(c) Bartlett, John R., Records of the Colony of
Rhode Island, I, p. 300 ; II, p. 429.
Rhode Island Court Records, I, II.
wife Hannah; sons John, Ebenezer and Philip.(d)
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2. iv. Philip, bpt. Feb. 1646.
v. Thomas, bpt. Feb. 1646;
married twice; lived at Dartmouth; will June 15, 1723; letters of
Mar. 20, 1732/33.(e)
TABER (Philip1) was born, say
about 1644, probably at Yarmouth, Massachusetts, where his father
lived for several years. He married about 1667 Mary, daughter of
John and Sarah (Warren) Cooke.(f) The family lived at
Dartmouth. He died probably early in 1693 for the inventory of his
estate, 231 pounds, 14 shillings, 6 pence, was dated March 4,
1692/3. It included land, carpenter tools and three Bibles. Before
August 31, 1693, his wife had married, secondly, a Mr.
Children of Philip2 and Mary (Cooke)
i. Mary, b. Jan. 28,
1668; m. Thomas Earle, Portsmouth, R. 1.
ii. Sarah, b. Mar. 26, 1671; m.
Thomas Cory, Tiverton.
iii. Lydia, b. Sept. 28, 1673; m.
Joseph Mosher, Dartmouth.
iv. Philip, b. Feb. 29 (sic), 1675;
wife Margaret; Baptist minister.
v. Abigail, b. Oct. 27,
vi. Esther, b. Feb. 23, 1680; m.
Thomas Brownell, Portsmouth, R. 1.
vii. John, b. July 18, 1684; will June 18,
1718; wife Susannah.
viii. Bethiah, b. Apr. 18, 1689; m. John
(d) Bristol County (Mass.) deeds,
quoted in Boston Evening Transcript, 1910 Sept. 6.
(e) Mayflower Descendant, XVI, pp. 226,
(f) John2 Cooke, born as early as 1612, son
of Francis' and Hester (Mabieu) Cooke, came to America in the
Mayflower in 1620 with his father. He married, Mar. 28, 1634,
Sarah2 Warren, whose father was also a Mayflower
passenger. He was a zealous member of the Plymouth church. but
having come under the influence of Anabaptist doctrines, he found
himself in disagreement with other members of the congregation. He
removed to Dartmouth, where he was one of the earliest
proprietors. He helped to organize the Baptist church there, which
included inhabitants of Tiverton and little Compton. He served as
minister of this church many years and was selectman and deputy
for the town. He died Nov. 23, 1695; being the last male survivor
of the Mayflower passengers.- Ferris, Mary W., Dawes-Gates
Ancestral Lines, II. pp. 289-244.
See also Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society, VIII,
(g) Mayflower Descendant, III, pp. 33-36,
95-105; XVI, pp. 226-281.
See also Mayflower Index.
NEBRASKA CENSUS, 1869,
This census enumeration was transcribed by the
editor from the original manuscript, now preserved at the
University of Nebraska Library.
BONE CREEK PCT.
[p. 1] Tenis Hoekstra(a), b. Bergen,
Freesland, Netherlands; Elky, b. Tersar, Freesland.
William Bull, b. Granzure, Taswell Co., Tenn.; Elizabeth,
b. Knoxville, Knox Co., Tenn.
Albert H. Thomas, b. Norwich, London Dist., Canada;
Cathran, b. Riplet, Ind.; Caroline, b. Hemisburgh,
Horrace Garfield, b. Irwin, Venango Co., Pa.; Margret, b.
(a) Tunis Hookstra was living in 1884
on the 86 acre farm on the south bank of the Platte River, just
south of Shinn's Island, which he had purchased in 1866 -
Official State Atlas of Nebraska (1885), pub. by Everts
& Kirk, Philadelphia, p. opposite 101.
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