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Hezekiah Lord Hosmer was born December 10th, 1814 in Hudson, Columbia, New York. 

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His parents were Hezekiah Lord Hosmer I b. June 7, 1765 Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut and Sarah Scrope Throop (daughter of Col. Benjamin Throop, grandaughter of Rev. Benjamin Throop)  b. January 29, 1784 in Bozrah, Connecticut. (She m. 2nd Henry Mygatt.)   His father was the U.S. Congressman (Fifth Congress) from New York under John Adams 1797-1801.  He had studied law under Ezekial Gilbert.  In 1798, he was appointed to conduct the impeachment of Senator William Blount of Tennessee. He was the recorder of the city of Hudson. He spoke fluent French, Italian,  and German. Hezekiah Lord Hosmer I died June 9, 1814 before  Hezekiah Lord II was born.  Hezekiah Lord Hosmer I's portrait drawing  by Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Mémin, 1770-1852 (1799) can be ordered through the Library of Congress.  The Hosmers' origins are from Hawkhurst, Kent, England.

 

His grandfather was Titus Hosmer who was born in 1737 in West Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. He was the representative to the General Assembly from October 1773 to May 1778. In 1777, he was the speaker of the house of representatives. In 1778, he was  a member of the Continental Congress. His wife was Lydia Lord who was born 22, February 1736 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University in 1757.  He was one of the signers of the Articles of Confederation.  He was en route to Philadelphia when he was to sign the Declaration of Independence when he fell ill in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He died August 8, 1780 due to fever. Noah Webster regarded him as one of the greatest men Connecticut ever produced.

 

His siblings:

Stephen Titus b. Sept. 26, 1806 d. March 5, 1865  New York

Richard Alsop b. April 9, 1809 d. July 10, 1833 Texas

George Edward b. October 15, 1811 d. April 4, 1812

Clarissa b. July 17, 1813 d.  Jan. 5, 1814

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After his father died in 1814, Hezekiah's mother lived with her father who had a farm at Red Hook, New York. His brother Stephen Titus went to live with his uncle, Stephen T. Hosmer, of Connecticut. Richard went to St. Armand in Canada to live with his uncle Dyer Throop.

 

In 1817, His uncle, Captain Rufus Backus, took Hezekiah and his brother, Stephen,  to Watertown, Jefferson County, New York. General E.V, Sumner and Hon. Chas. E. Clarke also boarded with the family.

 

In 1820, his mother, Susan, moved to Oxford, Chenango, NY with her sister and accompanied by Elijah Smith. Susan married a Mr. Mygalt and Hezekiah went to live with them. Hezekiah did not have good terms with him.

 

At age 12, he lived with Mrs. Turllot of Constableville, Lewis, New York until her house burned down.

 

He went on to live in Utica , NY to live with his mother's cousin , Mrs. Joseph Halsted,

 

 

When he was young, Hezekiah II was an errand boy at a hardware store and also for a merchant tailor in Fanueil Hall in Boston.

 

 In  1830, a friend of his mother's, John W. Allen, offered to take him toe Cleveland, Ohio. He took the old steamboat, Henry Clay, from Buffalo to Cleveland. There were less than a 1,000 inhabitants. At age 16, he was a tinsmither and studying law. 

 

In 1836, he moved to Maumee Valley in Ohio. He was  the editor of The Toledo Blade until he sold his interest to his partner, Elmer Kendall. He published the first directory of Toledo.  From 1848 to 1855, he was a journalist. He bought "Miami of the Lake" and renamed it "Fort Meys Reville." 

 

(There is more information at the online source, "History of the city of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio,"  Munsell and Company, 1888.)

 

From 1836 to 1860, he practiced law. He was a partner of Henry Reed, Jr. 

 

He was the Master Wood County Lodge and Rubecon Lodge at Toledo and was the High Priest of Fort Meiggs Chapter R.A.M.

 

In 1856, his mother died in his home in January, 1856.

 

 In 1858, he wrote "The Early History of Maumee Valley".    In 1855/56, he wrote, "Adela, The Octoroon" which was later published in 1860.

 

 

In 1861, he applied for the position of Librarian of Congress and was recommended by Elisha Whittlesey.

 

From 1864 to 1868, he was appointed by Abraham Lincoln the first Chief Justice of the Montana Territory.

 

He was postmaster of Virginia City from 1869 until 1872. On September 15, 1870, author Mark Twain wrote to him a letter regarding an acquaintance named Slade who was executed.

 

In the book, "The Great Shame", by Thomas Keneally, the author wrote, "Meagher wrote to Seward asking that Judge Munson and his colleague Judge Hosmer be removed from the territory, or at least that he be emprowered to assign them to areas in Montana still inhabited only by buffalo and Indians. 'Let the judges read Blackstone to the Aborigines!' he urged."

 

In 1872, he moved to San Francisco.  He was elected Grand Prelate of the Grand Commandery of California. In the 1875 city directory, his law office is at 434 California Street and his home is at 1200 Leavenworth on the corner of Sacramento Street in Nob Hill. His daughter is listed as being an adjuster in the Coiner's Department at the U.S. Mint. In the 1878 city directory, he is still living at 1200 Leavenworth. His daughter is working as a clerk for the U.S. surveyor-general. In the 1883 city directory, he is listed as an assistant storekeeper in the warehouse department of the Custom House. He is living at 316 Taylor Street. In 1887, he wrote "Bacon and Shakepeare in the Sonnets" while he lived in San Francisco.   In 1889, he was the bookkeeper of The California State Mining Bureau.  In the 1880s, he was paid $900 to be the ghostwriter of Nathaniel Langford's "Vigilantes Days and Ways."

 

His best friend was Judge Waite  of Toledo, Ohio. In 1886, Mr. Waite came out to San Francisco to visit Mr. Hosmer. Mr. Hosmer gave him a tour of Chinatown-the opium dens, theater, and other places that he said that he could not mention in the letter to his daughter.

 

October, 1891, Senator Sanders and his wife from Montana visit the Hosmers.

 

On November 4, 1891, he mentioned to his daughter in a letter that he and his wife went to the newly constructed Swedenborg Church. "It is wholly unlike any thing in church architecture that we ever saw; at the same time it is very handsome. The interior is a semi-circle, the seats in half circle around the pulpit ever which is a fine archflanked on each side by smaller arches - one over the choir - the other over the study and library. There is a large circular gallery, a fine large new organ and the whole is handsomely constructed of oak and redwood. Adjoining the church, is a spacious lecture room very nicely finished and furnished, and an equally pleasant sabbath school room. The parsonage is connected with the church , and buit in the same style and contains eleven rooms. The church has a circular tower surmounted by a medieval spire, in which is a good bell and fine clock . Sallie attended the reception Saturday evening. The members of both congregations were present in large numbers; the entertainment passed off very pleasantly; good cheer, and plenty of it. Sunday the church was crowded; standing room all occupied. The music was very fine, and the organ excellent tone. Mr. Doughty delivered a sermon on the faith of the church. It was a very clear logical and finished production. He is however in miserable health, has had a second attack of paralysis and uses a staff to support his lameness. The poor man is evidently breaking rapidly. Ed. is gradually sinking under his malady, and declines to see visitors. Our deepest sympathies are enlisted in behalf of the suffering family. One more attack will in all probability carry him -Mr. D- off. Regular service will be held in the church hence forward."

 

November, 1891, "Morton has erected a large wooden barn of a building on the lot where Dr. Noble's Church stood and occupies it for his special Delivery. The old Church (Swedenborgian) has been torn down to give place for a business building."

 

November 5, 1891, he and his wife went to see "Cleopatra" starring Fannie Davenport at the Baldwin.

 

January, 1892, Nephew, Charles W. Boynton, moved with Hezekiah and Sallie.

 

In 1892, he mentioned to his daughter in a letter that he and his wife had fifty chickens.

 

On the 1892 California Voter Register, he is listed as 5'-9 1/2" in height and having gray hair and brown eyes.

 

Hezekiah Hosmer II died October 1893 in San Francisco, California. His funeral was at the Golden Gate Commandery Nov. 5, 1893. His eulogy was done by Rev. Worcester, Swedenborgian minister, founder of the Swedenborgian Church of S.F. which is located on the corner of Lyon and Washington streets.   His ashes are interred at  Colma, California (originally at Cypress Lawn).

 

Wives 

1. Sarah Seward b. 1815 Guilford, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Deacon Amos Seward and Sarah Hubbard. She was m. October 13, 1837 by Rev. Aaron Dutton at her father's house.  They had a double wedding with her sister, Rachel Seward, and Ralph Smyth, attorney. Hosmer and his wife honeymooned at Ontario, Canada and Hartford, Connecticut to see his grandparents' graves and home. She died of consumption June 9, 1839.

 

2. Jane Eliza Thompson b. 1817 in Poughkeepsie, NY. They m. 1844. They honeymooned in Zsara, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She d. March 4, 1848 of consumption in Perrysburg.

Children:

Richard Alsop b. October 24, 1847 d. April 16, 1848 (was named after the famous poet that the family knew).

 

3. Mary Daniels (Stower) b. July 8, 1818 in Abergavenny, Monmouth, Wales.  She died 30, April 1858 in Toledo, Ohio. Her father was a shoemaker who took his family to America in 1837. Her mother was from England.  Her brother was Thomas Daniels. (Thomas was a prominent druggist of Toledo, Ohio. His business was located at Cherry and Summit Streets. He married Mary Clark Jan. 1, 1850 in Hudson, Summit Co. Ohio. His home was located at 451 Huron Streets. He died July 14, 1898.) Her other brother was Charles Daniels, the Supreme Court Judge of New York who married Mary Enos. She had a sister named Elizabeth Daniels (b. June 6, 1825 in Wales d. 1897 in Longmont, Boulder, Colorado) who married Theodore Noyes Boynton on December 31, 1845. Hezekiah and Mary married September 12, 1849 in Buffalo, New York.  Hezekiah and Mary married September 12, 1849 in Buffalo, New York.  She d. April 30, 1858. She is buried at Collingwood Cemetery in Toledo with his mother, Susan Scrope Throop Hosmer.

 

Children:

John Allen Hosmer (known as Allen as a child) b. Sept. 15, 1850 d. May 1, 1907. He m. Lucie Brewster. He lived at 2018 Barber Street, S.F., CA. Their children were Allen, Mary, Irving. John Hosmer wrote "Trip to the States" when he was 16.

 

Sarah Elizabeth Hosmer b. October 4, 1853. d. Jan. 30, 1930.  She was a well-known elocutionist and actress of Montana. On October 25, 1885, she married  Frank Brewster Austin b. March 31, 1840 Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts. Service was done by Swedenborgian minister, Rev. John Doughty.   Witnesses: Allen Hosmer and Laura Bennett.  Frank was the owner of the Papago Cash Store located next to the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Their children were Hosmer Lord and Frank Bushyhead. She was a member of the Orilla Sisterhood of San Francisco.

 

Charles Daniels Hosmer b. March 7, 1856 d. Feb. 9, 1857.

  

4. Sarah Cottney (sometimes spelled Cotney) b. May 22, 1842 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father was from Ireland. Her mother was from Scotland. (possibly daughter or granddaughter of Isaac and Ann Cotney of Ireland.) m. August 18, 1864 at Philadelphia. Married by W.M. Rice, minister.   Like her step-daughter, she was also a member of the Orilla Sisterhood of San Francisco. She would hold spiritual meetings at her home.  She d. 1919. She asked Sarah Hosmer Austin to have her ashes spread at sea.

 

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Speeches

 

"Address of Masonry", Delivered at Goshen, Indiana June 24, 1852.  Toledo, Ohio. Printed  by Latimer.  Andrew and Company 1852.

 

"Lecture on Truth"

 

"Address to the Members of the Young Men's Association," 1848.

 

"Address to the Members of the Teachers Association," 1840s.

 

"Oration - American Editorial Life."  Addressed to Members of the Ohio Editorial Association. 1857.

 

"Oration at Perrysburg, Ohio on Occasion of Organization of the Perrysburg Artillery."

 

"Invocation of Banners As Prepared and Used by The Prelate of Golden Gate Commandery." Sir Kt. Hezekiah Lord Hosmer. Post Commander, Virginia City Commandery No. 1, Montana Territory.

 

"The Philosophy of the Common School System"

 

"Short Biography of Titus Hosmer"

 

"Know Thyself."

 

(Temperance Lecture)

 

(Essay about James Fennimore Cooper.)

 

(Essay on Education.)

 

(Essay on Dr. Kane.)

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Poems

 

"The Voice of the Heart. Hear it."  July 19, 1880.

 

A poem in the campaign of Harrison & Morton vs. Cleveland & Thurman.

 

"I went to gather flowers."  (written in Miss Rebecca McKnights album, 1839).

 

"To Mrs. J.M.C."

 

"The Grand Chorus - Defrysheets" [sic]

 

 

 

 

 

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