The parents of the progenitor of the Hoskins Family in
America was Henry Hoskins, born ca. 1570 in England, died ca.
1634/5 in County Cork, Ireland. His wife, Anne Winthrop, the
daughter of John and Elizabeth (Poulton or Powlton) Winthrop.
She was a first cousin to John Winthrop, the first governor of
Massachusetts Bay Colony.
WILLIAM HOSKINS, the progenitor of the Hoskins family in
America settled in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA prior to 1634 and
then moved to Plymouth, MA where he became a freeman in 1634. ,
born ca. 1612, County Cork, Ireland, died Sep. 7, 1695,
Lakenham, Plymouth Co., MA, married (1), Nov. 2, 1636 at
Plymouth, MA, Sarah Cushman, who died Dec. 1637 shortly after
the birth of Sarah.
Sarah, born Sep. 16, 1637, Plymouth, married Dec. 4, 1660,
Plymouth, MA Benjamin Eaton, born 1692, Plymouth, MA, son of
Francis and Christian (Penn)
Married (2) Dec. 21, 1638, Plymouth Ann Hinds (or Hynes), born
1615/16 in England (Court records in Plymouth show Ann Hinde,
wife of William Hoskins, on Mar. 2, 1642 was examined by the
court in Plymouth in a case pending before it).
Mary, born 1639/40, Plymouth, MA, married (1) Nov. 28, 1660
Edward Cobb, Mar. (2) May 15, 1676, Samuel Phillips
and poss. (3) Richard Godfrey Mar. 26, 1684.
Rebecca, born 1642/43, Plymouth, MA, married Aug. 15, 1662,
John, born Nov. 1647 in Plymouth
Elizabeth, born 1644/45, Plymouth, MA, died Oct. 8, 1715,
married Jul. 7,1666, Ephraim Tilson
Richard, born Nov. 30, 1647 (most records left him un-named)
SAMUEL, born Aug. 8, 1654, Plymouth, MA.
William, born Sep. 7, 1659, died Mar. 26 - May 27, 1730,
Taunton, MA, married Jul. 3, . 1677 Sarah Caswell
SAMUEL HOSKINS, born Aug. 8, 1654, is said to be of Taunton,
Bristol Co., MA, married (1) 1675, Plymouth, MA, Abigail Stacey,
died 1679/84, daughter of Richard Stacey.
SAMUEL, born ca. 1680
He married (2) Feb. 5, 1684 in Taunton, Mary Austin, born May
12, 1663, died 1687/91 daughter of Jonah Jr. and Esther (Reade)
Austin. (James Savage records the marriage on the same date in
Lydia, married Samuel Cobb Nov. 9, 1675
William, born Feb. 5, 1685, Taunton, MA, mar. ca. 1716, Mary
Cobb. Their children were: William, Bethia, Ruth, Joanna, Alice,
Mary & Abigail.
He Married (3) May 12, 1692, Rebecca Brooks, died pre 1702
Taunton, MA, daughter of Gilbert and Elizabeth (Simmons)
Abigail, married pre 1718 Joseph Eddy, lived in Taunton, MA
Records of the Town of Plymouth, p. 217 (Ref. 81) show:
"The eare mark of Samuel Hoskins neat Cattle sheep and swine A
crop on ye Topp of the Rite eare and a hapeny cut out of the
under side of the left."
SAMUEL HOSKINS JR., born ca. 1680, died Sep. 11, 1732 in his 53
year, married, Mercy Cobb, borb Aug. 12, 1680, daughter of
Augustine & Bethia Cobb
Joshua, born 1712/13, died Apr. 2, 1785, mar. Lydia
NEHEMIAH HOSKINS, born ca. 1715, died post 1776, married Jul.
17, 1738 Taunton, Bristol Co., MA, Mary Blake, born ca. 1717,
died April 1810 Littleton, Grafton Co., NH at the home of her
son Elkanah, at the age of 93, the daughter of Edward Blake and
Samuel, born ca 1715, died May, 1750, mar. Apr. 8,
1736, Joanna Harvey,
their children were: Peter, Abigail, Sarah,
Phebe, Amy and John.
NEHEMIAH, born ca. 1715
Mercy, mar. Ebenezer Porter of Taunton.
(Ref: some data from George Ely Russell, Jamesville,
Nehemiah was a 2nd. Lieutenant in Capt. Matthew Randall's
Co., Col. Jacob French's Regt. He also commanded a Company in a
Regiment raised in Bristol & Cumberland Co's, stationed at
Winter Hill Feb. 27, 1776. He was a field officer in Col.
Thomas Marshall's 2nd. Regt. raised for the defense of Boston,
May 8, 1776. He served until Nov. 1, 1776 (5 mos. 17 days).
Also some other minor service.
ELKANAH HOSKINS, born Sep. 11, 1741 Taunton, Bristol Co., MA,
died Sep. 24, 1805 Littleton, Grafton Co., NH, interred the
Meadow Cemetery (also known as the Southwest Burying Place)
Littleton, NH, married Oct. 29, 1765 in Taunton, Mindwell
Barney, born Oct. 21, 1746 Taunton, died Oct. 1832 Littleton,
interred next to Elkanah, the daughter of Johnathan Barney and
(See Barney Family
Dean Family Addendums)
Elkanah served in the French and Indian Wars & the
Revolutionary War. He is shown on the Muster Rolls of Taunton,
on Apr. 19, 1775 as a Sergeant in Capt. Robert Grossman's
Company of Minute Men of Col. Nathaniel Leonard's Regt. which
marched, Apr. 20, 1775, from Taunton to Roxbury and was
discharged Apr. 29, 1775. He enlisted Jun. 20, 1775 as a
Sergeant in Capt. Josiah King's Co. of Col. David Brewer's 9th.
Regt. and served at least until Nov. 6, 1775. He enlisted Dec.
8, 1776 in Capt. Edward Blake's Co. of Col. George William's
Regt. and served until Jan. 2, 1777. I n Oct. 1777 he served
with Gen. Spencer at an alarm at Lexington. He was also
prominently connected as a Capt. in Shay's Rebellion, with Capt.
Daniel Shays in 1786 to Jan. 25, 1787.
The 1790 U.S. Census shows Elkanah living in Westmoreland,
Cheshire Co., NH with probably his then seven youngest children;
4 sons, 3 daughters & wife Mindwell. Elkanah & Mindwell it
would appear tried to move their family North at least twice.
The birthplaces of their children and the census record show at
least two trips to Westmoreland. They arrived in Littleton, NH
on May 22, 1796 having left Petersham, Worchester Co., MA,
probably of necessity due to his activities in Shay's Rebellion,
after a quick sale of his land for he was carrying with him 1200
In the years that followed he added much to the character
and wealth of the area. The Town Records of Littleton indicate
he was Town Meeting Moderator on Aug. 27, 1798; Highway
Surveyor on Mar. 10, 1798 & Mar. 7, 1800 being paid 8 Pounds, 9
Shillings for post guides and setting them. On Mar. 5, 1799 he
was elected a Town Selectman of Littleton.
The 1800 U.S. Census locates him at Littleton with his 4
youngest sons, youngest daughter, his wife and his Mother, Mary
Blake Hoskins. They lived on a farm (owned in 1905 by Noah
Farr). On Mar. 18, 1800 and again on Mar. 15, 1805 he obtained
a License to Sell Distilled Spirits and kept a tavern near Upper
Cohos, on the road to Lower Cohos, that was called, Captain
Caswell's Cabin, the property later acquired by his son David .
The 1810 & 1820 Census shows his wife, Mindwell Barney
Hoskins living with son David. The 1830 census is missing
however the record shows she was at the home of David at her
death in Oct. 1832.
Elkanah, born Aug. 14, 1766 Taunton, died Sep. 26, 1766
MINDWELL HOSKINS, born Jun. 7, 1771 Taunton, Bristol Co., MA,
died Oct. 14, 1870 Lyman, Grafton Co., NH, married (possibly
2nd) 1797 Winchester, Cheshire Co, NH, Mathew Bartlett II,
baptized, Mar. 3, 1769, died Aug. 13, 1822
Elkanah, born Oct. 21, 1767 Taunton, died Dana, MA.
Barney, born Sep. 4, 1769 Taunton
MINDWELL, born Jun. 7, 1771 Taunton
Unnamed, born 1772 Taunton
Olive, born Nov. 25, 1773 Taunton
Sybil, born Nov. 5, 1776 Taunton
David, born Aug. 30, 1778 Petersham MA, died Jul. 26, 1859
Sally, born Mar. 21, 1780 Petersham, died Sep. 6, 1886
Luther, born Mar. 23, 1782 Petersham, died Oct. 31, 1879
Lyman Sr., born Mar. 2, 1784 Westmoreland, NH died Jul. 13,
Anna, born Mar. 21, 1786 Petersham, died Oct. 20, 1875
Nehemiah, born Mar. 12, 1789 Petersham, died Jul. 6, 1856
Salmon, born Aug. 14, 1790 Petersham, died Dec. 22, 1880
Bartlett Family Addendum)
Ref: (1 v7), (6), (19), (21), (24 b#11, 43, 53, 149), (24 c),
(28), (32), (40), (43), (53), (54), (59) , (60) , (61) , (66) ,
(68) , (80) , (81) , (90) , (92 t, u) , (95 q, r) , (96) .