Mosher History Eight Generations of Americans

Hugh Mosher lives in Massachusetts

Hugh Mosher (1633-1713) and his wife, Rebecca Maxson (1637-1707), spent most of their lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and Little Compton, Rhode Island. Rebecca may have had a middle name of Hardnell; together, she and her husband had at least nine children. Hugh was possibly married a second time to Sarah Butcher Hardin. He was a landowner, a blacksmith, and a pastor of the Tiverton Baptist Church.

Nicholas Mosher remains in Massachusetts

Like Hugh Mosher his son, Nicholas Mosher (1666-1747), spent much of his adult life in Massachusetts (mostly in Dartmouth where he was born) but he and his wife, Elizabeth Audley (1669-1747), both migrated to Tiverton, Rhode Island. Nicholas and Elizabeth had ten children, naming one of their sons Nicholas.

Nicholas Mosher II heads for for New York

The second Nicholas Mosher (1703-1765) was born in Massachusetts in 1702. Nicholas lost his first wife after the birth of their son, and married again — this time to Rebecca Wilcox (1711-aft 1756). Nicholas and Rebecca remained in the Tiverton/Dartmouth areas for many years but migrated to Beekman, New York in the early 1730s where they lived for many years. Thus ended the Moshers’ connection to either Massachusetts or Rhode Island.

Jabez Mosher remains in New York

Nicholas’s son, Jabez Mosher (1731-1810) was one of eleven children; he remained in the Dutchess County area of New York, where he married Elizabeth Preston (1733-1810) in 1755. Jabez fought in the French and Indian War and, later, in the Revolutionary War with his brother and his son, David. Two of Jabez’s children — Hezekiah and Mercy — were Loyalists who immigrated to Canada to avoid involvement in the Revolutionary War. Jabez and his wife moved to White Creek, New York, in about 1766, and he died in Cambridge.

David Mosher, a soldier

David Mosher (1761-1850) — who fought with his father in the Revolutionary War — remained in New York, mostly in the Portage, New York, area. David’s wife, Sylvia Allen (1767-1840), was the daughter of Ebenezer Allen. David and Sylvia had only four children and Sylvia outlived three of them. They named their youngest son after his grandfather, Jabez Mosher. (See more about The Allens.)

The Fourth Generation of Moshers in New York

The second Jabez Mosher (1796-1868) married Elizabeth Doane (1805-1850) [41] in about 1820. (Family rumour is that Elizabeth was only 14 when they married.) Jabez and Elizabeth had at least nine children and remained in Portage, New York until their deaths.

Portage, New York, is home to another generation of Moshers

Their son, Josiah Mosher (1834-1924), also remained in New York — sometimes in Oakland; other times in Portage. Josiah married Sarah Jane Harrington (1839-1900), the daughter of Stephen Whitman Harrington, said to have died during the Mexican War. Josiah, according to the Census takers, was a farm laborer all of his life, but there is no record he ever owned his own land.

George Henry Mosher works with Wood

One of Josiah’s sons was George Henry Mosher (1865-1929), born in Oakland, New York. George married Gertrude Edna Wheeler (1868-1958) whose family also came from New York. George worked in several mills and was a woodworker in a large plant which made window sashes and blinds. Both George and Gertrude remained in Oakland and Hornell, New York, until their deaths.

Ratie Jane Mosher joins the Ingrahams and moves to New Mexico

George and Gertrude’s daughter, Ratie Jane Mosher (1888-1985), married an Ingraham — Robert Lee Ingraham — in 1908. Robert was boarding at the Moshers’ home and courted the young 17-year-old Ratie. They remained in New York and had three sons: Lee, Robert, and Philip. In the mid-1940’s, they migrated to Hurley, New Mexico, because Ratie was very ill with tuberculosis. She got well in New Mexico, living to the age of 95, but she never quite got over her homesickness for her beloved New York.

This page written and researched by Susan Overturf Ingraham, wife of Robert Philip Ingraham, a descendant of the Moshers. Page last updated on November 28, 2011.

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