Nicholas Mosher and Rebecca Wilcox The first Mosher to move to New York

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Nicholas Mosher (1703-1765) and Rebecca Wilcox (1711-AFT 1756)

Nicholas begins life in Massachusetts

Nicholas Mosher was born 1 January 1702/3 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Nicholas Mosher and Elizabeth Audley.

Two Marriages in Four Years

At the age of 20, Nicholas married Dorothy Potter on 12 October 1723. They had one son, James, born in 1725. Dorothy died, probably in childbirth, in 1725.

Four years later, Nicholas married again — this time to Rebecca Wilcox — on 20 January 1729 at Little Compton, Rhode Island. Rebecca and Nicholas shared the same grandfather, Hugh Mosher; they were first cousins. He was 26 years old with a four-year-old son. She was 18, and became a mother to Nicholas’s son, James.

Rebecca was born on 14 August 1711. She was the daughter of John Wilcox (1670-1718) and Rebecca Mosher.

Nicholas and Rebecca had several children and the accuracy of names and dates still requires research:

Where was Tiverton, Rhode Island?

Several of Nicholas and Rebecca’s children were born in Tiverton, Rhode Island, but others were born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. At first glance, it might seem as though they moved a lot, but the towns of Tiverton and Dartmouth are only separated by about ten miles. Nicholas took the Oath of a Freeman in 1750 in Rhode Island. Both the Moshers and the Wilcoxes had been in this area for several generations.

Tiverton was originally incorporated in 1694 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. A long boundary dispute between Rhode Island and Massachusetts was settled in 1746, and Tiverton was annexed to Rhode Island. The town was incorporated one year later. For three years during the Revolution — while the British held Aquidneck Island — Tiverton became a safe place for Americans escaping the British. The town also became a mustering point for Colonial forces who gathered together to drive the British off the island. In the beginning, Tiverton was mainly a farming community, although some fished and built boats.

A little more than ten miles east of Tiverton is Dartmouth, Massachusetts, which was first settled in 1652 and was officially incorporated in 1664. Its history was primarily agricultural in colonial times.

Leaving Tiverton/Dartmouth for Beekman, New York

Prior to about 1752, Rebecca and Nicholas left the Tiverton/Dartmouth areas and migrated to Beekman, New York (their son, Nicholas, was born there). Beekman and the surrounding area had been occupied by the Wappingers, before the first European settlers arrived around 1710; the town was formed in 1788 during the initial period of establishing towns and counties in the newly independent state of New York. It is located near the intersection of Routes 9 and 55, not far from present-day Poughkeepsie.

Rebecca died some time after 1756 in Beekman, Dutchess County, New York. She would have been at least 45 years old. She had given birth to at least twelve children.

Nicholas died nine years later, also in Beekman, in 1765. He was 62. He did not live to see the Revolutionary War, but his children and grandchildren would be much involved.

This page written and researched by Susan Overturf Ingraham, wife of Robert Philip Ingraham, a descendant of Nicholas Mosher and Rebecca Wilcox. Last updated on April 29, 2019.

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