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Elbridge M. Hosmer (1832-1863) and his wife, Susannah Owens (1835-1887) were the parents of 3 children. Charles E. Hosmer, born 16 March 1858, Susannah Augusta Hosmer, born 4 July 1860 and Clara L. Hosmer, born 29 December 1861. All of the children were born in Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont.

My 2nd great grandparents, Samuel and Almira Blake McWhirter, were enumerated with this family in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Middlebury, Addison, Vermont, taken 24 July of that year.  Although I can find no  connection (yet) between the Hosmer/Owens families and my own,  I feel compelled to share what I know of their story here.

Of their three children, only Susannah and Clara reached adulthood.  Charles E. Hosmer (1858-1861) died 1 November 1861 in Middlebury, Vermont at the age of three.  He is buried with his father in Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Addison, Vermont.


Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Vermont2Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Addison, Vermont
(Photo courtesy of Jen Snoots)

Susannah Augusta Hosmer (1860-1936) grew up and married Samuel James Preston (1855-1933) on 30 July 1885 in Waltham, Addison, VermontAt the time of their marriage, Samuel was living in  Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York where he was employed as a teacher.  Samuel and Susannah had four children: Elbridge Hosmer Preston (1887-1889)  Robert Hall Preston (1889-1953) Clara Louise Preston (1892-1962) and  James Samuel Preston (1902-1903).


Prospect Vergennes  Sam Preston, Susan Hosmer, Elbridge, James, ClaraPreston Family Gravestone
Prospect Cemetery, Vergennes, Addison, Vermont
(Photo courtesy of Alan Lathrop)

Clara L. Hosmer (1861-1898) married John Fletcher Noe (1865-?) on 12 November 1890 in Middlebury, Addison, Vermont.  To this union was born one child: James Elbridge Noe (1894-1985). Clara passed away 9 August 1898 in Vergennes, Addison, Vermont, of typhoid fever. She is buried in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany, New York.


Clara Noe HeadstoneClara L. Hosmer Noe Gravestone
Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany, New York
(Photo courtesy of Marte @ Findagrave.com)


Susannah Owens Hosmer Lovett (1837-1887) was born about 7 June 1837 in England.  Her parents were Benjamin Owens (1818-1893), and  Lydia Roberts (1819-1864). She died on 21 October 1887 in Middlebury, Addison, Vermont. She is buried in Middlebury Cemetery with her second husband, John Wesley Lovett (1839-1923)


Susan Owens Hosmer Lovett GravestoneSusan Owens Hosmer Lovett Gravestone
Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Addison, Vermont
(Photo courtesy of Jen Snoots)


Elbridge M. Hosmer (1832-1863) served his country during the U.S. Civil War in the  1st United States Sharpshooters,  Company F, under the command of Captain Edmund Weston.

He was wounded in the Battle of Locust Grove at Brandy Station, Culpepper, Virginia on 27 November 1863, and died from his injuries on 4 December 1863.

Corporal Charles B. Mead (1843-1864) 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, who served with Elbridge in Company F, wrote the following  entries  in his personal journal the night Elbridge was injured, and on the occasion of his death seven days later.  I was so moved by the words that he wrote, I wanted to share it here.


Charles B. Mead c 1863Charles B. Mead c 1863
(Photo courtesy of Jen Snoots)

Nov. 27, 1863 [Battle of Locust Grove]

Hosmer was struck on the forehead over the left eye – very bad wound.

Dec. 4, 1863

Elbridge M. Hosmer’s body came to camp to day. He died last night at half past two. His wound was dressed but once, and he has had no other care. It is sad, very sad for him to die. He leaves a fine woman and two charming children to mourn his loss. Noble, heroic man, – he sealed his devotion to his country with his life.

Late in the afternoon the Co. went to do the saddest duty of a soldier – to bury a comrade killed in battle – Slowly, sadly, we carried Hosmer across the fields, lowered him into the “sacred soil” (made sacred by his life’s blood) and fired volleys over his grave. Oh! My God! that we could be spared such scenes – but this is only part of WAR. 


Elbridge Hosmer GravestoneGravestone of Elbridge M. Hosmer and his son Charles Hosmer
Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Addison, Vermont
(Photo courtesy of Jen Snoots)

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