Bosley Family - Select Biographies
John Bosley (1734-1800)
On Saturday 26 June, members of the Rochester Chapter of the Sons
of the American Revolution welcomed members of the Daughters
of the American Revolution and local dignitaries to the mount
Pleasant Cemetery in Geneseo, NY, for a grave marker
dedication ceremony for Revolutionary War Patriot John Bosley
who died and is buried in this small cemetery near Geneseo. Forty-six
people attended including some of Bosley's descendants.
Bosley served the cause of the Revolution in western Pennsylvania where
he built a fortified gristmill known locally as Fort Bosley. He also served
as a Ranger along the Pennsylvania frontier. After the War, he moved to
western New York where he raised his family. He never strayed from his
work as a gristmill owner and operator, building the first one in the area
around Conesus Lake.
Bosley's grave was never marked, so his descendant, LTC James Shepherd, USMC (Ret.),
a member of the SAR in California, contacted the Veteran's Administration to
obtain a grave marker. Shepard then contacted Rochester SAR president
Steve Clarke to arrange a ceremony to dedicate the marker once it was
installed at the Bosley memorial. The SAR is always honored to help with any
such recognition of a Patriot, but the Bosley ceremony was special in that
several 4th grade students attended from Maureen Cellura's class at the
Gananda Central School. Cellura is one of John Bosley's descendants.
The ceremony was conducted with the help of two honor guards. The
first, consisting of Sergeants April Urquizu, Nicholas Beck, Robert Breland
and Carl Kurtz from the Headquarters and Service Compnay, 8th Tank
Battalion, 4th Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps
Reserve from the Training Center, Rochester, NY. The second, including
a rifle squad and buglar, was provided by the American Legion Post 87, Dansville,
NY and consisted of Brad Chapman, Norb Lang, Don Cuddeback,
Mike Fairbrothers, Norm Sutfin, Dick Lebar, Bob Stickney, Bob
Brydges, Stewart Jerome and Ron Higgins. Bosley's descendants have
always been active in the support and defense of the United States.
Family members served in uniform for every major military event
of our country's history to the present day.
-- Stephen P.
Clarke, Chapter president.
John Bosley (1734-1800) SAR Dedication
Contributor's note: He is not buried there like the article says.
No one know where
he is buried but I would
think near the mill he built and operated in
Ontario now Livingston County, NY.
Edmund Bosley (1776-1846) - 2nd Generation
His wife was Ann Kelly, daughter of Daniel Kelly.
SAR Dedication Ceremony
Rochester Chapter Dedicates Patriot's Grave Marker.
Members of the Rochester Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution,
welcomed members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and
local dignitaries of the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and local historical to place
a SAR marker at the grave site of Patriot Daniel Kelly, a soldier of the Revolutionary
War. The ceremony was requested by retired Marine LTC Jim Shepherd of
California whose genealogical research led to a link to Daniel Kelly and the
Bosley family of Geneseo, Livingston Co., NY. Kelly's grave had not previously
been marked despite the fact that nine other Revolutionary War veterans'
graves in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery had been noted. This failure to
recognize Kelly's service is especially ironic as he donated the plot of land on which
the cemetery is located.
Kelly was a farmer and militia member in western Pennsylvania who served
in the area around Fort Bosley or Bosley Mills. Edmund Bosley married
Ann Kelly, Daniel's daughter, and the two families moved to farms
just east of Geneseo.
Sketch of Ann Kelly
There is a large Bosley family
monument to mark their gravesites in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery.
Col. Shepherd contacted the Rochester Chapter for assistance
to mark Kelly's grave appropriately. As we are always glad
to be able to help identify and mark Patriots' fraves, the ceremony
of Saturday, 18 October, was organized. Daniel Kelly's grave
is now marked with a bronze medallion that honors his. The SAR
appreciates the assitance of an honor guard from the Dansville
American Legion Post. The Legion team consisted of a color guard and a
rifle squad so proper military honors could be rendered at the
gravesite. Kelly's family and the SAR are most grateful for the help
of the American Legion volunteers.
Like most families of Revolutionary War Patriots, Kelly's family
was involoved in several historical episodes from American
history. Some of his descendants having joined the Mormons
in their trek to Utah and some of them died along the way.
Sergeant Daniel Kelly of Groveland, NY, a member of the 8th NY
Cavalry during the Civil War, was awarded a Medal of Honor
for his actions at Waynesboro, VA, in 1865.
-- Vol 6 Issue 1 February 2004; Page 11.
Keziah Bosley Black - 2nd Generation
Youngest daughter of John Bosley and Hannah Bull.
Buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
John Bosley (ca 1802 - ca 1852) - 3rd Generation
John Bosley (son of Edmund, who was the son of John) was born
about 1802 in New York, and died About
1852 in Perrysburg, Wood County, Ohio. John Bosley married ca 1825
Lettecia Hamer [who] was born March 29, 1804 in Geneva,
Ontario County, New York, and died June 17, 1893 in Maumee,
Lucas County, Ohio.
[excerpt] From the will of Lettecia Hamer Bosley:
FIRST, I give devise & bequeath all my personal property of what kind or nature
so ever it may be, of which I may be the owner & possessor at the time of my
decease, to my four children, viz: Harriet E. Herrington, Thomas J. Bosley,
Laura B. Keyser & Almyra Mottram, to be by them received in equal proportions &
value and to receive share and share alike.
Almira Bosley Turner - 3rd Generation
Buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
Daughter of Edmund Bosley and Ann Kelly
She is in the Bosley Family area near her
grandparents Daniel and Elizabeth Kelly.
Mary Ann Bosley Malin - 3rd Generation
Youngest daughter of Edmund Bosley and Ann Kelly.
She was the only adult member of the LDS part of the family to make it to Utah.
They went by wagon train in June of 1849.
Click Here to Read
about Her Son, Council B. Malin
Harriet Bosley Harrington
- 4th Generation
Daughter of John Bosley and
Letticia Hamer Bosley.
Born 1825 Ontario now Livingston County, NY
Died 1907 Franklin County, KS
Contributor's note: You will
find Thomas Hamer in the census records her father.
The Robert McNeall buried in the Mt. Pleasant
Cemetery is her grandfather.
Thomas Jefferson Bosley - 4th Generation
Son of John Bosley and Lettie Hamer.
Born 1827 Ontario now Livingston County, NY
Died 1903 Franklin County, KS.
(1840-1924) - 4th Generation
Daughter of John Bosley and Lettie Hamer
Born about 1840 in Wood County. OH
Died 1924 in Franklin County KS
Blinn - 5th Generation
Daughter of Harriet Bosley Harrington
Killed by Indians 1868 battle of Washita [River]
when LtCol G. A. Custer attacked with the 7th Calvary.
about Clara's tragedy.
[excert from] Kirtland Elders' Quorum Record 1836-1841. Edited
by Lyndon W. Cook and Milton V. Backman, Jr. Provo, Utah: Grandin Book Co., 1985
Source: Kirtland Elders' Quorum Record, RLDS Archives
Edmund BOSLEY (1776-1846). Born at Northumberland Co, PA.
Moved to Kirtland 1833. Received blessing for working on Kirtland
Temple 1835 and anointing 25 Jan 1837. Invested in Kirtland Safety
Society 1837. Migrated to MO by 1838. Expelled. Settled in Nauvoo,
IL. High Priest endowed in Nauvoo Temple Dec 1845. Died at Winter
Quarters, NE while traveling west with pioneers.
Joshua K. BOSLEY (c1810-?).
Resident of Kirtland 1836-1838.
Ordained elder 18 Mar 1836. Migrated to UT by 1850.
William Bull BOSLEY (1818-1842).
Son of Edmund Bosley. Born
at Lovinia, Livingston, NY. Received blessing for working on Kirtland
Temple 1835 and elder's license 4 Apr 1836. Ordained elder and then
seventy 1836. Served many short-term missions 1836-1839. Stockholder
in Kirtland Safety Society 1837. Moved Daviess Co, MO by 1838.
Expelled. Called as president of Geneva (Morgan, IL) stake 1 Nov 1840.
Died at Nauvoo.
More About Family that Went West
Mary Jane Harrington (1858-1948) - 5th Generation
Ottawa Herald, Ottawa Kansas, Wednesday, Nov 24, 1948.
Death Takes Mrs. Estabrook, Pioneer Here.
Mrs. Mary Jane Estabrook, 90, widow of Clinton Hobart Estabrook, and
prominent resident of Ottawa many years, died unexpectedly yesterday at
6:30pm, at the home, 324 Locust. She mentioned not feeling well, and died
soon after lying down. She had lived in Ottawa 81 years. Mary Jane
Harrington was born October 6, 1858, in Toledo, Ohio, daughter of William
Theodore and Harriet Elizabeth (Bosley) Harrington.
She was married at Ottawa April 29, 1879 to Mr. Estabrook and he died
November 20, 1938. (Cemetery records and probate say December 20, 1938.) Surviving are a
daughter, Mrs. M.H. Forester, Ottawa; a granddaughter, Mrs. Bruce
Moorehead, Escalon, Calif., and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Moorehead
is coming to Ottawa. The funeral is to be Friday from the Lamb Funeral
Home at 3pm. Rev. W.A. Elliott and Rev. R.S. Pruitt will officiate, and
interment s to be in the Hope Cemetery. The casket will be open at the
funeral home Friday, from 1 to 2:30pm.
The Harrington family moved in 1867 from Toledo, Ohio, to a farm in the
Chippewa Hills, where they frequently saw Indians. The Indians passed
the farm on their way to Ottawa to receive their money. Soon after moving
to this farm, an older sister of Mrs.
Estabrook, who lived in Colorado, started in a caravan to Kansas to visit
her people. The caravan was attacked and captured by the Indians, and
the sister and her child, along with others, were taken prisoner. The attack
took place about the border line of Colorado and Kansas. The government
negotiated with the Indians for return of the sister and child, upon payment
of ransom; but before the plan was completed the Indians were
attacked, and they killed the sister and child.
Mr. Estabrook came here when he was 12 years old from Kansas City,
and lived in Ottawa the remainder of his life. He was an early day merchant
and engaged in the drug
business many years. He was later connected with the First National bank,
and had extensive property interests.
Contributor: LTC James Shepherd, USMC (Ret.); California.
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