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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.

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.



Myra/Almyra Bosley (1840-1924) - 4th Generation

Daughter of John Bosley and Lettie Hamer
Born about 1840 in Wood County. OH
Died 1924 in Franklin County KS



Clara Harrington 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.

Read 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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