I’m going to call these pieces Settlers Stories. Here’s Settlers Stories #1
James Hosmer, my 8th Great Grandfather
James was born in Cambridge Mass to his father James Hosmer Sr and 2nd wife Mary. James Sr was actually the immigrant having arrived in Boston/Cambridge 2 years before in 1635, my 9th Great Grandfather. James Sr has a colorful story but it was his son we write about below.
Concord Men Slain By Indians – Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA – Find A Grave Memorial# 52302008 [From Footnote: 2 Captain Hugh Mason’s company from Watertown went to the succor of Wadsworth’s command, and their account of finding the bodies of five Concord men on the east side of the river is as follows: — ” On the next day in the morning, so soon as it was light, we went to look for Concord men who were slain in the river meadow, and there we went in the cold water up to our knees, where we found 5, and brought them in canoes to the bridge-foot and buried them there.”]
James was the eldest child of James and Ellen (?) Hosmer. James was to inherit the Hosmer farm in Concord, and when he married Sara White another house was built for him and his new bride on the Hosmer farm lot. This was very near the Fitchburg Railroad bridge over the north branch of the Assabet River. This home remained in the family until 1870. James led a peaceful existence at the farm until Spring of 1676 when Indians began attacking families in his area in an attempt to wipe out the entire white settlement in this area of Concord and Sudbury. James answered the call to arms. “Arriving near the garrison house of Walter Haynes, they were decoyed into an ambush and several were killed. James stayed in the fight as long as possible, but when it was evident that the fight was lost he fled. It was while he was swimming across the river that he was shot and killed. At a stone post placed at the scene of the fight his name heads the list of those who lost their lives in this battle of King Philip’s War.