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NOTES ON FAMILY HISTORY BY MRS. MARY HODGSON

These were written by my 2nd great grandmother...she has James Hogarth as her grandfather, but his name was John!


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The Hogarths can be traced back to the great grandfather, Richard Hogarth, born in London about 1724. He went to the north of Ireland, Ulster County, in early life.

Before leaving London, he drank the wassail with his cousin, William Hogarth, the celebrated painter. I have seen the little common porcelain bowl, decorated with Masonic emblems, from which they drank. It was the property of his grandson (uncle John Hogarth).

He married in Ireland and three sons, James (our Grandfather) (should be John Hogarth), Thomas and another whose names is ---- came to this country, leaving him in Ireland.

Our grandfather, James (John) Hogarth, had six children, five born in Ireland and one John who said he was born after he came over. His wife died soon after his arrival.

The country, which is now the finger lake region, was opening up to settlers and grandfather Hogarth acquired the land on which Sheldrake Point is situated. The outlook of so much water and sand did not appeal to him and he sold it.

There was a family burying ground north of Sheldrake where the older Hogarths were buried on a farm overlooking Lake Cayuga. The land belonged to Thomas (?) Osborn, the husband of Mary, oldest daughter of James (John)Hogarth. It was sold after many years and John Osborn, son of Mary Hogarth Osborn, removed the bodies to the Sheldrake cemetary. Here are buried James Hogarth and his first wife. (Jane Scott)

James (John) Hogarth went over to Ireland about 1811 to bring his father, then over 90, to this country. They were a long time in crossing the ocean to America and James (John) Hogarth never recovered from the voyage but died soon after his return. Great Grandfather lived to be 100 years old. My mother, Rebecca Hogarth, six years old when he died and remembered going into the woods with him and her brother Andrew to worship. His son Richard gave him a large print Prayer Book that was a great joy to him. He was buried near the Pultney Street entrance at the old cemetary, Geneva.

The first family of James (John) Hogarth were:

Mary Hogarth, wife of ThomasOsborn
Richard Hogarth, husband of Julia Seymour
Alice Hogarth, wife of James DeMotte
Jane Hogarth, wife of Abram DeMotte

Early in the 19th century (date unknown) grandfather Hogarth married for his second wife, grandmother, Rebecca Seeley Bloomer, and by this marriage there were five children:

Clarissa, married Joseph Johnson
Sally, married ---- Nicolas
Emily, married Cornelius Covert
Andrew, married Marie
Rebecca, married John Dennis

Grandmother Hogarth, Rebecca Seeley, was born in Danbury Conn. In direct descent from Nathaniel Seeley who came over from England in 1636 in the New Haven Company, a charter member, and settled in New Haven. Her father Gideon Seeley was captain in the Revolution. The family moved to Bradford, Westchester County, near New York. The farm is still in the family. Many distinguished families live there, relatives of the Seeley family.

Rebecca Seeley married James Bloomer and went to White Plains to live on a farm that was to help carry the Croton Acquaduct. Her brother Gideon Seeley was a surveyor and located for himself a tract in South Onondaga and for the Bloomers one in Seneca County, where at an elevation both lakes Seneca and Cayuga can be seen.

The Dunlaps were the first to enter this, the Finger Lake section and were at Scotts Corners when the Bloomers came up from New York. There the family stayed until the log house was built near Ovid Center.

It was a long tiresome journey. The trip was along the Erie railroad line, built many years afterward then north to Ithaca, where there were two houses and a grist mill - from there to Ovid it was only a trail by blazed trees.

Grandmother was left a widow with five children and an unimproved farm. Edward, sixteen years old, was killed by a falling tree and his mother rode an ox to the place of the accident. The death of an only daughter, Clarissa, added to her grief.

The farm was divided among the Bloomer family, grandmother having an annuity, a house and a few acres at Scotts corners (life lease). The widow of her son Isaac bought the place. She married a Mr. Rowley. This place of theirs was slice off the Nicolas Huff Farm. The deed was interesting, one party signing by a mark.

As stated above, for her second husband grandmother married grandfather James (John) Hogarth. She died in Geneva 1850 and was buried at McNeils with her first husband James Bloomer.