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No. 3-4

Nebraska Historical Library, Lincoln, Nebraska


Hugh1 Mosher, Newport, Rhode Island, and Some of His Descendants

page 25

The Philip1 Taber Family


Nebraska Census, 1869, Butler County


John1 Tripp, Portsmouth, Rhode Island


Index of Surnames (Volume XXII)


  I. HUGH1 MOSHER, is called "of Newport" in the record of the purchase of a tract of land later known as Westerly, June 29, 1660. This is the earliest known record of him.(a) It is generally believed that he was the son of Hugh Mosher of Falmouth, Maine, who arrived at Boston on the "Jane", June 12, 1632, and whose estate was probated in 1666. This older man left two sons, James and John, both of whom later settled on Long Island. It is also claimed that Hugh Mosher of Newport was a nephew of the older man. The Mosher family had not lived long in England, perhaps 50 or 60 years. Most of them seem to have lived in London, where they were silk weavers and merchants. The only certain clew (sic) as to his relatives is when he named Jeremiah2 Clarke (Jeremiah1) one of the overseers in his will, October 12, 1709, calling him his kinsman. John2 Stanton (Robert) was named the other overseer and although he had married as his first wife, Mary Harndell, younger half sister of Hugh Mosher's first wife, and as his second wife Mrs. Mary Cranston, widow of John1 Cranston, and older sister of Jeremiah2 Clarke, Stanton was not called a kinsman. Although Clarke was descended through both his father and his mother from families well known in England, no relationship with the Mosher family has been found. The purchase of land at Westerly, Rhode Island, seems to have been purely a matter of speculation as few of the men concerned

  (a) This genealogy, prepared by the editor, several years ago, has recently been revised and rewritten.
  (b) On June 29, 1660, William Vaughan, Robert Stanton, John Fairfield, Hugh Moshur, James Longbottom, all of Newport, R. I., purchased the tract of land afterwards known as Westerly from T. Socho (or Sosoa), a Narraganset Indian, who claimed ownership. The witnesses to this deed were Jeremy Clarke, Latham Clarke,


went there to live.(b) Several of them were relatives of Jeremiah Clarke, either by blood or by marriage, and some of them married into that family later.

  In 1663 Hugh Mosher was called upon to testify in court, at which time he stated that he was about thirty years of age.(c) On May 4, 1664, he was admitted as a freeman to the colony.(d) It was at about this time that he married Rebecca Maxon, daughter of Richard1 Maxon, blacksmith. Her father had been killed by the Indians, while she and her brother John Maxon were still infants and her mother had later married John Harndell.(e) On July 8, 1668, calling himself "of Portsmouth", he bought a part of Thomas Lawton's farm near Hunting Swamp, obligating himself and his heirs to maintain a good fence on the line between himself and Thomas Lawton.(c) On August 24, 1676, he was a member of the court martial held at Newport for the trial of certain Indians charged with being engaged in King Phillip's designs, at which time he was called Ensign Hugh Mosher. Several of these Indians were sentenced to be executed.(c) He had evidently prospered, for in 1680 his taxes were 1 pound, 4 shillings, 1 penny. When the first Baptist Church was organized at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in 1684, he was ordained as its pastor.(c) This church soon embraced people living in Dartmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton. His wife

Henry Clark (of a different family), George Webb and George Gardiner. - Collections of Rhode Island Historical Society. III, pp. 242-3.
  On March 22, 1660/1, Articles of Agreement had been drawn UP between those interested in the enterprise, and among the seventy-six signers Hugh Mosher heads the list. it was specified that the following should each have a full share: William Vaughn, Robert Stanton, Hugh Mosher, John Fairfield, James Longbottom, Shubal Painter. - Ibid, III, pp. 250-2
  On July 29, 1661, this land was divided into 19 shares, Hugh Mosher receiving a whole share. The cost of one share was 5 pounds, to be paid in wheat at 6 shillings a bushel, Indian corn at 4 shillings, etc. - Ibid, III, pp. 254-5, 257.
  On Aug. 19, 1661. William Vaughan, John Coggeshall, Hugh Moshur, Caleb Car, ---- Crandall, ----- ----- and James Barker were made the committee of trustees. - Ibid, III, p. 256.
  On Aug. 27, 1661, the company petitioned the Court of Commissioners of R. I. that their title be confirmed, the petition being signed by William Vahan, John Coggeshall, John Crandal, Hugh Mosieur, James Barker, Caleb Carr, James Rogers, Joseph Tarry and John Cranston. - Ibid, III, pp. 241-2.
  On Sept. 15, 1661. house lots were drawn by 65 men, Hugh Moshur receiving No. 26. - Ibid, III. pp. 252-3.
  On Mar. 1, 1662, the cost per share was raised to 8 pounds and the rate at which produce would be taken in pay lowered. - Ibid, III, p. 260.
  See also Records of Colony of Rhode Island (Bartlett), I, pp. 449-51.
  It would seem that the above meetings were all held at Newport and that few of those named ever lived at Westerly.
  This land speculation, set out in considerable detail, is not much like the later activities of Hugh Mosher of Rhode Island. Besides the other speculators were much older men. This has caused the editor to take into account the fact that all these records, above mentioned, may have referred to Hugh Mosher of Falmouth, Maine, who might have lived at Newport, R. I., a part of the time. The older man speculated in more than one tract of land in Maine and he seems to have owned land on Long Island at the time of his death. Austin, Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, says that John' Maxon (Richard), brother of Hugh Mosher's wife, married Mary, daughter of Hugh Mosher of Falmouth, Maine, and also intimates that John Maxon's wife's mother lived in his family. On the other hand, Noyes-Libby-Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, do not credit Hugh Mosher of Falmouth with a son Hugh, since he is not mentioned either in the will or the settlement of the estate.
  (c) Austin, Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island.
  (d) Bartlett, John R., Records of Colony of Rhode Island, II, p. 38.
  (e) Will of John Harndell, Mss., Newport (R. I.) Historical Library.


Rebecca died between January 28, 1689/90, and November 7, 1691,(f) and he afterwards married a second wife named Sarah. Hugh Mosher died in 1713, at the age of 80 years, probably in the latter part of the year, as his will was admitted to probate December 7. The inventory of his estate was 290 pounds, 17 shillings, 2 pence. Among the items in the inventory were books including a Bible valued at 6 pounds.(c) On May 28, 1713, he had deeded a tract of 40 acres of land to his daughter Rebecca, wife of John Kirby.(g) Hugh Mosher was a farmer, a blacksmith and a Baptist minister. He seems to have lived most of his life on his farm, which lay partly in Portsmouth and partly in Newport. In some records however he calls himself "of Dartmouth." The dates of birth of the last three children listed are somewhat uncertain. There may have been other children who died in childhood.

  Children of Hugh1 and Rebecca (Maxon) Mosher:
        i. Nicholas, b. abt. 1666; d. Aug. 14, 1747; m. Aug. 14, 1687, Elizabeth ----, who survived him; 10
           children lived at Dartmouth and Tiverton; called Capt. Nicholas Mosher.
       ii. John, b. abt. 1668; m. Mar. 5, 1692, Experience, dau. of Richard and Patience Kirby; 7 children; lived
           at Dartmouth.
2.   iii. Joseph.
      iv. Mary, b. abt. 1672; m. Joseph Rathbone, May 19, 1691; 10 children; lived at New Shoreham,
           Kingston and Exeter, R. I.
       v. James, b. abt. 1675; twice married; 10 children; lived at New Shoreham, R. I., New London, Conn.,
           and Dartmouth, Mass.
      vi. Daniel, b. say abt. 1678; d. 1751; lived at Dartmouth, Mass.; 11 children.
     vii. Rebecca, m. between 1691 and 1713, John Kirby.
    viii. Hannah, m. before 1713, ----- Cornell.

  II. JOSEPH2 MOSHER (Hugh1) was born about 1670, probably in Portsmouth or in Newport, Rhode Island, as his father's land was on the line, a part being in either town. He married probably in 1694 or 1695 Lydia, daughter Philip2 and Mary (Cooke) Taber and great grand-daughter of both Francis Cooke and Richard Warren of the Mayflower, born at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, September 28, 1673. He was a mason and a farmer and lived at Dartmouth. He died probably early in 1754 as his will, although made on November 15, 1743, was offered for probate on March 23, 1754. He was about 83 years of age. His widow Lydia then past 80 years of age survived him.(h)

  (f) "Hugh Mosher of portsmouth . . . Black Smith . . . for . . . two hundred and thirty pounds in mony . . . payd by henry Brightman of parts mouth . . . have given . . . Land . . . in the township of portsmouth . . . and part In newport bounds . . . thirty Eight Acres . . . Rebeckah Mosher the wife of mee . . . consent . . . twenty eight Day of January . . . One thousand six hundred Eighty nine." This is signed by Hugh Mosher and the mark of Rebeckah Mosher. - Rhode Island Land Evidences, I, pp. 223-4.
  On Nov. 7, 1691, Hugh Mosher sold to Joseph Braman for 36 sh. "half my share belonging to the purchasers of Westquadnoid." No wife signed the deed with him showing that his first wife had died and he had not yet married a second wife. Rebecca and John Mosher, his daughter and son signed as witnesses - Austin.
  (g) Proprietary Records of Dartmouth, quoted in Kirby Family, p. 238.
  (h) Austin, Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode island. Mayflower Descendant, XVI, pp. 230-1; XXX, pp. 23-27. 
  Dartmouth Vital Records.


  Children of Joseph and Lydia (Taber) Mosher:
       i. Rebekah, b. Dec. 28, 1695; d. before 1743; m. Daniel Tripp; 7 children.
3    ii. Philip, b. Dec. 20, 1697.
     iii. Jonathan, b. Mar. 13, 1699; m. Jan. 7, 1719/20 Isabel Potter; 7 children.
     iv. Joseph, b. June 23, 1701; d. between 1723 and 1743.
      v. James, b. Dec. 14, 1704; m. Dec. 25, 1729, Sarah, dau. of Benjamin Devol; 6 or more children.
     vi. Ruth, b. Sept. 17, 1707; m. William, son of Jonathan and Martha Tripp, b. at Little Compton, Jan. 7,
    vii. Benjamin, b. Feb. 22, 1708/9; d. before Nov. 15, 1743; wife Sarah; removed to Dutchess Co., N. Y.,
          where only surviving child, Rebecca, married John Hoag, Jr., Jan. 11, 1758.
   viii. William, b. July 29, 1713; d. before Nov. 15, 1743.
     ix. Lydia, b. June 11, 1717(i); m. abt. 1737 Timothy Devol; 10 children; removed to Nine Partners,
          Dutchess Co., N. Y., abt. 1759.

  III. PHILIP3 MOSHER (Joseph2 Hugh1) was born at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, December 20, 1697. He married, probably in 1719, Abigail, daughter of Jonathan and Martha (Brownell), Tripp,(j) born at Little Compton, May 8, 1701. He was a cooper and lived at Dartmouth. The last record of Abigail is on March 30, 1747 when she signed a deed with her husband. She died before January 20, 1759, when the intentions of his marriage to Mrs. Eleanor Huddlestone, widow of Isaac, were announced. He signed a deed with his wife after which there is no further record of him.(k)

  Children of Philip3 and Abigail (Tripp) Mosher:
         i. Israel, b. Mar. 20, 1720; according to tradition married Sarah Rogers.
        ii. Caleb, b. Sept 8, 1721; d. Dutchess Co., N. Y., 1793; m. 1743, Little Compton, R. I., Elizabeth
            Wilbour; 6 surviving children.
       iii. Maxon, b. Jan. 13, 1722/3; twice married; moved to Dutchess Co., N. Y.
       iv. Philip, b. May 8, 1724; m. Sept. 27, 1750, Sarah, dau. of Edward Burgess of Little Compton, R. I.;
            8 children; removed to Newport, Nova Scotia, July 1760.
        v. Martha, b. Oct. 16, 1727; d. young.
       vi. Abigail, b. Sept. 4, 1730.
4.   vii. Benjamin, b. Apr. 21, 1735.
     viii. Lydia, b. July 27, 1738.
       ix. Martha, b. Dec. 28, 1745; d. young.

  IV. BENJAMIN4 MOSHER (Philip3 Joseph2 Hugh1 ) was born at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, April 21, 1735. He married, at Little Compton, May 25, 1755, Phebe Brownell. He was a cooper. Between 1768 and 1775 he removed to the Town of Charlotte (now Washington), Dutchess County, New York, where he died November 19, 1806.(l)

  (i) Bible records of Timothy Devol. Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record, XV, p. 35.
  (j) Bible records of Philip Mosher-New England Historical and Genealogical Record. LXXXVII, p. 395.
  (k) Mayflower Descendant, XXX, p. 24.
  Dartmouth Vital Records.
  (l) Bible records of Richard Mosher ; son of Benjamin and Phebe, in possession (1934) of Mrs. Cora Lovelace, Clinton Corners, N. Y., a granddaughter of Richard.


  Children of Benjamin and Phebe (Brownell) Mosher:(m)
       i. Philip (twin), b. June 7, 1755.
      ii. Thomas (twin), b. June 7, 1755; d. Oct. 1804; m. June 25, 1778, Hannah Haight.
     iii. Desire (or Keziah), b. Mar. 12, 1757; m. ------ Brown; a son, David Brown, b. Mar. 12, 1804
          (or 1805), m. Mary Brownell.
     iv. Richard, b. May 4, 1759; d. Dec. 1828; m. July 10, 1783, Phebe Husted.
      v. Phebe, b. May 19, 1761; m. 1st, Sept. 25, 1782, David Haight; m. 2nd, Feb. 1, 1838, Jeddiah Irish, as
           his third wife. (n)
     vi. Stephen, b. July 22, 1763; d. Dec. 1820; m. Sept. 1782, Susanna Wilbor.
    vii. Lydia, b. Mar. 9, 1765; m. Dec. 24, 1789, Joseph Mitchell.
   viii. James, b. Nov. 3, 1766.
     ix. Jonathan, b. Apr. 18, 1768; probably died young; not listed by family in 1856.

  (m) Bible records of Richard Mosher.
  Chart of Mosher Family, drawn about 1856 by Harry Talmadge, Dutchess Co., N. Y.. a neighbor of Thomas B. Mosher, Richard's son. Chart owned (1934) by Mrs. Harry Young, Bellemead, N. J.
  Dartmouth Vital Records.
  (n) Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record, XXII, p. 17.


  I. PHILIP1 TABER, who was an early settler at Watertown, was made a freeman by the General Court of Massachusetts, May 14, 1634.(a) He owned five lots of land in the town. By 1639 he had married Lydia, daughter of John Masters.(b) He was living at Yarmouth, March 5, 1639, when he was on the committee to make the first division of planting land and on June 4, 1639, he was made a freeman of Plymouth Colony in which Yarmouth was located. In 1639/40 he was deputy from Yarmouth. Later he lived on Martha's Vineyard for some time and from there moved to New London, Connecticut, March 1651. Later he moved to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where he was made a freeman in 1656. He served on the jury several times. On January 31, 1664, he called himself "of Newport", when selling a house at Portsmouth. On June 10, 1669, then "of Providence" aged 64 years, he testified at an inquest. His wife Jane, 64 years of age, also testified. On February 24, 1672, his deposition was read at a trial in court, indicating that he had moved away.(c) It is said that he spent the last years of his life at Tiverton, but no proof has been seen.

  Children of Philip1 and Lydia (Masters) Taber:
      i. John, bpt. Nov. 8, 1640, Barnstable; perhaps died young.
     ii. Lydia, living in 1718; m. Apr. 16, 1664, Pardon Tillinghast (1622-1718).
    iii. Joseph, bpt. Feb. 1646; living at Tiverton 1698 to 1713; farmer and

  (a) In preparing this genealogy the editor used as a basis the material in Austin, Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island.
  (b) Bond, Henry, Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, p. 956.
Watertown Records (pub. 1894), Vol. 1, p. 5 of Land Grants.
  New England Historical and Genealogical Register, II, p. 180; III, p. 92; IX, p. 282.
  (c) Bartlett, John R., Records of the Colony of Rhode Island, I, p. 300 ; II, p. 429.
  Rhode Island Court Records, I, II.


           mason; wife Hannah; sons John, Ebenezer and Philip.(d)
2.   iv. Philip, bpt. Feb. 1646.
       v. Thomas, bpt. Feb. 1646; married twice; lived at Dartmouth; will June 15, 1723; letters of administra-
            tion Mar. 20, 1732/33.(e)

  II. PHILIP2 TABER (Philip1) was born, say about 1644, probably at Yarmouth, Massachusetts, where his father lived for several years. He married about 1667 Mary, daughter of John and Sarah (Warren) Cooke.(f) The family lived at Dartmouth. He died probably early in 1693 for the inventory of his estate, 231 pounds, 14 shillings, 6 pence, was dated March 4, 1692/3. It included land, carpenter tools and three Bibles. Before August 31, 1693, his wife had married, secondly, a Mr. Davis.(g)

  Children of Philip2 and Mary (Cooke) Taber:
       i. Mary, b. Jan. 28, 1668; m. Thomas Earle, Portsmouth, R. 1.
      ii. Sarah, b. Mar. 26, 1671; m. Thomas Cory, Tiverton.
     iii. Lydia, b. Sept. 28, 1673; m. Joseph Mosher, Dartmouth.
     iv. Philip, b. Feb. 29 (sic), 1675; wife Margaret; Baptist minister.
      v. Abigail, b. Oct. 27, 1678.
     vi. Esther, b. Feb. 23, 1680; m. Thomas Brownell, Portsmouth, R. 1.
    vii. John, b. July 18, 1684; will June 18, 1718; wife Susannah.
   viii. Bethiah, b. Apr. 18, 1689; m. John Macumber, Dartmouth.

  (d) Bristol County (Mass.) deeds, quoted in Boston Evening Transcript, 1910 Sept. 6.
  (e) Mayflower Descendant, XVI, pp. 226, 231-234.
  (f) John2 Cooke, born as early as 1612, son of Francis' and Hester (Mabieu) Cooke, came to America in the Mayflower in 1620 with his father. He married, Mar. 28, 1634, Sarah2 Warren, whose father was also a Mayflower passenger. He was a zealous member of the Plymouth church. but having come under the influence of Anabaptist doctrines, he found himself in disagreement with other members of the congregation. He removed to Dartmouth, where he was one of the earliest proprietors. He helped to organize the Baptist church there, which included inhabitants of Tiverton and little Compton. He served as minister of this church many years and was selectman and deputy for the town. He died Nov. 23, 1695; being the last male survivor of the Mayflower passengers.- Ferris, Mary W., Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, II. pp. 289-244.
See also Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society, VIII, p. 68.
  (g) Mayflower Descendant, III, pp. 33-36, 95-105; XVI, pp. 226-281.
  See also Mayflower Index.



  This census enumeration was transcribed by the editor from the original manuscript, now preserved at the University of Nebraska Library.


[p. 1] Tenis Hoekstra(a), b. Bergen, Freesland, Netherlands; Elky, b. Tersar, Freesland.
William Bull, b. Granzure, Taswell Co., Tenn.; Elizabeth, b. Knoxville, Knox Co., Tenn.
Albert H. Thomas, b. Norwich, London Dist., Canada; Cathran, b. Riplet, Ind.; Caroline, b. Hemisburgh,
    Canada West.
Horrace Garfield, b. Irwin, Venango Co., Pa.; Margret, b. Ireland.

  (a) Tunis Hookstra was living in 1884 on the 86 acre farm on the south bank of the Platte River, just south of Shinn's Island, which he had purchased in 1866 - Official State Atlas of Nebraska (1885), pub. by Everts & Kirk, Philadelphia, p. opposite 101.

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