Bozarth Family Genealogy Forum
Hi Suzanne, I would like to be able to answer all of your questions concerning Jean Bossard/Bozarth, but I can't and I don't know of anyone at this time that can. In Bozarth Beacon, Volume X, No. 4 I printed an article stating in part.."The entry in the 1995 edition of the Register of Qualified Huguenot Ancestors is in error and without documentation." and goes on to say "While Johann Boussart, burgher of Strasbourg (husband of Margaretha Muller) MAYBE the Jean Bossard who arrived in VA via England 9 years later this is still only conjecture on the part of serious researchers. The Date and Birth & marriage of Simon Bozorth is undocumented as are the names of his parents."
As for Henry Bossard a paper written by Ted W. Bozarth (longtime Bozarth researcher and Associate Editor for Bozarth Beacon) states Henry Bossard, Sr. was identified as son of Jean Bossard by The Huguenot Soc. of America. Other ref. Henry Bozart, Berkeley Co., VA, Henry Busard, Hampshire Co.,PA, Henry Bossard taxed Berks Co, PA 1780, Rudolph Bossart also taxed same place, Henry Bossard (c1740-1791) died Westmoreland Co., PA . The name seems to have taken on many spellings. I also have a FGS for a Phillip Bossard b. ca 1706 Alsace Germany, d. Hamilton Twp. PA, children: Melchior, Christina, Henry and three others unnamed.
It's hard to say how Bossard came to be pronounced or spelled Bozorth/Bozarth. I understand in the Pines of NJ it is pronounced Beaushure. I hope I'm right on that. Immigrants speaking poor English might have contributed to the spelling. I would be happy to see anyone else's explanation.
Contact me by e-mail if you would like copies of what I have concerning Henry Bossard. Gayle, Editor Bozarth Beacon