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Re: Founders Monument, Hartford, CT
Posted by: Mary S. Pitkin Date: March 06, 1999 at 10:24:03
In Reply to: Founders Monument, Hartford, CT by Debbie Smith of 16018

I have book "By Their Markers Ye Shall Know Them - A Chronicle of the History and Restoration of Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground", by William Hosley and Shephard m. Holcombe Sr.
Description of Capt. Thomas Hosmer's stone (1675-1732) page 72
" THis excellent pair of stones was made by John Hartshorn of Franklin, CT , the earliest of eastern CT carvers. Hartshorn came to CT from Essex County, MA, bringing with him a distinctive florid style of carving.
There is a not very clear picture of the stone.
Description of Francis' stone: Frances Hosmer was the wife o f Hartford founder, Thomas Hosmer. Thomas Hosmer was born in Kent County, England, settled in Hartford in 1636, then moved to Northhampton, MA, after his wife's death. Thomas Hosmer was appointed to a succession of town offices and at his death in 1687 declared in his will that " if any of my children shall bring up any of their children to learning so as to make them fit for public service to each such grandchild I do bequeath ten pounds" He also made bequests "toward a free school in Hartford" and "to the poor". Frances Hosmer's son, Stephen was the first Englishman to settle in what is now West Hartford. page 71.
Inscription on Founder's Monument reads " Erected by the Society of the Descendents of The Founders of Hartford AD 1986 to Commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the city. This stone replaces the original.


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