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Ken Smith (#46985536)
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Bio Photo I have been interested in genealogy since the late '70s, when a cousin showed me an old genealogy, "The Descend- ants of William Wood" in which my late grandmother was mentioned. I like this site and have made an effort to try to locate all the ancestor graves I can. I'm always available to take grave photos in the Twin City area.
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J.B.
Stephen Hosmer marriage debate
Stephen Hosmer was born 26 Dec 1570 in Ticehurst, Sussex, England, the son of James and Agnes Hosmer. (Ticehurst is about 5 miles due west of Hawkhurst, Kent.) Stephen was christened 26 Dec 1570 in Ticehurst. He married Katherine Iddenden 13 Jul 1600 in Hawkhurst, Kent. Stephen's name is the first Hosmer name on record in Hawkhurst. The marriage of Katherine and Stephen and the birth of their children are recorded at St. Laurence Church. Katherine was baptized at Cranbrook, Kent 23 Feb 1577/8, the daughter of John and Christian (Mercer) Edynden. Stephen married 2nd Dorothy Selden. [Torrey's "New England Marriages Prior to 1700", shows Stephen Hosmer marrying Dorothy Selden] Stephen was a Shearman. No record of Katherine's death has been found. Stephen died 24 May 1632 in Hawkhurst, Kent and was buried 24 May 1632 St Laurence Church, Hawkhurst. His will was dated 5 Jan 1631/2, and was proved 6 Jun 1632 by the Archdeaconry of Canterbury.

There is a debate as to if Stephen Hosmer was ever married to Katherine Edynden.
In the book, Selden Ancestry: A Family History, by Roberts, Lane, & Selden, page 15, the following explanation appears:"In ancient times, it was customary in many English parishes to enter the baptisms, marriages and burials, as they occurred from week to week, in a paper book. About once in ten years, a professional scrivener was employed to copy the entries for the several years into the bound parchment volume which the law required each parish to keep, and which is the official record. In most parishes the paper books were destroyed or lost soon after being copied, but at Hawkhurst the original paper books are still preserved for some periods, including the year 1600. The official parchment volume at Hawkhurst, which is the one ordinarily shown, does give Stephen Hosmer [as the man who married Katherine Iddenden] in the record as referred to in an article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Resgister. But an examination of the ORIGINAL PAPER book at Hawkhurst states that this Bridegroom was James Hosmer (who was a brother of Stephen), so the scrivener of three centuries ago simply blundered in making his official parchment copy."
Also , from the book - First Families of America on page 389 it says: Stephen Hosmer (1575-1633) of Hawkhurst Co.Kent, b.1575: descended from an ancient Dorsetshire family; m. 18 July 1600, Catherine, dau. of Thomas Iddenham, & by her, had issue: (1) Thomas, (2)Stephen & (3) James (l605-1685) who emigrated to America,1636
Added by J.B. on Sep 30, 2014 6:08 PM
Todd Whitesides
Stoughtons
I'm happy to collaborate with you on links and bios. I originally planned on working on them a couple of years ago, but got distracted by other research and am just getting back to working on them again. Thanks for your interest in our mutual ancestry.
Added by Todd Whitesides on Sep 26, 2014 10:16 AM
Todd Whitesides
RE: Judith Stoughton Smead
I'll take care of adding the biography to her memorial. I actually had the name misspelled as Smeed which I've just recently corrected. Thank you.
Added by Todd Whitesides on Sep 22, 2014 6:29 PM
Patti
Phebe Manning Plasse-132737744
In this memorial you state that only one child Richard survived to be an adult. Can you tell me where you found this information please.
Added by Patti on Sep 17, 2014 2:24 PM
ScudderSander
Thomas Stoughton
Ken, many thanks for graciously providing a biography for Thomas Stoughton! Margie
Added by ScudderSander on Sep 06, 2014 12:00 PM
bluesma36
MANSFIELD family
Ken, I want to thank you for all your additions to members of the MANSFIELD and related families. My husband is a MANSFIELD descendant and a lot of info that I had found on-line and at Ancestry.com to be contradictive and confusing. Your additions have helped me to begin sorting out & through conflicting info. Again a big THANK YOU!
Added by bluesma36 on Sep 05, 2014 11:12 AM
Michael Harrington
Leo M. Bessner 57175195
Dear Ken Smith,

Thank you for sending me the information about Officer Besner. I have added what you sent me along with a little bit of my own research.

I wanted to let you know how much I personally appreciate Police Officers. My Father was a Police officer and my Grandfather was a Police Chief. I was a police and fire dispatcher for a few years.

Thank you for your service. If I may be of further assistance please don't hesitate in letting me know.

Kindest regards,

Mike
Added by Michael Harrington on Aug 09, 2014 10:52 PM
J.L.
Babcock
I added your bio for John Babcock (#82913716). He currently is linked to each parent which makes him show up twice on his own page. I'm not sure which is the best solution to this problem.
Added by J.L. on Jul 22, 2014 4:00 PM
Paula
Mary Lawton Babcock
Hi again Ken, I have linked Mary with both parents as requested.
I'm sure your grandkids treasure their grandmother's quilts as much as mine do, but tanks for the compliment! Paula
Added by Paula on Jul 21, 2014 8:55 PM
Paula
Mary Lawton Babcock
Hello Ken, Thank you for your input. I appreciate your suggestion and have gladly added it to the memorial. Paula
Added by Paula on Jul 17, 2014 10:40 AM
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