|While working at the Genesco depot, Edward became acquainted with James M. Hosford. The Nichols family |
(Joshua Nichols) crossed paths with the Hosford's during James Hosford's duties as a School Superintendent
in Onondaga, County New York in 1854. Sadie (Sarah) Nichols Engel, Edwards wife, was the daughter of David T
Nichols, who was the son of Joshua. After Edward and Sadie's departure from Illinois to Kansas in 1881, they
remained close friends with the Hosford's.
James Manning Hosford was born April 15, 1822 to Stephen and Amy Brown Hosford in Williamstown, Berkshire
County, Massachusetts. He married Susan Sophia Seymour of New York in 1847. They had five children, Carrie
Seymour, born 1849 in New York, James Egbert, born 1850 in New York, Mary L, born 1856 in Wisconsin,
William Henry, born April 06, 1858 in Genesco, Illinois and Susan A, born 1860 in Genesco, Illinois.
James was a veteran of the Civil War serving for the 112th Regiment Illinois Volunteers, mustering August 11,
1862 in Genesco and being elected Captain of Company I. He was then elected Major of the same company by
the commissioned officers and enlisted men on September 20, 1862. On February 01, 1863 he was injured in
Lexington, Kentucky after being thrown from his horse and re-assigned to the Commissary Department Camp
Douglas in Chicago, Illinois from May of 1863 to October 01, 1865.
After returning to Genesco, James served as Justice of the Peace and Supervisor and in 1868 he was employed
by the Home Insurance Company. He also previously served as President of the Board of Education and also
President of the Genesco Collegiate Institute. He was a Mason and a member of the E. J. Jenkins Post, No. 452
Grand Army Republic of Genesco.
His first wife Susan died on December 19, 1876 in Genesco, Illinois.
He then married Ruth D. Davidson, widow of Captain William A. Davidson.
His brother Rev. Henry B. Hosford due to failing health, moved to Genesco around 1882. Henry B. Hosford
passed away on February 27, 1889 and is buried with his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Plant) Hosford in Genesco.
James M. Hosford died August 14, 1898 and Ruth Hosford died November 08, 1902, both are buried at
Oakwood Cemetery in Genesco, Illinois