Texas, USA.

In the search for my family I met a distant cousin who had a letter that was written by great great grandmother (1836-1923) regarding her family history.  The letter reads as follows:

Notes on Family History by Mary Hodgson

The Hogarths can be traced back to the great grandfather, Richard Hogarth, born in London about 1724.  He went north of Ireland, Ulster County, in early life.

Before leaving London, he drank the wassail with his cousin, William Hogarth, the celebrated painter.  I have seen the little common porcelain bowl, decorated with Masonic emblems, from which they drank. It was the property of his grandson (uncle John Hogarth).

He married in Ireland, and three sons, James (our grandfather), Thomas, and another whose name is -----, came to this country, leaving him in Ireland. Our grandfather, James Hogarth, had six children, five born in Ireland, and one (John) who said he was born after he came over.  His wife died soon after his arrival.

The country, which is now the Finger Lake region, was opening up to settlers, and grandfather Hogarth acquired the land on which Sheldrake Point is situated. The outlook of so much water and sand did not appeal to him, and he sold it.

There was a family burying ground north of Sheldrake where the older Hogarths were buried, on a farm overlooking Lake Cayuga. The land belonged to Thomas(?) Osborn, the husband of Mary, oldest daughter of James Hogarth. It was sold after many years, and John Osborn, son of Mary Hogarth Osborn, removed the bodies to the the Sheldrake cemetery. Here are buried James Hogarth and his first wife.

James Hogarth went over to Ireland about 1811 to bring his father, then over 90, to this country. They were a long time in crossing the ocean to America, and James Hogarth never recovered from the voyage, but died soon after his return. Great Grandfather lived to be 100 years old. My mother, Rebecca Hogarth, was six years old when he died, and remembered going into the woods with him and her brother Andrew to worship. His son Richard gave him a large-print prayer book that was a great joy to him. He was buried near the Pultney Street entrance at the old cemetery, Geneva.

The first family of James Hogarth were:
Mary Hogarth, wife of James(?) Osborn.
Richard Hogarth, husband of Julia Seymour.
Alice Hogarth, wife of James DeMotte.
Jane Hogarth, wife of Abram DeMotte.
Elizabeth (Betsey).
John Hogarth, husband of Mary Sheather

Early in the 19th century (date unknown) grandfather Hogarth married his second wife, grandmother, Rebecca Seely Bloomer, and by this marriage there were five children:
Clarissa, married Joseph Johnson.
Sally, married -- Nicolas.
Emily, married Cornelius Covert.
Andrew, married Marie?
Rebecca (1814-1893), married John Dennis.

Grandmother Hogarth, Rebecca Seely, was born in Danbury Conn. in direct descent from Nathaniel Seely who came over from England in 1636 in the New Haven Company, a charter member, and settled in New Haven. Her father Gideon Seely was a captain in the Revolution. The family moved to Bradford, Westchester County, near New York. The farm is still in the family. Many distingushed families live there, relatives of the Seeley Family.

Rebecca Seely married James Bloomer and went to White Plains to live on a farm that was to help carry the Croton Acquaduct. Her brother Gideon Seeley was a surveyor and located himself a tract in South Onondaga, and for the Bloomers, one in Seneca County, where at an elevation both lakes Seneca and Cayuga can be seen.

The Dunlaps were the first to enter this, the Finger Lake section, and were at Scotts Corners when the Bloomers came up from New York. There the family stayed until the log house was built near Ovid Center.

It was long tiresome journey. The trip was along the Erie Railroad line, built many years afterwards then north to Ithaca, where there were two houses and a grist mill - from there to Ovid it was only a trail by blazed trees.

Grandmother was left a widow with five children and an unimproved farm. Edward, sixteen years old, was killed by a falling tree and his mother rode an ox to the place of the accident. The death of an only daughter added to her grief.

The farm was divided among the Bloomer family, grandmother having an annuity, a house, and a few acres at Scotts corners (life lease). The widow of her son Isaac bought the place. She married a Mr Rowley. This place of theirs was a slice of the Nicolas Huff farm. The deed was interesting, one party signing by a mark.

As stated above, for her second husband, grandmother married grandfather, James Hogarth.  She died in Geneva 1850 and was buried at McNeils with her first husband, James Bloomer.

My line is:
Mary Hogarth Dennis, married Francis Day Hodgson.
Mary Hogarth Dennis is daughter of Rebecca Hogarth & John Dennis.
Rebecca Hogarth, daughter of James Hogarth & Rebecca Seeley Hogarth.

If you see a connection, or want to discuss any of the above, please let me know.

  Tammy Usrey


I have found an error in the letter by Mary Hogarth Dennis Hodgson.  Orginally I had John Hogarth as the son of Richard Hogarth b. 1724 marrying in Ireland and having three sons; James, Thomas and one unknown.

The first info on these Hogarth's I knew of came from a school report of my mother's cousin did over 40 years ago. She had listed John Hogarth as the father of Rebecca Hogarth (married John Dennis), but, when I found the letter by Mary Hodgson I changed it to James. I now believe she was mistaken on the names.

I have made contact with a very helpful lady in upstate New York that has done extensive research of these Hogarth's. The James Hogarth in the letter looks to be really named John Hogarth. According to cemetery records of John Hogarth he is indeed buried with his first wife as stated in the Hodgson letter.


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