Military News & Obituaries

  

Fulton County, NY

  


Revolutionary War

Last of Boshart Pioneer Family Taken by Death
Josephine F. Boshart, 77,
Passed Away This Afternoon at 1 at the Family Home

Miss Josephine F. Boshart, aged 77, a life long resident of Johnstown passed away this afternoon at 1 at her home 405 South Perry street.  She had not been in good health for sometime past and on December 18 had a severe fall in her home.  While no bones were broken she suffered seriously from shock and had since failed steadily.

Miss Boshart, born July 19, 1861 was the last remaining member of a family of ten children who were n the fifth generation of Jacob Boshart's family in Johnstown.

Jacob Boshart, the pioneer, was born in Millenburg, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, and went from the Colmar, Alsace, Germany.  He sailed for America in 1753 from Rotterdam, Holland, landing at Philadelphia Septermber 7.  He located first in Freehold, Monmouth County, N. J., but in the Spring of 1756, he, with his old friend, John E. Coughnet, came to Johnstown, then known as Caughnawaga.

He leased a 53 acre parcel of land from John Butler and on that tract the tavern which was the Boshart domicile until a colonial structure replaced the log house some years later.  These two buildings housed five generations of Bosharts and when the property was sold in 1928 had been occupied continuously by the Boshart family for 172 years.

John, the only son of Jacob and Margaret Koch Boshart, was born in the log house on March 1, 1757 and both father and son were Revolutionary soldiers.  The pioneer Bosharts were members of the old Caughnawaga church, built by Sir William Johnson and their names appeared frequently in the church Book of Records.  Later when the first Lutheran lodge church was built a mile west of Johnstown, they were attendants there and the first three generations of t he family were buried in a small cemetery which adjoined that site.

As the village grew in importance, the family was identified with its social and religious affairs and Miss Boshart was a devout member of the United Presbyterian church.  Loyalty to her church and country was inherent and when a few years ago she became a member of the local D. A. R. chapter, it was her conviction that she was honoring her Revolutionary ancestors, not only those of the name Boshart but John E. Coughnet, Michael Moore, Lieut. Harmon Brower and Henry Yanney, also.

 Miss Boshart was a member of the second class in the Johnstown Union School, graduating from the Academic Department in June, 1883.  She was a member of the W. C. T. U., a woman of kind and gentle manner and one deeply grateful for the smallest favor shown her.

The only survivors are a nephew, Attorney Herbert M. Vosburgh and two grand nephews, Richard B. and Robert D. Vosburgh.

The body was removed to the Wassung & Brown Funeral Home, 43 South Perry street.  The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at the family home.

dated 14 January 1939
Source:  Unknown Newspaper

  

World War II

Robert D. Vosburgh Goes To Camp Lee

Robert D. Vosburgh, son of Attorney and Mrs. Herbert M. Vosburgh, 406 Glebe street, cost accountant in the U. S. Army, has been transferred from West Point to Camp Lee, Virginia.

Vosburgh has been connected with the Quartermaster's Corps at West Point for two and one-half years.  His new assignment is with the 6th Quartermaster's Training regiment at  the Virginia Army camp.  He has been made clerk of Co. K, 3rd Battalion.

dated 3 March 1941
Source:  Unknown Newspaper

  

 

World War II

Doubleday, at 36, Made Lieut. Col. In U. S. Air Corps

  

Lieut. Col. D. C. Doubleday

A former Johnstown boy, only 36 years old, has been promoted from the rank of Major to Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Army Air Corps, according to annoucement made by the War Department.

He is Daniel C. Doubleday, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archibald G. Doubleday, 101 East Montgomery street.

The young lieutenant colonel was a member of the class of 1929 at West Point, and has risen rapidly during his service of little more than a decade in the air corps.

He is stationed at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, in the aircraft radio laboratory.

dated 5 February 1942

 

  

World War II

Robert D. Vosburgh Goes To Camp Lee

Robert D. Vosburgh, son of Attorney and Mrs. Herbert M. Vosburgh, 406 Glebe street, cost accountant in the U. S. Army, has been transferred from West Point to Camp Lee, Virginia.

Vosburgh has been connected with the Quartermaster's Corps at West Point for two and one-half years.  His new assignment is with the 6th Quartermaster's Training regiment at  the Virginia Army camp.  He has been made clerk of Co. K, 3rd Battalion.

dated 3 March 1941
Source:  Unknown Newspaper

  


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