Biography of Watson L. Hoskins
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





WATSON L. HOSKINS, better known, however, in Tioga county as Captain Hoskins, was born in Simsbury, Conn., January 22, 1830, and was the third of eight children in the family of Norton and Candace Hoskins. Watson was brought up on a farm till he was 17, then, in September, 1847, came to Owego, and for the next two years peddled notions and light merchandise all through this region. In 1849 Matson's store was robbed, and our young man's goods were also taken, and he was thereby stripped of all his assets save a limited amount of cash. He next bought a jeweler's "kit" and began work, but from 1849 to 1852 was clerk in Mr. Matson's store, then went to Erie. Pa., where he was in the jewelry and notion business four years. Returning to Owego, Mr. Hoskins sold goods on the road two years, and in 1858 bought out and succeeded Mr. Matson. From that to the present time he has been identified with local mercantile interests, and is now one of the oldest merchants in the village. In 1861 he began underwriting and has built up an extensive insurance business in the county. However in 1862, he recruited 120 men in eight days for Co. C. ,137th N. Y. Infantry. He was commissioned captain and served at the front until February, 1863, when he resigned and came home to resume charge of his mercantile business which, in the meantime, had been intrusted to his brother. In local political circles Capt. Hoskins is well known although he has not sought paying office; nor has he sought any office, but has nevertheless been member of the board of education many years, and was its president twelve years; was village supervisor two years. He is also a member of St. Paul's church, and was warden and vestryman 27 years, until he declined to further serve. In 1853 Watson L. Roskins was married with Frances, daughter of Atwood Allen, of Tioga. Five children have been born to them, only one of whom is now living, Marie Louise, wife of Horace F. King.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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