The ancestry of John HOSKINS of Guilford County, North Carolina is uncertain. Through the years, three major thoughts as to his identity have been given by different researchers. All those list his ancestry as from Chester Co., PA. In order, those theories were: 1. John born about 1727, son of Stephen HOSKINS and Sarah WARNER.1 2. John born 24 day, 12th month 1699  brother of Stephen. 3. A John born say 1725, son of John in #2. The first of these, that John of Guilford County, NC was the son of Stephen HOSKINS is easily disproved. This John was named in the 1769 will of his uncle Joseph Hoskins as his residuary heir, and was stated to be living at Burlington,2 [New Jersey]. This John HOSKINS died at Burlington 27 day, 3 mo. 1814, age 87.3 For the second theory that John of Guilford County was the John born 24 day 12 month 1699 , there are the following problems. This man appeared as late as 1737/8 in the Uwchland, Chester Co., PA tax lists as a "freeman," which means that he was unmarried. That the sons of John of Guilford County, those sons being Joseph, Arnold and Moses were not born until the 1750s at the earliest, starting a family at about age 50, while not impossible, would be unusual. The next problem is that when John first moved to Guilford County, as "John HUSKEN," he was a chain carrier on 12 Nov. 1778 for the survey of 200 acres for Bennett BRADFORD.4 Being a chain carrier involved carrying the surveyor's chains as they surveyed the property. This was not an easy task and was something usually done by younger, strong men. Again,it would be unusual for a 78 (almost 79) year old man to be dragging around heavy chains for a land survey, especially in that he had sons from age 15 (Moses) to in their 20s (Joseph and Arnold) who could have done the task. The third theory is that John born in 1699/1700 had a son John born about 1725. The problems with that are that John HOSKINS that was a "freeman" [meaning he was unmarried] as early as 1735 in "Uwclan" [Uwchlan] Township,5 and still listed as the same in 1737.6 If this was the elder John born 1699/1700, then he was unmarried, so he could not have had a child about 1725. If this was a son of John, then to be at least age 21 in 1735, he would have been born by 1714, when the elder John was only age 14. John HOSKINS1 married Hannah (ELLIS?) John died between 19 May 17807 and 2 June 17848 Guilford Co., NC. On the latter date for his marriage, Moses HOSKINS was stated to be the son of John HOSKINS deceased and his wife Hannah. John8 and Hannah8 were the parents of: 1. Joseph HOSKINS12 b. say 1751 PA; m. Hannah10 EVANS 20 Oct. 1773;9 d. between 24 July10 and 20 Aug. 1799 Guilford Co., NC13 2. Arnold HOSKINS b. PA; m. Elesebeth -?-;11 d. between 10 June 1797;11 and 19 Nov. 1799 Guilford Co., NC14 3. Moses HOSKINS8 b. 1763 PA;15 m. Ruth HODSON 2nd day 6th month 1784;8 d. 4 Oct. 1839, bur. Dillon Cem., (near) Dillon, Tazwell Co., Illinois15 Joseph HOSKINS and Hannah EVANS had children: 1. Elizabeth10,16 "Betsey"14 HOSKINS b. ca. 1776 Guilford Co., NC;16 m.bond William DENNIS 15 Sep. 1800;18 d. 1857 Guilford Co., NC17 2. John HOSKINS10 b. ca. 1780 Guilford Co., NC;19,20 m. Mary "Polly" -?-;21 d. 14 Oct. 1853 Guilford Co., NC, bur. New Garden Friends Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States20 3. Hannah HOSKINS10 b. ca. 1783; m.bond Caleb JESSOP 27 July 1803;18 d. 1840-1850 Guilford Co., NC 4. Eli HOSKINS10 b. 4 July 1785;22 m.1. Amy21/Emma24 GOSSETT; m.2.bond Sarah SWAIN 22 Nov. 1836;18 d. 2 June 1852;22 bur. New Garden Friends Cem., Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC22 5. Ann HOSKINS10 b. 10 July 1788;21,23 m.1. Jesse BALES/BEALS ca. 1809;21 m.2. Elias JESSOP23 5day 7mo 1820;21 d. 20 Mar. 1875, bur. Spiceland, Henry Co., Ind.23 6. Joseph HOSKINS10; m.bond Sally HOBBS 18 Nov. 1819;18 7. Ellis HOSKINS10 b. 1796; m. bond 4 Dec. 1821;18 m. 6 Dec. 1821 Sarah "Sally" McCUISTON;25 d. 17 Mar. 1873 Guilford Battleground;25 bur. Guilford Cem., Guilford Co., NC1 8. Mary HOSKINS10 m.bond Fleet HUNT 5 Oct. 1819;18 Ellis HOSKINS posted a bastardy bond for a child with Sally BENBOW on 21 May 1818.26 She later had a marriage bond on 21 Jan. 1826 with John HARRISON.18 Ellis HOSKINS and Sally BENBOW had child born in Guilford County. 1. Carver BENBOW29 b. 1 Dec. 1817;28 m. Lucinda RUBOTTOM 7 Mar.29 (17 Sep.)28 1841; d. 28 Nov. 1893, Pomeroy, Garfield Co., WA28 Ellis HOSKINS posted a bastardy bond for a child with Rhoda COVEY on 19 May 1820.27 She later married Leven IRELAND, they having a marriage bond on 13 Dec. 1820.18 Ellis HOSKINS and Sarah "Sally" McCUISTON had children: 1. Jesse Evans HOSKINS b. 27 Oct. 1822;30 m. Theodosia MOSBY 17 Apr. 1857;31 d. 9 Sep. 1872 Versailles, Woodford Co., KY, bur. Versailles Cemetery30 2. James F. HOSKINS b. 19 July 1824;33 m. Mary A. GIBBS 11 Apr. 1854;32 d. 22 Oct. 1886, bur. Smith Grove Cem., Davie Co., NC33 3. Isabella A. HOSKINS b. ca. 1826;37 m. George J. SMITH 5 Feb. 1856;18 living 186037 James F. HOSKINS and Mary A. GIBBS had children: 1. Minnie Elizabeth HOSKINS b. 7 July 1865;35 m. John Henry SAUNDERS 1234/14 Sep. 1881;35 d. 26 Nov. 1927,35 Anthony, Dona Ana Co., NM;36 bur. Evergreen Cem., El Paso Co., TX 2. John Joseph HOSKINS b. 10 Jan. 1872;38,40 m.1. Lilia Virginia HENDRIX;39 22 Mar. 1896;42 m.2. Josephine H.41 ETCHESON 30 Jan. 1900;34 d. 12 June 1957 Canutillo, El Paso Co., TX;40 bur. [Mountain View Cem.]?;41 Prescott, Yavapai Co., AZ40 3-7. five other children died young38
1. Biographical and Family History Sketch of Joseph A. Hoskins, Makers of America. 2. Joseph Hoskins original will, Chester Co., PA Estate File 2775. 3. Records of Burlington and Mt. Holly Monthly Meeting 1678-1872, page 340, FHL microfilm 0,441,457. 4. NC Warrants and Surveys, Guilford Co., NC, #146, Bennet Bradford, Images 599-602. 5. Chester County, PA County Tax Ordered 1735, Rates, List 1735A, p. 37 and County Tax Ordered 1735, Rates, 1735/36 Assessors Book p. 28. 6. Chester County, PA County Tax Ordered 1737, Rates, Book 1737/8, p. 20. 7. Guilford Co., NC Deed Book 2:98. 19 May 1780 John Huskins purchased 199 acres from Bennet Bradford and wife Margarate. 8. Marriage certificate Moses Hoskins-Ruth Hodson, Society of Friends, New Garden Monthly Meeting, North Carolina, Vol. 1:205, FHL microfilm 0,371,252. 9. The Register Book of Marriages Belonging to the United Churches of Christ Church and St. Peter's in the City of Philadelphia commencing January 1763, unpaginated, chronological, 23 Oct. 1773, FHL microfilm 0,384,802. Note the record gives her name as Mordecan EVANS. 10. Joseph Hoskins will, Guilford Co., NC original loose wills. Recorded copy, Book A:165. 11. Arnold Hoskins will, Guilford Co., NC original loose wills. Recorded copy, Book A:167. 12. Guilford Co., NC Deed Book 5:263. Joseph Haskins sold to Moses Haskins, the same tract that was purchased in 1780 by John [#7]. It would appear he inherited the land, although court records do not survive from the time John likely died in the early 1780s. 13. Guilford County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1796-1811 Book, p. 109, FHL microfilm 0,501,190. 14. Guilford County, NC Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1796-1811 Book, p. 119, FHL microfilm 0,501,190. 15. Moses Hoskins headstone, Dillon Cem., Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL 16. 1850 Guilford Co., NC census, Elizabeth Dennis household, page 420. 17. Guilford Co., NC loose estate files, Elizabeth Dennis 1857 file. Letters of administation issued 19 May 1857 to Ellis Hoskins, adm. 18. Guilford Co., NC marriage bonds, alphabetical by groom. William Dennis-Betsy Haskins, 1800, Bondsman: Daniel Dennis. Caleb Jessop-Hannah Hoskins, 1803, Bondsman: John Hoskins. Joseph Hoskins-Sally Hobbs, 1819, Bondsman: Ellis Hoskins. Fleet Hunt-Mary Hoskins, 1819, Bondsman: Joseph Hoskins. Levin Ireland-Rhoda Covey, 1820, Bondsman: Isaac Armfield. Ellis Hoskins-Sally McCuistion, 1821, Bondsman: Joshua Foster. John Harrison-Sarah Benbow, 1826, Bondsman: Joshua Foster. Eli Hoskins-Sarah Swain, 1836, Bondsman: M. F. C. Iddings. George Smith-I.A.Hoskins, 1856, Bondsman: J. B. Hoskins. 19. 1850 Guilford Co., NC census, John Hoskins household, p. 408B. 20. John Hoskins headstone, New Garden Friends Cem., Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC. 21. William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969). 1:490 Jesse Beales and wife Ann Beales, born 10d 7m 1788 had son John b. 16d 8m 1810 1:502 Polly Hoskins, wife of John d. 13d 9m 1842 1:526 24d 2m 1810 Jesse Bails condemned for his marriage out of union 1:549 26d 8m 1820 Amy Hoskins received on request 1:549 4d 6m 1834 Joseph W. Hoskins, son of John & Mary m. Anne Moore 1:554 5d 7m 1820 Elias s. Pratt & Hope m. Ann Beales 22. Eli Hoskins headstone, New Garden Friends Cem., Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC. 23. Willard Heiss, Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, Volume VII, Part Four, (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1972), p. 247 [image 261/517]. 24. Thomas Gossett 1832 will, Guilford Co., NC original loose wills. Recorded copy, Book B:446. 25. Ellis Hoskins War of 1812 Pension File 11943, 4 July 1876 deposition of widow Sallie [signed Sally] Hoskins. 26. Ellis Hoskins bond, Guilford Co., NC loose Bastardy Bonds, FHL microfilm 2,031,601, frame 1167. 27. Ellis Hoskins bond, Guilford Co., NC loose Bastardy Bonds, FHL microfilm 2,031,601, frame 1245. 28. Carver Benbow obituary, "East Washingtonian," Pomeroy, WA, 2 Dec. 1893 issue, page 3. 29. Willard Heiss, Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, Volume VII, Part Five, (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1974), 236 [image 246/496]. Carver Benbow of Parke Co., son of Sarah Benbow (now Sarah Harrison) of Hendricks Co. m. Lucinda Rubottom of Parke Co. at Bloomfield Meeting House. 30. Jesse E. Hoskins headstone, Versailles Cemetery, Versailles, Woodford Co., KY 31. Dona Adams Wilson, Woodford County, Kentucky Marriage Bonds and Consents, (Versailles, KY: Woodford County Historical Society, 1999), 2:64. 32. Davie Co., NC Marriage Returns 1851-1867, page 16, FHL microfilm 0,572,606. 33. Dr. J. F. Hoskins headstone, Smith Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Smith Grove, Davie Co., NC 34. Davie Co. NC 1877-1922 Marriage Register. 35. John Henry Saunders Bible, original was in possession Willis Saunders, Las Cruces, NM (deceased). Photographs in my possession. 36. Information Willis Saunders (deceased). 37. 1860 Guilford Co., NC census, Ellis Hoskins household, page 194. 38. 1900 Davie Co., NC census, Joe Hoskin household, page 151B. 39. Susie (Hoskins) Richardson [daughter], interview 29 May 1979. 40. Joseph John Hoskins Death Certificate, Texas Death Certificates, 1957, Certificate #37001, FHL microfilm 2,135,739. Note: The death certificate states he was to be shipped to Prescott, AZ. He was preceded in death by his wife who was buried there in Mountain View Cemetery. See #41. 41. Josie H. Hoskins Death, (21 July 1871-25 Nov. 1953). Arizona Birth and Death Certificates. Buried at Mountain View Cem., Prescott. 42. John Hoskins-Virginia Hendrix marriage Forsyth Co., NC.