Capt. Increase Graham Child 1740 – 1810

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Capt. Increase Graham CHILD (1740 – 1810)
was my
5th great-grandfather on the Bosworth family tree


Olive Pease CHILD (1775 – 1847)
daughter of Capt. Increase Graham CHILD

Dr. Benjamin Franklin BOSWORTH M.D. (1801 – 1843)
son of Olive Pease CHILD

Dr. Franklin Smith BOSWORTH (1832 – 1919
son of Benjamin Franklin BOSWORTH M.D.

Frank Hunt BOSWORTH (187 0 – 1919)
son of Franklin Smith BOSWORTH

Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S. (1905 – 1990)
son of Frank Hunt BOSWORTH

Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH (1933 – )
son of Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S.

the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH

History of Increase Child

HISTORY OF INCREASE CHILD Increase Child was the second child of Ephraim Child Jr. and Mary Lyon Child. He was bom in Woodstock, Conn., 13 Dec 1740. Increase received his name of Increase from a surname of his grandmother on the maternal line, Increase.1 Increase married Olive Pease of Somers, Conn. on 3 Nov 1762. Olive was born 10 Mar 1738 in Somers, Conn. and died in Greenfield, Saratoga, N. Y. on 5 July 1822. Increase died on 10 June 1810 in Greenfield, Saratoga, N. Y. and is buried there.2 At the age of sixteen Increase volunteered for the French and Indian Wars where he served for seven years. Increase served under Capt. Putnam for a year, fighting in the battles of Crown Point and Ticonderoga. Capt. Putnam was captured by the Indians but Increase assisted in his release and escape. In the year of 1757 Increase served in Capt. Carpenter’s Co. from Woodstock, Conn. Josiah Child was Lieutenant. In the campaign of 1758 Increase was seventeen years old serving with the sixth company under Captain Holmes. The Third Reg. of Conn. Troops was commanded by Eleazer Fitch and Increase was listed sick in the hospital. In the Campaign of 1759 Increase was eighteen serving in the Seventh Company under Capt. David Holmes. Jonathan Child was the 2nd Lt. A Muster Roll of Capt. David Holmes Co. in the Fourth Regiment of Conn. Troops by Eleazer Fitch. Increase served the full seven years of the war, being on call to fight the Indians whenever an uprising occurred. 3 At the close of the war, Increase returned to his home in Woodstock, Conn., where he fell in love with Olive Pease and the couple were married on 3 Nov 1762. The couple lived happily in Woodstock where their first four children were born. Harviland, Salmon, Rockselana (Roxalana) and Roxalana were all born in Woodstock. Harviland and Rockselane died young, being buried in Woodstock, Conn.4 In 1771 Increase moved his family to Oblong, near the town of Amenia, Dutchess, N.Y. Mark Anthony Child, my direct line ancestor was born soon after their arrival in New York on 10 May 1771 in Oblong. Increase taught school in Oblong, Dutchess Co., N.Y. Oblong derived its name from a point of land adjacent to the Hudson River, being oblong in shape. The nearest town was Amenia, sometimes spelled Armenia. As a school teacher Increase helped many children to become educated. When the Revolutionary War broke out in 1775 Increase first enlisted as a Private out of the Albany District. His family remained in Oblong while Increase went off to war. Judge Salmon Child, eldest living son of Increase Child mentions in his history of his father that the family moved to Oblong when he was about 6 years of age or 1771.5 The History of Woodstock, Windham Co., Conn. says that all the children were born in Woodstock, Conn. The Child Genealogy Book by Elias Child has all the children born in Woodstock under Increase Child. It mentions that Mark A. Child was born in Stillwater, N. Y. and Olive born in Oblong in the next generation with the remainder of the children born in Woodstock. Increase never went to Stillwater until 1778 in the war. I do believe that the above two references are incorrect, having all the children born in Conn. Judge Salmon Child in his history of Increase Child mentions that the whole family moved to Oblong, Dutchess Co., N. Y. when he was about 6 years old or 1771. The V. A. letter verifies this move to Armenia, Dutchess, N. Y. in 1771. Armenia was the town nearest to Oblong, since Oblong officially wasn’t incorporated into a town at that time. The V. A. letter also states that Increase entered the service from the State of N.Y., being a resident of Armenia in 1775, entered as a private, returned home (Armenia) (now spelled Amenia) called into New York City on 1 April 1776 to receive a Captain’s Commission, returned home in June of 1776 to bring his son Salmon to Constitution Island to serve as a waiter until April of 1777. In 1777 Salmon Child moved to New Canaan, Saratoga, N.Y. and about 1 April 1778 moved with his father to Stillwater, N.Y., serving in the war assisting his father. Salmon Child enlisted in the spring of 1781, served as a private in Capt. Kotham Dunham’s Co. Col. Willett’s Regiment. Salmon served as a waiter to Dr. Delano, a surgeon for nine months. Salmon served on various troop alarms from 1781 to 1783, amounting to two months service. (V.A. Letter dated 20 Nov 1939). From the history of Salmon Child: “My father bargin for a piece of land in Stillwater at the close of the war for his military pay. Increase and Salmon put in the crops and then they went for the family and moved to Stillwater, Saratoga Co., N. Y. in 1783, or the close of the Revolutionary War as stated.”6 From all of the above evidence the first four children were born in Woodstock, Windham Co., Conn. The last five children were born in Oblong, Dutchess Co., N.Y. Therefore, Mark A. Child, b. May 10, 1771; Ephraim b. May 10, 1773; and Olive b. 11 Mar 1775; William b. Jan 4, 1777, and Asa b. 21 May 1780 were all born In Oblong or Amenia, Dutchess, N. Y. Increase was a master surveyor laying out the towns and villages of Stillwater, Saratoga Springs and Balston Spring. He also laid out many farms and boundaries in the County of Saratoga.7 Increase and his family were very religious and attended Church. Increase had been a member of the Standing Order of the Congregationalist in Woodstock, being very strict Sabbath day observers. Many of Increase’s children joined the Baptist movement –Salmon, Olive, William and Asa. William and Asa printed Baptist literature and books. Mark Anthony Child established his own Church, the First Universal Church of Greenfield. He believed in the Bible as printed. 1. History of Woodstock, Windham Co., Conn. pp 505-506. 2. Gen. of Child, Childs and Childe of America, pp 79-87, also above ref. 3. Muster Rolls of Conn. Troops–French and Indian Wars. 4. Ibid pp 515-516. 5. Ibid pp 79-87. 6. Ibid pp 79-87. 7. History of Saratoga, N. Y., pp 128-130.

NOTE: History found on the web by Eugene M. Hancock, 5th Great Grandson of Increase Child.

When Capt. Increase Graham CHILD was born on December 13, 1740, in Woodstock, Connecticut, his father, Dr. Ephraim, was 29 and his mother, Mary, was 28. He married Olive PEASE on November 3, 1762, in Milton, New York. They had eight children in 17 years. He died on June 10, 1810, in Greenfield, New York, at the age of 69, and was buried in Saratoga County, New York.

From papers furnished by one of the descendants of Increas Child, we obtain items of his history which reveal a somewhat eventful life, showing manlliness, patriotism, and personal virtues.  Captain Increase, as he comes to our notice, is a lusty, burly youth, of a mercurial temperment, of an adventurous disposition, not content with the monotony of a home devoid of excitements, bent upon knowing and seeing what was going on in the world.  At scarcely sixteen years of age, when Israel Putnam was commissioned by the Connecticut colony as Captain, in 1755, in the French war, young Increase, in response to the call for volunteers, was among the first to be enrolled, and served through the seven years’ campaign of the war.  He fought in the battles at Crown Point and Ticondaroga.  Returning to the old homestead at the close of this war, he tarried but a short time, when he left and went to Dutchess county, N. y., and engaged in school teaching in a place called “Oblong,” deriving its name probably from its peculiar shape, as a point of land adjacent to the Hudson river.  After spending a few year in teaching, he returned to Woodstock, Ct. and married Miss Pease of Somers.  He made Woodstock, Ct, his home for a number of years, rearing some of his children, if not all, in this town, when the attractions of the then west brought him back to the borders of the Hudson river.  Taking his eldest son (Salmon Child), then a lad, on horseback behind him, he went to Dutchess county, N. Y., provided a home, and brought over his family. and settled there. 

 When the Revolutionary war broke out, he enlisted under General Schuyler, as captain.  Under Generals Schuyler and Gates he served through the war and obtained an honorable discharge.  In this compaign his son (Salmon) acted at first as a waiter for his father, being too young at the commencement of the the war to be taken as a soldier, but before its close his name was enrolled on the list of volunteers.  The excitements and hardships of war during an eight years’ service were not sufficient to break the force of will and purpose in Captain Increase Child.  The northern section of the state of New York through which the army of Schuyler and Gates had been led, presented such attraction to Captain Child that he resolved to make it his future home.  His settlement was in Milton, Saratoga county, N. Y., where he became a permanent and useful citizen.  The early opportunities of Captain Increase Child for a substantial education, that should qualify him for practical life, had been well improved.  He was an excellent penman, and competent surveyor and conveyancer, and a man of excellent general business capacity.  The inherent force of character evinced by Increase Child in budding youth did not expend itself in riper years; not did it expire at his death and leave no traces in the long line of descendents of this remarkable man.  As we trace the history of this branch of the family name.

Excerps from; Genealogy of the Child, Childs and Childe Families, of the Past and Present in the United States and the Canadas, from 1630 to 1881, Volume 1 By Elias Child 1946

From a Daughters of American Revolution application:

Miss Louise Marion Bosworth. DAR ID Number: 105923
Born in Elgin, Ill. Descendant of Capt. Increase Child, as follows:
1. Alfred Bosworth (b. 1846) m. 1872 Eleanora Wheeler (b. 1849).
2. Increase Child Bosworth (1812-88) m. 1844 Mary Ann Root (1814-96).
3. Alfred Bosworth (1773-1861) m. 1798 Olive Child (1775-1847).
4. Increase Child m. 1762 Olive Pease (1738-1822).
Increase Child (1740-1810) commanded a company of volunteers, 1776, at Fort
Montgomery and later served under Generals Schuyler and Gates at Stillwater.
He was born and died in Woodstock, Conn.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 106
page 297

Increase and William Child Newspaper Article


French & Indian War

from 1756 to 1763 (Age 15)

New York, USA

Note: Connecticut Soldiers, French and Indian War, 1755-62 – Given Name: Increase, Surname: Child, Page #: 242, Company: Carpenter’s, Co.Command: Carpenter, John Capt., Comments: Muster Roll of Company of late recruits of Aug.1757.
Increase Graham Child fought in the French and Indian War as a Colonel in the Continental Army and later was a Capt. in the Continental Army under Generals Schuyler and Gates during the Revolution.


SAR Membership App for Increase Child 1SAR Membership App for Increase Child 2SAR Membership App for Increase Child 3

Obit for Capt Increase Child


Dr. Ephraim Child, M.D. 1711-1775

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Ephraim Child was my 6th great-grandfather on the Bosworth family tree.

When Dr. Ephraim CHILD was born on January 15, 1711, in Woodstock, Connecticut, his father, Ephraim, was 27 and his mother, Priscilla, was 26. He married Mary Lyon on June 20, 1734, in his hometown. They had five children during their marriage. He died on September 12, 1775, in Woodstock, Connecticut, at the age of 64.




John George and Mary Jane (Rice) Smith

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Photo of John George and Mary Jane (Rice) Smith of Seminary, Covington County, Mississippi. Cir. 1940’s. They were my Great-Grandparents.


“George” and Mary Jane Smith lived on what is now known as Mike Connor Road in Seminary. I am the granddaughter of Rosie, one of their daughters. They eventually moved to Laurel, Mississippi where they are buried. 

T.Rose-the littlest majorette

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My mother, before I was born, taught baton twirling in Gulfport, Mississippi. She is teaching Pam Beatty in this photo.


I was handed a baton as an infant and promptly began teething on the rubber tip…

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T.Rose the Majorette


Aunt Tommye - Stranded-Milw Journal 19 Jul 1949
My Aunt Tommye Nelle


My paternal grandmother, Helen Marie Hoagland (1907 – 1965)

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Helen Hoagland in Tom Thumb Wedding
Helen Marie Hoagland, second child on the left side of this photo, was my biological paternal grandmother. She took part in this “Tom Thumb Wedding” in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois.

When Helen Marie HOAGLAND was born on June 22, 1907, in Elgin, Illinois, her father, Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND, was 27 and her mother, Mabel Gladys HAWLEY, was 26.

She was married three times and had four sons. 

Helen Marie HOAGLAND married William Benjamin Shales, Jr. on March 22, 1924, in Elgin, Illinois, when she was 16 years old. They had one son, William David “Bill” Shales on March 17, 1925, in Elgin, Illinois. Helen and William Benjamin Shales, Jr., were divorced on June 27, 1927, in Elgin, Illinois, after 3 years of marriage. She was 20 years old. 

Helen Marie HOAGLAND married Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH on February 7, 1931, in Elgin, Illinois, when she was 23 years old. They had a son born September 21, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois. That son was placed for adoption, later to be adopted by the Mosiman family. His first name was John. Helen and Wilder had a son, Frank Hunt Bosworth was born on June 19, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois. Another son was born to the couple, Wilder Morris Bosworth II, on September 7, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois. His nickname was “Tuffy”.

Helen Marie HOAGLAND married Millard Ayres “Boots” Mason on May 5, 1945, in Biloxi, Mississippi, when she was 37 years old.

She died on September 13, 1965, in her hometown, Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 58 of Leukemia at St. Joseph’s Hospital. 


Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
married names: Shales, Bosworth and Mason
paternal grandmother
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II
Helen Marie Hoagland Family Tree
Helen Marie Hoagland (1907 – 1965) – Elgin, IL and Biloxi, Mississippi residences. She was married to Dr. Wilder Morris Bosworth, D.D.S., my paternal grandfather.


Helen Marie Hoagland’s family history was a lively part of  the pioneer days of Elgin, Illinois.

The Story About the Balking Horse and Sam Hoagland – Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA Composed By Merrill O Calame ~ A Poem originally printed in the Elgin Daily Courier copied by Granddaughter Helen Hoagland. Helen was Samuel Hoagland’s grandaughter. A copy of this poem was taken from “The Bosworth Family History” written by Frank Hunt Bosworth II and designed by Robin Melissa Bosworth Reininger (Granddaughter of Helen Marie Hoagland) into this printing.


Occupation: Interior Decorator, Proprietor of Mason Interiors in Biloxi, Mississippi with her husband, Millard Ayes “Boots” Mason. As my grandmother, I called her “Macy” from her last married name.

Helen Mason 1958 City Directory Listing
Helen Mason 1958 City Directory Listing with M.A. Mason and my father Frank


My Grandmother Helen was a gifted pianist and songstress. She especially loved to spend time with me. I recall her playing her piano and singing to entertain me. I remember her laughter and her smiles. I know she loved me with all her heart. She bought me beautiful dresses, hats and purses. Our relationship was very close after I was born and until she left for Elgin when I was still a little girl. After “Macy” left, my mother took me to visit her husband’s grave at Southern Memorial Cemetery in Biloxi several times- we called him “Boots”. I visited Grandmother Helen when she was in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elgin when she suffered with leukemia and it was determined she would not live much longer. She died when I was nine years old. 

My Grandmother Helen held an immense amount of family history notes, photos and newspaper collections for the Hoagland/Bosworths. When she died, my father, Frank Bosworth came into possession of these articles and charts and wrote his own family history with the information from this collection. According to my father’s family history account, my grandmother Helen worked with his grandmother Bertha Swan Bosworth (paternal) to compile a family history. They were the two true genealogists on that side of the tree. When my father passed that family history to me, I transcribed his handwritten family history into text form. I took the family history he’d given to me and have grown the collection on my paternal side of my family to what it is today. It was the basis for the “Wings of Angels” family tree on today. I later added my mother’s family tree to the “Wings of Angels” family tree. I had little to work with on her side of the family, so I started from scratch about 30 years ago trying to piece that together. These days, as an adult, I call “Macy” by the name of Grandmother Helen when referring to her. She is my inspiration for all the Hoagland/Bosworth genealogy research I do today. I am proud to follow in my grandmother’s footsteps as I continue to follow my genealogy passion. I consider my Grandmother Helen and my Great Grandmother Bertha Swan Bosworth the “Wings of Angels” that started my family tree. — note by Helen Marie’s grandaughter Tenderly

My Grandmother Helen was a lifelong Methodist.

Helen Marie Hoagland married William Benjamin Shales, Jr. on March 22, 1924, in Elgin, Illinois, when she was 16 years old. Their son, William David “Bill” Shales was born on March 27, 1925. Helen and Bill were divorced on June 27, 1927, in Elgin, Illinois, after three years of marriage. She was 20 years old.

Helen Marie Hoagland married Wilder Morris Bosworth I on February 7, 1931, in Elgin, Illinois, when she was 23 years old. Wilder was attending dental school around the year of 1931 in Chicago when their first son was born and my mother told me the child was put up for adaption. The child’s adoptive name was John Mosiman. My father Frank Hunt Bosworth was born in 1933 and my uncle Wilder Morris “Tuffy” Bosworth II was born in 1935, in Chicago, Illinois. Wilder was still in dental school. 

 Helen and Wilder, along with sons Frank and “Tuffy” lived in Safety Harbor, Florida, where my grandfather established his first dental practice in 1935.

In 1936, Wilder established a dental practice in Biloxi, Mississippi. 

Helen and Wilder Morris Bosworth were divorced on September 13, 1941, in Biloxi, Mississippi, after 10 years of marriage. She was 34 years old.

Helen married Millard Ayres “Boots” Mason on May 5, 1945, in Biloxi, Mississippi, when she was 37 years old.

Helen’s husband Millard Ayres “Boots” Mason passed away on October 24, 1960, in Biloxi, Mississippi, at the age of 59. They had been married 15 years.

Helen Marie Hoagland died on September 13, 1965, in Elgin, Illinois, when she was 58 years old. Helen’s remains were donated for research at Northwestern University where it was cremated. She has no known burial site or memorial that I could find.



Helen and Millard Mason’s Home on Beach Blvd – Photo taken in the 1990’s. Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA. Before Katrina hit the Coast, this house was located right on Highway 90 directly across the street from the Gulf of Mexico. It was on a corner. I if it survived the storm. I know it survived Camille. I took this photo visiting the Coast on vacation.
Helen Marie Hoagland Shales Bosworth Mason – Unknown year Biloxi, Mississippi and Elgin, Illinois
Rosie S. Morris with Millard Ayers “Boots” and Helen Hoagland Mason. Mississippi Gulf Coast Out for supper at the “White House” Restaurant. It used to be a favorite place to dine for many Gulf Coast residents. I believe that shadow photographer may be my mother’s shadow and I would have been four years old at the time of this photo so was that me beside her?


Birthday Party for Tenderly Rose abt 1958 Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Bama Smith Grayson, Tenderly Rose Bosworth held by Janie Morris Bosworth, Rosie S. Morris, Patsy Grayson Gendron and Helen Hoagland Bosworth Mason standing together on front yard of “Hungry Hill” at 1711 Wisteria Street. Gulf Gardens. Home of Thelma Lefeve in background.



Judge John Smith “Johnny” Morris

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Judge John Smith “Johnny” Morris, Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, USA – Harrison County Chancery Court Judge

Honoring my Uncle Johnny – The Honorable John Smith “Johnny” Morris 1925-1991, Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi. Father’s Day has come and gone, but, I always remember all the cards and presents I made for him when I was growing up. When I was a little girl, he was there for me as a father figure even though he never had any children born to him. He was married to Roma June Gentry, my dear Aunt June.

As kids we always had to shout, “Here comes the judge, here comes the judge, court be quiet ’cause here comes the judge” whenever he came to visit… we’d all laugh!

When Hon. John “Johnny” Smith Morris was born on October 11, 1925, in Gulfport, Mississippi, his father, John, was 24 and his mother, Rosa, was 29. He married Roma June Gentry on December 1, 1953, in his hometown. He died on November 4, 1991, in Gulfport, Mississippi, at the age of 66, and was buried in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Veteran’s Cemetery.

Hon. John “Johnny” Smith Morris (1925 – 1991)
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
father of Hon. John “Johnny” Smith Morris
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

Hon. John “Johnny” Smith Morris served in the military about 1943, when he was 18 years old. US Navy Enlistment-Uncle Johnny lied about his age to enlist early. He lost a leg soon afterward during a conflict overseas somewhere. I really don’t know much at this point about his military career, although, I do plan to research more as time permits. I was told by my grandmother Uncle Johnny lost his leg before he was of age to enlist, but, had joined without his parent’s permission and she didn’t know about it until it was too late.

Uncle Johnny proudly attended Mississippi State University and remained a dedicated football fan for “Ole Miss” all his life. He loved watching football games at home in Bayou View, just off Pass Road.

I remember Uncle Johnny wanting to learn to play electric guitar. He had one he stored at his home. He gave me his book about how to play the ukulele, which he had apparently learned to play in the military. I still have the book.

Uncle Johnny graduated with a B.S. Finance/School of Business and Finance at Ole Miss. In 1962, he returned to Ole Miss to complete a masters degree in law.

He offered to send me to the Ringling School of Art in Florida because he recognized my talent and passion for art. I did not take him up on the offer. I wish I had. Both Uncle Johnny and Aunt June bought clothes and shoes for me when I needed them in junior high and high school, even college. They were supportive of me and I spent much time with them. I helped Uncle Johnny on the campaign trail handing out his cards and information, talking to voters and attending rallies with him.

Judge Johnny S. Morris, Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi
Judge Johnny S. Morris, Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi
Copy of a photo of Uncle Johnny being sworn in. (Judge Johnny S. Morris, Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi) – my grandmother used to tease that he was being sworn at.
Back of card – Judge Johnny S. Morris, Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi
Front of card – Judge Johnny S. Morris, Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi from the scrapbook of T.Rose, his niece.
Judge Johnny S. Morris, Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi – from his neice T.Rose’s scrapbook
Judge Johnny S. Morris, Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi burial at the Biloxi Veteran’s Cemetery alongside his wife Roma June Gentry Morris.



And so I began…

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The Daily Herald


A birthday party for Tenderly Rose: Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, USA – Left to right in photo: Bama Smith Grayson (my great aunt), Tenderly Rose Bosworth (me) held by Janie Morris Bosworth (momma), Rosie S. Morris (my maternal grandmother), Patsy Grayson Gendron (momma’s cousin) and Helen Hoagland Bosworth Mason (my paternal grandmother) standing together on front yard of “Hungry Hill” at 1711 Wisteria Street.