John Hossack: Abolitionist, Underground Railway Railroad Conductor and Station Master, Canal Builder, Merchant, Fugitive Slave Law Violator, Spark for the Civil War.


Harriet Emma

John Hossack of Ottawa, Illinois.  Abolitionist, Underground Railway Conductor, Canal Builder.  Grain and Lumber Merchant.  Crusader for Human Rights and Liberty.  Man of God.  He feared God and loved his Fellow Man.



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Direct Descendants of John Hossack of Ottawa

Harriet Emma (Emma) Hossack was born Feb. 2, 1851, married John Edwin (J. E.) Scott, Feb. 2, 1869. He was born Aug. 23, 1843, died Feb. 25, 1918, age 75 yrs. Harriet Emma died in Pasadena, Sept. 5, 1936, age 85 yrs. Their married life was 49 yrs. Both were buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.

The Scotts resided in Ottawa for some time.  Accounts of John and Harriet Emma's meeting and courtship, as well as encounters with other Hossacks are documented in the two Scott books (See Bibliography).


Harriet Emma and John had three sons.


John William Scott married Emilie Cluett in 1899.


Robert Lindsay Scott married Ethel Grey in 1899.


Frederick Hossack Scott married Helen Webster in 1902.

Left to right:  John W. Scott with his mother, Emma; Fred Hossack with Myra at 50th anniversary in 1931:



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The MIDI file of "My Emma Louise" is used by permission of Benjamin Robert Tubb from his website at Public Domain Music

This website is produced by Jay W. Preston to honor John Hossack, the Abolitionist of Ottawa, Illinois.  The father dedicates this to his son, Yujin Jay Preston (1979-1999), daughter Elika, and daughter Yuli, great great great grandchildren of John Hossack. Permission to reprint this material is granted when this notice is included in full.  2000 - 2010 Jay W. Preston.  For information, comments or contributions of time, money, information, materials, or manpower to this site: E-mail Copyrights of works cited, quoted, or excerpted remain with the respective owners, if not in public domain.