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


Frederick Newton

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

Frederick Newton Hossack, born Jan. 8, 1856, married Myra Ella Babcock, Oct. 27, 1881. She was born April 25, 1860.  They celebrated their Golden Wedding in 1931 by a reception given them by their sister, Mrs. John E. Scott at Pasadena. They were the only couple out of the eleven children who could celebrate their Golden Wedding, although three other couples came within a year of it.  Fred and Myra had four children.

bulletPratt Babcock Hossack married Blanch Yolton in 1908.
bulletArchibald Babcock Hossack married Doris Helen Andrews in 1916.
bulletGertrude Day Hossack married Orville P. Cockerill in 1913.
bulletMyra Louise Hossack married Mr. Kingsbury after 1919.

Judging from the photos, Fred was something of a non-conforming dandy.  He later became a prosperous insurance man in Los Angeles.

Fred has been the family historian.  His album has been a source of many of the photographs that have graced these pages.

Fred wrote the poem, "To the Descendants of John Hossack."

Fred also wrote the Genealogy.

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


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The MIDI file of "Little Ella" 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.