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



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

Margaret Hossack, born Feb. 16, 1838, married Joseph E. Porter, March 22, 1860. He was born May 1, 1831 and died Sept. 21, 1902. Margaret died at Ottawa, Ill, Oct. 17, 1904, age 66 yrs. Both were buried at Ottawa, Illinois.

The Porters were the most prolific of the couples of John Hossack's children. Margaret and Joseph had nine children.

bulletElizabeth Porter married William F. Jacobs in 1890.
bulletJessie Porter married George M. Yentzer in 1888.
bulletL. Ewing Porter married Ann Combs in 1889.
bulletAnn Lens Porter married Arthur S. Hook in 1892.
bulletMaggie Porter (1870-1870).
bulletJosephine Porter married Charles P. Taylor in 1894.
bulletJohn H. Porter married Gertrude Stephens in 1902.
bulletLouise Calkins Porter married William D. Fullerton in 1907.
bulletSydney Stevenson Porter married Elizabeth Skinner in 1918.


Margaret and Joseph Porter in later years (circa 1892):




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The MIDI file of "Maggie By my Side" 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.