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


Clan Septs

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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Septs are the familial divisions of a Scottish Clan.  There are eleven septs of the John Hossack clan:

Annie George Barnett Margaret John Forsyth Henry Lens Louise William James Alexander Harriet Emma Frederick Newton Florence Isabelle

Below is a 50th wedding anniversary photograph with John and Martha (seated) and the eleven children with spouses of most of those married in 1883.   Standing from left to right are Emma and husband John Edwin Scott, Frederick, Henry and wife Medora Tuttle, James and wife Ermina Bell Dewey, Annie with 2nd husband David J. Price, Belle with husband Milo Putney, George, Margaret and husband Joseph E. Porter, Louise with husband William Wirt Calkins, William, and John:

John and Martha Hossack Family 50th anniversary 1883

Annie Hossack 1835 - 1916

George Barnett Hossack 1836 - 1911

Margaret Hossack 1838 - 1904

John Forsyth Hossack 1840 - 1887

Henry Lens (Harry) Hossack 1842 - 1936

Louise (Lu) Hossack 1843 - 1918

William Hossack 1846 - 1920

James Alexander Hossack 1848 - 1892

Harriet Emma (Emma) Hossack 1851 - 1936

Frederick Newton (Fred) Hossack 1856 - 1948

Florence Isabelle (Belle) Hossack 1858 - 1892

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The MIDI file of "Holiday Schottisch" 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.