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Fictitious Sir Hugh Mosher Tree

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Date: 1600 to 1700
Location: Manchester, Englandmap
Surname/tag: Mosher
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Documentation of the fictitious story told by Reverend William Collins Mosher (1820-1908) in "Origin and history of the Mosher family and genealogy of one branch of that family from the year 1600 to the present time".

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William C. Mosher’s book “Origin and history of the Mosher family…” is absolutely NOT fictitious. See Stephen Moshier-2 for an analysis of the book. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Moshier-2
posted by Sara Mosher
For context: Reverend William C. Collins shows no signs of being a hoaxster, though as with all works of this scope, it is likely not "practically perfect in every way" like the genuinely fictitious Mary Poppins. Still there is much of value in Collin's book, and here in his own words is where his information came from: 

"This history and genealogy of the Mosher family is compiled for the present surviving members of that family, many of whom have but a limited knowledge of their ancestry. The information here recorded has been gathered by genealogists in this country and in England, from parish, town and city records of the olden time. Much information has also been gleaned from Austen's Genealogical Dictionary, and from the Narragansett Historical Register, as well as from other registers. In tracing the origin of the family, use has been made of an unpublished autobiography, written by Rev. Charles Mosher, which was found among his papers after his death, in 1828. Valuable information has also been obtained from Josiah Mosher, brother of Lieut. John Mosher, who was an officer in the 8th Mass. Regt. during the entire Revolutionary war. The compiler of this book made him a visit in 1845, and received from him much reliable information in regard to the origin of his family, and in regard to Sir Hugh Mosher, who made a large fortune in Calcutta while a member of the East India Company."

"No attempt has been made to trace all the branches of the family tree, extending through ten generations and containing thousands of names, as this would be too great a task. The search has been confined to the branch with which the compiler of this book is connected. He reverently dedicates the book to the living members of the Mosher family."

William C. Mosher. (published 1898)

(If any of you are a living Moshers, the Reverend reverently dedicates this book to you! That's a bit like the spirit of sharing with our next generation that drives wikitree.)

posted by R Adams