Josiah Nelson Westcott

Josiah Nelson Westcott

Richfield, Otsego County, New York, USA
Death 12 Jan 1885 (aged 75)
Trinidad, Las Animas County, Colorado, USA
Burial Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 125785973 · View Source
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Homer and It's Pioneers and Business Men of To-Day" by William Lane 1888 pg 101

Hon. Josiah Nelson Westcott first president of the village of Homer, Mi, was born January 8, 1810 at Richfield Otsego County New York.
The Westcott geneology shows his progenitores to have been of predominating influence upon their day and time: possessed of strong intellects and characters of rare fibre.
Mr Westcott was a worthy scion of such a race.
To know the right and to do it , was the rule of his life, which for more than half a century was devoted to the service of Christ, in the Protestant Episcopal Church.
He was a man of commanding presence and dignity, with rare geniality of nature, and social instincts the strongest.
Possessed of noble intellect enriched by the choicest treasure of the knowledge that can be gleaned from books, and a character such as adorns only the highest manhood , he was a shining light in his day and generation.
His life was largely devoted to educational pursuits.
As an educators he was unrivaled, leaving his impress upon the world in which he moved, in the distinguished pupils who went forth from his moulding hand.
Many of them became the bone and sinew of the land, in this and other states.
He married in early manhood Sophronia Willard, a native of Ergremont, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, finding in her all that man could ask as wife, mother and helpmeet. For a time they conducted together an academy in Clyde, Wayne County New York, with distinguished success.
They moved to Homer Mi in 1845, where Mr Westcott again opened a school for young men and women, which was the Alma Mater of many of Calhoun County's best citizens of to-day.

In 1852 Mr Westcott removed to Perrysburg, Wood County, Ohio, where he remained until 1865, making an honorable record in the county as auditor, and in the state senate to which he twice elected from the district, known as the "Toledo District".

There as everywhere he became a leading spirit, being chairman of the most important committees, and a power in every undertaking.
He turned to Homer Mi in 1865 and made this place his home until called up higher.
Here he led an honored and useful life.
He presided over the school board, was prominent in politics, affiliating with the Democratic party , being a Democrat of the Jeffersonian type.
In the Church he was a father in Israel, a blameless Christian, full of good works.
His latter years were devoted to mercantile pursuits, which he found less congeniel than his life work as an educator.
He and his devoted wife reared eight children to manhood and womenhood, two having died in infancy: and in these sons and daughters found joy and comfort.
And behold they each and all "rise and call them Blessed."
Mr Westcott survived his beloved wife two years, passing to life eternal January 12, 1885, at Trinidad, Colorado, whither he had gone to visit his daughter Caroling (Mrs Rommey).
His illness was short , being acute bronchitis. He died as he had lived, strong in faith and in Christian courage, thoughtful for others rather than himself.
Majestic in the repose of death, his face was "as it had been, the face of an angel" He rests beside his wife in Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Minn. far from the land of his birth and his manhood's home. But while any remain among whom his life was spent whether in the east or west, there shall loving memory build a monument for Josiah Nelson Westcott, upon which the inscription shall be:
"We shall not look upon his like again."


Father: Christopher L. Westcott (1773-1834)
Mother: Martha Dupuis Jerauld (1783-1873)

Siblings: Maria, Christopher, Sardius, Alice, Nancy, Almy, Caroline, John

Married: Sophronia on 4/4/1833 in Clyde Wayne NY


1. Josiah Willard Westcott (2/2/1834-9/30/1875) d-Homer Mi.
** Can not confirm.

2. Sophronia Maria Westcott (1837-1909) m-George D. Talbot
Memorial # 35160854

3. George Westcott (8/26/1839-9/11/1839)

4. Caroline "Lina" Westcott (10/4/1840-9/21/1916) M- John Rommey
Memorial # 105059827

5. George Westcott (3/26/1843-1912) m-Sarah E Melendy
D-San Diego California
Name George Westcott
Event Type Death
Event Date 29 Jun 1912
Event Place , San Diego, California, United States
Gender Male
Age 69
Birth Year (Estimated) 1843
Certificate Number 18526
11/1/1876 Homer Index Homer Michigan
Geo. Westcott opening dry goods, grocery & notion store at old stand, formerly occupied by CA Westcott on Main St

6. Martha Almira Westcott (6/19/1845-1923) m-Arthur Snow
Memorial # 99881667

7. Charles Alvin Westcott (3/20/1847-12/6/1909) m-Jessie Matheson, m-Mary
d- Beulah Colorado
1876 Homer Index Homer Michigan
CA Westcott has gone to Colorado to see if the climate will help his health 8/2/1876
CA Westcott, Dry Goods & Groceries ad. in Homer Mi

8. Anna Elizabeth/Frances Westcott (5/12/1850-4/19/1930) m-William H Miller, m-Goddard
Memorial # 1120041492

9. Kate W. Westcott (7/23/1855-10/12/1922) m-William G Doty
Memorial # 80543777

10. Mary Alice Westcott(4/28/1857-6/7/1859)
Memorial # 60003372


1850 Homer Calhoun Co Michigan
Josiah N Wescott M 40 New York
Sophronia Wescott F 40 Massachusetts
Mariah Wescott F 14 New York
Caroline Wescott F 10 New York
George Wescott M 7 New York
Martha Wescott F 5 New York
Charles Wescott M 3 Michigan
Frances Wescott F 0 Michigan

1860 Perrysburg Wood Co Ohio
Jonah Alvertcott M 50 New York
Saphronia Alvertcott F 49 Massachusetts
S Marria Alvertcott F 23 New York
Caroline Alvertcott F 18 New York
Geroge Alvertcott M 17 New York
Matha J Alvertcott F 15 New York
Charles Alvertcott M 13 Michigan
Anna Alvertcott F 9 Michigan
Kate Alvertcott F 7 Ohio

1870 Homer Calhoun Co Michigan
Josiah Westcott M 60 New York
Sophronia Westcott F 59 Massachusetts
Charles Westcott M 23 Michigan
Kate Westcott F 16 Ohio
Allen Willard M 16 Wisconsin

1880 Homer Calhoun Co Michigan
Josiah N Westcott Self M 70 New York
Sophronia Westcott Wife F 69 Massachusetts



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