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Descendants of Benson John Lossing
Generation No. 1
1. BENSON JOHN6 LOSSING (JOHN5, NICLEAS4, PIETER PIERSE3 LASSEN, PIETER PIETERSE JR.2, PIETER PIETERSE1) was born February 12, 1813 in Beekman, Dutchess County, New York, and died June 3, 1891 in Dover Plains, Dutchess County, New York. He married (1) ALICE BARRETT June 18, 1833 in Dutchess County, New York. She died 1855. He married (2) HELEN SWEET November 18, 1856 in Dutchess County, New York.
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Marriage: June 18, 1833, Dutchess County, New York
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Marriage: November 18, 1856, Dutchess County, New York
Child of BENSON LOSSING and ALICE BARRETT is:
i. CORA FLORENCE7 LOSSING, b. March 19, 1844; m. OSCAR DELOSS SR. HENDERSHOT.
Children of BENSON LOSSING and HELEN SWEET are:
ii. JOHN B.7 LOSSING, b. May 23, 1858.
iii. EDWIN JOHN LOSSING, b. October 20, 1862.
iv. HELEN MARIAM LOSSING, b. May 31, 1865; m. FRANK EDGAR JOHNSON, 1892.
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v. ALICE CASEY LOSSING, b. June 27, 1870.
vi. THOMAS LOSSING, b. 1871.
Benson John Lossing, editor, illustrator, and historian was born, 12 February 1813 in Beekman, New York. Orphaned in 1824, Lossing moved to Poughkeepsie about two years later to work for Adam Henderson, watch maker and silversmith. By 1823, Lossing and Henderson formed a partnership. In 1835, Lossing became part owner and editor of the Poughkeepsie Telegraph. Out of this publication grew the semimonthly literary paper called the Poughkeepsie Casket, which Lossing helped illustrate with wood engravings. Lossing moved to New York in 1838 to establish himself in the wood engraving profession, yet he continued to supply the telegraph with his engravings and designs. While he edited and illustrated J.S. Rothchild's weekly Family Magazine. From 1839 to 1841, he also launched his own literary career with the publication of his Outline of the History of Fine Arts. In 1846, he joined William Barrett in the wood engraving business that became one of the largest of such firms in New York. His illustrations appeared in the New York Mirror and served other periodicals. Around 1848, Lossing conceived of the idea of writing a narrative sketchbook on the American Revolution. The first installment was published in Harpers New Monthly Magazine in 1850, but three years had passed before the completed Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution was published. This work had entailed extensive research and 8,000 miles of travel throughout the United States. The book was critically acclaimed and won him wide reputation as author, which he maintained through his voluminous output. At cutbreak of the Civil War, Lossing toured the south, and in 1851 published his reflections of the war. At the same time, the London Art Journal featured a series articles describing the history and scenery of the Hudson Valley. In 1868, Lossing moved his home to Dover Plains, where he had a fireproof library constructed to house a collection of over five thousand books. Lossing was actively involved in several charitable, civic, literary, and historical clubs and societies in Dutchess County. Lossing was married first, 18 June 1833 to Alice Barrett; she died in 1855. On 18 November 1856, he married Helen Sweet, the daughter of Nehemiah Sweet. Benson Lossing died on 3 June 1891, in Dover Plains.
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