Historical Facts


"It is, however, certain that this William Hoskyns who was living in Beaminster in 1419 is the ultimate source of the family in this part of England."
 From "A History of The Hoskins Family of Devon and Dorset" by W. G. Hoskins, (Preface, Page ii) 

Historical Fact Overview 

"The best explanation for the facts is a direct line male ancestor migrating from Southern Denmark as a part of the Viking incursions into Normandy, which were started by Rollo in 885 AD. After residing in Normandy for several generations, an ancestor migrated from Normandy into the Welsh Marches mentioned above."  ( From the Anthony Hoskins Speculation/Theory)

Initially, the history section focuses on  W.G. Hoskins, a famous English historian, whose works are quoted numerous times on this site.  The Hoskins family is truly fortunate to have an eminent scholar sharing the family name.   At this time, it is not clear if W.G. Hoskins and Anthony Hoskins descended from a common Hoskins male ancestor.  However, W.G. Hoskins authored a very informative paper entitled "A History of the Hoskins Family of Devon and Dorset", which contains significant research on the family.  In this paper, W.G. concluded that the Hoskins of Beaminster, Dorset, England were descended from a common ancestor (See quote above).  If this is true, and Anthony Hoskins' family did migrate from Dorset, then it is reasonable to assume that they are related through a common male direct line ancestor. Regardless of a relationship or not, this project strives towards a passion for history that W.G. Hoskins achieved and lived so well.  
In the "Anthony Hoskins Heritage Facts" area, propositions about Anthony's direct male ancestry are made that are then followed by supporting evidence.  Finally, at the end of this section there is a graphic entitled  "The Anthony Hoskins Timeline".  This document shows major political, religious and family events laid over a time oriented chart.  This visual aid provides a chronological context for some of the events mentioned on this site.  

William George Hoskins

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
CBE FSA (May 22, 1908 – January 11, 1992) was an English local historian who founded the first university department of English Local History. His great contribution to the study of history was in the field of landscape history. Hoskins demonstrated the profound impact of human activity on the evolution of the English landscape in a pioneering book: The Making of the English Landscape. His work has had lasting influence in the fields of local and landscape history and historical and environmental conservation.


William George Hoskins was born the son of a baker at 26–28 St David's Hill, Exeter, Devon on May 22, 1908. He won a scholarship to Hele's School in 1918, and attended the University College of South West England (later the University of Exeter) where he gained BSc and MSc degrees in economics by the age of 21. [1] Both his M.Sc. degree awarded in 1929 and his Ph.D. in 1938 were concerned with the history of Devon.

Hoskins was appointed Lecturer in Commerce at University College, Leicester in 1931. He found the trade statistics to be dull lecture material but he enjoyed the evenings that he spent teaching archaeology and local history at Vaughan College. His academic researches covered historical demography, urban history, agrarian history, the evolution of vernacular architecture, landscape history and local history. After the award of his doctorate Hoskins was appointed Reader in English Local History at University College, Leicester (1938).

In 1948, a group of local history enthusiasts including Hoskins formed a "Leicestershire Victoria County History Committee". The University of London agreed to publish the second and subsequent volumes of the Victoria County History (VCH) for Leicestershire (the first having been published in 1907) if the Committee prepared the material. The Committee appointed Hoskins as its honorary local editor. He planned the contents of the second and third volumes of the VCH, and edited much of the material submitted. He also edited the articles that formed the history of the City of Leicester. In 1949 Richard McKinley was appointed full-time local Assistant Editor and succeeded Hoskins in 1952. During 1951 Hoskins had shared the honorary local editor position with C. H. Thompson, then Leicestershire County Council archivist.

In 1952, Hoskins resigned from his posts at University College, Leicester, and on the Leicestershire Victoria County History Committee Leicester to become Reader in Economic History in the University of Oxford.

Hoskins was one of the founders of the Exeter Group in 1960 (later to become the Exeter Civic Society). He was president of the Dartmoor Preservation Association from 1962 until 1976.

He became the first professor of local history at the University of Leicester (as University College, Leicester had become) in 1965 when he was appointed Hatton Professor of English History (he retired in 1968). Hoskins wrote and presented a BBC television series The Landscape of England in 1976. Derived from The Making of the English Landscape, the series attracted considerable attention from members of the environmental movement, who cited it to support their arguments for conservation.

He died January 11, 1992.


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 Anthony Hoskins Heritage Facts

  • Anthony Hoskins was probably the nephew of John Hoskins of Windsor CT., b. approx 1585.  
    • The American Genealogist: The Parentage of Anthony Hoskins of Windsor, Conn.
      • “It also looks as if Anthony and Rebecca were not the children of John and Ann, but more likely nephew and niece of John”.
    • A similar conclusion was stated in the “Anthony Hoskins Review”, by Homer W. Scott in July, 2000. 
  • John Hoskins was from the Beaminster, Dorset area and was from the low level gentry class.
    • Professor Frank Thistlethwaite in his book, “Dorset Pilgrams”, mentions the origins and status of John Hoskins’ family in the following text as he refers to the settlers of Dorchester, Ma.: "It was a large class, shading at the top into the gentry like the Hoskins of Beaminster" (page 54.)
    • A large number of the settlers of both Dorchester, Ma and Windsor, CT were from England’s “West Country”. These people were inspired by Rev. John White of Dorchester to migrate to America as a part of the “Great Puritan Migration”.
  • Legend indicates a connection between the Hoskins families of Dorset, Herefordshire and Surrey.
    • The coat of arms are very similar between the three Hoskins/Hoskyns branches.
      • The arms of the Hoskins family consist of a shield with three lions and a chevron, with a crest of a cock’s head.
  • The Hoskins of Dorset and Surrey were originally from Herefordshire/South Eastern Wales
    • W.G. Hoskins’ A History of the Hoskins Family of Devon and Dorset
      • “The name of Hoskins is also found in Glamorgan and Monmouth in the fifteenth century, which lends colour to the theory of a Welsh origin for the Western Branches of the family”.  (page 6.)      (Note: There are several individuals named Morgan that have similar DNA results. See DNA Section.)
    • An inscription on the Hoskyns monument at Purse Caundle,Dorset states that the family migrated from Herefordshire.
    • The arms are similar to Herberts and connects the family to Herefordshire/Southeastern Wales.
      • “Thus crown lands in Glamorgan were disposed of to the Herberts Earl of Pembroke”.
    • W.G. Hoskins’ “A History of the Hoskins Family of Devon and Dorset
      • "Both the Dorset and the Herefordshire branches of our family have arms similar to those of the Herberts, which suggest a common origin for branches somewhere within the sway of the Herberts in Glamorgan". (page: ii)
  • Norman / Welsh Connection
    • Normans settled the Welsh Marches along with Southeastern Wales both immediately prior and after the Norman invasion/migration in 1066 A.D.,.
      • "The first step in this process lay in the establishment of Norman appendages or suburbs, to the English boroughs which the conquerors found already established along the border. Thus small colonies of French and Normans were located near the English communities of Hereford, Bristol, Shrewsbury, and others." (From: The Normans in South Wales, 1070-1171  Dr. Lynn H. Nelson)
    • Normans were north men of Viking heritage.
    • Many of the north men that settled in Normandy were from the Denmark region.  As a result, approximately 35% to 40% of these people would have carried the I1 Y-DNA signature based on current haplogroup distributions.  (Schleswig historically has been a part of Denmark.)
  • The name Hoskins has a Norman/Norse basis.



    Additional Anthony Hoskins Facts 

    • Children   (from "Genealogies and Biographies of Ancient Windsor" by Henry R. Stiles)
      • Isabel, b. 16 May, 1657
      • John, b. 14 Oct., 1659
      • Robert, b. 6 June, 1662
      • Anthony, b. 6 March, 1663
      • Grace, b. 25 july, 1665 m an Eggleston
      • Rebecca, b. 3 Dec., 1668; d. Oct 1673.
      • Jane, b 30 April, 1671; m. an Alford
      • Thomas, b. 14 March, 1672
      • Joseph, b. 28 Feb.; 1674

     Windsor, Connecticut   Anthony Hoskins Windsor timeline


    The Anthony Hoskins Timeline