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John Lossing
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Benson John Lossing


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Benson John Lossing
  • Born: 12 Feb 1813, Beekman NY
  • Marriage (1): Alice Barritt on 18 Jun 1833 in Dutchess NY
  • Died: 3 Jun 1891, Dover Plains NY

  General notes:

Silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • , . In addition to his commercial work as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker, he wrote and illustrated a number of books, including The Pictorial Field-Book Of The Revolution, The Pictorial Field Book Of The War Of 1812, and The Hudson, From The Wilderness To The Sea.
  • He was a partner in 1833-1835 with Adam Henderson in Poughkeepsie NY as HENDERSON & LOSSING. The firm proved unsuccessful, leaving both men deep in debt at its dissolution. Lossing later described it as "an unfortunate enterprise." He left the trade and enjoyed much more success as an author and illustrator. 18

  • Trade coin, c 1835
    Private Collection
  • Advertised in 1835 (Poughkeepsie NY), 18
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at New York City NY, listed as an engraver.

Benson married Alice Barritt on 18 Jun 1833 in Dutchess NY. (Alice Barritt was born on 8 Aug 1812 in Beekman NY and died on 18 Apr 1855 in Poughkeepsie NY.)

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