This information is contributed by Fredric Z. Saunders
Joseph HOSKINS was a Captain in the Guilford County Militia in the Revolutionary
War at the time of the Battle of Guilford Court House as shown by the application
on 21 Febraury 1834 of Samuel RAYL, then living in Jefferson Co., Tennessee.
RAYL stated "In the month of March 1781 day not recollected This Declarant
was drafted at Guilford Court House by Captain Joseph HASKINS for a term
of three months as a private soldier...Being a wheelright and Blacksmith,
this Declarant was detailed from Captain HASKINS' company immediately after
he was drafted..."(1) At the Battle of Guilford Court House, Cornwallis'
lines were lined up even with Joseph HOSKINS house on both sides of it.
The American troops had three lines, the first line consisting of North
Carolina militia about 1/4 mile from Cornwallis' troops. Immediately between
the two armies were Joseph Hoskins' cleared fields that had been previously
planted in corn. When the British advanced, the American first line gave
way, and most of the fighting took place east and a little north of Joseph
HOSKINS land.(2) Joseph HOSKINS house was used by Cornwallis as his headquarters
for the staging of the battle, and later as a hospital for the wounded
of both sides. Evidence indicates approximately 100 casualties were buried
immediately behind the house. Joseph HOSKINS house still stands, and the
interior has been restored to how it may have appeared in 1781.(3) It is
located in Tannebaum Park, just outside the Guilford Courthouse National
Military Park, and maintained by the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department.
Joseph HOSKINS b. 1751 Chester Co., PA d. 24 July-31 Aug. 1799 Guilford
Co., NC; married Hanneh EVANS, children: 1. Elizabeth HOSKINS m. Willilam
DENNIS 15 Sep. 1800 2. John HOSKINS b. ca. 1780; m. Mary; d. ca. 1859 3.
Hannah HOSKINS m. Caleb JESSOP 27 July 1803 4. Eli HOSKINS b. 4 July 1785;
m.1. Amy GOSSETT; m.2. Sarah SWAIN 22 Nov. 1836; d. 2 June 1852 Guilford
Co., NC 5. Ann HOSKINS b. 10 July 1788; m.1. Jesse BALES/BEALS; m.2. Elias
JESSOP 5 July 1820; d. 20 Mar 1875 Henry Co., IN 6. Joseph HOSKINS 7. Ellis
HOSKINS b. 1796; m. Sarah (Sally) McCUISTON 6 Dec. 1821; d. 12 Mar. 1873
Guilford Co., NC 8. Mary HOSKINS m. Fleet HUNT 5 Oct. 1819