The Hosking family were farmers at the wonderful Riviere Farm: a listed building on the edge of Phillack, built in the mid-1850s with ample space to stable pack mules of the Cornish Copper Company and their associated fodder and equipment. The farm itself is partly built of the waste material - scoria - of the smelting furnaces that were the mainstay of the economy here 150 years ago.
John was born at Gwithian, but by 1891 he is seen to be living at Riviere Farm with his two younger sisters, aged 21 and 15. In the 1891 census, it can be seen that the youngest of John's sisters has a friend staying with them...who is a younger sister of Emily! So presumably, this is how John and Emily came to know one another. Emily was born in Phillack, and came from a family of tailors: she was the eldest of six children, all girls except one boy.
John and Emily married in 1892, and their eldest child, a girl, was born in 1893, and followed by three boys, the last of whom was born when Emily was in her mid-forties, in 1911. Their eldest son, Reginald Clarence Hosking, remained on the farm with them until he passed away in 1951, seven years after his father John had died. Emily passed away in Phillack in 1954, in her early 90s.
We can deliver flowers, or another token of remembrance, to the resting place of the Hosking family on your behalf. From the photo (above) you can see that a vase is provided, and we would be pleased to fill this with fresh flowers from you: