In his will he exorted his children to carry out his intentions "without having recourse to law and the subtility of lawyers," and in the case of difficulty to refer questions to "the decision of persons of known probity and wisdom, this being not only the most Christian, but the most prudent and cheap and summary way of deciding all differences."
Hort used his own personal experiences as prefaces to his sermons. After being disabled from preaching by an overstrain of his voice, he warned "all young preachers whose organs of speech are tender," and said, "Experience shows that a moderate Degree of Voice, with a proper and distinct Articulation, is better understood in all Parts of a Church than a Thunder of Lungs that is rarely distinct, and never agreeable to the Audience." His sermons were expressed in simple, dignified language.
Two of Josiah Hort's daughters married into well known Irish families of that day and not many years after Hort's migration to Ireland the Hort family had established a fair claim to be considered Irish.
Josiah Hort is the earliest of the family name of whom any record is preserved. His father, of whom little is known, lived near Bath, England.