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Jul 07

52 Ancestors: #24 John Foss

Most of the information for the family of John Foss is found in the derivative work by Guy S. Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, and delayed marriage records filed in the early 1900s with the state of New Hampshire.

John Foss. , born on 28 August 1781 in Strafford, Strafford County, New Hampshire and died in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 30 April 1863.[1]

John was married three times.

  • John married, first, Lucy Hayes in probably in, Strafford County.
  • John married, second, Mercy Montgomery who died on 14 November1853 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County.[2]
  • John married, third, Emily P. Clough on 4 March 1857.[3]

John and Lucy and three children children:

i.        JOHN HAYES FOSS, born in Strafford, Strafford County.[4] Buried in Pittsfield, Merrimack County.

On 24 Jun 1838 John Hayes married SARAH ABIGAIL DENNETT in Barnstead, Belknap County, New Hampshire.[5]

ii.        JOANNE B. FOSS, born on 18 April 1811 in Strafford, Strafford County, and died on 25 November1888.[6] Buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village, Merrimack County.11 On, 2 August 1832 when Joanne B. was 21, she married WILLIAM JENKINS in Belmont, Belknap County.[7]

                         iii.        COMFORT B. FOSS, born about 1814 in Strafford, Strafford County.[8] Comfort B. died on 1 February 1850.[9] On 1 January 1834 when Comfort married GEORGE PERKINS in Barnstead, Belknap County.[10] Comfort B. Perkins was buried in the Old Hopkinton Cemetery.[11]

John and Mercy  had the two children:

i.        MERCY ELIZABETH FOSS, born in 1827 and died in Chichester on 1 February 1869.[12]  Mercy Elizabeth married NATHANIEL BATCHELDERon the 3rd of May 1846, in Hopkington.[13]

ii.        JONAH MONTGOMERY FOSS, born in 1829 in Strafford, Strafford County and died in Hopkinton, on 23 Jul 1882.[14]

Jonathan Montgomery married ALVIRA CONNOR, daughter of Abel Connor & Hannah Whitney was on 8 January 1827and died in Hopkinton, on 9 August 1881.[15]

Census Record:

  • John and Mercy were enumerated on the 4th of September 1850 in Hopkinton with household members: Jonah M. Foss, age 30; Alvira C. Foss, age 33; and John M. Foss, age 2.[16]
    John had real property valued at $2,500.
  • John and Emily were enumerated in Hopkinton on 19 June 1860 in the home of his father, John Foss, with 4 additional household members: Jona G.M. Foss, Alvira Foss [wife of Jonah], John, age 12, and George, age 9 [sons of Jonah and Alvira].[17]
    John had real property valued at $3,500 and personal property valued at $1,100.

Boundary Considerations[18]

1781. John Foss allegedly born in Strafford County.

1832. John’s daughter, Joanne (or Joan) married William Jenkins in Belmont incorporated in 1859 (originally part of Gilmanton, perhaps called Upper Gilmanton in Strafford County (1840 in Belknap County)

1834. John’s daughter, Comfort married George Perkins in Barnstead (incorporated in 1827), Strafford County (1840 in Belknap County).

1850. John and his wife Mercy enumerated in Hopkinton, Merrimack County.

1860. John and his wife Emily enumerated in Hopkinton, Merrimack County.

1863. John Foss died in Hopkinton, Merrimack County.

  • One of the original New Hampshire counties, Strafford was created 29 April 1769.
  • Merrimack County was formed from Grafton, Hillsborough, and Rockingham Counties in 1823.

Suggestions for Future Research

Town Records are extremely helpful. We have the names of two towns in original Strafford County, Strafford, Gilmanton and Barnstead, it would be prudent to start with the town records of Strafford and Barnstead in mention of John Foss and members of his family.

Since John is recorded with property in 1850 and 1860, it is necessary to study the deeds of Merrimack County. Since the town of Hopkinton was near the boundary of Hillsborough County and Rockingham County prior to the formation of Merrimack County in 1823, it may also me necessary to search for Foss deeds in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties as well.

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Notes:

[1] Guy S. Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family (Concord, New Hampshire: Typescript, 1917), 74. Hereinafter cited as Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family.

[2] “Barnstead, N.H., Marriage Records,” 76.

[3] “New Hampshire, Marriages, 1720-1920,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM91.1/FD2B-TH9; accessed 5 July 2004,  FHL microfilm 1000993.

[4] Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 142.

[5] “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11835-35694-68?cc=1520640 : accessed 05 Jul 2014), 004243151 > image 2056 of 5021; citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

[6] “Tombstone of William Jenkins; Joanna B, his wife; and children, Mary H, Louise j, and Etta G,” Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village (behind the Congregation Church), New Hampshire.

[7] “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11823-40804-17?cc=1520640 : accessed 05 Jul 2014), 004243056 > image 4892 of 5063; citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

[8] Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 74.

[9] “age 36 yrs, 3 mo & 1 day,“ Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 74.

[10] ““Marriage Record of Georgia Perkins and Comfort Foss,” 1 January 1834, Barnstead, Belknap County, New Hampshire, Online database, New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947 at FamilySearch.org, 5 August 2013.

[11] Memorial #83,635,895 to Comfort B. Perkins by “Ken – TN,” 18 January 2012, viewed on FindAGrave.com, 5 July 2014.

[12] Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 143.

[13] Mercy is called Miss Mary E Foss on the delayed marriage record recorded on 14 December 1905 by J. A. Fuller, “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11063-171324-45?cc=1520640 : accessed 05 Jul 2014), 004243110 > image 4107 of 4849; citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

[14] Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 143.

[15] Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 143.

[16] 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 158, dwelling 426, family 432. Lines 1–5; National Archives microfilm M432, reel 435.

[17] 1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Hoping, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 200, dwelling 446, family 511, lines 31-36; National Archives microfilm M653, reel 676; viewed on Ancestry.com, 5 July 2014.

[18] Michael J. Leclerc, editor, Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 5th edition (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012); and John H. Long, editor, New Hampshire / Vermont Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993).

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