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John Foss

Nicknames: "From Norway", "then Denmark."
Birthdate:
Birthplace: ?
Death: Died in Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire, American Colonies
Immediate Family:

Son of David Lorentzen Foss and Anna Jensdatten Foss
Husband of Elizabeth Locke; Mary Foss; Mary Foss and Sarah Goss
Father of John Foss; Joshua Foss, Sr.; Jane Neal; Elizabeth Batchelder; Samuel Foss and 14 others

Occupation: Caulker; an innkeeper and selectman in Rye, NH
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About John Foss

  • NOTE: Lots of people confuse this John and Mary Foss that originally came to Boston because there were 2 John Fosses aboard the immigrant ship. This John Foss was a stow-away that ended up in Rye, NH and was of Norwegian ancestry, and from Ribe, Denmark. The OTHER John Foss was born in Paignton, England.

Check this source for one version of the parentage, birth place, and marriages of John Foss:

http://www.mocavo.com/Encyclopedia-of-Massachusetts-Biographical-Genealogical-Volume-2/210942/428 - - - - - - - - - - - - - The following data is extracted from Biography and Genealogy of Western Massachusetts, 1639-1925.

The Foss family in America belonged to the nobility of Norway, bearing a coat-of-arms, the chief figure in both arms and crest being that of a fox. The name was originally Vos, which signifies fox, and was pronounced foss. The line comes through Denmark and England to America, and the first of whom any knowledge has been traced was a man named Lauritz, nothing further being known of him at this time. According to the custom of the age in that country, the name of the son was adopted from the baptismal name of the father.

David Lauritzen Foss, born in Norway in 1604, removed to Denmark when a young man, and died at Ribe, in that country, August 31, 1659. He was a minister of the gospel and was pastor of St. Catherine's Church at Ribe, in 1648; he was also a magistrate and afterwards provost at Ribe. He married there, September 10, 1636, Jansdatter Hundevard, born February 15, 1620 died September 16, 1684, daughter of Jens Lorenson and Catherine (Hasdatter) Hundevard. These records have been obtained from Denmark, and are a feature of the Foss genealogy in manuscript, now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Children born at Ribe: John, of whom further; Karine, Lauritz, Agatha, Magdalen, Lauritz Davidson, Jene, Antonius, Peter and Inger.

John Foss, American immigrant ancestor, son of David Lauritzen and Jansdatter (Hundevard) Foss, was baptized January 3, 1639, in Denmark and became a seafaring man. Going to England with his brother Peter, he entered the British Navy as a ship calker. On the arrival of the vessel in which he sailed in the port of Boston, he decided to remain in this country, and tradition states that he went overboard in the evening and swam ashore. To- avoid a forcible return to the service he immediately proceeded to the interior, and shortly settled in Dover, New Hampshire.

He purchased a house in Exeter, New Hampshire, September 29, 1666, and sold it in April, 1671. In 1667, 1669, 1672 and 1688 he was a juror in Dover, and for some time lived in Rye, New Hampshire. His will was dated at Dover, December 17,

1699, and he died before January a of the following year.

He married (first) Mary Chadbourne, born in 1644, daughter of William and Jane Chadbourne. Her father came to America in the employ of Captain John Mason, to build a mill at South Berwick, Maine, and in 1657 was at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. With him, John Foss removed to Old Kittery, Maine, soon after settling in Dover. He was a prominent man in town affairs in Dover, and was married there (second) by John Wincool, a justice of the peace, January 25, 1686, to Mary (Fernicide) Goss, widow of James Goss.

He married (third) Elizabeth (Berry) Lock, daughter of William and Jane Berry, and widow of John Lock, who was killed on Dover Plains, June 26, 1696.

His children were: John, Samuel, Joshua, Elizabeth, Mary, William, Walter, Hannah, Thomas, Hinkson, killed June 26, 1696; Humphrey, Jemima and Samuel. From these children have descended many lines of this old family, scattered now in many States of the Union. Down one of these avenues of generation was born Benjamin Hayes Foss. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

John Foss married Mary Berry in 1658 at Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Mary's parents were William Berry and Jane Lake Hermins. She was born in Portsmouth, NH in 1644 or 45. They had at ten children, all of whom were born in Rye, NH, except Elizabeth who was born in Portsmouth, NH. John Foss died after 13 September 1710 at Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-==-

Note: Following information about John Foss contains conflicts about who his parentage was, even including the same stories of his history. - - - - - - - - -

  1. According to the Chadbourne Family Association website, John Foss of Rye is often confused with John Fost of Dover, who married Mary Chadbourne. "Readers should be careful to distinguish between John Foss of Rye and our John Fost of Dover, as the listing of their families have been confused and mistakenly printed in some sources."
  2. A Foss genealogy published by a Guy Scoby Rix in 1912 erroneously claims that John was from Denmark.
  3. Noyes/Libby/Davis, "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire," (1939), pp. 240 and 270; Plummer, John, "Two John Jacksons from Darmouth, Devon," (1990, NEH&GR), v. 144, p. 33, #5-i for Plummer's explanation as to why he believes this John was related to the JACKSON family. Foss, Joseph A., Jr., "Benjamin Foss of Machias, Maine, c. 1741-1830, his ancestors and descendants," (Foss Genealogical Research, 1993), LC Control #93136856

Notes

Foss in Norway means 'waterfall'. Historically, many of the English had to come to the New World via such places as Belgium and the Netherlands because of religious persecution. They weren't allowed to leave from English ports.

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-------------------- Check this for another version of John Foss' origins:

John Foss, son of Stephen Fosse and Mary Jackson Fosse, was christened 24 November 1633 at Paignton, Devon, England. Tradition holds that he jumped ship along the Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts coast, from a British war vessel on which he was employed as a caulker. While the vessel was lying in Boston Harbor he deserted by jumping overboard and swimming ashore, escaping further service. He thought of settling at a place called 'Reid's Temple' but not being satisfied with the place, he went to Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Records in Portsmouth show that he took title to land there on 24 February 1657. He was then only 23 years old. He witnessed a deed on 19 June 1659. John Foss was admitted an inhabitant of Dover on 1 January 1665/1666, and took the oath of allegiance on 21 June 1669. He served as Grand Juror on 27 June 1671 and again in 1688.

Disambiguation

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JOHN FOSS WAS BORN BEFORE 1639. HE CAME FROM ENGLAND WITH HIS BROTHER PETER, AND THENCE CAME TO NEW ENGLAND. A FALSE TRADITION EXISTS THAT HE CAME TO BOSTON IN A BRITISH WAR VESSEL, LANDING IN BOSTON BY JUMPING OVERBOARD, SWIMMING ASHORE, ESCAPING FURTHER SERVICE. HE LIVED FOR A SHORT TIME, AT A PLACE CALLED REID'S TEMPLE, NEAR BOSTON. THE FIRST AUTHENTIC RECORD OF HIM, WAS WHEN HE WAS GRANTED LANDS IN PORTSMOUTH NEW HAMPSHIRE, 24-FEB-1657. THE NEXT RECORD WE FIND OF WAS WHEN HE WAS WITNESS TO A DEED IN DOVER, 14-MAY-1669. HE WAS A PETIT JUROR AT DOVER COURT, 27-JUN-1667, AND AGAIN, 19-JUN-1659, AND GRAND JUROR, 27-JUN-1671. HE WAS ADMITTED AN INHABITANT OF DOVER, 1-JAN-1665/6, AND TOOK THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE ON 21-JUN-1669. HE ONLY MARRIED MARY BERRY. ( FOSS IS LISTED AS BEING OF DOVER 1665 ON GRAND JURY IN 1688 AND DYING IN DECEMBER 17, 1699 IN NEW CASTLE, NH.) 'tis said by tradition that Johan (John) jumped ship along the Boston, Suffolk, MA coast, from a British war vessel on which he was employed as a caulker. While the vessel was lying in Boston Harbor he deserted by jumping overboard and swimming ashore, escaping further service. He thought of settling at a place called 'Reid's Temple' but not being satisfied with the place, he went to Portsmouth, Rockingham, N.H. Records in Portsmouth show that he took title to land there on Feb 24, 1657. He was then only 19 yrs old. Submitted by Larry, a Decendant as are many of us. Thank you Larry. -------------------- John Fost's will was probated April 17th 1700, Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire. John, a calker, and Mary had at least nine children, possibly 12. The order of the births of these children is different than that given by GDMNH which does not provide their dates of birth (other than estimates for John and Elizabeth). A Foss genealogy published by a Guy Scoby Rix in 1912 erroneously claims that John was from Denmark. Noyes/Libby/Davis, "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire," (1939), pp. 240 and 270; Plummer, John, "Two John Jacksons from Darmouth, Devon," (1990, NEH&GR), v. 144, p. 33, #5-i for Plummer's explanation as to why he believes this John was related to the JACKSON family. Foss, Joseph A., Jr., "Benjamin Foss of Machias, Maine, c. 1741-1830, his ancestors and descendants," (Foss Genealogical Research, 1993), LC Control #93136856 Children of John Foss: 1. John Foss 2. Samuel Foss 3. Joshua Foss, lived at Rye and Barrington NH; m. Sarah Wallis, dau of Ralph and Ann (Shortridge) Wallis and had issue. 3. Elizabeth Foss, b. 1666 4. Mary Foss 5. +William Foss, b. 11 March 1673 in Rye, Rockingham Co NH 6. Walter Foss 7. Hannah Foss 8. Thomas Foss 9. Hinkson Foss, killed 26 June 1696 10. Humphrey Foss 11. Jemima Foss 12. Samuel Foss.

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Note: A section of Rye Beach, NH is still called Foss Beach after John and Mary Foss. http://books.google.com/books?id=_c4UAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA684&lpg=PA684&dq=david+lauritzen+foss&source=bl&ots=GREE195wAn&sig=0H7JfL-nJhbvj_tStMUQQdmL3pU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=awtBU4DkJ4rhygG1kYDYBA&ved=0CF0Q6AEwCg#v=onepage&q=david%20lauritzen%20foss&f=false

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John Foss's Timeline

1639
1639
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1658
1658
Age 19
Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
1660
1660
Age 21
Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
1663
1663
Age 24
Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
1664
1664
Age 25
Dover, NH
1665
1665
Age 26
Rye Beach, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA
1666
1666
Age 27
Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire
1666
Age 27
Dover, NH
1666
Age 27
Rockingham, NH, USA
1667
1667
Age 28
Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire, [present United States]