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Jacob D Van Fossen (Fox), Sr

Also Known As: "Jacob VAN FOSSEN Sr", "Jacob Fox", "Jacob D. Vanfossen", "Jacob VanFossen Sr"
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Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: 1845 (88-89)
Augusta County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Van Fossen and Mary Van Fossen
Husband of Susanna "Sally" Lambert and Susanna A Van Fossen (Talley)
Father of Abraham VanFossen; Elizabeth van Fossen; Catherine VanFossen; Abraham VAN FOSSEN; Catherine Van Fossen and 3 others
Brother of Catherine Weber Spare; Benjamin Van Fossen; Agnes Van Fossen; John Van Fossen and William Van Fossen

Occupation: wheelwright
Managed by: Kathleen Elizabeth Simms Smith
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About Jacob D Van Fossen, Sr

wheelwright

His Revolutionary War records are on file in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., file number R 10, 865.


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Jacob Van Fossen was born Sep 8, 1756 in Worcester Township in Philadelphia County, later redesignated Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He died ca. 1845.

He married, first, Susanna --. She died ca. 1786.

He married, second, Mary --, probably before 1790.

He married, third, Sarah (Sally) Lambert, Apr 3, 1806.

His Revolutionary War records are on file in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., file number R 10, 865. They read as follows:

"State of Virginia, And County of Augusta:

"On this 27th day of November, 1832, personally appeared in open Court before the justices of the County Court of Augusta now sitting, Jacob Vanfossen a resident of said county aged 76 years the 9th day of September last, who being first duly sworn, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed Jun 7th 1832--

"That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.

"In the year 1776 he joined a volunteer company then forming, in his neighborhood about 20 miles from Philadelphia. This company were to remain at home and like minute men to hold themselves in readiness for imediate service whenever it might be required. They frequently assembled and were kept together only a few days and were then permitted to return to their respective homes. The Company officers were Jacob Wentz Captain, Christian Weaver Lieutenant, Benjamin Weaver ensign, and this declarant himself was first sergeant.

"In August 1776 they were assembled at the tavern of Jacob Wentz their Captain and marched to Philadelphia where they joined a body of men under the Command of Col John Bull -- Among the other officers were Major Robt. Curry & Adjutant William Armstrong. From Philadelphia they proceeded to Amboy, passing through Trenton, Princeton & Brunswick, and crossing the Delaware & Raritan rivers on their march. They were stationed at Amboy to prevent the enemy, who then held possession of Staten Island from landing at this place. They were employed for several weeks in digging entrenchments & complelled to work altogether at night in Consequence of the constant fire kept up by the enemy from the Island. And always paraded in the morning before day in their entrenchments. The soldiers suffered greatly from the unwholesomeness of the provisions, it was found that lime had been mixed with their flour by a Tory who owned a mill from which they had ben supplied.

"After remaining some time at this place they were permitted to return home, having been out he believes about two months--

"In September 1777 This Company were again called out -- Capt. Wentz at this time had been deprived of his commission and Christian Weaver their former Lieutenant appointed in his room. This declarant was also promoted to the office of Ensign which he continued to hold during the war. They assembled at Wentzes tavern about the 8th of September and were marched to Brandywine between 25 & 30 miles distant where they joined the American Army under the Command of General Washington. That they were in the battle of Brandywine fought on the 11th of September. In this action the Americans were entirely defeated and the whole army compelled to retreat.

"This declarant was also at the battle fought at Germantown on the 4th day of October 1777 in which the Americans were also defeated --

"He was also at the battle fought at Monmouth on the 28th of June in the year 1778.

"He was under arms from the time of the battle at Brandywine untill after the battle at Monmouth, a span of twelve months in all, except that being in the immediate neighbourhood of his home he was sometimes permitted to return there a short time.

"These were the most remarkable duties which he performed. His company continued always ready and prepared for special service during the rest of the war. Their mustering place was Wentzes tavern, where they could be paraded at any time on a short notice. He could not pretend to state all the minute particulars of his service. Sometimes when the enemy were in that part of the Country, as he stated before, the Company would be hastily collected and kept together only a few days.

"He knows of no person now living who served with him who can testify as to his service--

"He received a commission but cannot recollect by whom it was signed. He presented it for several years after the war, but it has been since lost or mislaid. He would further state that he was born on the 9th day of September 1756 in Worcester Township about 20 miles from Philadelphia then in Philadelphia County but now called Montgomery. He resided there till after the termination of the war when he removed to Augusta County Virginia where he has ever since resided & still resides.

"He has a memorandum of his age in a bible now in his possession copied from a record in a family bible belonging to his father. He would suggest the names of Rev William Wilson & Maj. John Crawford as persons to whom he is known and who can testify to his veracity & their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present & declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

"Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid. (signed) Jacob Vanfossen

"We William Wilson, residing in the County of Augusta & John Crawford residing in the same hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Jacob Van Fossen who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration & that we believe him to be 76 years of age. That he is reputed & relieved in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution & that we concur in that opinion.

"Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid. (signed) Wm Wilson, John Crawford

"And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter & after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the war department that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier & served as he states, & the Court further certifies that it appears to them that the William Wilson who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman resident in the County of Augusta & that Maj. John Crawford who has also Signed the same is a resident in the same county & that their statement is entitled to credit.

"I Jefferson Kinney, Clerk of the Court of Augusta County, in the State of Virginia, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the testimony in the matter of the application of Jacob Vanfossen for a pension. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office, this 27th day of November A.D. 1832 and in the 57th year of the commonwealth. Jefferson Kinney

"Augusta County to wit.

"This 8th day of August 1833 Jacob Van Fossen personally appeared before me the undersigned, a justice of the peace for said county and made oath to the following amendment to his declaration made in the County Court of said county on the 27th Nov 1832 in order to obtain a pension for his revolutionary services --.

"That he was engaged in service constantly, from the first of August 1776 untill after the battle at Monmouth on the 28th of June 1778 comprising a period of now less than one year, ten months and 28 days. Only that he was permitted sometimes to return home during this time, being a volunteer and being in his own neighbourhood. He was not however engaged in any civil employment, during that span of time. He would state his particulars of service briefly as follows:

"His tour to Amby he was engaged for two months from time of his return untill about the first of September 1777 he was in no engagements with the enemy. but was allowed frequently to visit his home. He always however considered himself in the character of a soldier & returned to his place in the army whenever he was required. he had not time to engage in any civil pursuits from the first of September 1777 untill after the 28th June 1778. Enemy being in immediate neighbourhood he was constantly engaged in the most dangerous & difficult kind of service - he was in three service battles viz: at Brandywine. at Germantown and at Monmouth. besides some skirmishes. After the battle at Monmouth. the enemy left that part of the country and he did not perform any other services of such courageous during the war, tho his company always held themselves in readiness for service whenever they might be called out, and attended (?) regularly once a week - or sometimes once in two weeks. he would mention by way of explaining his declaration that at the time that was drawn, he had been advised that he was entitled to a pension for his services until the termination of the war. He therefore only thought it necessary to mention the most important particulars.

"During the whole term of his service his colonel was John Bull. Robt Curry, Major, and William Armstrong adjutant. the officers of his company mentioned in his declaration held their commissions untill the termination of the war. (i.e. after the promotion of Christian Weaver to the office of Captain about the 1st of Sept. 1777.

"Of the time curing which this declarant was in constant service he acted 13 month in the capacity of first sergeant. and the residue of the time (viz. 9 months & 28 days in the capacity of ensign -- This declarant believes he cannot specify his services now particularly, he finds it utterly impossible to mention each particular time he was permitted to return home and called out again. He can produce no testimony to prove that he served with a commission, having removed to Virginia after the war where he knew no person who served with him and who could testify as to his services --

"Given under my hand this 8th day of Augt 1833. Wm Young

"I do hereby certify that I have known the above named Jacob Van Fossen for upwards of 25 years. and that his character as a man of truth, has always been unimpeached, so far as I know. and that I believe his statement is entitled to full credence -- Wm Young

"State of Virginia Augusta County Court Clerks office to wit:

"I Jefferson Kinney Clerk of the County Court aforesaid do hereby certify that William Young Esqr. whose name is subscribed to the foregoing certificate is a Justice of the peace for the County aforesaid, duly commissioned and qualified according to Law, and that full faith and credit are due to all his attestations as such -- and I further certify that the foregoing signatures purporting to be his are genuine.

"In Testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal of office this 8th day of August 1833 and in the 58th year of the commonwealth. Jefferson Kinney

"Augusta Court, Act:

"This day Jacob Vanfossen whose name has been improperly written in the declaration heretofore "Van Fossen" appeared again before me a justice of the peace as aforesaid and made oath that he did serve as aforesaid under a commission of Ensign, which since the revolution has been lost or mislaid, that he does not remember who signed it, but that it was sent to him by Andw Knox -- he knows of no other proof that he can get unless it would be of his integrity & veracity,

"Given under my hand this 8th day of October 1833 Wm Young J.P."

(Jefferson Kinney again certified as to the signature of Wm Young, Justice of the Peace)

"Virginia Augusta County --

"This day Philip Fishburn aged about fifty one years a resident of Augusta County, known to me as a credible witness, appeared before me, and being duly sworn does on his oath say - that he has been acquainted with Jacob Vanfossen who is an applicant for a pension under the act of Congress of the 7th June 1832, for something upwards of forty years, he haveing lived ever since he recollects, within about a mile of where the said Fushburn was raised, untill within about two years since when the said Vanfossen removed from the neighbourhood - that he can recollect as far back as thirty years, to have heard the said Jacob Vanfossen in conversation with this affiants Father and others, speak of his the said Van fossen's services in the war of the revolution, that he recollects in these conversations to have heard the said Vanfossen speak of being for some time first sergeant of his company, and of being afterwards promoted to the office of Ensign in Capt Wentz' company - in which capacity he acted for some time - he has heard read the declaration of the said Vanfossen dated the 27th day of November 1832 and his amended declaration dated the 8th August 1833, and the history the said Vanfossen has given of his services, as responds with the statements he heard the said Vanfossen make at least thirty hears since, and these statements and the history of his services he has repeated by him the said Vanfossen recount up to within a few years past, and his account of the services he performed has uniformly been the same, and he has never entertained a doubt in his own mind nor heard it doubted by others, but that the said Vanfossen did serve as he states in the war of the revolution, that the character of the said Jacob Vanfossen as a man of truth has ever been regarded as good as that of any other man, and that from his long acquaintenace with the said Vanfossen, and his general character, he would give full credence to any statement he would make.

"Witness my hand this 24th day of October in the year 1834. (signed) Philip Fishburn

"Sworn and subscribed to before me a Justice of the Peace for the County of Augusta the day appear above mentioned. John C. Sower, J. P.

"Virginia: Augusta County; to wit:

"I Jefferson Kinney Clerk of the County Court of Augusta, do hereby certify that John C. Sowers Esqr whose name is subscribed to the certificates on the preceding pages is, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid and that the preceding signature to be his and genuine.

"In Testimony whereof I have hereto affixed the seal of my office and subscribed my name this 24th day of October 1834 and in the 59th year of the Commonwealth. Jefferson Kinney

"Virginia - Augusta County. --

"On this 24th day of October 1834 personally appeared before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace for the County of Augusta Jacob Vanfossen who made the following supplement to his declaration heretofore made, one bearing date on the 27 day of November 1832 and his amended declaration bearing date on the 8th August 1833, the said Jacob Vanfossen being duly sworn, doth on his oath say - that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of time he was in actual service, but he feels justified in swearing that he did serve not less that the periods mentioned below, and was in actual service for those periods - that is to say, for the period of two months he served as first sergant of Capt Wentz company of Volunteers - and that he was in actual & constant service as Ensign of said Volunteer Company, for a period not less than nine months and Twenty days, for which service of Two months as first Sergant, and for nine months & twenty days as Ensign he claims a pension. (signed) Jacob Vanfossen

"Sworn & subscribed before me the day & year aforesaid. John C. Sowers, J. P.

"I John C. Sowers one of the Justices of the Peace for the County of Augusta in the State of Virginia do hereby certify, that I have known Jacob Vanfossen who subscribed & swore to the foregoing statements before me, for the space of something like Twenty five years, that the said Jacob Vanfossen has ever been regarded by him as well as the public, as a man of strict truth, and that I would from my knowledge of the said Jacob Vanfossen, and his general character, place full confidence in any statements he would make.

"Given under my hand this 24th day of Oct: 1834 (signed) John C. Sowers

"Staunton. Va: Sep 20, 1844

"I. L. Edwards Esq Commr of Pensions Dohr:

"On the 27th of Novem 1832 Jacob Vanfossen, a soldier of the Revolution, made a declaration on due form before the County Court of Augusta in order to obtain a pension for his services. Which declaration certified as required, is said to have been sent to your department and the application rejected.

"The lawyer who attended to the business has lost all the papers as well as his memory in relation to the application.

"We are consequently in the dark as to the reason of the refusal of a pension. The old soldier is now ver aged & infirm & dependent upon the cold charity of the world for the necessaries of life; He is exceedingly anxious to know why his country thus leaves him destitute & refuses to reward him in the smallest degree for his sacrifices & services in her defence -

"By reference to his papers you will find that he was in the battles of Brandywine, Monmouth & Germantown & suffered besides many privations. That he was a member of a volunteer company in Pennsylvania acting at first as Sergeant & subsequently as ensign.

"You will be doing a favor for which you will be held in grateful remembrance by this warn soldier if you will refer to his papers on file in your Office. & write me at an early day informing me why his application was rejected. If not then entitled to a pension as an office whether he was not entitled as a private, or if the law did not allow him pension then whether ther is any previous or subsequent act of congress which will embrace his case.

"I suppose a pension was refused on the ground that he was not in actual service six months. but does not the character of the company of which he wa a member remove that objection - to wit: minutemen who were always ready. were frequently called from their homes upon parade for several days at a time. & acting thus during the whole war when not in actual service. Were not their readiness for service & nearness to Philadelphia & other important points, reasons operating upon those who have the power to call them out to compel them to remain at home? If they are not entitled to pensions it is not their fault certainly.

"I know that this is asking much at your hands. but, I hope under the circumstances of the case you will give it both your willing and early attention,

"I am, very respectfully, your Ab. Servt. Nicholas K. Trout

"Pension Office, Sept 23 - 1844

"Sir: In the case of Jacob Van fossen, my letter of the 5th Dec 1834 to Mr. William Kenny, of Staunton, a copy of which I herewith enclose, will shew what is wanted. No papers in the case have been received since that date. Unless he can shew by the necessary testimony that he performed six months actual service, it is not in our power to grant him a pension."

(signature at bottom) "Nicholas KL. Trout, Esq. Staunton, Va."

(On the front of the preceeding file is this annotation: Jacob Vanfossen Virginia. Letter not found 5 Decr 1834 William Kinney 10865)

One member of the Sons of the American Revolution who claimed Jacob Van Fossen as his patriot ancestor was Larry Patrick Cornwell, 138085. Jacob was credited for duties as ensign, Pennsylvania Militia. The source citation was his military records, transcribed above. The National Society, SAR also cited, "Abstract of Rev War Pension Files p. 3592 by White."

During 1780 and 1781, Jacob was a tax collector in Worcester Township.

In 1781 his taxable valuation was 96 pounds; the tax was 1-1-11. His occupation was given as carpenter.

In 1782, his valuation was 102 pounds, the tax 0-14-7.

Also in 1782, he bought 27 acres in Worcester Township from his father, Peter.

In 1783, he was listed as having 27 acres, 1 horse, 2 cows, and 6 sheep.

PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE Wednesday, January 26, 1785 One Hundred Dollar Reward About 6 o'clock, Thursday evening, the 20th instant, the subscriber was stopped on the Ridge road, about two miles from this city, by two men on horseback, who robbed him of One Hundred and Nine Pounds, chiefly silver, with which they made off thro' Turner's Lane, toward Germantown road. One of the robbers appeared to be a lusty man, the other of a middle size, they both wore great coats and rode dark coloured horses, but it being dark, a further description of them could not be observed. Whoever secures said robbers, with the money, so that they be brought to Justice, and the money recovered, shall have the above reward, or FORTY DOLLARS for the robbers, and in proportion for the money recovered, paid by JACOB VANFOSSEN, Collector of Worcester township, Montgomery county.

Jacob and Susanna sold 27 acres on May 9, 1786. Jacob bought 7 acres in Norriton Township, which adjoins Worcester Township, on May 22, 1786.

It is probable that Susanna died about this time and that Jacob went to Augusta County, Virginia on a visit, for on Jan 1, 1787 he and John Henger witnessed a deed there.

The 1790 census for Pennsylvania, Montgomery County (Roll 9, p 25), Listed the Jacob Vanfussen family as having 2 males under 16 (Abraham, 15 ;and Jesse, 4); 1 male over 16 (Jacob, 33), and 3 females (Mary, Catherine, and Elizabeth).

PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE Wednesday, January 23, 30 & February 6, 13, 1793 FOR SALE A HOUSE and LOT of LAND in Norritown township, Montgomery county, containing seven acres and a half of land. There are on the premises a new two story house, wheelwright's shop, and good stabling; the house has been occupied as a store, being in a rich part of the country, on the Reading, and a cross road leading from Lancaster to Coryell's Ferry, twenty miles from Philadelphia, and three from the county town (Norris),there is a well of excellent water at the door, about two acres of meadow, and the remainder plough-land. For terms apply to the subscriber, living on the premises. JACOB VANFUSSEN

Jacob and Mary sold seven acres in Norriton Township on Apr 18, 1793. On Jun 29, 1793, he bought another plantation in Norriton. Within two years the family moved to Augusta County, Virginia. On Mar 23, 1795, Jacob declared himself and son Abraham taxable in Augusta County.

On Apr 4, 1796, Jacob and Mary sold their Norriton plantation and thereafter Jacob appears no more in the records of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

On Nov 5, 1796, Jacob witnessed John Gardiner's will in Augusta County.

In 1798, he bought 100 acres on the north side of Middle River near Fort Defiance from William Allen for 130 pounds.

On Jan 28, 1799, Jacob Van Fossen of Augusta County, Virginia, oldest son of Peter Van Fossen acknowledged receipt of 140 pounds-11-8 from his brother Benjamin, administrator of their father's estate "in full satisfaction of my two shares out of said estate."

The 1810 census for Virginia, Augusta County (Roll 66, p 391), listed the Jacob Vanfosen family as 2 males under 10, 1 male over 45 (Jacob, 53), 1 female under 10, 1 female 10-16, and 1 female over 45 (Sarah/Sally).

In 1820, Jacob and Sarah sold the real estate of Adam Lambert to Philip Nevergall for $300. The deed does not state how they acquired the property. (Adam Lambert, Jacob's daughter Elizabeth's father-in-law, had died some three years earlier.)

The 1820 census for Virginia, Augusta County (Roll 132, p 235½), listed the Jacob Vanfossen family as 3 males under 10 (William and James), 2 males 10-16, 1 male over 45 (Jacob, 63), 1 female 10-16, and 1 female 26-45 (Sarah/Sally).

The 1830 census for Virginia, Augusta County, Northern Township (Roll 189, p 48), lists the Jacob Vanfossin family as 1 male 10-15, 2 males 15-20, 2 males 20-30, 1 male 70-80, Jacob, 73), 1 female under 5, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 20-30, and 1 female 40-50.

On Feb 14, 1833, Jacob and Sarah sold 100 acres on Middle River to Jacob Baylor for $1150.

A number of grantee and grantor deeds in the name of Jacob Van Fossen are recorded in Rockingham County. On Sep 18, 1840, and indenture is recorded between Jacob Van Fossen and Sarah, his wife, grantors of Augusta County and Joseph Helms of Rockingham County, grantee, concerning 71 acres by name of "McCullough's Tract," being part of the same tract which Jacob had purchased from McCullough and sold to Israel Shaver.

In 1845, George Greiner and Julia Ann, his wife, "qualified" on the estate of Jacob VanFossen. George William Crawford was appointed guardian of John C and Caroline, minor (grand) children of Jacob.

The children of Jacob Van Fossen and Susanna -- were: i Abraham, b. 1774 ii Catherine, m. -- Dixon iii Elizabeth, b. May 20, 1783, m. Francis Lambert on Nov 25, 1801, d. Feb 4, 1851 iv Jesse, b. Oct 23, 1785

The children of Jacob Van Fossen and Sarah Lambert were probably:

v William, b. 1815, m. Julia Ann Hurst ca. 1837, d. ca. 1843 vi James C., b. 1817, m. Louisa Murray

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Jacob D Van Fossen, Sr's Timeline

1756
September 9, 1756
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
1774
1774
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
1774
Montgomery, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
1779
1779
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
1783
May 20, 1783
Montgomery, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA
May 20, 1783
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
1784
1784
Pennsylvania, USA
1785
October 23, 1785
Worcester, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America